CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd addresses a crowd of 55,000 Iglesia ni Cristo followers during the opening Monday of the INC’s Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, said to be the world’s biggest indoor stadium. MALACAÑANG PHOTO BOCAUE, Bulacan: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday led the opening of the world’s largest…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has signed five new laws, including measures requiring graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and allowing the full entry of foreign banks into the country. According to Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Secretary Manuel Mamba said the President on Friday signed…

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His marching orders from the Commander-in-Chief were clear: Press on with reforms in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Recently named new AFP chief of staff by President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Lt. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. has barely a year to do the job. He is due to…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday said the modernization efforts for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should not be seen as militarization especially by countries with claims to the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea0. “Lest anyone accuse us of shifting to a more militaristic position, I must…

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MALACAÑANG on Thursday downplayed claims that President Benigno Aquino 3rd was “physically absent” as Typhoon Glenda (international codename: Rammasun) battered Metro Manila and parts of Luzon on Wednesday. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino worked from his official residence at Bahay Pangarap during the typhoon’s onslaught. “The President…

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on Tuesday said he has no regrets in implementing the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), saying the money used to fund the scheme went to its intended purpose. “How can you regret it without raising taxes, except sin tax? Without borrowing more? We have managed to…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd is not certifying as urgent the freedom of information (FOI) bill despite his campaign promise to push for its passage. At the Daylight Dialogue on Tuesday, a forum attended by World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Aquino explained that he could not certify the measure…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has declared July 29, which falls on a Tuesday, as a regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Aquino issued the declaration through Proclamation 826 signed on July 10 by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., in line…

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has declared November 11 as “Puerto Princesa Underground River Day”. Aquino issued the declaration through Proclamation No. 816 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. on July 7 after being chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. “Such recognition brought great honor and…

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Malacañang on Sunday welcomed passage by the US Senate of Resolution 412, which pushes the peaceful settlement of disputes hounding the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). “The US Senate called for the peaceful settlement of disputes pertaining to claims by different countries, including the Philippines, over certain islands in…

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