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Is free tuition in state schools partial or full?

SENATOR Nancy Binay yesterday called on the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to clarify its rules and regulations for free tuition in state colleges and universities (SUCs). Binay said that while the CHEd and the Department of Budget and Management…

Leni gets more time

THE Supreme Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) gave Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo more time to pay the remaining cash deposit of P7 million for her counter-protest against former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. But Atty. Romulo…

Stepped-up readiness for disasters pressed

ALARMED by the increasing frequency of natural disasters in the Philippines, senators urged the national and local governments to heighten their disaster preparedness to avoid further loss of lives and damage to properties and to review the Philippine Disaster Risk…

'360 plus to prove cheating'

AN 81-page preliminary conference brief submitted by the legal team of former Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. to the Supreme Court magistrates sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal will prove that Leni Robredo is not the rightful winner in the…

At the House, it’s Cha-Cha time again

CHARTER Change will be among the priorities of the second regular session of the 17th Congress which begins this month. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said lawmakers will begin deliberations on the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution even without the members…

Robredo camp’s ‘dilatory tactics’ revealed

THE camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. yesterday charged that Vice President Leni Robredo tried vainly to delay the process in his electoral protest, specifically her last-minute bids to stall the preliminary conference. In a press briefing, Marcos…

Bill for unhappy couples bucked as anti-marriage

THIS early one lawmaker has expressed strong opposition to the “dissolution of marriage” proposal of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and expressed hope that the House leader was merely joking when he made it. Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, a leader…

Romualdez seeks Duterte backing for disaster bill

LEYTE Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez yesterday wrote to President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte asking for his endorsement of her bill which seeks to create a separate department that would exclusively manage disasters and calamities in the country. In her letter to…

‘Fake News King’ tag riles justice secretary

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JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday slammed critics who christened him “fake news king.” “I have never been a fake news king,” Aguirre said when sought for comment on the filing of an administrative ethics complaint last week against him…

AFP bucks 5-YR ML extension

THE five-year extension of martial law in Mindanao, or up to 2022, proposed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is too long, but it all depends on President Rodrigo Duterte, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman said yesterday. “Actually, five…

Oil prices up again

OIL companies implemented a big time oil hike, the second for this month, effective today. Pilipinas Shell, one of the country’s oil giants, and Flying V, Eastern Petroleum, Phoenix Petroleum, three of the so-called independent oil industry players, spearheaded the…

M’danao narco-politicos on the run –– PNP chief

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to declare martial law in Mindanao in the aftermath of the Maute attacks in Marawi City last May 23 sent running so-called narco-politicians in the region, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de…

Maute forces kids, hostages to fight

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CHILDREN and hostages are being forced to fight alongside pro-Islamic State gunmen waging a seven-week battle for a Philippine city, the country’s military said Monday. Militants seized Marawi, considered the Muslim capital of the largely Catholic Philippines, on May 23…

PNP gets P1.3-M equipment from PNPFI

THE Philippine National Police yesterday received more than P1.3 million worth of equipment donated by the PNP Foundation, Inc. (PNPFI) as part of the group’s program to provide the 170,000-strong force with more “move, shoot, communicate and investigate” capabilities. PNP…
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