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Senate To Ratify FOI Bill Before Congress Break

Senate President Franklin Drilon guarantees that the Senate will ratify the Freedom of Information Bill before the congressional break on March 15. He added that the debate has ended and all amendments have been included before the submission of the bill to the bicameral committee.

Senate Has No Charter Change Plan

The Senate will not initiate its own move for charter change. Senate President Franklin Drilon said that the body will wait for the House of Representatives to pass the its own charter change proposal so that the Senate can make sure that the amendments are limited to economic provisions.

Medium-Rise Building for informal settlers in Manila’s Estero de San Miguel inaugurated

MANILA, Feb. 19 (PNA) — Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon J. Soliman joined President Benigno S. Aquino III in the inauguration Wednesday morning of the first Medium-Rise Building (MRB) for informal settlers in Estero de San Miguel in Barangay 412, Legarda, Sampaloc, Manila. According to Secretary Soliman, the MRB is part of the national government’s continuing initiatives to provide safe, decent and affordable houses for informal settler families (ISFs) living near […]

Government okays LRT, MRT smartcards

MANILA, Feb. 19 (PNA) — The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has given the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) a Multi-Year Obligational Authority (MYOA), which is effectively green-lighting a “contactless smartcard” fare collection system for Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines 1 and 2, as well as for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 in Metro Manila. Another MYOA was issued to the DOTC for the implementation of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) New […]

Aquino wants Napoles to undergo medical exam first before allowing hospital arrest

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) –Although open to the possibility of house arrest for alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Napoles, President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday wanted her be examined first to confirm her condition. The President, during an ambush interview after the inauguration of the Estero de San Miguel Micro Medium-Rise building in Sampaloc, Manila, said that healthcare for all detainees should not be compromised. He raised the issue following Napoles’ complaints of her […]

CA confirms appointment of 18 AFP generals and senior officers

MANILA, Feb. 19 (PNA) – The bicameral Commission on Appointments on Wednesday confirmed the ad interim re-appointments of 18 generals and senior officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). CA committee on national defense chairman Rep. Antonio Del Rosario moved to the plenary the confirmation of the 18 military officers, including Raul Ubando, whose promotion to the grade of Commodore has been confirmed despite being on official mission in Malaysia. ”The committee on […]

Electricity Supply Must Be Increased – FPI

The government should increase the country’s electric supply to lower generation costs, according to Federation of Philippine Industries President Jess Arranza in an interview with Net 25’s “Sa Ganang Mamamayan”. Aranza said the cost of electricity is also dependent on its supply. If  He said the EPIRA law should be reviewed so provisions that would ensure adequate supply of electricity should be strengthened.  He said the systems loss of Meralco should also be studied in […]

INSI Report Philippines: Third Most Dangerous Country for Journalists

According to the International News Safety Institute in London, 134 journalists and media support staff were killed in the line of duty last year.  The Philippines ranked third among the countries listed as the most dangerous for journalists with 14 media persons killed last year. Overall, Syria remained as the country which is the most dangerous for journalists for the second year running.  At least 20 journalists died in Syria, 16 died in Iraq, 14 died […]

President Aquino: Online libel provision not meant to restrain freedom of expression

MANILA, Feb. 19 (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday said the decision of the Supreme Court last Tuesday to penalize online libel had no intention to restrain freedom of expression. During an ambush interview after the inauguration of the Estero de San Miguel Micro Medium-Rise building in Sampaloc, Manila, the President stressed there are also limits to people’s rights. He also said that he saw no reason for the public to be […]

Butanding Pulls in Tourists

The local government of Legazpi City was forced to maximize their tourism program as more tourists visited their city because of  the arrival of the so-called “gentle giants”, the butanding.