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Palace clears Go in frigate issue

MANILA — Malacañang on Thursday said that an internal investigation showed that the allegations against Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong Go” on the multi-billion frigate project of the Philippine Navy were not true. “An investigation has been conducted and it has been found that the allegations of Rappler are untrue and unfounded,” Presidential …

Palace hails Ombudsman move for Reyes’ re-arrest over graft conviction

MANILA — Malacañang on Wednesday lauded the move of the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) asking the Sandiganbayan to order the cancellation of bail and subsequent re-arrest of former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes due to a pending graft conviction, saying it was the right thing to do. “That’s how it should be! I commend the …

Congress to ensure free tuition only for deserving students

MANILA — A member of the House of Representatives on Tuesday said Congress would exercise its oversight powers to ensure that state funds allocated for the government’s free college tuition program would be used only on deserving students and not wasted on malingerers and recidivist absentees or ‘bulakbol’ students. House Appropriations Committee Chair Karlo Nograles said …

Solons urge gov’t to fast-track programs for drivers affected by PUVMP

MANILA— As the government starts the implementation of its Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP), two party-list lawmakers on Monday urged government agencies to speed up the approval of regulations on the use of public funds for public utility vehicle operators and drivers who will be affected by the PUVMP. The modernization program seeks to replace …

Alvarez says nothing personal vs. Koko, Senate

MANILA — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday said he has no personal rift with Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III or with the Senate despite his earlier comments over the performance of the Upper Chamber in passing important legislative measures. “Magkaibigan kami. Alam mo sa akin kasi, trabaho lang. Wala naman akong ano… sasabihin …

Holiday truce with Reds only on Dec.23-26, Dec. 30-Jan. 2

MANILA— Malacañang on Thursday clarified that the unilateral ceasefire declared by President Rodrigo Duterte with communist rebels will not run continuously from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2 as earlier announced. Instead, the unilateral truce will be from Dec. 23, 6 p.m. until Dec. 26, 11:59 p.m and from Dec. 30, 6 p.m. to Jan. 2, 11:59 …

TRAIN frees 99% of Filipinos from paying income taxes: Palace

MANILA — Malacañang on Tuesday said the tax reform package, or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill that President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law would spare 99 percent of Filipinos from paying income taxes. In a Palace briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that this is because the priority tax reform bill …

Duterte wants entry of 3rd telco in PH by Q1 2018

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to fast-track the entry of the third player to improve telco services in the country, Malacañang said Tuesday. In a Palace briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President wanted the DICT and the …

Duterte Cabinet assures ‘Urduja’-hit residents of full gov’t support

MANILA – Several Cabinet members of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday assured that all concerned government agencies are working full time to provide assistance and support to all those affected by Typhoon Urduja (international name Kai-Tak). The assurance was made during a briefing conducted at the Naval State University in Naval, Biliran, one of the most …

ML extension to thwart ISIS, NPA threats in Mindanao: Duterte

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to further extend the declaration of martial law in the whole of Mindanao for another year, or for the entirety of 2018, in order to totally eradicate terror threats posed by remnants of Islamic State (IS)-linked terrorists and by communist rebels in the region. In his letter …