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National newsbits for June 19, 2014

SANCTIFICATION OF PRIESTS PRAYER Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle enjoins all parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila to observe a Holy Hour for the sanctification of priests on June 27, Friday, to coincide with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He called on parish priests, rectors of shrines, and chaplains in the […]

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Don’t be quick to convict, solon urges

An administration solon has appealed to Filipinos to stop being “conviction mongers” as fellow legislators continue to be vilified publicly in the light of the P10-billion “pork barrel” scam. “Let us change this, We are in a conviction mode. It’s like we are in a condemning mode,” AKO-BICOL Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe told House media. […]

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Accused wants daily extended hearings in pork scam trials

An accused in the plunder and graft cases involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to order the Sandiganbayan to conduct daily hearings than can extend beyond 5 p.m. to assure the speedy disposition of the cases. In his comment on the request for the creation of special divisions […]

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PH seeks quick ruling on suit with China at Hague tribunal

The Philippines wants an international tribunal to issue a decision as quickly as it can on a Manila’s complaint that questions the legality of China’s massive territorial claims in the South China Sea because the disputes continue to escalate. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said late Tuesday that the Philippines would ask its lawyers to […]

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Gov’t braces for PUV strike

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have mobilized their respective personnel to respond to any eventuality in the wake of the planned transport strike today. The transport strike was called in protest of the imposition of higher fines and penalties for violators of land transportation regulations based on the […]

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Japan to relax visa rules for PH

Tokyo (AFP) – Japan said Tuesday it would relax visa rules for tourists from Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam in a bid to double the number of foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Tourists with Indonesian e-passports embedded with a microchip can be exempt from getting a visa, the foreign ministry […]

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Enrile, Estrada, Revilla arrange surrender to PNP

The three senators charged with plunder and graft in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam have reportedly arranged their surrender to ranking police officials once arrest warrants are issued against them. This was disclosed yesterday by Director Benjamin Magalong, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director, who said Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. will […]

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Drilon lauds signing of law that extends PNR’s life

Senate President Franklin Drilon on Wednesday lauded President Benigno Aquino III for approving and signing into law the measure that seeks to extend the corporate life of the Philippine National Railways (PNR). “I laud the President for acting promptly on this very important legislation which the Congress vigorously pursued despite the issues confronting some of […]

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Naming alcoholic drinks after heroes slammed

Senator Pia Cayetano on Wednesday slammed the plan of a liquor company to use Filipino historical figures and places as brand names of its alcoholic beverage products. Cayetano, Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture chairperson, said this plan of the Destileria Limtuaco, Inc. (DLI) “threatens to desecrate, misappropriate and trivialize their national and historic […]

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Still no new Sandiganbayan justice

President Benigno S. Aquino III is committed to appoint soon a new Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan after reportedly missing a 90-day period to fill up the vacant post. “We are cognizant of the importance of filling up the vacancy in the Sandiganbayan and this matter is being addressed,” Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma […]

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