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Witness says 5 Customs execs receiving ‘tara’

Granted immunity from suit and security protection, Customs broker Mark Ruben Taguba yesterday tagged eight persons, five of them incumbent Bureau of Customs officials, as recipients of grease money known as “tara” for every container to facilitate the swift and easy release of shipments of goods into the country.

The leadership of the House of Representatives has placed the controversial proposal for the legalization of same-sex civil union in the list of priorities in the mid-term session of the 17th Congress that starts July 24, but this time, the bill will cover live-in heterosexual couples who do not want to be legally hitched.

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A House leader yesterday urged Congress to pass a bill seeking the creation of the Philippine National Transportation and Safety Board following the Leomarick Trans bus tragedy in Nueva Ecija that killed 32 people Tuesday.

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House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez yesterday disclosed that more solons holding key posts who voted against the death penalty will be removed when the House of Representatives resumes sessions in May.

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The National Unity Party (NUP) composed of a group of congressmen who broke off with the Lakas-Kampi-CMD has been formally accredited as a national political party and is now getting ready to field candidates in the forthcoming senatorial and presidential elections.

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