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Malacañang officials have no idea if Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda will be leaving his post after Presidential Secretary Hermnio Coloma Jr. started holding regular press briefings. A revamp in President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s communication group was reported after the Palace spokesmen were lambasted for engaging in “word wars” with administration…

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BY 2015, the 10 nations that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations envisions an “Asean Economic Community,” which will establish “a highly competitive single market and production” through the integration of their economies. The question is, are we prepared to meet the competitive challenges in terms of integrating…

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As Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada prepares to fly to Hong Kong to apologize for the killing of several Hong Kong tourists during a hostage crisis in 2010, President Benigno Aquino 3rd stood firm on his decision not to issue an apology over the incident. In a forum with the Foreign…

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Malacañang on Tuesday maintained that the P130 billion Malampaya funds remain intact, a day after officials of the Department of Finance (DOF) claimed that the money had been spent. Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said that there was “partial confusion” in the accounting of the fund.…

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SIX administration senators who each received P100 million under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) are being investigated by the Commission on Audit (COA). Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte on Sunday said senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Teofisto Guingona 3rd, Ralph Recto, Antonio Trillanes 4th, Sergio Osmena 3rd and Francis Pangilinan were…

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The 41st round of talks between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government peace panel ended on Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but no agreement on power sharing was reached. But despite their failure to come to an agreement, the two panels said that substantial progress had been…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has directed Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to meet with the relatives of Hong Kong tourists who died in the hostage-taking incident in Manila in 2010, according to Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte. “The Justice Secretary was tasked to brief—along with our Consul General in Hong…

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After almost three weeks of fighting, the government has started the rehabilitation for the full recovery of the Zam-boanga City, a Malacañang official said on Friday. In a press conference, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that all concerned government agencies begin its effort to help the residents get back on…

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Malacañang on Sunday said that it is expecting that the upcoming visit of United States (US) President Barack Obama to the Philippines will be “fruitful.” Obama is slated for a two-day visit in Manila on October 11 and 12, the first for a US President since his predecessor George W.…

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BULACAN: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday visited three funeral wakes held for soldiers, who were killed in an encounter with Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) fighters in Zamboanga City. The President, who was accompanied by Presidential Management Staff Chief Julia Abad, first visited the wake of Army officer First…

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