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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has signed into law a bill declaring August 18 as “Jesse Robredo Day,” a special working holiday. Under Republic Act (RA) 10669, the Department of Education was mandated to implement activities for “Jesse Robredo Day” in all elementary and secondary schools. “In the event that the…

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Malacañang has condemned the killing of Davao del Norte Press and Radio Club president Gregory Ybanez and directed the police to hunt down his assailants. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government wants justice for Ybanez who was shot dead by unidentified men in Davao del Norte on…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd administered the oath to office of 49 newly promoted police officials led by Director General Ricardo Marquez in Malacanang on Wednesday. Marquez, who headed that task force that secured Pope Francis when he visited the country in January, was announced as the new Philippine National Police…

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Malacañang on Saturday dismissed China’s claim that Japan and the Philippines ganged up on China during a regional security forum last week on disputes in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Jr. said the Japanese and Philippine governments are strategic partners and have an agreement…

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The Philippines can hold its head up high even after it lost the bid to host the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Malacañang said on Saturday. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the Philppine delegation did its best to present the country as a “worthy” host before the FIBA…

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday said it is time for Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd to leave his Cabinet. In his speech during the 114th Police Service Anniversary rites at Camp Crame in Quezon City, Aquino lauded Roxas’ “exemplary leadership” at the Department of the Interior and Local…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar as the new chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), replacing Zenaida Ducut who finished her term on July 10. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Salazar will serve for seven years or until July 2022. “According to…

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Malacañang on Tuesday maintained that there is nothing wrong in giving huge salaries and bonuses to top diplomats as noted by a Commission on Audit (COA) report. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. explained that Philippine ambassadors receive salaries based on existing laws and regulations. “Wala po kaming gagawin dahil…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his sisters held Mass on Saturday at the Manila Memorial Park to commemorate the sixth death anniversary of their mother, former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino. The Aquino siblings, dressed in their signature yellow color, gathered in front of their mother’s tomb. Interior Secretary and Liberal…

PALACE TO UST

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Malacañang on Wednesday urged the University of Santo Tomas (UST) to put public safety above its concerns over a flood control project proposed by the government. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the proposed flood catchment project that will be constructed under UST’s Open Field aims to ensure the safety of…

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