Ampatuan Massacre in Maguindanao
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They want to keep their pork and more. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Monday cautioned lawmakers against trifling with the proposed 2015 national budget by keeping their “pork barrel” and agreeing to Malacañang’s declaring as savings at any time of the year at any stage any project the legislature had approved.

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Health Secretary Enrique Ona, who is on leave, is under scrutiny for authorizing the use of a supposed “breakthrough” drug for the treatment of malaria and dengue.

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The country’s most beloved comedian succumbed to pulmonary disease from a lifetime of smoking. Today his sons Eric and Epy Quizon are helping create awareness for respiratory health.

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The Ampatuan clan remains influential in Maguindanao province, holding sway even in the villages five years after its patriarch and his sons were arrested and charged with murder over the massacre of 58 people, including 32 journalists, in Ampatuan town.

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Do you Viber? Or maybe WeChat? Perhaps KakaoTalk? Or Line? You can now get free news updates from the Inquirer with the same smartphone chat applications you use to keep in touch with family and friends.

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Principal whistleblower Benhur Luy told the Sandiganbayan on Monday that they also used the codename “Cong. Biazon” for Senator Jinggoy Estrada in connection with the alleged misuse of the senator’s pork barrel funds.

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A low-pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine area of responsibility was spotted east of Mindanao on Monday afternoon and is expected to traverse the Visayas region on Thursday or Friday.

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