(Yearender) AFP: 2009, a respectable year on human rights

January 6, 2010 11:36 pm· Comments Off on (Yearender) AFP: 2009, a respectable year on human rights 

MANILA, Jan.6 – The year 2009 proved to be a relatively respectable year for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in terms of promotion and protection of human rights.

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Legarda wants to increase salaries of teachers, law enforcers

January 6, 2010 11:36 pm· Comments Off on Legarda wants to increase salaries of teachers, law enforcers 

MABITAC, Laguna, Jan. 6 -– Senator Loren Legarda promised on Wednesday to file bill which aims to increase the salaries of public school teachers, policemen and soldiers.

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Doha police arrest the wrong Ivler in Qatar, NBI says

January 6, 2010 11:36 pm· Comments Off on Doha police arrest the wrong Ivler in Qatar, NBI says 

MANILA, Jan. 6 — After Jason Aguilar Ivler, who was tagged principal suspect for the killing of a Malacanang official' son was posted in the Interpol Red Notice, Doha police arrested the wrong person in Qatar, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said.

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Senate resumes inquiry on maritime disasters on Thursday

January 6, 2010 11:36 pm· Comments Off on Senate resumes inquiry on maritime disasters on Thursday 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Jan. 6 — Senator Richard Gordon expects the attendance of the owners, ship captains, and crew of sea vessels involved in recent tragedies at the resumption on Thursday of the Senate blue ribbon committee’s investigation into maritime disasters.

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Mindanao solons push for abolition of ARMM

January 6, 2010 11:36 pm· Comments Off on Mindanao solons push for abolition of ARMM 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Jan. 6 — Two Mindanao lawmakers have joined the clamor for the abolition of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the wake of the November 23 massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao province.

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Gordon doubts Noynoy’s capability as leader

January 6, 2010 11:36 pm· Comments Off on Gordon doubts Noynoy’s capability as leader 

MANILA, Jan. 6 – Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III may have been leading the surveys but performance-wise, the Tarlac lawmaker hardly impressed fellow presidential candidate and Senate colleague Richard Gordon.

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New palace deputy spokesperson calls PGMA best president ever

January 6, 2010 11:36 pm· Comments Off on New palace deputy spokesperson calls PGMA best president ever 

MANILA, Jan. 6 — The newly designated deputy palace spokesperson called President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the best president the country has ever had.

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PGMA certifies 8 urgent bills

January 6, 2010 11:36 pm· Comments Off on PGMA certifies 8 urgent bills 

MANILA, Jan. 6 — Before stepping down in mid-2010, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo hopes to see the passage of eight bills, including one that will give better protection to inter-island sea passengers and one that will give amnesty to rebel returnees.

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Government social payback schemes benefiting a lot of Filipinos — Ermita

January 6, 2010 11:36 pm· Comments Off on Government social payback schemes benefiting a lot of Filipinos — Ermita 

MANILA, JAn. 6 — Of the many things Filipinos should be thankful for during the past year, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said social payback stands out among the many accomplishments of the Arroyo administration.

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DFA working to include OFWs in forthcoming royal pardon

January 6, 2010 11:36 pm· Comments Off on DFA working to include OFWs in forthcoming royal pardon 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Jan. 6 — The Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Jeddah has sent a note verbale to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking to include Filipinos in a List of Royal Pardons to be announced by the office of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah in a few weeks, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.

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