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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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Malacañang on Sunday assured the public of sufficient security measures for various activities marking the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila on January 9. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told government-run dzRB radio that the Philippine National Police is coordinating with the local government of Manila to ensure…

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Intrigues and controversies flew thick and fast this year, but the one that will be remembered most is President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s face-off with the Supreme Court. The President took on the High Court when he questioned its ruling declaring the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional. The decision so riled…

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Most Filipinos are facing 2015 with hope rather than fear, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said. Ninety-three percent of Filipinos surveyed were optimistic about 2015, slightly below the 94 percent registered last year. SWS conducted the survey from November 27 to December 1. The pollster noted that “hope…

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Like many Filipinos, the country’s bachelor President spent the holiday with his family—in this case his sisters and nephews. President Benigno Aquino 3rd spent Christmas day watching the movie of his nephew Bimby, son of youngest sister Kris. Kris herself confirmed the President’s attendance of the screening of “The Amazing…

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Malacañang has assured the public that the 2015 national budget was within the bounds of the Constitution. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Thursday said the Aquino administration was duly guided by the Constitution and Supreme Court decisions in crafting the proposed budget. “In preparing the National Expenditure Program…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has declared January 15, 16 and 19, 2015 special holidays in Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR). Aquino signed Proclamation 936 declaring those three days “as special non-working days in the National Capital Region.” Pope Francis is set to arrive in the country on January…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday signed the P2.606-trillion budget for 2015, which he said was “pork-free.” Next year’s budget is higher than the P2.265-trillion earmarked for the current year. In a speech, Aquino gave assurances that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel has been removed from…

AQUINO’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday hailed the people’s efforts to promote the country’s culture and values that define them as Filipinos. At the same time, President Aquino reminded his countrymen of the true spirit of the birth of Christ and urged them to be grateful to God. “Today, we…

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