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Villar, possible 2016 running mate for Binay

MANILA, Philippines – In preparation for his presidential candidacy in 2016, Vice President Jejomar Binay has announced that he is mulling over the idea of having former senator Manuel Villar as his running mate. Binay, who ran under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in 2010, likewise revealed that he will be kicking-off a new …

PNoy: SC should not meddle too much

MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III reiterated his openness to constitutional amendments following issues of judicial overreach, adding that the Supreme Court should not be meddling too much on political matters. “Bukas ba ako sa Charter change? Talagang dito sa usapin sa DAP [Disbursement Acceleration Program]…meron tayong kasamahan sa Kongreso, merong miyembro ng hudikatura, sinasabi …

Sandiganbayan says evidence against Cito Lorenzo, Joc-joc Bolante is insufficient

MANILA, Philippines–The Sandiganbayan has virtually dismissed the case versus former Agriculture Secretary Luis “Cito” Lorenzo and Undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc-joc” Bolante on the grounds of insufficient evidence. The court has found no probable cause to lay charges against the two, who stand accused of plunder in P728-million fertilizer fund scam under the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. …

‘PH is 2nd top destination of criminal suspects fleeing South Korea’ – Korean Herald report

MANILA – A Korean Herald report said on Wednesday that the Philippines is the second top destinations of criminals fleeing South Korea. The Philippines with 283 fugitives preferring to flee to the country only came second to China, the most favored destination for fugitives with 707. Japan came third and Hongkong, fourth, with 223 and …

Aquino says: ‘I will listen to my bosses’ regarding term extension

MANILA, Philippines–President Benigno Aquino III remains ambivalent about running for reelection in 2016, but says he is amenable to the idea if it is the mandate of the people. In an interview with Bombo Radyo on Thursday Aquino referenced the Filipino people as his “bosses“ as he said: “Hindi naman ako masokista. Pero at the …

Palace still confident that impeachment vs. PNoy won’t prosper

MANILA – Malacañang remains confident that President Benigno Aquino III will survive the impeachment cases against him. The president will get through the complaints even without the help of allies in the House of Representatives, according to Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a press briefing yesterday. “When we say confident, then there’s assumption… there’s this …

QCPD: ‘Enzo Pastor’ murder case solved, Gunman, mastermind arrested

MANILA — Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Police Chief Superintendent Richard Albano on Wednesday announced the solution to the murder case of car racer Ferdinand “Enzo” Pastor with the arrest recently of self-confessed gunman in Quezon City who later named the alleged mastermind. Albano identified the gunman as Police Officer 2 (PO2) Edgar Angel, …

De Lima, Henares take ‘ice bucket challenge’; Estrada says it’s ‘just for show’

MANILA, Philippines– Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares both accepted the ALS “ice bucket challenge;” an awareness and fund-raising camapaign for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease. On Tuesday, the two senior officials of the Aquino administration concede to having buckets of ice-cold water poured over their heads, as instigated by …

Moody’s analyst says: Reduce power cost, resolve cargo problems

MANILA, Philippines – A Moody’s Investors Service analyst stressed on two areas, with regard to easing restrictions on foreign investments in the Philippines: reduce power costs and improve cargo movement. The analyst pointed to these two factors as being of greater importance than amending the Constitution to lighten curtailments governing foreign investments. Christian de Guzman, …

Senate hearings being used as anti-opposition platform, says Jinggoy Estrada

MANILA, Philippines– Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, currently in detention for his involvement in the P10 –billion pork barrel scam, lashed out at his colleagues on Wednesday; accusing some of them for turning the Senate blue ribbon committee into a platform for the advancement of their own political interests and to rail against their political rivals. “In …

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