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Anti-dynasty bill still pending, up for third reading

MANILA – The House of Representatives would still have to examine further the anti-political dynasty bill, withholding its passage on its second reading. The committee on suffrage and electoral reform would still have to make changes, specifically on the proposed restriction on political dynasties. A new version of the bill was expected to be presented …

Aquino still undecided on whom to endorse as successor

MANILA – With regards to his anticipated endorsement, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III stated that he still had to finish his ‘consultations’ before formally announcing his chosen presidential candidate in next year’s elections. Aquino hinted that he could not give the support Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay hoped for as he clarified that the only …

More Filipinos believe they have freedom of speech

MANILA — Results of the recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) indicated that more than half of the adult Filipinos believe that they can freely speak their beliefs, “even if its is against the administration.” The survey, taken from March 20 to 23 showed that 54 percent of Filipinos agreed that they can “say …

Poe: I renounced US citizenship before taking gov’t position

MANILA – With reports stating that Senator Grace Poe assumed government office while still an American citizen, she was quick to clarify that she had already renounced her dual citizenship before taking any administrative post in the country. When Poe became the head of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) in 2010, …

Human traffickers target Filipino women, children – NGO

MANILA – According to Call to Rescue, a non-government organization committed in rescuing victims of trafficking, violence and abuse, around 450,000 Filipinos are victimized by transnational human traffickers every year. The NGO also disclosed that women and children are the target of international syndicates because they are easier to lure, especially those who are from …

Malacañang questions Marcos’ call to fire Purisima

MANILA – Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. urged President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to fire former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima due to the unstable situation of the police organization. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, however, questioned Marcos’s call as Purisima had already resigned from the police force’s highest post. “He (Purisima) has no …

Lacson urges Purisima’s early retirement to ‘stabilize’ PNP

MANILA – In order to ‘stabilize’ the Philippine National Police (PNP), former police chief Panfilo “Ping” Lacson has urged previously suspended police chief Alan Purisima to consider early retirement. Purisima is on a leave of absence for a month. He has resigned from his post after being tagged in the gruesome Mamasapano clash with Moro …

Drilon on vice presidential bid: ‘There are no such plans’

MANILA – With the Liberal Party (LP) still not announcing their standard bearers in next year’s elections, speculations arose that Interior Secretary Mar Roxas will be their presidential bid and Senate President Franklin Drilon will be his running mate. To this, Drilon just dismissed the possibility of seeking higher office in the coming national elections, …

Lacson still mum on running for president

MANILA — Even if he considers running in next year’s polls, former Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said he will only announce it when he is decided. This, according to Lacson, is because he doesn’t want “to lose a second time.” When asked by his supporters to announce his presidential bid and improve his ratings, Lacson said …

Binay still eyes Aquino’s endorsement

MANILA — Vice President Jejomar Binay is still hoping that President Aquino will consider endorsing him as the administration’s candidate in the 2016 polls. “Lahat ng dagdag boto, inaasahan. Nandun ang paniniwala ko na kokonsiderahin ako,” Binay said. (Each additional vote is being expected. I believe that I will be considered by President Aquino) He …

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