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  • July 29, 2014BJMP displaces sick detainees to make room for Gigi and Janet

    BJMP displaces sick detainees to make room for Gigi and Janet

    By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS WHILE everybody was trying to recover from the emotional performance of President Aquino in his 5th State-of-the-Nation address Monday night, pork barrel queen Janet Napoles was brought to Camp Bagong Diwa jail at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Bicutan,Taguig. Reports said Napoles arrived at Bicutan from Fort..

  • July 28, 2014People’s SONA: Boss ‘fires’ PNoy

    People’s SONA: Boss ‘fires’ PNoy

    By JANE MAREN DASAL (Photos by Mario Ignacio IV and Mario Espinosa) As the rains poured on Monday, sentiments of discontent from the protesters also poured when President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the House of Representatives. “If we were his ‘boss,’ then he’s fired,” 18-year-old..

  • July 21, 2014Lack of info, bad weather blamed for low turnout in PWD voter registration

    Lack of info, bad weather blamed for low turnout in PWD voter registration

    IN various offices of the Commission on Elections nationwide, the same story played out as the country marked Sunday the National Registration Day for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs): Only a handful showed up to register as voters, and in some places none at all. The low turnout was blamed on poor information dissemination by the poll […]

  • July 7, 2014Rosabella Sulani: A tough woman for a dangerous job

    Rosabella Sulani: A tough woman for a dangerous job

    By JAKE SORIANO BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi – Inside a small room at the Tawi-Tawi Provincial Police Station, leaders of the local anti-trafficking task force had been trying to pry information out of five women who had just been intercepted by the police getting off a boat from Zamboanga City. The five, all of them new faces […]

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    Mauled cabbie won’t file case vs TV host

    Mauled cabbie won’t file case vs TV host

    July 30, 2014

      By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS THE taxi driver mauled by a TV5 host has decided not to press charges after the latter apologized. TJ Ballega Villanueva, son of cabbie Edward Villanueva, 49, of World Taxi, said his..


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