SC orders gov't to explain legality of Bangsamoro framework deal

December 11, 2012 11:24 pm· Comments Off on SC orders gov't to explain legality of Bangsamoro framework deal 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.

MANILA, Dec. 11 — The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered the government to explain on the petition questioning the legality of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

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Aquino signs into law Revised AFP Modernization Act

December 11, 2012 11:24 pm· Comments Off on Aquino signs into law Revised AFP Modernization Act 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Dec. 11 — President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday signed into law the revised Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Act extending the program for another 15 years.

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Government releases P5.5-M for emergency employment, livelihood in typhoon-hit areas

December 11, 2012 11:24 pm· Comments Off on Government releases P5.5-M for emergency employment, livelihood in typhoon-hit areas 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Dec. 11 — Malacanang Tuesday announced the Dept. of Labor and Employment has ordered the release of P5.5 million for emergency employment and livelihood for displaced workers in typhoon-hit Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

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Aquino cites importance of technology in education

December 11, 2012 11:24 pm· Comments Off on Aquino cites importance of technology in education 

MANILA, Dec. 11 — President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the importance of science, technology, and education as potent tools for the country’s sustainable growth.

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Sin tax a win for health –Cayetano

December 11, 2012 11:24 pm· Comments Off on Sin tax a win for health –Cayetano 

MANILA, Dec. 11 – Senator Pia Cayetano welcomed the Senate ratification of the bicameral conference committee report on the sin tax reform bill, saying the health services will receive a significant share under the measure’s earmarking provision on incremental revenues from higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol products.

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Senate votes 10-9 to adopt bicam report on sin tax bill

December 11, 2012 11:24 pm· Comments Off on Senate votes 10-9 to adopt bicam report on sin tax bill 

MANILA, Dec. 11 -– Voting 10-9, the Senate ratified on Tuesday night the bicameral conference committee report on the proposed measure on Sin Tax Reform Bill which aims to collect P33.96 billion incremental revenue for the government’s universal health care program.

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President Aquino underscores need to lower electricity rates

December 11, 2012 11:24 pm· Comments Off on President Aquino underscores need to lower electricity rates 

MANILA, Dec. 11 — President Benigno S. Aquino III underscored the importance of lowering the country’s electricity rates in order to ease the burden of having to pay the high cost of the service and ultimately give our less fortunate countrymen a chance to “lift themselves out of poverty.”

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President Aquino agrees to have APECO Law reviewed

December 11, 2012 11:24 pm· Comments Off on President Aquino agrees to have APECO Law reviewed 

MANILA, Dec. 11 — In a bid to end discussions questioning its economic viability and appease the close to 3,000 families from Casiguran, Aurora calling for its repeal, President Benigno S. Aquino III agreed to have the APECO (Aurora Pacific Ecozone and Freeport Authority) Law reviewed by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

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IACAT to honor International Day Against Trafficking

December 11, 2012 11:24 pm· Comments Off on IACAT to honor International Day Against Trafficking 

MANILA, Dec. 11 — The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) will be commemorating the 9th year of the passage of Republic Act 9208, otherwise known as the "Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003", in line with the International Day Against Trafficking on Dec. 12.

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Those who fight for corruption also work for peace, says Filipino Jesuit priest

December 11, 2012 11:24 pm· Comments Off on Those who fight for corruption also work for peace, says Filipino Jesuit priest 

MANILA, Dec. 11 — A Filipino Jesuit priest said that corruption, in all aspects, was one of the main causes of conflict and that fighting corruption was a way of fighting for peace.

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