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July 28, 2015, Tuesday
  • Suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay asks CA to hasten the decision on Ombudsman’s suspension order against him. about 1 hour ago |
  • 9 PNP officials bag promotions. about 1 hour ago |
  • Deles hopes Congress will pass BBL by October before its members get involved in election-related activities. about 1 hour ago |
  • Rep. Rufus Rodriguez expresses confidence on the passage of proposed BBL at the plenary in August. about 1 hour ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero also resigns from Joint Congressional Oversight Cmte. on Public Expenditures. about 1 hour ago |
  • UNA Spokesman Mon Ilagan says VP Binay will deliver his own SONA any day now. about 1 hour ago |
  • UNA says Aquino’s criticisms vs. Binay at SONA was 'un-statesmanlike' but they still respect the President. about 1 hour ago |
  • PCCO Sec. Sonny Coloma says it was the President’s decision to make his SONA a long speech. about 1 hour ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada says his detention over PDAF charge is an example of selective justice & not gov’t drive vs. corruption. about 1 hour ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada says Aquino should not count the 3 senators’ detention as part of his administration’s accomplishments. about 1 hour ago |
  • Teachers’ Dignity Coalition dismayed when Pres. Aquino did not annouce any salary hike for teachers during SONA. about 1 hour ago |
  • Fmr. First Gentleman Mike Arroyo says Pres. Aquino’s report on textbooks and classrooms were all lies. about 1 hour ago |
  • Fmr. First Gentleman Mike Arroyo says Pres. Aquino’s last SONA was self-serving, lacking in content & full of propaganda. about 1 hour ago |
  • Fmr. First Gentleman Mike Arroyo says Pres. Aquino hit Mrs. Arroyo again at SONA because he lacked accomplishments. about 1 hour ago |
  • Belmonte has no plans of castigating 7 Makabayan bloc members after they flashed anti-Aquino banners after SONA. about 1 hour ago |
  • Belmonte admits he was embarassed when House Makabayan bloc booed Pres. Aquino after he delivered his SONA. 2 hours ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero says he resigned from Finance cmte. chairmanship so that budget deliberations won’t be affected by talks on politics. 2 hours ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero resigns as chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance. 2 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino’s SONA took about 2 hours and 10 minutes. 19 hours ago |
  • Some congressmen inside the session hall booed & raised anti-Aquino banners right after Pres. Aquino delivered his last SONA. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Our country’s transformation has just begun. Our direction depends on the Filipino people.” 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says the 2016 election will be a referendum for ‘Daang Matuwid.’ 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino cites survey that says 8 out of 10 Filipinos believe PH will soon become a developed country. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino to the Filipino people: It gives me great honor to serve you. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says his job is like that of a punching bag. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino tells his siblings that only a few days remain & he will soon stop dragging them to the sacrifices he makes for the country. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo continues to give him inspiration. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says Mar Roxas’ resilience vs. criticisms is proof that ‘you can’t put a good man down.’ 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino praises the members of his cabinet for their work. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino thanks Congress for passing meaningful laws. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “It’s time to pass an Anti-Dynasty Law.” 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino laments the views of those who are anti-BBL but can’t give a better alternative on how to achieve peace in Mindanao. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says it doesn’t matter if he is not present at groundbreaking ceremonies so long as projects are properly built. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says party affiliation is not a basis in implementing government projects. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino gives updates on government’s flood control projects. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: "The time is avoid responsibility has ended." 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino boasts of PNP’s 1:1 police-to-pistol ratio. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino identifies programs to enhance capabilities of the AFP and PNP. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says gov’t is moving to buy-out the MRT. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino praises the supposed benefits of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) & K-12 programs. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says only one labor strike was recorded in 2013. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says Philippines is now ‘Asia’s Rising Tiger.’ 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino hails the huge number of cases filed by BIR Commissioner Kim Henares vs. tax evaders. 21 hours ago |
  • Aquino cites the detention of 3 senators & hospital arrest of a fmr. president as proof of his fight vs. corruption. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino hits previous justice system that looked away from corruption. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino seeks apologies for not doing the traditional SONA walk saying he does not feel well. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino now walking towards session hall in Batasang Pambansa for his last SONA. 22 hours ago |
  • 3 helicopters currently flying over Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. 22 hours ago |
  • Long convoy of vehicles from PSG compound now traversing Marikina area. 22 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe arrives at Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City to listen to Pres. Aquino’s last SONA. 22 hours ago |
  • Tesda Chief Joel Villanueva says he is now 90% certain he will run for senate. 23 hours ago |
  • Long convoy of vehicles leaves PSG Compound in Malacanang heading to the area of San Juan. 23 hours ago |
  • NBI admits its probers weren’t able to enter the Manalo Compound in QC to probe abduction and hostage-taking claims. 23 hours ago |
  • NBI says there is no evidence that proves some INC members were abducted or taken hostage. 23 hours ago |
  • NBI considers reports of abduction & hostage-taking involving INC members a closed case. 23 hours ago |
  • 5 cops injured so far during commotion in the midst of anti-gov’t rallies along Commonwealth Avenue in QC. 23 hours ago |
  • Belmonte asks House members to explore the possibility of resuming peace negotiations with CPP/NDF. 23 hours ago |
  • Belmonte urges colleagues to pass the proposed BBL & “have the courage to finally come to peace with one another.” 23 hours ago |
  • Belmonte says the passage of economic chacha will reverse the trend of the economy’s “de-industrialization & de-agriculturalization.” 23 hours ago |
  • Belmonte seeks the passage of economic charter change & BBL in his speech at the opening of Congress’ 3rd regular session. 23 hours ago |
  • Traffic from Zuzuarregue St. to Philcoa along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City still light. 23 hours ago |
  • Philcoa going to Fairview along Commonwealth Avenue temporarily closed to motorists in view of SONA. 23 hours ago |
  • Traffic flow slow moving from Fairview to Elliptical Road along Commonwealth Ave. in QC as the bulk of anti-gov’t protesters arrive. 23 hours ago |
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Quake victims get aid

By Sara Susanne D. Fabunan | Oct. 20, 2013 at 12:02am
International donors contributed at least P19.3 million ($450,000.00) to  communities ravaged by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Bohol, Cebu and parts of Central Visayas, Malacañang said on Saturday.

Deputy Presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said Korea kicked in  $300,000 for rescue and relief efforts ion Bohol and Cebu provinces.

The donation was received by President Benigno Aquino III during his official visit and meeting with South Korea President Park Geun-hye last Thursday.

“Damang-dama natin ‘yung kagustuhan nilang pagtulong sa ating bansa,” Mr. Aquino said in a recent coffee meeting in Korea with the members of the Philippine media.

Mr.Park   expressed his commitment to extend assistance for the rehabilitation of Zamboanga City for civilians who were displaced by the recent clashes between the Philippine government forces and Moro National Liberation Front led by Nur Misuari.

Over the week,  the United States and Taiwan also donated a total of $150,000 for victims of the earthquake.

the U.S. embassy in Manila and the U.S. Agency for International Development  allocated $50,000 or roughly P2.150-million for non-food relief items.

“We are very concerned about the tragic loss of life and suffering caused by the Bohol earthquake,” the embassy stated.

“The assistance USAID can offer will be a good first step in mitigating that suffering,” U.S. embassy Charge d’Affairs Brian Goldbeck said in a statement.

USAID’s Visayas Health Project has also donated 6,000 units of hygiene kits to earthquake victims in Bohol.

Through the World Food Programme, USAID has also been providing logistical assistance to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in some of the affected areas.

The embassy said that so far, the American government has deployed at least two U.S military water purification units to Tagbilaran and will be operated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) engineers to produce fresh drinking water for the victims.

Taiwan  donated $100,000 (P4.3-million) to support the post-disaster relief efforts and rehabilitation in the affected areas.

“As the true neighbor to the Philippines, Taiwan is one of the first countries to pledge humanitarian support in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake’s devastation,” the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office   in the Philippines said in a statement.

Taiwan stressed that its country is “always one of the first countries to extend assistance” to the Philippines citing the geographical proximity between both countries.

“Taiwan, always one of the first countries to extend assistance, has been a key partner of the Philippines in providing immediate humanitarian response during natural calamities,(sic) “ TECO stated.

Also on Saturday, Singapore and Japan expressed sympathy to the Philippines over the devastation in Bohol and Cebu.

Japanese ambassador Toshinao Urabe   wrote a letter to Mr. Aquino expressing heartfelt condolences and solidarities of the government and people of Japan and government and people of the Philippines.
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