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GMA’s b-day rites in Lubao Monday

Sunday, April 4, 2010

GMA’s b-day rites in Lubao Monday


Published at Manila Bulletin April 4, 2010, 4:42pm

With First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo on the road to recovery from a heart ailment, President Arroyo is gradually resuming her rigorous work schedule this week, including her public engagements and probably her foreign travels.

The President marks her return to the public spotlight since her husband was confined at a hospital two weeks ago with her 63rd birthday on April 5, Monday, in her home town in Lubao, Pampanga.... MORE

Foreign delegates urge Comelec to be transparent

Foreign delegates urge Comelec to be transparent

Date Published at VERA Files on March 18, 2010

AN international delegation that visited the country last week said suspicions and the lack of trust fuel the public’s general anxiety over the 2010 automated elections.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has yet to clarify and issue instructions on a range of outstanding issues — from addressing contingency planning, accessing automated election system source codes, to clarifying election day procedures, the group stated..... MORE

UN body calls for conversion of NBN4 into public broadcast system

UN body calls for conversion of NBN4 into public broadcast system

Date Published at VERA Files on April 2, 2010

THE United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM) came up with a 16-point policy recommendation for  presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the 2010 elections that included the conversion of government media network into a public broadcasting system that would serve the people rather than the government.

UNACOM said, “In the current setup, government stance is prioritized over the information needs of public and sectoral interest groups whose input and partnership are needed to sustain national welfare”.... MORE

Pinol won’t pay NPA for permit to campaign

 Pinol won’t pay NPA for permit to campaign

Published  at VERA Files on April 1, 2010

KIDAPAWAN CITY.– North Cotabato vice-governor Emmanuel Pinol will not give in to the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) demand for payment of a “permit-to-campaign” and “permit to win” despite the latter’s declaration it would continue to launch attacks in Pinol’s stronghold. Pinol said that since he started campaigning for a government post in North Cotabato in 1995 as mayor of M’lang town, he has not given in to the demands of the NPA to pay them any permit-to-campaign and permit-to-win.

Sukad-sukad, I have never given any amount to NPA para makapangampanya. Wala ko gatuo nga ang usa ka opisyal sa gubyerno dapat magbayad sa rebelde (Ever since, I have never given any amount to NPA so I could campaign. I don’t believe that an official of the government should pay the rebels)”, Pinol said in a radio interview. This as he hit some candidates in North Cotabato for allegedly meeting the rebels sometime last month in a village in Makilala town, also in North Cotabato....MORE

OFWs default on crisis-support loans

OFWs default on crisis-support loans

Published at VERA Files on April 1, 2010
OFW Journalism Consortium

DAVAO CITY.–A government executive here warns of an increasing number of overseas Filipino workers defaulting on their loans from an economic crisis credit facility.

Zenobia Caro, officer-in-charge of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Region XI, said she is worried about the low repayment rate among overseas Filipino workers who borrowed from a two-year credit facility.

The loans, tapped from the Filipino Expatriate Livelihood Support Fund (FELSF), would mature by year’s end....MORE

Resignations rock Lakas-Kampi

Resignations rock Lakas-Kampi

Published at VERA Files March 31, 2010

A day after Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro resigned as party chairman, Sarangani Governor Miguel  Dominguez  and Francis Manglapus yesterday tendered their  resignations  as party president and secretary general, respectively.

In his letter to the national executive committee of  Lakas-Kampi-CMD, Dominguez said: “I hereby tender my resignation as party president effective immediately. With the recent resignation of our chairman Gilbert C. Teodoro Jr., I would like to give the incoming chairman a freehand to select his new president. I would like to thank the National Executive Committee and her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the trust and confidence given me”....MORE

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