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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