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Four-day holiday in Manila for pope

By Jose Rodel Clapano/The Philippine Star – Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada will declare a four-day holiday in the city during the visit of Pope Francis from Jan. 15 to 19 next year, and plans to ask the pontiff to “save” the city government from bankruptcy. Estrada explained that the city Read more »

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Our fascination with Manny

By Bill Velasco/The Philippine Star – Once again, Manny Pacquiao made a sincere effort to restore his credibility as a fearsome world champion. His domination of an over-hyped and under-inflated Chris Algieri showed long glimpses of the brilliant boxer that he has been, and Filipinos continue to rally around him Read more »

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Sandiganbayan convicts 9 over Ozone disco tragedy

By Marc Jayson – The Sandiganbayan convicted seven former Quezon City officials and two businessmen of graft for failing to detect the structural deficiencies of the Ozone Dance Club, which was razed in a fire that claimed 162 lives almost two decades ago. Dubbed the country’s “worst fire” incident Read more »

Total number of enslaved people per region. 2014 Global Slavery Index/Walk Free Foundation

Philippines 19th largest enslaved population

By Camille Diola/ – The Philippines has the 19th largest estimated population enslaved through forced prostitution, forced labor, involuntary servitude, child soldiery or removal of organs. The 2014 Global Slavery Index by the Walk Free Foundation estimates that 261,200 Filipinos are subjected to a form of modern slavery. The Read more »

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Vatican releases Pope’s Philippine itinerary

By Paterno Esmaquel II/ – The Vatican has released the official itinerary of Pope Francis when he visits the Philippines from January 15 to 19, 2015. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle announced the itinerary in a media briefing on Friday, November 14, that was also attended by Executive Secretary Read more »

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‘Moving Pinoy peacekeepers to Caballo Island is best strategy’

via – Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla is confident that both the health department and the military are doing a good job in their effort to quarantine arriving peacekeepers from Liberia as a precaution against the dreaded Ebola virus. “I am concerned, but I have been assured that all precautions Read more »