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Aquino: Levy is for farmers

PRESIDENTIAL ASSURANCE President Aquino meets on Wednesday with coconut farmers who marched from Davao City starting on Sept. 21, the 42nd anniversary of martial law, to Malacañang. He assured them that the government is on their side and supports their efforts to recover coco levy funds. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Their long walk to Malacañang did not exactly go to waste. Assuring coconut farmers that the government was “on your side,” President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday threw his support behind a bill outlining how they would directly benefit from P71 billion in taxes collected from them during the Marcos regime.

Posted: November 27th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Abad: Budget free of pork

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad insisted Tuesday that the proposed national budget for next year was free from pork barrel, despite Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s allegation that it included P37.3 billion in lump-sum appropriations.

Posted: November 26th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Ona in trouble over use of malaria-dengue drug


MANILA, Philippines–Health Secretary Enrique Ona, who is on leave, is under scrutiny for authorizing the use of a supposed “breakthrough” drug for the treatment of malaria and dengue.   Documents obtained by the Inquirer showed acting Health Secretary Janette Garin has begun looking into “ActRx TriAct,” a two-day regimen described on the website of a […]

Posted: November 25th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Slain journalists ‘martyrs’–Palace

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In this Nov. 21, 2014 photo, Roman Catholic priests bless the wooden markers at the site where 58 people, 32 of them journalists, were massacred at a remote village in  Ampatuan township, Maguindanao province in southern Philippines. Sunday Nov. 23, 2014 marks the fifth anniversary of the massacre, in Maguindanao, southern Philippines with the Ampatuan clan tagged as the prime suspects in the carnage. The massacre of 58 people is the country's worst election-related violence. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Malacañang on Sunday hailed as “martyrs” the 32 journalists killed with 26 other people in the Maguindanao massacre five years ago.

Posted: November 24th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Ona still health chief, says Palace

Enrique Ona: Still health secretary. INQUIRER file photo

Enrique Ona, who is on one-month leave, is still the health secretary, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

Posted: November 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »