Category Archives: Politics

Aquino satisfaction rating plunges

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 | Written by

President Benigno S. Aquino III suffered a steep plunge in his approval and trust ratings, the latest Pulse Asia survey revealed. “This is the first time the President has posted non-majority national approval and trust ratings in Ulat ng Bayan surveys since he was first rated as President by survey respondents back in October 2010,” Dr. Ana Maria Tabunda, Pulse…Read More »

CA stops Junjun Binay’s suspension

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 | Written by

The Court of Appeals issued on Monday a 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) on Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay’s suspension but the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Binay’s suspension stands. In its five-page TRO, the appellate court cited as basis the “seriousness of the issues raised in the petition for certiorari and the possible repercussions on the…Read More »

Peping wants nephew president ousted

Thursday, 19 February 2015 | Written by

No less than his own uncle is calling for President Benigno Aquino III to step down. “When we say stepping down of the President, we are talking about regime change. It’s not only him that should step down,” Jose Peping Cojuangco Jr., uncle of President Aquino, said in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report. Cojuangco’s call for Aquino’s ouster is one of many since the Jan. 25 botched police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. The said police operation against a certain Marwan, allegedly planned and funded by the US government, led to the death of 44 Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police, 18 Moro fighters and at least two civilians. Bishop Oscar Cruz, former president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said he has no doubts that more will call for Aquino to step down as he is becoming “more and more unpopular.” Cojuangco, for his part, denied that he was the rich businessman that Sen. Miriam Santiago accused of being behind a coup against Aquino. “No, I’m not because I’m not in favor of a coup. I am against a military take over. But I am in favor of major reforms or change in leadership, especially in the last crucial 16 months before the 2016 elections,” he said in a report.

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[PCIJ] Candidates to lead COA?

Thursday, 5 February 2015 | Written by
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By Rowena F. Caronan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism BEING CHIEF bean counter may not sound that impressive, and the probability of going against countless politicians could be daunting. Yet the job of leading the 9,000 personnel under the Commission on Audit is crucial enough to merit a close scrutiny of the big names that have been floated as possible…Read More »

SC upholds ruling: DAP unconstitutional

Thursday, 5 February 2015 | Written by

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld its ruling declaring the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional, although it partially granted the Aquino administration’s motion to declare the funding of off-budget projects constitutional. SC spokesperson Theodore Te said two of the three acts and practices outlined in its July 2014 ruling remain unconstitutional: 1) the creation of savings from unobligated allotments prior…Read More »

Court sets Pemberton arraignment on Feb. 23

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 | Written by

The Olonggapo City judge handling the murder case of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude has scheduled the arraignment of US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton for Feb. 23, according to reports. reported that Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde has set the arraignment at 9 a.m on Feb. 23 along with the preliminary conference. Lawyer Rowena Garcia-Flores, Pemberton’s lawyer, made the…Read More »

SC: Erap stays as Manila mayor

Friday, 23 January 2015 | Written by

Former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada remains as mayor of Manila as the Supreme Court junked on Wednesday the disqualification case against him. Voting   11-3, the high court dismissed the case filed against Estrada by Alicia Risos-Vidal, counsel of former mayor and rival political bet Alfredo Lim. The decision was penned by Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro, who formerly headed…Read More »

US won’t give up custody of Pemberton

Thursday, 18 December 2014 | Written by

By Anne Doblados The US government will not allow Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton to be detained in a regular jail. This is the statement of US Ambassador Philip Goldberg in a news report regarding the arrest and turnover of Pemberton to the custody of the Philippine government. This was after the court has issued warrant of arrest…Read More »

Six months suspension for PNP chief Purisima

Friday, 12 December 2014 | Written by

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director Alan Purisima is suspended for six months as he failed to get temporary restraining (TRO) order from the Court of Appeals (CA). In an online news report by,  CA ordered the Office of the Ombudsman on Dec. 10 to explain why Purisima should not be granted a TRO. On Dec. 4, the Ombudsman ordered a…Read More »

Summon Napoles over Malampaya funds scam, House urged

Saturday, 6 December 2014 | Written by

The House of Representatives is urged to summon businesswoman Janet Napoles and other heads of government agencies involved in the reported anomalous use of the Malampaya funds, according to a report. “With the questionable transactions revealed by no less than the Commission on Audit chairperson Grace Pulido Tan, Napoles and these government agencies owe it to the Filipino people an…Read More »

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