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SC asked to stop Comelec bidding

November 26, 2014 10:33 pm

FORMER Immigration Commissioner and Assemblyman Homobono Adaza on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from bidding a contract for the acquisition of the Automated Election System (AES) to be used in the national elections in 2016.

He also asked the High Court to exclude Smartmatic-TIM … Read more »

Crackdown seen as antidote to bribery

November 26, 2014 10:27 pm

Rampant bribery in the government is a sign that the daang matuwid (straight path) advocacy of President Benigno Aquino 3rd has failed, and only a “crackdown from the top” can solve the problem, a political analyst said on Wednesday. While … Read more »

Pork barrel ‘revival’ stirs unrest

November 26, 2014 10:24 pm

VARIOUS groups are poised to hold a massive rally to denounce the Aquino administration’s revival of the so-called pork barrel funds in the national budget despite previous rulings by the Supreme Court (SC) that declared these allocations as unconstitutional. On … Read more »

Aquino wants law on coco levy fund

November 26, 2014 10:20 pm

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday pushed for passage of a law outlining how farmers will benefit from the P71-billion coco levy fund. In his speech at the start of his dialogue with coconut farmers, Aquino said his administration will … Read more »

Tiangco firm: Binay has no assets in US

November 26, 2014 10:16 pm

IF one of the purposes of former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado in going to the United States is to look for pieces of property of Vice President Jejomar Binay there, his search will be futile, United Nationalist Alliance … Read more »

Pandacan depot shutdown to hike oil prices – DOE

November 26, 2014 10:15 pm

PRICES of petroleum products are likely to increase when the oil depot in Pandacan, Manila is shut down after the Supreme Court ordered the country’s top oil companies to relocate their storage facilities. This was the fear expressed by Energy … Read more »

Suspension of Enrile co-defendants sought

November 26, 2014 10:11 pm

Prosecutors in the 15-count graft suit against Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile in connection with the pork barrel scam asked the Sandiganbayan to suspend his co-defendants, Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos and nine others, while the case is being investigated. Aside from … Read more »

China sets up Asean maritime exchange

November 26, 2014 10:09 pm

CHANGSHA, HUNAN, CHINA: In a corner of a quiet fish port in Mawei District of Fuzhou in Fujian stands the China-Asean Marine Product Exchange, a maritime exchange route currently in an “experimental” stage that aims to boost maritime cooperation between … Read more »

Senate passes 2015 budget

November 26, 2014 10:05 pm

THE Senate on Wednesday approved on third and final reading the P2.606-trillion budget for 2015 that the chamber claimed to be pork-free and compliant with the Supreme Court’s decision that outlawed the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Voting 13-0, the Senate … Read more »

OFW on death row spared from beheading

November 26, 2014 9:03 pm

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) on death row in Saudi Arabia has been spared from beheading after his victim’s legal heirs forgave him for his crime, Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Wednesday. To enable OFW Jonard La-ngamin to spend … Read more »