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Sereno to be ‘legal activist,’ mulls political options

FORMER chief justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno in an interview Thursday said she is still considering where politics will fit in her life outside the Supreme Court (SC).

Malacañang signs ‘Balik Scientist’ bill into law

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law the Balik Scientist Act, which offers incentives for eligible technology workers seeking to work in the Philippines.

Aquino, Abad charged over DAP controversy

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman has indicted former president Benigno S. C. Aquino III and former budget secretary Florencio B. Abad in connection with the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) midway into Mr. Aquino’s administration.

Camarines Sur to build pili nut-inspired capitol complex

THE PROVINCIAL government of Camarines Sur is building a new capitol complex worth P400 to P500 million, with the design inspired by one of...

Negros bats for own federated region

STAKEHOLDERS FROM the two Negros provinces, along with the neighboring island province of Siquijor, have expressed their intent to lobby for a separate region when the country shifts to a federal system of government.

Senator seeks inquiry on Build, Build, Build

SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian has filed a resolution, seeking to review the status and sustainability of the government’s massive infrastructure program.

House minority solons want provisions on flag, anthem out of BBL...

HOUSE Minority leaders on Thursday set conditions on approving the final Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to be reconciled by the Bicameral Conference Committee in July.

Nationwide Round-Up

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte’s recent remarks against the Catholic church has put the religious institution on a “defensive mode,” according to Father Jerome R. Secillano of the Catholic Bishops’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Empire East expanding into luxury projects

PROPERTY developer Empire East Land Holdings, Inc. is adding 1,900 units to its residential portfolio this year, as it sees rising demand for its luxury projects.

Graft charges recommended vs former vice-president, 36 others

A SPECIAL fact-finding team of the Office of the Ombudsman has recommended charging former vice-president Jejomar C. Binay and 36 others with graft over the sale of the Boy Scout of the Philippines-owned property in Malugay Street, Makati City.

Public access on protests vs China sought

FORMER Solicitor General Florin T. Hilbay wants public access to the protests the Department of Foreign Affairs claimed to have filed against China.

Security adviser, congressman Roilo Golez, 71

FORMER National Security Adviser Rogelio “Roilo” S. Golez passed away on Monday morning. He was 71.

PHL’s top diplomat: ‘More gains’ with China under Duterte

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.

Lawmakers flag resistance in Mindanao to BBL

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.

Ban on privatization of state hospitals still under consideration, senator says

BANNING privatization of state hospitals is still under consideration in the Senate, said Senator and Health committee chair Joseph Victor G. Ejercito.

Opposition lawmakers bare SALNs

MORE opposition lawmakers on Wednesday bared their Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

​House proposes fund transfer to MMDA after DoTr shelves BRT project

A HOUSE of Representatives committee on Wednesday proposed that the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) be tasked to improve bus routes in the city as an alternative to the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr) suspended Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) project.

Lawmakers call for social mitigation on TRAIN

LAWMAKERS on Tuesday urged the government to fast-track implementation of social mitigation measures in the light of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law and rising inflation.

BTC to lobby for ‘best possible BBL’

BANGSAMORO STAKEHOLDERS are preparing to push for the “best possible” version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that is up for deliberations in the Congressional bicameral conference committee.

Former DoH chief hits back at critics in PhilHealth controversy

FORMER Health secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin insisted the P10.6-billion fund transferred to the Department of Health (DoH) in 2015 is “non-existent.”

Cayetano assures PHL upholding sovereignty before China

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.

House approves on third and final reading Bangsamoro Basic Law

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).

House economic affairs panel adopts resolution on VAT exemptions in REIT

THE House economic affairs committee on Tuesday adopted a substitute resolution urging the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to revise its implementing rules and exempt the initial asset transfers to Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) from the value-added tax (VAT).

Congress targets BBL’s enactment by SONA

LEADERS of Congress have agreed with President Rodrigo R. Duterte to have the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) signed into law before his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July.

House bloc files bill on P750 minimum wage

By Charmaine A. Tadalan THE MAKABAYAN bloc on Monday filed a House Bill (HB) proposing to increase the nationwide minimum wage to P750, citing inflationary...

Congress leaders see 3rd reading passage of BBL

By Charmaine A. Tadalan THE proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) could be passed on third reading on Tuesday, House Majority Leader Rodolfo C. Fariñas said...

Houses passes telecommuting bill

By Charmaine A. Tadalan THE House of Representatives, voting 239-0, on Monday passed on third and final reading the bill promoting telecommuting as an option...

Senator seeks reduced exemptions from VAT and lower rate

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...

Work safety bill calls for stiff penalties against violators

THE newly ratified Occupational Safety and Health Standards bill fines employers up to P100,000 per day for noncompliance with safety standards, putting teeth into...

House leaders ask Palace to have BBL certified as urgent

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...

National ID system OK’d in bicameral level

By Camille A. Aguinaldo and Charmaine A. Tadalan THE proposed national identification (ID) system has hurdled the bicameral conference committee, lawmakers confirmed on Wednesday. “They agreed to...

Palace to certify BBL as urgent measure

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will certify as urgent the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) “anytime soon” to expedite its approval, Malacañang said on Tuesday,...

House panels OK’s bill on appropriation of Sanofi refund

By Charmaine A. Tadalan THE Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday approved the bill seeking to appropriate the P1.16-billion refund from Sanofi Pasteur for families of...

Bigwigs lead call for more assertive stance vs China militarization

By Dane Angelo M. Enerio ACTING CHIEF Justice Antonio T. Carpio is among the prominent voices calling for a more assertive Philippine government stance amid...

BBL tops House agenda

By Charmaine A. Tadalan The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and other measures will top the legislative agenda of the House of Representatives, with Speaker...

Occupational safety and health standards bill approved at bicameral level

By Charmaine A. Tadalan THE Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) bill was approved by the bicameral conference committee on Monday, May 21. Under the bill,...

Duterte: No assurance US on our side

THE PHILIPPINES has no assurance that the United States of America will remain by its side if war breaks out in the disputed South...

No let up in controversies following quo warranto ruling

By Charmaine A. Tadalan and Camille A. Aguinaldo IN THE continuing aftermath of the Supreme Court’s May 11 validation of his quo warranto petition against...

Ousted Chief Justice to Duterte: ‘Resign’

OUSTED Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno on Thursday called on President Rodrigo R. Duterte to resign in fulfillment of his promise to step...

PHL as Chinese province ‘not too far’: ex-Chief Justice Davide

RETIRED Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide Jr. on Thursday said the Philippines’ becoming a province of China “may not be too far.” “Last February 19,...

2 DPWH execs dismissed over bridge project irregularities

TWO DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officials in Negros Occidental have been found guilty of Grave Misconduct and dismissed from public service...

Diokno wants Dengvaxia refund spread until 2019 budget

By Charmaine A. Tadalan BUDGET Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno moved to extend the proposed P1.16-billion supplemental appropriation for alleged Dengvaxia victims until December 2019. “I’m afraid...

House approves abolition of Road Board

By Charmaine A. Tadalan VOTING 172-0, the House of Representatives passed on third and final reading the bill seeking to abolish the Road Board over...

House approves bill abolishing PCGG

By Charmaine A. Tadalan THE HOUSE of Representatives, voting 162-10, on Tuesday approved on third and final reading the bill strengthening the Office of the...

House joint panels approve BBL

By Charmaine A. Tadalan JOINT panels at the House of Representatives have approved a report adopting House Bill (HB) 6475 on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic...