Politics

VP Binay supports increased legal assistance fund for OFWs

MANILA – As the country celebrates the Month of the Overseas Filipinos, Vice President Jejomar Binay has welcomed a move to increase the legal assistance fund for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Php30 million to Php100 million. ”Our Global Filipinos deserve no less than the full support and protection of the government, given all their …

Obama’s rarely used veto pen may get a workout when GOP hits him on immigration, other issues

WASHINGTON — Veto brinkmanship between congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama was virtually absent in his first six years in office, but it’s about to unleash itself on Washington. Until now, controversial Republican-backed legislation rarely reached the president’s desk because Senate Democrats blocked it. Starting in January, however, Republicans will control both the House and …

Filipinos celebrate Pope Francis’ birthday on Dec. 17

MANILA — Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. is leading members of the House of Representatives in expressing their collective gratitude for the much anticipated historic visit of His eminence, Pope Francis, to the Philippines on Jan. 15 to 19, 2015. Belmonte, together with Majority Leader Neptali M. Gonzales II, Minority Leader Ronaldo B. Zamora, and Rep. …

Aquino says he is responsible for how government works in preparing for Typhoon ‘Ruby’

MANILA — In the midst of preparations being made to brace for the impact of super typhoon ‘Ruby’, President Benigno S. Aquino III said Friday he is ultimately responsible for how the government works and he want to impress on everyone that it is not just a matter of doing something but rather doing the …

Aquino says ‘renewed optimism’ among Filipinos makes him happy

MANILA — President Benigno S. Aquino III has said the happiest moment of his presidency is when he sees the renewed optimism and the change in attitude among Filipinos, brought about by a stronger economy. “At the end of the day, when you see the renewed optimism and the attitude that is different in our …

Aquino directs agencies to address panic buying, ensure sufficient food supply

MANILA — President Benigno S. Aquino III has instructed government agencies to deal with reports of panic buying and hoarding in areas expected to be hit by Typhoon ‘Ruby’ this weekend. During a National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) meeting he led on Thursday afternoon, President Aquino ordered the deployment of “rolling stores” …

VP Binay wants non-monetary benefits given to workers

MANILA — Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Friday said that in the absence of a salary raise, the government should study how to provide non-monetary benefits to its workers. “We must also improve our mechanisms for providing non-monetary benefits such as educational opportunities for our public employees,” Binay said in a speech at the …

President Aquino names 11 new judges

MANILA – President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed 11 new judges in Mountain Province, Bicol Region and Masbate. This was contained in a one-page transmittal letter sent by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr.to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Aranal Sereno on Nov. 27, 2014 and made public on Friday. “I am pleased to …

Aquino presides over meeting to coordinate response to Typhoon ‘Ruby’

MANILA — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday presided over a National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) meeting in Camp Aquinaldo to coordinate government efforts to mitigate the impact of Typhoon ‘Ruby’, which is expected to hit Eastern Visayas on Saturday afternoon. President Aquino said he wanted concerned government agencies to complete …

DILG chief to typhoon ‘Ruby’ first responders: secure families, man command centers

MANILA — Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II on Thursday instructed local officials and other first responders to secure their families first, then man the command centers along the path of Super Typhoon Ruby in order to ensure the efficiency of local governments’ response to emergency situations. “Our first responders, including the local …

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