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BIR goes after colorum dorms

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has placed under investigation thousands of colorum dormitories and lodging houses in Manila for non-registration and non-payment of income and Value-Added Taxes. Manila Revenue Regional Director Araceli Francisco said the discovery of the tax dodging anomaly was made possible through the “Resibo sa Upa Mo Katumbas Premyo.”  Read More »

Man behind Ice Bucket Challenge dies in accident

NEW YORK – One of the individuals behind the Ice Bucket Challenge to support Lou Gehrig’s disease research has died in a diving accident. Corey Griffin, 27, helped popularize the worldwide trend in which people either pledge $100 to ALS research or record themselves getting drenched by frigid water, then post the stunt online and challenge others to do the same.  Read More »

Denunciation of the scribes and Pharisees

Gospel Reading: Mt 23:1-12 Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens [hard to carry] and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift... 

Jeepney eyed as popemobile

By LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO The Philippine jeepney might serve as Pope Francis’ “popemobile” when he visits the country in January 2015. Henrietta de Villa, the country’s former ambassador to the Vatican, said there were suggestions to use the jeepney as the pontiff’s popemobile since it is one of the popular public means of transportation in the Philippines.  Read More »

Malaysia honors MH17 dead

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Black-clad Malaysians observed a minute of silence and a nationwide day of mourning on Friday as the first remains of the country’s 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster returned home. People across the country of 28 million went silent at 10:55 am (0255 GMT), about an hour after a Malaysia Airlines jet landed with the remains of 20 people killed when MH17 was blasted from... 

IS militants pose biggest threat to US

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States admitted Thursday that the Islamic State is the most dangerous group it has faced in recent years and warned that the Middle East faces a long-term battle to defeat it. Pentagon chiefs said the jihadist group could be eradicated if local Sunni communities reject it and regional powers unite to fight it, but only if the battle is taken into Syria and not just Iraq.  Read More »

Ex-cop, partner fall in drug sting

CAMP GEN. PACIANO RIZAL, Laguna – A dismissed police officer and his live-in partner were arrested Wednesday night during a drug bust in San Pablo City. Senior Supt. Romulo Sapitula, Laguna Police Provincial Office (PPO) director, identified the suspects as Cesar Javier, a dismissed policeman last assigned to Batangas PPO in 1998;and his live-in partner Nora Azana, both residents of Barangay Vl-E,... 

DPWH report

The Department of Public Works and Highways La Union First District Engineering Office under District Engineer Ray A. Elaydo recently reported the progress of its infrastructure projects for this year.  Read More »

BJMP vehicle hits pickup;15 hurt

PAGBILAO, Quezon – Five jail officers and 10 inmates were injured Wednesday afternoon when the service vehicle of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) collided with a pickup along Old Zigzag Road in Barangay Silangang Malicboy, this town. Senior Supt. Ronaldo Genaro E. Ylagan, Quezon police chief, said among the injured were Jail Inspector Raul Salvaniera Patriarca, 54;JO3 Alejandro... 

Farmer killed by son-in-law

CAMP PRESIDENT QUIRINO, Ilocos Sur – A farmer died after his son-in-law hit him in the head with the butt of an airgun in Barangay Lungog, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, last Wednesday. Police said farmer Cesar Cambe, 47, of Barangay Lungog, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, died from head injuries.  Read More »