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THE SENATE energy committee on Thursday will hold a hearing to look into the unscheduled power plant shutdowns that may result in rotating power outages until June.
CHINA HAS assured the Philippine government it will not occupy Pag-asa Island in the Kalayaan Group of Islands located off Palawan, Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago L. Sta. Romana said on Wednesday.
BILLS proposing to amend Republic Act No. 9184, or the “Government Procurement Reform Act,” will likely be filed anew in the next Congress despite tepid legislative interest since 2016, Senate leaders said in recent remarks.
THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) sees a “surge” in contract awarding once the 45-day ban on public works lifts after the May 13 mid-term elections.
SENATORS on Monday said the implementation of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) should be subject to Congressional review.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte and Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be leading the Philippine delegation to the first Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in Manila on Monday and Tuesday at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bonifacio Global City.
THE REMAINING PACKAGES of the tax reform program -- a key support of the government’s P8-trillion stepped-up infrastructure development push, will continue to face uncertainty in the new 18th Congress that opens on July 22, according to one legislative leader.
MALACAÑANG on Tuesday said tapping the United States amid the latest tensions with China over the West Philippine Sea needs “serious study.”
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday finally signed the four-month delayed P3.757-trillion 2019 national budget into law, but vetoed about P95.3 billion in appropriations.
AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said Sunday that the possible reenactment of the 2018 budget for the entire year could affect disbursements from the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).
MALACAÑAN PALACE on Friday assured the government’s economic managers have prepared a contingency plan to address impact of a reenacted budget after President Rodrigo R. Duterte threatened to veto the entire P3.757-trillion national budget that was submitted for his signature last March 26.
THE Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Friday asked the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage (MWSS) to “immediately” hold a public hearing to look into possible liabilities of Manila Water Co. Inc., in connection with the water crisis in Metro Manila.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has enough political capital to push his remaining tax reforms through Congress, according to an analyst of Asia-headquartered financial service giant Nomura who noted that the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey bared significant broad-based improvement in Mr. Duterte’s public satisfaction that again peaked since he took office in mid-2016.
WASHINGTON/MANILA -- Thirteen fossil bones and teeth excavated in a cave in the Philippines represent an enigmatic previously unknown human species, probably small in stature and possessing an unexpected mix of archaic and modern traits, scientists said on Wednesday.
TWO MORE allies of President Rodrigo R. Duterte made it to the top 12 of Pulse Asia’s latest senatorial survey, with its sole opposition bet from the recent surveys dropping from the latest poll.
SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III and two other senators filed a resolution rebuking members of the United States House of Representatives, following what they deemed to be moves by US lawmakers to interfere with the Philippine judicial process.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has “no choice but to veto” the items in the 2019 national budget identified by Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III as “unconstitutional realignments,” Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon said.
SENATE Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon cautioned against cancelling government contracts found to be onerous, after a review was ordered by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
THE BILL amending the 82-year-old Public Services Act (PSA) to lift foreign ownership limits especially in the telecommunications and transport sectors may still make it out of the legislative mill before the 17th Congress ends in June, according to Senate leaders interviewed on Tuesday.
THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) told a Senate technical working group on Tuesday that outdated real property market values could cost provinces as much as P7.4 billion and cities up to P23.077 billion in terms of foregone revenues.
SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III said the House of Representatives is making a “last-ditch effort” to save its post-ratification realignments in the P3.757-trillion national budget from being vetoed.
THE Murang Kuryente Bill, which will settle the National Power Corp.’s (NPC) obligations by tapping the P208-billion net national government share in the Malampaya fund, is expected for ratification when the congressional session resumes in May.
THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) on Monday said the recent police operations in various parts of Negros Oriental, where 14 suspected communist supporters were killed, were legitimate and cannot be considered a massacre.
SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said China provides a development model that offers an alternative to Western approaches, which has served China well in the past few decades.
THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA), in its 2018 report, asked the Northeastern Luzon Pacific Coastal Service, Inc. (NLPCSI) to create a concrete plan for its operations, which has not commenced 14 years since its inception.
THE SANDIGANBAYAN Second Division dismissed the graft and malversation cases against Lanao del Norte-2nd district Rep. Abdullah D. Dimaporo in connection with the P5-million funding for the Farm Input/Farm Implement Program (FIFIP) in Lanao del Norte.
Malacañang on Friday called on the European Union anew to reconsider funding organizations allegedly being used as legal fronts of the communist rebellion.
THE MAKABAYAN BLOC of legislators said it will file on April 3 a petition before the Supreme Court to order the government to withdraw from the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project loan agreement, over questions about its constitutionality.
ECONOMIC GROWTH this quarter could hover close to last quarter’s pace but will be substantially slower than the year-ago clip when official data is reported on May 9, according to economists asked on Wednesday, citing primarily the impact of delayed enactment of the P3.757-trillion national budget for this year.
THE House of Representatives and the Senate plan to transmit the P3.757-trillion national budget to the Office of the President this week, as agreed during a Monday meeting intended to resolve the budget impasse.
LEGISLATORS expressed guarded confidence about the progress made in resolving the 2019 Budget impasse, with both Senators and Congressmen giving next week as a possible time frame for sending the measure to the Palace for signing.
WATER SERVICE disruption since earlier this month in Metro Manila’s east concession zone prompted President Rodrigo R. Duterte to summon both regulatory and corporate officials overseeing the current situation to Malacañan Palace on Tuesday night where he told regulators to “shape up or ship out” and threatened termination of concessionaires’ contracts, according to statements of the Palace and parties present in the meeting.
THE METROPOLITAN WATERWORKS and Sewerage System (MWSS) said on Tuesday it was studying the prompt imposition of penalties against the Manila Water Company, Inc. for current service disruptions, marking a shift from its statement the day before that penalties will have to be incorporated in rate rebasing done every five years.
SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III said failure to promptly resolve the dispute of both chambers of Congress over the 2019 budget will prolong the effectivity of the reenacted 2018 budget until August -- a scenario that government economists said would dampen gross domestic product (GDP) to about 4.9%-5.1%.