CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT

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Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson on Thursday vowed to go after politicians who are “obstructing” the government’s rehabilitation efforts in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda. Lacson said he has a “short list” of those who have tried to hamper reconstruction efforts. “Mostly politicians. What else is…

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The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Wednesday resumed negotiations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, hoping to see agreement on the remaining annex on normalization that will be the basis for a post-conflict Bangsamoro. “We cannot afford to lose more time at the expense of the bigger…

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Malacañang on Monday said that small-scale mining operations in Mindanao were to blame for the death toll of Tropical Depression Agaton. The number of fatalities from the first calamity to hit the country this year increased to 40 as of Sunday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)…

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Malacañang on Wednesday said it is looking into the claim of The Manila Times columnist Rigoberto Tiglao that the Philippines has the fifth highest electricity rates in the world. In his column, Tiglao wrote that based on Meralco’s tariffs (using residential rates of 200 kilowatt hours per month consumption), which…

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Malacañang on Tuesday lauded the improvement in the ranking of the Philippines in the Heritage Foundation’s 2014 Index of Economic Freedom. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that the Philippines jumped eight notches, making the country’s economy the 89th freest in the world. He said that the country’s 89th ranking is…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd will lead the nation in prayer for a “more progressive future,” a Malacañang official said. Presidential Communications Secretary Hermnio Coloma Jr. called on the public to join the “National Day of Prayer and Solidarity”, which will be held on January 20 in Malacañang. “The National Day…

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Malacañang on Sunday said it respects the right of the United States (US) government to issue a travel advisory in the southern part of the country. In a radio interview, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the travel warning applies only to US nationals and not to Filipinos.…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday hosted the traditional Vin d’ Honneur, inviting the country’s leaders and diplomatic community to join him in a first toast welcoming the New Year. In his speech, the President thanked all Filipinos who showed resilience despite the calamities that hit the country, including the…

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Malacañang warned the public against scammers soliciting donations for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda. Citing information reaching his office, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that he was being misrepresented by scammers soliciting donations in his behalf. “[Some unscrupulous individuals], by impersonating me, or claiming to represent me and…

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Former President Gloria Arroyo, who is under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), had unexpected visitors on Saturday: Vice President Noli “Kabayan” de Castro and Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz. Cruz, a staunch critic of the former President, said he paid the former leader a visit in the…

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