Youth party hails success of exploratory talks in Oslo

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by Cielito M. Reganit, Philippine News Agency | Friday, 17 June 2016

The Kabataan Partylist hailed on Thursday the successful conclusion of the two-day preliminary talks between representatives of the incoming Duterte administration and the National Democratic Front (NDF) in Oslo, Norway and said that the speedy agreement of both sides to accelerate the peace negotiations is a good way to jump-start the stalled peace process.

Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago said the youth are also expressing high hopes for the outcome of the formal peace negotiation slated to begin on the third week of July, also in Oslo.

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DILG to hold basic orientation training for first-time govs, mayors

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by Philippine News Agency | Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will conduct a basic orientation training program for total of 559 first-time governors and city and municipal mayors.

Outgoing Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento said the ‘Basic Orientation: The First 100 Days’ is part of the long-running Newly-elected Officials (NEO) Program of the DILG through its training arm, the Local Government Academy (LGA) which is a term-based, comprehensive Capacity Development Program for local governments.

Sarmiento said the activity, which will be held throughout June and July 2016, is the Department’s first...

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President Aquino vetoes bills on LWD’s unpaid taxes, comprehensive nursing law

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by Jelly F. Musico. Philippine News Agency | Thursday, 16 June 2016

President Benigno Aquino III has vetoed two Congress-approved measures including the bill seeking to remove conditions for the condonation of all unpaid income taxes of Local Water Districts (LWDs), Palace announced on Thursday.

In his message, President Aquino said the enrolled consolidated House Bill No. 3675 and Senate Bill No. 2518 on the condonation unpaid taxes of LWDs will remove the laudable intent of Republic Act No. 10026 which is to grant tax reprieve only to LWDS which are financially incapable and committed to instituting fiscal reforms.

Moreover, the...

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Incoming peace negotiators start ‘exploratory’ talks with CPP-NDF-NPA in Norway

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by Jigger J. Jerusalem, Philippine News Agency | Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The government peace panel and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) started “exploratory” talks Tuesday in Oslo, Norway, an incoming peace negotiator said Wednesday.

Jesus Dureza, in-coming peace negotiator of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, reported in his Facebook account from Oslo that his team sat down with CPP officials, headed by exiled CPP Chair Jose Maria Sison, Tuesday afternoon.

The CPP officials also include representatives from the National Democratic Front (NDF) and the New People’s Army (NPA), the CPP’s military arm.

Dureza said that both parties conducted...

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