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MANILA, Philippines—Former Armed Forces chief of staff Lisando C. Abadia was convicted of perjury by the Sandiganbayan First Division today, July 14, 2011, for deliberate falsehood in his 1992 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) wherein he declared a P2.55-million windfall from supposed sale of a real estate property. He was sentenced to [...]

Posted on July 14, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Justice System

Any third attempt at autonomy must tap into this well of tradition rather than being merely another level of government with a possible additional funding stream.

Posted on July 9, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Local Governments, Voices

Sources say there is a strong push for former DOJ Secretary Artemio Tuquero

Posted on July 8, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Justice System, The Judiciary

Did the President return excess campaign funds to donors?

Posted on July 5, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Elections, In-Depth, Institutions, The Presidency

Within a year after the May 2010 elections, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III reported that his wealth had grown nearly three times, or from only P15,440,268 as of December 2009 to P54,999,370 as of December 2010.

Posted on July 5, 2011   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth, Institutions, The Presidency

JBC members Sen. Francisco Escudero, Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas and Justice Sec. Leila de Lima did not attend any of the public interviews. This will not stop them from casting their votes today.

Posted on July 4, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Justice & Human Rights, The Judiciary

MANILA, Philippines – The dip in President Aquino’s approval ratings has caused some to question the efficacy of the Palace Communications Group. Secretary Ramon Carandang of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) tells Newsbreak what lessons the team learned in its first year, what needs to be fixed, and why he doesn’t [...]

Posted on July 1, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Hot Seat, Institutions, Politics, The Presidency

A change in leadership style is only a first step for the Philippines, writes Paul Hutchcroft

Posted on July 1, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Politics, The Presidency

MANILA, Philippines—It’s been a year since he was elected to the presidency. How busy is President Aquino? Does his daily official schedule reflect the amount of work he puts into the job? Critics have accused the President of not spending enough time managing the country’s state of affairs. His Cabinet and advisers insist that he [...]

Posted on June 29, 2011   |   CATEGORY: The Presidency

Officials like Abad have had to pick up the slack since Ochoa needs to work harder, sources say. As for Llamas, he has his own ‘universe.’

Posted on June 29, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Politics, The Presidency

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. sits down for almost half an hour with Newsbreak and fields questions on his work, the diversion of former Sen. Manuel Roxas II to the Department of Transportation and Communications, how he deals with criticisms, and the working relationship of Palace officials a year into the Aquino administration. Q: What [...]

Posted on June 29, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Hot Seat, Interviews, People, Politics, The Presidency
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