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Pope Francis on Sunday appealed to Filipinos to protect “the unity and beauty of our human family,” reminding the faithful that each child is a gift that should be cherished. In his homily at the historic Mass at Luneta (Rizal Park in Manila), the pontiff told a crowd of around…

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Amid cheers and shouts of “We love you!” by devotees, Pope Francis was all smiles as he entered Malacañang on Friday, kissing and blessing babies and children along the way. President Benigno Aquino 3rd was outside to welcome the Holy Father, and he walked with the Pope to the Palace.…

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More than seven out of 10 Filipinos have “much trust” in Pope Francis, a survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS) released on Wednesday showed. The survey conducted from November 27 to December 1 last year showed that the net trust rating of Pope Francis was a “very good” +59 (72…

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Malacañang is not sure whether executive clemency will be granted to inmates in time for Pope Francis’ visit to the country. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Tuesday confirmed that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima had already submitted a list to Malacañang. He, however, noted that the office of…

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WITH just 17 months left in the term of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, the government is confident that the timetable it set for the passage and eventual implementation of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be followed. This was the assurance made by Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita…

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ROMBLON, ROMBLON: Despite having his hands full dealing with the country’s problems, President Benigno Aquino 3rd again expressed his abiding hope that he can still find a partner and get married. This was revealed by the President himself in the middle of his speech at the Romblon Public Theater, where…

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THE search for a new Commission on Audit (COA) chief is on. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Malacanang is looking for replacement of COA Chairman Grace Pulido Tan, whose term of office ends on February 2, 2015. Appointed in 2011, Tan is serving the remaining four years of…

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Malacañang on Wednesday denied reports that Customs Commissioner John Philip Sevilla has resigned. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that Sevilla remains the Customs commissioner. “Wala kaming balita na si Commissioner Sunny Sevilla ay nag-submit ng resignation letter…Kami nga nabibigla sa mga ganoong tanong. But Commissioner Sunny Sevilla already made a…

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The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) has a new head. Malacañang on Monday said Roman Buenafe took his oath of office on Monday as the new general manager of the MRT, replacing its officer-in-charge Renato San Jose. “Yes he [Buenafe] was appointed and took his oath this morning,” Palace spokesperson Edwin…

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Despite his busy schedule, President Benigno Aquino 3rd said he still finds the time for courtship. In a recent “Fast Talk” segment of ABS-CBN’s “Gandang Gabi Vice,” Aquino revealed that he did have a girlfriend, up until “several months ago,” that is. He, however, did not name the girl. The…

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