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An American family who fought alongside Filipinos during World War 2 received several medals from the government in recognition of their “heroism and service to the cause of freedom.”

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Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) activists have submitted to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland two scathing reports on the violations of the human rights of their community in the Philippines.

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has started employing a new audit scheme to minimize incidence of tax cheating and enhance voluntary taxpayer compliance. Called “benchmarking,” it was launched yesterday in Makati City for pilot-testing in four revenue district offices of its revenue region.

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World Bank (WB) Group President Robert B. Zoellick arrived in the Philippines last Tuesday to strengthen its partnership with the country. While in the Philippines, Zoellick will meet President Benigno S. Aquino III as well as the economic team led by Finance Secretary Cesar A.V. Purisima.

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A measure that aims to abolish underperforming Government-owned and -Controlled (GOCC) and Government Financial Institutions (GFIs) has been drawing support beyond the House of Representatives as local leaders recognize the need for austerity measures in the government.

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A low-pressure area (LPA) spotted east of the country has a minimal chance of intensifying into a tropical cyclone, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday.

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