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PH gov’t wins ill-gotten wealth case vs Marcoses, Alfonso Lim’s family

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A division of the Philippine anti-graft court on Monday, January 4, ordered the Marcoses and the Lim family that owns Taggat Industries to return all the properties claimed by government. The Sandiganbayan Second Division decided Civil Case Number 0030 that the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) filed in 1987, a 

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SC stops Comelec from cancelling Poe COC

MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) – The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday, December 28, temporarily stopped the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from cancelling Senator Grace Poe’s certificate of candidacy (COC) for president. This comes hours after Poe filed petitions before the SC to stop the Comelec from barring her presidential bid. In a news briefing on 

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WHY NOW? The camp of presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe questions the timing of the release of the Comelec en banc's decision upholding her disqualification. 
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Grace Poe’s camp questions timing of Comelec decision

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of presidential race front runner Grace Poe questioned on Wednesday, December 23, the timing of the release of the final decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which upheld her disqualification from the 2016 elections. Poe’s counsel George Garcia said the poll body could have made the ruling sooner or 

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Comelec en banc bars Grace Poe from running in 2016

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The Commission on Elections on Wednesday, December 23, announced its majority decision to dismiss the appeal of Senator Grace Poe to allow her to run for president in May 2016. The commissioners voted separately on the two cases involving the senator’s citizenship and residency requirements: the one handled by the 

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At COP21, the people and future generations will be failed once again

By Clemente Bautista As many people anticipated, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21)—deemed the last chance for an urgent agreement to address climate change—is at the brink of failing the people and future generations once again. Instead of providing solutions, COP21 has negotiated a future that is 

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Christmas 2015: 25 mouthwatering treats for Noche Buena, potluck, parties

MANILA, Philippines – The kids look forward to the aguinaldos from their jolly titos and titas, while the older folks exchange loads of presents. But Christmas is also a time for thanksgiving – a celebration best spent in the company of family, friends, and colleagues gathering around a sumptuous feast. In the spirit of the 

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Mesmerizing art installation by Leeroy New at SM Aura this holiday season.   (Photo courtesy of SM Aura)

Visit these 7 beautiful Christmas 2015 exhibits at PH malls, hotels

MANILA, Philippines – In the Philippines, Christmas starts early – but as you get closer and closer to the big day, more and more establishments join in on the fun. The various malls and hotels in the metro have already gotten into the holiday spirit, with gorgeous decor and glowing exhibits for spectators to enjoy. 

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Green groups declare COP21 ‘dead’

By Dee Ayroso MANILA – Climate activists assailed the result of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as it ended today with an agreement that allows the biggest polluter countries to get away with dangerous levels of greenhouse gases emission from industrial overproduction. “The COP21 

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Still exclusionary: growth fails to create quality work—IBON

Growth in Philippine gross domestic product (GDP) in the third quarter is still not creating enough decent work for Filipinos and remains exclusionary. The services-driven growth is the reason for the prevailing jobs crisis in the country, research group IBON said The GDP growth of 6.0% in the third quarter is faster compared to that 

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TPP most intrusive economic deal in history–IBON

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which is likely to be tackled on the sidelines of the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) high-level meeting, will not benefit backward and underdeveloped countries like the Philippines. Research group IBON stressed that the Philippines should not join the TPP despite the Aquino government’s insistence on this. After years 

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