Secretary del Rosario back from Libya, Tunisia Tuesday

March 2, 2011 12:02 pm· Comments Off on Secretary del Rosario back from Libya, Tunisia Tuesday 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, March 1 — Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SFA) Albert F. del Rosario is back in Manila after a whirlwind weekend trip to North Africa, where he supervised in Tunisia the initial wave of repatriation of hundreds of Filipino workers and their dependents from strife-torn Libya.

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Villar blames repatriation problems to big cut on DFA budget

March 2, 2011 12:02 pm· Comments Off on Villar blames repatriation problems to big cut on DFA budget 

MANILA, March 1 – Senator Manny Villar believed that an almost 50 percent cut on the budget of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for the emergency repatriation of the overseas Filipino workers has contributed to the problems the OFWs in Libya facing right now.

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House plenary debates on RH bill deferred due to aircon malfunction

March 2, 2011 12:02 pm· Comments Off on House plenary debates on RH bill deferred due to aircon malfunction 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, March 1 — Plenary debates on the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill at the House of Representatives supposedly scheduled Tuesday was cancelled due to malfunction of the air conditioning system at the session hall.

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PHL, Japan “generally satisfied” with PJEPA achievements

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By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, March 1 — The Philippines and Japan expressed “general satisfaction for the overall achievements” in their bilateral activities under the fledgling Philippine-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (PJEPA), following their Third Meeting on Monday in Tokyo.

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Senators laud Del Rosario’s trip to Libya

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MANILA, March 1 – Senators commended on Tuesday Department of Foreign Affairs acting secretary Albert del Rosario for going to strife-torn Libya to personally address the needs of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

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Speaker receives resignation letter of Ilocos Sur Rep. Singson

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By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, March 1 — Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Tuesday afternoon received the resignation letter of Ilocos Sur Rep. Ronald Singson who was sentenced by a Hong Kong court of 18 months imprisonment for drug possession.

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Ombudsman appeals to House body to allow her to finish term "in grace"

March 2, 2011 12:02 pm· Comments Off on Ombudsman appeals to House body to allow her to finish term "in grace" 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, March 1 — Despite being called an "Iron Lady," Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez appealed to the committee on justice of the House of Representatives to allow her to finish her term next year "in grace."

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(Metro News) Two persons killed in Makati shooting incident

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MANILA, March 1 — An employee of the Makati City government was shot dead Tuesday afternoon by an unidentified assailant, who was in turn killed when he exchanged shots with responding police operatives.

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1 hurt as predawn fire razes 3 houses in Malabon

March 2, 2011 12:02 pm· Comments Off on 1 hurt as predawn fire razes 3 houses in Malabon 

MANILA, March 2 – At least one person was injured in a fire that razed three houses in a residential area in Malabon City before dawn Wednesday.

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Japan contributes database, P30-M for Mindanao socio-economic upliftment

March 2, 2011 12:02 pm· Comments Off on Japan contributes database, P30-M for Mindanao socio-economic upliftment 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, March 2 — Japan’s international aid agency this week donated a database that profiles the socio-economic conditions of specific areas in Mindanao to the Philippines’ so-called "Peaceful and Resilient Communities" program known as Pamana.

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