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PHL receives draft law for Muslim self-rule

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Monday formally received a draft law representing a crucial step towards the creation of an autonomous area for the country’s Muslim minority, following a historic peace deal. Aquino received the Bangsamoro Basic Law from a...
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Aquino firm on UN case amid China warnings

MANILA  (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed Monday to push through with a UN appeal to solve its maritime disputes with China, as Beijing warned of consequences. “We are not here to challenge China, to provoke them into any action, but I do believe that they should...
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Key points on peace pact

MANILA  (AFP) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front ended four decades of armed struggle in the Philippines on Thursday when it signed a peace pact with the government. Here are key facts on the MILF and the peace deal: MILF: The MILF has about 10,000 armed followers, according to...
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Aquino set for first presidential visit to Los Angeles

By Nimfa U. Rueda LOS ANGELES – President Benigno Aquino III will make his first presidential visit to Los Angeles on June 8. The LA visit, earlier scheduled on June 5 and 6, was moved to the tailend of the president’s U.S. trip after the London leg was added this week....
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Growing population a boon for PHL economy

MANILA, May 2 (Mabuhay) – The Aquino government sees the country’s rising population as more of a boon, rather than a bane it was to the economy in the past. They are investing more to feed the young population, educate them and keep them healthy. The government says the...
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Pacquiao wwept up in Linsanity

Boxing champ to meet with Jeremy Lin in New York  tomorrow By Nimfa U. Rueda LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21 – Like much of America, Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao has been swept up in Linsanity. “I’m so proud of Jeremy Lin,” Pacquiao told Balita Media after a press...
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Joel Bander faces more legal problems as more victims surface

By Rhony Laigo JOEL BANDER, the lawyer who now claims to have been set up probably by his own victims or by those who have an axe to grind against him in what is turning out to be a celebrated sex scandal that he allegedly committed in the Philippines, may yet face more legal...
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Dr. Manny Calayan: We were never shut down

Dr. Manny Calayan speaks to the media and says operations at the Calayan clinic in Los Angeles never stopped despite a sting conducted by the Medical Board last year.
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‘We were never shut down’ – Dr. Manny Calayan

By Rhony Laigo LOS ANGELES – Contrary to reports, the Calayan Surgicentre Corp. never stopped operations despite a reported sting last August by the California Medical Board that alleged that the clinic of the famous Filipino plastic surgeon was conducting illegal surgical...
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Philippine quake kills 43

MANILA, February 6, 2012 (AFP) – At least 43 people were killed when a powerful earthquake triggered landslides, collapsed homes and smashed bridges across the central Philippines on Monday, authorities said.   The 6.8-magntiude quake hit a narrow strait between the...