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JOBLESSNESS eased in the last three months, with the number of unemployed Filipinos going down by 1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The pollster said its survey from December 8 to 16 found the jobless rate at 15.7 percent,…

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he may call on China to help secure “high seas” in Southeast Asia from pirates and terrorists. In his speech before leaving for India, Duterte said he might call on China to help guard the Sulu and Celebes Seas, a haven for kidnap-for-ransom terrorists…

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JOBLESSNESS eased in the last three months, with the number of unemployed Filipinos going down by 1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The pollster said its survey from December 8 to 16 found the jobless rate at 15.7 percent,…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will not accept any role in a transition government as his administration pushes for a shift to federalism, Malacañang maintained on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said Duterte’s “shoot me” message if he extended his term, even for a day, made it clear…

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President Rodrigo Duterte is bent on getting to the bottom of the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Malacañang said on Tuesday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte wanted the truth behind the PDAF scam, an anomaly bared during the Aquino administration that eventually led to the abolition of discretionary…

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Malacañang backed Solicitor General Jose Calida’s move to seek the arrest of former Palawan governor Joel Reyes, the principal suspect in the killing of environment advocate and broadcaster Gerry Ortega. Palace spokesman Harry Roque said Calida’s filing of a motion for reconsideration was “right” because it showed the administration’s resolve…

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FEDERALISM will not end the country’s age-old socioeconomic problems, framers of the 1987 Constitution said on Monday In a statement, 11 members of the commission that drafted the 30-year-old charter said that while the 1987 Constitution “is an imperfect document and can be improved,” there is a need to address…

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Malacañang on Monday said Senate Minority Franklin Drilon should be investigated following the revelation of alleged “pork barrel scam” mastermind Janet Lim Napoles that the lawmaker received millions of pesos in campaign donations during the 2010 elections. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. was reacting to Napoles’s statements, made during an…

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President Rodrigo Duterte will not allow the creation of a regional armed and police forces under the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Malacañang said  on Saturday. Palace spokesman Harry Roque issued the statement in reaction to Buhay party-list Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza’s declaration that several provisions of the BBL draft…

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Around 31 percent of Filipino families were able to extricate themselves out of poverty in 2017, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The poll, conducted from December 8 to 16, showed the highest rate of Filipino families that transitioned out of poverty since December 2014. According to…

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