Palace okays incentive hike for rationalization plan

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm· Comments Off on Palace okays incentive hike for rationalization plan 

MANILA, May 16 — Affirming the administration’s drive for improved public service and fair compensation for government workers, President Benigno S. Aquino III directed the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to upgrade incentives for all employees affected by the rationalization program for government agencies and departments.

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Newspaper clippings can trigger Ombudsman to probe erring gov't official — defense witness

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm· Comments Off on Newspaper clippings can trigger Ombudsman to probe erring gov't official — defense witness 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, May 16 — Lawyer Emmanuel "Noli" Santos, a delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention, told the Senate Impeachment Court that newspaper clippings can be attached in a complaint that can trigger the Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) to conduct an investigation and build a case against an erring government official.

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CJ’s ‘hostile’ witness faces Senate contempt for trying to influence impeachment court

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm· 1 Comment 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, May 16 – A witness, who admitted he is a critic of Chief Justice Renato Corona, has been ordered to show cause why he should not be cited in contempt for trying to influence the impeachment court by delivering a sealed ‘envelope’ to the office of Senate President and presiding officer Juan Ponce Enrile.

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BFAR closes Bajo de Masinloc to fishing

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm· Comments Off on BFAR closes Bajo de Masinloc to fishing 

MANILA, May 16 — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has declared the entire area of Panatag Shoal, otherwise known as "Bajo de Masinloc" and Scarborough Shoal, extending within one nautical mile from its margin, closed to all kinds of fishing activities by municipal and commercial fishermen, from May 16 to July 15 this year.

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Impeachment trial nears final homestretch as Corona prepares to testify next week

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm· Comments Off on Impeachment trial nears final homestretch as Corona prepares to testify next week 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, May 16 -– The historic impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona approached the final homestretch as the defense panel prepares for the much-awaited appearance of the chief magistrate in his own trial next week.

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Mother and son killed, 26 hurt in San Jose, Batangas bus mishap

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm· Comments Off on Mother and son killed, 26 hurt in San Jose, Batangas bus mishap 

MANILA, May 16 — A mother and her two-year old son were killed while 26 others were hurt after a passenger bus they were riding in skidded and fell into a deep canal in Barangay Aya, San Jose, Batangas Wednesday morning.

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US submarine appearance off Subic just routine — DND spokesman

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm· Comments Off on US submarine appearance off Subic just routine — DND spokesman 

MANILA, May 16 — Department of National Defense (DND) spokesman Dr. Peter Paul Reuben Galvez on Wednesday said there is nothing out of the ordinary with a US nuclear submarine surfacing and making a port call in the Philippines.

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PNP welcomes move to repeal height limit for police officers

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm· Comments Off on PNP welcomes move to repeal height limit for police officers 

MANILA, May 16 – The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced that it is supportive of the proposed act filed by Sen. Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan II that seeks a repeal on the height requirement for prospective police officers.

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DSWD, NCFF Celebrate International Day of Families

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm· Comments Off on DSWD, NCFF Celebrate International Day of Families 

MANILA, May 16 — The National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF), led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), will conduct a forum in celebration of the International Day of Families on May 19, with the theme, “Ensuring Work-Family Balance”.

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Kaya Natin convenor says he fails to follow CJ's impeachment trial

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm· Comments Off on Kaya Natin convenor says he fails to follow CJ's impeachment trial 

MANILA, May 16 – Kaya Natin convenor Harvey Keh on Wednesday told the Senate Impeachment Court that he failed to follow the impeachment trial of Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona.

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