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House OKs bill to spur economic growth in Eastern Visayas

ON THURSDAY evening, the House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 6869 which seeks to create the Eastern Visayas Development Authority (EVDA) which is meant to spearhead investment promotion and implement economic development strategies in Region 8.

Despite extended ECQ, Congress will resume on May 4

CONGRESS will resume its session on May 4 even though President Rodrigo R. Duterte has extended the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the National Capital Region.

House may hold virtual sessions when it resumes

THE House of Representatives may hold virtual sessions once Congress resumes on May 4 if the risk of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) still persists, House Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano said.

Congress empowers Duterte vs virus outbreak

LAWMAKERS approved a bill giving President Rodrigo R. Duterte special powers to deal with a novel coronavirus pandemic that has sickened hundreds in the Philippines and threatens to bring the economy to a standstill.

Bill seeks more comprehensive control of drug, medical equipment prices

A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill seeking to lower the price of medicines and medical equipment.

House to prioritize creation new departments of Water, Disaster Resilience, and...

THE House of Representatives will prioritize the passage of bills creating three departments when Congress reconvenes on Jan. 20, said House Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano.

Congress asked to legalize motorcycles as transport mode

COMMUTERS’ groups want Congress to legalize motorcycles as a mode of transportation, saying the six-month pilot program is enough to determine their viability.

Whoever is Speaker must back admin’s economic agenda

AS THE BATTLE for House speakership drags on with more players joining the fray, two lawmakers believe that what is crucial is for the new leader to have an understanding of and support the administration’s economic reform agenda.

Human Rights Commission concerned over non-renewal of ABS-CBN franchise

THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expressed concern over lawmakers’ freezing of ABS-CBN franchise bill, saying that it “could signal a bleaker state of press freedom in the country.”

No more hearings on water situation — GMA

HOUSE Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said on Friday that she is planning to cancel any further congressional meetings on the water situation and would rather focus on addressing Metro Manila’s water supply rather than discuss the idea that Manila Water Company, Inc.’s customers not be billed this month.

Congress ratifies 2019 budget; rejects cash-based budgeting system

Congress on Friday finally ratified the proposed P3.757 trillion national budget for 2019.

Congress to hold joint session on martial law extension

CONGRESS is set to hold a joint session on Wednesday, Dec. 12, to deliberate on the request of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to again extend martial law in Mindanao for another year.

Impeachment process against anti-Sereno justices to be expedited — GMA

THE House of Representatives (HoR) to “expedite” the impeachment process against the seven Supreme Court associate justices who ruled in favor of the quo warranto case that ousted former chief justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno, according to House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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.

House ends minority leadership row, retains Suarez

By Charmaine A. Tadalan The House of Representatives on Tuesday, Aug. 7, ended weeks-long conflict among factions seeking to be officially recognized as the minority...

Second tax reform package up for plenary debate

THE HOUSE ways and means committee approved the Department of Finance's (DoF) second tax reform package on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The unnumbered substitute bill, now...

Senators raise concerns over Arroyo’s Congress leadership

Senators on Tuesday, July 24, raised concerns over the leadership of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who took over as Speaker of the House of...

Ouster plot takes its toll on Bangsamoro law

THE THIRD regular session of the 17th Congress opened on Monday amid an ouster plot against House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez, upsetting the anticipated ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

Senate to consult House on legislative agenda

CONGRESS BEGINS its Third Regular Session on Monday, with the Senate set to coordinate its priority bills with the House of Representatives, Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III said on Sunday.

Final version of BBL to retain ARMM law provisions: Zubiri

The bicameral conference committee tasked to reconcile the two versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has agreed to retain provisions already granted to...

Sotto: Charter change may not be Senate’s top priority in next...

Charter change will take a backseat in the Senate priorities in the third regular session, Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III said on Monday,...

Malacañang gets Congress assurance of BBL passage before SONA

MALACAÑANG ON Monday confirmed that leaders of Congress have given assurance that they will work overtime for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo R. Duterte in July.

Planned tax amnesty gaining ground in House Ways and Means committee

A TECHNICAL working group (TWG) of the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means committee hopes to finalize the general tax amnesty bill this week, before it is presented to the entire panel for approval when Congress resumes session late next month.

Duterte leaves the fate of tax reform law to Congress

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday, June 3, said he is leaving the fate the controversial Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) amidst...

House shelves bill on recoverable system loss

Lawmakers on Tuesday, May 22, shelved the draft bill on recoverable system loss for further review after noting its provisions are similar to a...

Senate to make endo top priority when Congress resumes session —...

Senate President Aquilino L. Pimentel III vowed to have the proposed "endo" (end of contractualization) law the Senate's priority measure on its May session...

Independent assessment of PECO to be presented to Congress

A THIRD party assessment on Panay Electric Company (PECO) will be presented to the House of Representatives as the sole power distributor in Iloilo...

BSP expects National ID system law to be passed in May

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) expects the national identification (ID) system to be enacted next month. Speaking at the national convention of Chamber of...

DoF expects remaining tax reform packages approved this year

THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) is confident that Congress will stick to the planned 2018 approval of all of its succeeding tax reform proposals,...

Duterte is ‘for’ abolition of political dynasties but doubts it will...

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte doubts if the proposal to abolish political dynasties in the Philippines will hurdle Congress. Mr. Duterte told local...

Lawmakers target passage of Bangsamoro law by end of May

By Arjay L. Balinbin Lawmakers on Tuesday, March 13, told President Rodrigo R. Duterte that they target to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by...

House panel targets ‘early March’ approval of tax amnesty measure

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan Reporter THE HOUSE of Representatives’ Ways and Means committee hopes to approve a tax amnesty measure by “early March,” its chairman...

House to go it alone on ‘Cha-cha’

By Minde Nyl R. dela Cruz THE HOUSE of Representatives is pushing through with constitutional amendments even without the Senate, Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez said...

‘Cha-cha dead in the Senate’ — Pro tem

By Camille A. Aguinaldo THE SENATE president pro tempore on Wednesday warned that the priority agenda to revise or amend the Constitution is “dead,” based...

Senator files resolution on constitutional assembly

SENATOR PANFILO M. Lacson on Monday, Jan. 15, filed a resolution calling on the Senate to convene itself into a constituent assembly to propose...

SC sought for TRO on martial law in Mindanao

By Minde Nyl R. Dela Cruz OPPOSITION lawmakers petitioned the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Dec. 27, for a temporary restraining order (TRO) or a writ...

Tax reform, free tuition, among the more than 2,000 measures House...

THE House of Representatives reported a total of 2,100 measures processed — including a proposed tax reform package — during its first and second...

Congress approves 2nd martial law extension

WITH 240 votes in the affirmative and 27 in the negative, the two chambers of Congress approved a second extension of martial law in...

Congress ratifies tax reform bill

The Senate and the House of Representatives ratified the final version of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill on Wednesday, Dec.13,...

Congress sets Dec. 13 joint session on martial law

CONGRESS HAS set Wednesday, Dec. 13, for a joint session on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s request to extend anew martial law and the suspension...

Joint foreign chambers urge Congress to pass traffic bill

THE JOINT Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFC) in a statement on Wednesday, Dec. 6, called for Congress “to complete its legislative procedures” on...

Malacañang optimistic House, Senate will find budget middle ground

THE ADMINISTRATION is optimistic that the House of Representatives and the Senate will find a middle ground on the 2018 proposed P3.7-trillion budget and...

Budget, tax reform in Senate, ahead of bicam talks

IN WHAT is expected to be at least three weeks left for Congress to pass the priority legislation of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration,...

House unlikely to OK right to counsel for Sereno

THE House Justice panel will rule, before Wednesday’s (Nov. 22) hearing on determination of probable cause in the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria...

House clears P3.77-trillion nat’l budget for 2018

By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez News5/InterAksyon VOTING 223-9, the House of Representatives approved the proposed 2018 national budget on third and final reading on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The proposed...