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FVR calls for creation of People Power Freedom Center

MANILA — With the forthcoming 32nd anniversary of the EDSA bloodless revolution in 1986 just around the corner, former President Fidel V. Ramos, one of the key players in that historic event, called for the establishment of a People Power Freedom Learning Center (PPFLC) on Sunday to reinforce the spirit of patriotism and nation-building. The …

PH holds USD26.3-T untapped oil deposits

MANILA — The Philippines is virtually “sitting on a mountain of gold,” with untapped hydrocarbon deposits estimated at USD26.3 trillion, mostly found in the disputed Spratly chain of islands, more than enough to free the country from the shackles of poverty. The oil deposits have been there for centuries, yet they have remained untouched. This …

US-based Pinoy cites Filipino nurses’ contribution to global health

MANILA — A US-based Filipino lawyer on Thursday cited the great contribution of some 200,000 Filipino nurses working in the United States to global health care and the millions of dollars of remittances they send back home that help boost the Philippine economy. Rev. Arnedo S. Valera, Esquire Executive Director and Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC) Chairperson, …

Beware, December 28 is Holy Innocents’ Day

MANILA — By Philippine tradition, it is during the celebration of Holy Innocents’ Day that Filipinos play tricks to friends or neighbors like borrowing money, but with the intention of not paying back. The moment you give the money, they will say, “No hurt feelings, no payback Remember, it’s Holy Innocents’ Day today!” Others would use …

FVR urges AFP, PNP to tighten security amid NPA attacks

MANILA – Former President Fidel V. Ramos on Saturday urged the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to be “alert and watchful” in the government’s war on terror following the spate of attacks mounted by the New People’s Army (NPA) on government forces in the past few weeks in various …

Ex-DND spokesperson passes away at 82

MANILA — Lawyer Jose T. Flores Jr., former spokesman of the Department of National Defense (DND), died due to a lingering illness. He was 82. Flores was the speech writer of former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile during his term as secretary of national defense. He is survived by his wife, Dra. Letica Orap-Flores, children Lelisa, …

After 72 years, Church revives Virgen de la Salud

MANILA – After 72 years in hibernation, the Catholic Church in the Philippines has revived the devotion to the Nuestra Señora de la Salud (Our Lady of Health) Novena with a Holy Mass held at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish in Project 6, Quezon City on Nov. 17. More than a thousand devotees of the …

Veteran newsman, among 5 killed after man runs amuck

MANILA – Veteran newsman Joel Palacios and four others met their violent death when a despondent knife-wielding man, who allegedly had a quarrel with his girlfriend, ran amuck inside a condominium in Pasay City Tuesday night, police said. Joel Palacios, 70, former news reporter of Reuters, Associated Press and various leading national newspapers in Metro …

US Pinoys support Duterte’s imposing martial law in Mindanao

MANILA—A US-based Filipino group is fully supporting President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s action declaring martial law in the whole Mindanao region in the wake of the wave of terror perpetrated by Islamist Maute terrorists. “We salute and express our full support for our troops in their heroic role to fight and eradicate terrorism in Mindanao and …

Ex-DILG chief defends President Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao

MANILA—Former Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael M. Alunan III on Wednesday defended President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s swift action declaring martial law in the entire Mindanao to stop the reign of terror perpetrated by Islamist terror groups in the region. In a press statement, Alunan rallied the Filipino people to support the President’s move “to …