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Labor advisory out on workers’ pay on Aug. 21

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) issued Labor Advisory No. 12 on Thursday, advising employers to pay their employees accordingly on August 21, a regular holiday falling on a special non-working holiday in observance of the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice or Eid al-Adha and Ninoy Aquino Day.

1.125M kilos of smuggled sugar recommended for auction

THE Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) has recommended to the Bureau of Customs (BoC) that it auction the 1.125 million kilos of smuggled refined sugar in the bureau’s custody.

Former top diplomat cautions against silence on Chinese presence in disputed...

FORMER Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario on Friday reiterated that the Philippines should not remain silent on China’s “non-adherence to the law” in the South China Sea.

Sara Duterte named among possible PDP-Laban senatorial candidates

THE PARTIDO Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has named 24 possible candidates for its senatorial slate in the upcoming 2019 midterm elections.

Cayetano: Chinese radio warnings on other aircraft ‘routine’

FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano on Thursday described as “routine” the reported Chinese radio warnings against Philippine and American military aircraft operating in the South China Sea.

Quality of life, prospects still ‘excellent’ — SWS

OPTIMISM over quality of life and the economy’s prospects in the next 12 months remain “excellent” despite a decline in some categories from the previous survey, Social Weather Stations said Thursday.

Executive-House budget impasse elevated to Duterte and Arroyo

IT may take a sitting President and a former president-turned Speaker to break the current deadlock between the Executive and the House of Representatives over the P3.757-trillion national spending plan proposed for next year.

Gordon: Tulfos, PTV4 execs liable for graft

FORMER tourism secretary Wanda T. Tulfo-Teo and her brother Ben T. Tulfo, as well as a number of PTV4 officials may face graft charges in connection with a controversial advertising deal involving the Department of Tourism (DoT), PTV4, and the Tulfo-owned Bitag Media Unlimited, Inc.

MMDA stands pat: Test run of driver-only ban on EDSA starts...

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Tuesday that the test run of the ban on driver-only vehicles along EDSA will be enforced starting today, Aug. 15.

Former Tourism chief Tulfo, brother may face graft charges —...

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Senator Richard J. Gordon on Tuesday, Aug. 14, said former Tourism Secretary Wanda T. Tulfo-Teo, her brother Ben T. Tulfo, and...

Budget spat puts in doubt Palace clout in House

OPPOSITION of the House of Representatives majority bloc to the P3.757-trillion proposed 2019 national budget caught Malacañang by surprise, at a time a newly installed leadership has just settled down in the chamber and with preparations for the May mid-term elections next year soon under way.

Hugpong joins forces with NP, NPC, Imee Marcos, others

DAVAO’s regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) on Monday, Aug. 13, sealed an alliance with three national parties and six local parties led in part by political personalities of national prominence.

DBM studies prospect of reenacted 2019 budget

THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) has raised the possibility of having a reenacted budget for 2019 in order to break the impasse with lawmakers on a new spending plan that will allocate funds only for projects or tasks that can be completed within next year.

Business chambers caution on federalism

BUSINESS GROUPS in a joint statement on Sunday, Aug. 12, supported the call by economic managers of the Duterte administration to “weigh carefully” the costs and risks in the government’s planned shift to a federal system.

House rejects cash-based funding, stalling 2019 budget

THE House of Representatives is planning to recall the budget reform bill for review amid fears that a shift to a cash-based budgeting system will reduce government funding overall, appropriations committee chair and Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles said.

Bill puts foreign contractors on equal footing in public works bidding

SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian has filed a bill seeking to amend the 78-year-old Commonwealth Act No. 541 in order to lift restrictions on foreign contractors seeking to bid on domestically-funded government public works projects.

Economic managers flag costs of federal charter

FINANCE Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III on Wednesday said he was left “confused” with the proposed federal charter following a meeting with members of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Constitution.

Caution urged on ban of single-passenger cars along EDSA

SENATOR Grace S. Poe-Llamanzares on Wednesday urged the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) not to rush the implementation of the proposal banning single-passenger cars along EDSA.

Senator to block tax reform provisions seen to spike up tuition...

SENATOR Paolo Benigno A. Aquino IV said he will block the removal of the 10% preferential tax rate for private non-profit schools under the second package of the tax reform program filed in the Senate.

Amendments to Corporate Code approved by Senate on 3rd reading

THE Senate on Tuesday passed on third and final reading the bill amending the 38-year-old Batas Pambansa Bilang 68 or the Corporation Code of the Philippines.

Security of tenure bill introduced to Senate plenary

SENATOR Joel J. Villanueva presented to the plenary on Tuesday the security of tenure bill, which President Rodrigo R. Duterte urged Congress to pass in his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July.

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Cabinet approves draft guidelines for localized peace talks THE DRAFT executive order (EO) on the localized peace talks with communist rebels was approved during the...

Marcos wants Caguioa inhibited from poll protest, claims bias

FORMER SENATOR Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. filed on Monday an “extremely urgent motion to inhibit Supreme Court Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa, citing “his wife’s undeniably close ties with former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, Jr. and Ms. (Maria Leonor G.) Leni Robredo.”

Senator seeks clarification on PCOO budget amid controversy over Uson video

SENATORS, members of the Consultative Committee, and even officials of the executive branch criticized on Monday a video pitch on federalism by Communications Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux J. Uson that made rounds in social media over the weekend.

Senate bill on locked-in period for mobile devices revised

A NEW version of the proposed Network Freedom Act filed in the Senate seeks to allow postpaid mobile devices to have a lock-in period for a limited time and prohibit telecommunications companies from selling locked prepaid mobile device from a specific network.

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SENATOR ANTONIO F. Trillanes IV has joined the fray between former President Benigno S.C. Aquino III and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano over the issue of transparency in the South China Sea issue.

Senate bill filed on benefits for child development workers

SENATOR Leila M. De Lima has filed a bill creating a magna carta law for about 50,000 child development workers (CDWs) in the country.

Duterte on kidnapped OFWs in Libya: ‘I will send the frigate’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday said the Philippines will send two warships to Libya in efforts to secure the release of three kidnapped Filipinos and a South Korean national in the North African country.

Special envoy in shortlist for WHO Western Pacific regional director

SPECIAL Envoy for Global Health Initiatives and physician Susan P. Mercado is among the official list of nominees to become the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Director,the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.

PHL’s top diplomat hits back at ex-president over maritime dispute

THE country’s top diplomat took to social media on Friday to respond to recent statements against him by former president Benigno S.C. Aquino III over the issue of transparency on the South China Sea issue.

House panel approves TRAIN 2, hopes to dampen inflation impact

A HOUSE COMMITTEE approved in principle a bill covering the second package of the tax reform program, though its chairman signalled that he will rule out any proposals that would aggravate inflation.

ASEAN meet led by Singapore takes up South China Sea

SOUTH CHINA SEA is back in the discussion table among Southeast Asian countries as foreign ministers gathered in Singapore on Thursday for the 51st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meetings.

Senator says colleagues open to amending economic provisions of 1987 Charter

SENATOR Panfilo M. Lacson on Thursday said senators may push for Charter change only if economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution are only amended in order to bring in more foreign investments in the country.

Lacson: Sara Duterte ‘potential national leader’

SENATOR Panfilo M. Lacson sees Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio as a “potential national leader” among the new and fresh faces in politics.

House debates under way for 2nd reading of rice tariff bill

THE HOUSE of Representatives was working on the approval on second reading of a bill seeking to impose tariffs on rice imports, a scheme which has been estimated to cut retail prices by up to P7 per kilo.

Corporation Code amendments hurdle Senate on 2nd reading

THE SENATE on Wednesday approved on second reading a bill amending Batasang Pambansa No. 68, or the Corporation Code of the Philippines, introducing the concept of a one-man corporation.

Senator signals support for longer adjustment period after TRAIN 2 removes...

SENATE Majority Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri on Wednesday said he will push for the inclusion of five or 10-year sunset provisions for fiscal incentives under the Senate version of the second package of the tax reform program.

Bicameral panel approves coco levy fund

THE bicameral conference committee on Wednesday approved the proposed measure allowing farmers to benefit from the coconut levy funds collected by the government during the Marcos regime.

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LP commemorates Cory’s role in restoring democracy ON THE 9th death anniversary of former President Maria Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco-Aquino, the Liberal Party (LP) commemorated her...

Sotto suggests hybrid polls to include manual, automated systems

SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III on Tuesday broached the idea of a hybrid mode of elections — instead of the all-automated elections in place since 2013 — in which voting will be manual but the transmission of votes will be automated. Speaking at Tuesday’s hearing by the Senate committee on electoral reforms and people’s participation, Mr. Sotto said, addressing the committee chair, Senator Aquilino Martin L. Pimentel III: “I think your committee can study the moves done by other countries now. Go back to manual. They all went back to manual.”

Diplomat Jose Apolinario L. Lozada, Jr., 68

FORMER Ambassador Jose Apolinario L. Lozada, Jr. passed away on Tuesday at the age of 68, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Universal health care bill presented to Senate

SENATOR Joseph Victor G. Ejercito presented to the plenary on Tuesday the universal health care bill providing for the automatic inclusion of all Filipinos under the National Health Insurance Program of the Philippines Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).

FEF flags retention of foreign equity provisions

THE Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) on Monday raised concerns over the provisions of the draft Federal Constitution on foreign ownership restrictions, saying that it still retained the “out of step and out of sync” limitations under the current Charter.

Senate to review ERC’s delay on PSALM petitions

THE SENATE will scrutinize the operations of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in its upcoming budget hearings in Congress due to the delays in its approval of petitions filed since 2015 by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) Corp.

PHL rice still uncompetitive at 35% tariff — Villar

THE imposition of 35% tariffs on imported rice will still leave Philippine rice uncompetitive relative to the produce of Southeast Asian neighbors, Senator Cynthia A. Villar said on Sunday.