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Malacañang on Sunday clarified that the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill remains a priority under the administration even if it is ranked 18th in a list submitted to Congress. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said while the measure remains pending, its spirit is already in effect. “Kahit hindi pa…

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The government has completed the P170.9-billion master rehabilitation plan for areas ravaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda nearly nine months ago. Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson turned over a copy of the plan to President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday during the commemoration of the fifth death anniversary…

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Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles on Wednesday said the government remains open to holding peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) now that police personnel taken hostage by communist rebels have been released. “In releasing the captive policemen, the NPA…

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MalacaÑang on Wednesday said poverty incidence had gone down amid a recent survey showing that self-rated poverty remains at 50 percent. Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said based on the annual poverty indicator survey conducted by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), 2.5 million Filipinos have been moved out of…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday greeted the Islamic world in the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Aquino declared July 29 as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr, though it was celebrated this year on July 28. In his message, Aquino urged…

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Amid an apparent delay, the chief government negotiator in the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Monday assured Congress that her group will submit a “good” draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a piece of legislation aimed at ending the decades-old armed conflict in southern Mindanao. In…

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Malacañang on Friday said it has not received reports of possible coup attempts triggered by controversies spawned by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). “We have not heard of any coup rumors. Rumors will remain rumors until such time that there is any [indication] that they have become facts,” Palace deputy…

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TANAUAN, Batangas City: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday led the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini but he ended up talking about the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). “Mabini embodies the intelligence of the Filipino people, an intelligence that he poured into forging the very principles and…

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd issued Proclamation 831 declaring regular holidays, special non-working holidays and a special holiday for 2015. Of the 17 holidays, 10 will be regular holidays, seven as special non-working days, and one special holiday for all schools. Regular holidays include New Year’s Day, January 1 (Thursday); Maundy…

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BOCAUE, Bulacan: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday led the opening of the world’s largest indoor stadium, the Philippine Arena of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), or Church of Christ. Aquino was accompanied by INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo in the unveiling of the marker in front of the arena…

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