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Migrants in United Arab Emirates Get Stuck in Web of Debt

By Jason DeParle – nytimes.com Before she arrived in this mecca of migrant labor at age 48, Evelyn Naces, a Filipino nurse, had never owned a credit card. Soon she had 14 of them — and like thousands of other foreign workers here, a trip to debtors’ prison. “When they Read more »

Court halts MMDA smoking ban on roads

abs-cbnNEWS.com MANILA, Philippines – A court has ordered the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to temporarily stop enforcing the smoking ban in major and minor roads. Mandaluyong Judge Carlos Valenzuela ordered the MMDA to stop enforcing the no-smoking policy for 20 days.

Iguanas for 'tuko' scam bared

By Ryan Chua – A syndicate allegedly sells certain species of iguana for the price of geckos or “tuko,” which is now being traded illegally for its perceived medicinal effects.

3 QC barangays dengue hotspots

By Samuel P. Medenilla – The Department of Health (DoH) Saturday declared three barangays in Quezon City as dengue hotspots after the number of cases, currently at 2,574, continues to rise.

MILF drops bid for independence

By Aurea Calica – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) had already abandoned its quest for an independent state in Mindanao before its meeting in Japan with President Aquino last Thursday, the government’s chief negotiator with the rebel group said yesterday.

178 rescued as ship capsizes off Iloilo

By Helen Flores – A cargo-passenger vessel bound for Iloilo from Cebu listed and sank off the coast of Iloilo yesterday morning. All 178 people on board the ship were successfully rescued, a Coast Guard official said.