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HONG KONG – A Hong Kong court ruled yesterday a law banning foreign maids from settling permanently in the city was unconstitutional, in a landmark case for domestic helpers. The High Court said immigration laws barring maids – mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia – from applying for permanent residency violated Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, known […]

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Quiel’s Here

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By FRANCIS T. WAKEFIELD Manila, Philippines – Storm signal No. 2 raised in Cagayan, Isabela; ‘Pedring’ death toll now 43; Pampanga, Bulacan still flooded. At least two areas in Northern Luzon were placed under Public Storm Warning Signal Number 2 as Typhoon “Quiel” (international name: Nalgae) intensified further as it moved nearer to the country, […]

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MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) — The death toll from typhoon Nesat has climbed to 43 in the Philippines, and the number may still increase as 30 others remain missing, an official said Friday. Benito Ramos, executive director of Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said as of 6 a.m. Friday, 44 people were injured […]

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MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) — Typhoon Quiel (international name Nalgae) has intensified, continuing to threaten Northern Luzon of the Philippines, local weather forecast said Friday. A bulletin issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the center of Nalgae was located based on satellite surface data at 640 kms east of Tuguegarao […]

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Manila, Philippines – Malacañang on Wednesday said there is nothing wrong with the $1-million pledged donation of the Philippines to Japan amid the damages brought by typhoon “Pedring” to the country, saying that the Philippines has enough funds for its disaster and relief operations. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that there is nothing wrong […]

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By LEONARD D. POSTRADO Manila, Philippines – A supposed “high-profile” personality that could substantiate alleged massive cheating during the 2004 and 2007 elections is set to surface in the coming days, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima bared Wednesday. In an ambush interview, De Lima told reporters that she and Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto […]

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