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Belmonte sees BBL approval by mid-June

Although legislative support for the Bangsamoro Basic Law appears to have crumbled following the Mamasapano clash, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has said the House of Representatives would try to meet the June 11, 2015, deadline the passage of the measure.

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DOE: Brownouts to occur even with ILP

Riza Lozada Rotating brownouts might start hitting the Luzon grid as early as March when electricity demand begins to peak coinciding with the regular maintenance shutdown of several aging power plants, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said.

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Cops abort anti-Aquino rally at Edsa

Security forces from the Eastern Police District’s Civil Disturbance Management Unit prevented protesters belonging to the “Edsa 2/22 coalition” from occupying steps of the Edsa Shrine on Sunday, the kick-off of a planned series of protest actions against President Aquino.

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Corrupt practices go into train-fare hikes

Luis Leoncio Conclusion The Aquino administration’s stock reason in defending the fare increases for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems is the removal of government subsidies on utilities including the railway system on its claim the fare hike would require the entire nation to subsidize the spending of Metro Manila commuters.

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Emergency powers for Aquino rejected

Riza Lozada The Senate panel looking into the proposed special powers Malacanang is seeking to address the feared electricity-supply shortage in Luzon has recommended the junking of the Palace request, and proposed instead the interruptible load program (ILP), which has proved adequate in stabilizing supply in the country’s other major regions.

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Grim autopsy report bared on ‘massacre of 44’

Grim findings on how some of Fallen 44 were killed. New grim findings on how some of the “Fallen 44” were killed in Mamasapano last January 25 have been uncovered by the Philippine National Police Board of Inquiry.

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Corrupt practices go into train-fare hikes

Luis Leoncio Vestiges of corruption, which President Aquino frequently cites as the source of most of the problems of his administration, have been a major source of the problems that sunk Metro Manila’s mass-transit systems, particularly the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3, into inefficiency, leading in turn to frequent breakdowns of the system, according to documents made available to The …

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Cardinal, 5 bishops join call for Aquino resignation

February 22, the anniversary of the start of the 1986 People’s Power Revolution, echoes with a different call this year. No more paeans to the son of the icon of democracy who led the popular revolt that toppled the Marcos dictatorship nearly three decades ago.

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President’s men face House inquiry anew

The House inquiry into the Mamasapano massacre resumes tomorrow (Tuesday), with militant lawmakers out to crack the riddle of President Aquino’s involvement in Operation Exodus, amid charges his officials have been covering up his role at the height of the fighting between police commandos and Muslim rebels and its tragic aftermath.

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26% PHL poverty a ‘scandal’ in Asia

Luis Leoncio One in four Filipinos or roughly 26 percent of the country’s population is poor due to wrong government priorities and policies that have failed to attract foreign investments, according to a top economist.

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