AFP assails NPA rebels for hostage-taking of seven civilians

July 23, 2010 10:43 pm· Comments Off on AFP assails NPA rebels for hostage-taking of seven civilians 

MANILA, July 23 – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) strongly condemned on Friday the hostage-taking of seven civilians, including two children, by the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels and their attempt to burn these people alive in Barangay Alang Salacsac, Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya on Thursday.

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OWWA assists family of OFW accident victim in Italy

July 23, 2010 10:43 pm· Comments Off on OWWA assists family of OFW accident victim in Italy 

MANILA, July 23 — Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz on Friday quickly responded to an OFW family in distress by directing the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to provide immediate assistance after the family’s head, overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Procopio de la Cruz, died in a bus accident in Italy the other day.

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Comelec to proclaim Buhay partylist

July 23, 2010 10:43 pm· Comments Off on Comelec to proclaim Buhay partylist 

MANILA, July 23 – The Buhay Hayaang Umusbong (Buhay) partylist will soon be proclaimed as winner in the May 10 party list polls as the petition seeking to disqualify El Shaddai leader Mike Velarde as its nominee has been junked by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

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More troops deployed vs ASG — Navy spokesman

July 23, 2010 10:43 pm· Comments Off on More troops deployed vs ASG — Navy spokesman 

MANILA, July 23 – The Philippine Navy has deployed more elite personnel to help in the campaign against terrorist elements in Western Mindanao, a military spokesman said on Friday.

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Catholic bishops urges the people to remain calm in the midst of a water crisis

July 23, 2010 10:43 pm· Comments Off on Catholic bishops urges the people to remain calm in the midst of a water crisis 

MANILA, July 23 — Catholic bishops urged the people not to resort to any violence as this is not the way to solve the water shortage being experienced in some parts of Metro Manila.

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PAF chief welcomes retention

July 23, 2010 10:43 pm· Comments Off on PAF chief welcomes retention 

MANILA, July 23 — Philippine Air Force (PAF) chief Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena is happy with the pronouncement of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III that he has no plans of replacing the military officer.

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P-Noy installs new Army Chief

July 23, 2010 10:43 pm· Comments Off on P-Noy installs new Army Chief 

MANILA, July 23 — President Benigno Simeon Aquino III installed Major General Arturo B. Ortiz on Friday as the new commanding general of the Philippine Army.

Ortiz, a holder of the Medal for Valor, the highest decoration in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), replaced Lt. Gen. Reynaldo Mapagu, who was promoted as AFP Vice Chief of Staff. Ortiz is the 53rd chief of the Army, the main force of the AFP.

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DOJ for total revamp, not abolition, of PCGG

July 23, 2010 10:43 pm· Comments Off on DOJ for total revamp, not abolition, of PCGG 

MANILA, July 23 — Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said on Friday she will recommend to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III a total revamp in the composition of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), but not the agency’s abolition.

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P-Noy tells troops: Shortage in funds not a hindrance to disaster service

July 23, 2010 10:43 pm· Comments Off on P-Noy tells troops: Shortage in funds not a hindrance to disaster service 

MANILA, July 23 — President Benigno Simeon Aquino III called on the country's troops on Friday to carry on with their civil defense and disaster duties with renewed vigor and determination, even if support funding will be hampered by a shortage in calamity funds caused by the previous administration.

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RP eyes P1.757-trillion national budget for 2011

July 23, 2010 10:43 pm· Comments Off on RP eyes P1.757-trillion national budget for 2011 

By Joann Santiago

MANILA, July 23 -– The national government (NG) is considering a P1.757-trillion national budget for 2011, higher than the previously targeted P1.68-trillion outlay.

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