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Philippine Freedom of Information bill – Quo vadis?

The freedom of information (FOI) bill remains languishing in the House of Representatives two years after Benigno Aquino III, who campaigned on a platform of government transparency, won the presidency. Rep. Lorenzo Tañada III of Quezon, the bill’s main author, remains optimistic that the measure

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

President Benigno Aquino III has appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as the new Chief Justice. Sereno will succeed Renato Corona, who was impeached from his post last May 29. The announcement came three days before the August 27 deadline for Aquino to

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State of the Nation Address 2012 – full transcript

Full text of President Aquino’s third SONA (courtesy of http://www.gov.ph/sona-2012/): THIRD STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS OF HIS EXCELLENCY BENIGNO S. AQUINO III PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES TO THE CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES BATASAN PAMBANSA COMPLEX, QUEZON CITY JULY 23, 2012 Senate President Juan Ponce

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Class suspensions – July 23, 2012

Reason: President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) President Benigno Aquino III is scheduled to give his third annual State of the Nation Address tomorrow afternoon. In line with this, the a number of schools in Quezon City have announced the cancelation of classes

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International group slams Aquino human rights record

Philippines: Two Years Under Aquino, Abuses Go UnpunishedNo Successful Prosecutions of Security Forces for Killings, ‘Disappearances’ (press release from Human Rights Watch) (New York, June 28, 2012) – President Benigno Aquino III of thePhilippines has not fulfilled his promises to hold accountable the security forces responsible

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July 2 2012 Special Holiday – Pasig City

Pasig City’s 439th anniversary is a local holiday, according to Proclamation 410 If you are working in the Ortigas business district, this is good news for you. President Benigno Aquino has declared July 2, 2012 a special non-working holiday in Pasig City. The city will be

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Did PH snub the UN vote on Syria because of OFWs?

National Migrant Workers Day 2012 special The political crisis in Syria took a turn for the worse last May 25 when 108 people, mostly women and children, were massacred in the province of El Houle. Western countries quickly implied that forces associated with besieged President