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Lawmakers seek probe of luxury car smuggling at Cagayan de Oro port

CAR BOOM IN CAGAYAN A fleet of imported used luxury vehicles—including Porsches, BMWs, Mercedes-Benzes, Hummers—await wash and polishing work at a car lot in Casambalangan village in Santa Ana, Cagayan province.  MELVIN GASCON / INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Two lawmakers from Mindanao have called for a congressional probe into reports that the Cagayan de Oro port has become a smuggling hub for luxury cars.

Posted: November 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

House expected to OK emergency powers for Aquino

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.: No hurdles. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / LEO M. SABANGAN II

The minority may offer some resistance but the House of Representatives is expected to approve by a large margin next week the grant of special powers for President Aquino to address the projected energy shortfall next year.

Posted: November 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

FOI: ‘More restrictions than access’


The freedom of information (FOI) bill is one step closer to passage with the consolidation of its 24 different versions at the House of Representatives, but one of the authors has cried foul over its restrictive passages.

Posted: November 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino urged to order NHA to donate part of QC land to PCMC’

President Aquino prepares to answer questions from reporters during an ambush interview at the inauguration of the $95-million plant expansion of Coca Cola Femsa Philippines in Calamba City on Monday. After being asked by reporters about the criticisms hurled by Vice President Binay against his administration, Aquino said Binay was free to leave "if he thinks we are going in the wrong direction."  INQUIRER PHOTO/GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Lawmakers are urging President Benigno Aquino III to order the National Housing Authority (NHA) to just donate a portion of its land in Quezon City to the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) instead of insisting that the hospital pay for the property.

Posted: November 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Party list expels own rep in House, charges him with graft

Ating Koop party-list Rep. Isidro Lico. congress.gov.ph

His own party mates on Tuesday charged former Ating Koop party-list Rep. Isidro Lico with a P75-million graft and malversation case in the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB).

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