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INC rallyists along EDSAIglesia ni Cristo protesters intend to occupy EDSA until Monday
Protesters from the Iglesia ni Cristo that massed on EDSA on Friday afternoon intend to occupy the thoroughfare until Monday. GMA News' Mariz Umali reported this development on "Saksi" as members of the church continued to mass up, rendering the northbound lane of EDSA-Ortigas impassable to vehicles. According to the Eastern Police District, the crowd on Shaw Boulevard was estimated at 2,500 at around 2 a.m. Protesters have occupied EDSA despite the lack of a rally permit from the Quezon City government. The mass action began on Thursday in Manila, where thousands of members of the politically ...

‘Zero Remittance Day’ a success, says Migrante partylist
Migrante partylist, a group protecting the rights of overseas Filipino workers (OFW), declared the success of today’s “Zero Remittance Day’’. The group said the “Zero Remittance Day’’ is a collective action of the OFWs, their families, and rights advocates worldwide to fight any action and move by the Aquino government to scam them and treat the OFW merely as milking cows. OFW groups and communities in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Middle East, Vietnam, Thailand, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland, and other parts of the world participated in the protest action.

Mar RoxasMar Roxas to Iglesia Ni Cristo: We have rules to follow
MANILA, Philippines - Outgoing Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Saturday reminded the members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) who gathered on Edsa in Mandaluyong City that people have rules to obey. "Let us remember that ours is a Rule of Law and not of men," Roxas said in a statement. Roxas said that the policemen deployed in parts of Edsa where INC followers have converged are tasked to maintain peace and order in the area. "As in all protest actions, preserving peace and order with maximum tolerance will be practiced by all responding policemen...

Senate Electoral Tribunal seeks Grace’s birth, travel records
MANILA, Philippines - As Sen. Grace Poe continues her soul searching amid calls for her to run for president next year, the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) has directed the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the National Statistics Office (NSO) to produce her citizenship and birth certificate documents, signaling the start of an investigation that could make or break her political future. Poe has the highest popularity ratings among possible presidential candidates in the 2016 elections. The ruling Liberal Party has long been trying to convince her to be the running mate of its presidential candidate ...

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.Good life under Marcos; you kidding, right?
“The gall of this douche bag. They emptied the coffers which we are still paying for,” netizen rnoldrmada said, referring to the billions allegedly plundered by the senator’s father, family and associates. Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who is contemplating a run for the vice presidency or the presidency, said that he could sense a general sentiment that life was better when his father was in power and that this was one of the factors spurring him to consider seeking higher office. Marcos Jr. need only look at the names inscribed in the Bantayog ng Mga Bayani in Quezon City to know what it was like during his father’s dictatorial regime, Malacañang said yesterday.

Former mayor Latasa tagged source of threats by radioman
DIGOS CITY—A broadcaster here has claimed that former Mayor Arsenio Latasa was out to get him to stop him from exposing the official’s alleged corrupt practices in his daily radio program. Arvin Malaza, known for his radio name Jun Blanco over Muews Radio and K37 TV, accused Latasa, also former vice governor, of enriching himself while in office as city mayor. He did not present any document except to say that Latasa owns a mansion and an Olympic-size swimming pool here. “If something happens to me, you know who to blame,” said Malaza in his program “Isumbong Kang Jun Blanco” early this week.

Alberto LinaCustoms chief Lina to OFWs: No additional taxes on balikbayan boxes
Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina on Friday assured overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that no additional taxes will be imposed on balikbayan boxes to recover the government's P6 million daily losses due to smuggling. "Wala namang dagdag na buwis. Hindi pupwedeng may dagdag na buwis," Lina said at a press event. At present, shipment with contents worth P10,000 and below are exempted from taxes. "'Di naman magbabago 'yun unless... aakyat tayo sa Congress para humingi tayo ng additional o dagdag," Lina said. Several bills have been filed in Congress seeking to increase the current allowed value of the contents ...

Sandigan subpoenas Jinggoy bank accounts
The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division has subpoenaed the documents under the China Bank accounts of detained Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Ejercito Estrada and two of his alleged conduits whom he used to receive kickbacks from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). The graft court addressed the subpoena to Chinabank chief compliance officer Marissa Espino and China Bank Corinthian Hills branch manager Maria Gloria. In the subpoenas, the two bank officials were ordered to bring before the Fifth Division during the hearings this Tuesday and Wednesday the documents asked of them.

Maria Concepcion Araneta-BocalaCommunist rebel leader pleads not guilty to murder charge
KALIBO, Aklan, Philippines — Detained communist rebel leader Maria Concepcion Araneta-Bocala pleaded not guilty during her arraignment for a 1981 murder case at the Aklan Regional Trial Court. Bocala entered her plea before the RTC Branch 2 presided by Judge Cicero Lampasa. Bocala is among those accused in the killing of Metodio Inisa on Sept. 17, 1975 at Barangay Panipiason in Madalaag town in Aklan. Bocala’s lead legal counsel said they oppose in open court a motion of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology to transfer Bocala to the BJMP facility in Iloilo, four hours’ travel away from Kalibo.

Thailand needs 4,000 English teachers
MANILA, Philippines - The Thai government is hoping to hire up to 4,000 Filipinos who can teach English in Thailand. Diplomatic sources told The STAR that the hiring of the teachers is one of the matters to be discussed during the visit in Manila of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Thailand has opened schools teaching the languages of Southeast Asia in preparation for the creation of the ASEAN Economic Community by the end of the year. President Aquino and the Thai leader agreed yesterday to advance the “Partnership for Prosperity” between the Philippines and Thailand.

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