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Farmers cry foul over use of agri sector in pork scam

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FARMERS in San Manuel town in Pangasinan province continue to plant palay even as erratic weather has disrupted the rice cycle and triggered floods that occasionally destroy their crops and farmlands.  WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

An association of farmers has cried foul over what it described as a “shameless act of using the sector as direct beneficiaries of the anomalous” Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Demand outpacing supply of jobs, admits labor chief

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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

The administration simply cannot keep up with the growing demand for jobs.

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

Aquino a poor manager–Osmeña

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UNDER FIRE  Sen. Sergio Osmeña (left) wanted President Aquino to fire Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla two months ago but his plea fell on deaf ears.

A key political ally of President Aquino on Thursday blamed him and Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla for the country’s power supply woes, calling both officials “awful managers.”

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

ERC voids power rate hike

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The Energy Regulatory has voided its earlier approval last December of the P4.15 per kilowatt-hour rate increase in generation charge that Manila Electric Co. had sought. FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Tuesday endorsed the finding of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) that prices on the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) during the shutdown of the Malampaya gas pipeline late last year could not qualify as “reasonable, rational and competitive.”

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aquino makes pitch for gender equality

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President Benigno Aquino III. MALACANANG FILE PHOTO

To mark International Women’s Day on Saturday, Malacañang vowed to strengthen measures to combat violence against women and provide more opportunities for gender equality and empowerment.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Palace promises stronger measures for gender equality

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Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

In observance of International Women’s Day, an aide to President Benigno Aquino promised Saturday that his administration would strengthen measures to combat violence against women and provide more opportunities for gender equality and empowerment.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Mindanao power woes to persist till 2016

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Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Mindanao’s power woes will not be over anytime soon as full power capacity in the island will come into operation only in 2015 and 2016.

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

Palace denies dangling pork funds to effect Charter change

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Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Tuesday denied President Aquino was behind Charter change (Cha-cha) moves in Congress, but opposition legislators said the Palace was secretly offering pork barrel funds to legislators to fast-track amendments that would ease foreign investment restrictions.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace: Special court for scammers OK

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Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang favors the creation of a special court to try all the cases related to the P10-billion pork barrel scam. Recalling an earlier statement by President Benigno Aquino III, Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said Mr. Aquino was open to the suggestion although it would be the judiciary’s call.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Palace not averse to special court trying pork barrel scam cases

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INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang favors the creation of a special court to try cases related to the P10-billion pork barrel scam, a spokesperson said Saturday.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

ERC chair wants more time to answer raps

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Energy Regulatory Commission Chairperson Zenaida Cruz-Ducut. PHOTO BY RICHARD A. REYES

Embattled Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chair Zenaida Ducut has asked Malacañang to be given more time to answer the charge that she failed to protect power consumers when she gave tacit approval to the record-high rate increase announced by the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) last December.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DOE head vows anew to restore electricity

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Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

After taking flak for failing to energize by Christmas Eve last year areas that Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla is at it again, setting another target for power restoration in Davao Oriental province.

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

Aquino tells unidentified gov’t execs to deliver or resign

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President Benigno Aquino III INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Expect heads to roll in the coming days as the President’s patience is wearing thin over the seemingly disjointed efforts, particularly at the local level, to help victims of disasters since December 2012.   President Benigno Aquino III appealed Tuesday for more patience from disaster victims amid the overwhelming challenges confronting his administration in [...]

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

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