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Congress opens

Gavels were banged as the second regular session of the 16th Congress opened Monday morning, six hours ahead of the fifth national address of President Benigno Aquino III.…

Justifying DAP is
Aquino’s worst move

With President Benigno Aquino defending the legality of the Disbursement Acceleration Program on various occasions, one of his ardent critics said justifying it has been the Chief Executive’s worst flaw.…

Controversial bills
still pending

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. cited controversial measures pending in the 16th Congress, such as charter change, freedom of information (FOI) and anti-political dynasty in his speech at the opening of the lower chamber’s second regular session.…

What Aquino
may say in Sona

President Benigno Aquino III’s fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) will last for less than an hour, barring delays caused by applause, Malacanang has announced.…

Aquino’s diplomatic

As President Benigno Aquino III addresses the nation once again, looks back at the diplomatic nightmares he faced.…

Aquino gets share
of natural disasters

In one fell swoop, a super typhoon of unprecedented strength converted Eastern Visayas into a wasteland. Nearly a month before, a titanic earthquake brought down centuries-old churches in Bohol. Eight months later, blasts of air shut down Metro Manila. …

President must quit
playing lawyer

We must rise above the din of partisan maneuvering and see that what rages today is not just a contest among political titans but a clash between two competing bases of legitimacy.…

Sona most crucial
for Aquino–solons

Will it be all gloves off or all apologies for President Aquino in his penultimate State of the Nation Address (Sona)? …

promises 2013

Inquirer Research reviewed the promises that President Aquino made in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) last year and found the following results based on published reports. …

Mayor who turned
down pork dies

Mayor Sonia Lorenzo of San Isidro town in Nueva Ecija province died of cancer last week with no regrets: Lorenzo had turned down a P10-million appropriation from the Priority Development Assistance Fund of detained Sen. Jinggoy Estrada in 2010.…

PH welcomes
100 millionth baby

A baby girl born early Sunday has officially pushed the population of the Philippines to 100 million, highlighting the challenge of providing for more people in the already-impoverished nation.…

INC event sets
world record

Residents here were told what to expect, but they were still amazed by the multitudes from all over who assembled at the newly opened Philippine Arena at the vast corner of their town to celebrate the centennial of the Iglesia…

PH Muslims: End
violence in Gaza

Muslims in Mindanao said the Eidl Fitr celebrations, which could start Monday in some areas, would not be as meaningful because of violence affecting Palestine.…

Jailhouse rocks
over Napoles

Take her to her new jailhouse, pronto. The Sandiganbayan on Saturday reiterated that its order to move detained businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles from her detention bungalow in a police training camp in Santa Rosa City, Laguna province, to the Bureau of…

President who has
no first lady

President Benigno Aquino III is in the homestretch of his six-year administration, and he still has no first lady. (And that is news?)…


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