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Isabela, northern Aurora under storm signal no. 2

MANILA -- The provinces of Isabela and northern Aurora have been placed under storm signal number 2 as Tropical Storm Egay intensified further while moving toward northern Luzon Friday evening.

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Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit

HANOI, Vietnam -- The powerful head of Vietnam's Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year.

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Death toll from Ormoc ferry sinking rises to 50

RESCUERS retrieved on Friday five more bodies from a ferry that capsized just moments after departing from Ormoc City port, raising the death toll to 50.

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Vitangcol, 5 others face raps over MRT maintenance deal

MANILA -- The Office of the Ombudsman recommended on Friday the filing of criminal charges against former Metro Rail Transit (MRT) general manager Al Vitangcol III due to alleged irregularities surrounding the maintenance contract of MRT Line 3.

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Palace defends high-level delegation for sea row oral argument

MALACAÑANG shrugged off China's recent statement, calling the Philippine arbitration case on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as political provocation.

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Monsada named DOE OIC

ENERGY Undersecretary Zenaida Monsada has been appointed as the officer-in-charge of the Department of Energy (DOE) after Jericho Petilla left the post.

Monsada formally assumed the post Friday after a turnover ceremony.

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Magnitude 6.1 quake rattles Surigao Norte, Caraga

A MAGNITUDE 6.1 earthquake jolted Surigao del Norte and neighboring provinces on Friday afternoon, the Philippine Insitute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

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Zambales guv indicted for graft, usurpation of official functions

THE Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to indict Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. and six others in relation to mining activities in the province.

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