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Duterte flags ‘Build Build Build’ setback due to insufficient workforce

THE GOVERNMENT’s flagship “Build Build Build” infrastructure development program — meant to spur overall economic growth to a sustained faster pace — has suffered delays due to a lack of workers, President Rodrigo R. Duterte himself admitted on Thursday night.

Duterte signs rice tariffication bill

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte signed into law the rice tariffication bill on the last possible day he could have signed or vetoed the measure, Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III told reporters, as confirmed by television reports.

SC sought to reconsider denying Palawan’s share in Malampaya fund

A MOTION for reconsideration has been filed before the Supreme Court (SC) over its decision denying Palawan its 40% share in the Malampaya gas project.

House forest-management bill requiring sustainable practices passes on 2nd reading

A BILL requiring the protection and sustainable management of forests has been approved by the House of Representatives on second reading.

House panel considering regulation of shipping fees

THE House Committee on Transportation is hearing arguments from technical experts in preparation for the possible regulation of sea cargo fees amid opposition from the shipping industry.

Senatorial candidates kick off election campaign

SENATORIAL candidates under Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) kicked off their election campaign in Pampanga on Tuesday, while the opposition Liberal Party’s eight candidates under the Otso Diretso banner began their stumping in Caloocan City, a hotspot in President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s drug war.

House panel questions impact of Manila Bay reclamation

THE HOUSE committee on Metro Manila Development on Monday raised concerns about the Manila Bay cleanup, questioning plans for further reclamation.

House to review Iloilo flood control projects during campaign period

SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to convene the Oversight Committee on Disaster Management over the Congress break to look into the implementation of the flood control projects in Iloilo City.

Bill protecting agri reform beneficiaries hurdles committee

A BILL protecting the rights of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) entering into Agribusiness Venture Arrangements (AVA) has hurdled the House Committee on Agrarian Reform.

Bill discounting OFW remittance fees passes House on 2nd reading

A MEASURE granting migrant workers discounts on remittance fees has been approved on second reading at the House of Representatives.

Congress targets 2019 budget ratification today

BOTH CHAMBERS of Congress will hold sessions today in a last-minute attempt to ratify the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019 despite lingering questions on perceived irregular fund “insertions.”

House bill tweaks capital punishment provision in Dangerous Drugs Act

THE HOUSE of Representatives on Thursday approved a second time the bill amending Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, to remove on second reading provisions imposing capital punishment on certain drug offenses.

House signals readiness to sign 2019 budget committee report

THE House contingent to the Bicameral Conference Committee is ready to sign the committee report for the P3.757-trillion 2019 national budget, Rep. Rolando G. Andaya, Jr. of the 1st district of Camarines Sur, who chairs the chamber’s Appropriations Committee, said on Wednesday.

House Dengvaxia probe finds Aquino, others liable

A JOINT House panel on Wednesday recommended charges against former president Benigno S.C. Aquino III and other officials in connection with the Dengvaxia controversy.

Andaya says budget for signing next week

HOUSE Appropriations Committee Chair Rolando G. Andaya, Jr. doubled down on earlier statements that the P3.757-trillion budget bill for 2019 will be ready by Feb. 6 and will be up for President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s signature by “next week.”

House OK’s bill penalizing owners of properties used in drug trade

A BILL imposing penalties on negligent owners or lessors of properties used in the illegal drug trade hurdled the House of Representatives on third and final reading.

Senate, House approve Murang Kuryente bill

THE two chambers of Congress on Monday approved on third and final reading the bill proposing to use the government share of the Malampaya fund as subsidy to settle obligations of the National Power Corp. (NPC).

House OK’s bill on 20% discount in student fares

THE House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the bill institutionalizing the grant of the 20% student fare discount in public transportation.

House panel approves bill on tax incentives for employers hiring PWDs

THE House Ways and Means Committee on Monday approved the measure granting additional privileges to persons with disability by increasing incentives to their employers.

Bill allowing motorcycles as public transport passes 3rd reading

THE HOUSE of Representatives has approved on third and final reading the bill allowing and regulating the use of motorcycles as public utility vehicles.

House deputy speaker assures May ’19 midterm elections a go

CONFIDENT THAT the bicameral conference committee will meet its Feb. 6 deadline on the budget bill ratification, Deputy Speaker Prospero A. Pichay, Jr. said on Monday that the “no-el” (no election) scenario in May is unlikely.

Anti-turncoatism bill passes 2 committees

THE BILL penalizing political turncoatism to strengthen the political party system in the country has hurdled two committees in the House of Representatives.

Innovative Startup bill targeted for approval Feb. 6

THE Bicameral Conference Committee tasked to reconcile the disagreeing provisions of the proposed Innovative Startup bill targets ratification by Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Andaya: ‘No bicam report for 2019 budget’ without DBM report on...

THE House panel in the bicameral conference committee on the national budget has “demand(ed)” that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) submit a report on the remaining balance of the 2018 national budget.

Bill filed on pension, social security benefits for farmers and fishermen

A BILL establishing a pension and social security benefit scheme for agricultural workers has been filed at the House of Representatives.

Andaya flags some P50 billion in unused funds under DBM

HOUSE Appropriations Committee chair Rolando G. Andaya, Jr. flagged an estimated P50 billion in public funds “lying idle” in offices under the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Roque drops out of Senate race

FORMER presidential spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. on Friday withdrew his senatorial bid, citing health concerns.

Lawmakers move to spare infrastructure from poll ban as 2019 budget...

LAWMAKERS making up the bicameral conference committee now hammering out the final version of the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019 have committed to ensuring ratification next week, with the measure containing a provision that would spare new infrastructure projects from the 45-day public works ban ahead of the May 13 mid-term elections.

Revilla directed to comment on P124.5-million liability

By Charmaine A. Tadalan, Reporter THE SANDIGANBAYAN first division on Thursday granted the camp of former senator Ramon B. Revilla, Jr. 20 days to comment...

2019 budget in last-minute trouble at bicameral talks

WEDNESDAY validated expectations of “bloody” bicameral conference committee talks on the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for this year, with no less than the Senate president threatening to withdraw the version of his chamber from the table before lawmakers concerned met again on the spending plan that day.

Arroyo seeking Saudi investment for Mindanao

SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said she is pushing for six investment projects in Mindanao to be backed by Saudi Arabia.

Revilla, others sought to settle P124.5-M PDAF liability

PROSECUTORS of the Office of the Ombudsman have filed a motion asking the Sandiganbayan to execute its decision that former senator Ramon B. Revilla, Jr. should “jointly” pay P124.5 million with co-accused Richard A. Cambe and Janet Lim-Napoles, in connection with their plunder case.

Tax bureau increases collections from 2017 but misses 2018 target

THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) -- which contributes about three-fourths of total government tax revenues -- grew collections by a tenth last year from 2017, although it fell short of its target by four percent, according to data released at a hearing on Tuesday of the House of Representatives Ways and Means committee.

House panel to issue show-cause order to DBM’s Diokno

THE House committee on appropriations on Tuesday agreed to the motion of Leyte 3rd district Rep. Vicente S.E. Veloso to issue a show-cause order to Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), allowing him to explain why he should not be cited in contempt for failing to appear in the hearings on alleged anomalies in the proposed 2019 budget.

House approves bill on medical marijuana

THE House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading the bill legalizing and regulating the use of medical marijuana.

House panel supports travel tax exemptions for OFW dependents

THE House Ways and Means Committee on Monday approved a measure extending the travel tax exemption to dependents of overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and establishing an OFW Sovereign Fund to encourage investment.

House passes criminal liability bill

THE HOUSE of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the measure lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old from the current 15 years old.

House bicam members asked to consider extra P10B for DoH

SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo proposed an additional P10 billion in funding for the Department of Health (DoH) to the House contingent of the bicameral conference committee tasked to harmonize the 2019 budget bills.

House approves on 2nd reading bill extending tourism enterprise perks

THE House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill extending the effectivity of incentives granted to tourism enterprise zones (TEZ) for another seven years.

Palace-House relations turn complex in twilight of Speaker’s career

THE coup at the House of Representatives that catapulted Pampanga (2nd District) Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the speakership, on that very day of July 23 last year, when President Rodrigo R. Duterte was scheduled to deliver his State of the Nation Address, was a signal even to the surprised reporters covering the House that Mr. Duterte did not have a sure grip on his allies.

Garin, others charged anew over Dengvaxia

A COMPLAINT in connection with the Dengvaxia controversy has been filed anew against former health secretary Janette L. Garin and others over the “untimely” death of alleged Dengvaxia-vaccine victim Kendrick G. Gotoc.

House revises bill on age for criminal liability

AMID the backlash to its bill on criminal liability, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading an amended version of that bill lowering the age of “social” responsibility to 12 years old, from the originally proposed age of nine years old the chamber had earlier passed.

House approves on 2nd reading bill on medical marijuana

THE House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading the bill legalizing and regulating the use of medical marijuana, a measure supported by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

House committee approves bill tapping P123 billion from Malampaya fund for...

THE House Committee on Energy on Tuesday approved a measure proposing to tap P123 billion from the Malampaya fund as a subsidy to help settle obligations of the National Power Corp. (NPC).

‘Bloody’ conference with House ahead as Senate OK’s proposed 2019 budget

THE SENATE on Monday approved its version of the P3.757-trillion proposed national budget for 2019 on second and third reading in quick session and moved to form a bicameral conference panel.