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Not all tax reforms approved by yearend

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.

Budget debates stalled amid friction in House

PLENARY DEBATES on the proposed 2019 budget were stalled at the House of Representatives on Monday amid a brewing conflict among the House leaders.

Poverty database bill hurdles House committees

A SUBSTITUTE bill establishing a data collection system for welfare beneficiaries, has been approved by two committees at the House of Representatives.

Bill filed to exempt OFW dependents from travel tax

A BILL exempting the dependents of Overseas Filipino Workers from paying travel tax has been filed at the House of Representatives.

House resolution seeks to block national franchise for solar firm

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).

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Candidacy filing for 2019 polls moved to Oct. 11-17 THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) announced on Wednesday that dates for the filing of certificate of...

Makabayan bloc backs P10 billion extra NFA budget for use in...

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.

Impeachment complaint against seven SC justices dismissed

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.

House OK’s second tax reform

WITH 187-14-3 votes, the House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the second of up to five planned tax reform tranches that cuts the corporate income tax (CIT) rate and removes fiscal incentives deemed redundant.

Congress moves for resetting filing of candidacies to Oct. 11-17

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.

Bill seeks to allocate 10% of mall space to small firms

A BILL seeking to set aside 10% of mall space for small businesses at no charge has been filed at the House of Representatives.

House passes mobile number portability bill on 3rd reading

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.

Impeach raps vs SC heads up for substance debate

THE HOUSE committee on justice will deliberate on Tuesday, Sept. 11, on the sufficiency in substance of the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, and six other Supreme Court Justices.

Bill to open gov’t procurement to foreign suppliers

A BILL relaxing domestic supplier preferences in government procurement has been filed at the House of Representatives.

Uson a lightning rod at PCOO budget hearings

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 cite Robredo’s ‘growing assertiveness’

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.

August inflation fastest in nearly a decade

HEADLINE INFLATION in August caught state economic managers and financial markets by surprise, shooting up to its fastest clip in almost a decade, according to official data the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released on Wednesday.

Bill adding farmers to PCA board hurdles House panel

A BILL including coconut farmer representatives to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) board was approved at committee level at the House of Representatives.

Tax reforms gain ground in House

TWO TAX REFORMS — one that cuts the corporate income tax rate and removes redundant fiscal incentives, and another that provides for a general amnesty — were approved at different levels in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Duterte voids amnesty for ex-mutineer senator

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has signed Proclamation 572 revoking the amnesty for Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV, in connection with his acts of mutiny and sedition against the government of then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

House OK’s 100-day maternity leave

THE HOUSE BILL increasing from 60 to 100 days the paid maternity leave was approved on third and final reading on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

House panel: Impeachment complaints vs SC justices ‘sufficient in form’

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.

De Castro: ‘We demand respect’ from co-equal branches of government

CHIEF JUSTICE Teresita Leonardo-De Castro on Monday called for “respect” from the other co-equal branches of government.

House bill seeks to suspend fuel excise when inflation spikes

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.

House bill filed seeking 60-day NFA rice buffer

HOUSE Agriculture and Food Committee Chair Jose T. Panganiban, Jr. has filed a bill proposing to increase the required rice buffer stock of the National Food Authority (NFA) to 60 days from 15 days.

NEDA proposes five-phase transition for federalism

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.

DA chief to issue order against rice hoarders

AGRICULTURE Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol on Friday flagged the problem of rice hoarding in the country, saying he is set to issue an order to help clamp down on this practice.

Employers signal acceptability of service incentive leave bill

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.

‘I support martial law in Mindanao’ — Arroyo

HOUSE SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday expressed support for martial law in Mindanao, which is due for congressional action upon Malacañang’s move for its extension.

House resolution extending funds for victims of human rights abuse OK’d...

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.

No-parking policy to be strictly implemented along Mabuhay Lanes

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.

P2B revenue seen from regulated rice trading in ZAMBASULTA

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.

House panel clears Office of the President budget

THE P6.773-billion budget of the Office of the President (OP) was approved on Wednesday by the House Appropriations Committee after less than 10 minutes of deliberation with no interpellation.

House passes cash-transfer bill on 3rd reading

THE House of Representatives on Wednesday passed on third and final reading a measure institutionalizing the government’s cash transfer program, known as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Hearings resume for 2019 budget as some cuts restored

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.

House approves 100-day maternity leave on 2nd reading

THE BILL EXTENDING paid maternity leave to 100 days from the current 60 days has hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives, Tuesday.

Bid to impeach SC justices may be consolidated

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 panel calls for investigation of Zamboanga rice shortage

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.

INC telecommunications franchise gets House OK

THE House of Representatives recently passed on third and final reading a bill extending the telecommunications franchise of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) by another 25 years.

Impeachment complaints filed vs 7 SC justices

SEVEN of the eight Supreme Court associate justices who ruled in favor of the quo warranto case that ousted Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno as chief justice now face impeachment complaints filed by minority lawmakers.

Corporate farming act offers incentives to firms producing rice and corn

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.

House bill filed on coconut farmers’ inclusion in PCA Governing Board

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.

Gov’t considering penalties against XiamenAir

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.

House to resume budget work

THE HOUSE of Representatives is scheduled to proceed with hearings on the Executive’s proposed 2019 national budget when it reconvenes on Aug. 28, despite confusion on a compromise with economic managers.

PPA regulatory functions proposed for transfer to MARINA

A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill seeking to reorganize the Philippine Ports Authority by separating its regulatory and commercial functions.