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SC junks petition on judiciary’s independence, fiscal autonomy

MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) — The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday dismissed the petition seeking the independence and fiscal autonomy of the judiciary. The petition for mandamus, entitled “Save the…

Catholic bishops reiterate stand on the Bangsamoro Basic Law

MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) — Catholic bishops have reiterated the stand of the Catholic Church on the need to consult and let the people participate in the discussion concerning the…

Japan admits absence of negotiation channels with IS hostage takers

TOKYO, Jan. 22 (PNA/Sputnik) — The Islamic State (IS) militants threatening to kill two Japanese hostages if they do not receive a US$ 200 million ransom by Friday have not…

Germany will release scandalous film on screens despite protest from North Korea

BERLIN, Jan. 22 (PNA/TASS) — A scandalous film — The Interview, about an attempt on the life of the North Korean leader, will be released on screens on the territory…

13,000 Dagupan voters need biometric validation

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 22 (PNA) — Some 13,000 voters of Dagupan City still need to validate their biometrics with the City Election Office. This was bared by City Election Officer…

2015 Listahanan to find out if access to electricity in Bicol has improved

By Danny O. Calleja LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 22 (PNA) — The implementation of the Listahanan project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) this year will determine, among…

DepEd-ARMM to expand innovative teaching method

COTABATO CITY, Jan. 22 (PNA) — In its efforts to improve the performance of high school students in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the Department of Education (DepEd-ARMM)…

51st IEC local organizers get P2M in ‘piso’ fund drive, P10M in pledges

CEBU CITY, Jan. 22 (PNA) — Local organizers of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) to be held in Cebu in January next year have collected P2 million from the…

JG Summit raises Php8.8-B via equity placement

By Leslie D. Venzon MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) –- Philippine conglomerate JG Summit Holdings, Inc. raised Php8.8 billion in a share sale, proceeds from the offering will be used for…

PHL stocks plunge anew

MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) — Local share prices finished in negative territory anew on Thursday as investors awaited the European Central Bank’s (ECB) monetary policy decision. The benchmark Philippine Stock…

Bayantel confident NTC will approve petition for change in ownership

By Azer N. Parrocha MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) — Bayan Telecommunications Inc. (Bayantel) expressed confidence on Thursday that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will approve its joint petition with Globe…

Win or lose,’ PHL says it will honor tribunal decision on China case

By Michaela del Callar MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) — The Philippines on Thursday said it will honor the decision of the arbitral tribunal, which is hearing the case it filed…

Philippines, U.S. reiterate South China Sea row must be settled through international arbitration, says Palace official

MANILA, Jan 22 (PNA) — Senior Philippine foreign affairs and defense officials and their counterparts from the United States have reiterated that the maritime dispute in the South China Sea…

SC defends JDF

By Perfecto T. Raymundo MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) — The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday defended the Judiciary Development Fund (JDF), saying that it is what they use to augment…

Sun Life Canada sees positive turn-out for PHL in 2015

By Joann Santiago MANILA, Jan 22 (PNA) — Officials of Sun Life of Canada Philippines, Inc. (SLOCPI) remain optimistic on the resiliency of the economy and the domestic financial market…