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'Egay' now a tropical storm; Isabela under signal no. 1

MANILA -- Isabela province in Luzon was placed under Public Storm Warning Signal Number 1 as "Egay" has intensified into a tropical storm, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

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'Human error' eyed in Ormoc banca sinking

CEBU CITY (Updated) -- Investigators are looking into "human error" as possible cause of the sinking of a motorized passenger banca off Ormoc City in Leyte Thursday afternoon.

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7 fishermen still waiting for rescuers as fishing boat capsizes

ANOTHER pumpboat carrying seven fishermen capsized between Islas de Gigantes in Panay and Madridejos town in Bantayan island, Cebu late this afternoon.

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Customs chief, 2 others charged with plunder, graft

PLUNDER and graft charges were filed Thursday against Bureau of Customs (BoC) Commissioner Alberto Lina and two former BOC officials in connection with the cancelled P650-million customs processing system contract that went to a company linked to

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Comelec looking at holding elections in malls

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is studying the possibility of holding the elections inside malls to make it more convenient to the public.

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Sandiganbayan bars Cedric Lee from leaving PH

THE Sandiganbayan issued an order Thursday barring businessman Cedric Lee and a former Bataan mayor from leaving the Philippines because of cases involving the construction of an alleged ghost market in 2005.

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DFA continues with info campaign on maritime dispute

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday that it continued to hold seminars and forums on the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea despite China's opposition.

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Government still working to lower Veloso's death sentence

THE Aquino administration continues to monitor and do what it can to reduce the death penalty imposed by Indonesian court to overseas Filipino worker (OFW), Mary Jane Veloso, a Palace official said Thursday.

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