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‘Train’ gathers steam

BEATING the deadline, the House of Representatives has ratified the first tax measure of the Duterte administration on the last session day for the year 2017. On Wednesday night, the Bicameral Conference committee submitted to the Senate and House of…

Base pay hike for cops, soldiers gets Senate nod

THE resolution proposing to increase the base salary of military and uniformed personnel (MUP) was approved on third and final reading at the Senate. Senate Joint Resolution II, introduced by Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Panfilo Lacson, Gregorio Honasan…

Lawmakers push Charter change

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CHARTER change has started rolling in the House of Representatives. On the last day of session for this year, authors and advocates of Cha-Cha sponsored House Concurrent Resolution No. 09. The resolution contains the proposed revision of the 1987 Constitution…

No to dictatorial rule

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MALACAÑANG assured the public yesterday that there would be no return of dictatorial rule under President Rodrigo Duterte amid fears that the tough-talking leader is set to place the entire country under martial law to quell security threats. Presidential Spokesperson…

Palace gives state workers longer holiday break

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MALACAÑANG has suspended work in government offices for December 26, 2017 and January 2, 2018 to give state employees a longer holiday break, according to Memorandum Circular 37 signed yesterday by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. “However, those agencies whose functions…

Banner year for int'l port

THE country’s leading private international commercial port for bulk and breakbulk cargoes is headed for a full-year 15% increase in gross revenues on the heels of a 7% rise in vessel throughput and a 3% uptick in cargo volume. Chairman…

Solon hits P500 fee for OFWs

A party-list lawmaker has condemned the new P500 fee imposed by the Health Ministry of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as “an illegal cash grab” and “an affront to the sovereignty of the Philippines.” ACTS…

‘Bato’ term extension presidential prerogative

“THAT’s what we call Presidential Prerogative.” Thus remarked a Philippine National Police general right after being told that President Duterte on Wednesday night had extended by at least three months the term of PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M.…

No ‘blanket’ backing for Dengvaxia –– WHO

A REPRESENTATIVE of the World Health Organization (WHO) stressed that they did not make a “blanket” recommendation to use the anti-dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, in the immunization drive and explained the process being undertaken when introducing a new vaccine. “These position…

Death penalty

WASHINGTON -- Fentanyl, a potent drug playing a major role in the US opioid crisis described by Donald Trump as a “plague,” is now under consideration for use in lethal cocktails to execute inmates. The states of Nevada and Nebraska…

Cambodia’s strongman tightens grip on power

PHNOM PENH - - Secured by family and party ties, Chinese cash and his own ruthless political instincts, Cambodian strongman Hun Sen has taken a wrecking ball to the kingdom’s fragile democracy in a campaign to extend his 32-year rule.…

Trump faces grave consequences of Democrat’s Alabama poll win

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is scrambling to come to grips with a more perilous political reality, after a stunning Democratic election victory in America’s deeply conservative south threw the depth and breadth of his support into serious doubt. Doug…

P500 medical fee for OFWs in Gulf countries hit

A party-list lawmaker condemned the new P500 fee imposed by the Health Ministry of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as “an illegal cash grab” and “an affront to the sovereignty of the Philippines.” ACTS OFW…

Court allows Arroyo’s travel abroad

PASAY City Regional Trial Court (RCT), Branch 112 Judge Jesus Mupas granted the motion of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is facing electoral sabotage charges, to travel to Japan, Hong Kong and Myanmar from December 26…
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