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Second-term push

The “second-term push” has revived the intense infighting between the so-called Balay group, led by Sec Mar Roxas and the Samar group, led by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. The term extension plan was hatched as early as April, when…

BBL by early next year

Sen Franklin Drilon said negotiators from the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) had promised to craft the draft bill carving out a new Bangsamoro region in Southern Philippines in 10 days by last Sunday. “Assuming they…

Is one term enough?

The clash of statements gave rise to speculations that the Balay and Samar factions in Malacañang were again at odds over an issue.  PCOO Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr had earlier made clear President Aquino would definitely step down after…

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