LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT

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THE Sandiganbayan dropped the malversation charges against former Isabela Governor Edwin Uy, a member of the ruling Liberal Party who lost his bid to reclaim his old elective post during the 2013 polls. The Sandiganbayan made the decision citing the Office of the Ombudsman’s failure to resolve Uy’s appeal which…

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A compromise agreement on the 40-kilometers-from-coastline no-build-zone policy in areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda is in the works so as not to deprive the victims of their livelihood. Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte made the announcement following the statement of Yolanda rehab czar Panfilo Lacson that the controversial policy…

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The mandatory purchase of workbooks, modules and other supplementary materials for elementary high school students should be scrapped since it has been long banned, a lawmaker said on Friday. Rep. Terry Ridon of Kabataan party-list made the disclosure under his House Resolution 930 which seeks Congressional probe on such practice…

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With only three session days left before the House of Representatives goes on a one month and three week-long break starting March 15, lawmakers have to make the tough decision on which measure to prioritize: Charter Change, the Bangsamoro Basic Law or the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill? The chamber,…

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There are not enough votes to pass the measure, which can amend the Constitution by relaxing limits on foreign ownership of public utilities, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said. Belmonte authored House Resolution 1 which removes restrictions on participation of foreigners in the country’s economy such as: a 40 percent limit…

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ARMLESS but highly mobile pilot Jessica Cox-Chamberlain, a Filipino-American, was honored by the House of Representatives on Tuesday for landing the Guinness Book of World Records for rising above her disability. Clad in a barong, she faced the House of Representatives with nothing but praises for the “indomitable and tirelessly…

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Don’t look at us. Deputy Presidential spokesman Abigail Valte made such shot back at the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) which accused the Aquino administration of implementing double standard justice because the graft cases against Vice President Jejomar Binay’s wife, Elenita, has been revived by the Office of the Special Prosecutor…

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MALACAÑANG is just as unfazed as Justice Secretary Leila de Lima whose confir–mation in the powerful Com–mission on Appointments (CA) remains up in the air amid the plunder charges she filed against some CA members in connection with the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam. Deputy Presidential spokes–person Abigail…

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The great Jose Rizal, the workhorse carabao, and even the all-time favorite Filipino dish adobo, among others, will finally be bestowed official national symbol status with a legislation expanding the list of national symbols in the country. Rep. Rene Relampagos of Bohol, chairman of the House Committee on Tourism, made…

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NOT all who come forward to testify on the pork barrel scam will be taken in as state witnesses, according to Malacañang. They will have to be screened by the justice department and their testimony scrutinized, Deputy Presidential Spokesman Abigail Valte said. “The informants will be screened by the Department…

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