Politics

Grace Poe tops VP bet polls – Pulse Asia

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Grace Poe fronts the vice-presidential race for the 2016 elections, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey conducted last September 8 to 15. Among 11 potential candidates included in the survey, Senator Poe appears as the top choice with 31 percent of Filipinos naming her as their preference for vice president …

Holder: Mixed record on national security issues

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder was just months into the job when he announced plans to prosecute the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and other alleged co-conspirators in a New York courtroom, rather than through the Guantanamo Bay military commission process. It was an audacious idea, but immediately beset by political opposition …

People affected by Mayon Volcano, one of President’s priorities

MANILA — Even as President Benigno Aquino III was away for a 12-day five nation working visit, on top of his priority list are the concerns of those displaced by Mayon Volcano’s imminent eruption, a Palace official said on Sunday. “Habang nandoon po kami sa Europa at Estados Unidos, araw-araw pong tinututukan ang sitwasyon at …

Palace: Aquino admin prioritizing nation-building, economic dev’t efforts

MANILA — Malacanang on Sunday reiterated that the Aquino administration remains focused on reforms towards nation building and economic development. In a press briefing over radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that President Benigno S. Aquino III is prioritizing the implementation of various government reform …

Pres. Aquino to meet with Sec. Pangilinan over NFA chief’s resignation

MANILA — President Benigno S. Aquino III is slated to meet with Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Secretary Francis Pangilinan to discuss the resignation of National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Arthur Juan, a Palace official has said. “Ina-arrange na po ng Private Office ‘yung pagkakasunud-sunod ng mga magiging pulong at pag-uusap ng …

Palace has no objection to Enrile’s extended hospital detention

MANILA — Malacañang said on Saturday it does not object to the Sandiganbayan’s decision to extend the hospital detention of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile as he faces plunder charges over the P10 billion pork barrel scam. “Thus far, wala naman pong objection. As in the pork scam cases, we’ve always abided by the decisions of …

Slackers aren’t the only ones dazed and confused by some big US political issues

WASHINGTON—Confused by the federal health care law? How about the debate over NSA surveillance? The way the Federal Reserve affects interest rates? You’re far from alone. Most Americans say the issues facing the country are getting harder to fathom. It’s not just people who’ve tuned out politics who feel perplexed. Those paying attention—people who vote …

House passes bill raising tax ceiling for bonuses on final reading

MANILA — The House of Representatives on Friday passed on third and final reading the bill seeking to increase the tax exemption ceiling for the 13th month pay, Christmas bonus and other benefits of employees. House Bill 4970 seeks to amend Section 32(B)(7)(E) of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 by increasing the ceiling …

Britain joins fight against Islamic State group

LONDON — Britain, Belgium and Denmark on Friday joined the U.S.-led coalition of nations that are launching airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Iraq, committing warplanes to the struggle against the extremists. The European lawmakers flatly described the moves as critical to security on home soil, arguing that facing down terrorists has become a …

Poe to PNP: It’s a leadership issue

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate committee on public order, said the Philippine National Police (PNP) is incapable in fulfilling its duty to the country and needs a stronger leader. “Kahit gumawa pa kami ng isang libong batas, kung ang magpapairal nito eh may kakulangan sa kumpyansa ng kinasasakupan, mahihirapan tayong …

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