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Aquino allies urge critics to temper words vs gov’t disaster response

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Philippine Air Force C130 aircraft with loads of relief goods and soldiers at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City to be brought on Tacloban City destroyed by Supertyphoon Yolanda. RICHARD A. REYES/INQUIRER

As delays marred relief efforts for victims of “supertyphoon Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) a week after its deadly onslaught, calls were made to temper criticism of the government’s response.

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

Lagman, Abalos deny misuse of pork funds

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Former Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman and Mayor Benhur Abalos File Photo

Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos on Thursday said all transactions he entered into when he was representative of the city in the House were “regular,” contrary to what was stated in a special audit report of the Commission on Audit (COA).

Posted: August 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Lagman: Only Congress can abolish ‘pork’

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former Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman: Appoint members of the claims board now     RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

A former lawmaker on Tuesday said only Congress can actually abolish the Priority Development Assistance Fund, despite President Benigno Aquino III’s earlier announcement.

Posted: August 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Pia Cayetano, Lagman defend RH law

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PH law authors Sen Pia Cayetano (left) and Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman

The two legislators who authored the reproductive health (RH) legislation pleaded Tuesday with the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the suspended law, with Sen. Pia Cayetano arguing, among other things, that those challenging it had a “low” regard for women.

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

Husbands, wives and lovers may soon face jail time

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A husband sleeping with another man or a wife with another woman is not a crime in the Philippines. Not yet, anyway, unless a congressman has his way.

Posted: August 9th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Bill eyes punishment on extramarital affairs with same sex

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Could the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community be punished for committing adultery soon?

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

Human rights compensation law still needs implementing rules, says Lagman

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former Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman: Appoint members of the claims board now     RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

It has been more than five months since President Benigno Aquino III signed into law the Human Rights Victim Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 but its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) cannot be formulated without a claims board.

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

New lawmakers get advice on benefits of pork

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former Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman: Appoint members of the claims board now     RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

Despite its unsavory history, pork is not all bad and can even be a lifeline for many constituents.

Posted: June 26th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Pangilinan, Lagman in ‘word war’ over vetoed Centenarian Act

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From left, the four centenarians Juliana Gurango,102, Felipa Kabigting,102, Luz Kahn, 100 and Sr. Candida Asuncion. INQUIRER  FILE PHOTO

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan hit back at a lawmaker, whom he accused of flip-flopping after President Benigno Aquino III vetoed the proposed Centenarian Act.

Posted: May 29th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Gov Salceda, Representatives Lagman, Bichara, Gonzalez top Albay polls

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Running unopposed, Gov. Joey Salceda (Liberal Party) still garnered a whooping 271,717 votes from the 371,690 who actually voted in Albay, according to election results in Albay posted at the website of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Posted: May 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Lagman: Priests violating seal of confessional to hit RH law

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Catholic priests have taken to violating the seal of the confessional just to demonize the reproductive health (RH) law, according to one of its principal authors, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, who deplored the “malevolent propaganda” against the law.

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

Thanks to Lagman, the young now confess ‘RH’ sins

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Thank you, Edcel Lagman. They may have lost the battle over the reproductive health (RH) law, but Catholic prelates say they have reason to thank the principal author of the law, as more and more young Catholics have become aware of the sin of artificial contraception and they are being driven to confession by their guilt.

Posted: March 17th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

RH should be among election issues, says Lagman

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former Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman: Appoint members of the claims board now     RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

The reproductive health law should be among the issues that candidates discuss with the electorate so that the people would know where they stand on this crucial matter, according to its author, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman.

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

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