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Embattled Philippine National chief Director General Alan Purisima will answer the charges of corruption against him only before the Office of the Ombudsman once official complaints are filed, the spokesman of the PNP said Saturday.

For receiving donations for his official residence and a huge discount for a Toyota Land Cruiser, the Senate has asked the Office of the Ombudsman to determine if Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima should face graft and corruption charges.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed a measure seeking to mandate banks to practice enhanced due diligence and stricter monitoring of accounts beneficially owned by politically exposed persons.

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A suspected member of the leftist rebel group New People's Army (NPA) was killed in an encounter with government troops in Sarangani, local military said today.

The Office of the Ombudsman may seek the help of the Supreme Court against a Sandiganbayan ruling allowing the opening of bank accounts, as well as property and travel records, of Benhur Luy and other pork barrel scam whistle-blowers.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee should include the allegedly overpriced P700-million Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) in its list of issues to be investigated now that a resolution has been filed for this purpose.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged the Catholic faithful to pray to the saints today.

For more than three decades, single mother Rosemary (not her real name), 45, has been suffering from dizziness, headaches, sleepless nights and body pains.

Mall and banking conglomerate SM Investments Corp. (SMIC) is encouraging foreign investors to put their money in the Philippines, saying now is the perfect time to invest in the country.

The Philippines has obtained a $300-million loan from the World Bank intended to boost fiscal sustainability and governance transparency.

About 5,000 international medical, training and support personnel, including 700 to 1,000 foreign health workers, are needed in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone over the coming months to treat patients afflicted with the Ebola virus.

Despite the conclusions of a Senate panel that questioned the integrity of the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Director General Alan Purisima appears secure in his position.

The remains of former senator and health secretary Juan Flavier will lie in state at the Church of the Risen Lord at the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City.

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