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Beijing: China on Monday maintained that it has no intention to militarize the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and would remain supportive of efforts between China and other sovereign nations to bring peace and stability in the area. However, Yao Wen, China’s foreign ministry deputy director general for policy…

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THE fulfillment of the government’s ambitious infrastructure program is partly dependent on the implementation of the comprehensive tax reform proposed by the executive department. However, the Senate is not keen on passing the tax measure that Malacañang has been pushing. While Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, chairman of the Senate…

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POLITICIANS who are contemplating joining the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) should now decide because the party will be closing its doors to new members by the end of November this year. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd said a deadline was set in order to give the party…

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THE Senate on Monday allotted an additional P20 million for the Office of the Vice President for its anti-poverty program. The vice president’s office had proposed a P443.9 million budget for 2018. Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd proposed to allocate P20 million for the Angat Buhay program of Vice…

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A town mayor in Sarangari province was turned over to authorities Friday, hours after a raid found illegal drugs and a mini-shabu laboratory in his rest house. Sen. Emmanuel Pacquaio brought Maasim Mayor Anecito Lopez Jr. to operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Lopez supposedly called the senator…

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BEING a senior official of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson is no longer entitled to publicly express her personal opinions because her job is to “draw the official line of the government.” This was insisted Wednesday by Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th during the anticipated…

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ANTI-crime advocates on Wednesday cautioned the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) against providing sanctuary to police officers supposedly involved in extra-judicial killings. Dante Jimenez, chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), urged the Church to remain apolitical and not to foment public distrust in the government.…

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SEN. Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday presented a contractual employee of the Bureau of Customs who corroborated customs “fixer” Mark Taguba’s claims about the existence of the “tara” (payoff) system at the bureau. At the resumption of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee inquiry into alleged corruption at the bureau on Wednesday,…

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