BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO

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Eighty-three percent of the P8.4 trillion needed for implementing the government’s massive infrastructure program will come from foreign borrowings, not from the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train), according to Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara. Angara had dismissed as “exaggerated” the claims of some officials from the executive department…

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The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said on Monday several law enforcers behind drug-related killings had sought the Church’s sanctuary and protection. “They have expressed their desire to come out in the open about their participation in extra-judicial killings and summary executions. Their consciences are…

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SENATOR Cynthia Villar is dismayed over the steady increase in the number of Filipinos being deployed overseas as domestic workers since 2014. According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the country in 2016 deployed 275,073 first-time househelpers compared to 194,835 in 2015 and 183,101 in 2014. “Why are we…

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SENATORS in the majority bloc said Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th would find it difficult to gather 13 votes to unseat Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd. Trillanes believes Pimentel’s expulsion as Senate chief would be the easiest way to remove Sen. Richard Gordon as chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon…

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FAMILY members, friends – in and out – of politics, as well as supporters of the late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago gathered at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina yesterday to commemorate her first death anniversary. Santiago was 71 years old when she succumbed to lung cancer on Sept. 29, 2016.…

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SEN. Antonio Trillanes 4th is set to file separate e thics and plunder complaints against Sen. Richard Gordon for his alleged misuse of Philippine National Red Cross funds. Trillanes said he would file the ethics complaint before the Senate Ethics Committee led by Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd and…

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SENATOR Antonio Trillanes 4th on Friday sought a major revamp in the Senate leadership to remove obstacles hindering the chamber in investigating irregularities in government. He said Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd must be replaced since he will serve as the “key” to expel Sen. Richard Gordon as chairman…

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Atio laid to rest
THE DEAN of the UST law college, Nilo Divina, has assured senators he would “facilitate” the surrender of Aegis Juris Fraternity members involved in the hazing death of law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo 3rd, who was laid to rest on Wednesday. Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri said Divina gave the assurance…

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MEDICAL technologist John Paul Solano on Monday night identified, in a “tell all” executive session with senators, six Aegis Juris Fraternity members whom he saw on the day he provided first aid to hazing victim Horacio Tomas Castillo 3rd. The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, led by…

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