Politics

Aquino inspects Korean aerospace facility, expects delivery of fighter jets next year

MANILA — President Aquino said he met top executives of the Korea Aerospace Industries, the manufacturer of FA-50 jets that the country ordered to modernize its Air Force. The Philippines sealed a contract with Korea Aerospace Industries for 12 FA-50 jets for the refleeting of the Philippine Air Force. “Sa susunod na taon po, lalapag …

QC to introduce new tax payment system

MANILA — Beginning January next year, the Quezon City government will be introducing a standard mode of payment for taxes and miscellaneous fees. The new system will involve the computerization of orders of payment on the point of sale and assessment of miscellaneous fees and charges. This is designed to increase the city’s efficiency and …

Aquino elated over several good news this week

MANILA — President Benigno S. Aquino III said he is glad about the good developments in the country this week that would benefit the people in the term. Upon arriving from South Korea on Friday evening, the President said in his arrival message that he was happy about the recent credit rating upgrade from Moody’s, …

Aquino brings up ‘pyramid scam’ issue with Malaysian PM Najib

BUSAN, South Korea — President Benigno S. Aquino III said he brought up the issue of the “pyramid scam,” particularly concerning Manuel Amalilio, founder of Malaysia-based investment company Aman Futures, with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak last Thursday. The two leaders had a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of their attendance of the 25th Anniversary …

Palace hopes Congress would immediately pass law allowing Aquino to address power shortage

MANILA — The Palace said Friday it hopes Congress would soon come up with a legislation aimed at addressing the looming power shortage in Luzon in the summer months of next year. Commenting on reports that a senator does not see the urgency of passing the legislation, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the Palace is …

Alberta’s ethics boss dismisses complaints of byelection electioneering

EDMONTON — Alberta’s ethics commissioner has dismissed some opposition complaints that the government engaged in blatant electioneering during byelection campaigns in October. Marguerite Trussler says Premier Jim Prentice and Health Minister Stephen Mandel did nothing wrong under Alberta rules when they made government announcements during their campaigns. Trussler also dismissed a similar accusation against Calgary-West …

Palace remains hopeful Senate will also address impending power crisis

MANILA – Malacanang remains hopeful that the Senate will come out with the same interest that the Executive department is pushing to address the impending power crisis in the summer of 2015, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said on Friday. Lacierda made this reaction after Senate Committee on Energy chairman Senator Serge Osmena III said there …

Trillanes commends Aquino for signing burial assistance for veterans bill

MANILA — Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV thanked President Benigno Aquino III on Friday for signing into law a bill that will increase the burial assistance for military veterans. “We thank President Aquino for providing this much- needed support to the families of our veterans after their demise. It is suitable to accord our veterans, …

DAR exec rapped with bribery, graft charges

MANILA  — Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Friday approved the filing of charges against Kidapawan City Regional Agrarian Reform Adjudicator (RARAD) Henry Gelacio for direct bribery, violations of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019, or the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act”, and Section 7(d) of R A No. 6713, or the “Code of Conduct and …

Japan’s weak opposition makes Abe default choice

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is counting on a landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections that will likely return his ruling coalition to power with an even bigger majority, empowering him to pursue an ambitious agenda of political and economic reforms. “This is the only way!” is the slogan Abe is driving home in …

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