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MANILA — Former President and current Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (pictured above) is facing another multi-million-peso plunder charge before the Office of the Ombudsman, this time in connection with the allegedly anomalous P1.6-billion dam and skybridge projects in Camarines Sur in 2008.


MANILA — Jesuit priest James B. Reuter (photo above), an iconic American educator, theater and television director, and respected journalist, died Dec. 31, leaving behind a body of works and other achievements that earned him in 1984 the title of honorary Filipino.


President Benigno Aquino III, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Quintos-Deles witness as Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel chairman Marvic Leonen and MILF Peace Panel chairman Mohagher Iqbal affix their signature to the GPH-MILF Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro in a ceremony at the Rizal Hall of Malacañang on Oct. 15.  (Photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau/PCOO/PNA)

Sylvia dela Cruz (left), a museum curator, and other workers salvage shoes belonging to Imelda Marcos at the shoe museum in Marikina City.  (AP photo)

Newly-appointed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Aranal Sereno (rostrum) delivers a message during the 23rd Presidents of Law Associations in Asia (POLA) Conference. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines plays host to the conference at Marriott Hotel Newport City in Pasay City on Aug. 29. Also in photo are POLA members: (seated extreme left hidden photo) Jonathan Temm, president, New Zealand Law Society; Lim Chee Wee, president, Bar Council of Malaysia; (3rd from left) Roan I. Libarios, IBP National President Chair, 23rd POLA Conference; (extreme right) Isomi Suzuki, president-Elect, LAWASIA; Catherine Gale, president, Law Council of Australia; and Akira Kawamura, president, International Bar Association.  (PNA photo by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)

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