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FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and United States Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo reaffirmed the Philippines-US alliance when they met for the first time on Thursday, June 21, at the US State Department in Washington D.C.
SENATORS on Friday questioned the plan of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to conduct mandatory drug testing for teachers and for students from Grade 4 and up, saying that ten-year-old Grade 4 students were too young to undergo such testing.
THE Senate will hold another regional hearing in Mindanao next month to check whether the social mitigating measures under the tax reform law are being implemented by the government as promised, Senator Grace S. Poe-Llamanzares said on Friday.
SIX business groups have asked the government’s economic agencies to review the economic and budgetary implications of the change in government system to a federal structure.
ABOUT 1.5 million Filipino families or 6.6% reported being victimized by common crimes within the past six months, which was one point below the estimated 1.7 million or 7.6% recorded in December 2017, according to a March survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s spokesman on Thursday said more personalities allied with the past administration should be charged in connection with the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program on the watch of then president Benigno S.C. Aquino III.
PRESIDENTIAL spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. on Wednesday said he opposes the passage of a bill penalizing government officials who create or spread fake news, saying the proposed measure may be used to target government officials in the opposition.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano on Thursday said most of the suggestions made by Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio and other personalities on how the Philippines should respond to China’ actions in South China Sea — especially on the incident in Scarborough shoal — were not feasible, while some were already being done by the government.
SENATOR Grace S. Poe-Llamanzares has filed a resolution seeking an inquiry into the fare setting of ride-hailing services after the alleged unauthorized P2-per-minute of travel time imposed by Grab Philippines.
SAFETY in the Philippines in 2017 was on a par with Australia, South Korea, and Iran, among other nations, in terms of law and order, results from the 2018 Global Law and Order report of research firm Gallup showed.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano on Sunday said the Philippines under the Duterte administration has more gains with China because of its “prudent and patient diplomatic approach” compared with the previous administration.
SENATE MAJORITY Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri on Thursday said he is expecting the constitutionality of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to be challenged before the Supreme Court (SC) once enacted, claiming that some political clans and groups wanted the proposed measure to be derailed.
SENATOR Richard J. Gordon on Monday urged the Department of Health (DoH) to allocate a special fund using its current budget to provide medical assistance to Dengvaxia-vaccinated children since the supplemental budget for the program has stalled in the Senate.
SENATOR LOREN B. Legarda on Sunday said the Philippines should maximize its trade opportunities with China while it resolves political tensions over the latter’s increased militarization in the disputed South China Sea.
SENATOR LEILA M. De Lima has called for an investigation into the influx of Chinese nationals employed and residing in the Philippines, which she said has not only taken jobs from Filipinos but also triggered a property price surge in urban areas.
AN overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Slovakia died last Thursday days after being beaten up by Slovak nationals who were harassing two women, the...
A SOCIAL SECURITY deal between Philippines and Japan will enter into force on Aug. 1 following the two countries’ exchange of diplomatic notes to provide both Filipino and Japanese nationals social security benefits in either country, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Friday.
SENATOR Grace S. Poe-Llamanzares on Friday urged the government to implement the fuel vouchers, the additional 10% fare discount and other subsidies provided by the tax reform law amid the rising prices of goods and services.
By Camille A. Aguinaldo Congress has now approved the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, with Senate passing on third and final reading its version early Thursday. The House...
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte is standing by embattled Solicitor-General Jose C. Calida amid calls for his resignation over the controversy on the government contracts bagged by a security firm owned by the top government lawyer’s family.
BRIEFING a House panel on the country’s diplomatic issues with China, Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said “several dozens” of protests have been filed by the administration over the past two years.
THE HOUSE of Representatives on Wednesday passed on third and final reading the substitute bill for House Bill 6475, the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
SOME P10.6 billion worth of funds meant for the health insurance coverage of senior citizens were transferred in 2015 to the Department of Health (DoH) without the knowledge of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.
By Camille A. Aguinaldo The Senate on Monday, May 28, approved on third and final reading six bills converting the Land Transportation Office (LTO) extension...
TWO SENATORS on Monday called for the resignation of Solicitor General Jose C. Calida following reports on government contracts his family’s security firm bagged...
The Senate on Monday, May 28, approved on third and final reading bills granting the franchise extension of four broadcasting companies for 25 years,...
By Camille A. Aguinaldo SENATOR Francis N. Pangilinan on Sunday said he will push for the original version of the coco levy trust fund bill,...
By Camille A. Aguinaldo SENATOR Panfilo M. Lacson on Sunday renewed his proposal to reduce exemptions from the value-added tax (VAT) and lower the VAT...
THE SENATE committee on finance will hold on Monday a public hearing to discuss bills proposing to fund the medical needs of children who...
By Charmaine A. Tadalan and Camille A. Aguinaldo MEANWHILE, the House of Representatives has officially requested President Rodrigo R. Duterte to certify as urgent the...
SENATOR Paolo Benigno A. Aquino IV on Wednesday said he wants a “reasonable mechanism” for suspending fuel excise taxes if inflation breaches certain thresholds,...
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