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Aquino on critics: If you can’t beat them, ignore them

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

If you can’t beat them, ignore them. President Benigno Aquino III made known on Tuesday his New Year’s resolutions before a captive audience of female high school students, and one of them had to do with a new tack he was planning use in dealing with critics.

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino chooses to ignore ‘hopeless’ critics

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President Benigno Aquino III. FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III is looking forward to a less stressful year by ignoring “hopeless” critics and giving his Cabinet members “more breathing room.”

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Rich man, poor man in Aquino Cabinet

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Does joining the government make one poorer—or richer? Malacañang released to the media on Friday the copies of the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) of Cabinet secretaries for 2012, reflecting the rise and fall of the net worth of the members of President Benigno Aquino III’s official family in a year.

Posted: May 18th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Lacson accepts ‘exciting’ job in Aquino administration

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Former senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said he has accepted an “exciting” and a “very interesting” position in the Aquino administration which he declined to identify.

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino, Cabinet members urged to voluntarily take AIDS test

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A national alliance of gay groups and a United Nations (UN) official on Saturday called on President Aquino and his Cabinet to voluntarily take an HIV-AIDS test to help dispel the stigma associated with routine testing for this disease.

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Aquino swears in Petilla, Almendras

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President Aquino congratulates Jericho Petilla after the Leyte governor took his oath as energy secretary at Naia 2. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino on Sunday presided over the changing of the guard at the energy department, taking time to personally swear in newly appointed Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla and his predecessor, Jose Rene Almendras, who also took his oath as secretary to the Cabinet.

Posted: November 5th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

It’s official: Petilla is DOE chief; Almendras to Palace

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President Benigno Aquino confirmed he has appointed Leyte Gov. Jericho “Icot” Petilla as the new energy secretary, replacing Rene Almendras.

Posted: October 26th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Now, Puno faces 2 probes in Congress

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Rico Puno. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

When it rains, it pours for resigned Interior Undersecretary Rico E. Puno.

Posted: September 13th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Leni Robredo won’t be at Senate inquiry: Let me grieve

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Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Pleading she wants to grieve in peace, the widow of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo has declined an invitation to appear in a Senate inquiry on Friday on Undersecretary Rico Puno’s alleged shenanigans.

Posted: September 12th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Statement of Undersecretary Rico E. Puno

Rico Puno. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

As undersecretary for peace and order in the DILG, I am entrusted with duties and responsibilities that involve strict confidence, security and protocol. Violating the confidential nature of my duties may expose people to danger or jeopardize critical operations. Hence, I am duty-bound to act with restraint and circumspection, even when subjected to personal attacks in the mass media. This is why I have opted not to react to the speculative accusations that have been hurled against me by some media organizations.

Posted: September 12th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino eyes ‘nice, quiet’ job for Puno

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DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

After accepting Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno’s resignation, President Benigno Aquino is considering a “nice, quiet” job for him in government, Puno himself disclosed this Tuesday night.

Posted: September 12th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Puno breaks silence, quits

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Rico Puno. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Aquino on Tuesday dropped Rico E. Puno after his controversial shooting range buddy got caught in yet another storm following the death of his immediate boss, Jesse Robredo.

Posted: September 12th, 2012 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Bartolome waits for Aquino’s final word

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Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

“I serve at the pleasure of the President.” Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome said this on Monday after President Benigno Aquino announced on Saturday that he was appointing him as the replacement of beleaguered Undersecretary Rico Puno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Posted: September 11th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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