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Malacañang is confident that the Aquino administration will win the supposedly strong criminal cases that it has filed against former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In a news briefing on Friday, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the cases against the previous leader will be able to…

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The Philippine government has expressed doubts over the sincerity of communist groups who call for new peace negotiations, which have been stalled since 2011. Government chief peace negotiator Alexander Padilla said the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its negotiating arm, the National Democratic Front (NDF), should have relayed…

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Is President Benigno Aquino 3rd grooming former senator Francisco “Kiko” Pangilinan for 2016? The President has not yet decided whether or not to field Pangilinan or Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 3rd for the presidential race in 2016. At the Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel media forum, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed former senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan as Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization. In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Monday said Pangilinan will take his oath before President Aquino this afternoon “to assume a position with Cabinet rank.” “This…

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The Manila Times senior reporter Joel Egco was elected president of the National Press Club (NPC) on Sunday, the first Muslim to head the organization. The former NPC director got 340 votes. Yul Malicse, his lone opponent, got 35 votes. Egco will have a two-year term. Benny Antiporda of Remate…

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THE government is setting aside at least P1.3 billion for the construction of “small-scale” irrigation facilities as the country braces for El Niño. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma on Monday said these irrigation projects will benefit “small and poor farmers,” who often suffer the most from climate change-related losses. ”As…

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Malacañang is confident that the new rotational basing deal or the enhanced defense cooperation agreement (EDCA) entered into by the Philippines and the United States will stand legal scrutiny in the Supreme Court. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. made the statement on Sunday as some militant lawmakers were reported…

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TAGBILARAN CITY, BOHOL: President Benigno Aquino 3rd is not considering any proposal to increase the salaries of government employees. Speaking to reporters, Aquino explained that incumbent officials cannot enact laws that will benefit themselves. Also, the President admitted that another salary increase may hurt the government’s fiscal position. Such a…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd turned down appeals from the labor sector for additional tax breaks, saying benefits should be “uniform and equitable” to all sectors. The President cited Article VI Section 28 of the 1987 Constitution provision that is violated by the said tax break proposal. “The Constitution guarantees that…

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The Philippines and Hong Kong have finally resolved their differences over the hostage- taking  in Rizal Park (Luneta)  in 2010 that led to the killing of several Chinese tourists. This was announced by Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Wednesday, a day after former President and now Manila Mayor…

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