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And they’re off! Cliffhanger presidential race begins
MANILA, Philippines – A cliffhanger of a race to lead the country began yesterday with five candidates claiming to have a genuine chance of succeeding President Aquino. Since emerging from dictatorship three decades ago, the Philippines has seen its political scene dominated by elite families, celebrities, corruption and violence, which have contributed to near-constant chaos.

Trillanes posts bail for libel case filed by Junjun
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV posted P10,000 bail yesterday morning on the libel case that former Makati mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. filed against him. Shortly after arriving from the US, he went to Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 142 before 11 a.m. and met with Judge Dina Pestaño Teves in her office. Teves had ordered the arrest of Trillanes after the Department of Justice found probable cause to indict him for libel.

Miriam: Bongbong can take over 'if something happens to me'
BATAC, Ilocos Norte - While maintaining that she has already been cleared of lung cancer, presidential aspirant Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Tuesday said her running mate Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is highly-qualified to assume the presidency "if something happens" to her. "If I am elected as President and something happens to me, we want somebody young and idealistic, as you have witnessed, to take over the reigns of government," Santiago said ...

LRTA officials face graft over maintenance, janitorial deals
The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) has ordered the filing of graft and corruption charges against top officials of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) in connection with the alleged anomalous implementation of the maintenance and janitorial contracts for the railway system. Facing indictment before the Sandiganbayan are former LRTA Administrator Melquiades Robles, Federico Canar Jr., Dennis Francisco, Evelyn Macalino, Marilou Liscano, Elmo Stephen ...

Palace to Alan: Why should Duterte free Arroyo when you were against her?
PERHAPS Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano should explain to the people why his running mate, Davao City Rodrigo Duterte, is keen on releasing former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who is detained on plunder charges and was the subject of a corruption probe by Cayetano himself during the previous administration. “Perhaps it is best to ask Sen. Alan Cayetano to interpret Duterte’s new statement. It’s interesting that Senator Cayetano tangled with GMA ...

President Aquino endorses Roxas as only candidate with five ‘Ks’
As the campaign season kicked off Tuesday, February 9, President Aquino endorsed Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Mar Roxas as the only presidential candidate with five “Ks”. In a meeting with local leaders and the community in Iloilo City, President Aquino said he is unfazed by various survey results showing Roxas trailing behind. Bagaman hindi pa lubos na lumalabas sa mga survey, alam na sa dulo kung sino ang pinaka-katunggali nila.

Binay hits Aquino over Mamasapano in proclamation speech
Vice President Jejomar Binay criticized President Benigno Aquino III for his failure to handle the Mamasapano crisis in his speech at his proclamation rally on Tuesday. Speaking before a crowd of slum-dwellers at Welfareville compound in Mandaluyong city, Binay said the country needed a leader who was not hiding at the height of a major crisis. Binay seemed to be referring to President Aquino who had washed his hands off ...

9.1 million Pinoys remain unemployed – SWS
MANILA, Philippines – With barely four months left for the Aquino administration, around 9.1 million Filipinos remain unemployed, according to the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The SWS poll, taken from Dec. 5 to 8, found 21.4 percent or an estimated 9.1 million Filipinos without jobs. The country’s latest unemployment rate, however, is lower by 2.2 points from 23.7 percent or about 10 million adults in September 2015.

Pia Wurtzbach’s red-hot looks for the Super Bowl parties
She will dance, she will cook, and she will fly—Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is taking the special part of Inside Edition's Super Bowl "special correspondent" seriously. The beauty queen is getting a lot off attention for her week-long hosting stint for the US show, gamely taking on challenges and putting her sense of humor to good use. Wurtzbach also turned heads when she showed up in a red-hot dress at the ESPN Super Bowl party ...

Cheaper air fares, more flight options soon – DOTC
Travelers in the Philippines will soon be able to access broader flight options with cheaper air fares, following the President's signing of certain protocols of the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement in Air Services (MAAS) last week. According to the Department of Transportation and Communications, President Benigno Aquino III on February 3 signed the Protocols 5 and 6 of the MAAS, allowing Philippine air carriers to fly unlimited frequencies ...

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