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JIHADISTS BEWARE – US military opens all combat roles to women

The US military will let women serve in all combat roles, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday in a historic move striking down gender barriers in the armed forces.

Femme PHL cop busts bus stickup, collars 1 of 3 suspects

PO1 Judy Ann de Villa, 24, of the Navotas Police’s special patrol unit, arrested 39-year-old Juanito “Yoyoy” Arsenio who earlier held up a female bus passenger seated across him.

CONQUERING THE CONQUEROR – PH firm buys out Spain’s biggest wine company

The November 30 2015 purchase solidifies Emperador’s position as the world’s largest brandy company and makes the Tan-led firm one of the largest foreign investors in Jerez, the brandy capital of Spain.

PWNED – Self-proclaimed ISIS affiliates in Sultan Kudarat iced to oblivion

Philippine marines killed eight suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State (IS) group in a clash in Sultan Kudarat on Thursday, seizing bomb-making equipment, assault rifles and black flags, military officials said.

WiFi all you want in Baguio – Burnham Park has you covered

To keep residents and tourists connected to the Internet while enjoying the park’s amenities, the city government of Baguio now has free Wi-Fi connection inside Burnham Park’s Rose Garden.

SUCKS TO BE HIM – Man called Phuc Dat Bich repeatedly bumped off Facebook thinking his birth name’s a hoax

A Vietnamese-Australian man, named Phuc Dat Bich has been repeatedly banned in Facebook for ‘bearing a false name’. The problem is, it’s the man’s real name.

Govenment-sponsored loans for purchase and installation of solar panels now possible in PHL

State-owned Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) now offers loans for the purchase and installation of solar panels, the fund’s president and CEO on Thursday said.

NO MORE SUPERSTITION – Vancouver, CA now prohibits skipping ‘unlucky’ numbers in new buildings

Newer generation of buildings will at last do away with superstitious skipping of floors with 4 or 13, 14, or anything with 4 in it.

WRONG NEIGHBORHOOD! – Picky taxi driver busted by plainclothes cop

While some choosy taxi drivers speed off leaving rejected commuters shaking their heads, this one had a run-in with a passenger who turned out to be a policeman. The driver ended up being detained in Quezon City.

CHECKMATE – UNCLOS PCA rules in favor of PHL in West PH Sea row

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague said a UN panel had ruled Thursday (Oct. 29) that it has jurisdiction over the case filed by the Philippine government against China in the South China Sea, dealing Manila a victory in the first-round issue of admissibility.