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USERS of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) can expect relatively trouble-free commuting along this railway by 2021, under the timetable of a rehabilitation project that edged closer to final approval late this week.
THE Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has suspended the planned implementation of the “driver-only” ban on EDSA on August 23, following a Senate resolution calling for its suspension.
THE Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) issued on Friday a hold-departure order (HDO) against alleged drug lord Peter Go Lim.
TASK Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) on Friday moved its groundbreaking on Marawi City’s rehabilitation from August to September, as it finalizes its deal with developer Power China.
GRAB PHILIPPINES (MyTaxi.PH, Inc.) said it is holding discussions with authorities regarding the impact of the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) traffic scheme, which prohibits driver-only vehicles from plying main thoroughfare EDSA during peak hours, to its ride-hailing business.
TALKS in Malacañan Palace last Tuesday between President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo broke the deadlock over the Executive’s proposed national budget for next year, with a leader in the House of Representatives saying the chamber will likely resume deliberations and should be able to meet the deadline for the spending plan’s approval.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday said once he steps down, he prefers the “likes” of Senator Francis Joseph G. Escudero or former senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. as his successor over his constitutional successor Vice-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo.
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.
COMMITTEE approval for Package 1B of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law has stalled over questions about who controls the proceeds when amnesties are declared on local taxes.
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.
SPEAKER Gloria M. Arroyo has filed a bill creating a new government office to rationalize the country’s water, irrigation, sewage and sanitation systems.
ANALYSTS were sought for comment to assess the opposition Liberal Party’s (LP) standing, amid the political milieu currently dominated by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, and ahead of the crossroads that is next year’s midterm elections.
HOUSE SPEAKER Gloria M. Arroyo on Monday filed House Resolution No. 2056 expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that it is taking the Senate’s position on holding a separate vote when Congress convenes into a constituent assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution.
WHERE stands the PDP-Laban, amid the political recruitments to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party?
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.
A COMMITTEE at the House of Representatives plans to file a new resolution, proposing that the two chambers of Congress vote separately when it convenes into a Constituent Assembly (ConAss) in making amendments or revising the 1987 Constitution.
JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra on Friday said his department will consider extradition, upon request by a US court, of Janet Lim Napoles and five other relatives who have been indicted in the United States in connection with a $20-million money laundering scheme.
MALACAÑANG on Friday urged incoming Ombudsman Samuel R. Martires to “immediately” implement the dismissal order on Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur H. Carandang.
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.
RETIRED technocrats have urged the future Bangsamoro Autonomous Region government to manage the region’s economy efficiently along free market lines, and noted the potential for Bangsamoro to someday mirror the economic performance of some of Asia’s most economically vibrant regions.
HOUSE Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo has agreed to separate voting when the two chambers of Congress convene into a Constituent Assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution.
HEIGHTENED SECURITY measures have been activated in various parts of Mindanao following Tuesday’s blast in the island of Basilan that killed 11, including the suspected bomber. In Zamboanga City, the jump-off point to Basilan, Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar convened a meeting on Tuesday and ordered all security forces “to tighten all checkpoints at the entry and exit points of the city, including coastal and sea patrols.” Owners of private jetties have also been requested to strengthen security at their facilities. Ms. Salazar also appealed to the public to cooperate with the stricter security rules as well as be vigilant and report suspicious activities in their areas.
STAKEHOLDERS representing various economic zone constituencies said they are worried about the impact of the government’s plan to reform corporate incentives on foreign direct investment (FDI).
THE House of Representatives, voting 219-0, on Tuesday approved on third and final reading the bill strengthening the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
THE House Committee on Appropriations has confirmed that Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo has transmitted the National Expenditure Program (NEP) in time for the budget hearings beginning Tuesday.
A LEADING ally of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio “wields a lot of influence..., in the national scene,” when sought for comment about the mayor, following a power struggle in the House last Monday, July 23.
MEMBERS of the still-ruling PDP-Laban who plan to join the political alliance of newly elected Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will continue to support charter change despite a ban, in the draft federal charter for their consideration, on party-switching or turncoatism, an ally of Ms. Arroyo said.
OUSTED House speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez in a statement on Wednesday conceded to his newly installed successor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, whom Mr. Alvarez also met that day at the House of Representatives.
FORMER PRESIDENT and Pampanga Rep. Gloria M. Arroyo, within the hour before the 4 p.m. scheduled delivery of the State of the Nation Address (SONA), walked up the Speaker’s rostrum and took an oath, officiated by Ang Kabuhayan Rep. Dennis C. Laogan.
MALACAÑANG denounced Friday a statement by Amnesty International Philippines (AIP) that the country has become “a far more dangerous place” on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s watch.