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Iglesia ni Cristo crowd blocks portion of road despite lack of permit

By Buena Bernal/ – Members of powerful homegrown church Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) gathered in an apparent street demonstration in front of Robinsons Galleria on Friday night, August 28, despite the lack of a permit to rally in the area. The crowd blocked the northbound service road in front of Read more »

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Aquino stops ‘physical’ check of balikbayan boxes

via – President Benigno Aquino III ordered the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday evening, August 24, to stop doing physical inspections on balikbayan boxes, a statement from the Department of Finance (DOF) said. “There will be no random or arbitrary physical inspection of balikbayan boxes. Moving forward, all Read more »

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Customs to impose tighter rules for balikbayan boxes

By Kathleen Martin/The Philippine Star – The Bureau of Customs said yesterday it may impose tougher measures on balikbayan boxes for fear that these tax-free packages are being used by traders to smuggle goods into the country. “The existing rules are obsolete and we may have to reassess our Read more »

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Philippine eagle Pamana found shot dead in Davao Oriental

By Pia Ranada/ – A critically-endangered Philippine eagle just recently released into the wild was found shot dead in Mount Hamiguitan Range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Davao Oriental. The eagle, named “Pamana (Legacy)” by conservationists, was found with a bullet hole in her right breast that shattered her Read more »

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Passenger ship catches fire in Ormoc port

By Jazmin Bonifacio/ – ship carrying more than 600 people caught fire while docked at the Ormoc Port in Leyte early Saturday morning, August 15. Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said 3 crewmembers of the M/V Wonderful Stars of Roble Shipping Line sustained minor injuries. Balilo said Read more »

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4.2 quake rocks Bohol

By Angeline Valencia/CNN Philippines – A 4.2-magnitude earthquake woke residents in at least seven towns and Tagbilaran City in Bohol at around 4:19 a.m Tuesday (August 11). The tremor had a depth of six kilometers with its epicenter located two kilometers northeast of Cortes. Nolan Evangelista, Philippine Institute of Volcanology Read more »