Politics

Belmonte welcomes Aquino’s decision opening to allies choice of LP standard bearer

MANILA — The Vice Chairman of the Liberal Party (LP) on Wednesday said the decision of President Benigno S. Aquino III to open to their allies the choice of standard bearer is the best move. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., said that they in the Liberal Party wanted also to scout potential candidates from other political …

Harper’s infrastructure plan to trim next year’s surplus by $300M, down to $1.6B

OTTAWA — The Harper government’s already shrinking surplus suddenly got even smaller for the 2015 election year — by $300 million. Ottawa is now banking on a $1.6-billion surplus for 2015-16, down from its $1.9-billion estimate two weeks ago and only a quarter the size of the $6.4-billion prediction the government announced in last spring’s …

Pressure on Tories to apologize after Sun retracts story on Liberal candidate

OTTAWA — Conservative MPs are refusing to apologize for pillorying a Liberal candidate, even though the news story on which their criticism was based has been retracted. Sun Media retracted Tuesday a story published last week that attributed quotes about the Harper government’s income splitting plan to Banff-Airdrie Liberal candidate Marlo Raynolds. The quotes came …

Afghan president orders military review

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a top-to-bottom review of the operations of Afghanistan’s defense forces, including discussing the resumption of controversial night raids banned by his predecessor. The move appears aimed at revamping the military for the fight against the Taliban amid new indications that U.S. and international forces will play a …

Prosecutors ask Sandiganbayan to suspend 10 gov’t officials facing graft

MANILA — Government prosecutors on Wednesday have asked Sandiganbayan to suspend 10 government officials charged with graft for their alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam. In their motion, they said that accused government officials should be suspended while the graft cases against them is ongoing. Among the officials listed charged with graft were Budget …

Pacquiao made us all proud to be Filipinos – VP Binay

MANILA – Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday congratulated Filipino world boing champion Manny Pacquiao for dominating American Chris Algieri to retain his WBO welterweight title in Macao. ”He showed us that he has the true heart of a champion and once again, made us all proud to be Filipinos,” VP Binay said in a …

Senators laud Pacquiao for victory

MANILA – Some members of the Philippine Senate joined the nation in celebrating the dominating victory of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao over former undefeated Chris Algieri on Sunday in Macao. Senator Nancy Binay said the victory of Pacquiao showed that the country is the source of the world boxing champion. “Manny, we salute you …

Drilon backs Garin on Ebola issue

ILOILO CITY — Ilonggo Senate President Franklin M. Drilon had come to the rescue of acting Health Secretary Janette L. Garin and underscored the urgent need to address the growing misinformation and misunderstanding about the dreaded Ebola. Drilon said the flak received by acting Health Secretary Garin when she went to Caballo Island last week …

De Lima mum on reports of Mercado’s departure for US

MANILA — Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima on Friday declined to confirm nor deny reports about the departure for the United States of former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado as she cited provisions of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Witness Protection Program (WPP). De Lima said that the law bars her from disclosing …

Stymied? Republicans seek immigration response

WASHINGTON — United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their remedy was far from clear. Republicans weighed filing a lawsuit. Or trying to block funding for Obama’s …

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