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Pacquiao gives inspirational talk to CA justices, employees

MANILA — Filipino world boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on Wednesday gave an inspirational talk to the justices and employees of the Court of Appeals (CA). Pacquiao was invited to give a talk in connection with the Christian Fellowship infront of the CA magistrates and employees. He underscored the importance of the …

Myanmar ‘firmly under military control’ says nominee to command US forces in Pacific

WASHINGTON—The nominee to become the next commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific says the time isn’t right to expand nascent military ties with Myanmar as the Southeast Asian nation remains “firmly under military control.” That’s an unusually stark assessment from a U.S. official of the state of reforms in Myanmar. Adm. Harry Harris Jr. …

Saskatchewan man arrested in unusual stickup robbery case

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask.—Police in Prince Albert, Sask., have arrested a man in a rather unusual stickup. On the weekend, a 38-year-old man told police that while he was walking home he was approached by someone he knew. He said the perpetrator threatened to stick him with a dirty needle and demanded money, so he handed …

Approaching Philippine typhoon brings back nightmares in central region devastated by Haiyan

MANILA, Philippines—Villagers fled coastal homes and sparked panic-buying in grocery stores and gas stations in the central Philippines on Thursday as an approaching powerful storm brought back nightmares of last year’s deadly onslaught from Typhoon Haiyan. Government forecasters said Typhoon Hagupit, which was packing sustained winds of 195 kilometres (122 miles) per hour and gusts …

Thirteen Bacolod policemen suspended in rape case of jogger

Thirteen policemen posted at the Community Police Assistance Center at the Bacolod Government Center (BGC) have been relieved from their duties reportedly due to their negligence in securing the BGC facility, in which a female jogger was raped. Based on the findings of Senior Police Officer 3 Arlyn Torrendon, the officer-in-charge of the Women and …

Donated portion of Berlin Wall makes its way to Manila in 2015

MANILA — Twenty five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a section of the famed symbol of a divided Europe, will be making its way to Manila in 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. A deed of donation executed by the Berlin city government that presented a section of the …

Surgeon disciplined for removing wrong kidney

SANTA ANA, California — A California surgeon has been disciplined for removing a prisoner’s healthy kidney and leaving the diseased one intact. The state medical board last week placed Dr. Charles Coonan Streit on probation for three years, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday. The board said Streit, a urologist who has had his license …

Drilon hits back on accuser, calls him ‘dud’

MANILA – Senate President Franklin Drilon on Wednesday called his accuser a failure for coming out with another document to substantiate former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada’s claim that the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) is overpriced. ”He’s a dud,” Drilon told the media, referring to Mejorada who submitted to the Senate blue ribbon committee documents, …

Ombudsman dismisses, indicts 2 UP Manila execs

MANILA — The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from the service and indictment of the chancellor and vice chancellor of the University of the Philippines Manila (UP Manila) for terminating the service contract of a security agency in 2013. In two separate rulings made public on Wednesday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found …

Roxas confident to win against Binay in 2016

MANILA – The idea of losing to Vice President Jejomar Binay is not what scares Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. What really bothers him is the possibility that Binay will not continue the anti corruption reforms started by President Aquino’s administration, suppose the Vice President wins in the 2016 presidential elections. When asked if he was …