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Jan
MANILA, Philippines - State-run National Food Authority (NFA) is reviewing the incentives that could be provided to farmers to sell their palay (unmilled rice) to the agency, NFA administrator Renan Dalisay said yesterday. Read more [...]

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Jan
MANILA - Three separate resolutions have been filed at the Senate seeking to investigate the clash between the elite forces of the Philippine National Police and rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Senators TG Guingona, Grace Poe, and Jinggoy Estrada have all urged various committees in the Senate to look into the incident in aid of legislation. Read more [...]

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Jan
MANILA, Philippines—Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Wednesday said the trust of the House of Representatives on the Bangsamoro basic bill was somehow “eroded” following the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) attack on state troopers in a botched operation that killed 44 elite cops Read more [...]

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Jan
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate committee on rules on Tuesday failed to decide on the validity of the arrest and detention order against Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay and five other resource persons. Instead, the committee decided to meet again on Wednesday to discuss the matter, its chairman, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, said Read more [...]

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Jan
MANILA: Three senior lawmakers arrested and detained following their indictment for the non-bailable case of plunder also emerged as the biggest spenders in the Senate in 2013, based on a report from the Commission on Audit (COA).They are former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile, the martial law administrator as the defence minister of the late Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos; former Senate president pro tempore Jinggoy Estrada, the son of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada; and Senator Ramon Revilla, an actor-turned-politician.The COA reported Enrile was the top spender with close to $2 million based on the itemised list of expenses for each senator from Jan.1 to December 2013, which were published by the COA in the country’s leading newspapers as mandated by law.The total expenses, COA explained, included Enrile’s monthly salary as well as those of his staff and for their foreign travels that cost the government $400,000.At second place, COA said, was Estrada who incurred a total of $1.2 million in expenses for salaries for himself and his staff and foreign travel.Occupying the sixth place was Revilla with about $1 million in expenses also for salaries, allowances and foreign travel, according to COA.Likewise, included in the top 10 Senate spenders, COA said, were Senator Antonio Trillanes, Senator Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, the only son and namesake of the late dictator; Senator Gregorio Honasan, Senator Ralph Recto, Senator Francis Escudero and Senator Vicente Sotto.But what set Enrile, Estrada and Revilla apart from their fellow big spenders was that they have been arrested and detained by a special court called the Sandiganbayan for plunder in connection with their alleged misuse of about $10 million in public funds in the country’s biggest corruption scandal.Aside from being non-bailable, plunder also carries the maximum penalty of life imprisonment under a tough Philippine law.In filing the separate complaints before the Sandiganbayan, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, a retired Supreme Court justice and the country’s chief graft-buster, alleged the three senators pocketed their annual “pork barrel” allocations instead of using these to help improve the lives of millions of poor Filipinos that has drawn nationwide protest, anger and indignation. Read more [...]

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Jan
Foreign chambers as well as local business groups are very much concerned about the Sunday encounter between government forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, as well as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that resulted in the death of 50-plus members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF). Obviously, the encounter will derail the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) judging from the withdrawal of Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and JV Ejercito as coauthors of the proposed bill that would pave the way for the creation of a Bangsamoro entity to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Read more [...]

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Jan
The Senate is set to probe the clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, that killed 44 policemen 'MISENCOUNTER.' Members of elite Police Special Action Force carry bodies of their comrade who was killed in an encounter in the town of Mamasapano, Maguindanao province, Philippines, 26 January 2015. Read more [...]

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Jan
MANILA - The Senate is in no rush to arrest Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and five others who were cited in contempt yesterday. Senate committee on rules chairman Sen Read more [...]

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29
Jan
“We hope that after sometime, those who view this process as a formula for division will realize that it brought about that kind of peace and unity that we’ve never had as a country.” cempaka-asean.blogspot.com MANILA, Philippines - The meeting in Kuala Lumpur between the peace panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the decommissioning of rebel weapons will push through tomorrow, but with Sunday’s slaughter of police commandos in Maguindanao to be included in the agenda. Government peace panel chairman Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said yesterday that members of the MILF were en route to the Malaysian capital, but without their vice chairman Ghadzali Jaafar Read more [...]

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Jan
MANILA, Philippines - Only by turning over to authorities those involved in the slaughter of 44 police commandos last Sunday by Muslim rebels can the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) prove its sincerity and commitment to peace in Mindanao, Senate President Franklin Drilon said yesterday. The same demand was made by Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, who stressed it was meant to calm “fired up emotions” and not to stoke passions. Read more [...]

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