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After ghost voters come ghost pensioners

There may be fewer ghost voters now with the automation of the polls, but it seems another kind of ghost is still among us. Sen. Franklin Drilon, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, said he suspected that are a lot of ghost pensioners being paid by the government.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2010 15:43 )

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Ombudsman Gutierrez brands impeach move ‘illegal’

OMBUDSMAN Merceditas Gutierrez on Tuesday declared before the Supreme Court (SC) that impeachment proceedings against her, initiated in the House of Representatives, are clearly illegal and unconstitutional, since her case was railroaded, violating her right to due process.

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BPO calls for help

Every year, many of the country’s fresh graduates join the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry as customer-service representatives. It is easy to see why: Most, if not all, find the high salaries that call-center companies offer to be very attractive. Never mind if they have to use very American names like Chelsea and Clint and mimic American accents to assist irate callers and reach a certain quota at the end of their shift. The wages—and the accompanying perks—these people earn often make up for the stressful grind.

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A container van school for the kids of Smokey Mountain

Once upon a time, in a not-so-faraway place, children lived atop Smokey Mountain - named for the thick odor emitted by the huge garbage dump that formed it. The humongous pile of trash was the ground beneath their feet, and their source of sustenance.

Things went on this way until a traveler by the name of Jane Walker chanced upon the dump. The British national fell in love with the children, who seemed to her treasures among the trash. She pledged to build them a daycare center. To give them a chance at a different life was her challenge, the way 'taming' Tarzan was to another famous Jane.

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 October 2010 09:52 )

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