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Palace vows reforms at BOC

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Admitting that smuggling is “no small-time problem,” Malacañang on Tuesday outlined the government’s efforts to deal with it through “systemic reforms.”

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Palace: We need systemic reforms, not just revamp in BOC

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Palace on Tuesday said that while sacking or shuffling officials help curb corruption and smuggling, the ultimate solution lies in systemic change.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

10 more Customs execs placed in ‘think-tank unit’ in revamp

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon

Ten more Bureau of Customs officials have been transferred to the newly created Customs Policy Research Office (CPRO) at the Department of Finance headquarters, bringing to 37 the total number of BOC executives to be placed on what DOF and BOC insiders call “floating status.”

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

‘Pork barrel king’ tag irks Aquino

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arro and President Benigno Aquino III. FILE PHOTO

Bristling at the tag “pork barrel king,” President Aquino on Wednesday accused his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, of accumulating close to P1 trillion in discretionary fund to stay in power.

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Customs workers not on high ground in bucking reforms—Biazon

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon

Bureau of Customs (BOC) personnel are “not standing on high ground” to question the order of President Aquino and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima orders to shape up, according to Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.

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

Customs reforms due in ‘less than a month’

President Aquino: Protect the common seas. INQUIRER file photo

The scoundrels in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) are the ones excited about the extensive reforms he is carrying out in the bureau and shouldn’t have long to wait, President Aquino said on Tuesday.

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

No sacred cows in Customs reforms—Palace

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda: No sacred cows

There will be no “sacred cows” in the “wide-ranging reform” that President Aquino will be implementing soon at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

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

Pope urges renewal of ‘flimsy’ Church structures

Pope Francis. AP file photo

Pope Francis on Saturday said Catholics should not be afraid of renewing “old and flimsy structures” in the Church, as he plans a major overhaul of the scandal-ridden Vatican bureaucracy and bank.

Posted: July 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

A year after Corona ouster, justice reforms a ‘work in progress,’ says Palace

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A year after Chief Justice Renato Corona was impeached and voted out of office, Malacañang on Wednesday admitted that reforms undertaken since then are still a “work in progress.”

Posted: May 30th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Palace hints at new Senate leader

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang described the 9-3 win of Team PNoy in the Senate race, as well as the overwhelming victory of administration candidates in local polls, as a resounding endorsement of President Benigno Aquino III’s ‘straight path’ agenda.

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

Myanmar committee to ‘grant liberty’ to dissidents


Myanmar’s leader has set up a committee to review political prisoner cases “to grant them liberty”, state media said Thursday, in a rare direct acknowledgement of dissidents in the nation’s jails.

Posted: February 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Right time for reforms in the PNP


The Atimonan massacre will go down in history as the Army Special Forces’ “finest” hour. They killed 13 “criminals” without incurring a single casualty in a one-way shoot-out.

Posted: January 18th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Metro,On Target | Read More »

Sweeping education reform approved in Mexico

Enrique Pena Nieto.  (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

A plan to overhaul Mexico’s public education system has been ratified by 18 of the country’s 31 states, allowing it to be enacted by President Enrique Pena Nieto, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Posted: January 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Opinions split on Napoles turning state witness
  3. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  4. Plunder complaint filed vs PNP chief, firearms office head over license delivery deal
  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima


  • Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  • 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  • Napoles surgery in Makati hospital successful
  • Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  • Napoles turnaround alarms whistle-blowers
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces; Painters repulse Bolts
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Entertainment

  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • From prison to the peak of success
  • ‘Asedillo’ location thrives
  • Business

  • Philippine Airlines to stop shipment of shark fins
  • PH banks not ready for Asean integration
  • Stocks down on profit-taking
  • Banks allowed to use ‘cloud’
  • SMIC to issue P15-B bonds
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Believe it or not: Filipinos love US more than Yanks
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