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Bangsamoro ‘law’ ready

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Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, on Monday submitted the draft of the Bangsamoro basic law during a meeting with Undersecretary Michael Frederick Musngi of the Office of the Executive Secretary in Malacañang. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Monday received the draft of the Bangsamoro basic law, a priority measure President Aquino would submit for congressional scrutiny and approval to pave the way for the creation of a new autonomous region in Mindanao.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Pacquiao’s tax woes cloud latest victory

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Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines, trades blows with Timothy Bradley, in their WBO welterweight title boxing fight Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won the bout by unanimous decision. (AP

After Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao thoroughly outclassed Timothy Bradley last Sunday, who’s next for boxing’s only eight-division champion?

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol

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INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Instead of telling Al Vitangcol to shape up or ship out, Malacañang on Thursday defended the Metro Rail Transit general manager against his critics. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma rejected demands that President Aquino sack Vitangcol for worsening conditions at the MRT.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t stops releasing benefits to 22,534 fake war veterans, says Aquino

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President Benigno Aquino III leads the wreath-laying ceremony at the 72nd commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan in Mt. Samat Shrine in Pilar, Bataan. Also in photo are US Ambassador Philip Goldberg (left) and Japan Ambassador Toshinao Urabe (right). INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON

The government has stopped providing benefits to at least 22,534 supposed war veterans beginning this year as part of an ongoing effort to remove ineligible claimants in its list.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Palace vows killers of Cavite reporter will be arrested

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Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda. FILE PHOTO

Malacañang vowed on Monday to catch the killers of a Cavite tabloid reporter, who was gunned down inside her Bacoor home last Sunday.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Palace wants probe of $30M extort try on Czech firm in MRT deal expedited

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Malacañang wants to expedite the criminal investigation of allegations that Metro Rail Transit (MRT) general manager Al Vitangcol attempted to extort $30 million from a Czech company seeking to supply new train coaches.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t peace negotiator seeks meeting with Santiago over peace pact with MILF

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Chief government negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer AFP FILE PHOTO

The head of the government panel that negotiated peace with the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is seeking to meet with Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, presumably because of the senator’s opinion that the peace deal she negotiated was unconstitutional.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Ombudsman should not be selective’

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“The Ombudsman should not be selective. Many administration senators and congressmen are equally guilty. They too must be investigated and charged.”

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Aquino tells PNPA grads: Resist temptation

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President Aquino on Monday rallied fresh graduates of the Philippine National Academy (PNPA) to his good government program, urging them to overcome temptations that would test their resolve in the professional ranks.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Philippines, MILF sign peace agreement

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The signing Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro INQUIRE FILE PHOTO

Where before his predecessor has failed, President Aquino on Thursday presided over the signing of a historic peace agreement with Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels after 17 years of negotiations carving a new, autonomous Bangsamoro region in Mindanao.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Gov’t-MILF peace pact makes history

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LONG ROAD TO PEACE  Moro women and children walk by a giant streamer hailing a “Bangsamoro government” along the highway in Sultan Kudarat town, Maguindanao province, on Wednesday, the eve of the signing of a final peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.  CHARLIE SEÑASE/INQUIRER MINDANAO

His country is going through a harrowing crisis, but Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is flying to Manila Thursday to witness the historic signing of the final peace agreement between the government and the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

‘This is it’: MILF peace deal signing on Thursday

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Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles: New terms. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

“This is it.” “As far as what is possible without making false promises, this is it, and we continue to hope that the entire Bangsamoro will see it that way as well,” Teresita Quintos-Deles, the presidential adviser on the peace process, said on the eve of the signing of a peace agreement with the bigger Muslim insurgent movements in Mindanao.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aquino orders probe of P515M pork

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

President Aquino has ordered an investigation into the findings of the Commission on Audit (COA) that more than P500 million in pork barrel funds went to questionable nongovernment organizations through the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), an agency under the Office of the President.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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