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SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said a 1979 agreement between Malaysia and Thailand was a model for joint offshore energy exploration, holding it up as a possible way forward in the development of resources in the disputed South China Sea.
HOUSE MAJORITY Leader Rolando G. Andaya Jr., who represents the 1st district of Camarines Sur and is running for governor of the province in the 2019 elections, said he is not backing out of his bid despite yesterday’s foiled assassination attempt as he filed his certificate of candidacy.
A BILL amending the anti-wiretapping act to regulate telcos’ data retention practices has passed out of committee and is awaiting plenary action at the House of Representatives.
THE HOUSE COMMITTEE on Good Government and Public Accountability said it hopes the Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines comes into force by January 2019 after hurdling the bicameral conference committee next month, in time for the President’s signature in December.
THE TRUTH and Justice Coalition on Monday charged, before the Office of the Ombudsman, former president Benigno S. C. Aquino III and others with malversation, in connection with the alleged use of public funds to influence the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.
REELECTIONIST Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy S. Binay on Friday filed her certificate of candidacy (CoC) at the Commission on Election (Comelec) amid rivalry between her siblings over the Makati City mayoral post.
THE HOUSE of Representatives on Wednesday night approved on second reading a proposed reform that will give the government a bigger share in miners’ revenues and will standardize real property valuation and assessment by local governments.
THE HOUSE of Representatives on Wednesday recommitted the resolution, carrying its version of a draft Federal Constitution, to re-include the Vice-President in the presidential line of succession, a move backed by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
THE House of Representatives passed on third and final reading the bill renewing the franchise granted to Rajah Broadcasting Network, Inc. (RBN), owned by businessman and presidential adviser Ramon “RJ” P. Jacinto.
THE P3.757-TRILLION Budget Bill for 2019 is unlikely to hurdle the House of Representatives ahead of the Oct. 12 recess.
A BILL granting additional pay to Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) employees on the night shift might encourage workers in other industries to demand similar benefits, a wage regulator said.
THE BILL expanding the definition of sexual harassment in the workplace or educational institutions has hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives.
THE TRUTH & Justice Coalition on Tuesday filed a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against House Majority Leader Rolando G. Andaya Jr. and his wife over alleged dishonesty in their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN).
IN WHAT MAY be the last chapter of a long and complicated political career, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo aims to fulfill what she regards as her mission now, or “our objective...to push for the President’s legislative agenda.”
THE House Ways and Means Committee approved on Monday a substitute bill imposing a variable royalty on mining margins of 1-5% for firms outside designated mineral reservations, softening the Department of Finance’s (DoF) draft bill which had called for a 5% royalty on gross output on miners everywhere.
THE House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the “Tulong-Trabaho” bill that will provide free technical-vocational education and training (TVET).
A BILL imposing stiffer penalties on “flying voters” has been filed at the House of Representatives ahead of the midterm elections in 2019.
A BILL exempting small-scale miners from tax on gold sales to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives.
HOUSE Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday urged the government’s economic managers to work “faster” in addressing inflation.
THE BUREAU of Customs (BoC) surpassed its collection target for the eighth straight month in September, Commissioner Isidro S. Lapeña told lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Monday.
THE PROPOSED Expanded Maternity Leave bill cleared the Bicameral Conference Committee on Monday with the two chambers agreeing to 105 days of leave for qualified female workers.
THE Bicameral Conference Committee tasked to reconcile versions of the increased paid maternity leave bill will begin its work on Monday with a target to ratify the bill ahead of the congressional break.
THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is expected to launch a feasibility study for the Pampanga Delta Development Program (PDDP) by Oct. 11, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said.
THE House Committee on Ways and Means on Wednesday deferred consideration of the proposed mining tax reform as the positions of the Department of Finance (DoF) and the mining industry are currently irreconcilable.
SENATORS ON Wednesday weighed in on an alleged “Red October” destabilization plot involving the political opposition, with the minority leader dismissing the alleged plot as a “fantasy tale taken from a Tom Clancy thriller.”
REPRESENTATIVE Edcel C. Lagman of the first district of Albay challenged the validity of the House Justice Committee’s decision to dismiss the consolidated impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and six other Supreme Court Associate Justices for lack of votes.
THE House of Representatives is committed to have the 2019 budget bill approved on third reading before Congress adjourns on Oct. 12, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s trust and approval ratings fell considerably in a September poll by Pulse Asia released on Tuesday.
THE HOUSE of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on Monday raced to tackle more of the Executive’s proposed tax reforms in a bid to approve as many of them as possible before lawmakers turn their attention to preparations for next year’s midterm elections, this time focusing on making capital income and financial intermediary taxes simpler, fairer and more efficient.
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