JOEL M. SY EGCO

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MALACAÑANG on Friday said it has begun the “closure process” with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) of Nur Misuari, who ordered his fighters to attack Zamboanga City in September in retaliation for the government’s failure to fully implement the 1996 peace agreement with the MNLF. In a press briefing,…

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd is deeply concerned about the “domino effect” the impending power, fuel and fare hikes might cast on the prices of basic commodities so that he ordered his Cabinet to come out with measures to cushion its impact on consumers, a Palace official said on Friday. In…

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STILL smarting from the “shock” and “dismay” over the parole granted to murder convict and former Batangas Governor Antonio Leviste, President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday ordered a review of existing procedures at the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP). The President also ordered lawyers to find out if there…

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THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is again rocked by yet another damning scandal, this time involving the arrest of a close relative of the agency chief and a high-profile drug inmate who were both arrested in a drug bust in Cabanatuan City last week. It almost came to pass…

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UNLESS President Benigno Aquino 3rd appoints an outsider to head the Bureau of Customs (BOC), two BOC deputy commissioners are in the running for the post soon to be vacated by Ruffy Biazon, according to sources at the bureau. The sources told The Manila Times that if Biazon’s replacement will…

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd should replace Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and other “old” officials in his Cabinet, according to Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Chairman Dante Jimenez. “There should be a law to disqualify people who are 70 years old and above from holding public office. There are many…

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THOUSANDS of families living along the country’s typhoon-battered eastern coastlines will be transferred to safer resettlement areas to prevent the massive loss of lives from storm surges driven by powerful typhoons such as Yolanda (international name Haiyan), Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Sunday. Coloma said President Benigno…

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AS far as Malacañang is concerned, the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of lawmakers that was recently declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court is the “only” pork barrel fund. All other fund sources, including the President’s Social Fund, does not fall under the “pork” category. “Para po sa amin, ang…

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(First of Two Parts) Helen, Maria Lourdes and Loida Rivera were sisters. But besides being related by blood, the women and two other siblings share a common horrific experience—they were all victims of violent crimes. Helen and Loida survived their ordeals, but Maria Lourdes, or Baby, was not as lucky.…

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THE Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is a reincarnation of an old budget measure that was implemented during the time of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos but declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1987. In G.R. No. 71977, the Court ruled that Section 44 of Presidential Decree No. 1177, then…

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