• 22 April 2015
MANILA, April 22  -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed into law Republic Act 10660, which increases the number of divisions of the Sandiganbayan from five to seven. President Aquino approved last April 16 the act strengthening the functional and structural organization of the Sandiganbayan, further amending Presidential Decree No. 1606 on the creation of the special anti-graft court. Speaking during a press briefing at Malacañang on Tuesday, Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the new law increases the number of divisions of the anti-graft court to seven, as well as provides funding for the new divisions which shall be included in the annual national budget.  Valte said the number of justices to constitute a quorum has also been changed. “Under the same provision, previously PD 1606 stated that three justices shall constitute a quorum for session in each division. Now, a quorum shall be constituted by two members. So, this will effectively speed things up in terms of deliberations and hearing of the cases before it,” Valte explained.  “In the old law, it says that quorum of three -- each division has three members. So, if there is one absent, ...Read more

Political ally’s conviction shows administration's resolve to stamp out corruption, says Palace

 CENTRAL  22 April 2015
MANILA, April 22 --  The guilty verdict handed down on Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali, Jr., President Benigno S. Aquino III's political ally, proves the government’s seriousness in fighting corruption, a Palace official has said. "People always say that under the Aquino administrati ...Read more

Over 5,800 public schools set to offer Senior HS in 2016

 CENTRAL  22 April 2015
PASIG CITY,  April 22 --After years of rigorous planning and consultations with education stakeholders, the Department of Education (DepEd)  has identified and mapped more than 5,800 public schools set to offer Senior High School (SHS) in 2016 nationwide as part of its continued preparations for t ...Read more