RELIEF OPS

Army men and employees of the Albay provincial government prepare relief goods to be distributed to evacuees affected by the eruption of Mayon Volcano. A total of 34,491 individuals have taken shelter in 32 evacuation centers in the province. The volcano’s fury has not gone down, government volcanologists said on Thursday. PHOTO BY RUSSELL PALMA

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Showdown looms over Charter change

THE SENATE and the House of Representatives are headed for a clash over Charter change, with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez saying on Thursday the House would proceed with a Constituent Assembly to revise the Constitution even without the participation of the Senate. “The bottom-line here is that we are satisfying the requirements of the Constitution. It […]

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Con-Ass not the right way to revise Charter – Atienza

LETTING Congress convene as a Constituent Assembly to fast-track changes to the 1987 Constitution is the wrong way to amend the Charter, a veteran lawmaker said on Thursday. Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza of Buhay party-list, in a roundtable discussion with The Manila Times editors, made the statement after the House approved a resolution calling for […]

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DND hits Alejano for ‘innuendos’ on frigate deal

THE Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday hit back at Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano for alleging irregularities on the purchase of Navy frigates, saying the lawmaker only had “innuendos” and no proof. DND spokesman Arsenio Andolong said there were no grounds to terminate the frigate acquisition project of the Philippine Navy. “We must […]

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Admin gets record-high SWS rating

The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte got a record-high satisfaction rating in December last year, surpassing the highest score garnered by his predecessor, former president Benigno Aquino 3rd, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed. The poll, conducted from December 8 to 16, 2017 among 1,200 respondents nationwide, showed that 79 percent of those […]

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Marcos to get ballot copies in VP recount

THE Supreme Court has allowed former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to get photocopies or soft copies of decrypted ballot images in his election protest against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo. In a four-page resolution dated January 10 but released to media only on Thursday, the high court decided to keep original copies of […]

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Police to allow media in revived ‘Tokhang’

MEMBERS of the media, human rights groups, and other entities will be invited to observe the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) revived “Tokhang” anti-drug operations for transparency, said its spokesman, Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos. “You’re welcome to join. We won’t let you be in harm’s way if the police know there’s a likelihood that you would […]

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EX-NAVY CHIEF CLEARS BONG GO

Former Navy chief Ronald Joseph Mercado on Thursday defended Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, saying that the close aide of the President had nothing to do with the Philippine Navy’s frigate project. “Christopher ‘Bong’ Go never asked anything about the Philippine Navy’s P18 billion Frigate Acquisition Project,” Mercado said in a statement. […]

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