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Coco farmers benefits assured

Coconut farmers and farm workers stand to benefit from the formation of a trust fund for the coconut sector. Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, chairperson of the Senate agriculture and food committee, made this assurance in a speech before the Coconut Farmers Organizations of the Philippines (Con-Fed)-Coconut Farmers National Conference at the Makati Palace Hotel recently.  Read More »

Peanuts reduce risk of death

Washington (AFP) – Eating peanuts, in small amounts, may reduce the risk of mortality, especially death from cardiovascular disease, a new study Monday showed. The report compiles research from people of varying races, including Caucasians, African Americans and Asians, all from low income backgrounds.  Read More »

The request of James and John

Gospel Reading: Mt 20:17-28 As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves…Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached him with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her, “What do you wish?” She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your Kingdom.”  Read More »

Bong visits son

Manila, Philippines – It was a tearful reunion between father and son Sen. Bong Revilla and Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla yesterday afternoon in hospital. Sen. Revilla was allowed by the Sandiganbayan to visit his wounded son Jolo at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City where he has been confined since Saturday. VG Jolo accidentally shot himself Saturday morning while cleaning... 

Iraq targets IS stronghold

KIRKUK (AFP) – Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadists in and around Tikrit in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State group’s main strongholds.  Read More »

NoKor lifts travel ban

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea officially reopened its borders on Tuesday to foreign tourists and businessmen nearly five months after shutting them over fear of the deadly Ebola virus, tour agencies and a diplomatic source told Reuters.  Read More »

Ex-barangay chief slain

BANGUED, Abra – Police are investigating the gun-slaying of a former village chairman in Barangay Lubong, Bangued, Abra province.  Read More »

Bad things happen in threes

Dear Manay Gina, A series of unfortunate events just happened to me. I got a reprimand from my boss for a job I’m extremely dedicated to do.  I also found out that my boyfriend is having a relationship with someone else. Then, one of my best friends decided she doesn’t want to be friends with me anymore because I was proven to be disloyal having befriended the girl she hates.  Well, while I... 

Hired guns kill village dad

CAMP JUAN, Ilocos Norte – A village councilor died while his daughter was critically wounded in an ambush staged by three alleged hired killers along the road in Barangay Santa Maria, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, late Satuday night, belated report said here.  Read More »

Girl, 7, found dead in Quezon

SARIAYA, Quezon – A 40-year-old man was arrested for the death of his seven-year-old niece whose half-naked body was found covered with dried bamboo leaves on a grassy lot in this town on Sunday night. Police said Elaine (not her real name), a Grade 2 pupil, went missing after her mother instructed her to remit a Small Town Lottery (STL) bet to a neighbor just opposite their house at about 7:35...