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Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito kept himself busy yesterday, not with affairs of Laguna where he is the provincial governor, but in shooting a movie that he reportedly wants to enter in the Metro Manila Film Festival at the end of the year. His more famous uncle, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, has said Ejercito is likely to bow to a Supreme Court ruling affirming his ouster as governor for overspending in the 2013 campaign. Read more [...]

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Nov
MANILA, Philippines - Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada will declare a four-day holiday in the city during the visit of Pope Francis from Jan. Read more [...]

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Nov
MANILA, Philippines - The transfer of the oil depot in Pandacan could lead to higher fuel prices due to increased transportation and delivery costs, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla warned yesterday. Petilla, however, said it would be up to the big three oil companies to decide if they would pass on the added costs to consumers. Read more [...]

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Nov
Last Tuesday’s column focused on the positive condition of Filipino girls with respect to their enjoyment of their rights. The bright message was revealed by Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman at the celebration of the 25th year of founding of the Convention on Child’s Rights (CCR) on Nov Read more [...]

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Nov
MANILA: Voting 12-0, the Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the ouster of a nephew of former Philippine president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada as the governor of Laguna province in Southern Luzon for overspending in the May 2013 election.In its decision, the SC ruled that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) did not commit grave abuse of discretion in ordering the disqualification of Emilio Ramon Ejercito as the Laguna governor.On May 1, lawyer Sixto Brilliantes, the Comelec chairman, announced the disqualification of Ejercito for violating the country’s election laws particularly overspending following the filing of a complaint against him from his political opponent.Brilliantes said Ejercito, a former actor who carried the screen name of George Estregan, was confirmed in an exhaustive investigation to have spent more than five times the campaign spending ceiling imposed on a local candidate in the 2013 polls.In announcing Ejercito’s disqualification, Briilliantes disclosed it was “the first time (for the Comelec) to see a direct violation of the campaign finance rule on overspending.”Brilliantes also disputed Ejercito’s claim that politics was behind his ouster, pointing out that Comelec was also investigating complaints of overspending by winners in the 2013 election including local officials such as mayors belonging to the ruling Liberal Party of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino.But in a separate interview, Estrada insisted that his nephew was the victim of politics, saying: “There is no politician who does not overspend during the election. It is just saddening that ER (as his nephew is more popularly known by his constituents) was singled out.”Estrada himself is also facing a disqualification complaint filed by a lawyer who questioned before the Supreme Court the legality of his victory as the Manila mayor in 2013 polls.Estrada won over his erstwhile friend and political ally Alfredo Lim who sought reelection as the mayor of Manila. Read more [...]

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Nov
The House Speaker says the Liberal Party should also look for possible a possible candidate from the ranks of coalition partners, like the Nacionalista and NPC OTHER OPTIONS. Read more [...]

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27
Nov
SENATOR Nancy Binay sought to raise the legal assistance fund for overseas Filipino workers of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) from P30 million to P100 million in the proposed national budget. During the budget deliberation, Binay said P30-million is not enough even if the DFA uses up fund balances of previous years Read more [...]

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Nov
THE budget of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) next year has been increased 24 percent to P24 billion, said Senator Francis Escudero, chairperson of the Senate committee on finance. Escudero said the fund was allocated to respond to the needs of the community and push the much-needed development in the region Read more [...]

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Nov
By: Sarwell Q. Meniano, Philippines News AgencyNovember 26, 2014 9:13 AM Rehabilitation chief Panfilo Lacson. Read more [...]

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Nov
SENATOR Nancy Binay moved to increase the legal assistance fund for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) from P30 million to P100 million in the proposed 2015 national budget.   During the plenary hearing, Binay asked Finance subcommittee chair Sen. Loren Legarda to add P70 million to the DFA’s budget for legal aid under the proposed 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA), increasing the allotment for such purpose to P100 million.   “Nagtataka po tayo kung bakit ang liit ng budget na ibinibigay ng pamahalaan para tugunan ang pangangailangang legal ng mga overseas Filipino workers samantalang napakalaki ang naiaambag nila sa ekonomiya natin. Read more [...]

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