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DSWD chief out

THE powerful Commission on Appointments rejected for the third and last time the ad interim appointment of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo. Facing those who rejected her appointment, Taguiwalo attended the plenary session to hear why she was not able…

Senate starts scrutiny of 2018 nat’l budget

THE Senate yesterday started its review of the Duterte administration’s proposed P3.767-trillion 2018 national budget which the Administration dubbed ‘A Budget that Reforms and Transforms”. Sen. Loren Legarda, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, presided over the briefing by…

Solons dismayed at Taguiwalo rejection

MEMBERS of the House of Representatives expressed disappointment with the rejection of Judy Taguiwalo as Secretary of Social Welfare and Development. House Minority Magnificent 7 leader Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat said administration solons did not defend the appointee of President…

Some senators say they backed DSWD chief

AFTER the announcement of the decision of the Commission on Appointments on the fate of Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, some senators revealed their support for the left-leaning member of the Duterte Cabinet. Senator Sonny Angara said he voted for…

Prepare contingency plans, Philippine embassies told

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has instructed all embassies abroad to update their contingency plans even as North Korea decided to delay its planned missile firing toward Guam. Philippine posts particularly in or near conflict areas were advised to…

'Blame on both sides'

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NEW YORK -- US President Donald Trump sparked a political firestorm Tuesday when he doubled down on his initial response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in bloodshed, saying there was “blame on both sides.” The…

US open to talks if North Korea ready to disarm

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WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday, after North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un postponed a threat to fire missiles towards the US territory of Guam, that Washington remains ready for talks. But the top US diplomat said it would…

Global stocks up

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NEW YORK -- World stock markets mostly rose Tuesday, extending the previous day’s rally as fears receded over a potential clash between the United States and North Korea. Investors have cashed out of haven assets, like gold and the Japanese…

Falling tree kills 13 at Portugal religious festival

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LISBON -- Thirteen people were crushed to death and 49 injured Tuesday when a 200-year-old oak tree fell on them at a religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira, doctors said. A dozen people, four of them children, were…

House to vet impeach bid

HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the House of Representatives will start evaluating an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. Pending in the House of Representatives are at least two impeachment complaints against Sereno separately submitted by two groups,…

BIR panel to probe Bautista’s wealth

REVENUE Commissioner Caesar Dulay has formally created a special panel to investigate the possible tax violations of Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista who is accused of amassing unexplained wealth. In a letter, Dulay requested Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II…

Joint exploration in SCS

THE planned joint oil exploration and development between the Philippines and China in the disputed South China Sea has the blessing of President Rodrigo Duterte, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano stressed yesterday as he allayed fears of the public regarding…

Uber willing to pay fines for shorter suspension

IT’s a standoff between Uber and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board after a threehour arbitration meeting between LTFRB and Uber officials with Senators Grace Poe, Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino, and JV Ejercito. This was confirmed by Sen. Ejercito…

Amended red-tape measure’s passage sought

SENATOR Joel Villanueva yesterday sought for the immediate passage of the bill that aims to address red-tape in issuing licenses and permits by government agencies. Senate Bill No. 1311 or the Expanded Anti-Red Tape Act of 2017, a proposal that…

Binay: Disqualify Smartmatic from future polls

Until all its cases are resolved WITH the controversies surrounding Smartmatic, Senator Nancy Binay yesterday called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to disqualify Smartmatic from taking part in the forthcoming elections until all cases involving the election system provider…
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