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New Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno

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“I thank her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for extending to me this appointment to be the 22nd Chief Justice of our country. Above all else, I thank the Almighty for this extraordinary gift, more accurately, this trust which is heavily laden with responsibility.

Death toll up as aid arrives

LEGASPI, Philippines (AFP) – The first foreign aid flights of food and medicines have arrived in the eastern Philippines, where officials said devastating mudslides had left at least 1,266 people dead or missing.

Exxon Mobil to seek oil in Philippines

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IRVING, Texas – Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s largest publicly held oil company, on Tuesday said it has agreed with Mitra Energy Ltd. to explore for oil in the Sandakan Basin offshore the Philippines. It is the company’s first exploration and production venture in the Philippines. Financial terms were not Read more »

US marine gets 40 years for Philippines rape

By Mynardo Macaraig / MANILA (AFP) – Lance Corporal Daniel Smith showed no emotion as police led him away to his fate, while the victim burst into tears as her supporters cheered and shouted: “Jail the Americans!” Three other US marines were acquitted in the case.

Philippines buries dead; typhoon’s toll at 406

By Carlos H. Conde / MANILA: Rescue workers began Sunday to bury hundreds of victims of a landslide set off by a typhoon that loosened the slopes of a volcano in Albay Province in the northern Philippines, sending mud and debris down the mountain.

Philippines struggles with 4th big storm

By OLIVER TEVES, (AP) PADANG, Philippines – Doomed by geography and hobbled by poverty, the Philippines has long struggled to minimize damage from the onslaught of typhoons it faces each year. But the high death tolls and destruction persist, with the latest storm killing more than 300 people and Read more »