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‘Battle is not over yet,’ say bishops, pro-life groups in Visayas

A Catholic church in Bacolod has cut in half a tarpaulin that tells the faithful whom to vote for and whom to junk in the May senatorial elections (“Team Buhay, Team Patay”). INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Supreme Court ruling that declares the reproductive health law as constitutional has not deterred the spirit of the Visayas-based pro-life advocates who vowed to continue fighting the law, which they have described as “immoral.”

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t peace deal with MILF founded on consultations – Ferrer

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Miriam Coronel-Ferrer  File Photo

The ultimate goal of the Philippine government in signing its historic peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is to bring peace to the ordinary child in Mindanao, according to government chief negotiator, Miriam Coronel-Ferrer.

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 »

QC councilor files resolution backing amending economic provisions in Constitution

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A Quezon City alderman has asked his peers at the local council to support a resolution from both houses of Congress that seeks to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

House seen as pushing Charter change in re-distributing committee slots

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Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The majority bloc’s push to get the three-fourths vote needed for charter change has shifted to high gear with the distribution of additional committee slots to the members of the independent bloc, including detained Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her son, Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Arroyo.

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

Charter change may be way for lawmakers to regain pork barrel

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Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Charter change might be seen as an attempt to bring back the pork barrel system that the Supreme Court already struck down as unconstitutional, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano warned before the holidays.

Posted: December 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Solicitor General to argue for DAP before SC on Tuesday

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INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Supreme Court will resume on Tuesday the oral arguments on the Aquino administration’s controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), with Malacañang expected to mount a strong defense for its legality and constitutionality.

Posted: December 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Pork’ ruling: Palace has mixed feelings

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Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda. FILE PHOTO

Malacañang is “in sync” with the Supreme Court’s decision removing presidential discretion over the Malampaya fund, according to Palace officials.

Posted: November 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino allies dismayed by SC ruling on pork abolition

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The Supreme Court building in Manila. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Administration allies were generally not surprised about the Supreme Court decision that declared the entire pork barrel system unconstitutional as they felt the magistrates merely bowed to the prevailing public opinion calling for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Posted: November 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

People power vs pork starts

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Retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno has begun to marshal the resources and support of large civil society organizations to launch a campaign for a people’s initiative for passage of a new law that would abolish the corruption-tainted pork barrel and ensure the proper accounting of every peso that goes in and out of the state treasury.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Drilon dares COA to file raps if DAP funds were misused

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Senate President Franklin Drilon. PRIB FILE PHOTO

Saying it has become a necessary tool to spur government spending, Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Tuesday that the government could not afford to do away with the multi-billion-peso disbursement acceleration program (DAP) despite criticism that the DAP was unconstitutional.

Posted: October 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

DAP-funded projects legal, Drilon insists

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Senate President Franklin Drilon FILE PHOTO

In spite of assertions by legal experts that the facility is unconstitutional, Sen. Franklin Drilon insists that projects funded by the controversial P72.1-billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) should be considered initiatives of the Aquino administration although identified by lawmakers and therefore aboveboard.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Automatic appropriations for Bangsamoro ‘jewel in the crown’ in wealth sharing pact

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Chief government negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer.  PHOTO FROM OPAPP.GOV.PH

In the future, Bangsamoro leaders need not appear in Congress to defend their budget because the region will get automatic appropriation in the national budget.

Posted: July 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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