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AGFO wants ‘truthful’ probe of SAF tragedy

Saying it wants a “factual, truthful report clear of bias,” the Association of Generals and Flag Officers (AGFO) has strongly called for an “independent commission to investigate the Maguindanao operation” that led to an alleged “mis-encounter” with Muslim rebels, leaving 44 dead police commandos mobilized to arrest two most wanted terrorists.

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Mar: It is state’s duty ‘not to send you into hopeless operations’

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said Sunday it “is the duty of the state to give you the full support, equipment and training and not to send you into hopeless operations.”

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Surge in 8990 shares mirrors bull market

Lito Gagni /   Special to The Market Monitor Shares of mass-housing developer 8990 Holdings soared more than 30 percent last week mirroring the record close of the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEI), which hit 7,689.91 points, as foreign investors entered the Philippines market in a big way.

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Manila ranks 139th among world’s prosperous cities

On a list of 300 urban centers of the world, the city of Manila was ranked 139th in terms of prosperity and employment generation last year, based on a joint study of The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase.

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WB, Congress favor higher tax on gasoline

Riza Lozada The falling prices of crude oil have prompted several institutions to suggest ways to exploit this to the advantage of the economy. The World Bank (WB) has recommended to the government the imposition of higher taxes on the rich through an increase in the excise tax on gasoline that private cars use.

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Pope’s Visit: PHL counts costs but cites benefits

Teresa Cerojano / Associated Press Manila—When the Pope comes to town, a big bill awaits the host country, but the mammoth crowds whipped up by the Roman Catholic Church leader also offer plenty of good business.

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Pope concludes triumphal visit ‘Biggest-ever’ Papal Mass

“Keep the flame of faith alive in your hearts. Walk away as children of the light,” Francis intoned in his homily. He ended the Mass with the devotees holding lighted candles in the damp air. The Pontiff, a lighted candle flickering behind a glass case in his right arm, gave his final blessing in English in a symbolic gesture after …

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“Why does God allow this to happen?”: Pope, moved by a child’s question, departs from homily at youth forum

It was a revealing moment of genuine inspiration. So moved by the tears of an abandoned child, who broke down and could not finish her prepared welcome speech, an emotional Pope Francis told an audience of youth on Sunday the world must “learn how to cry” over the plight of the millions of poor, hungry, homeless and abused children.

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While Francis listens, P-Noy bashes the clergy

He just couldn’t help it—the endless blaming game. While Pope Francis listened intently on his earphones, minutes away from delivering his first speech during his five-day apostolic visit, President Aquino went hammer and thongs at unnamed members of the clergy—“once advocates of the poor, the marginalized and the helpless,” he said, but whom he accused of silence allegedly during the …

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AFP, PNP ‘ready for unexpected’

In the country’s largest-ever security preparations, Philippines authorities will deploy more than 37,000 military and police personnel, and ban backpacks and umbrellas at the Rizal Park during an open-air Mass as Filipinos eagerly await the arrival of Pope Francis, the third Vatican prelate to visit Asia’s largest Catholic nation.

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