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CBA facing huge fines in latest Australian banking scandal

Jun 23, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is accused of receiving Aus$22 million ($15 million) in prohibited payments from a subsidiary to promote its retirement fund to customers

UNDER SCRUTINY. A pedestrian passes a Commonwealth Bank branch in Sydney on August 10, 2016. Peter Parks/AFP

QC hospital charges Winston Ragos' family P31,000

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:58 PM

The bill includes Commonwealth Hospital Medical Center's use of N95 masks, cadaver bags, and use of an ambulance, among others

PENDING BALANCE. The hospital bill's last page for attempting but failing to save the life of Winston Ragos. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

Scandal-hit Aussie banks earmark billions to repay customers

May 02, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The National Australia Bank alone announces it set aside Aus$1.1 billion (US$770 million) to reimburse customers, after a government probe found rampant malpractice

Two people use National Australia Bank (NAB) ATMs in Melbourne on May 2, 2019, as the NAB revealed that in the last six months it had put aside 368 million US dollars for "customer-related remediation costs," bringing the total provisions to 770 million. - Australia's big banks -- once among the most profitable in the world -- are being forced to amass war chests worth billions of dollars to reimburse customers for years of dodgy fees. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Maldives applies to rejoin Commonwealth – president's office

Dec 09, 2018 - 8:58 PM

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih writes to the 53-member Commonwealth bloc to seek readmission two years after his predecessor pulled the nation out of it

In this picture taken on September 8, 2018, Maldives' main opposition leader and presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih addresses a crowd during a campaign rally in the Maldives capital Male, ahead of presidential elections on September 23. The Indian Ocean country of 340,000 people has been on edge since Yameen -- who has jailed or exiled almost all his opponents -- imposed a 45-day state of emergency in February.  AFP

Heavier traffic expected in parts of Quezon City due to MRT7 construction

Apr 29, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Motorists and commuters who pass through Regalado Highway, the Tandang Sora Avenue-Commonwealth Avenue intersection, and North Avenue will be affected

Heavy traffic in parts of QC expected starting April 30 – MMDA. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said motorists should expect heavy traffic in Quezon City with the closure of several roads due to the construction of the Metro Rail Transit 7 (MRT-7). One-way traffic would be implemented on Regalado, from Mindanao Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue, for the construction of a coping beam and starting on May 1, the contractors will start working on the construction of MRT-7 Tandang Sora station at the intersection of Commonwealth and Tandang Sora Avenue. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

The week in photos: April 7-13, 2018

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

MMDA to set 50 km/h speed limit for EDSA, C5, Commonwealth

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Also covered by the plan to reduce the speed limit are Roxas Boulevard, Quezon Avenue, and Marcos Highway

BUSY ROAD. EDSA is the most used thoroughfare in the Philippines, passing through 6 cities. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO

VIRAL: Drunk driver hits vehicles along Commonwealth Avenue

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:08 PM

The driver of the Nissan Patrol – identified to be 39-year-old Niño San Gabriel – tests positive for alcohol and is found possessing two firearms inside his vehicle

16-year-old boy gunned down in Commonwealth, Quezon City

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Cops say Aldrin Jore, a sophomore at Commonwealth High School, was not on any drug or crime lists

SHOT DEAD. Aldrin Jore was 16 years old. Photo from Jore's Facebook page

Heavier Commonwealth traffic seen as MRT7 construction progresses

Aug 13, 2017 - 5:10 PM

A task force announces developments in the construction of the MRT7 s University Avenue and Manggahan stations in Quezon City which would affect the flow of traffic

Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen in front of the Iglesia ni Cristo Church along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Tuesday. A portion of the thorough fare from Sandiganbayan to Litex is closed for the whole day due to a medical mission by the INC. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

Australia's biggest bank accused of 'breaching terror-financing laws'

Aug 03, 2017 - 2:41 PM

AUSTRAC says it is taking civil action against the Commonwealth Bank in the Federal Court for allegedly breaching the laws 53 700 times

UNDER SCRUTINY. A pedestrian passes a Commonwealth Bank branch in Sydney on August 10, 2016. Peter Parks/AFP

Partial road closures due to MRT7 construction starting April 17

Apr 08, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Regalado Highway will be partially closed from Bristol Street to Commonwealth Avenue from April 17 to June 16 for Phase 1 of the construction

Deferred: Road closures in Quezon City due to MRT7 construction

Apr 02, 2017 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED The road closures will not start on April 4 as originally scheduled according to the project s Traffic Task Force

Empire 2.0? Commonwealth eyes post-Brexit trade boost

Mar 13, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Britain is gearing up to strike its own trade deals outside of the European single market and is looking to its former global network

MONEY MAGNET. The Canary Wharf financial district is seen in east London on March 6, 2017. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Queen Elizabeth hails unsung heroes in Christmas speech

Dec 25, 2016 - 5:09 PM

UPDATED The Queen mentions the Olympics and her 90th birthday but not Brexit

MONARCH. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sits at a desk in the Regency Room in Buckingham Palace in London, after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth on December 25, 2016. Yul Mok/Pool/AFP

PCC: Make policy changes to open telco, energy markets

Nov 27, 2016 - 11:10 PM

What needs to be done is to pass proposed amendments to the 80 year old Public Service Law says a PCC commissioner

TELCO HIGHWAY. The amount of spectrum assigned to a telco impacts the cost of the build capacity, overall network performance, ability to offer new multimedia services, and general customer experience of wireless services.

Cops to help man traffic at C5, Commonwealth, NAIA Expressway

Nov 13, 2016 - 6:00 PM

PNP Highway Patrol Group personnel will be deployed to address the traffic problem and ensure the safe travel of motorists

Commuters stranded in a traffic along commonwealth Ave. during rush hour. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler/File

Commonwealth brainstorms on climate change reversal

Oct 29, 2016 - 6:03 PM

Some of our island states in the Pacific and the Caribbean will be hit first and potentially disappear therefore climate change has been an issue of real importance to the Commonwealth says an official

COMMONWEALTH. A workman erect flags of the Commonwealth Nations in Parliament Square in front of the House of Commons in London on March 10, 2013 on the eve of Commonwealth Day. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

#SONA2016: March to Batasan a ‘breath of fresh air’ for activists

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:56 PM

Members of multi sectoral groups expressed their support for President Rodrigo Duterte but said they would remain vigilant

Paying back to community: College prof teaches in senior high school

Jun 15, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Marilou Syjueco a former assistant professor at the FEU Institute of Technology is willing to take a pay cut just to teach senior high school students at Malabon National High School

GIVING BACK. Marilou Syjueco, a former associate professor who will be teaching in senior high school, meets Education Secretary Armin Luistro during the opening of classes on Monday, June 13. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo

Luistro on first day of Grade 11 rollout: 'Best class opening thus far'

Jun 13, 2016 - 7:30 PM

At the central office we monitor if there is an insurmountable problem that is systemic There s none so far says Education Secretary Armin Luistro

OUTGOING AND INCOMING. Education Secretary Armin Luistro and incoming secretary Leonor Briones visit the senior high school Building and students at the Commonwealth High School in Quezon City on Monday, June 13. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Heavy traffic along Commonwealth Road as INC holds medical mission

May 17, 2016 - 12:10 PM

A stretch of Commonwealth Road in Quezon City has been closed for the whole day event

GRIDLOCK. Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen in front of the Iglesia ni Cristo Church along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Tuesday. A portion of the thoroughfare from Sandiganbayan to Litex is closed for the whole day due to a medical mission by the INC. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Filipinos confuse Panama Papers with 2013 exposé

Apr 05, 2016 - 12:52 PM

UPDATED Some people online – including several news groups – confuse a 2013 exposé with the 2016 Panama Papers probe

Photo shows the building where the office of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca is located in Panama City, Panama, April 3, 2016. Alejandro Bolivar/EPA

Antarctica penguins unable to return home due to iceberg grounding – study

Feb 14, 2016 - 4:13 PM

UPDATED A massive iceberg grounded near a colony of Adelie penguin in Antarctica also forced them to make a lengthy trek to find food

5 iconic roads in the Philippines

Dec 23, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Going on a road trip? Tweet us your favorite spots along the road with OpenRoads

SCENIC HIGHWAY. Subic-Clark-Tarlac Highway offers a scenic drive. Photo by Henry Famuleras.

Paris climate deal 'more likely' due to Commonwealth accord

Nov 29, 2015 - 9:29 PM

Commonwealth summit host Malta says near unanimity on a very focused statement on climate change may lead to success at COP21

CLIMATE ACCORD. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat (middle) says a climate change agreement signed by the Commonwealth's 53 countries made clinching a deal at the upcoming Paris COP21 talks more likely. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Commonwealth wants 'ambitious', legally-binding COP21 result

Nov 29, 2015 - 7:45 AM

Leaders from the 53 country family produce a message of Commonwealth ambition and determination for the COP21 talks in Paris

SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) , Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Shama (2-L), Maltese Prime MinisterJoseph Muscat (2-R) and Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth (R), attend a press conference at the main media center during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in Valletta, Malta, November 26, 2015. Photo by Lino Arrigo Azzopardii, EPA

PNP chief: Charges vs protesters who 'abducted, mauled' SONA cops

Jul 27, 2015 - 1:49 PM

The PNP chief assures the public that maximum tolerance will be exercised by cops but calls on protesters to do the same

Netizen report: Driver pushes, shouts at MMDA traffic aides

Jun 27, 2015 - 6:17 PM

Lawyer Crisanto Saruca Jr of the MMDA Traffic Discipline Office says the MMDA is investigating the incident and is in the process of identifying the driver

Britain carries out first air strikes against ISIS in Iraq

Oct 01, 2014 - 9:13 AM

The defense ministry said two Tornado jets hit the post with a Brimstone missile used against tanks and the vehicle with a 500 pound 230 kilogram Paveway IV laser guided bomb

An RAF Tornado during takeoff. Image courtesy UK Royal Air Force/UK Ministry of Defence

Scottish referendum campaign switches focus to Glasgow

Sep 12, 2014 - 7:26 PM

Pro independence leader Alex Salmond says he is confident of victory despite a new poll showing the pro UK campaign recovering lost ground

YES OR NO? A pro-independence poster is pictured with pro-union graffiti in a window in the town of Selkirk on the Scottish side of the border between England and Scotland, on September 11, 2014. Lesley Martin/AFP

Scotland will make history, says pro-independence leader

Sep 11, 2014 - 8:32 PM

Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond: As a country we are rediscovering self confidence as a nation we are finding our voice On September 18 we the people hold our destiny in our own hands

'YES' Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond delivers a speech during an international press conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, 11 September 2014. Andy Rain/EPA

An independent Scotland: Issues at stake

Sep 09, 2014 - 9:31 PM

UPDATED Money oil the Royal family: Issues Scotland and the United Kingdom need to discuss if Scots decide on independence

UNION IN PERIL? The Saltire, the flag of Scotland, flies beside the Union flag at the site of the Auld Acquaintance cairn, on the banks of the River Sark in Gretna in Scotland, on August 17, 2014. Andy Buchanan/AFP

'Best ever' Commonwealth Games end in Glasgow

Aug 04, 2014 - 7:27 AM

An event long written off as a dusty anachronism in the modern profit driven era of international sport ended with England on top of the medals table for the first time since 1986

'BEST GAMES EVER' Fireworks light up the sky during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on August 3, 2014. Glyn Kirk/AFP

Bolt steals Commonwealth Games show but England tops medals

Aug 03, 2014 - 1:04 PM

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt anchored the Jamaican team to victory in the Commonwealth Games men s 4x100m relay as England topped the medals table for the first time in 28 years

HEAD OF THE PACK. Usain Bolt (C) sprints to gold in the Men’s 4x100m Relay Final on Saturday, August 2. Photo by EPA/STR

Commonwealth Games open in colorful, moving ceremony

Jul 24, 2014 - 9:54 AM

The Queen called on those present to unite in difficult times as a minute s silence was held for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight disaster

POMP AND PAGEANTRY. Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow on July 23, 2014. Andrej Isakovic/AFP

#Glasgow2014: Great Scots throw weight behind Commonwealth Games

Jul 23, 2014 - 8:19 AM

Some of Scotland s best loved exports will help kick off the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday the beginning of a two week party in Glasgow

#GLASGOW2014. A sculpture known as 'the Big G' is pictured in Glasgow in Scotland, on July 21, 2014, ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Sheep genome shows links between wool, health – study

Jun 06, 2014 - 1:00 PM

There are about a billion sheep around the world – including around 70 million in Australia alone

Prince Harry pays tribute to WWII dead

May 18, 2014 - 7:39 PM

The third in line to the British throne honors the fallen at a famous WWII battleground in Italy

PRINCELY DUTIES. Prince Harry is a Captain in the British Army. File photo taken at Camp Bastion on September 7, 2012 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Photo by John Stillwell/Getty Images

Postal agency unveils Iglesia ni Cristo centennial stamp

May 06, 2014 - 7:38 PM

PHLPost has printed 1 2 million copies of the stamp featuring INC founder Felix Manalo along with the bloc voting group s centennial logo and photo of its Central Temple

Canada suspends Commonwealth funding

Apr 15, 2014 - 8:25 AM

Canada suspends funding to the Commonwealth due to Sri Lanka s alleged rights abuses

CANADA REDISTRIBUTES. Canada's Can$10 million (US$9 million) annual contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat will instead go towards fighting the practice of child, early, and forced marriage

LTFRB suspends permit of bus firm in Commonwealth accident

Apr 10, 2014 - 9:45 AM

The LTFRB says it will not hesitate to take immediate action against erring bus firms to protect public safety

Quezon City road closed for Iglesia event

Mar 27, 2014 - 11:20 PM

UPDATED The Iglesia ni Cristo expects up to 100 000 participants in the event

Heavy traffic seen due to Iglesia's QC event

Mar 21, 2014 - 5:48 PM

The event forces the anti graft court Sandiganbayan to cancel work on Friday March 28

Trucks on Commonwealth Avenue overloaded - DPWH

Mar 02, 2014 - 4:57 PM

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson warns about the dangers posed by overloaded vehicles

Bus hits 8 vehicles on Commonwealth Avenue

Mar 01, 2014 - 2:57 PM

At least 11 people are injured after a Mayamy Bus slams into 8 vehicles along the widest road in the Philippines

Scientists sorry they can't make a dragon for little girl

Jan 10, 2014 - 4:15 PM

But Australia s national science agency tries to give the 7 year old her Christmas wish and 3D prints a dragon out of titanium

SPY TARGET? The CSIRO corporate headquarters in the Canberra suburb of Campbell, ACT, Australia, 9 January 2009. Image courtesy Wikipedia/User Bidgee

Australia probes spy case at top science authority

Dec 04, 2013 - 10:26 AM

The probe reportedly centers on a post doctoral student who until last week worked in the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation s CSIRO highly sensitive nanotechnology laboratory in Melbourne

SPY TARGET? The CSIRO corporate headquarters in the Canberra suburb of Campbell, ACT, Australia, 9 January 2009. Image courtesy Wikipedia/User Bidgee

Sri Lanka begins war tally after international pressure

Nov 28, 2013 - 7:39 AM

Sri Lanka begins compiling a death toll from its ethnic conflict as it seeks to fend off growing pressure over allegations of mass killings at the end of the war

Commonwealth puts on united front after summit rifts

Nov 17, 2013 - 5:54 PM

But the show of unity will do no more than mask the divisions within Commonwealth ranks after three days of talks

COMMONWEALTH LEADERS. Commonwealth heads of state and government representatives during the inauguration of the 22nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at the Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 15 November 2013. EPA/Sri Lanka government handout