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  • ILOILO City, April 27, 2009-The head of the Catholic bishops' leadership is apprehensive of the ruling which increases the number of lawmakers in Congress because it might cause more problems than gains.

    Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Angel Lagdameo said in a country suffering from political and economic crisis, the decision means additional burden to the public.

  • MANILA, May 15 -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) resumed on Friday the opening of the bids for the 2010 poll computerization project after granting on Wednesday the motions for reconsideration filed by four automation companies.

    Atty. Ferdinand Rafanan, head of the Comelec's Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC), said they would try to finish the deliberations on the eligibility documents so that they can proceed immediately with the technical and financial documentations.

  • NAGA CITY, June 3 (PNA) --- A regional political party known as Ako Bicol is vying in the forthcoming party-list elections in May 2010.

    Ako Bicol officials were even optimistic that Bicolano voters would support and vote for the homegrown political group.

    Arthur Monares, president of Ako Bicol, said the group would primarily focus on laws that improve the livelihood, education and health of Bicolanos and non-Bicolanos alike.

    Monares said that Ako Bicol was counting on the votes of the more than 2.5 million registered Bicolano voters.

  • MANILA, Aug. 1  -- Former Philippine president Corazon Aquino died early Saturday morning at age 76 after battling colon cancer for over a year, her family said.

    Corazon Aquino's son, Senator Benigno Aquino III, confirmed that the former Philippine leader died of cardio respiratory arrest at 3:18 a.m. local time Saturday (1918 GMT Friday) at the Makati Medical Center in the country's capital Manila.

    Aquino was diagnosed with the disease in March 2008 and has been confined at the hospital for more than a month.

  • MANILA, May 20, 2009-An official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said that bishops are firm on their position not to favor the amendment of the Constitution.

    Changing the Charter is not necessary in order to institute reforms in the country today.

    "Ulitin ko lang po yung stand nila (na) hindi kinakailangan ang chacha upang baguhin ang ating bansa (at) ating mga tao," stated Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, Media Director of CBCP.

  • Filipinos displayed almost total unanimity in support for Manny Pacquiao during his boxing bout with Ricky Hatton. The entire nation was ecstatic to watch the astounding victory that carved Manny’s name among the greatest boxers of the world. As his countrymen prepared for a hero’s welcome in Manila, a brewing firestorm of controversy had started.

  • Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) recently opened 10 new branches beefing up its network to 60 branches nationwide. Last January 18th, PVB simultaneously opened 10 new branches all over the country. These are located in Pasay City, Malolos, Bulacan; Santiago City, Isabela; Olongapo; Lipa, Batangas; San Pablo, Laguna; Kalibo, Aklan; Tagbilaran, Bohol; Pagadian, Zamboanga de Sur; and Koronadal.  Late last 2009, the Bank opened 5 new branches in Luzon as part of its branch expansion and rationalization plan.

  • LEGAZPI CITY-Liberal Party standard bearer Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino acknowledged on Tuesday the surge in the latest Pulse Asia survey of his cousin and rival, former Defense Secretary Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro.

    "My younger cousin's increase in figures in the latest survey, I admit, is dramatic," Aquino said.

    The latest Pulse Asia survey conducted the first week of December showed Teodoro up by three points from his previous survey rating.

    "But the increase is only in terms of small numbers."

  • MANILA, Jan. 22, 2010- President Arroyo has no power to appoint the next chief justice of the Supreme Court, constitutionalist Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ, said Friday.

    Bernas, dean emeritus of the Ateneo Law School, said that Mrs. Arroyo will be violating the Constitution if she would insist in appointing the successor of Chief Justice Reynato Puno.

    The Charter, he said, forbids the President from making appointments within 60 days before her term ends on June 30 this year.

  • Put to rest doubts that Manny Pacquiao won against Oscar de la Hoya because the latter was too old. This time Pacquiao sent a young and strong Ricky Hatton into the canvass twice before knocking him out less than 10 seconds remaining in the second round of their battle for the IBO and Ring Magazine's Junior Welterweight title in Las Vegas.

    The Pacquiao-Hatton fight was dubbed as the battle between East and West, Hatton being UK's boxing hero and Filipino Manny Pacquiao, the current pound-for-pound king, having a whole nation in his corner. Filipinos all over the world rejoice over Pacquiao's latest victory. The predominantly Briton crowd was stunned at the ease with which their champion get demolished.