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Even the dead got Malampaya funds

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Unscrupulous people from bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) had submitted at least 12 names of dead recipients of assistance from the alleged scam involving the misuse and abuse of the P900-million Malampaya Fund, according to the Commission on Audit (COA).

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Japan set to buy $240B worth of hi-tech weapons

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TOKYO -- Japan announced on Tuesday that it would buy stealth fighters, drones and submarines as part of a splurge on military hardware that would beef up defense of far-flung islands amid a simmering territorial row with China.

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Filipino caregivers in SF recover unpaid wages

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Workers from three San Francisco care homes celebrated their recent settlement agreements on Dec.18, International Migrants Day, after winning their months-long claims against their employers, totaling more than $800,000 in unpaid wages.

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Aquino hails John Kerry assurance of US support

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MANILA -- The renewed US commitment to the security of the Philippines made by US Secretary of State John Kerry is music to President Aquino’s ears.

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‘Yolanda’ among top 2013 stories – AP poll

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NEW YORK -- The devastation wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) in the Philippines last November  8 was among the top  news stories of 2013, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

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Is This Submerged Rock East Asia’s Next Flashpoint?

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There is a submerged rock in the Yellow Sea that seafaring Korean families once believed to be the home of the spirits of dead fishermen. The rock’s name in English is Socotra Rock; in Korea, it’s referred to as Ieodo, and in China the Suyan Rock.

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15 ships washed ashore slow down recovery of bodies

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What about the dead buried under cargo ships and tugboats that were washed inland when Supertyphoon “Yolanda” whipped up giant waves in Leyte and Eastern Samar provinces?

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Japan seeks ASEAN backing on China with $20B pledge

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TOKYO - Japan pledged $20 billion in aid and loans to Southeast Asia on Saturday, in its latest charm offensive to woo global public opinion in a territorial dispute with China.

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Customs chief talks about ‘demons, learning’

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Like his boss in Malacañang, newly appointed Customs Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla seems convinced the Bureau of Customs (BOC) is one of the most corrupt government agencies.

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As power rates rise, ‘solar panels’ a hit on Quiapo sidewalk

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From P4,200, Sonny Oswa said his monthly electricity bill went down to P1,500 after turning to solar power to run six electric fans at night.

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