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MAJORITY OF the party-list groups that vied for seats in Congress in the May 2010 elections have since dutifully filed their sworn Statements of Election Contributions and Expenditures (SECEs) with the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Posted on July 4, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Elections, Sectors

‘No poll expense reports, can’t take office’

Posted on July 4, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Elections, In-Depth

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

Why had the Secretary of Justice not advised, or even instructed, the NBI to no longer look into Webb et al. because they were no longer legitimate targets of any criminal investigation for the same offense as they were now protected by the guarantee against double jeopardy?

Posted on June 30, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Justice & Human Rights, Theodore Te, Voices

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

MANILA, Philippines—While the Philippines and the US were launching their naval exercises on June 28, 2011 in the waters of Sulu and Palawan, which are very close to the disputed Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, an Australian-based think-tank, the Lowy Institute, warned of a growing risk of war in the East China and [...]

Posted on June 29, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Defense & Security, Foreign Affairs, Rommel Banlaoi

By VICENTE V. MENDOZA MANILA, Philippines—I want to thank the Philippine Press Institute for inviting me to speak in this program honoring community newspapers for excellence in various aspects of civic journalism. Newspapers and other news media are entitled to our gratitude for keeping us informed of the world around us. I often think of [...]

Posted on June 27, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Justice & Human Rights, Media

The controversial cop faces a murder case. But for a time, he thought he had gotten away with it.

Posted on June 26, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Justice & Human Rights, People, Profiles
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