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Senate version of nat’l budget ‘nakakahiya’

SENATOR Miriam Defensor-Santiago yesterday claimed that the Senate version of the proposed 2015 national budget suffers from two “dangerous minefields”— the redefinition of savings and the retention of pork barrel funds. Sen. Francis Escudero sponsored last Nov. 18 the passage…

FoI bill moves closer to House approval

FINALLY, after one year of deliberation, the controversial Freedom of Information (FoI) Bill will soon reach the plenary session for approval of the majority members of the House of Representatives. The House committee on public information chaired by Misamis Oriental…

P5B more earmarked for 114 state schools

ASIDE from the P41.79 billion budget for state universities and colleges, the 2015 proposed General Appropriations Bill (GAB) will provide P5 billion to fill up faculty plantilla positions in the 114 SUCs nationwide. Sen. Teofisto Guingona III made the assurance…

‘Blacklist smartmatic’

AN election watchdog group yesterday formally asked the Commission on Elections to blacklist Smartmatic from participating in all election-related projects for misrepresentation having claimed that it owned the automated election technology and for numerous violations of the country’s election laws.…

Romualdez bill benefits persons with disabilities

THE House of Representatives has approved on second reading the proposed law of House independent bloc leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez seeking to exempt persons with disabilities (PWDs) from paying value-added tax (VAT) on certain goods and services.…

Ona ignored WHO on vaccines?

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EMBATTLED Health Secretary-on-leave Enrique Ona allegedly ignored the World Health Organization’s recommendations (WHO) when he approved a questionable procurement of vaccine by the Department of Health in 2012. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima revealed this yesterday shortly after receiving the…

P1.2B pcos deal looms

AN election watchdog group yesterday assailed what it described as undue preference being given by the Commission on Elections to the vendor of voting machines used in the last two national and local elections in the P1.2-billion project to refurbish…

No proof of electronic cheating — Pimentel

“IT might be interesting” if proof is shown that indeed, there was vote-shaving in the 2013 elections, Sen Aquilino ‘‘Koko’’ Pimentel said in a news forum. Pimentel’ dismissed speculations that he may have been a victim cheating in the last…

Pacquiao hailed

COLLEAGUES of Sarangani Rep. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao at the House of Representatives congratulated him for dominating American challenger Chris Algieri to retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title during the “Hungry for Glory” boxing extravaganza at the Cotai Arena…

Palace presses okay of emergency powers

MALACAÑANG is confident that lawmakers will expedite the passage of the measure that will give President Benigno Aquino III emergency powers to avert a looming power shortage during the summer months next year. “Umaasa po tayo na mamadiliin yung pagpasa…

Life a struggle for massacre widows

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FOR Gloria Teodoro and other women widowed by the Philippines’ worst political massacre, the struggle to move on with their lives is as long and painful as their fight for justice. Five years since the carnage in the impoverished farming…

Where’s justice?

ON the eve of the 5th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre the government has come under fire for the slow prosecution of the powerful clan accused of being behind the gruesome killings.Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate reminded President Benigno Aquino…

There’s no blacklist of foreign press — Coloma

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MALACAÑANG yesterday denied blacklisting Hong Kong journalists who jeered and shouted at President Benigno S. Aquino III during the Asia Pacific Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali, Indonesia last year. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma Jr. stressed that…

House colleagues see Pacquiao win

MORE lawmakers, both administration and opposition, wished boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao a good fight and victory over American boxer Chris Algieri today in Venetian Hotel, Macau. The solons believe that with his speed, stamina, power and determination,…
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