CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT

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The government is standing by its plan to raise the fare of the Metro Rail and Light Rail Transits (MRT/LRT). In a press conference on Wednesday, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the riding public must take the “bitter pill” of higher fares to improve train service. “These are the things…

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MALACAÑANG on Wednesday vowed an exhaustive, impartial, and fair investigation of the alleged ‘pork’ scam even if some allies of President Benigno Aquino 3rd have also been linked to the controversy. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said “no stone will be left unturned” in the investigation and all evidence will be…

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As President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivers his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) today, the big question is: Has he kept his promises? In his past three SONAs, Aquino bashed his political enemies. At his inauguration in 2010, he presented a litany of problems that he said he inherited…

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Malacañang is confident that allegations of extortion surrounding the government’s Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT) project will not affect the public’s perception on the Aquino administration’s purported campaign against corruption. Palace spokesperson Edwin Lacierda over the weekend said that the exposé of the Czech Ambassador Josef Rychtar would not tarnish…

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Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. of the Bureau of Immigration has resigned from his post, a Malacañang official confirmed on Tuesday. Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said President Benigno Aquino 3rd has accepted David’s resignation and thanked him for his service to the country. The resignation letter was submitted to President…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has appointed Leonor Quintayo as the new head of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said that Mr. Aquino signed the appointment letter of Quintayo and the seven new commissioners of the NCIP. The officials will have a three-year term…

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Malacañang on Tuesday said that President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not give up the President’s Social Fund (PSF), the presidential equivalent of lawmakers’ ‘pork barrel’. The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives challenged President Aquino to get rid of pork barrel in the 2014 national budget. But Palace deputy…

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The agreement on wealth-sharing the government signed with the Moro Islamic Liberation Fund (MILF) will provide more fiscal space to the proposed Bangsamoro government that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). “We will have a far better sets of institutions and powers for the Bangsamoro government than…

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Malacañang on Tuesday urged people with information regarding the alleged extortion attempt on a Czech company in exchange for a favorable deal with the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) to come out and file charges against those behind the shakedown. Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said Malacañag has no idea who…