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The military offensive unleashed in Mindanao has triggered a budding alliance among armed groups left out of the peace talks with the government, an official of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) said yesterday.

Harrison Ford crash-landed his World War II-era airplane on Thursday after losing engine power, suffering serious but not life-threatening injuries as he used his years of piloting prowess to bring down the plane on a golf course and avoid nearby homes in what one expert called a beautifully executed maneuver.

Romblon Gov. Eduardo Firmalo welcomed the discovery of the World War II Japanese battleship Musashi by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his team in Sibuyan Sea, but noted that the provincial government was not informed about the group’s exploration.

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Ombudsman investigators have found sufficient evidence to proceed with the office’s probe against Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, and 22 others for alleged involvement in an anomalous parking building project in Makati City.

A ranking police officer and head of an alumni association of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) has sent text messages to fellow alumni dissuading them from joining tomorrow’s “March for Justice” for the 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) killed by Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25.

A provisional P10-rollback in the flag-down rate of all taxicabs will take effect on Monday, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said yesterday.

Political parties should field more women candidates in next year’s elections to help increase the voice of women in governance and policy-making, Sen. Pia Cayetano said yesterday.

Colleagues of world boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao in the House of Representatives might not be flying to Las Vegas this time to watch his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. because of the prohibitive ticket prices, according to Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

Three female healthcare personnel in Saudi Arabia have contracted the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed yesterday.

The President cannot dictate on the House of Representatives in its deliberations on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said yesterday.

Poverty incidence rose by 1.2 percentage points to 25.8 percent in the first six months of 2014 from the 24.6 percent registered during the same period in 2013.

The 44 Special Action Force (SAF) police commandos killed in a firefight with Muslim rebels in Mamasapano on Jan. 25 were given posthumous meritorious promotion by the National Police Commission (Napolcom), Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II said yesterday.

Fast-rising food prices and the devastating effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) caused an increase in poverty incidence in the Philippines in the first half of 2014, said local authorities today.

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