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How a matchbook can trap a wanted man

WASHINGTON - From the unruly areas of Pakistan to Philippine jungles and the deserts of Iraq, simple matchbooks and posters are proving an effective US tool in the hunt for the world's most wanted men.

$1.4M fine a 'slap on wrist': Tubbataha exec

MANILA, Philippines - The roughly $1.4 million fine that the US Navy will have to pay for damaging Tubbataha Reef is a "slap on the wrist," the UNESCO World Heritage site's top official said Friday.

Mysterious mail triggers global tax-haven probe

WASHINGTON - The cascade of WikiLeaks-style revelations shedding light on the often murky world of offshore tax havens began when Gerard Ryle received a mysterious letter in the post.

PH may allow US greater military access

MANILA - The Philippines is ready to help the United States as it aligns its defenses against threatened attacks by North Korea, the foreign minister said, hinting at the possibility of opening more Philippine bases to the U.S. military.

Repentant, reticent, rude

MANILA -- How do public officials with secret offshore accounts react, when found out? The PCIJ confronted a senator, a congressman, and two former government executives with questions about secret accounts that each had opened separately in offshore havens. It’s diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks.

Ground Zero Quezon City: Will you survive a nuke blast?

MANILA - What if North Korea attacks the Philippines and a nuclear missile detonates over Quezon City?

What Imee disclosed and didn't in her SALN

MANILA, Philippines - In ten out of the 13 Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) that she filed as member of Congress from June 1998 to June 2007, Ma. Imelda ‘Imee’ R. Marcos, eldest daughter of the late strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos and incumbent Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda R. Marcos, had reported fairly moderate gains in her wealth.  

Ad expert gives tips on message, placing ads

MANILA – Political campaign strategists admit that television commercials are the most effective tool for wooing voters. But they also say, too much ads could break a campaign.

TransCom hopes annexes signed before May polls

MANILA, Philippines -- The members of the Transition Commission (TransCom) of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are hopeful that the three remaining annexes of the framework peace agreement on the Bangsamoro will be signed before the May 13 polls.

Is Erap behind Chiz-Ongpauco feud?

MANILA – "In politics, all things are possible." This is how re-electionist Sen. Francis Escudero answered questions on whether he believes the camp of former president Joseph Estrada is somehow behind the attacks against him by the parents of his girlfriend, actress Heart Evangelista.