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Hontiveros: BI officials involved in VUA and pastillas schemes pocketed P40-B

Hontiveros: BI officials involved in VUA and pastillas schemes pocketed P40-B

By Hannah Torregoza          Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday expressed her belief that an estimated P40 billion worth of kickbacks went to unscrupulous Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials who were involved in the Visa-Upon-Arrival (VUA) scheme and the so-called “pastillas” scam. At the continuation of the Senate’s hearing on the Philippine Offshore […]

Dolphin found dead in Negros town

  BY GLAZYL MASCULINO     BACOLOD CITY – A dead dolphin was found floating in the waters off Barangay San Isidro, Calatrava, Negros Occidental on Monday. Residents brought the dolphin to the shore and took some photos. Some children even got curious upon seeing it. It was reported to weigh about 350 to 400 […]

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Storm signal No. 1 up as ‘Pepito’ approaches Luzon

  By ELLALYN V. RUIZ The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration raised tropical cyclone Signal No. 1 over eastern Isabela and northern Aurora before noon Monday as tropical depression “Pepito” could make landfall over Northern Luzon and Central Luzon  between Tuesday and Wednesday. PAGASA hoisted Signal No. 1 over Palanan, Dinapigue, and eastern […]

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Isabela village chief found dead in car

  BY LIEZLE BASA INIGO     Isabela village chief found dead in car A barangay chairman was found dead with a bullet wound in the face inside a car in Purok 1, Barangay Pag-asa, Echague, Isabela, on Saturday morning. Police said Ricardo R. Mencias, barangay chairman and resident of Barangay Camarao, Cordon, Isabela was […]

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P11.4-M marijuana destroyed in Benguet

  BY ZALDY COMMANDA     CAMP DANGWA, Benguet – A lady police officer led the destruction of some P11.4 million worth of marijuana plants in eight plantation sites at the mountainous area in Kibungan, Benguet. Police Col. Elmer Ragay, provincial director, said the Benguet Provincial Mobile Force Company led by PLt. Joyce Gayaden, discovered […]

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1 dead, 4 hurt in Maguindanao clash

By MARTIN A. SADONGDONG One person was killed while four others were wounded in an encounter between decommissioned and active members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Monday. Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said the clash occurred between the groups of a certain Salik Kiko, […]

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