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US reminded on responsibility for coral reef destruction in Sulu Sea

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MANILA -- Almost a year after an American warship ran aground in the Sulu Sea, destroying a portion of the Tubbataha Reefs, a militant fisherfolk organization pressed the US government to take responsibility beyond the P58 million-fine it was ordered to pay the Philippines for the environmental damage.

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Even the dead got Malampaya funds

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Unscrupulous people from bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) had submitted at least 12 names of dead recipients of assistance from the alleged scam involving the misuse and abuse of the P900-million Malampaya Fund, according to the Commission on Audit (COA).

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Damage wrought by USS Guardian

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MANILA -- On Jan. 17 last year, the Avenger-class minehunter USS Guardian ran aground on the south atoll of the Tubbataha Reefs while sailing to Indonesia following a port call on Subic Bay.

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Filipino caregivers in SF recover unpaid wages

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Workers from three San Francisco care homes celebrated their recent settlement agreements on Dec.18, International Migrants Day, after winning their months-long claims against their employers, totaling more than $800,000 in unpaid wages.

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2013: The year Filipinos said ‘No’ to corruption

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MANILA -- It was a tumultuous year marked by the pork barrel scandal, the siege by secessionist rebels and a devastating supertyphoon, but 2013 was also a breakout year for Filipinos who said “No” to corruption, former National Treasurer Leonor Briones said on Thursday.

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‘Yolanda’ among top 2013 stories – AP poll

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NEW YORK -- The devastation wrought by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) in the Philippines last November  8 was among the top  news stories of 2013, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

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UK allocates P1B for PH’s ‘build back better’ program for ‘Yolanda’ victims

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MANILA -- Vowing to support the Philippines for the long-haul, the United Kingdom has allocated at least P1 billion in fresh funding for government’s “build back better” program to rebuild typhoon-ravaged Eastern Visayas, the British Embassy in Manila has said.

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15 ships washed ashore slow down recovery of bodies

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What about the dead buried under cargo ships and tugboats that were washed inland when Supertyphoon “Yolanda” whipped up giant waves in Leyte and Eastern Samar provinces?

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Pope’s Christmas wish: hope for a better world

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis on Christmas Day is wishing for a better world, with peace for the land of Jesus’ birth, for Syria and Africa, as well as for the dignity of migrants and refugees fleeing misery and conflict.

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Customs chief talks about ‘demons, learning’

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Like his boss in Malacañang, newly appointed Customs Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla seems convinced the Bureau of Customs (BOC) is one of the most corrupt government agencies.

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