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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  FILE PHOTO/INQUIRER

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 »

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