BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO

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MALACAÑANG has approved the proposal of the Foreign Affairs and Labor departments to bring home about 1,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded in Hong Kong after they were allegedly duped by their travel agency. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said President Rodrigo Duterte approved the plan he and Labor…

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THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday advised Filipinos in Libya and Honduras to exercise care to avoid getting caught in the political turmoil in their respective host countries. “Our OFWs in Libya face two natural difficulties: their safety and security, and their ability to send their earnings back…

THE MANILA TIMES ROUNDTABLE

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THE National Privacy Commission has assured the public that the Philippines has the “strictest” law in the world when it comes to personal data protection, amid concerns over proposals to implement a national identification (ID) system. Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro on Tuesday said the agency was formed in March 2016…

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SEN. Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th on Monday pushed for the entry of more foreign players in the telecommunication industry, saying it will lead to the provision of better services. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier announced that China Telecom will be the third player in the country’s telecom industry to break the…

SEN. JV EJERCITO ON DENGVAXIA MESS

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FORMER budget secretary Florencio Abad may be charged with technical malversation for realigning P3.5 billion from government savings to buy dengue vaccines without Congress’ approval. Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito made the pronouncement on Saturday when asked about the liability of government officials during the Aquino administration in the controversies surrounding…

AQUINO CLAIMS

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FORMER President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday said his decision to approve the purchase of P3.5 billion worth of anti-dengue vaccines in December 2015 was based on experts’ initial advise – now proven wrong – that the drug was “safe.” Appearing before a Senate inquiry, Aquino dismissed allegations that the…

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CONGRESS has ratified the Tax Reform and Acceleration Inclusion (TRAIN) bill before it adjourned its session for a month-long holiday break but not without controversy as members of the House of Representatives claimed that a lack of quorum during the voting nullified the ratification. It was not the case in…

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THE Senate is set to ratify this Tuesday the bicameral conference committee report approving the proposed P3.76-trillion national budget for 2018. Sen. Loren Legarda, chairman of the Committee on Finance and Rep. Karlo Alexie Nograles, chairman of the Committee on Finance for the House of Representatives, led their respective groups…

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