Militants to stage anti-PNoy, anti-Sona rally

VARIOUS militant groups are expected to rally around government offices in Davao City today, July 28, in line with the 5th State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

Althea Amoguis, spokesperson for the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, in a program list emailed to the media Sunday, said the nationwide protest dubbed as “Enough of BS Aquino”, is expected to be bigger due to the controversial Disbursement Allocation Program (DAP) of the present administration. Read more

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Aquino’s 5th Sona live on Sun.Star

CEBU CITY — President Benigno Aquino III will once again deliver his State of the Nation Address (Sona), and Sun.Star, at www.sunstar.com.ph, is not missing any action, as the website will air live the President’s report about the country’s state starting 4 p.m. Monday.

Will the President talk about the pork barrel scam? The disasters that killed many and left thousands of Filipinos homeless? The DAP controversy? Watch Aquino at www.sunstar.com.ph as he reports to the public his administration’s performance and tackle the government’s agenda for his remaining two years in office. Read more

Approve Cebu post-Yolanda rehab, please

CEBU – Three mayors in the northern towns of Cebu hope to hear that President Benigno Aquino III has approved the Province’s post-Yolanda recovery plan when he delivers the State of the Nation Address (Sona) Monday afternoon.

Officials of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu, meanwhile, want to hear how President Aquino plans to improve disaster preparedness in the last two years of his administration. Read more

July 29 declared holiday to observe Eid’l Fitr

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III has declared July 29, Tuesday, a nationwide regular holiday in observance of Eid’l Fitr, or the end of Ramadhan. The President made the announcement through Proclamation No. 826 on Monday. Aquino said the entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr. Read more

Aquino hits SC over DAP ruling

MANILA (Updated) – President Benigno Aquino III did not hide on Monday his displeasure over the Supreme Court (SC) decision declaring key parts of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional.

Aquino hit the justices for not taking into account the government’s arguments that he can realign funds to speed up economic growth and delivery of social services.

Speaking from Malacañang, Aquino said Section 39 of the Administrative Code of 1987 allows him to use savings to cover for any deficit in the appropriations authorized by the national budget. Read more

Firm gets ‘green’ awards as developer plants mangroves

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 recently gave recognition to Carmen Copper Corp.’s environmental performance. The mining company based in Toledo City, Cebu was among the companies and organizations given recognition by DENR 7 during the culmination of the Environmental Month on June 30. Meanwhile, property developer Megaworld has partnered with the

Aquino rejects Abad’s resignation

MANILA (3rd Update) — President Benigno Aquino III said Friday that Budget Secretary Florencio Abad submitted his resignation on Thursday but he rejected it.

The resignation stemmed from the Supreme Court (SC) ruling that declared parts of Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional.

“Yesterday (Thursday) Secretary Abad gave me a letter tendering his resignation from the Cabinet and I have considered the same and I have decided not to accept his resignation and let me explain why,” the Chief Executive said in a short message during the 2015 budget presentation at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room in Malacañang. Read more

Forestry expert says cutting mature tree more sustainable

CONTRARY to popular belief, cutting mature trees for timber is sustainable, said a forestry professor of the University of Wisconsin in the United States (US). Dr. Scott Bowe of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology of the University of Wisconsin said sustainable use of forest resources considers not only environmental protection but also social