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FORMER first gentleman Jose “Mike” Miguel Arroyo asked the Sandiganbayan to revisit the P34-million chopper case as evidence is apparently lacking to prove that he was a participant in the purchase of the controversial helicopters. In a 30-page motion, the husband of Rep. Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga province told the…

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THE Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed a Malacañang ruling dropping the charges of misconduct against Overall Deputy Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro. In a two-page resolution of the Court’s First Division, dated May 23, penned by Associate Justice Rodil Salameda and concurred to by Associate Justices Andres Reyes Jr. and Ramon Bato…

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THE Department of Education (DepEd) has approved at least 903 private schools nationwide to increase their tuition and other school fees when classes for the school year 2013-2014 start this June. Figures obtained from the DepEd on Monday showed that 903 were approved out of the 1, 068 private schools…

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NEW courts were created in Makati City and the several provinces. This after President Aquino 3rd has signed new laws creating new metropolitan trial court (MTC) branches in Makati City and the regional courts nationwide. Under Republic Act No. 10537, signed by Aquino on May 15 and was published in…

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A party-list lawmaker is opposing the government subsidy to middle-class students, saying that the subsidy deprives the 4.3 million poor, high school-aged children of free high school education. Rep. Antonio Tinio of Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list expressed such sentiments in light of the announcement made by Secretary Armin Luistro…

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Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz on Sunday refused to declare American novelist Dan Brown a “persona non grata” in the country because of the novelist’s reference to Manila as the “gates of hell” in his newest book. Cruz’s statement was made in response to Malacañang’s move to refer the issue to…

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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) detained three Nepalese students on Tuesday for allegedly entering the Philippines illegally. The students, who were supposed to enroll in a university in Cebu, had no arrival stamps on their passports, the agency said. Lawyer Joseph Estrada, legal counsel of the detained students, said that…

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A mining company filed estafa charges against the Philippine National Bank’s (PNB) board of directors after the latter denied the existence of the company’s P9-billion account. In a 13-page complaint filed by lawyer Vic Millora, counsel for the Phil-Hawaii Mining and Industrial Corporation (PHMIC), before the Department of Justice, the…

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Malacañang on Sunday said it has no problem with the revival of the controversial Freedom of Information (FOI) bill in the coming 16th Congress. In a radio interview, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said that they would support the controversial bill if it were introduced again. She cited that the…

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A lawmaker over the weekend called on employers to allow their house helps, who wish to pursue their education, to enroll and secure an academic diploma. Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, chairperson of the Senate committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development, said that under the recently-enacted Republic…

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