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APEC selfie with the President and his men

Another presidential selfie in history books. President Aquino gamely posed for a photograph with 12 cabinet members after the country's successful hosting of this year's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. The epic…

NEDA agrees with Recto: Income tax system is anti-poor

Economic planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan recognized the need to review the current tax system for salaried workers, which is being pushed by Senators Sonny Angara and Ralph Recto at the Senate. However, the National Economic…

2016 net worth: Roxas is poorer but only slightly

The net worth of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who is eyeing the presidency in 2016, has declined based on the latest Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) filed by Cabinet officials. According to his SALN for 2014,…

Aquino admires Villanueva, ignores Mar in Labor Day speech

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Joel Villanueva seems to be the favorite subject of President Benigno Aquino III in his public speeches lately. During his Labor Day speech on Friday, Aquino again…

Growth shows Philippines no longer sick man of Asia

MANILA, Philippines  — A Philippine official says the country no longer deserves to be branded the "sick man of Asia" after its economy grew more than 6 percent for a third consecutive year. Hampered by natural disasters, growth of the…

Ex-Arroyo exec gets post at gov’t think-tank.

Former Energy Secretary and lawyer  Raphael Perpetuo M. Lotilla took his oath as thhe newest member of the  Philippine Institute for Development Studies bore of trustees.announced that  flast December 16 as the new member of its Board of…