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COA blames patronage politics

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Soldiers unload sacks of rice and other necessities at an evacuation center in Legazpi City, Albay, in anticipation of typhoon Rammasun on July 15, 2014. According to the Commission on Audit, in the DILG’s 2013 preparedness assessment report, “it was evident that coordination between and among LGUs, national government agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector left much to be desired.”  AP

The Commission on Audit (COA) has blamed “patronage politics” for the government’s failure to provide protection and relief from disasters to poor Filipinos in the country’s high-risk zones.

Posted: September 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

VIPs, politicians not invited to Pope’s lunch

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Pope Francis gives a thumbs-up as disabled children perform for him during his visit to the rehabilitation center for disabled people at Kkottongnae in Eumseong, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. The Pope will lunch with the poor when he visits Tacloban City on Jan. 17, 2015.  AP PHOTO/AHN YOUNG-JOON

Bad news for politicians and rich people who hope to rub elbows with Pope Francis during his first visit to the Philippines in January.

Posted: August 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Volunteer lineman injured while fixing Albay’s power lines tripped by ‘Glenda’

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A volunteer lineman from Dagupan City was seriously burned while helping restore power lines in Albay downed by Typhoon “Glenda” (Rammasun).

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

‘Yolanda’ rehab plans welcome but execs say: Please hurry up

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It’s about time. But please hurry up. Leaders of municipalities ravaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda welcomed President Aquino’s approval of the rebuilding blueprint for five provinces and Tacloban City. Mayor Ricky Ramirez of Medellin town in Cebu province said his constituents had been waiting for eight months for the rebuilding to get off the ground.

Posted: July 30th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Think of it as romantic dinner for next 2 weeks in S. Luzon

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A Filipino resident uses a candle while eating outside their house in suburban Quezon City on Thursday July 17, 2014 a day after strong winds from Typhoon Glenda toppled several electric posts and infrastructures in its path. Eating dinner by candle light or kerosene lamp will be the norm for many people in the Bicol Region, Quezon province, Calabarzon and parts of Pampanga province until early next month.  AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA

Eating dinner by candle light or kerosene lamp will be the norm for many people in the Bicol Region, Quezon province, Calabarzon and parts of Pampanga province until early next month.

Posted: July 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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