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Gov’t vows to ensure stable rice supply

The government has activated its surveillance system against traders and others groups that may be causing an artificial shortage of rice and other market items. Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. maintained that the government does not tolerate hoarding of these food products that may affect their price and supply to the detriment of […]

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EU sends more aid for Zambo siege victims

The European Union (EU) sent more assistance to the victims of the Zamboanga conflict last year. EU donated €250,000 or P14.8 million, bringing its total humanitarian assistance to €550,000 or P32.56 million. EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux said the decision to provide further assistance to the displaced victims was based on a recent assessment mission to […]

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BI acts to enforce HDO vs 3 senators

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Siegfred Mison on Tuesday ordered the enforcement of the hold departure orders issued by the Sandiganbayan against Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Juan Ponce Enrile, and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and several others implicated in the P10-billion pork barrel scam. The BI chief instructed immigration officers assigned at the country’s international airports and […]

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Bill to address fuel smuggling sought

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Tuesday sought congressional action to fine-tune existing laws to solve smuggling of fuel products into the country. Santiago, chairperson of the Senate foreign relations committee, made the move after Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) authorities in Palawan recently seized some P150,000 worth of gasoline and diesel fuel allegedly smuggled from Malaysia. […]

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Estrada seeks house arrest

Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada on Tuesday said that he prefers to be placed under house arrest rather than be detained at the detention cell prepared by the government. Estrada in a television interview is hoping the Saniganbayan 5th Division will grant his appeal. “Kung ako masusunod, dito na lang sa bahay, house arrest. Pero mukhang […]

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Revilla won’t leave PH

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. on Tuesday said that he would not elude arrest and he would face the plunder and graft charges filed against him before the Sandiganbayan. Earlier, the Sandiganbayan first division issued a hold departure order (HDO) against Revilla and 12 others for their alleged involvement in the multi-billion peso pork barrel […]

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British trade envoy to visit PH

British Trade Envoy to the Philippines George Freeman is on a two-day visit to the country to boost trade and investment relations between the two countries. According the British Embassy in Manila, Freeman is one of only 14 envoys appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron to selected high-growth and developing markets. The British embassy said Freeman is […]

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Dismissal of graft raps vs Ongpin assailed

The Office of the Ombudsman assailed the decision of the Sandiganbayan dismissing the graft and corruption charges it filed against former Trade Minister Roberto Ongpin, former Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) President Reynaldo David and other bank officials in connection with the alleged P660 million behest loans. The Ombudsman noted that the dropping of […]

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LTFRB relents, lifts condition on free Makati shuttle service

Employees in Makati City may now avail themselves of the free shuttle service offered by the local government without having to buy a Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 ticket, one of the conditions originally imposed by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). However, passengers still need to show proof they work in Makati […]

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New naval base to host US ships

Ulugan Bay (AFP) – As fears grow that China is on an aggressive South China Sea territorial grab, a sleepy village in Palawan is being transformed into a major naval base that may host US warships. Ulugan Bay, a small, picturesque cove encircled by thick mangroves, has suddenly become a vital part of the Philippine […]

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