Beware of synthetic rice; action sought from DA, Food Authority

Eating fake rice could be deadly or could cause serious damage to health. This warning by health officials was restated by Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, as she urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority (NFA) yesterday to look into the reported proliferation of synthetic rice in the country. […]

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Power play in Makati

Binay holed up at city hall; Palace tells mayor to observe rule of law Malacañang yesterday called on Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. to stop defying the suspension order issued by the Office of the Ombudsman and instead observe the rule of law. Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. issued the call as Binay remains holed […]

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Doubts over targets justify CCT probe

Doubts over targets justify CCT probe June 30, 2015 10:47 pm Tweet We support calls for an investigation into the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program and hope that this leads to a rigorous evaluation of its efficiency. The calls not only came from critics of the Aquino Administration, but also from its political allies. For instance, House Speaker Feliciano […]

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What’s Next for Japan-Philippines Defense Ties?

As I reported previously, the Philippines and Japan carried out their second ever joint military exercises last week (See: “Philippines to Hold Military Exercises with US, Japan”). Apart from the exercises themselves, the past week has also saw several updates from Philippine officials about the next steps in the development of the defense relationship between Manila and Tokyo. More details […]

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Dutch Queen Maxima returns on 3-day Philippine visit

Metro Manila (Philippines) — Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands paid a courtesy call on President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañan Palace on Monday morning (June 29) to start her three-day official visit to the Philippines. The Aquino administration, particularly the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, invited Her Majesty in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate […]

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Time for the Philippines to Adjust its South China Sea Approach

Growing territorial tensions in the South China Sea  are taking a toll on the sizeable Filipino-Chinese community in the Philippines. Recently, one of the most celebrated Filipino writers went so far as to implicitly question the loyalty of the Filipino-Chinese community in an event of war with China, prompting vigorous rebuttals  from leading Filipino-Chinese intellectuals. Slowly, it is becoming clear that […]

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Former child star Jiro Manio found wandering NAIA for days

FORMER CHILD STAR. Jiro Manio, known for his role in the movie ‘Magnifico’ has been found roaming about NAIA Terminal 3. Photo from Facebook/Jiro Manio MANILA, Philippines – Actor Jiro Manio, best known for his breakout role in 2003’s Magnifico, has been found roaming about at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal 3, dressed in old clothes and depending on […]

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Palace to Congress, judiciary: Help address human rights problems

Women, students and activists perform the One Billion Rising dance in celebration of the International Women’s Month at the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila. One Billion Rising is a global movement first held in 2012 to address issues on rape and sexual violence against women. (MNS Photo) MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday asked Congress and the judiciary to come together […]

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