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Government committed to improve quality of education – Palace

MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Colomia Jr. on Sunday said the government is committed to further strengthen the projects and programs aimed at improving the quality of education in the country. Coloma said the government has allotted Php10 billion that will be used for the hiring of more than 39,000 new …

Aid, benefits for ‘Fallen 44’ release soon — Roxas

MANILA — While no amount of financial consideration can alleviate the death of a loved one, government efforts to aid relatives and family members of the Special Action Force (SAF)’s “Fallen 44” is now slowly gaining ground. Although still stricken with grief, 39-year-old Rey Kibete, brother of PO3 Junrel Kibete, one of the SAF men …

US has jurisdiction over US $5-million bounty – Palace

MANILA – Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Hermino Coloma Jr. said the United States (US) government has the jurisdiction as to how the USD5-million bounty will be disposed following the killing of international terrorist Zulkili bin Hir alias Marwan in an operation that also killed 44 Special Action Forces (SAF) commandos. Coloma made …

SC junks request of online media firm for retired justices’ SALNs, PDS

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the request of an online media company for copies of the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) and Personal Data Sheet (PDS) or curriculum vitae of the retired justices of the SC and officers and employees of the Judiciary. In a Jan. 13, 2015 resolution …

President Aquino and Indonesia’s President Widodo to tackle matters on mutual concern

MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III and Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo are set to discuss matters on mutual concerns including defense and economic cooperation when the two leaders meet on Monday in Malacanang. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Widodo would pay courtesy call on President Aquino on Monday afternoon …

Bus crash in Richmond knocks out power to thousands of BC Hydro customers

RICHMOND, B.C. — Thousands of homes in Richmond, B.C., were without power this morning after a transit bus crashed into a power pole at No. 3 Road and Steveston Highway. BC Hydro spokesperson Simi Heer says about 5,000 customers experienced power outages at about 9:20 a.m. following the crash. At that time crews began switching …

ASG bandit killed, MILF fighter wounded in Basilan clash

MANILA — An Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandit was killed while a Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighter was wounded in a clash at Barangay Pamatsaken, Sumisip, Basilan Saturday morning, the military reported. 1st Lt. Sally Magno, 104th Infantry Brigade civil-military operations officer, said the MILF contingents in the area encountered an estimated 50 bandits …

Lawyer Amal Clooney wants to meet Egyptian president, press for Fahmy release

Lawyer Amal Clooney has requested a meeting with Egypt’s president to press for the release of Al-Jezeera journalist and Canadian citizen Mohamed Fahmy. Clooney makes the request in a letter addressed to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his foreign minister. Fahmy and two Al Jazeera colleagues — Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohamed …

House panel approves bill strengthening people’s right to free expression and peaceably assemble

MANILA — The House Committee on People’s Participation has endorsed for plenary approval a bill seeking to strengthen the right of the people to free expression, peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances, repealing Batas Pambansa Blg. 880 or the “Public Assembly Act of 1985.” The committee chaired by Rep. Benjamin D. …

Lawmaker seeks congressional inquiry on high electricity cost

MANILA — Why is the cost of electricity in the Philippines still one of the highest among Asian countries? This is one big question which Rep. Alfredo “Albee” B. Benitez wants answered through a congressional inquiry in the wake of the recent plunge in the world prices of thermal coal used in energy generation in …

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