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Damage to roads, bridges in Bohol, Cebu reaches P563M

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MANILA -- Damage to roads and infrastructures from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake early this week rose to P563 million, the Department of Public Works and Highways said.

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Recto: P130B ‘missing’ from Malampaya fund

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THE Malampaya gas drilling project has generated a total of P170 billion in revenues for the government since it started in 2000, but the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is clueless as to where a P130-billion chunk of it went, according to Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto.

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Open air surgery as PH struggles to help quake victims

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LOON, Philippines — Surgeons were planning to save lives on open-air operating tables in a hospital carpark Thursday as rescuers struggled to help isolated survivors of a powerful earthquake in the Philippines which has claimed at least 161 lives.

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BIR seeks IRS help in finding Napoles assets in United States

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MANILA --  The Bureau of Internal Revenue expects its American counterpart — the Internal Revenue Service — to help find any assets that Janet Lim Napoles and her family may have in the United States.

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Death toll hits 150; quake affects 3M

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Rescuers on Wednesday, Oct. 16 raced to reach isolated communities in earthquake-devastated Bohol province, as aftershocks tormented survivors and the death toll surpassed 150.

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Fil-Ams blocking sale of Napoles US assets

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LOS ANGELES -- Filipino American community leaders are vehemently blocking the sale of the luxury condominium unit owned by Jeane Napoles, daughter of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, at the high-rise Ritz Carlton on suspicion it was acquired with ill-gotten money.

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TRC director confirms lawmakers’ signatures genuine

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Contrary to their claims, lawmakers confirmed their signatures on letters they had sent to the Technology Resource Center (TRC) endorsing dubious nongovernment organization (NGOs), the head of the state agency has told investigators.

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Unfazed, US to fund local NGOs

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MANILA -- Amid the pork barrel scam that may well have tainted the image of the country’s thriving nongovernment organization community, the United States on Monday announced a P984-million ($24 million) grant-giving facility that aims to fund over the next five years deserving Philippine NGOs in pursuing “innovative solutions [to] the country’s development challenges.”

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PDAF unconstitutional

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Manila -- Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio yesterday said that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is unconstitutional as contained in the 2013 General Appropriations Act (GAA), which is “riddled with unconstitutionality.”

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House OKs P2.268-T 2014 budget on Second reading

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MANILA -- The House of Representatives on Saturday pass on second reading the proposed P2.268 trillion 2014 national budget, even as lawmakers rush to include their respective congressional infrastructure projects under the now “porkless” expenditure program.

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