BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO

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THE Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday approved the interim appointment of Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero as Armed Forces chief of staff. The panel also approved the promotion of 38 senior military officials. It likewise confirmed the appointment of Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia as Ambassador to Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden;…

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FOR his failure to explain why he snubbed Wednesday’s inquiry into his alleged unexplained wealth, former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista would be issued a subpoena by the Senate to compel him to attend the next public hearing in January 2018. Sen. Francis Escudero, chairman of the Senate…

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THE late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago deserves President Rodrigo Duterte’s official endorsement for conferment of the Quezon Service Cross, the highest civilian award in the Philippines, in recognition of her “exemplary” contributions as a public servant, according to Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara. Santiago was 71 years old when she died on…

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THE Philippines will continue to champion the cause of migrants when it participates in the preparatory negotiations for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), a United Nations agreement that seeks to provide better treatment and protection for overseas workers, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.…

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SEN. Panfilo Lacson on Monday proposed the consolidation of all biometrics data already gathered by some government agencies to cut the costs in implementing the proposed national identification system. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the government has to “start all over again” in terms of gathering biometrics. It has…

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FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday urged Filipinos working in Hong Kong and Macau to invest their earnings in the Philippines to secure the future of their families back home. Cayetano made the call on Sunday during separate town hall meetings with members of the Filipino Community in…

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A REENACTED 2018 national budget looms as the Senate stands firm on the P50-billion cut in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) budget, which the House of Representatives has vowed to fight. Sen. Panfilo Lacson who has proposed to slash P50.7 billion from the DPWH appropriations in the…

SENATORS TO TRANSPORT DEPT:

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SENATORS Grace Poe and Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday urged transport officials to ensure that the new maintenance deal for the rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) would be aboveboard and advantageous to the government. The Department of Transportation (DoTr) announced on Wednesday that it was set to enter into…

BICAM MEETS TODAY

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VOTING 16-0, the Senate on Wednesday evening approved on third and final reading the proposed P3.76-trillion national budget for 2018, which Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd described as a “fulfillment” of the promises of the Duterte government. Sen. Loren Legarda, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, will lead the…

BICAM MEETS TODAY

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VOTING 16-0, the Senate on Wednesday evening approved on third and final reading the proposed P3.76-trillion national budget for 2018, which Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd described as a “fulfillment” of the promises of the Duterte government. Sen. Loren Legarda, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, will lead the…

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