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SC stops Zambales mines; Chinese ‘invaders’ socked

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The Supreme Court yesterday issued a temporary environment protection order (TEPO) against 94 “small-scale mines” that extract nickel in Zambales. Among the “small” mines are at least five fronts of giant nickel miners from China (see Gotcha, 24 July 2013).

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Probe should include Aquino’s P24-B pork

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Since suspicions are rife that pork barrels of public officials are being misused amid the P10 billion pork barrel scam that is being played up against the political opponents of the administration, civic groups are now demanding a probe on President Aquino’s bigger P25 billion discretionary funds.

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FILIPINOS PROTEST CHINA ACTION

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July 24 marks the first anniversary of China’s creation of the Sansha prefecture to “oversee and administer” 1 million square miles of the South China Sea over which China asserts “indisputable sovereignty.” If allowed to stand, China’s claim will go down as the most brazen maritime territorial grab in history. 

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Tightened policies on pork in Aquino Sona

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Jumping the gun on the lawmakers, Malacañang is submitting to Congress next week “policy recommendations” to tighten up the rules on the disbursement of funds from the graft-tainted pork barrel.

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Fil Ams Hold Rallies Before China Consulates, Embassy

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CHICAGO (FAXX/jGLi) – They may not have the numbers but some gritty members of the Filipino American community across the United States have continued to shine a bright light Wednesday (July 24) on China to give up some islands within the Philippine territory in Philippine Western Sea (South China) it had invaded and prove her claim before the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal (UNAT) it has continuously ignored.

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HERMINIO R. POBLETE, CHICAGO FIL AM LEADER, DIES

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 DARIEN, Illinois (FAXX/jGLi) – Herminio “Ka Miniong” Rillo Poblete, who is credited for inviting prominent Filipino and Filipino American government celebrities to grace the Kasarinlan, the Independence celebration once sponsored by the Filipino American Community of Greater Chicago (FACC), died of lung cancer last July 12. He is 79.

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Protesters storm closed Chinese consulate

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MANILA --- More than 600 protesters belonging to the West Philippine Sea Coalition, an umbrella group of about 30 cause-oriented groups, yesterday staged a rally in front of the Chinese consular office in Makati City to denounce China’s sweeping claim to much of the South China Sea and its incursion in Philippine territorial waters.

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DOJ bolsters pork scam probe

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Justice Secretary Leila de Lima reinforced Thursday a government team looking into an alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam linked to businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, and said the lawyer of whistle-blower Benhur Luy had told her his client wanted to be placed under state protection.

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Luisita farmers forced to sign notes at gunpoint

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Two different versions of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) marked the signing by the Hacienda Luisita farm workers of the land promissory notes.

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Bongbong, Lauren linked to P10-B scam

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MANILA – Senators Loren Legarda and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. have been dragged into the probe of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against a businesswoman who reportedly defrauded the government of billions of pesos by establishing ghost projects allegedly funded by pork barrel.

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