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Today's Date: 4/29/2017

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Pacquiao arrives in LA for Margarito fight rites
MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao arrived in Los Angeles, California Monday night for the press conference officially announcing his fight against Mexico’s Antonio “Tijuana Tornado“ Margarito.

Fans, media mob Pacquiao in LA
MANILA, Philippines – Fans and members of the media mobbed boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao upon his arrival at the Los Angeles International Airport on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).

81 Pinoy seafarers still with Somali pirates
MANILA, Philippines – Efforts are underway for the release of 81 Filipino seafarers who were abducted by Somali pirates, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Drilon: 25 months of bonus in MWSS obscene
MANILA, Philippines - After being singled out by President Benigno Aquino III in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) took the hot seat on Tuesday’s continuation of the Senate probe into the alleged excessive salaries and benefits of executives of government-owned and –controlled corporations (GOCC) and government financial institutions (GFI).

OFW group cites need for male shelters in Mid-East
MANILA, Philippines - An alliance of Filipino migrant workers in the Middle East called on the government to set up a shelter for distressed male OFWs.

33 trafficking victims rescued in Las Piñas
MANILA, Philippines – Thirty-three people, including minors, have been rescued by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents and a government task force against human trafficking.

‘Florita’ to bring rain, strong winds
MANILA, Philippines – A low-pressure area (LPA) west of Iba town in Zambales province has developed into a tropical depression, weather forecasters said Friday.

Zubiri blames ‘turf war’ over SWAT deployment
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri believes that a “turf war” prompted former Manila Police District (MPD) head Chief Superintendent Rodolfo Magtibay to use local Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams in the assault against hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza on Monday.  

CHR scores Quisumbing over outburst
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has criticized a top official for her recent outburst at media.  

Pele videos to boost trapped Chile miners` morale
COPIAPO, Chile - Thirty-three miners trapped for 21 days in a Chilean mine may get videos of Maradona and other soccer greats to beat boredom as they face several months deep underground until they are dug out.

Naga power complex auction delayed
MANILA, Philippines - Bidding for the Naga power plant complex`s contracted capacity has been postponed.

CNN`s Jaime FlorCruz: A Pinoy blessed with luck
ONTARIO, Canada - “You have to be blessed with luck.” This is how, jokingly or seriously, Jaime FlorCruz, CNN’s Beijing Bureau Chief answered The Philippine Reporter, when asked about how to succeed in his field.

Binay: Review demolition guidelines
MANILA, Philippines – Vice-President Jejomar Binay has called for a review of guidelines covering the demolition of informal settlers’ communities.

Biazon bares `rumblings` in military
MANILA, Philippines - Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon on Tuesday revealed that there are `rumblings` again in the military over the promotions and appointments in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Kris earned P300M during 5-yr marriage to Yap: source
MANILA, Philippines – The separation of estranged couple Kris Aquino and James Yap is expected to heat up further once both parties take up the issue of division of their multi-million marital assets or property.

Chinese businessman abducted in Cotabato
COTABATO CITY, Philippines - A Chinese businessman was abducted by unidentified armed men in his store in Cotabato City on Monday afternoon. 

NBI chief wants Mancao out of his hands
MANILA, Philippines - The chief of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to let other law enforcement agencies take over the security of former police officer Cezar Mancao, the prosecution`s witness in the Dacer-Corbito killings in 2000.

FTI privatization deferred to 2011
The government has foregone revenues from the privatization of the Food Terminal state property in Taguig City. This after the Finance Department announced the sale will likely be completed in 2011. The sale was supposed to push through in the first half of 2010 but it was put off a couple of times due to bidding issues.

Lance Gokongwei talks to ANC about airline industry, open skies
Cebu Pacific has come a long way from just being a budget carrier. The airline is now the country`s largest in terms of total number of passengers flown, and it accounts for a little over 51% of the market. ANC`s Maiki Oreta sat down for an interview with the man behind the airline, Lance Gokongwei. Gokongwei talked about his outlook for the local airline industry, Cebu Pacific`s performance, rival Philippine Airline`s labor issues and his take on open skies.

Manny Pacquiao takes time out
Nagpahinga muna ang boxing champ at kongresistang Manny Pacquaio at nag scuba-diving at water-tubing kasama ang ilang kongresista sa Mindanao. Nagpapatrol, Anne Santos

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