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aaaThe Department of Foreign Affairs is offering a free passport validity extension for up to two years for passport renewal applicants in the Philippines and abroad. The DFA came up with the offer after experiencing “unexpected delays” in the processing of passport renewals. “The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) offers to applicants fo...

September 10, 2015

aaaPRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has anointed Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II as the standard bearer of the Liberal Party but prevailed upon him to remain in the DILG until the filing of the certificate of candidacy in October. “To my bosses, I tell you today: In my opinion, the one who has shown exemplary work and true integrity, the on...

August 27, 2015

aaaPRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III likened China to Nazi Germany anew at the Nikkei 21st International  conference on the Future of Asia Special Session that he attended during his four-day state visit in Japan. “I’m an amateur student of history. I was just watching several documentaries on World War II and especially how Germany was testi...

June 15, 2015

aaaTHE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) has warned that a massive earthquake may hit Metro Manila and neighboring provinces if the West Valley Fault moves. Phivolcs officials said a movement in the fault may cause a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the capital. The 90-kilometer-long West Valley fault passes through ...

June 1, 2015

aaaPRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has embarked on a four-day trip to the United States and Canada from May 6 to 9 as he vowed to bring in fresh investments and attract more tourists to the country on his return. Aquino described the two countries as the Philippines’ “partners” in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. “As the host-eco...

May 15, 2015

aaaTHE Supreme Court has stopped the Commission on Higher Education from implementing its memorandum that excludes Filipino and Panitikan as core courses from the curriculum for college. The High Court issued a temporary restraining order enjoining CHED from implementing its Memorandum No. 20, which prescribes the new General Education Curriculum f...

May 1, 2015

aaaTHE Philippines has accused China of being a “big-time squatter” in the West Philippine Sea with its reclamation activities damaging at least 300 acres of coral reef systems, resulting in economic losses to coastal states of about $100 million annually. Beijing, through a tabloid with close ties to the ruling communist party, retaliated by call...

May 1, 2015

aaaTHE Supreme Court has struck down the government’s P268.8 million contract with Smartmatic-TIM to repair and refurbish vote counting machines to be used in next year’s elections. This left the poll body with less than a year to find and commission a new service provider to repair about 80,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines befor...

May 1, 2015

aaaVICE President Jejomar Binay remains the frontrunner in the latest Social Weather Stations survey of top presidential bets for the 2016 polls but Senator Grace Poe is closing in rapidly at just five points behind. Poe gained 10 points from the previous survey in the fourth quarter of 2014, finishing second at 31 percent while Binay lost one point t...

May 1, 2015

aaaCUSTOMS chief John Phillip Sevilla has resigned from his post, saying he does not want to see the agency turned into a “milking cow” by politicians as he admitted feeling “political pressures” as the 2016 presidential elections draw near. Sevilla, who took on the helm on the Bureau of Customs in December 2013, also said that an influenti...

May 1, 2015
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