CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT

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Former President Gloria Arroyo, who is under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), had unexpected visitors on Saturday: Vice President Noli “Kabayan” de Castro and Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz. Cruz, a staunch critic of the former President, said he paid the former leader a visit in the…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has no plan to stop the Social Security System (SSS) and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) from increasing their members’ contributions, a Palace official said. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. defended the increase, saying that the adjustment is reasonable. He noted that the increase in…

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Malacañang on Sunday said it will consider the proposal to move the school opening from June to September. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the proposal was in line with the preparations for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) integration in 2015. “Bukas ang pamahalaan sa pag-aaral…

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Malacañang is open to amending the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) of 2001, which has been blamed for skyrocketing power rates in the country. In a press conference, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte admitted that the government is not allowed to run its own power plants because of the…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd is now back at work after taking his holiday break, Malacanang said on Friday. In a press briefing, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said that the President is attending to paperwork and is getting briefing notes on various issues. “He’s actually back to work, he’s attending…

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Malacañang on Thursday attributed the delay in burying some 1,400 bodies of Typhoon Yolanda victims in Tacloban City to the complicated process of identifying them. Quoting a statement from Rehabilitation Czar Panfilo Lacson, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Public Works…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has signed into law the proposed P14.6-billion supplemental budget for the rehabilitation of calamity-stricken areas. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Aquino signed the joint congressional resolution on December 26. The supplemental budget was sourced from the unreleased 2013 Priority Development Assistance Fund of…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd will be remembered not for what he did in the first two years of his presidency when he could do no wrong, but for the actions he took in the face of crises and disasters. It has been a difficult year for the President, as he…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday said that the Philippines will acquire more ships and aircraft for the military to enable it to better protect the country’s economic zone, enhance maritime security and improve search and rescue operations. In his speech during the observance of the 78th founding anniversary of…

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Malacañang on Tuesday claimed that the latest wave of power rate hike is “not state-sponsored.” In a press briefing, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. pointed out that the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), which approves Manila Electric Co. (Meralco)’s huge rate increase of P4.15 per kilowatt-hour, was an independent of…

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