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THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and Land Registration Authority (LRA) have been identified as among the most red tape-ridden agencies in the first 100 days of ease of doing business (EoDB) law implementation, a government watchdog said.
SENATORS CYNTHIA A. Villar and Emmanuel D. Pacquiao maintained their position as the wealthiest senators, while detained Senator Leila M. De Lima is the poorest among them.
UNLIKE VIETNAM’s order for a total pull-out of the computer-animated movie Abominable, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. has suggested cutting what he called the “offending scene,” which shows the nine-dash line claim of China in the South China Sea.
SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III touted the Philippine and Indonesian governments’ boundary agreement as a model for settling territorial disputes.
THE Senate Committee on Finance on Thursday raised concerns over a lump-sum P1.1-billion subsidy for the electrification of sitios and barangays under the 2020 budget of the Department of Energy (DoE).
A NEW testimony in the Senate’s probe on the 2013 multi-million reselling of illegal drugs seized during police operations claims Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar D. Albayalde had a share from the transaction.
IT WILL TAKE YEARS to revive a nuclear energy development program due to inadequate laws, skills and infrastructure, even as the country scrounges for more energy sources to support its fast-growing economy, a senator and an expert said on Monday.
THE Senate is consolidating five bills seeking to jump-start the electric vehicle industry, with subsidies for the sector the common theme of the legislation which a key Senator hopes will make it out of committee by next month.
THE P4.1-TRILLION proposed national budget for 2020 as well as remaining packages of the comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP) will take up much of lawmakers’ time when they return to work on Nov. 4 and before they take their Dec. 21-Jan. 19 Christmas-New Year break, key legislators said on Sunday.
THE Philippine government is looking into strengthening diplomatic ties with Latin America, Africa, and Central Asia in the next three years, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said.
PHILIPPINE National Police Chief Oscar D. Albayalde has 34 days to make amends over his alleged attempt to halt the implimentation of an order dismissing 13 Pampanga policemen involved in a drug recycling scheme in 2013, said a senator. Mr. Albayalde is due to retire from service in November.
National Police chief Oscar D. Albayalde had sought a halt to the dismissal of 13 rogue cops accused of recycling illegal drugs seized from legitimate police operations in 2013, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron N. Aquino told senators yesterday.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s police chief should consider quitting over his negligence as former Pampanga provincial director that had allowed a multi-million drug recycling scheme by rogue cops in 2013, Senator Richard J. Gordon said yesterday.
THE House of Representatives on Tuesday transmitted the P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 to the Senate ahead of the a month-long break beginning Oct. 4, with senior legislators claiming that the spending plan is “pork-free” and invited the Senate to “see for themselves.”
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s police chief allegedly tried to stop the dismissal of 13 rogue cops who recycled illegal drugs in an illicit business that leads all the way to the Philippines’ national jail and several regional police offices.
THE PHILIPPINE military has reported the unannounced entry of Chinese vessels near Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea to the Foreign Affairs department for appropriate diplomatic action, its newly appointed chief said yesterday.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will veto any funds in the proposed P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget that will be proven to have been allocated in an irregular manner, Malacañang said on Tuesday, adding that the President will “scrutinize” the budget as soon as it reaches his table.
THE SENATE Economic Affairs Committee is “catching up” in deliberations on proposed amendments to the decades-old Republic Act No. 7042, or the Foreign Investments Act (FIA) of 1991, the panel’s chairman said on Monday.
THE PROPOSED P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 is now comfortably on track for year-end enactment, following advanced approval of the spending plan last Friday at the House of Representatives, a Senate leader said last weekend.
A MEASURE gradually increasing the road users’ tax filed in the House of Representatives is expected to generate P8.12 billion worth of revenue in the first year of implementation, a key legislator said.
ROGUE COPS recycled illegal drugs after kidnapping Chinese drug lords for ransom in an illicit business that leads all the way to the Philippines’ national jail and several regional police offices, according to a former police general.
JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA -- Saudi Arabia will restore its lost oil production by the end of September and has managed to recover supplies to customers to the levels they were at prior to weekend attacks on its facilities by drawing from its huge oil inventories.
THE Senate finance committee on Wednesday approved the P9.97 billion budget of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for 2020.
THE MEASURE that will lower the corporate income tax to 20% by 2029 from 30% currently and remove redundant fiscal incentives has chances of hurdling the Senate within this first regular session, as the chamber’s Ways and Means committee began deliberations on Tuesday.
THE MEASURE that will reduce the corporate income tax rate to 20% by 2029 from 30% currently and overhaul fiscal incentives will go through a “fine-toothed comb” in the Senate, Majority Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri said on Monday, following the bill’s approval in the House of Representatives late last week.
THE SENATE ways and means committee may still decide to tax electronic cigarettes at par with traditional tobacco products, depending on the findings that emerge about the products’ health risks, its chairman Senator Pilar Juliana S. Cayetano said.