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Initiate VFA revision on custody and detention provisions, Drilon urges Palace, DFA

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Senate President Franklin Drilon on Thursday urged Malacañang and the Department of Foreign Affairs to initiate the revision of the Philippines’ Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States particularly on the pact’s custody and detention provisions....

Sandigan rejects recusal request of justices in Jinggoy cases

MANILA, Dec 17 (Mabuhay) — The Sandiganbayan has unanimously refused the request for recusal of the three justices handling the graft and plunder cases of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang said Wednesday. Tang said the anti-graft court, in […]

Bicam approves proposed P2.6-T national budget for 2015

MANILA (Mabuhay) – In a meeting that lasted less than five minutes, the bicameral conference committee on Wednesday approved the proposed P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget. In an interview with reporters, Senator Francis Escudero, chairman of the finance committee, said the...

Aquino will appoint best candidate for Comelec chief – Palace

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang assured that President Benigno Aquino III would consider the best candidate to replace Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Billantes once he retires in February 2015. “The President always takes into consideration the best possible...

Palace: Cops, DTI to provide twofold protection for Xmas shoppers

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday expressed confidence the Philippine National Police and the Department of Trade and Industry can provide two-fold protection for Christmas shoppers as the holidays draw closer. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the...

Garin may have to wear protective gear during budget debates next week

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Acting Health Secretary Janette Garin may have to wear a protective gear when she goes to the Senate next week during the budget deliberations of the agency’s proposed 2015 budget. This, after acting Senate Minority Leader Vicente […]

Cops in Pasay robbery case will be probed, punished – Palace

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The three police officers being linked to a P1-million robbery incident in Pasay City will be investigated and punished if found guilty, Malacañang assured the public Monday. “Sisiyasatin at lalapatan ng disiplina kung mapatunayang lumabag sa patakaran,”...

Let’s wait for Ona’s explanation, says Palace

MANILA, Nov 11 (Mabuhay) -– Will alleged anomalies in the purchase of anti-pneumonia vaccines be the downfall of Health Secretary Enrique Ona? Malacañang on Tuesday said it will all depend on the secretary’s response. “It would depend on his answers […]

Aquino to discuss pressing issues with ASEAN and other world leaders in Myanmar

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III will be discussing pressing issues confronting the region as he attends the 25th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and other related summits here on November 12 to 13. […]

Health chief Ona goes on health leave, Garin is OIC

MANILA, Oct 30 (Mabuhay) – Health Secretary Enrique Ona has filed an official leave of absence to attend to some “personal matters,” including his health. “It’s due to personal matters, including health matters,” Ona said in a text message Thursday […]