CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT

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Malacañang on Sunday downplayed claims that President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s administration “ruthlessly cut down its enemies.” Fr. Ranhilio Aquino-Callangan, dean of the San Beda College’s Graduate School of Law, has deplored the administration’s “less than nice way” in treats its political enemies. We do not agree because from the start,…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd will seek an update on discussions on the binding code that would govern actions of claimant countries in the South China Sea when he attends the closing sessions of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Myanmar next week, a Philippine government official said on…

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CALAMBA CITY, Laguna: The country’s bachelor President is still loveless but is hopeful that he will find a partner when he steps down in 2016. During the inauguration of a Coca-Cola plant expansion project here, President Benigno Aquino 3rd, 54, once again compared his love life to sugar-free cola, saying…

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Nearly a year after Super Typhoon Yolanda ravaged Eastern Visayas, President Benigno Aquino 3rd finally approved a P170.7-billion plan to rebuild areas affected by one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded in recent history. Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson told The Manila Times that Aquino approved the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and…

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DESPITE heated controversy over investigation by the Senate of the Binay family, Vice President Jejomar Binay remains a friend of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, according to Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla. “Vice President Binay remains an ally of the President. More important, he continues to be a real friend of the…

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MALACAÑANG on Monday said Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya is not recommending the shutdown of Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) along EDSA. “I have spoken to [Abaya] and according to him, there is no recommendation [for] a shutdown,” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda told the media in a text message.…

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NOW that President Benigno Aquino 3rd has submitted the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to the Senate and House of Representatives, all eyes will shift to Congress as the country awaits the passage of a law that will establish a Bangsamoro region in Mindanao. Missed deadlines and a flurry of…

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Malacañang on Thursday said Vice President Jejomar Binay’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) may disprove allegations that the latter had amassed ill-gotten wealth. In a news conference, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. reiterated the importance of the disclosure of government officials’ SALN as an avenue for…

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MALACAÑANG on Monday shrugged off President Benigno Aquino 3rd reportedly choosing Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd as his candidate for the presidency in the 2016 elections. Palace spokesman Edwin La-cierda said the Aquino adminis-tration is focused on its work. “We have no hand in there, so we have no…

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MALACAÑANG is saddened by the death of Fernando “Jerry” Barican. “We mourn the passing of former presidential spokesperson Fernando Jerry Barican, who passed away last Friday evening,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a radio interview over dzRB on Sunday. “We join the nation in expressing our heartfelt…

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