AFP fails to produce 43 arrested 'health workers' at CA due to time constraints

February 12, 2010 11:32 pm· Comments Off on AFP fails to produce 43 arrested 'health workers' at CA due to time constraints 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, Feb. 12 – Citing time constraints, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) failed to produce before the Court of Appeals (CA) on Friday the 43 "health workers" who were arrested in Morong, Rizal last Saturday on suspicion they were members of the New People's Army (NPA).

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'We never said that Panlilio cheated' – Comelec

February 12, 2010 11:32 pm· 1 Comment 

MANILA, Feb. 12 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Friday they never touched on the issue of cheating when they decided on the gubernatorial case in Pampanga.

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SSS opens condonation program for overdue contributions

February 12, 2010 11:32 pm· Comments Off on SSS opens condonation program for overdue contributions 

MANILA, Feb. 12 – The Social Security System (SSS) has announced a six-month condonation program that would allow companies to settle the unpaid contributions of workers without paying penalties.

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DOE assures no rotating brownouts in Luzon, Metro Manila

February 12, 2010 11:32 pm· Comments Off on DOE assures no rotating brownouts in Luzon, Metro Manila 

By Marie S. Neri

MANILA, Feb. 12 —- The Department of Energy (DOE) assured on Friday that rotating brownouts in Metro Manila will not happen with the coming onstream of two power plants.

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PGMA bids goodbye to Ecarma

February 12, 2010 11:32 pm· Comments Off on PGMA bids goodbye to Ecarma 

MANILA, Jan. 12 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo bid farewell on Friday to Maj. Gen. Natalio Ecarma III, former head of the Presidential Security Command and Marines commander, who was set to leave the country Sunday to head the 1,050-man United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) at the Golan Heights in Syria.

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Valenzuela mayor thanks PGMA for infra project

February 12, 2010 11:32 pm· Comments Off on Valenzuela mayor thanks PGMA for infra project 

MANILA, Jan. 12 — Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian lauded President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday for her singular achievement in infrastructure development, exemplified by the interconnection of North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)-Circumferential Road 5 (C5) with Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City.

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PGMA hosts lunch for San Francisco Committee

February 12, 2010 11:32 pm· Comments Off on PGMA hosts lunch for San Francisco Committee 

MANILA, Jan. 12 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo hosted a luncheon at Malacanang on Friday for the 103-man delegation of the San Francisco–Manila Sister City Committee, which has been supporting the Philippines in arts, culture, education, and infrastructure for the past 26 years.

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Palace says power shortage manageable

February 12, 2010 11:32 pm· Comments Off on Palace says power shortage manageable 

MANILA, Jan. 12 — Malacañang expressed optimism on Friday that the prospects of two to three-hour rotating power interruptions in Luzon, including Metro Manila, will be manageable and will not hamper the operations of key sectors.

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Social health insurance now covers 70M Filipinos

February 12, 2010 11:32 pm· Comments Off on Social health insurance now covers 70M Filipinos 

MANILA, Jan. 12 — More than 85 percent or 70 million of the country’s population are now covered by health insurance, thanks to the expanded value added tax which is funding this very important social service.

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New DENR chief assures action on PGMA priorities

February 12, 2010 11:32 pm· Comments Off on New DENR chief assures action on PGMA priorities 

MANILA, Feb. 12 — A mining engineer with over 40 years' work experience at Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Friday assumed this agency's top post, vowing to prioritize the three directives President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo asked him to carry out until mid-2010.

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