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DTI: Lower prices of goods, services seen in 2015

MANILA — Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory L. Domingo is expecting the prices of goods and services to go down this year, pushed by lower fuel retail costs and change of commodity’s prices on some products. Domingo told reporters that consumers should benefit from the significant decline in prices of oil products …

120,000 housing units for ‘Yolanda’ victims to be finished by 2015 — VP Binay

MANILA — Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said on Sunday the government housing agencies are targeting to complete some 120,000 housing units in 2015 for families displaced by typhoon “Yolanda” in November 2013. Binay, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and head of the Yolanda Resettlement Cluster, said that as of …

LPA may enter PHL area during Pope Francis’ visit

MANILA — A forming weather disturbance that may strengthen to a Low Pressure Area (LPA) may enter Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) during the Pope’s visit, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). “The forming weather disturbance may enter PAR on 14, 15 or 16,” PAGASA Weather Forecaster Manny Mendoza told …

Violence fuels debate among Muslims over interpreting faith

CAIRO — After gunmen in Paris killed 12 people, Saudi Arabia’s top body of Muslim clerics quickly condemned the attack and said it could have no acceptable justification. It was a signal from some of the Islamic world’s strictest voices that cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were not …

B.C. students’ science project finally launches successfully into space

A science project that a group of B.C. students dreamed of launching into space was finally on its way to the International Space Station on Saturday. Four boys from McGowan Park Elementary School in Kamloops, B.C., celebrated after the rocket their project was aboard successfully launched early Saturday. The students won a contest last year …

Pope’s trip to Sri Lanka and Philippines: An election upset and crowds that may break records

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis embarks on his second Asian pilgrimage this coming week, visiting Sri Lanka and the Philippines exactly 20 years after St. John Paul II’s record-making visit to two countries with wildly disparate Catholic populations. Francis will make headlines of his own, drawing millions of faithful in the Philippines and treading uncharted …

Cardinal Tagle: Pope Francis does not want to be treated as a celebrity

MANILA — Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said that Pope Francis does not want to be treated as a celebrity, saying that he is a regular human being. During a forum held at the Letran College Saturday, the Cardinal shared his conversation with the Holy Father in November last year at the Vatican. “The …

Colmenares welcomes reduction of fuel charges on airline fees but probe on delays, cancellation of flights remains

MANILA — Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares over the weekend welcomed the reduction of fuel charges in airline fees announced by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). However, this will not exempt the airline companies and CAB from the congressional hearing this January on his resolution to investigate the dismal service of airline companies and CAB’s …

Quiapo church to aid families of two devotees who died during traslacion

MANILA — A Quiapo Church official said they would call an investigation regarding the death of a Black Nazarene devotee apparently pinned by the huge crowd of the procession. Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Quiapo Church rector said an inquiry on the incident will be conducted after the organizers of the annual event has taken their …

Backup Pope mobile shipped to PHL from South Korea

MANILA — An official of the 2015 Papal Visit Committee said that there is a backup popemobile in case the two other vehicles Pope Francis will use during his five-day visit in the country broke down. According to Archbishop Socrates Villegas, committee chairman, one of the three vehicles has been shipped to the country from …

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