LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is poised to file criminal charges against more government officials and officers of non-government organizations (NGOs) allegedly involved in the misuse of lawmakers’ Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel. But the next batch of charges to be filed at the Office of the…

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Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano 3rd has admitted to using marijuana during his younger days. Albano made the confession during deliberations by the House committee on health on House Bill 4477 or the proposed Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis (marijuana) Act. The bill creates a Medical Cannabis (marijuana) Compassionate Center and…

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has been hospitalized because of dengue. In a statement released by the House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon, Belmonte was reported under the weather since Monday morning and eventually caught fever by nighttime. “Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. would like to apologize for any speaking engagements, courtesy…

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FORMER Manila mayor and Rep. Lito Atienza of Buhay Hayaang Yumabong party-list has volunteered to be Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate. “I am open to the possibility of running for Vice President with Vice President Binay as the Presidential bet,” Atienza told reporters. He was quick to clarify that…

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Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, who won against a political dynasty in her first bid for an electoral post in 2013, has thrown her support behind a proposed anti-political dynasty law. “I join [President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s] call for the expedient passage of the anti-dynasty bill. Since the enactment of…

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The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will be proposing a salary increase for government workers next month. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad made the disclosure when he submitted the proposed P3 trillion budget for 2016. Abad said his agency has been conducting a salary and compensation survey for a possible…

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Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal will pay a courtesy call on all 21 senators to convince them to vote in favor of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Iqbal, the chairman of the MILF peace panel, bared his plan to woo lawmakers ahead of President Benigno…

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IT will be a full house when President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivers his sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday. House of Representatives Secretary General Marilyn Yap said a president’s first and last SONAs are always crowd-drawers based on House records. Since it is Aquino’s final…

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The Freedom of Information (FOI) and the anti-political dynasty bills may die a natural death in the 16th Congress. House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd of Mandaluyong City has conceded that these bills will be sidetracked by the measure that seeks to establish the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and the proposed…

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THE Land Transportation Office (LTO) will not suspend the implementation of its controversial Motor Vehicle License Plates Standardization Program (MVLPSP) despite the findings of the Commission on Audit (COA) that the P3.8 billion license plates contract was illegal. Jason Salvador, spokesperson of the LTO, said in a radio interview that…

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