LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT

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At least 34 electoral protests have been filed before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) since Congress opened its regular session on Monday. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. said the 34 protests include the cases filed against Dr. Angelina Tan of the Fourth District of Quezon and Marindique Rep. Regina…

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A party-list lawmaker from Mindanao appealed to her colleagues in Congress to backstop the measure creating a Bangsamoro region. Rep. Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman of Anak Mindanao party-list made the appeal following President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s statement in his State of the Nation Address underscoring that the agreement between the Aquino…

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MalacaÑang deputy spokesman Abigail Valte on Saturday said President Benigno Aquino’s stand on constitutional amendments has not changed even if measures have been filed in Congress seeking to amend some provisions of the Charter. “Whether it is economic or political amendments in the 1987 Constitution, President Benigno Aquino 3rd is…

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The Aquino administration spent over P5 million for surveys in 2012 or a year before the May 2013 elections, the Commission on Audit (COA) reported on Thursday. Based on COA findings, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) headed by Secretary Ricky Carandang spent P5,577,816.09 million for surveys—an…

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DESPITE the President’s repeated declarations opposing Charter change, Quezon City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr., who is expected to retain his post as Speaker, filed on Tuesday House Resolution No. 1 which seeks to amend economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution. The measure, titled Proposing Amendments to Certain Economic Provisions of…

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Wigberto “Toby” Tañada Jr. of the ruling Liberal Party accused the camp of his rival, Dr. Helen Tan, of falsifying documents to derail his victory as representative of the 4th District of Quezon province. In a statement on Thursday, Tañada alleged that a lawyer named Celso Escobido—a partner of the…

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UNITED Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general Toby Tiangco on Wednesday said efforts to push for changes to the 1987 Constitution should be deferred since these are contentious, divisive and a waste of taxpayers’ money. Tiangco made the call after Speaker Feliciano Belmonte declared that he would continue to push for…

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Former president Gloria Arroyo took her oath of office as reelected representative of the second district of Pampanga at the Presidential Suite of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center. Mrs. Arroyo has been under hospital arrest since February 2012 for plunder charges. The former chief executive took her oath at 11:30…

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Outgoing of Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Benjo Benaldo was found bloodied in his office at the House of Representatives Thursday night, a House official said Thursday. In a text message, Rica dela Cuesta of the Public Relations and Information Bureau said Benaldo was seen being rushed by the House…

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Less than half of the neophyte lawmakers are taking lessons on governance and legislation, according to the Public Relations Information Bureau (PRIB) of the House of Representatives. The PRIB said only 31 of the 66 newly-elected lawmakers enrolled in the four-day course spearheaded by the House of Representatives and the…

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