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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…

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AS the holy month of Ramadan commences today, President Benigno Aquino 3rd called on some ten million Filipino Muslims to “foster greater understanding and cooperation” with other faiths to attain “lasting peace and progress.” “Warmest greetings to the Muslim-Filipino community as you begin the observance of Ramadan. As one of…

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Malacañang on Sunday welcomed the election of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas as the new president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). In a statement, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said that the Aquino government looks forward to future engagements with the CBCP. “We extend our congratulations to…

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Malacañang on Thursday warned those behind the demolition job against President Benigno Aquino 3rd. The Manila Times had earlier hinted that Aquino’s so-called “friends” could be behind the demolition job against him. The alleged extortion attempt by his sister Ballsy Aquino and her group is a case in point. But,…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday expressed his support to a plan that would allow the United States and Japan to use Philippine military bases, saying it is “a natural circumstance” to achieve a “credible alliance.” He said the proposed access agreement will not lead to the permanent presence of…