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August 28, 2015, Friday
  • Classes at U.P. Manila’s College of Arts and Sciences cancelled on Friday afternoon due to INC rally along Padre Faura St. about 1 hour ago |
  • Rains in the area of Padre Faura St. in Manila fail to dampen the spirit of INC members who are protesting at DOJ. about 1 hour ago |
  • CBCP says government should not underestimate the message of ‘no remittance day.’ about 1 hour ago |
  • Construction of LRT 2 Masinag Extension to begin on Sept. 26. about 1 hour ago |
  • Body of a missing seaman found in Tagaytay. about 1 hour ago |
  • Palace calls for sobriety as more INC members troop to Padre Faura in Manila to join vigil in front of DOJ. about 1 hour ago |
  • PNP’s estimate of INC members gathered in front of DOJ in Padre Faura St. in Manila is 4,000. about 1 hour ago |
  • Justice Secretary Leila de Lima not yet seen at DOJ premises as of Friday afternoon. 3 hours ago |
  • Schedule of hearing on libel case filed by Makati Mayor Binay vs. Sen. Trillanes among those postponed on Friday due to INC rally at DOJ. 3 hours ago |
  • INC rally in front of DOJ has prompted the postponement of some hearings in the department. 3 hours ago |
  • Sen. Trillanes says he is ready to face any complaint at Senate Ethics Cmte. with regard to his hiring of over 40 consultants. 3 hours ago |
  • 10 members of the Philippine Marines injured in a battle with about 300 ASG bandits in Patikul, Sulu on Friday morning. 3 hours ago |
  • Radio broadcaster Cosme Diez Maestrado killed in an ambush in Misamis Occidental. 3 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna’s wife Rossel says it is ‘business as usual’ in their QC coffee shop after it was fired upon by gunmen. 3 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna’s wife Rossel thanks those who are concerned for them after the shooting incident in their QC coffee shop. 3 hours ago |
  • Migrante International says OFWs in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia & Italy are joining the ‘zero remittance day’ on Friday. 3 hours ago |
  • Migrante International leads a rally at Mendiola in Manila as part of their ‘zero remittance day’ protest. 3 hours ago |
  • OFW Amie Emuslan who has been in comatose in UAE for 4 years finally brought back home. 3 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino tells visiting Thai PM that Filipinos are offering their condolences to the Thai people who are Filipinos’ brothers. 3 hours ago |
  • Thai PM Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha expresses sympathy for the Filipino who sustained injury in her hearing during the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast. 3 hours ago |
  • Thai PM who is visiting PH says situation in Thailand now under control since the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast that killed 20 persons. 3 hours ago |
  • Gunmen shot and killed a Chinese tourist who was on board a taxi in Vito Cruz, Manila. 6 hours ago |
  • Anthony Taberna says cops are looking at his job as a media man as possible motive behind the shooting incident at his coffee shop. 6 hours ago |
  • 2 men seen on CCTV firing at the coffee shop of ABS-CBN broadcaster Anthony Taberna in Visayas Ave., QC. 6 hours ago |
  • Padre Faura St. in Manila still closed to traffic on Friday morning due to INC rally in front of DOJ. 6 hours ago |
  • Some INC members continue their vigil in front of DOJ for the second day. 6 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano tells court that part of his privilege as senator includes giving statements on subjects of senate probes. 6 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano asks Makati RTC to dismiss the P 200-million damage suit filed against him by VP Binay. 6 hours ago |
  • BOC Chief Bert Lina shows at a press conference how prohibited items are being smuggled into PH using balikbayan boxes. 6 hours ago |
  • Customs Commissioner Bert Lina says he is listening to the sentiments of OFWs. 6 hours ago |
  • Customs Chief Bert Lina holds a press conference explaining how BOC is handling and inspecting balikbayan boxes. 6 hours ago |
  • Some INC members blocked the convoy of Justice Sec. Leila de Lima as she was leaving the DOJ before 5 pm Thursday. 20 hours ago |
  • Expelled INC minister Samson’s camp says INC’s rally wants to force gov’t to favor INC leaders facing illegal detention & other charges. 21 hours ago |
  • Padre Faura Street in Manila rendered impassable by INC members holding protest at DOJ. 21 hours ago |
  • Police exercise maximum tolerance as hundreds of INC members hold protest in front of DOJ. 21 hours ago |
  • Some INC members accuse DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima of meddling in INC’s internal affairs. 21 hours ago |
  • Hundreds of Iglesia ni Cristo members hold protest in front of Department of Justice along Padre Faura St. in Manila. 21 hours ago |
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Photo of PNoy with Napoles’ daughter authentic — Palace

By Joyce Pangco Panares | Sep. 12, 2013 at 12:09am
Malacanang on Wednesday confirmed that President Benigno Aquino III had his photograph taken with Jeane Napoles, daughter of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, which has gone viral.

Deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said the photo was taken in Cebu City on Nov. 30 last year during the National Thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of Pedro Calungsod.

Photo ops. After President Aquino denied knowing suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles, a picture of him with Napoles’ equally controversial daughter Jeane, known for a purportedly lavish lifestyle  in the United States, emerged on Wednesday. The photo shown is a television grab from ABS-CBN. The Palace confirmed the photo was real, but said it was just a photo opportunity for the public in Cebu last year. Only the other day, Senate President Franklin Drilon also came under fire for yet another “photo op” with Napoles herself. Photo ops. After President Aquino denied knowing suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles, a picture of him with Napoles’ equally controversial daughter Jeane, known for a purportedly lavish lifestyle in the United States, emerged on Wednesday. The photo shown is a television grab from ABS-CBN. The Palace confirmed the photo was real, but said it was just a photo opportunity for the public in Cebu last year. Only the other day, Senate President Franklin Drilon also came under fire for yet another “photo op” with Napoles herself.


Valte said they were not aware of the photo before it was shown in a television program on Tuesday, after which the Palace was able to confirm its authenticity.

“She had her photo taken with the President, as did a dozen other people who lined up to have their photo taken with him. I won’t be surprised because a lot of people ask for their photos to be taken with the President,” Valte said.

“It’s a normal thing to happen. It is not extraordinary.”

Valte made her statement even as Malacañang said the release of the photographs of Senate President Franklin Drilon showing him partying with Janet Lim-Napoles was a deliberate attempt to besmirch the reputation of the administration’s ally.

“I think there’s an attempt to make Senator Drilon guilty by photography,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

“The point is, it’s not so much the pictures that should be the basis for judgment...The basis for evaluation should be...acts that involve taxpayers’ money.”

At the Senate, some staff of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr.—the lawmakers linked to the P10-billion pork barrel scam—had reportedly gone on leave.

The Commission on Audit had earlier reported that some senatorial staff had signed documents channeling pork barrel appropriations to bogus non-government organizations allegedly put up by Janet Lim-Napoles.

At the Justice Department, Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday bewailed what she said were attempts by some sectors in the Media to preempt the NBI investigation of the pork barrel scam.

She was referring to a newspaper report naming Enrile, Estrada and Revilla as respondents in the plunder case that the NBI was readying against Napoles.

“The [report] is preempting the filing of the charges, which is also adding pressure to the NBI team,” De Lima said.

Aquino on Tuesday was asked if he knew Janet Lim-Napoles personally, and he said he could not remember having seen her in any event when he was a lawmaker.

“When I saw her when she came to the Palace, I was trying to look at her and I don’t remember her,” Aquino said.

“I am normally very good with faces, [but] maybe sometimes I’m poor with names. She doesn’t look familiar whatsoever.” With Macon Ramos-Araneta and Rey E. Requejo
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