Palace reminds new lawyers of role in good governance

Malacañang on Saturday reminded the country’s new lawyers of their role in good governance by helping push reforms in the judiciary.

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Mar mum on 2016 but ‘ready to take on any role’ in government

Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, the likely presidential candidate of the administration Liberal Party, said Saturday that he is prepared to fulfill any role in the government.

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US seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea.

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Palace: No info on legal counsel’s reported resignation

Malacañang on Saturday said it has no information on the reported resignation of Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa.

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Palace: PNoy may have chance to discuss Veloso case with Indonesia leader

President Benigno Aquino III may have a chance to discuss with Indonesian leader Jokowi Widodo the case of Mary Jane Veloso, the overseas Filipino worker facing execution for a drug-related case in Indonesia, Malacañang hinted Saturday.

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Palace announces new appointments to govt posts

Malacañang on Saturday announced new appointments to government posts including six to the Inter-Country Adoption Board and 10 to the National Meat Inspection Service.

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PNoy transfers disaster rehab and recovery powers to NEDA

President Benigno Aquino III has transferred the powers of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery to the National Economic and Development Authority, Malacañang said Saturday.

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ES Ochoa tried to influence appointments at Customs, sources say

It was Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa who tried to get John Sevilla, who resigned as Customs commissioner on Thursday citing political pressure, to appoint Teddy Raval as head of the bureau’s intelligence service, sources have told GMA News. Sevilla had said earlier that the request for him to appoint Raval, the Customs Intellectual Property Rights Division head, as head of the Enforcement and Security Service was an example of the political pressure he faced at the bureau.

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Conflict of interest: Lina firm under investigation at Customs, say sources

Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina, who took his oath of office on Friday, will divest himself of shares in customs brokerage service AIR21 to avoid conflicts of interest, but GMA News sources say he also owns a company under investigation by the bureau he now heads.

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Sandiganbayan affirms conviction of ex-QC officials over Ozone Disco tragedy

The Fifth Division of the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court has affirmed its earlier ruling finding seven former Quezon City officials and two private individuals guilty of graft for the 1996 fire, dubbed the “Ozone Disco Tragedy”, that left 162 people dead.

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