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WASHINGTON (AFP) – India, Bangladesh and the Philippines lead the world in the number of products made by child workers, a US government stock-taking of the global scale of under-aged labor revealed Monday. Some 130 types of goods – from building bricks and soccer balls to pornography and rare ores used in cellphones – involve […]

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Manila, Philippines – The country is now on the road to carve a niche in the $3 trillion halal market after Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala approved the national halal standards for farm and fisheries on September 7, 2011. Alcala’s imprimatur completes a process that started several ago and involved not only Islamic clerics but […]

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Manila, Philippines – The National Union of People’s Lawyers or (NUPL) Tuesday reiterated that there are some 360 political prisoners still languishing in various jails around the country contrary to claims by Malacañang that there are no more political prisoners. Atty. Edre Olalia, NUPL Secretary General, made the assertion in reaction to the recent statement […]

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Manila, Philippines – US Ambassador Harry Thomas was merely dramatizing the serious situation of human trafficking in the Philippines when he stated that about 40 percent of foreign tourists come to the country for sex, said Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario. Thomas, likewise, indicated that Philippine authorities should also focus on […]

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Manila, Philippines – Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson is the country’s new water czar to supervise the protocol on the release of water from dams during the typhoon season, Malacañang announced yesterday. President Aquino gave the additional assignment to Singson on top of his responsibility to manage the country’s clean and efficient water […]

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Manila, Philippines – A Taiwanese who was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for credit card fraud turned out to be a wanted murderer in his homeland. Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Ricardo A. David Jr. identified the fugitive as 24-year-old Wu Yen Jung, who is detained at the BI detention center in […]

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