Hopes up for GMA furlough

House leaders are hopeful that the Sandiganbayan would allow former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to spend New Year with her loved ones. Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, who leads House independent bloc sought extension of the four-day holiday furlough granted by the Sandiganbayan First Division, as Mrs. Arroyo is set to return to the Veterans Memorial Medical […]

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2014: A landmark year for comprehensive land distribution

On June 30 this year, the issuance of notices of coverage (NOCs) to allow the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to proceed and finish the distribution of private agricultural lands had lapsed. Under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) law or the Republic Act (RA) 9700, the deadline for issuing NOCs to acquire land for distribution to […]

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DepEd insists teachers’ bonuses have been released

Amid complaints of public school teachers regarding their delayed bonuses, the Department of Education (DepEd) said that the Performance Based Bonus (PBB) and Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) have been released based on Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) reports. “Thus far, based on our report, SAROs have been released,” said DepEd Assistant Secretary for Planning Jesus Mateo debunking reports that teachers […]

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Yearender 2014: Cheers, jeers in Philippine sports

Michael Martinez, First Southeast Asian figure skater in Winter Olympics MANILA — 2014 was a year of highs and lows in Philippine sports, ranging from Michael Martinez’s breakthrough stint in the Sochi Winter Olympics, Manny Pacquiao’s continued resurgence in the boxing scene to shock and heartache after Gilas Pilipinas followed up their inspiring run in the World Cup with a […]

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The Killing of Jennifer Laude and US-Philippines Relations

News reports last week that Philippine prosecutors will charge U.S. Marine Private First Class Joseph Pemberton for the murder of Jennifer Laude come at a critical moment. As the U.S. and Philippine militaries edge closer together following the adoption of an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement this April, Filipinos fear a return to the violent crimes and diplomatic high-handedness that accompanied […]

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Philippines among ‘most worsened’ states

MANILA, Philippines — The Fragile States Index sounded off the Philippines with a “very high warning” as it ranked 52nd most fragile country and 5th “most worsened.” The study by the United Nations Foundation released earlier this year looked into 178 nations’ level of stability and pressures they face based on millions of documents, data from 2013 and “comprehensive social […]

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Fil-Am from Cavite is California Teacher of the Year

By Nimfa U. Rueda Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher awarded as California Teacher of the Year LOS ANGELES – When Filipino-American Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher was a young immigrant student struggling to learn English, her teacher thought she had a learning disability. She also got bullied by classmates because of her foreign accent. “Those challenges have made me a strong advocate for immigrant students who are English […]

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DSWD secretary’s ouster sought over billion-peso CCT irregularities

Lawmakers called for the resignation of Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman following a Commission on Audit (COA) report confirming irregularities in the implementation of the multi-billion-peso anti-poverty program of the Aquino administration, the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). Reps. Jonathan de la Cruz (Abakada Party-list) and Luz Ilagan (Gabriela Party-list) called for immediate action […]

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De Lima backs review of ‘vague’ VFA provisions

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has backed proposals to review the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States in the light of custody issues over murder suspect US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton. Speaking to reporters before the holiday break, De Lima said the Philippine government will revisit “vague provisions” in the 1999 agreement which […]

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