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After Ma’am Jenny, it’s Ma’am Arlene

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The Office of the Court Administrator has initiated an investigation into reports that a woman that goes by the name “Ma’am Arlene” is allegedly fixing cases in the courts on behalf of her wealthy clients.

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Damage to roads, bridges in Bohol, Cebu reaches P563M

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MANILA -- Damage to roads and infrastructures from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake early this week rose to P563 million, the Department of Public Works and Highways said.

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Senate face-off over ‘pork’

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MANILA -- The caucus at the Senate last Wednesday has allegedly degenerated into a face-off  among senators over the “pork barrel”  mess.

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Open air surgery as PH struggles to help quake victims

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LOON, Philippines — Surgeons were planning to save lives on open-air operating tables in a hospital carpark Thursday as rescuers struggled to help isolated survivors of a powerful earthquake in the Philippines which has claimed at least 161 lives.

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Charges of cover-up prompt Drilon to subpoena Napoles

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Saying he was appalled by allegations that his refusal to summon Janet Lim-Napoles was an attempt at a cover-up, Senate President Franklin Drilon on Wednesday announced he had decided to subpoena the alleged brains of the P10-billion pork barrel fund scam to appear at a Senate inquiry.

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Death toll hits 150; quake affects 3M

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Rescuers on Wednesday, Oct. 16 raced to reach isolated communities in earthquake-devastated Bohol province, as aftershocks tormented survivors and the death toll surpassed 150.

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Road user’s tax spent faster than Malampaya

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MANILA -- The government’s third-biggest source of tax revenues appears to be getting depleted even faster than the now controversial Malampaya Fund, which represents the royalties from the Malampaya oil and gas operations off Palawan.

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TRC director confirms lawmakers’ signatures genuine

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Contrary to their claims, lawmakers confirmed their signatures on letters they had sent to the Technology Resource Center (TRC) endorsing dubious nongovernment organization (NGOs), the head of the state agency has told investigators.

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Bohol quake ‘like 32 Hiroshima bombs’

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An earthquake with energy equivalent to “32 Hiroshima bombs” jolted the Visayas, and parts of Mindanao and southern Luzon early Tuesday morning, causing centuries-old churches and modern buildings to crumble, disrupting power and phone services, setting off stampedes and killing at least 97 people.

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PDAF unconstitutional

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Manila -- Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio yesterday said that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is unconstitutional as contained in the 2013 General Appropriations Act (GAA), which is “riddled with unconstitutionality.”

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