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Aquino to stay at home during Lenten holidays

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NOY INSPECTS NAIA / APRIL 16, 2014President Benigno Aquino III inspects the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 3 on Wednesday. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE/PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER

President Benigno Aquino III will escape this Holy Week to his customary “resorts”—his family’s home on Times Street and his bachelor’s pad by the Pasig River or Bahay Pangarap.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Move to decentralize bar exams gains ground

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Photo by Tetch Torres-Tupas/INQUIRER.net

An online petition initiated by a Cebu law school dean to decentralize the country’s bar examinations, currently held only in Manila, is gaining support in Congress.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Marikina solon to face probers on Delfin Lee

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Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo: Ready to face probers. FILE PHOTO

Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo on Wednesday said he will face senators investigating the P6.6-billion Globe Asiatique Holdings (GA) housing scam allegedly perpetrated by jailed real estate developer Delfin Lee.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

House seeks to probe MRT GM’s ‘envoy’ Wilson de Vera

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Metro Rail Transit general manager Al Vitangcol III. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Members of the House of Representatives want to summon Wilson de Vera, the alleged “envoy” of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) general manager Al Vitangcol III, to an investigation of allegations that the transport official tried to extort $30 million from Czech train car builder Inekon Group 21 months ago.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Marcos Jr. trying to launder family name for presidential bid, say lawmakers

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Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Militant lawmakers are warning against an attempt by the heirs of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to clean the family name and boost the political stock of his senator-son who is plotting a return to Malacañang.   Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello and Bayan  Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate cited a misleading report in a  [...]

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 allies vow quick passage of Bangsamoro law; militants call for close scrutiny

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Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas www.congress.gov.ph

Administration allies will rush approval of the charter creating a new political region in Mindanao to meet President Aquino’s self-imposed deadline to establish the Bangsamoro Transition Authority by next year.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Abaya told: Fix MRT-LRT lines first before fixing Roxas’ 2016 bid

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Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya and Local Government Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya should spend more time fixing Metro Manila’s jam-packed and broken down trains instead of setting up the 2016 presidential bid of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

2 Nabcor officials bare pressure from DA exec

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Assistant Agriculture Secretary Ophelia Agawin  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A Department of Agriculture executive who was promoted by the Aquino administration despite her earlier involvement in a fertilizer scam badgered the National Agribusiness Corp. to release P323 million in the agency’s funds to dubious foundations chosen by Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada.

Posted: March 20th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

A third of lawmakers oppose sale of gov’t hospitals

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A third of the 289-member House of Representatives have signed a petition initiated by the Makabayan bloc opposing the “creeping privatization” of state-owned hospitals including the Philippine Orthopedic Center (left) and the Dr. Fabella Memorial Hospital. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

A third of the 289-member House of Representatives have signed a petition initiated by the Makabayan bloc opposing the “creeping privatization” of state-owned hospitals.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

House to probe Delfin Lee in P7B housing scam

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.: Why the rush? INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has given the green light to the majority bloc to conduct a probe of the multibillion-peso housing scam allegedly perpetrated by detained businessman Delfin Lee during the Arroyo administration.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

COA: Cunanan, others accountable in pork scam

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SPOTLIGHT SHIFTS  Dennis Cunanan, director general on-leave of the Technology Resource Center, testifies during the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing on the pork barrel scam while principal witness Benhur Luy is all ears.  RAFFY LERMA

Technology Resource Center (TRC) Director General Dennis Cunanan and the heads of the other implementing agencies involved should be held accountable for their role in the P10-billion pork barrel scam allegedly masterminded by detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, said Commission on Audit Chair (COA) Maria Gracia Pulido-Tan.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

P128-M plunder charge vs ex-Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo

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Former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo. FILE PHOTO

Former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo, a close ally of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has been charged with plunder in connection with P127.7 million worth of ghost projects that were supposed to be implemented in the last nine years.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

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