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Pichay, Gatchalian face graft raps over P800-M LWUA investment

Ombudman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered yesterday the filing of graft and corruption and malversation charges against former Surigao del Norte congressman and Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) chief Prospero Pichay, Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, and 24 others in connection with the alleged investment of P800 million in LWUA funds to an ailing thrift bank owned […]

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Huge crop losses, mass lay-off due to El Niño

At least 630 rice farmers have incurred huge crop losses while 60 banana plantation workers were laid off in M’lang, North Cotabato as the El Niño dry spell continues to cut a wide swath across the country. Damage to corn stands at P2.9 million with small banana farms reporting the same loss. Rubber tree farmers […]

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President Aquino to renew push for Code of Conduct in South China Sea

MANILA, April 17 (PNA) — President Benigno Aquino III is firm on calling for the establishment of the Code of Conduct in South China Sea citing a possible violation of the Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea. He said moves to institute the Code of Conduct started in 2002 but […]

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PHL peso gains strength on ECB decision, drop in US’ industrial output

MANILA, April 17 (PNA) — The Philippine peso ended the week better than the greenback on contraction of US’ industrial production in March 2015 and the European Central Bank’s (ECB) decision to keep its key rates steady The local currency ended Friday at 44.27, Php 0.16 better than its 44.43 finish Thursday. A trader said […]

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Prepare for manual polls, Comelec told

Isabela 1st district Rep. Rodito Albano urged yesterday the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to “exercise prudence” and prepare for at least a partial conduct of manual polls in 2016. The senior member of the House Minority said he remained doubtful the automated election program can push through. “Time is of the essence, and prudence dictates […]

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Maguindanao witness raises De Lima’s brow

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima yesterday raised an eyebrow on the recent recanting of a woman on the alleged bribery of a DOJ official and members of the prosecution panel handling the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case. Speaking to reporters, De Lima questioned the motive behind the sudden retraction of witness Jerramy Joson, […]

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Expect heavy traffic in MM

Heavy traffic flow along Osmeña Highway and Araneta Avenue will be further aggravated with the reduction of northbound (NB) and southbound (SB) lanes starting next week to give way to the mobilization of equipments and people to work on Skyway Stage 3 project. In a statement, Skyway Stage 3 proponent Citra Central Expressway Corp. (CCEC) […]

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PNoy confirms Espina offered to quit, but…

Tarlac City — It appears that Police Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina will continue to serve as Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge (OIC) until a new chief is appointed by President Aquino. The President has confirmed that Espina offered to quit as PNP OIC and will no longer be among the contenders to be the […]

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AFP to sue new BIFF head

General Gregorio Pio P. Catapang, Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff, has ordered the filing of criminal charges against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters’ (BIFF’s) new leader, Esmael Abu Bakar, alias “Bungos,” for spearheading series of attacks against government troops in Maguindanao that left five soldiers wounded. Catapang directed the Army’s […]

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National Newsbits for April 18, 2015

SAVED BY THE PEACE TALKS Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, yesterday, said that although Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal might have violated the law with his use of a “nom de guerre” or “war name,” he cannot be charged due to the ongoing peace talks. In her position paper, De Lima […]

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