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The end of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) in Baclaran, Parañaque City, where the Cavite Extension line is supposed to start. The project is among those whose funding has been approved by the Neda but many now doubt if it would be finished before the term of President Aquino ends next year. ITOH SON

PPP: Post PNoy projects?

Luis Leoncio President Aquino’s private-public partnership (PPP) program, once touted as the centerpiece of his administration, appears to have become nothing but a butt of jokes as his administration winds down a little more than a year from today. The reason: Only 19 percent of the 29 flagship projects that were assigned with costs have been completed during the four …

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Expat issue worsens Fil-Sino row

Luis Leoncio A decision by the Department of Energy to send home 16 Chinese nationals working for the privately owned National Grid Corp of the Philippines (NGCP) threatens to exacerbate the tense diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines.

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BSP to retain flexible policies

Riza Lozada The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will remain resilient, creative and innovative in its policies to keep the economy at a steady pace of growth.

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‘Job-shedding growth ails economy’

Riza Lozada The Philippines suffers from a situation where the economy is among the fastest-growing in Asia but the jobless rate of between 6 and 7 percent is also among the region’s highest, according former Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno.

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Special-powers bid passes on second reading

“Dangerously overbroad and fails to address the flaws of the Epira.” This was how Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago described Joint Resolution No. 12 that Malacañang certified as urgent in 2014 seeking emergency powers for President Aquino to resolve the looming energy crisis.

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70 years on, survivors keep memory of Battle of Manila alive

Oliver Teves / The Associated Press Seventy years have not dulled the memories of survivors of the month-long Battle of Manila. The mass killings by Japanese forces, the loved ones lost and the desperation are etched in their minds, as is the elation when American forces finally rescued them in the closing months of World War II.

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Fund aimed at ensuring LP victory in 2016 polls: P30-B renamed ‘pork’ exposed

Luis Leoncio A new Malacañang-sanctioned budgeting scheme called Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP) has allotted P20.9 billion from the P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget to fund thousands of projects in various towns and cities nationwide under a so-called bottom-up budgeting (BuB) scheme developed by the Department of Budget and Management.

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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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