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MANILA, Philippines - Defense and military officials are taking seriously some claims that foreign terrorists have managed to enter the country. The officials also reiterated the country’s readiness to quell any terror plot.
“We will still have to verify these reports. We cannot discount the possibility but we will have to see if we have enough information regarding that,” Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told reporters on the sidelines of the DND’s 71st anniversary celebrations yesterday. “Everything is being taken seriously,” he added.

MANILA, Philippines - Bulusan volcano in Sorsogon spewed ash again yesterday morning.
Renato Solidum, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director, said the ash explosion happened at 6:45 a.m. and lasted for around five minutes.
However, there was no indication of a hazardous explosion, he added.

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino wished his former girlfriend Shalani Soledad well yesterday in her venture into show business.
The Valenzuela City councilor is the co-host of comedian Willie Revillame on the TV5 game show “Willing Willie.”

MANILA, Philippines - A retired Army colonel who took part in the investigation into the deadly Glorietta 2 mall blast in 2007 insisted yesterday it was a bomb and not methane gas which caused the explosion that killed 11 people and wounded a hundred others.

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino has submitted the appointments of 18 of his Cabinet secretaries to the Commission on Appointments (CA) for confirmation, with Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo excluded from the list.

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