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Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds

Penitents flagellate themselves as part of Lenten observance in Angeles City, Pampanga province, north of Manila on April 17, 2014. The dominant Roman Catholic church does not condone flagellation and other extreme acts of penitence including gory Good Friday reenactments of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but devout Catholics say it is a means of atoning for their sins and to implore God to spare them and other members of their families from illness or bad luck. AFP

Thousands of people flocked to rural fields in the Philippines on Friday to witness the gruesome spectacle of men being crucified in their annual Easter re-enactment of the death of Jesus Christ.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Pope washes feet of disabled, including elderly Muslim

Pope Francis kneels to wash the foot of a man at the Don Gnocchi Foundation Center in Rome, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The Pontiff has washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve like a "slave." Francis' decision in 2013 to perform the Holy Thursday ritual on women and Muslim inmates at a juvenile detention center just two weeks after his election helped define his rule-breaking papacy. It riled traditionalist Catholics, who pointed to the Vatican's own regulations that the ritual be performed only on men since Jesus' 12 apostles were men. The 2014 edition brought Francis to a center for the elderly and disabled Thursday. Francis kneeled down, washed, dried and kissed the feet of a dozen people, some in wheelchairs. He said the ritual is a gesture of "a slave's service." (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen elderly and disabled people including a Libyan Muslim during an Easter ritual in Rome on Thursday imitating Jesus Christ’s humility.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

In Ligao City, a hill beckons to Lenten devotees

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Life-size statues depicting the suffering of Christ attract devotees to Kawa-Kawa Nature Park in Ligao City. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Thousands of devotees are expected to climb the 250-meter-high Kawa-Kawa Hill in Barangay Tuburan in this city where life-size sculptures depicting the Way of the Cross offer a unique Lenten experience.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Heightened alert up for Holy Week

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday placed all its units in the country under heightened alert to ensure the safety of the public this coming Holy Week.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

38 ‘hot’ cars seized at Ceza

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Port Irene in Cagayan Freeport Sta. Ana, Cagayan.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized 38 secondhand vehicles from an imported car dealer in Cagayan province, thwarting an attempt to illegally take them out of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZF) in Port Irene, Santa Ana, Cagayan province.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Baguio in a frenzy for 19th flower fest

Workers have spent the week building new floats made of flowers for the 19th staging of the Grand Float Parade of the Baguio Flower Festival on Sunday, Feb. 23. Some of the participants spent as much as P1 million to build their floats. EV ESPIRITU/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

News television crews have set up their gear. Park workers race to install potted flowers around Session Road. Busloads of tourists have started to arrive in the summer capital to join this weekend’s Panagbenga (Baguio Flower Festival) street dancing and floral parade.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Customs to auction off unclaimed imported goods

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The Bureau of Customs is to auction off shortly millions of pesos worth of unclaimed imported goods at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).

Posted: February 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Manila truck ban worries Customs chief

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Bureau of Customs Commissioner John Philip Sevilla said the expanded truck ban set to be implemented by the Manila city government could adversely affect the operations of not just one but four major cargo holding facilities, including that of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Aquino leads by example

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President Benigno Aquino III walked the talk when he lined up at the Land Transportation Office to renew his driver’s license.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Metro,On Target | Read More »

Palace: We need systemic reforms, not just revamp in BOC

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Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Palace on Tuesday said that while sacking or shuffling officials help curb corruption and smuggling, the ultimate solution lies in systemic change.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Pimentel seeks LGUs share in Customs revenue

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Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Give local governments a share from customs revenue and the national government will have active partners all over the 7,100-island archipelago in the campaign against smuggling.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t lost P1.3T to smugglers in 9 years

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From 2002 to 2011, the government lost more than P1.33 trillion in revenue due to smuggling through the country’s ports, according to the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI).

Posted: January 14th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Bill seeks more money to fight drug smuggling

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Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed a bill seeking the allocation of P165 million over the next three years to the Department of National Defense, the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Coast Guard to beef up border security operations and prevent the smuggling of illegal drugs into the country.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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