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SENATE MINORITY Leader Franklin M. Drilon flagged the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) over the growing number of Chinese nationals working in the Philippines in a budget hearing for the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) on Wednesday.
SENATOR Cynthia A. Villar reported out to the plenary on Monday the rice tariffication bill, which seeks to liberalize rice imports while imposing a tariff system on the commodity.
SENATOR Francis N. Pangilinan on Monday questioned the imposition of martial law in Mindanao amid the series of bombing incidents in the region in the span of two months.
SENATOR Leila M. De Lima has reiterated calls to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to take “urgent actions” on the human rights situation in the Philippines, citing the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian on Thursday said the suspension of fuel excise taxes under the tax reform law should be a last resort in dealing with rising prices of goods and services.
SENATOR ANTONIO F. Trillanes IV on Wednesday filed a resolution calling for an investigation into the public works projects allegedly secured by firms owned by relatives of Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence T. Go.
THE SUPREME COURT (SC) En Banc on Tuesday denied Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV’s petition for a writ of preliminary injunction and/or temporary restraining order (TRO) against President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572 which voided his amnesty and directs his arrest.
MALACANANG ON Monday said former defense secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin may be held liable for usurpation of authority when he approved the amnesty for Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV in 2011, which he himself recommended to then president Benigno S.C. Aquino III.
CONGRESS ON Monday adopted resolutions in its respective chambers calling on the Commission on Elections to reset the filing of certificates of candidacy for next year’s midterm elections.
OPPOSITION Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV on Thursday dared President Rodrigo R. Duterte to declare a revolutionary government so he could eliminate legal hurdles to his possible arrest.
WITH THE six-year Duterte administration on its way to the halfway mark, Senator Panfilo M. Lacson pressed officials of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) to now go after the “big fish“ in the illegal drug trade.
A BILL seeking to prohibit courts from issuing restraining orders or preliminary injunctions in certain extrajudicial and judicial foreclosure cases of real estate mortgages has been filed at the Senate.
SENATOR Panfilo M. Lacson on Monday said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) cannot proceed with projects without settling right-of-way issues, as required by law.
SENATE MINORITY LEADER Franklin M. Drilon on Sunday urged the government to provide infrastructure support to the agriculture sector under its Build, Build, Build program to prevent rice shortages and deter rice traders from taking excessive profits.
HARBIN, HEILONGJIANG, CHINA — The Heilongjiang provincial government in China is planning to send a delegation to the Philippines next year or in 2020 to explore business opportunities.
THE government hopes up to 50% of businesses will be operational by the time the resort island of Boracay reopens as scheduled on Oct. 26, but may have to settle for 30%.
THE CHINESE AIRLINE whose disabled passenger jet caused the closure last Friday, Aug. 17, of a runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) apologized for that incident, even as Philippine officials mulled possible penalties against the company.
SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian said he is seeking certification as urgent for three of his bills lifting restrictions that would allow foreign firms to more broadly participate in the construction industry.
THE MANILA International Airport Authority (MIAA) said airlines are not obliged to serve food and water to stranded passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), but hoped they would acknowledge their “moral obligation.”
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.
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 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.
THE PARTIDO Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has named 24 possible candidates for its senatorial slate in the upcoming 2019 midterm elections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.