Liberal Party may hold meeting to clarify Cha-cha, term extension

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 07:05 p.m.

SOME leaders of the administration Liberal Party (LP) wanted to convene a meeting among their members to clarify issues on Constitutional amendments and term extension of President Benigno Aquino III.

In an interview at the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque City after the commemoration of the 31st death anniversary of late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., Senate President Franklin Drilon said that he already endorsed the proposal of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad for the LP members to hold a meeting.

Ninoy's undelivered speech in 1983

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 06:58 p.m.

ON AUGUST 21, 1983, the late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was set to deliver a speech upon his return to the Philippines from his self-exile in the United States, but the words were left unspoken as he was assassinated at then Manila International Airport (now NAIA).

Malacañang has posted on its website the supposed speech of Aquino:

Filipinos mark Ninoy’s 31st death anniversary

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 05:29 p.m.

MANILA -- The country’s First Family, along with the Filipino people, marked on Thursday the 31st death anniversary of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., father of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

President Aquino and his sisters Viel, Ballsy, and Kris arrived at the Manila Memorial Park in Sucat, Parañaque City Thursday morning to attend a Holy Mass for the late senator.

Binay warns vs creeping dictatorship in Ninoy Aquino memorial

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 05:22 p.m.

RENEWING his call against charter change, Vice President Jejomar Binay said Thursday the country's democracy will be in danger if moves to extend the term of President Benigno Aquino III and clip the powers of the Supreme Court (SC) will succeed.

In his speech after accepting the Ninoy Aquino Medal of Valor in Pasay City, Binay said that the Constitution granted powers to the judiciary to avoid another dictatorship, which the nation endured under the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

Manila judges, court employees challenge BIR regulation

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 04:14 p.m.

JUDGES and court employees in Manila joined other government workers in asking the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from subjecting their allowances and fringe benefits to withholding tax.

In a petition for certiorari, the Regional Trial Court Judges Association of Manila and Philippine Association of Court Employees-Manila chapter assailed Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) 23-2014 for stepping on the independence of the judiciary and lack of due process.

5 soldiers, 3 militiamen wounded in Basilan ambush

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 03:39 p.m.

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Five soldiers and three militiamen were injured in an ambush perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan province, officials reported Thursday.

Army’s 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Officer-in-Charge Captain Franco Suelto said the Army and militia forces were traversing Barangay Sungkayut to Barangay Bohe-Suyak, Ungkaya Pukan town when ambushed by the Abu Sayyaf bandits around 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

Legal analyst: Jardeleza can’t sway SC

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 03:35 p.m.

(UPDATED) A LEGAL analyst said Thursday newly appointed Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza cannot, in any way, influence his colleagues in the Supreme Court (SC), especially in cases where he defended the government as solicitor general.

"He is the most junior justice (whose opinion carries little weight) and perceived to be the closest to President Benigno Aquino III," said University of the Philippines (UP) law professor Harry Roque in a text message.

Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 03:22 p.m.

SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts — in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his feet but still defiant over a report that links instant noodles to health hazards.

Drilon: Two-headed DA does not help poorly performing agri sector

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 03:01 p.m.

SENATE President Franklin Drilon repeated his warnings on Thursday on the rapid decline of the agricultural sector as he urged President Benigno Aquino III to finally decide on who exactly will lead the agriculture sector.

"Sa akin po isa talaga sa mga dapat tingnan ng Pangulo ay kung sino ba talaga ang dapat na agricultural secretary. Ang nakita nga natin, bumababa ang agricultural sector, at ang paglago ng agricultural sector ay less than 1 percent because of the calamities," Drilon said.

PROGun questions new, stricter gun control law

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 02:52 p.m.

RESPONSIBLE gun owners expressed their disappointment on Thursday with the failure of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to implement the gun amnesty, which is provided under Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Law of 2013.

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