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The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is set to propose a 2.268-trillion expenditure program for fiscal year 2014 to support the government’s purported goal of inclusive growth. In a statement, the DBM said that the proposed budget for next year is 13.1 percent, or P262.1 billion higher than the…

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Because it is practiced in open areas, rice farming has been the hardest hit in the agricultural industry by typhoons, floods and droughts, according to a recent report released by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). Based on Department of Agriculture data, the rice-farming sector incurred about P46 billion…

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FORMER Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban is in danger of being penalized and cited for contempt by the Supreme Court (SC) en banc after an incumbent SC Associate Justice asked his colleagues to probe into Panganiban’s alleged intrusion into the pending cases of the court through his published articles. In a…

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AFTER he received apologies, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Sunday said that he would withdraw the criminal complaints he filed against the owners of two restaurants, who denied his rights in the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. Macalintal said the owners of the Café Mediterranean, located at the 4th…

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The Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) and the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) have agreed to conduct a series of seminars on the government’s procurement policies for police, fire and jail personnel who are undergoing schooling at the PPSC’s administered training schools. PPSC president lawyer Ruben Platon and GPPB executive…

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The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has released the passports of most of the 687 applicants in Sabah. The embassy said the release of the passports of the other applicants was “hampered by insufficient documents submitted or not having proper return address, respectively.” “In many cases, the applicants improperly wrote…

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The Philippine embassy to Libya  on Friday confirmed that three Filipino nurses were abducted in the city of Sebha but they were immediately rescued by Libyan authorities. Citing the message sent by Philippine Ambassador to Libya Oscar Orcine, Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Her-nandez said the victims were one female and…

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Malacañang on Friday said it will not stop lawmakers from pursuing for amendments to the Constitution. In a press conference, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said that all lawmakers have a mind of their own, and the Executive sees no problem with them going into Charter change (cha-cha). ”Malaya naman…

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THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) disclosed on Friday that over 4,000 poor students get P60,000 each yearly. However, the Students Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (SGP-PA) under the conditional cash transfer (CCT) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has not produced so far any graduate. “Wala…

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TWO suspected bus robbers were wounded when shot by the two policemen in an encounter inside the bus along Reliance Avenue in Manda-luyong City on Friday. Mandaluyong City police chief Sr. Supt. Florendo Qui-buyen said the two policemen shot the suspected robbers when they declared holdup. He also said the…

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