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Aquino appoints 23 new judges

President Benigno Aquino III has appointed 23 new judges for the trial courts in Bulacan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Zambales, Pampanga, and Bataan. They will fill up positions in the regional trial court (RTC), municipal trial court in cities (MTCC), municipal trial court (MTC), and municipal circuit trial court (MCTC). The list of new judges […]

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6 soldiers killed in friendly fire: military

Six Philippine soldiers who were killed in one of the bloodiest clashes against Al-Qaeda-linked militants this year were hit by friendly fire, the military acknowledged Friday. The soldiers were hit by artillery rounds fired by another military unit as troops battled Abu Sayyaf militants on the strife-torn southern island of Jolo on June 19. ”These […]

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Court enters not-guilty plea for Enrile

A Philippine court has entered a not-guilty plea for a senator and dictatorship-era martial law enforcer who has been detained on charges of economic plunder with two other prominent colleagues. The Sandiganbayan court made the move after ailing Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile refused to enter a plea Friday to the large-scale corruption charge, which he […]

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Jinggoy seeks pay hike for night workers

Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada has filed a measure that seeks to increase the salary of night shift workers. Estrada filed Senate Bill No. 2298 or the proposed “Night Workers Additional Compensation Act” which seeks to amend Article 86 of the Labor Code to enhance the wage differential benefit granted to those working during the graveyard shift. […]

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Gigi Reyes suffers severe panic attack

Lawyer Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes was taken to a Taguig hospital early yesterday morning after suffering from “severe panic attack.” Bureau of Jail Management and Penology-National Capital Region (BJMP-NCR) Spokesman Inspector Aris Villaester said Reyes was rushed to the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital, the nearest government hospital, at around 1 a.m. yesterday after she exhibited symptoms […]

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GMA seeks bail anew

“Bail is not a safe pass for ailing detainees.” Sandiganbayan First Division Associate Justice Rafael Lagos stressed this yesterday during the hearing for the motion of bail filed by former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. This is the fourth attempt of Arroyo to seek bail for the non-bailable case of plunder. Arroyo […]

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No DAP cover-up, Palace assures

Malacañang assured yesterday that there is no conspiracy to conceal the true accounting of the funds spent under the P140.8-billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), although the Palace was quick to clear Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad of any wrongdoing and has not heeded public clamor for the disclosure of the projects under the fiscal stimulus […]

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P10M for solons who voted to oust Corona?

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito yesterday said he is convinced that the P10-million Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds he received when he was still a member of the House of Representatives could have been his reward for voting to impeach then Chief Justice Renato C. Corona. Ejercito, who represented the lone district of San Juan in […]

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Study to assess sustainable resources for coastal communities

The Philippines and Australia will embark on a US$4.5-million project to assess the economic and social value of coastal and marine resources in the Philippines, which will be pilot-tested in El Nido, Palawan. Dubbed “Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES),” the project seeks to unlock new and sustainable income streams for coastal communities […]

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Vehicle smugglers using Mindanao ports

More brand new “hot” cars from other countries are entering the country through Mindanao ports, a Bureau of Customs official said. This followed the discovery that 34 luxury vehicles and sport utility vehicles, only listed as motor vehicles in shipping documents, first passed through Cagayan de Oro Port, Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) in Misamis Oriental […]

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