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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has signed into law that two Negros provinces in the Visayas be integrated into a single region. Through Executive Order (EO) 183, signed on May 29, Aquino created “the Negros Island Region” to further “improve the delivery of public services” in the provinces of Negros Occidental…

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ALLIESPhilippine President Benigno Aquino 3rd (left) speaks during a joint news conference with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) after their meeting at the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo on Thursday. AFP PHOTO Philippine President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday signed a joint…

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Malacañang on Thursday remained confident that the country’s economic growth will eventually pick up and hit its 7 to 8 percent gross domestic product (GDP) target for this year. Economic growth in the first quarter slowed to a three-year low of 5.2 percent, well below forecasts, because of lethargic government…

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario remains the richest member of the Cabinet. Based on the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) that he submitted last year, Del Rosario has a net worth of P838, 809,918.82, up from his 2013 net worth of P765, 379,281.02. He has zero…

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Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, who in 2009 set his Malacañang ambitions aside to give way to then Sen. Benigno Aquino 3rd whose popularity soared after the death of his mother, continues to reap the “goodwill” he sowed. Despite an almost stagnant performance in popularity surveys, Roxas remains on top of…

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MalacaÑang on Tuesday said it is up to the courts if former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can be granted house arrest. Accordong to Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., only the Sandiganbayan can decide where to detain Arroyo while she is facing her plunder case before the…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has approved five major infrastructure projects, including the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 that will improve the country’s transportation network. The projects, which have a combined estimated cost of P61.9 billion, were approved during a National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) board meeting convened by…

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Malacañang on Saturday dismissed China’s claim that the Philippines is “exaggerating” the threat it supposedly poses in the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “The Philippines makes it a point to be very objective and to be very accurate when it comes to the facts that…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has ordered a one-time grant of a performance-based bonus as an additional incentive to government workers. Beginning June 1, 2015, state workers will get the bonus which is equivalent to their basic monthly salary. In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino signed…

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