DFA Chief gives whole year accumulated salary to employees as Christmas gift

December 17, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on DFA Chief gives whole year accumulated salary to employees as Christmas gift 

MANILA, Dec. 17 — Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, repeating a gesture of generosity that amused many last year, has offered his salary for the entire 2012 to all employees of the Department of Foreign Affairs as a Christmas gift, an official said Monday.

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Senate passes bill authorizing wiretapping of drug pushers

December 17, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on Senate passes bill authorizing wiretapping of drug pushers 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Dec. 17 — The Senate approved on third and final reading on Monday a bill seeking to authorize the wiretapping, interception and recording of communications and surveillance of pushers, manufacturers, cultivators, importers and financiers of dangerous drugs.

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Incoming PNP chief to intensify home visitations of gun holders to ensure peaceful polls

December 17, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on Incoming PNP chief to intensify home visitations of gun holders to ensure peaceful polls 

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Dec. 17 — The incoming Philippine National Police (PNP) chief wants the intensification of home visitations to increase the numbers of firearms for safekeeping and applicants for renewal of licenses as part of security preparations for the 2013 midterm elections.

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Senate passes NBI, Bucor modernization bills

December 17, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on Senate passes NBI, Bucor modernization bills 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Dec. 17 – The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading Senate Bill Nos. 2970 and 3335, modernizing the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Bureau of Corrections, respectively.

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Palace welcomes latest Pulse Asia survey result

December 17, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on Palace welcomes latest Pulse Asia survey result 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Dec. 17 — Malacanang Monday welcomed the latest Pulse Asia survey result stating that nine out of 10 Filipinos look at 2013 with hope.

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7 rice traders face Senate detention

December 17, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on 7 rice traders face Senate detention 

By Jelly Musico

MANILA, Dec. 17 –- Eight rice traders facing arrest have finally showed up in the Senate inquiry into rice smuggling Monday but only one of them returned home.

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Aquino gov't believes it can maintain good ties with Japan

December 17, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on Aquino gov't believes it can maintain good ties with Japan 

MANILA, Dec. 17 — The Aquino government expressed strong belief it can maintain good relations with Japan after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda conceded defeat in parliamentary elections Sunday, signaling the return to power of the Liberal Democratic Party.

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House passes RH bill on 3rd and final reading, 133-79

December 17, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on House passes RH bill on 3rd and final reading, 133-79 

By Cielito M. Reganit

MANILA, Dec. 17 – The controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill took a key step closer to being enacted into law as the House of Representatives passed House Bill No. 4244 on third and final reading Monday by a 133-79 vote with seven abstentions.

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PHL considers Doha talks as 'weak'

December 17, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on PHL considers Doha talks as 'weak' 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Dec. 17 — The latest Doha talks was "weak" as only a few countries agreed to a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol in the reduction of carbon emissions, setting only to 18 percent from 1990 levels by 2020.

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Senate votes 13-8 to pass RH Bill

December 17, 2012 11:33 pm· Comments Off on Senate votes 13-8 to pass RH Bill 

By Jelly Musico

MANILA, Dec. 17 – The Senate approved Monday night on third and final reading the controversial Reproductive Health Bill, ending months of heated debates on the floor.

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