Palace supports total gun ban in 2010 polls — Bello

December 18, 2009 10:43 pm· Comments Off on Palace supports total gun ban in 2010 polls — Bello 

MANILA, Dec. 18 — Malacanang supports the implementation of total gun ban by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the coming 2010 polls.

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CHR sees tighter case with proposed massacre victims' re-autopsy

December 18, 2009 10:43 pm· Comments Off on CHR sees tighter case with proposed massacre victims' re-autopsy 

By Catherine J. Teves

MANILA, Dec. 18 – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) anticipates generating more credible findings on the November 23 massacre in Maguindanao province from exhuming and re-autopsying remains of the people killed during that incident.

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Fajardo quits as presidential spokesperson

December 18, 2009 10:43 pm· Comments Off on Fajardo quits as presidential spokesperson 

MANILA, Dec. 18 —Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo quits her post to focus as presidential assistant for Central Luzon.

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DOJ panel assures Ampatuans of fair probe

December 18, 2009 10:43 pm· Comments Off on DOJ panel assures Ampatuans of fair probe 

By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, Dec. 18 —The Department of Justice (DOJ) panel tasked to investigate the gruesome Nov. 23 Maguindanao massacre assured members of the Ampatuan clan, the alleged masterminds in the case, that the investigations will be fair to all and will not be influence by politics.

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Sison can help resume GRP-NDF peace talks -– Palace

December 18, 2009 10:43 pm· Comments Off on Sison can help resume GRP-NDF peace talks -– Palace 

MANILA, Dec. 18 — Malacanang expressed hopes on Friday that communist rebel leader Jose Ma. Sison will seriously consider helping restore lasting peace in the Philippines now that his name has been stricken off the European Union’s (EU) terrorist list by the European Court of First Instance.

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Palace lauds RTC judge trying Maguindanao massacre prime suspect

December 18, 2009 10:43 pm· Comments Off on Palace lauds RTC judge trying Maguindanao massacre prime suspect 

MANILA, Dec. 18 — Malacanang lauded on Friday Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court for her readiness to try the case of Maguindanao massacre principal suspect Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr.

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Pacquiao declares support to Villar’s presidential bid

December 18, 2009 10:43 pm· Comments Off on Pacquiao declares support to Villar’s presidential bid 

MANILA, Dec. 18 — World boxing champion and Time Magazine cover Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has declared his all-out support for Nacionalista Party (NP) president and standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar.

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House ratifies proposed P1.541-trillion GAA of 2010

December 18, 2009 10:43 pm· Comments Off on House ratifies proposed P1.541-trillion GAA of 2010 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Dec. 18 — The House of Representatives on Friday afternoon ratified the proposed P1.541-trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2010.

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Senate ratifies proposed P1.5-T budget for 2010

December 18, 2009 10:43 pm· Comments Off on Senate ratifies proposed P1.5-T budget for 2010 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Dec. 18 – The Senate ratified on Thursday night the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed P1.5-trillion national budget for the year 2010 with significant appropriations in the areas of infrastructure, environment and climate change mitigation, science and technology, health, education, and pension and gratuity.

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Devanadera orders inclusion of 627 suspects in Maguindanao rebellion raps under Immigration watchlist

December 18, 2009 10:43 pm· Comments Off on Devanadera orders inclusion of 627 suspects in Maguindanao rebellion raps under Immigration watchlist 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.

MANILA, Dec. 18 – Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Secretary and concurrent Solicitor General Agnes Devanadera on Friday directed the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to include in its watchlist 627 people facing a complaint for rebellion.

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