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Senator Marcos Urges DSWD To Prioritize Transfer of Tent City Residents

Senator Bongbong Marcos urged the Department of Social Welfare and Development to prioritize the transfer of tent city residents in Leyte to the newly-constructed bunkhouses in the area. The makeshift bunkhouses are said to proved better shelter for the residents, many of whom have been victims of the super typhoon Haiyan. Eagle News Reporter Erwin Temperante gives us the report.

1 million expected at INC event

MANILA- Philippines (Eagle News Service) — Hundreds of thousands to a million participants are expected to turn up at the Metro Manila site of the Iglesia Ni Cristo World Wide Walk for survivors of super typhoon Yolanda on  Saturday, February 15, which will also be held in 85 other sites in the Philippines and in 55 sites abroad. The global walk for a cause on Feb. 15 is expected to be a record-breaking event as […]

Metro Manila Experiences Cold Weather

According to PAGASA, Mindano will experience cloudy skies with thunderstorms due to the trough of the low pressure area. Visayas will experience rains due to the tail-end of the cold front. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will generally fair weather with partly cloudy skies and isolated rain showers. Expect cold weather brought by the north-east monsoon.

Malacañang asked to cancel Meralco Franchise

Malacañang refused to comment on the call to cancel Meralco’s franchise for allegedly passing its obligation to consumers by raising electricity rates. According to Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, it is the sole prerogative of the Congress to cancel the legislative franchise of Meralco, and is not within the ambit of the executive department.

Malacañang Asks DOE to Guarantee Adequate LPG Supply

Malacañang asked the Department of Energy to make sure that there is adequate supply of liquefied petroleum gas in the country.  This is in the face of warnings from the LPG sector regarding the impending LPG supply shortage because of the closure of the Shell Batangas LPG Refilling Station. Department of Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla was asked to investigate the matter and to prevent the rise in prices due to the alleged shortage.

COMELEC Considers Internet Voting in 2016

Commission on Elections is considering the use of internet technology for voting in the 2016 elections. According to COMELEC Commissioner Lucenito Tagle, Chairman of the Overseas Absentee Voting Committee, this is based on what is provided in the Overseas Absentee Voting Act.

Ruby Tuason Faces Senate Blue Ribbon Committee

The new witness on the pork barrel scam investigation, Ruby Tuason faced the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Thursday (February 13, 2014), denying the accusations of Senator Jinggoy Estrada that her statements are scripted.  Tuason said she’s only telling the truth. The hearing was headed by Committee Chairman Senator TJ Guingona. Also present in the hearing are Ben Hur Luy and other whistle-blowers on the pork barrel scam as well as Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

Palace reiterates commitment to protect journalists, uphold press freedom

MANILA, Feb. 13 (PNA) — Malacanang on Thursday reiterated its commitment to intensify efforts to protect journalists and uphold the freedom of expression. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio B. Coloma Jr. made the statement during a Palace media briefing where he also acknowledged the decline of the Philippines in this year’s World Press Freedom Index. The country this year placed 149th on the index — two places lower than its ranking in 2013, […]

Centenarian Bill Passes House Committee Level

The House Committee on Population and Family Relations approved the Centenarian Bill, a proposed law giving benefits to Filipinos who reached 100 years of age. Benefits include 30% discount on products and services and exemption from payment of VAT. The centenarian would also receive a letter of felicitation from the President of the Philippines as well as a cash gift worth Php 100, 000.