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Cha-cha working group welcomed

PHILIPPINE Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez yesterday welcomed the decision of congressional leaders to create a joint technical working group (TWG) composed of congressmen and senators to draft the proposed revisions to the Constitution in the absence of the…

DFA marks 50th anniversary of ASEAN

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will commemorate on Monday the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA Building, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano…

Duterte wants to save ‘generation of haters’

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday made it clear that while he wants to destroy unlicensed lumad schools, he has no intention of harming the children who study in them. The President said he wants to save them from perdition, from growing…

Free college funds slashed

TWO militant solons scored the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for removing from the 2018 proposed national budget the funds intended for free college education. In a statement, ACT Teachers Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro disclosed the removal…

9 high-profile prisoners back in max security cpd

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NINE high-profile inmates were returned to the maximum security compound at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City yesterday morning. Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes identified them as Rico Caja, Joel Capones, Jojo Baligad, Benjamin Marcelo, Sam Lee Chua, Hanz…

PCGG must account for seized wealth -- Chiz

THE proposal to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government that was established during the time of the late President Cory Aquino has prompted Sen.Francis “Chiz” Escudero to call for a full accounting and inventory of all the assets recovered…

Traffic cop arrested for rob-extort

MEMBERS of the Philippine National Police Counter-Intelligence Task Force yesterday arrested a member of the Manila Police District traffic bureau accused of being part of a group of police officers extorting money from bus operators in the city in exchange…

Review passenger insurance scheme, Congress urged

A transport group is urging Congress to revisit the Personal Passenger Accident Insurance Program (PAIP) for possible increase in insurance coverage of passengers of public utility vehicles (PUVs). Transport group Kapit, led by Atty. Vigor Mendoza, sent a letter to…

MMDA announces road reblockings this weekend

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THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advised motorists to avoid certain areas in Caloocan, Quezon and Pasig Cities where road re-blocking and repairs were started by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) yesterday around 11 p.m. The areas…

Philconsa prexy hails TWG on cha-cha

PHILIPPINE Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez yesterday welcomed the decision of congressional leaders to create a joint technical working group (TWG) composed of congressmen and senators to draft proposed revisions to the Constitution in the absence of the 25-man…

‘Rightsizing’ gov’t pressed

THE House of Representatives has approved on 3rd and final reading a measure that seeks to streamline the bureaucracy and improve the quality and efficiency of government service delivery. Members of the House present during Wednesday’s session unanimously voted for…

Majority senators tackle tricky tax reform measure

SENATE Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said the caucus of the majority bloc yesterday discussed priority legislative measures, and among these was the income tax reform package. Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara, chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means,…

Sotto, ‘Ping’ can boast of perfect attendance

SENATE Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson shared the top spot for perfect attendance and for being punctual on all of the 89 session days. Meanwhile, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV was the tardiest senator, arriving…

CHR head ought to resign — Panelo

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CHIEF Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo yesterday told Commission on Human Rights (CHR) commissioner Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon to quit for being “biased.” Panelo however said that President Rodrigo Duterte could not replace Gascon since his post had a…

Solons scold Faeldon BOC

On shabu incident LAWMAKERS from both chambers of Congress belonging to the ‘Congressional Oversight Committee on Customs Modernization’ (CMTA) yesterday sent the clear message to officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) headed by Comm. Nicanor Faeldon that they are…
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