Politics

Senate passes CARPER bill

MANILA, Philippines –The Senate passed on third and final reading an amendment to the agrarian reform law allowing the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to continue the acquisition and distribution of agricultural lands to farmer-beneficiaries until 2016. Senate Bill No 2278, authored and sponsored by Senate agrarian reform committee chairperson Gregorio Honasan II, was passed …

Germany backs Philippines’ position to settle territorial disputes peacefully

BERLIN, Germany — President Benigno S. Aquino III and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday agreed that the territorial disputes in the South China Sea must be settled peacefully in accordance with international law. President Aquino, who is in Germany for the last leg of his four-nation European tour, met with Chancellor Merkel at the …

VP Binay’s camp clarifies they have no intention to offend Belmonte

MANILA — The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay clarified on Saturday that they have no intention to offend Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., and they just want to convey the cost per square meter comparison of different public buildings undertaken by the same contractor. “We concede to the point of Speaker Belmonte that the Batasan …

Obama: Ebola one day, extremist threat the next

TAMPA, Florida — Underscoring the multiple challenges facing his administration, President Barack Obama consulted with military officials Wednesday about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants, just a day after boosting the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Obama met with top officers at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, which oversees …

President Aquino visits Brussels

President Benigno S. Aquino III arrived in Brussels, Belgium for a three-day working visit. From the airport, the President proceeded immediately to the headquarters of the European commission to meet President Jose Manuel Barroso. The two leaders discussed bilateral issues of concern such as the Philippines’ compliance with the Standards Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) …

Prime witness: Duffy lawyer won’t rule out calling Harper to testify at trial

OTTAWA — Mike Duffy’s lawyer says he doesn’t want the suspended senator’s upcoming trial to become a political circus — but he wouldn’t rule out the possibility Tuesday that Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be called to testify. “We’re considering any potential witness,” Donald Bayne said after the long-running Duffy saga-turned-criminal-proceeding had its first day …

Pres. Aquino to highlight West Philippine Sea issue during U.S. visit

MANILA — President Benigno S. Aquino III will advance the country’s interest in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) when he meets with global leaders and organizations while in the United States on September 20 to 24, a foreign affairs official said during a press briefing at the Palace on Tuesday. Asked if the …

Harper urged to use UN speech to push for progress on health of poor kids, moms

OTTAWA — The United Nations Children’s Fund is calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to use his coming speech at the General Assembly to push for progress on saving young mothers and newborns in the developing world. The call for action comes as UNICEF released a report Tuesday morning that showed lagging progress on the …

Sen. Aquino lauds Estrada for lifting truck ban in Manila

MANILA – Senator Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV on Sunday welcomed as ‘very opportune time’ the decision of former President and now mayor Joseph Estrada to indefinitely lift the truck ban in Manila. ”The move came at a very opportune time as we are faced with the deluge of container arrivals with the start of …

President Aquino arrives in Madrid, begins first leg of European trip

MADRID — President Benigno S. Aquino III arrived here Sunday morning for a two-day visit aimed at forging stronger bilateral and trade ties with Spain. The President, accompanied by the official delegation, arrived in the Spanish capital at 7:22 a.m. (1:22 p.m. in Manila) to begin his four-nation trip to Europe from September 13 to …

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