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National Newsbits for August 22, 2014

THE QUEENSHIP OF MARY FEAST Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales will celebrate a feast mass at 5 p.m. today at the Mary the Queen Parish in Greenhills, San Juan City in commemoration of the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, a corollary of the Marian Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, […]

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Bill vs intrusive photography, videography passes 2nd reading

Bill against personal intrusion hurdles 2nd reading A measure that will penalize photographers and videographers who intrude on people’s privacy for profit or commercial purposes has been passed on second reading in the Lower Chamber. The House Committee on Public Information, chaired by Rep. Jorge Almonte (1st District, Misamis Occidental), sponsored and endorsed for plenary […]

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Partylist eyes total smoking ban

After the enactment of the graphic health warning (GHW) bill on tobacco products,  anti-tobacco advocates now eye possible outright smoking ban. Smoking is now banned in public places and transportation, but anti-smoking proponents want to see total ban on tobacco sales next. In a news forum held in Quezon City, Ang Nars Partylist Rep. Leah […]

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Palace challenges Palparan to answer charges against him

Malacañang has challenged former military general Jovito Palparan to answer the criminal charges against him instead of maligning Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. “Palparan’s defense should be centered on answering allegations against him and not trying to impugn the credibility of Secretary De Lima,” Deputy Presidential Spokeswoman Abigail Valte said. Valte rushed to the defense […]

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Congress asked to scrutinize other agencies’ funds, not just SC

By focusing too much on the Judiciary Development Fund and sparing fund collections of all other constitutional offices, the House of Representatives has shown its prejudice against the Supreme Court. Social Watch Philippines lead convenor and former national treasurer Leonor Briones said congressmen’s determined bid to either repeal or amend Presidential Decree 1949 or the […]

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Binay receives Ninoy Aquino medal of valor

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday received the Ninoy Aquino Memorial Medal of Valor award from the Ninoy Aquino Movement (NAM). On the 31st death anniversary of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., Binay urged “comrades in the struggle against the Marcos dictatorship” to fight moves to amend the 1987 Constitution. Binay said democracy in […]

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Manila RTC judges ask SC to stop BIR order

Manila regional trial court (RTC) judges have asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from implementing its order that imposed a 32 percent tax on the allowances, bonuses, compensation for services, and other fringe benefits of government workers, including those in the judiciary. They told the SC that BIR’s […]

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Bangsamoro law draft submitted to Aquino

(UPDATED): The draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has already been submitted to President Benigno S. Aquino III. According to a report from Luwaran.com, the draft has been submitted to Aquino at around 8 p.m. Wednesday. “We are respectfully submitting the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)…and we are ready to adhere to our […]

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House OKs bill vs intrusive photographers

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure that will penalize photographers and videographers who intrude on people’s privacy for profit or commercial purposes. The House Committee on Public Information, chaired by Misamis Occidental 1st district Rep. Jorge Almonte, sponsored and endorsed for plenary approval House Bill 4807, which substituted House Bill […]

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Nancy Binay not worried over Makati building probe

Senator Ma. Lourdes “Nancy” Binay on Thursday said the Commission on Audit (COA) is free to conduct a special audit on the allegedly overpriced P2.3-billion Makati City park building but urged state auditors to be fair and also audit other controversial government expenditures that have long been tainted with corruption issues. Binay made the challenge […]

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