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Loren: Indigent Elderly Cannot Afford Delay

February 16, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY URGED PRESIDENT GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO TO PRIORITIZE THE SIGNING OF THE EXPANDED SENIOR CITIZEN’S LAW, WHICH LOREN PRINCIPALLY AUTHORED AND USHERED INTO PASSAGE IN THE SENATE.
“It is not an excuse that she has a busy schedule,” said Loren, in reaction to Malacanang deputy spokesperson Gary Olivar’s statement yesterday that they are still waiting for a free spot in the President’s schedule after her legacy tours of super regions.
“Its signing into law is overdue. While […]

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Comelec allays fears on automated polls

February 16, 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES–IT’S ALL ABOUT FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Monday the poll body would just have to keep the presidential candidates informed about its preparations for the automated balloting in May.
Election Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said the concerns raised by the candidates at a forum were prompted by “a new way of voting and a new way of counting votes.”
“I guess the best way is just to inform them of what’s happening, the […]

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Chaos outside the CA gates

February 16, 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES—CHAOS ERUPTED OUTSIDE THE GATES OF THE COURT OF APPEALS AS THE 43 HEALTH WORKERS WERE HERDED ONTO ARMY BUSES AND DRIVEN BACK TO A MILITARY DETENTION FACILITY IN TANAY, RIZAL.
Supporters and relatives of the health workers rushed toward the gates of the appellate court to meet the exiting buses, in an apparent attempt to block their path.
Members of the Manila Police District Civil Disturbance Management (MPD-CDM), armed with shields and truncheons, pushed back the crowd to […]

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Villar accepts Aquino’s one-on-one debate challenge

February 16, 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES–THE CAMP OF SEN. MANUEL VILLAR ACCEPTED ON MONDAY AN INVITATION FROM SEN. BENIGNO AQUINO III TO HAVE A ONE-ON-ONE DEBATE, AFTER THE LIBERAL PARTY STANDARD-BEARER POSED THE CHALLENGE TO HIS PRIMARY RIVAL AT THE SIDELINES OF A PRESIDENTIAL FORUM.
Villar and former president Joseph Estrada were absent from the presidential debate of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) held Monday.
Villar was on the way home from Hong Kong where he attended an El Shaddai event, […]

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NP bets ‘conquer’ Capiz, get rousing welcome

February 16, 2010

NACIONALISTA PARTY (NP) STANDARD-BEARER MANNY VILLAR AND HIS RUNNING MATE LOREN LEGARDA YESTERDAY RECEIVED A WARM WELCOME IN CAPIZ, SUPPOSED BAILIWICK OF THEIR CLOSEST RIVALS, AS LOCAL LEADERS THREW SUPPORT TO THE WHOLE NP SLATE.
A total of 13 out of the 17 incumbent mayors in Capiz, including Roxas City Mayor Vicente Bermejo, have already signified support for the tandem of Villar and Legarda and the NP senatorial slate.
Villar said they chose to kick off their Visayas campaign in […]

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JBC cuts list of nominees for Supreme Court chief to 6

February 15, 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – THE JUDICIAL AND BAR COUNCIL (JBC) HAS CUT TO SIX NOMINEES THE INITIAL LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR CHIEF JUSTICE AFTER TWO ASPIRANTS WERE DISQUALIFIED FOR HAVING PENDING CASES.
In an advertisement published in The STAR last Saturday, the JBC released the names of the remaining candidates and invited the public to submit comments.
The nominees are Senior Associate Justices Antonio Carpio and Renato Corona, Associate Justices Conchita Carpio-Morales, Arturo Brion and Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, and Sandiganbayan acting […]

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Ex-DOTC chief Lichauco dies at 75

February 15, 2010

FORMER TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY AND CIVIL SOCIETY LEADER JOSEFINA LICHAUCO PASSED AWAY SUNDAY MORNING. SHE WAS 75.
A report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer said Lichauco, who also served as National Telecommunications Commission commissioner during the Aquino administration, died two weeks after suffering a stroke in Hong Kong.
A radio dzBB reported early Monday that Lichauco died at about 5 a.m. Sunday while undergoing treatment at the St. Luke’s Medical Center.
The report said Lichauco’s remains were cremated and may be brought […]

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Loren To DA–Reward Agri Universities and Colleges Helping LGUs

February 15, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIR OF SENATE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD COMMITTEE, IS HAPPY ABOUT STATE UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES WHICH ARE HELPING THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (LGUS) IMPLEMENT THEIR AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES PROGRAMS.
“I am enjoining the Department of Agriculture–the lead agency in the implementation of the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997 or AFMA–to constitute a fund as part of the National Agriculture and Fisheries Education System (NAFES) that can be used to reward SUCs with R&D and extension and […]

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JBC cuts list of nominees for Supreme Court chief to 6

February 15, 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – THE JUDICIAL AND BAR COUNCIL (JBC) HAS CUT TO SIX NOMINEES THE INITIAL LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR CHIEF JUSTICE AFTER TWO ASPIRANTS WERE DISQUALIFIED FOR HAVING PENDING CASES.
In an advertisement published in The STAR last Saturday, the JBC released the names of the remaining candidates and invited the public to submit comments.
The nominees are Senior Associate Justices Antonio Carpio and Renato Corona, Associate Justices Conchita Carpio-Morales, Arturo Brion and Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, and Sandiganbayan acting […]

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On Chinese New Year: Loren Calls for Entrepreneur Empowerment

February 14, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA CALLED FOR THE EMPOWERMENT OF ENTREPRENEURS BY PROVIDING MORE ASSISTANCE TO MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM-SCALE ENTERPRISES (MSMES).
Loren, author of the Barangay Kabuhayan Act (R.A. 9509) and the Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Act (R.A. 9501), called for the implementation of these laws to stimulate the so-called informal sector in the face of the alarming nosedive of the country’s exports.
“By their sheer number and inescapable presence alone, addressing MSMEs concerns will certainly […]

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