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In Philippine Hospitals, a Scam Preys on New Nurses

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MANILA — Kit, 26, is a licensed nurse but currently unemployed.  To her, the recent hearings at the House of Representatives about hospitals collecting fees from new nurses in exchange for letting them earn their first work experience in their hospital only confirmed that what she went through five years ago is still a reality today.

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IIRC recommendations: only Lim cited for criminal sanction

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MANILA --  Following are the recommendations of the Incident Investigation and Review Committee that investigated the Aug. 23 hostage tragedy. This was withheld when President Aquino released the fact-finding part of the report. The recommendations are being reviewed by the presidential legal panel headed by Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Eduardo de Mesa.

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TUCP urges BI to ban American businessman from entering the country

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MANILA --  An American businessman who hastily left the country on August 25 is a subject of complaint by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and urged the Bureau of Immigration to immediately tag and blacklist him as "an undesirable alien" and banned from re-entering the Philippines.

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TUCP urges BI to ban American businessman from entering the country

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MANILA --  An American businessman who hastily left the country on August 25 is a subject of complaint by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and urged the Bureau of Immigration to immediately tag and blacklist him as "an undesirable alien" and banned from re-entering the Philippines.

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Romulo pushes for public consultations on proposed MRT fare hike

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MANILA -- warning that a sudden and excessive increase could boomerang and drive commuters to find other ways of going around, House Deputy Majority Leader Roman Romulo has urged the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to conduct adequate public consultations on any upward adjustment in the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) fare.

"The public consultations should be broad and exhaustive, to ascertain the exact amount that is least burdensome to and most bearable by commuters," said Romulo, who represents the lone district of Pasig City in Congress.

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Labor bucks MRT, LRT fare hike

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MANILA -- The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has urged the Aquino administration to reconsider its plan to raise light train fares, calling it "harsh and unfair to minimum wage earners and other workers with fixed salaries."

"We consider the contemplated fare increases unreasonable and unnecessary, in light of government's capability to continue subsidizing commuters," said TUCP secretary-general and former Senator Ernesto Herrera.

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Labor bucks MRT, LRT fare hike

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MANILA -- The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has urged the Aquino administration to reconsider its plan to raise light train fares, calling it "harsh and unfair to minimum wage earners and other workers with fixed salaries."

"We consider the contemplated fare increases unreasonable and unnecessary, in light of government's capability to continue subsidizing commuters," said TUCP secretary-general and former Senator Ernesto Herrera.

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Funds to train crisis negotiators available, says solon

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MANILA - Government has enough resources to thoroughly train and produce highly capable crisis negotiators needed to quell significant hostage-taking incidents and other highly unstable conditions, Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. said Saturday.

In the proposed General Appropriations Act of 2011, Barzaga said the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), some P1.1 billion in fresh funding is allocated.

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Peasants Worry Mediation Panel May Prolong Luisita SDO Case

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MANILA — While parties to the case are preparing their memoranda and farmers await the Supreme Court decision on the validity of the Hacienda Luisita Stock Distribution Option, a special committee was tasked by the Supreme Court to ”mediate” and come up with a win-win proposal or a ”happy compromise” between the Hacienda Luisita Incorporated (HLI) and farmers.

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Proposed 2011 budget includes government subsidy for MRT commuter

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The national government will spend a total of P7.3 billion next year to subsidize the fare of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) commuters at a rate of P47.77 each, House Deputy Majority Leader Roman Romulo said over the weekend.

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Solon bats for ways to fight floods

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Government should integrate safe and sound rainwater collectors into flood control projects, House Deputy Majority Leader Roman Romulo said Sunday.

"We have to harvest and conserve for eventual recycling some of the large amounts of water dumped during the rainy season. This will not only help abate flooding, but also provide communities extra water reserves during harsh dry spells," Romulo said.

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TUCP Leader: Termination of Filipino maids in HK exaggerated

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"Grossly exaggerated."

This was how a Philippine labor leader responded to reports suggesting that many Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong are being thrown out by employers still furious over the bloody end to the Manila hostage crisis that cost the lives of eight Chinese tourists from the former British crown colony.

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SSS asked to refund members in loan overpayments

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MANILA -- The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has urged the Social Security System (SSS) to immediately give back to its member-borrowers some P980 million in individual loan overpayments.

"It is not right for the SSS to keep the money. Best governance practices compel the pension fund to promptly return the money to member-borrowers who were unfairly overburdened by excessive salary deductions," said TUCP secretary-general and former Senator Ernesto Herrera.

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Enrile elected Senate President; Belmonte, Speaker of the House

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MANILA -- Despite the highly publicized battle for the Senate presidency of the Republic of the Philippines between Senators Manny Villar and Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan. incumbent Juan Ponce Enrile, was re-elected Senate President.  Enrile was considered as the dark horse a week before the Senate officially opened its session on Monday morning, July 25.

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Research group urges Aquino to adopt pro-people measures to generate revenue

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The urgent challenge for the new Aquino administration is to increase revenues, but research group IBON urges government to place the burden of adjusting to the fiscal crisis on those that have the greater capacity to pay.

The new Aquino administration is faced with a serious fiscal crisis that could deteriorate rapidly or compel severe austerity if the revenue effort does not quickly improve. The first quarter deficit is already at 8.4% of the gross domestic product (GDP) from 7% of GDP in the first quarter of 2009.

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VP Binay sworn-in as HUDCC chairman

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VP Binay sworn-in as HUDCC chairmanMANILA - Former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay will not only be serving as vice president of the country.  On July 20, he took an oath of office, administered by no less than President Benigno C. Aquino III, as chairman of the  Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) in Malacanang.

The vice-president's wife, Elenita, and his son, Makati Mayor Jun-Jun Binay witnessed the simple ceremony. He later joined President Aquino for a Cabinet meeting in the adjoining Aguinaldo State Dining Room.

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Villar, Pangilinan vie for senate presidency; Angara's bloc may provide the winning vote

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MANILA -- In a first stand-off between two old-time parties -- the Liberal Party versus the Nacionalista Party -- the race is on who would emerge as the Senate president: Francis Pangilinan or Manny Villar. Or as a remote possibility, if odd-makers have it, current Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile may yet retain his seat.

It all now depends on a crucial horse-trading and whichever party gives in for more concession, an eventual senator president may soon emerge after vacationing senators come back and attend a full session to elect their new leader on Monday, July 26.  And a vote from a bloc of senators not belonging to either party may provide the winning vote.

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Labor leader presses former GSIS GM for update on foreign investments

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MANILA -- Labor leader Ernesto Herrera has welcomed former Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) president and general manager Winston Garcia's statement that he is ready to submit to an audit of the pension fund's operations during his term.

While welcoming Garcia's remarks, Herrera expressed disappointment that the erstwhile GSIS chief has yet to address the matter of the condition of the pension fund's foreign investments, and the question why many pensioners are still complaining about delays in their monthly allowances.

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RP Presidential Candidates -- What Do They Stand For?

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MANILA — “The profiles of the leading presidential candidates underscore how Philippine elections continue to be basically elite-dominated and money-driven,” said Pagbabago! Co-chair Judy Taguiwalo. To help voters “gauge their candidates” the Pagbabago! People’s Movement for Change [2] has designed the “People’s Criteria [3].”

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Solon urges DFA, DOE to check Filipinos in troubled Greece

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Concerned with the social unrest and fierece rioting in Greece,a senior member of Congress has urged the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Labor and Employment to ascertain the situation of Filipino workers based in that country.


"We have thousands of Filipino workers, mostly sailors in Greece. They ought to be dutifully looked after, amid the worsening social conditions there," said Cotabato Rep. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza, a member of the bicameral Commission on Appointments.

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6.0-magnitude quake strikes west of metro manila

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A 6.2-magnitute earthquake has struck west of Manila, shaking building in the capital and causing workers to stream out of their offices.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties Thursday and no tsunami alert was issued. Buildings in Manila shook for about 30 seconds.

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