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The second bidding for the contract to refurbish 81,896 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines was declared a failure yesterday, just nine months before next year’s national elections.

A P7-billion increase has been proposed for the budget of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

The resignation of Sen. Francis Escudero as finance committee chairman will not affect the consideration and eventual approval of the proposed P3-trillion 2016 national budget, Escudero’s counterpart at the House of Representatives said yesterday.

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The Aquino administration has realigned a total of P323.6 billion out of the P2.26-trillion national budget in 2014, Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon disclosed yesterday.

Business process outsourcing (BPO) firms have stepped up recruitment of Filipino nurses following the US Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare or the US Affordable Care Act, Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo said yesterday.

A Philippine institution is this year’s recipient of the Heritage Award by the Association of Heritage Cities of Spain.

The government urged the public to conserve water in preparation for a possible strong El Niño by the end of the year until the first quarter of 2016.

There will be no break-up of the ruling Liberal Party after Interior Secretary Mar Roxas was declared as the administration’s presidential candidate in the 2016 elections, LP leaders said yesterday.

The photo of a nine-year-old boy studying on the street under the lights of a fast food establishment went viral on social media and caught the attention of a manufacturer and distributor of lighting systems and solar power packs in the country.

President Aquino will campaign for his anointed successor, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel Roxas II – but without using government resources.

Two overseas Filipino workers in Oman convicted and imprisoned for criminal offenses have been granted royal pardon.

Anthony Menorca, the brother of an Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) volunteer minister earlier reported kidnapped, was placed under the Witness Protection Program (WPP), Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said yesterday.

On a buying binge for big-ticket items to modernize the military, the Department of National Defense (DND) struck a deal for the transfer of technology fitted on two brand-new Strategic Sealift Vessels (SSVs) it has purchased from Indonesia.