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'You know who you are,' Ping tells lawmakers daring him to bare names in pork scam 25-Apr-14, 12:10 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez and Dexter San Pedro, InterAksyon.com

Divers race to retrieve bodies from South Korean ferry as storms loom 25-Apr-14, 1:00 PM | Lim Chang-Won, Agence France-Presse

UP dean appointed as Philippines' chief statistician 25-Apr-14, 10:57 AM | Rain Castro, InterAksyon.com

King moves to reassure Saudis as MERS deaths hit 85 24-Apr-14, 7:04 PM | Agence France-Presse King Abdullah was in the Saudi commercial hub of Jeddah on Thursday in a bid to reassure a worried public as the death toll from the MERS virus hit 85.

BIR satisfied with tax court's order for Pacman to post P3.3-B cash bond 24-Apr-14, 1:58 PM | Marlene Alcaide, News5 Although prevented for now from garnishing the properties of Manny Pacquiao, the Bureau of Internal Revenue said it was satisfied with the Court of Tax Appeals' order for the boxing champion to file a P3.298-billion cash bond, the same amount he allegedly owes in unpaid taxes.

Wack Wack golf club suspends Mar for 2 months over April 6 'meltdown' 24-Apr-14, 7:26 PM | InterAksyon.com The board of the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club has voted to suspend for two months Interior Secretary Mar Roxas over the April 6 incident where he was accused of giving Club employees a tongue-lashing over green fees he supposedly did not want to pay.

BUSINESS NEWS

February imports increase at slowest pace in 4 months February imports increase at slowest pace in 4 months Imports last February grew at their slowest in four months on the back of a slowdown in purchases from abroad of electronics components used in…

EastWest Bank to raise P5B in 3Q to finance expansion, entry into bancassurance EastWest Bank to raise P5B in 3Q to finance expansion, entry into bancassurance The banking arm of the Filinvest Group plans to raise P10 billion in additional capital by the second half of this year to support its…

Brandy maker Emperador\ Brandy maker Emperador's first-quarter profit up a fifth The maker of Emperador Brandy reported that its first-quarter profit jumped by nearly a fifth following a double-digit expansion in revenue despite an increase in…

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KULANG NA KULANG | PH has huge shortage of computer programmers — Microsoft 24-Apr-14, 11:35 AM | Jose Bimbo F. Santos, InterAksyon.com Even with the proliferation of IT and computer courses, the Philippines still has a huge gap in terms of producing computer programmers with marketable skills according to a local Microsoft executive.

PHOTO | All eyes on future saint, Pope John Paul II 24-Apr-14, 4:21 PM | InterAksyon.com In many sites around the world that have set up monuments or sites related to the late charismatic pope John Paul II, the final hours leading up to Sunday, April 27 are busy ones: for burnishing, and preparing these places as tools to help people understand the life of this remarkable pope.

DND-DILG order proves JASIG operative, Wilma Austria immune from arrest - Karapatan 24-Apr-14, 4:20 PM| InterAksyon.com A joint DND-DILG order acknowledges that the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees that protects communist rebel negotiators and their consultants remains operative and covers, among others, Wilma Austria, who was captured last month with her husband Benito Tiamzon.

With new typhoon season nearing, PH 'critically short' of evacuation centers - IOM 25-Apr-14, 8:25 AM| Pots de Leon, InterAksyon.com With a new typhoon season approaching, an international nongovernmental organization has warned that the country remains 'critically short of evacuation shelters in some of the most typhoon-vulnerable parts of the country.'

Sandiganbayan issues hold departure orders vs Chavit Singson, ex-CJ Corona 25-Apr-14, 10:16 AM| InterAksyon.com The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court has issued separate hold departure orders against former Chief Justice Renato Corona and former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis 'Chavit' Singson.

Ex-COA chief co-accused with GMA for plunder of PCSO funds arrested 24-Apr-14, 7:34 PM| Thom Andrade, InterAksyon.com Former Commission on Audit chairman Reynaldo Villar, one of those accused with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the alleged plunder of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes' intelligence fund, was arrested at his Paranaque City home Thursday afternoon, police said.

PH, HK officials say relations back to normal after resolution of row over 2010 Luneta siege 23-Apr-14, 7:16 PM| Dexter San Pedro and Pots de Leon, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE - 8:27 p.m.) A day after Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada flew to Hong Kong to personally apologize to the families and survivors of the August 2010 Luneta bus hostage incident, both Philippine and Hong Kong authorities declared relations have normalized between the two governments.

FINDING BATCH 2013 | La Salle’s Chiara Lanuza: Stocks and science meet on the path to success 24-Apr-14, 1:26 PM| By Tricia Aquino | Photo courtesy of Chiara Lanuza | Lifestyle Section, InerAksyon.com InterAksyon tracked down De La Salle University's Batch 2013 summa cum laude to ask how "the real world" has been since she finished school

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