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President Benigno Aquino 3rd has signed a law imposing heavy penalties against persons driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs. In a press briefing, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the President signed Republic Act 10586, or the “Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013,” on May 27.…

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MALACAÑANG on Thursday allayed fears of possible kidnapping of foreigners in Mindanao by local terrorist groups as stated in various travel warnings issued by four countries—the United States, Great Britain, Australia and Canada. Citing “credible threat” to foreigners in Zamboanga City and other areas of western Min­danao, the four countries…

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DESPITE Taiwan’s travel ban to the country, the Department of Tourism (DOT) reported on Thursday a 10.12 percent increase in tourist arrivals from January to April this year compared to last year. The DOT data showed that 1,649,458 tourists visited the country, with January having the highest arrival at 436,079…

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Despite being active in the social networking community, Filipinos retain “traditional” shopping habits,” according to recent Reader’s Digest survey. The Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands 2013 Survey, which polled 7,000 respondents in seven Southeast Asian countries, showed that only 17 percent of the 1,000 Filipino respondents changed their shopping habits, despite…

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Cabinet secretaries and other officials in the Executive branch should make clear the President’s positions on proposed bills even before these measures get congressional approval, lawmakers said Thursday. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. of Quezon City, Rep. Teddy Baguilat of Ifugao and Rep. Milagros Magsaysay of Zambales reacted to President Benigno…

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A respected group of accountants in the United Kingdom considers the Philippines the brightest spark in the “glowing” Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) region, citing its potential to grow 5.1 percent this year. The projection of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is lower than…

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A law signed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday allows foreign companies or individuals to own up to 60 percent of rural banks. In a press briefing, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the President signed Republic Act 10574 which “opens up another area for foreign capital” in the…

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A year after he was found guilty by the Senate on charges that he failed to disclose his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth, former Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona has moved on but he maintains that he did nothing wrong. Corona said life goes on for him…

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A MILITANT youth group on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to stop the implementation of the newly approved tuition hikes in 354 private colleges and universities nationwide. The Kabataan party list questioned the constitutionality of Section 42 of Batas Pambansa No. 232 or the Education Act of 1982 and the Commission on Higher…

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AFTER killing a measure that seeks to provide benefits for centenarians, President Benigno Aquino 3rd has vetoed yet another bill that aims to give protection to internally displaced persons (IDPs). The bill, which Congress passed in February, would have been called “An Act Protecting the Rights of Internally Displaced Persons and Providing…