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TWENTY-FIVE United States lawmakers have filed a bill that seeks to suspend police and military financial assistance to the Philippines as human rights violations are expected to worsen under the Southeast Asian nation’s expanded anti-terror law.
THE COUNTRY’S anti-graft court has failed to fast-track trials against high-ranking state officials in the past four decades partly due to limitations of the Philippine Ombudsman, according to the World Bank.
THE BILL granting a 50-year franchise to the San Miguel Aerocity, Inc. on Wednesday hurdled the Senate Committee on Public Services, the panel chairperson said.
A BREWING coup at the House of Representatives after some congressmen complained of an inequitable share in the P4.5-trillion national budget for next year threatens to delay the passage of the bill, some lawmakers said. “A power struggle in the House will affect our timeline, and I hope not because we’re still in the middle of the pandemic,” Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon told the ABS-CBN News Channel on Monday. “We have 10% unemployment and we’re expected to have a contraction in our economy, so a delay in the budget would be very critical,” he added.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has sent note verbales asking other countries to help stranded Filipino seafarers amid a coronavirus pandemic that has...
THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the agriculture sector has not shown improvements commensurate to the funding support it has received. “The observation...
A SENATOR has filed a bill seeking to reorganize the Philippine-Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) after President Rodrigo R. Duterte approved corruption charges against top officials.
THE Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) will clarify its rules on ineligible vendors after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) nearly procured medical supplies from a blacklisted entity.
A MEASURE relaxing restrictions under the bank secrecy law to allow the central bank to look into deposits for possible fraudulent activities has been filed in the Senate.
THE PHILIPPINES on Sunday deported a US marine convicted in 2015 for killing a Filipino transgender and whom President Rodrigo R. Duterte had pardoned.
MORE than 42,500 migrant Filipino workers came home last month amid a coronavirus pandemic that has sickened 27.1 million and killed about 884,000 people worldwide, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Foreign borrowing to fund pandemic-containment measures hit $8.83 billion in August, the Department of Finance said Friday. "As of the end of August, the Department...
The Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) said it expects loan approvals of as much as P6 billion in September after a shortfall during the...
ONLINE business registrations and complaints surged after the government locked down Luzon starting in mid-March to contain a coronavirus pandemic, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
A senator on Thursday rejected a House of Representatives proposal to give President Rodrigo. R. Duterte special powers to reorganize corruption-ridden Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).
SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III on Wednesday asserted that the country’s health chief is liable, at least for abandonment or negligence, in the alleged widespread corruption in state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).
ECONOMIC MANAGERS pressed the Senate on the urgency of legislation creating asset management companies (AMCs), saying that delays in enacting such a measure hampered the economy’s recovery from the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997.
THE SENATE committee that investigated the alleged widespread corruption in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has recommended the filing of criminal and administrative charges against those involved in irregularities, including top ranking officials.
THE SENATE committee on foreign relations is ready to look into proposals to terminate existing contracts with Chinese companies that are involved in reclamation activities in the South China Sea, but its chairman noted that aborting signed deals is not that simple.
THE RESIGNATION of Shinzo Abe as Japan’s prime minister may affect the Philippines’ foreign policy towards the United States and China as well as its loan availment in the long term, analysts said separately at the weekend.
A PROPOSED law institutionalizing the Supreme Court ruling that grants a larger share of national revenues to local governments has been filed in the House of Representatives.
A SENATOR on Thursday pushed for the lifting of the deployment ban imposed on healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic, which has mainly affected nurses who already have contracts for work overseas.
THE Budget department submitted to Congress on Tuesday the P4.506-trillion spending plan for 2021, where allocations for the Public Works and Transportation departments were increased significantly as the government hopes an aggressive infrastructure push will drive post-pandemic economic recovery.
THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. should be abolished and replaced by a new agency through legislation, the Senate blue ribbon committee said in a report on Tuesday after a probe that exposed corruption among high-ranking officials.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte won’t give an inch of Philippine territory to other states, the presidential palace said on Monday after Manila protested alleged Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.
A SENATE RESOLUTION is seeking a review of the government’s handling of the repatriation program and other policies concerning returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).