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Jacket weather: Amihan drops temps to 11.3°C

November 22, 2023
Jacket and sweater weather is finally here, the state weather bureau declared Tuesday, as temperatures dipped to a low 11.3 degrees Celsius station at the Benguet State University in La Trinidad, Benguet yesterday morning. That was the country’s coldest recorded temperature in the “amihan” or northeast monsoon season so far, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical […]
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Manibela calls off Palace meeting, begins strike today

October 16, 2023
The leader of the transport group Manibela on Sunday called off a meeting in Malacañang a day before a planned strike, claiming there were corrupt officials involved that he would eventually name. “There are people who do not want to resolve [the issue] since their corruption might get exposed,” said Mar Valbuena, president of the […]
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LTFRB ‘whistleblower’ recants; Bautista denies graft allegations

October 12, 2023
The whistleblower who accused the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board of having a “bribing system” yesterday recanted his claim that corruption went up as high as the Department of Transportation and Malacañang. Jeff Tumbado, who claimed to be a former head executive assistant of suspended LTFRB chief Teofilo Guadiz III, said his earlier claim […]
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Privacy body probes PhilHealth liability in ‘Medusa’ breach

October 5, 2023
The National Privacy Commission yesterday said it was looking at the possible liability of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) after hackers began exposing data of the state health insurer on the dark web after failing to get US$300,000 in ransom payment. “In this case, we’re investigating whether or not there was possible negligence in […]
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‘House to address Maharlika issues’

October 5, 2023
The House of Representatives will address legal concerns on the Maharlika Investment Fund law, Speaker Martin Romualdez said Wednesday, as he maintained that “due legislative processes” were followed in passing the measure. This developed after the Supreme Court, in an en banc ruling Tuesday, required Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno, the House […]
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Speaker: Big meeting on oil price shocks slated today

September 17, 2023
Lawmakers, government officials, and representatives from the big oil players are meeting today to consider ways to cushion consumers from oil price shocks, Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said Sunday. “No one is spared from the ill effects of the high cost of living due to oil price hikes. Everyone is struggling. But this is beyond […]
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Romualdez, Harvard align on donation

September 17, 2023
Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez has maintained his silence on his reported donation of $2 million (P113.4 million) to Harvard University for its first-ever Filipino language course. “In light of recent speculations regarding my alleged donation to Harvard University, I choose to respect the institution’s gift policy,” he said in a statement. “Harvard has already communicated […]
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House will still debate OP, OVP budgets—solon

September 17, 2023
Marikina City Rep. Stella Quimbo on Sunday said the House of Representatives will still take up and debate the proposed budgets of the Office of the President and Office of the Vice President in plenary deliberations that begin Tuesday. In a radio interview, Quimbo said the P10.7 billion budget of the OP and the P2.38 […]
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Speaker vows to continue hard work amid high rating

September 10, 2023
Speaker Martin Romualdez on Sunday promised to continue working hard in the wake of the high rating that Congress got in a recent OCTA Research poll. Romualdez said he was grateful that the public appreciated what the House has been doing in terms of passing laws to support the prosperity agenda of President Ferdinand Marcos […]
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LTO extending drivers license validity 1 year

September 6, 2023
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) said on Wednesday it would extend the validity of all driver’s licenses that expired from June, as a legal battle prevented it from receiving plastic cards for the licenses. The agency is also looking into stamping the official receipt/certificate of registration (OR/CR) of vehicle owners as a temporary solution to […]
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‘Ineng’ steady; Storms cost PH P1.3b

September 5, 2023
TROPICAL depression “Ineng” continued to enhance the southwest monsoon (“habagat”) as it maintained its strength while moving northeastward. The enhanced habagat will bring occasional monsoon rains over the western portions of Luzon in the next three days, the state weather bureau said. As this developed, the combined amount of damage to agriculture and infrastructure caused […]
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