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Business groups urge gov’t to implement reforms

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Local and foreign business groups are calling on the government to implement key reforms as President Aquino enters his last year in office. The Philippine Business Groups (PBG) and Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC), a coalition composed of […]
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Defense chief Gazmin says govt hoping for ‘very positive verdict’ on EDCA

FORT SAN FELIPE, Cavite City (Mabuhay) – Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin said they are hoping for “a very positive verdict” on the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), especially in the light of the dispute with China over territories in the […]
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12 senators sign Santiago report saying BBL draft is unconstitutional

MANILA (Mabuhay) – At least 12 senators have already signed the committee report drafted by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago stating that the Bangsamoro Basic Law should be substantially revised if it is to withstand legal scrutiny before the Supreme Court. […]
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DFA: No deadline set on temporary reprieve for Mary Jane Veloso

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Indonesian government did not set a deadline on the temporary reprieve it granted to Mary Jane Veloso to give way to the investigation of her case here in the Philippines, a representative from the Department of […]
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DFA: More than 1,000 Pinoys in jail abroad for drug-related cases; 41 on death row

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A representative of the Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday said there are 1,288 Filipinos in jail abroad for drug-related cases. At a House hearing, Francisco Noel Fernandez III, special assistant to the DFA’s Office of the […]
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Aquino swears in 50 newly-appointed AFP officers

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday swore in 50 newly-appointed generals and flag officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Aquino, the AFP’s commander-in-chief, administered the oath to the military officers during a ceremony at […]
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Senator pushes for amendment of BBL preamble to protect minority

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Teofisto Guingona III on Wednesday called for revisions in the preamble of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to ensure the protection of minority communities living in areas covered by the planned autonomous region. Guingona said there […]
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Bongbong suggests backchanneling to defuse tension in WPS

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. on Wednesday urged the Aquino government to explore backchannel diplomacy to defuse the tension between the Philippines and China over the West Philippine Sea. In a press statement, Marcos said the government could […]
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Top execs, directors resign from Tiu-owned AgriNurture

MANILA (Mabuhay) – AgriNurture Inc., the company owned by controversial businessman Tony Tiu, said three of its directors and two top executives have resigned. In a disclosure to the stock exchange on Wednesday, the firm said directors James Sayre, Tai […]
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OPAPP’s stubbornness on BBL delayed deliberation – Escudero

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law would have been easier and faster if the government peace panel has been open to the amendments and admitted its shortcomings earlier on, Senator Francis Escudero said Monday. During […]