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Plenary deliberations on a proposed resolution seeking to ease restrictive economic provisions in the 1987 Constitution resumed at the House of Representatives yesterday.

Vice President Jejomar Binay is unperturbed by reports that Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, one of his most vocal critics, may run against him in the 2016 presidential elections.

Opposition and independent lawmakers asked yesterday the ruling Liberal Party (LP) to keep its hands off the promotion process in the Philippine National Police (PNP) to insulate it from politics and prevent it from being distracted from its duties of maintaining peace and order.

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The Senate has approved on third and final reading the P2.606-trillion national budget for 2015.

It would be “difficult” for Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito to win an appeal of his ouster as Laguna governor, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said yesterday as he urged his nephew to accept the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which was unanimously upheld recently by the Supreme Court (SC).

The transfer of the oil depot in Pandacan could lead to higher fuel prices due to increased transportation and delivery costs, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla warned yesterday.

Graft charges were ordered filed yesterday against former Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) chairman Camilo Sabio for allegedly trying to influence a ruling on a case involving the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).

China sought yesterday the unconditional release of nine Chinese fishermen convicted by a Palawan court of poaching in the Hasa-Hasa (Half Moon) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada will declare a four-day holiday in the city during the visit of Pope Francis from Jan. 15 to 19 next year, and plans to ask the pontiff to “save” the city government from bankruptcy.

President Aquino has promised coconut farmers that he will certify as urgent a bill ensuring that proceeds of the P71-billion coconut levy fund, which has been under litigation for decades, will redound to the benefit of farmers.

Government prosecutors are seeking the suspension of a budget undersecretary and nine other government officials facing trial for alleged involvement in the pork barrel fund scam.

The Department of Health (DOH) has reportedly ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to shut up and stop issuing statements regarding the quarantine of the five Filipino UN peacekeepers from Ebola-plagued Liberia who are now confined at a military hospital Quezon City.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is seeking the cooperation of the Philippines in addressing the impact of terrorism on Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

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