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House declines Diokno request to postpone insertions hearing

THE HOUSE of Representatives maintained its decision to hold the “Question Hour” on Tuesday and declined Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno’s postponement request.

Diokno summoned to House to shed light on budget insertions

THE House of Representatives is set to hold “Question Hour” on Tuesday to look into alleged insertions into the proposed 2019 National budget.

Bill creating innovation council hurdles House on 2nd reading

THE House of Representatives approved on second reading the bill proposing to incorporate innovation in the development policy of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

Davao Airport Authority bill gets House nod on 2nd reading

THE HOUSE of Representatives has approved on second reading the bill creating the Davao International Airport Authority.

Ex-senator Revilla cleared of plunder

THE Sandiganbayan special first division on Friday acquitted former senator Ramon B. Revilla, Jr. of plunder charges in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

Andaya defends budget adjustments

HOUSE Majority Leader Rolando G. Andaya, Jr. of the 1st district of Camarines Sur defended the additional P9-billion financial assistance fund to local government units (LGUs) as “executive pork.”

Makabayan calls for Chinese deal terms to be published

THE MAKABAYAN bloc of Congress said Thursday that the government must disclose loan agreements the Philippine government entered into with China.

TV5 franchise extension gets House approval

THE House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading the renewal of the legislative franchise of ABC Development Corp., currently known as TV5 Network, Inc.

House panel hears bills calling for fuel tax hike suspension

THE House Committee on Ways and Means on Wednesday began deliberating bills and resolutions seeking to suspend the increase of the excise taxes on fuel.

House panel signals openness to lowering P10 plastic bag tax

THE House Committee on Ways and Means is open to lowering the proposed P10 excise tax on plastic bags as a compromise with the industry.

Traffic crisis bill bags final House OK

THE HOUSE of Representatives approved on third and final reading on Monday evening a measure designed to alleviate worsening traffic in three key urban centers in the country.

House OK’s draft federal charter on 2nd reading

THE HOUSE of Representatives has approved on second reading a resolution on its version of a draft federal charter.

House panel approves resolution on PHL’s withdrawal from IPU

THE HOUSE Committee on Interparliamentary Relations and Diplomacy approved on Tuesday the resolution supporting the Philippines’ withdrawal of its membership from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

House passes three tax measures on 3rd reading

THE House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading measures increasing excise tax on alcohol and tobacco products and simplifying taxes on financial products.

Tax relief scheme questioned in student fare discount bills

THE House Committee on Transportation’s Monday discussions on student fare discounts continued with resource persons calling the tax relief scheme for transport operators unworkable.

Duterte backs kidnapping charge vs. Satur Ocampo, others

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde on Monday said a kidnapping case will be refiled against former Bayan Muna representative Satur C. Ocampo and his companions over the transport of minors in Talaingod town, Davao del Norte, on Nov. 28.

House bills seek to impose P10 tax on plastic bag use

TWO House bills seeking to impose an excise tax on the use of plastic bags were filed at the House of Representatives.

Bill creating Central Luzon investment authority hurdles committees

A BILL creating a Regional Investment and Infrastructure Coordinating Hub (RICH) in central Luzon was approved by three House committees.

Bill adding energy efficiency office to DoE bureau approved

A BILL reorganizing the agency in charge of promoting energy conservation and efficiency was approved on second reading at the House of Representatives via voice voting.

Traffic crisis bill advances in House

THE HOUSE of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading a measure designed to address worsening traffic in three key metropolitan areas in the next three years.

Tobacco excise bill hurdles House on 2nd reading

THE House of Representatives, via voice vote, approved on second reading on Wednesday the measure increasing the excise tax on tobacco products.

Tax reforms on financial, tobacco products gain ground in House

TWO tax reforms -- one simplifying levies on financial instruments and the other raising the rate for cigarettes -- advanced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Imelda Marcos to bring graft case to SC

REPRESENTATIVE Imelda R. Marcos of the 2nd district of Ilocos Norte has informed the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division she will be appealing her graft cases before the Supreme Court (SC).

House hearing bills on P40-P60 per pack increase in cigarette tax

THE HOUSE WAYS and Means Committee on Monday continued deliberations of the bills raising excise taxes on tobacco products to P40 to P60 per pack from P35, which is intended to fund Universal Health Care (UHC).

Alcohol tax hike hurdles House committee on 2nd reading

A BILL imposing higher excise taxes on alcohol products was approved on second reading at the House of Representatives on Monday.

Arroyo backs minority on underspending inquiry

SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday supported the Minority bloc’s intent to look into underspending by the Duterte Administration.

Competition Commissioner to run for congresswoman

COMMISSIONER Stella Luz A. Quimbo of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) will run in the midterm elections for representative of the 2nd district of Marikina City, incumbent Rep. Romero S. Quimbo, the commissioner’s husband, confirmed.

Corporation Code amendments seen signed before end-2018

THE SIGNING into law of the bill amending Batas Pambansa 68, or the Corporation Code of the Philippines, is expected by year’s end, Camiguin Rep. Xavier Jesus D. Romualdo said.

House panel OKs bill on waiving job requirement fees for graduates

THE HOUSE Committee on Labor and Employment has approved the bill seeking to provide assistance to new graduates by waiving government fees charged from pre-employment requirements.

Bill proposes civil service eligibility for long-serving contract workers

A BILL granting civil service eligibility to contractual government employees who have been in service for three consecutive years has been filed at the House of Representatives.

House approves bill streamlining power permits

THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, voting 215-7, has approved on third and final reading the bill establishing an Energy Virtual One Stop Shop (eVOSS).

House committee approves tax measures on passive income

THE HOUSE WAYS and Means Committee on Wednesday approved the bill simplifying the tax regime for financial investors, which forms part of the government’s comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP).

Tax amnesty, alcohol levy hike advance

A PLANNED general tax amnesty stepped closer to offer as the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the measure on third and final reading a day after the Senate did the same, while a proposal to increase the tax on alcohol products bagged committee approval.

2019 budget bags final reading OK in House

THE HOUSE of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third reading the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019.

House to extend session until Dec. 19 to await budget bill

DEPUTY SPEAKER Prospero A. Pichay, Jr. of the 1st district of Surigao del Sur said the House of Representatives will extend session until Dec. 19 to work on the P3.757-trillion budget at the request of the Senate.

Iligan solon proposes 6-month martial law extension

A RESOLUTION proposing another six-month extension of martial law in Mindanao in view of the midterm elections in May 2019 has been filed at the House of Representatives.

Poverty database bill passes House on 3rd reading

THE House of Representatives, voting 157-0, approved on third and final reading a bill establishing a poverty database in aid of the government’s social protection programs.

Sandiganbayan restores bail for Imelda Marcos

THE Sandiganbayan’s fifth division on Friday allowed Ilocos Norte-2nd district Rep. Imelda R. Marcos to post bail anew pending resolution of her motion for leave.

House panel approves bill allowing early retirement for civil servants

A BILL lowering the optional retirement age for government employees to 56 years has been approved by the House Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization.

Imelda Marcos cites health for skipping graft conviction

ILOCOS Norte-2nd district Rep. Imelda R. Marcos has cited “multiple organ infirmities” as the reason for her absence in her conviction at the Sandiganbayan for graft last Friday.

House OK’s bill on incentives for acclaimed filmmakers

THE bill granting incentives to Filipino filmmakers granted honors in international film festivals has hurdled the House of Representatives on third and final reading.

Tax amnesty bill bags 2nd reading House approval

THE HOUSE of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a proposed general tax amnesty covering liabilities until 2017, a day after the Senate did the same.

Bill on Islamic banking framework okayed on 2nd reading

THE HOUSE of Representatives, via voice voting, approved on second reading on Tuesday a bill proposing to establish a regulatory framework for Islamic banks.

House committee approves financial protection bill

THE HOUSE Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries on Tuesday approved a measure providing for the protection of financial consumers.

Corporate Code amendments hurdle 3rd reading at House

THE PROPOSED Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines, which extends corporate life indefinitely, was approved on third and final reading at the House of Representatives on Monday.