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THE government has enough rice buffer stock to cover the billions worth of crops destroyed by Typhoon Lando (Koppu), according to Malacañang. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Food Security Council headed by Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisa¬can has factored in the effects of calamities such as strong typhoons…

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MALACAÑANG on Wednesday said it is bound to respect the Supreme Court (SC) order stopping for 30 days the plunder trial of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the Sandiganbayan. “Well, that is a resolution of the Supreme Court. As always, we will respect and respond to (it)… I think there…

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THE battle for control over their ancestral domain, including the vast mineral resources in their turf, has caused prominent Lumad leaders to turn against one another, a top government official said on Tuesday. Undersecretary Emmanuel Bautista, Executive Director of Cabinet Cluster on Security, Justice and Peace, said the Lumads have…

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THE government will continue to provide protection to the country’s indigenous peoples (IP), including the Lumads in Mindanao, with or without international agencies looking after them, Malacañang said on Sunday. In an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said there are government agencies tasked to…

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LAND Transportation Franchi¬sing and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) director Ariel Inton has asked Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya to immediately order a moratorium on Uber taxi applications, or Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS). “We are flooded with applications that run into thousands while there are about 5,000 Uber taxis…

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SHE has said yes. Camarines Sur. Rep. Leni Robredo has formally agreed to run as the Liberal Party’s (LP) vice presidential bet in next year’s elections and the group will officially announce its full slate in Club Filipino today. According to Cabiao, Nueva Ecija Mayor Gloria Congco, one of the…

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MALACAÑANG on Sunday said the government will be giving legal aid to the Filipina who was arrested in Saudi Arabia allegedly for making explosives for suicide attacks. Reports said the Filipina, identified as Lady Gioi Aban Bali Nang, ran away from her employer more than a year ago. Also arrested…

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Malacañang on Sunday allayed fears of rising dengue cases, saying the Department of Health (DOH) has reported that incidents in at least 10 regions have tapered off. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said while there were reports about a rise in dengue cases in Northern Luzon and some areas in…

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JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima and a team of government lawyers are now studying the legal implications of granting a review and probably reversing the controversial decision that initially favored the alleged masterminds in the killing of environmentalist Dr. Gerardo “Gerry” Ortega. The results of the department review may be…

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MALACAÑANG on Sunday said sanctions should be meted against the warden of the Puerto Princesa City Jail after he purportedly allowed reporters to interview former Palawan governor Joel Reyes and his brother Mario. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the move was tantamount to defying Malacañang’s standing orders not to…

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