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Malaysian forces are “committed” to continue plying the inky waters between Malaysia and Vietnam until rescue efforts are officially called off.
The Philippines is to upgrade a navy base facing disputed South China Sea waters to serve the extra ships being acquired to protect its territory, the military said Thursday. Navy spokesman Lieutenant-Commander Gregory Fabic said the military would build a 500-million-peso ($11.2 million) port at Ulugan Bay, the Philippine military base nearest to the Spratly Islands. President Benigno Aquino is set to visit the base on May 20 to launch the upgrading, Fabic added. In recent years, the Philippines has been locked in an increasingly tense standoff with China involving disputed reefs and islands in the Spratlys and other areas of the South China Sea.
MILAN (AP) — Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirmed Saturday that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.
Victims of Stalin's mass deportations in 1944, Crimea's Tatar Muslim minority look wearily on next week's referendum on joining Russia, which could well bring the crisis on the tense peninsula to new heights. The referendum is meant to confirm Thursday's decision by Crimea's pro-Moscow parliament to become part of the Russian Federation, even though the authorities in Kiev have deemed it "illegitimate". While the move has been greeted by Crimea's Russian-speaking majority, it has drawn a less than enthusiastic response from the minority Tatars. "The only real threat is Russia, where there is no freedom of speech." Eskender, a respected elderly man in the crowd, is equally outspoken: "We will not take part in the referendum, it's organised by Russian separatists." But if a choice is to be made between annexation and a full blown conflict, joining Russia "will still be less awful than war," he admits.
Four centuries after his death, Madrid has decided to finance a search for the remains of Spanish Golden Age writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of the emblematic Don Quixote of la Mancha. Cervantes was buried in April 1616 in the church of the red-brick Convent of Trinitarians in central Madrid. The convent is still inhabited by nuns and has been designated part of Madrid's cultural heritage since 1921, complicating any effort to excavate in blind pursuit of Cervantes' remains. Yet the Spanish capital feels it has a duty to find the remains of the author, who was born in 1547 in the university city of Alcala de Henares near Madrid but spent his final years in the capital.
Militias in control of Libya's eastern ports are attempting to export oil with a North Korea-flagged tanker that docked at gunpoint Saturday, as the prime minister said his military leaders failed to carry ...
Tuburan , Cebu - This town, which suffered an outbreak of typhoid fever debilitating some 1,000 local residents in 2012, is again hit by the same ailment. To recall, the Department of Health in Region VI (DoH-7) declared an outbreak of typhoid in Tuburan in March 2012, after 1,000 typhoid cases with five deaths were recorded here. As of Saturday, March 8, 19 residents of Barangay Montealegre, were admitted in the district hospital of Tuburan after suffering from fever for several days. Tuburan is located some 96.7 kilometers from Cebu City, in the northern part of Cebu province.
Tacurong City – The local government here started the implementation of the smoking-free ordinance that prohibits smoking in public places, except in designated areas around the city. City Mayor Lina Montilla urged local stakeholders and residents to show their cooperation for the successful implementation of the ordinance in an effort to make this city a healthier place to live, especially for the youth and the children. “By the power vested in me as mayor of Tacurong City, I declare Tacurong City a smoke-free city,” Montilla said during the recent launching of the ordinance.
Cebu City, Cebu – Although micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) account for more than 90 percent of all registered businesses in the Philippines, contributing some 30 percent to the gross domestic product, support for the sector has remained minimal over the years, economists said. “Philippine MSMEs only make up a third of the country’s total output, while in other countries, the sector accounts for about two thirds. MSMEs here do not get the right kind of support to be able to grow and, in turn, provide more jobs for Filipinos,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan during the recently concluded Cebu Annual Economic Briefing organized by the Cebu Business Club. This, even as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has relaxed its policies for bank expansions to allow banks to open branches in areas that do not have access to financial services.
Inmates’ Education Cebu City, Cebu (PNA) - The Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), known for its dancing inmates, has given the latter a chance to continue their education through the Alternative Learning System (ALS), a non-formal education program intended for elementary and secondary schools and out-of-school youth dropouts. ALS teacher Maria Daphne Daño said 15 inmates were enrolled in basic literacy, 66 in elementary level, and 89 in secondary level. The class began January and ends after an examination in October, 2014. ...
Trece Martires City, Cavite — A measles outbreak has been declared in six cities and 17 municipalities of Cavite, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) said yesterday. Dr. George R. Repique, head of the PHO, said that latest surveillance updates revealed that three persons have died and that 734 measles cases have been reported in the province. The cities of Dasmariñas, Bacoor and Imus and the towns of General Trias and Silang registered the most number of measles cases. Repique clarified that the province’s measles situation is not alarming as it has been under control and checked with the step-up measures and remedies undertaken by the PHO and city and municipality health offices and the provincial government.
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 907 out of 2,574 passed the Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination and 969 out of 1,488 passed the Electronics Technician Licensure Examination given by the Board of Electronics Engineering in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Lucena this month. The top 10 new electronics engineers are: 1. Emanuel Seguiran Gabriel, Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Maragondon, 86.70; 2. Justin Spencer de Leon Mamaradlo, University of Santo Tomas, 85.70; 3. Raphael Victor Luna Canseco, University of the Philippines-Diliman, 84. ...
Reps. Estrellita Suansing (LP, Nueva Ecija) and Jonathan de la Cruz (Abakada Partylist), both members of the House Committee on Ways and Means, said the US government could help the House panel with information about importations of tobacco materials made by Mighty Corporation through US-based suppliers. Suansing and De la Cruz said such information will help the ways and means panel determine the truth behind the Mighty importations and guide the legislative body in determining measures that would plug loopholes in the recently-implemented excise tax reform law. De la Cruz, a member of the House independent minority bloc, said Mighty is also the subject of an upcoming probe of the House Ways and Means Committee for “alleged fraudulent reporting of volumes of tobacco and cigarette withdrawals.” In her letter to US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, Suansing requested for data about Mighty’s imports of tobacco and non-tobacco materials from seven American suppliers “particularly on information pertaining to the import volumes and actual prices of tobacco leaf and acetate tow for the years 2011 thru 2013.” “Again data from your end on import prices or invoice prices from the US is also a key to establishing whether [Mighty] has been truthfully declaring import values for correct payment of duties and taxes,” Suansing said.
Cebu City, Cebu – Within the next three months, Cebu is expected to feel the impact of the ordinance on a revised truck ban by the Manila City government as this is seen to affect the supply of basic commodities and consumer goods to the Visayas, an industry official said. Department of Trade and Industry in Central Visayas (DTI-7) Director Asteria Caberte expressed her reservations over the current problem in the city of Manila, as she appealed for an immediate resolution on the matter before it adversely impacts on consumers in Cebu and the rest of the region. "Naturally the truck ban will mean the slow movement of retailers' inventories if this goes on for an extended period of time. Some members of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) have already started raising this concern to me," Caberte said in an interview yesterday.
Manila, Philippines --- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said yesterday a bettor on Adriatico Street, Manila, won Friday Mega Lotto 6/45’s P39-million jackpot. Mega Lotto’s winning combination of 24 - 05 - 28 - 19 - 36 -34 had staked a total of P39,403,380. One of the scores of punters matched the jackpot numbers. Mega Lotto is one of the four major lotteries of the PCSO. The other three are Grand Lotto 6/55, Super Lotto 6/49, and Lotto 6/42.
Cotabato Mishap Kidapawan City – Datu Muslimin Sema, chairman of the Executive Council of 15 of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), was injured when a 10-wheeler truck hit his convoy while they were on their way to Cotabato City yesterday. But Sema’s nephew, Bon-bon Ampatuan, was killed, while two of his escorts identified as Nhordz Dimasangkay and Samad Datil sustained injuries in various parts of their bodies. ...
Manila, Philippines --- The arrest of fugitive Delfin Lee, tagged as the brains of the P6.6-billion housing scam lifted the morale of members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP spokesman, said yesterday. He said Lee’s arrest vindicated the PNP which has been accused of lack of capability to track down high-profile fugitives and lack of interest to hunt them down.
Cotabato City – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARRMM) has proposed some 1,200 infrastructure projects worth P12 billion for 2015 in what proponents envisioned as a final ditch effort to provide the succeeding Bangsamoro political entity a “robust foundation. ...
Manila, Philippines --- The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) resolved 6,677 criminal and administrative complaints last year, doubling the number of decisions it issued in 2012. OMB Chair Conchita Carpio Morales said most of the cases filed by complainants were dismissed for lack of merit, insufficiency of evidence, prescription and lack of jurisdiction. Of the number, 548 criminal complaints were forwarded to the Sandiganbayan for trial and decision, the highest during the past 18 years, while 545 others were filed before the lower courts.