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Failure to curb motorcycle crimes flagged

Tens of thousands of crimes involving men on motorcycles have been reported since 2010, which could have been prevented had the government enforced bigger...

House to probe vehicle testing scam

The House transportation committee will investigate private motor vehicle inspection centers over complaints about a money-making scheme. House Deputy Speaker Rufus B. Rodriguez has filed...

Military commander hit for terror comment

A senator on Friday hit a military commander for accusing a journalist of aiding terrorists, which he said was “totally unnecessary” amid debates on...

Manila considering ending visa privilege for Chinese nationals

MANILA is considering ending a program giving Chinese nationals a visa upon arrival in Manila due to health and human trafficking concerns, according to a Philippine envoy.

Janssen clinical trials may start this week — DoST

JANSSEN Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson will start clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine in the Philippines this week, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DoST).

Gov’t told to address underspending amid COVID-19 pandemic

THE GOVERNMENT should look at underspending issues before it starts talks of a third stimulus package to help sectors hit by a coronavirus pandemic, according to a senator.

CREATE now awaits Duterte’s signature

CONGRESS ratified on Wednesday the proposed Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) law,  which will cut corporate income tax (CIT), streamline fiscal incentives and ease coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine importation.

Senator who fought dictator and pushed power reforms dies

JOHN Henry R. Osmeña, a seasoned former senator who fought the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos in the 1970s, has died. He was 86.

Seized dredging ship not Chinese — embassy

A DREDGING ship that was seized by Philippine authorities for illegal entry is not registered in China, the Chinese Embassy said in a statement on Wednesday. 

Nationwide round-up (02/03/21)

ALBAY 2nd District Rep. Rep. José María Clemente S. Salceda filed a bill on Wednesday that seeks to reform the pension system of uniformed personnel and address the ballooning liability, which currently stands at P9.6 trillion.

Gov’t to order 178M doses of vaccines for 90M Filipinos

THE PHILIPPINES will try to order 178 million doses of coronavirus vaccines so it can inoculate more than 90 million Filipinos this year, according to the presidential palace.

Nationwide round-up (02/02/21)

TRANSPORT agencies on Tuesday said they would postpone the “full” implementation of the child car seat law, which means penalties for non-compliance will not be imposed yet.

Gov’t facing P9.6-trillion bill for military pension obligations

THE GOVERNMENT will need to set aside about P9.6 trillion to meet its obligations to retired military and uniformed personnel (MUP) if it does not reform their pension arrangements, a key senator said.

Congress set to ratify CREATE bicam report

THE PROPOSED Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (CREATE), as approved by the Bicameral Conference Committee, will grant incentives to exporters and “critical” domestic enterprises for up to 17 years.

Senate OK’s Manila’s adoption of treaty on ban of nuclear arms

THE SENATE on Monday concurred with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s decision to agree to a United Nations (UN) treaty banning nuclear weapons.

China defends law letting coast guard fire at sea

A CHINESE law allowing its coast guard to fire at foreign vessels in the South China Sea is not meant to target specific countries, its embassy in Manila said on Monday.

Senate queries DA on use of stimulus funds, rising pork prices

SENATORS on Monday questioned the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) limited use of its P24-billion allocation from the second stimulus package, known as Bayanihan II, as well as higher pork prices.

Coronavirus pandemic highlights failures of Philippine education

JIRO A. NOBLE, 14, has been trying to learn Algebra on his own since classes started in October amid a coronavirus pandemic.

LGUs ordered to conform to gov’t policy on hog movements

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed local government units (LGUs) to align their executive orders (EOs) with National Government policy in restricting the movement of live hogs.

Duterte urged to allow navy to join drills in South China...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte should let the Philippine Navy join war games in the South China Sea after China passed a law allowing its coast guard to fire at foreign vessels in the disputed waterway, political analysts said.

US vows to help Manila in case of war vs China

THE US under President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has affirmed its commitment to help the Philippines in case its naval ships are attacked by China amid growing tensions in the South China Sea.

Nationwide round-up (01/28/21)

A third round of assistance programs to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is not necessary for now, Malacañang said on Thursday.

Manila fires diplomatic protest after China law on firing at sea

THE PHILIPPINES has filed a diplomatic protest against China after it passed a law allowing its coast guard to fire at foreign vessels in the South China Sea.

Nationwide round-up (01/27/21)

PRIVATE sector employees, especially those classified as essential workers, will be among the government’s priority in the coronavirus immunization program, the country’s vaccine czar said on Wednesday.

Regional Updates (01/27/21)

THE Baguio City government has ordered the hotel that served as a venue for a party where attendees breached health protocols to explain why it should not be penalized, but the event’s host has been told by the mayor, who was among the guests, “not to worry.”

Senate bill seeks to pay back people hurt by vaccines

A SENATOR has filed a bill that seeks to compensate people who might get sick from coronavirus vaccine shots.

Senate adopts resolution on UP accord

THE SENATE on Tuesday adopted a resolution urging the Department of Defense (DND) and University of the Philippines (UP) to revisit an agreement that limited military presence in the state university’s campuses.

Nationwide round-up (01/26/21)

MORE than 90% of the P15-billion fund released by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to health care institutions, which has been under investigation, has so far been liquidated, the head of the state-owned insurance firm said on Tuesday.

Manila frowns at China law on firing at sea

THE PHILIPPINES on Monday said the use of force is prohibited under international law, as China passed a law allowing its coast guard to fire at foreign vessels in the South China Sea.

Nationwide round-up (01/25/21)

THE military should punish its members who were behind the publication on social media of an unvetted list of people who are alleged members of the communist armed group New People’s Army (NPA), a senator said.

COVID-19 cases near 514,000 with 10,242 deaths, says DoH

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 1,949 coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 513,619.

Regional Updates (01/24/21)

THE Bontoc local government has taken measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the mountain town, where 12 cases of the more contagious UK variant has been confirmed.

CHEd seeks dialog on academic freedom

The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) will convene a panel to discuss academic freedom and how law enforcers can protect it, according to the...

Manila to get 40M free doses under COVAX

THE PHILIPPINES will get as many as 40 million doses of free coronavirus vaccines this quarter under a global initiative that ensures their equal distribution, according to the country’s vaccine czar.

Vaccine czar assures senators’ shots are priced competitively

THE COUNTRY’S vaccine czar met with some Senate leaders on Wednesday to assure them that coronavirus vaccines bought by the government were not overpriced.

DoJ clears Duterte ally accused of violating quarantine restrictions

GOVERNMENT prosecutors have dismissed a complaint against an administration senator accused of violating lockdown rules amid a coronavirus pandemic.

PHL likely to avoid FATF ‘gray list’

THE Philippines is likely to avoid being “gray-listed” by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as it is on track to meet the Feb. 1 deadline to implement a stricter law against money laundering.

State should let local governments import vaccines — senator

A SENATOR has filed a resolution asking the government to allow local governments and the private sector to order coronavirus vaccines.

Nationwide round-up (01/20/21)

A MEASURE that will institutionalize the 1989 agreement between the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Department of National Defense (DND) that limits military and police presence in UP campuses nationwide has been filed in the Senate.

Bicameral panel approves stricter ‘dirty money’ rules

THE BICAMERAL Conference Committee on Tuesday approved the bill strengthening the anti-money laundering law, although a key amendment pushed by Malacañang was not included in the final version.

Bill proposing paid pandemic leave hurdles committee level

THE HOUSE Committee on Labor and Employment approved in principle the bill that will grant paid leave to workers who contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and those placed on floating status during the pandemic.

Nationwide round-up (01/19/21)

THE head of the country’s biggest state-run university has asked the defense chief for a dialogue over the unilateral cancellation of an agreement that keeps the police and military out of its campuses nationwide.

Senate OK’s AMLA amendments

THE SENATE on Monday approved on final reading a version of the bill strengthening the government’s regulations against money laundering that deviates from the version backed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

Extended ‘lifeline’ power subsidy for poor passes on 3rd reading in...

A MEASURE extending until 2031, the lifeline power rate subsidy granted to low-income households was approved in the Senate on third and final reading Monday.

Leave constitutional changes to next Congress — senator

CONGRESS should leave changes to the 1987 Constitution to the next administration, a senator said on Monday, noting that foreign ownership limits may be relaxed by law.