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REMAINING TAX REFORMS targeted by the Executive will bag final approval in the House of Representatives this 17th Congress, a leader of the chamber assured on Monday, but not all will hurdle both legislative chambers by yearend as President Rodrigo R. Duterte (PRRD) requested in his third State of the Nation Address (SoNA) last July.
A BILL exempting the dependents of Overseas Filipino Workers from paying travel tax has been filed at the House of Representatives.
A RESOLUTION seeking to block a bill granting a franchise to Solar Para sa Bayan Corp. has been filed at the House of Representatives, with the resolution’s backers claiming that the franchise conflicts with the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA).
THE MAKABAYAN bloc of legislators on Wednesday filed a resolution backing a P10-billion supplemental budget for the National Food Authority (NFA) for domestic rice procurement between September and January.
THE HOUSE COMMITTEE on Justice on Tuesday dismissed the impeachment complaints filed by opposition lawmakers against the seven Supreme Court justices who granted the quo warranto petition that ousted Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno as Chief Justice.
CONGRESS ON Monday adopted resolutions in its respective chambers calling on the Commission on Elections to reset the filing of certificates of candidacy for next year’s midterm elections.
A BILL seeking to set aside 10% of mall space for small businesses at no charge has been filed at the House of Representatives.
THE HOUSE of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill allowing mobile phone subscribers to switch networks without changing their numbers.
A BILL relaxing domestic supplier preferences in government procurement has been filed at the House of Representatives.
THE Presidential Communication Operations Office’s (PCOO) proposed budget, which will rise 2.75% to P1.434 billion in 2019, was approved at committee level at the House of Representatives, in the face of calls for the office to be stripped of funding.
ANALYSTS SOUGHT for comment on recent statements by Vice-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo noted her “assertiveness” following President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s attacks against her and his proclamation voiding the amnesty for opposition Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV.
A BILL including coconut farmer representatives to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) board was approved at committee level at the House of Representatives.
WITH 21 affirmative votes and zero negative, the House Committee on Justice found “sufficient in form” the consolidated impeachment complaints filed against seven Supreme Court justices who granted the quo warranto case that ousted Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno as chief justice.
CHIEF JUSTICE Teresita Leonardo-De Castro on Monday called for “respect” from the other co-equal branches of government.
OPPOSITION MEMBERS of the House of Representatives have filed a bill seeking to suspend the excise tax on kerosene and diesel contained in the provisions of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.
THE National Economic and Development Authority has proposed a five-phase transition to a federal form of government to avoid disruption to the economy’s growth momentum.
THE Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) said a bill doubling the service incentive leave (SIL) of regular employees to 10 days is “tolerable” for its membership because the measure represents a non-cash benefit that will not worsen inflation.
THE HOUSE OF Representatives has approved on third and final reading a joint resolution extending until December 2019 reparation funds to victims of Ferdinand E. Marcos’s martial-law regime.
THE METRO Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Thursday it will implement a stricter no-parking policy with a P500 fine along 17 Mabuhay Lanes beginning Friday morning.
AGRICULTURE SECRETARY Emmanuel F. Piñol said the government stands to earn as much P2 billion in annual revenues if it “legalizes rice smugglers” in the southwestern part of Mindanao.
BUDGET hearings at the House of Representatives resumed as scheduled on Tuesday after the chamber and economic managers compromised over the one-year spending deadline attached to allocations under the 2019 National Expenditure Program.
THE BILL EXTENDING paid maternity leave to 100 days from the current 60 days has hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives, Tuesday.
THE HOUSE committee on justice may consolidate the seven impeachment complaints filed by opposition lawmakers against the seven Supreme Court associate justices who granted the quo warranto petition that ousted Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno as chief justice.
HOUSE COMMITTEE on Agriculture and Food chair Jose T. Panganiban, Jr. said he has filed a resolution to investigate the Zamboanga rice shortage, which was allegedly caused by a crackdown on smuggling and during which large quantities of the staple grain were found to have been contaminated with pests.
A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill granting incentives to firms that successfully bring corporate efficiencies and the ability to tap financing to the process of producing rice and corn.
A BILL reconstituting the Governing Board of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to include more farmer groups has been filed at the House of Representatives (HoR), following the bicameral approval of the coco levy fund early this month.
THE CHINESE AIRLINE whose disabled passenger jet caused the closure last Friday, Aug. 17, of a runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) apologized for that incident, even as Philippine officials mulled possible penalties against the company.
A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill seeking to reorganize the Philippine Ports Authority by separating its regulatory and commercial functions.