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Not even a Supreme Court ruling on disqualification is enough to unseat a member of Congress who has been proclaimed the winner, a House leader said on Tuesday. House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd of Mandaluyong made the stance in connection with the case of Rep. Regina Reyes of Marinduque…

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The increase in campaign expenditure cap per voter should be limited to local candidates, a House leader said on Friday. House Majority Leader Sherwin Tugna of Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption party-list made the stance a day after Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. called for a significant hike on the campaign expenditure…

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Several days after Justice Secretary Leila de Lima defended the decision of the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) to grant parole to former Gov. Antonio Leviste of Batangas who was convicted of homicide for the death of his aide, Rafael de las Alas. President Benigno Aquino 3rd had said…

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The staff of the lawmaker who allegedly used a fake Special Allotment Release Order to secure fund release from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) has filed a one month leave, it was learned on Tuesday. Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuño of Zamboanga City made the disclosure after Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.…

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Boxing icon and Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao is considering leaving the administration bloc in the House of Representatives following his row with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez of You Against Corruption and Poverty party-list, a friend of Pacquiao, made the disclosure Monday, a day after…

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The Aquino administration is not pushing the panic button in light of the influx of undocumented Filipi-no workers who are deported from Saudi Arabia as a result of the crack-down on undocumened foreign workers in the oil-rich country. Deputy Presidential Spokesman Abigail Valte made the announce-ment in light of the…

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THE Philippines may not be fully prepared for the planned Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) economic integration in 2015 that will allow the free flow of goods and services within the region, a lawmaker warned on Tuesday. Rep. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar, vice chairman of the House Committee…

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Malacañang on Saturday shrugged off the December 6 deadline set by a group to scrap pork barrel and all kinds of discretionary funds. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the Aquino administration is confident of the measures it has taken to make those who abused the Priority Development Assistance…

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EMBATTLED Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., one of the 38 people facing plunder complaints in the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam, has sued the whistleblowers in what is seen as an attempt to delay his prosecution. House Deputy Majority Leader Sherwin Tugna of Citizens Battle Against Corruption party-list,…

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The measly number of divisions and judges in the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has resulted in rampant graft and corruption in the country. Rep. Francis Gerald Abaya of Cavite made the argument in his House Bill (HB) 139 which increases the number of Sandiganbayan Divisions to 15 from the existing five,…

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