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House bill seeks special body to manage, protect Manila Bay

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DESERVING SPECIAL CARE A boy cuts a playful figure with the Manila Bay as backdrop. Famous for its sunset view, the bay is now the subject of a congressional bill that calls for the creation of a special body that will protect and manage its development in the face of reclamation projects. JOAN BONDOC

Manila Bay, one of the world’s finest natural harbors, deserves a special body that would take charge of its development and balanced growth while ensuring its protection, according to Bataan Rep. Enrique Garcia.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Moro basic law priority

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PEACE ACCORD. Mohagher Iqbal, chief MILF negotiator, and Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, head of the government negotiating panel, exchange copies of the peace agreement between the MILF and the Aquino administration they signed in Malacañang on March 27. Applauding them are MILF Chair Murad Ebrahim,Malaysian facilitator Abdul Ghafar,Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, President Aquino and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles. LYN RILLON

The House of Representatives will give priority to the draft Bangsamoro basic law, but will not completely sideline other important measures pending in the plenary, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said on Tuesday.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Belmonte: House to prioritize Bangsamoro bill without sacrificing other bills

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The House of Representatives will give priority to the Bangsamoro Basic Law, but it need not completely sideline other important pending measures in the plenary, according to Speaker Feliciano Belmonte.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Roxas accused of using aid-giving to campaign for 2016

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Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II. INQUIRER.net file photo

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II was roundly criticized on Monday, for appearing to use the government’s rehabilitation of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan)-stricken areas to boost his candidacy in the 2016 presidential elections where he has been touted to be the ruling Liberal Party’s standard bearer.

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

Watered-down antidynasty bill proposed

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Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice: Watered down. PHOTO BY RICHARD REYES

The antipolitical dynasty bill goes hand in hand with the ongoing battle against corruption, according to one of its authors who is looking forward to its approval in the House of Representatives when he introduces a “tamer” version during future deliberations.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

3 senators should be put in regular jails—Santiago

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Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Thursday said Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. should be suspended and go straight to jail for the nonbailable crime of plunder. FILE PHOTOS

It is high time for Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. to resign and authorities should put them in a regular jail instead of keeping them under house arrest or in air-conditioned palaces.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Enrile, Estrada, Revilla told to quit Senate after pork scam indictments

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Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The three senators about to face plunder and graft charges for allegedly pocketing their pork barrel funds must step down from their posts, according to the Scrap Pork Network, which was behind a massive protest against the misuse of public funds in 2013.

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

Bill seeks setting up of special education centers in the provinces

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Diwa party list Rep. Emmeline Aglipay. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/www.congress.gov.ph

Children with special needs may have a different set of educational requirements, but this no excuse to deprive them of the chance to grow and learn.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Lawmaker backs retention of school calendar

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Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has found an unlikely ally in the militant Kabataan party-list group which issued a statement yesterday against the plan to “internationalize” the Philippine academic calendar by moving the school opening from June to August or September.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Lawmakers propose memorial in Tacloban

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Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares (left ) and Carlos Zarate. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

The lives lost and the lessons learned from Supertyphoon “Yolanda” should not be forgotten, and to ensure remembrance, Bayan Muna lawmakers have proposed the construction of a memorial in Tacloban City.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Suggested traffic fix: Private villages can open roads for a fee

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As traffic in Metro Manila gets worse and requires more alternative routes, a House bill wants private subdivisions to open at least one road per village for public use, for which they can charge a minimal fee from motorists who will pass through.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

COA finds P204M in misdeclared Commission on Appointments bonuses

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The Commission on Audit. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Members and staff of Congress’ powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) enjoyed a bounty of allowances in 2012, including P204 million in extra benefits erroneously classified as maintenance and operating expenses in official records, according to a Commission on Audit (COA) report.

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

Aquino leaves door open to peace talks with NDFP

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President Benigno S. Aquino III.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Aquino on Monday said the arrest of Benito Tiamzon and his wife, Wilma, dealt a “serious blow” to the communist movement but left the door open for the resumption of peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

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

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