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Three congressmen are questioning a provision in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) allocating P75 billion in annual taxpayers’ subsidy for the envisioned new autonomous Muslim region, saying the amount is a variation of the discredited pork barrel fund.

Eleven Filipinos are included in Forbes’ 2015 list of richest people in the world.

Some Catholic bishops yesterday supported calls for President Aquino to apologize for the death of the 44 police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos during the encounter with Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25.

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) will not oppose moves to put Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo under house arrest while both are standing trial in separate corruption cases.

The world’s richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is prepared and can ably address the shortage in the country’s energy supply this summer, even if the special powers that President Aquino asked from Congress came late and gave the government limited options to deal with the problem, the Palace said.

Chief Superintendent Moro Virgilio Lazo is the new director of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla wept and embraced his father as he apologized for the “accidental” shooting incident in their Ayala Alabang residence, the family’s spokesman said yesterday.

President Aquino conferred on the Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta Fra’ Matthew Festing the Order of Sikatuna award with the rank of Raja or Grand Collar in recognition of his significant contributions to strengthen and deepen the relations between the Philippines and the religious order.

The House of Representatives and the Senate will have to rewrite the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to make it conform to the Constitution, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said yesterday.

The vice chairman of the House of Representatives’ committee on suffrage and electoral reforms wants to know why the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualified Smartmatic-TIM and Indra Sistemas, the only two bidders for the P2.5-billion contract to supply additional optical mark reader (OMR) machines for the 2016 elections.

With its strong call for reforms in United Nations peacekeeping operations, the Philippines has presented a proposal to improve peacekeeping missions amid more complex and complicated operational environments for peacekeepers.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is still tracing the source of the video showing one of the wounded police commandos being finished off by Muslim rebels during the encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25.

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