VP Binay optimistic that OFW Zapanta will survive scheduled execution this month

January 23, 2014 8:54 am· Comments Off on VP Binay optimistic that OFW Zapanta will survive scheduled execution this month 

By Sammy F. Martin

MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) — Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday said he sees daylight at the end of the tunnel that overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joselito Zapanta, who is scheduled to be executed anytime this month, may survive.

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Senate panel sees link of Davidson Bangayan to rice smuggling

January 23, 2014 8:54 am· Comments Off on Senate panel sees link of Davidson Bangayan to rice smuggling 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) – Businessman Davidson Bangayan has denied that he is David Tan, a named linked to rice smuggling, but a Senate panel found that Bangayan is connected to companies involved in illegal importation of rice.

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DOE reiterates need for Malaya Power Plant to be considered as MRU

January 23, 2014 8:54 am· Comments Off on DOE reiterates need for Malaya Power Plant to be considered as MRU 

By Joann Santiago

MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) -– Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla on Wednesday reiterated the need to reconsider the Malaya Thermal Power Plant as a must-run unit (MRU) and not a regular power plant due to its inability to compete with other power plants.

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Pres. Aquino has every right to appeal to senators to hold true to their obligations, says Palace official

January 23, 2014 8:54 am· Comments Off on Pres. Aquino has every right to appeal to senators to hold true to their obligations, says Palace official 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) — Malacanang on Wednesday said President Benigno S. Aquino III has every right to appeal to the senators to objectively decide on the merits of cases they handle, including impeachment complaints.

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NAG gets much needed boost with reactivation of 4 Islander aircraft

January 23, 2014 8:54 am· Comments Off on NAG gets much needed boost with reactivation of 4 Islander aircraft 

MANILA, Jan. 22 — The Naval Air Group (NAG), the Navy unit tasked to provide air support to the fleet, got a much needed boost following the activation on Tuesday of four Norman-Britten N2 Islander aircraft.

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Lacierda: Whoever the President anoints, would certainly have an advantage

January 23, 2014 8:54 am· Comments Off on Lacierda: Whoever the President anoints, would certainly have an advantage 

MANILA, Jan. 22 — Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda on Wednesday said that despite attempts to discredit President Benigno S. Aquino III, his endorsement powers remain “lethal”.

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GPH, MILF 43rd exploratory peace talks open in Kuala Lumpur

January 23, 2014 8:54 am· Comments Off on GPH, MILF 43rd exploratory peace talks open in Kuala Lumpur 

By Ben Cal

MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) — The 43rd exploratory talks between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) opened on Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur with the government peace panel chair calling for larger doses of goodwill, determination and faith from both sides to achieve a successful peace process.

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KMP 'misfires' again with Aquino, Abad plunder charges — DBM

January 23, 2014 8:54 am· Comments Off on KMP 'misfires' again with Aquino, Abad plunder charges — DBM 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Jan. 22 (PNA) — The Department of Budget and Management-Public Information Unit (DBM-PIU) on Wednesday slammed the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) for implicating President Benigno Aquino III and DBM secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad in the alleged misuse of P125 million in Malampaya Funds, which KMP said were released by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to dubious non-government organizations (NGOs).

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Backlog in COP issuance attributable to 3 causes

January 23, 2014 8:54 am· Comments Off on Backlog in COP issuance attributable to 3 causes 

MANILA, Jan. 22 — Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association, Inc. (PMMAAAI) president Gaudencio Morales attributed the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)'s current backlog in the issuance of Certificate of Proficiencies (COPs) to three main constraints.

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PAGASA forecast light rains over E. Visayas, Mindanao

January 23, 2014 8:54 am· Comments Off on PAGASA forecast light rains over E. Visayas, Mindanao 

MANILA, Jan. 23 — Expect light rains over Eastern Visayas and Mindanao on Thursday due to wind convergence, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

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