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Aquino: Levy is for farmers

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PRESIDENTIAL ASSURANCE President Aquino meets on Wednesday with coconut farmers who marched from Davao City starting on Sept. 21, the 42nd anniversary of martial law, to Malacañang. He assured them that the government is on their side and supports their efforts to recover coco levy funds. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Their long walk to Malacañang did not exactly go to waste. Assuring coconut farmers that the government was “on your side,” President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday threw his support behind a bill outlining how they would directly benefit from P71 billion in taxes collected from them during the Marcos regime.

Posted: November 27th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Bilibid officials get death threats over illegal drugs drive

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New Bilibid Prison.  Screengrab from http://www.bucor.gov.ph/

The head of the Bureau of Corrections and some prison guards at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) have been receiving death threats from groups behind the illegal drug trade, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Tuesday.

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

Binay slams DOJ for ‘hiding Mercado’

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Former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado.  INQUIRER file photo.

Vice President Jejomar Binay has accused the Department of Justice (DOJ) of hiding former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, a state witness in the impending plunder case of the government against the vice president, after the DOJ refused to disclose Mercado’s whereabouts.

Posted: November 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace says Aquino gov’t desires speedy trial in massacre case

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Malacañang on Saturday assured families of the victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre it would not be a cause of any delay in the trial of the trial of the accused, but would work to “push the case forward.”

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

De Lima: Gov’t doing its best but understand it’s complex case

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“They should understand how complex the case is.” This, according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, explains the delay in the trial of the suspects in the Maguindanao massacre, whose fifth anniversary will be marked Sunday.

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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