Palace eyes early passage of proposed 2013 national budget, sin tax bills by Congress

November 12, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on Palace eyes early passage of proposed 2013 national budget, sin tax bills by Congress 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Nov. 12 — With barely a month before Congress adjourns for its christmas break, Malacanang is still hopeful for the passage of the proposed national budget and sin tax measures before the year ends.

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DND eyes buying 12 new jet-trainer fighters, missile surface vessels for the AFP modernization program

November 12, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on DND eyes buying 12 new jet-trainer fighters, missile surface vessels for the AFP modernization program 

By Ben Cal

MANILA, Nov. 12 — Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin said on Monday the government is eyeing to buy 12 new jet-trainer fighters and warships with missile capability as soon as possible to fast-track the much-delayed modernization program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

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PHL diplomat accused of sexually molesting maid to come home this week – DFA

November 12, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on PHL diplomat accused of sexually molesting maid to come home this week – DFA 

By Michaela del Callar

MANILA, Nov. 12 -– The Filipino diplomat accused of sexually abusing his maid in Kuwait will return to the country this week to face a preliminary inquiry on the complaint against him, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.

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Cayetano assures fair hearing on ethics complaints

November 12, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on Cayetano assures fair hearing on ethics complaints 

MANILA, Nov. 12 – Senate Minority leader Alan Peter Cayetano assured on Monday that the Senate committee on ethics and privileges which he also chairs, will conduct fair hearing on the ethics complaints to be filed against any of his colleagues.

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No plans to allow Americans to put up military bases in PHL – Palace

November 12, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on No plans to allow Americans to put up military bases in PHL – Palace 

MANILA, Nov. 12 — Malacanang assured Monday there were no plans to allow the return of American military bases in the country despite the announcement of the Obama administration to increase military presence in the Asia Pacific region.

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President Aquino to choose next Supreme Court Associate Justice based on probity, independence and integrity

November 12, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on President Aquino to choose next Supreme Court Associate Justice based on probity, independence and integrity 

MANILA, Nov. 12 — President Benigno S. Aquino III will choose the next Supreme Court Associate Justice based on the constitutional standards of probity, independence, and integrity, a Palace official said on Monday.

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Govt ready to assist MILF in translating Framework Agreement into different Muslim dialects

November 12, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on Govt ready to assist MILF in translating Framework Agreement into different Muslim dialects 

MANILA, Nov. 12 — Malacanang said it is ready to assist the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in translating and disseminating the Framework Agreement to several languages for the easier understanding of the Muslim population in the south.

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Cadaver of Syrian national mistaken for Filipino truck driver killed in Saudi fuel truck blast

November 12, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on Cadaver of Syrian national mistaken for Filipino truck driver killed in Saudi fuel truck blast 

By Michaela del Callar

MANILA, Nov. 12 -– The cadaver of a Syrian national killed in the Nov. 1 fuel truck explosion in Saudi Arabia was mistaken for the body of a Filipino truck driver who reportedly died in the same accident, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.

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(Lead) Drilon says sin tax bill will not kill cigarette industry

November 12, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on (Lead) Drilon says sin tax bill will not kill cigarette industry 

By Jelly Musico

MANILA, Nov. 12 – Sen. Franklin Drilon Monday allayed fears that Sin Tax bill would kill the local cigarette industry.

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LPA continues to bring rains over Visayas, Mindanao

November 12, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on LPA continues to bring rains over Visayas, Mindanao 

MANILA, Nov. 12 — The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the low pressure area spotted in Surigao continues to bring rains over Visayas and Mindanao.

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