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While Malacañang won’t cut income taxes, the House of Representatives is also unlikely to approve the Aquino administration’s proposal to increase the value-added tax (VAT) from 12 to 14 percent.

Vice President Jejomar Binay said yesterday he is close to choosing his running mate for the 2016 national elections.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo will decide this month on running for a Senate seat or just seek reelection in the province’s second congressional district next year.

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Administration standard-bearer Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II vowed to the 250 mayors attending the Visayas Congress of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) here that he would be the next president from the Visayas.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) was urged yesterday to double the allowance of thousands of public school teachers who will man polling precincts on election day next year.

Senate President Franklin Drilon yesterday gave assurance that the Senate would be working double time to pass the basic law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region by month’s end.

The Philippines is the fifth country in the world with the worst traffic conditions, according to the online database Numbeo.

The Highway Patrol Group (HPG) of the Philippine National Police yesterday declared its readiness to take over traffic management along EDSA on Monday.

With Sen. Grace Poe seeming to have made up her mind on her presidential plans, the ruling Liberal Party (LP) should now look for another vice presidential candidate in the 2016 elections, Senate President Franklin Drilon advised his partymates yesterday.

The government will treat complaints involving the Iglesia ni Cristo like any other case, Malacañang said yesterday, and there is no certainty that INC leaders will be summoned by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for preliminary investigation.

The Supreme Court (SC) has convened as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) as Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno vowed to expedite resolution of pending cases from the 2010 and 2013 elections.

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he and the Nacionalista Party (NP) are expected to come up with a decision about their political plans for the 2016 elections by the end of September.

Senators yesterday grilled officials of the Department of Agriculture and its attached agencies on the DA’s 2016 budget, including how they will address the effects of El Niño to ensure food stability next year.

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