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Palace waiting for Aquino on emergency powers »

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Malacañang on Friday said it is still awaiting word from President Benigno Aquino III if he would seek emergency powers from Congress to deal with the looming energy crisis next year. …

Posted Saturday, September 6, 2014 04:23:36 | Read More »

Roxas admits pushing idea for Aquino second term »

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Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Friday admitted that he was the one who broached the idea of a term extension for President Benigno Aquino III on the day the Chief Executive delivered his annual State of the Nation Address (Sona) last July 28.…

Posted Saturday, August 16, 2014 08:03:09 | Read More »

Aquino won’t push Charter change during his term—Palace spokesperson »

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Faced with the prospect of unending street protests, Malacañang on Friday clarified that President Benigno Aquino III was not supporting any moves to amend the Constitution during the remaining two years of his term. …

Posted Saturday, August 16, 2014 05:00:31 | Read More »

Ejercito on his ‘Kontra-Sona’: No minority blessing, no problem »

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With or without the minority group's blessing, neophyte Senator Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito will deliver his own counter state of the nation address (Sona) on Monday, next week. …

Posted Wednesday, August 6, 2014 12:47:59 | Read More »

Chief Justice Sereno snubs ‘unhealthy’ House probe into Judiciary Development Fund »

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno questioned on Tuesday the timing of the House of Representatives' inquiry into the Supreme Court's Judiciary Development Fund (JDF), adding that such a move doesn’t show a healthy relationship between the two branches of government. …

Posted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 10:19:00 | Read More »

Kris Aquino to President Benigno III: The silent majority still believes in you »

IN LIFE OR DEATH FONDLY REMEMBERED  In this composite photo, former President Corazon Aquino stands tall on the beach of Boracay in this 1992 shot (left).  Cory, who died of colon cancer on Aug. 1, 2009, was fondly remembered on her fifth death anniversary yesterday during a Mass celebrated at her tomb at Manila Memorial Park in Sucat, Parañaque City. VAL RODRIGUEZ PHOTO FROM MARGIE JUICO COLLECTION / JOAN BONDOC

On the fifth death anniversary of former President Corazon Aquino on Friday, her youngest daughter Kris Aquino turned emotional as she asked for support and prayers for President Benigno Aquino III who, the celebrity host said, was “doing a good job” running the country. …

Posted Saturday, August 2, 2014 05:38:57 | Read More »

The President’s ominous Sona »

There are portions in President Noynoy’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) Monday which sounded ominous—for him and the country. …

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  • HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU. Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) official Lintang Bedol takes a glance to Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes as he answers questions during a press conference Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at the Comelec office. Bedol, who was allegedly linked to massive election fraud during the 2004 presidential election, surrendered to the authorities on Tuesday. AP

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