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MARIBOJOC, BOHOL: Emmanuel Manjares, 12, was the first to kiss the image of Our Lady of Lourdes as soon as it was lifted from the rubble of the centuries-old Holy Cross Parish in this town. It took parishioners several hours to extricate the image from the wreckage of the parish…

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SENATE President Franklin Drilon on Monday filed two resolutions pushing for the realignment of senators’ priority development assistance fund (PDAF) for this year and the abolition of pork barrel in 2014. If the resolution batting for PDAF realignment gets passed, the unreleased pork barrel of all senators in 2013 will…

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The confrontation between Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged brains of the pork barrel scam, and Benhur Luy, her former employee who disclosed her reported anomalous transactions, is expected as Senate President Franklin Drilon on Monday signed the subpoena directing Napoles to appear before the Blue Ribbon committee on November 7.…

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Admitting that the government’s contingency and calamity funds would not be enough to rehabilitate areas devastated by typhoons and a strong quake, President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday said that he will realign the government’s savings and release it as calamity fund. Aquino said that the government has released P11…

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Three out of five Filipinos believe that the misuse of pork barrel funds remains a reality even under President Benigno Aquino 3rd , according to a recent survey of Pulse Asia. The survey result released on Monday also showed that majority of Filipinos – 63 percent —believe that the Priority…

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A week after Typhoon Santi (international codename: Nari) barreled across Nueva Ecija province and plunged most towns in darkness, many residents— mostly farmers—remain uncertain about their future. Still without power, sufficient food supply and safe drinking water, most affected families have to rely on dimly-lit oil lamps or a clear…

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THE Supreme Court (SC) has denied with finality the claim of San Roque Power Corp. for a P560-million tax refund in connection with its unused input value-added tax on the purchase of capital goods and services in 2001. Voting 8-7, the court en banc rejected the motion for reconsideration filed…

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said that it had identified more than thirty villages in Metro Manila where violence could potentially erupt during the conduct of village elections next week. PNP Public Information chief Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac said that 39 villages have been classified as election…

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SENATE President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto may be right in saying that the P130 billion remaining fund from the Malapaya deep water gas-to-power project is unaccounted for since even officials of the Department of Finance (DOF) had a difficult time explaining where the money went. During the resumption of the briefing…

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THE Department of Education (DepEd) has signed an P8.8 billion contract for the second phase of the Public-Private Partnership for the School Infrastructure Project (PSIP II) in line with the government’s efforts to address classroom. Education Secretary Armin Luistro inked the build-transfer agreement last Thursday with Megawide Constructions Corp., BSP…