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LGUs allow limited access to Taal volcano-affected areas

SOME local government units in areas affected by the Taal volcano eruption allowed their residents to go home on Friday to feed their livestock, amid the seeming decrease in Taal Volcano’s activity this week.

Bill enhancing Agri-Agra Law filed

A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill seeking to ensure greater access to credit in rural communities.

Large-scale Taal Volcano eruption not ruled out

STATE seismologists on Thursday said a large-scale eruption of Taal Volcano could not be ruled out as magma continues to build up below the volcano.

4 Chinese nabbed for kidnapping, illegal detention

FOUR CHINESE nationals have been arrested in Manila for kidnapping a fellow Chinese over alleged gambling debts, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) reported on Thursday.

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PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte, in an interview with Russian TV network RT on Tuesday, said he is not going to the United States for the US-ASEAN Summit set in March despite an invitation from American President Donald Trump.

House committee approves fiscal regime bill for mining

THE House Committee on Appropriations approved Wednesday an unnumbered substitute bill seeking to establish a fiscal regime for the mining industry.

Experts need more trending data on Taal Volcano eruptions

STATE seismologists need more trending data before lowering the alert level for Taal Volcano, despite a seeming decrease in volcanic activity.

House may go over and above P30-B calamity budget request

THE HOUSE of Representatives said it will assign the “highest priority” to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s request to fast-track approval of a P30-billion supplemental budget for communities affected by the Taal Volcano eruption, and signalled a willingness to provide even more.

Consumer financial protection bill filed in House

A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill seeking to provide a regulatory framework for consumer financial protection and to institutionalize the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) Financial Consumer Protection Department.

Taal remains swollen and may erupt again — Phivolcs

TAAL Volcano remained swollen with gas and magma, a sign that it could erupt again, state seismologists said on Tuesday.

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House committee targets assembly by May for new constitutional change proposals THE HOUSE committee on constitutional amendments will recall the approved report on the resolution...

Operator of LRT-1 ready to face probe after Duterte’s new rants

THE operator of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) is ready to cooperate should the government push through with an investigation into an alleged irregularity in its concession agreement.

Bill consolidating Customs Modernization amendments due this week

A BILL that will consolidate all measures seeking to amend the Customs Modernization and Tariffication Act (CMTA) will be completed within the week, House Committee Chairman on Ways and Means Jose Maria Clemente S. Salceda said.

Taal explosive eruption possible as gas builds up

THE NATION’S top seismologist on Monday warned of a sudden explosive eruption as gas continued to build up beneath Taal Volcano, one of the world’s smallest and deadliest.

Court orders transfer of massacre suspects to Taguig prison

A QUEZON CITY court has ordered the transfer of two suspects in the massacre of more than 50 people a decade ago to a cell in Taguig City.

Congress to tackle priorities as sessions resume

THE Senate and House of Representatives will resume sessions on Monday after the holiday break, with both houses of Congress expected to prioritize the creation of several agencies including a Department of Disaster Resilience.

Congressman seeks probe of LRT-1 contract

A CONGRESSMAN will seek an investigation of an allegedly onerous concession agreement between the government and the Ayala and Pangilinan groups for the operation of the Light Rail Transit 1 (LRT-1).

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THE HOUSE of Representatives plans to look into the implementation of the Department of Health’s polio vaccination program after more cases were reported last week.

Care of kids affected by Taal eruption sought

ABOUT 21,000 children living within Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone were affected by its eruption, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Residents near volcano allowed to save belongings

PHILIPPINE authorities allowed residents near Taal Volcano, whose eruption since Sunday forced thousands of people to evacuate, to return home to save their livestock and belongings.

Cayetano commits to pass measure to lower shipping fees

THE House of Representatives has committed to pass a measure to regulate shipping rates to ultimately lower costs for consumers, Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano said.

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President awaits report on alleged overpriced speed guns PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON Salavador S. Panelo said President Rodrigo R. Duterte will “act accordingly” after the Department of...

Taal explosive eruption still not ruled out

TAAL Volcano could still erupt explosively as magma rises from its bottom, even if its most recent eruptions seemed weaker, the country’s chief seismologist said on Wednesday.

More cops sent to Taal as residents try to return

MORE policemen will be deployed in Batangas province to maintain order, as some residents reportedly tried to return to their houses to save their livestock amid Taal Volcano’s continued restlessness, the country’s local government chief said on Tuesday.

Lawmaker seeks probe on Taal Volcano info campaign, emergency response

A LEGISLATOR has filed a resolution seeking to conduct an investigation into the alleged “lack of dissemination of information” on the hazards of the Taal Volcano’s eruption.

Taal expected to add more ‘urgency’ to legislation creating disaster resiliency...

LEGISLATORS described as “urgent” the bill creating the Department of Disaster Resilience, citing the ongoing activity at Taal Volcano.

Ashfall covers Metro Manila, stalls markets and travel

ASH from Taal Volcano in Batangas province covered large parts of Southern Luzon and cities near the capital on Monday, forcing financial markets to suspend trading and the Manila airport to close.

Residents flee as Taal Volcano spews ash column

RESIDENTS near Taal Volcano in Batangas province were being evacuated to safer ground after one of the world’s smallest volcanoes erupted on Sunday.

Pasig River ferry service to acquire four more boats

THE PASIG RIVER ferry service is budgeted to expand its fleet by four boats this year, Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara said, adding to its current inventory of nine boats.

Bill seeks to develop environmentally friendly charcoal alternatives

A BILL has been filed at the House of Representatives to seek out alternatives to charcoal that are more friendly to the environment, involving research programs and funding from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK).

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.

Bongbong says he will run in 2020 elections

FORMER senator and defeated vice-presidential candidate, Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. said on Friday that he will run in the 2022 national elections.

No need to suspend excise tax on fuel despite US-Iran tensions

THE HOUSE Committee on Ways and Means “sees no need” to suspend the fuel excise taxes under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law despite the ongoing tensions between the United States and Iran, according to its chairman.

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REPRESENTATIVE Weslie T. Gatchalian has renewed his call for the immediate passage of the bill seeking to protect consumers against security threats in parking spaces as well as regulate the imposition of “unreasonable and exorbitant” parking fees by various establishments, including shopping malls, schools, and hospitals.

DoJ’s Guevarra urges water firms to accept ‘fair’ new contracts

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra urged Metro Manila water concessionaires not to “play hardball” after President Rodrigo R. Duterte offered the service providers new agreements under threat of nationalization and possible plunder and fraud charges.

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VICE PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo defended her report tagging the Duterte administration’s drug war as a “massive failure,” citing that her office was “very careful” in its preparation and that all data were taken from government agencies.

JICA, DoH launch relapse-prevention program for drug users

THE Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Department of Health (DoH) have launched a project to train health professionals in preventing relapses among sufferers of drug dependence to help strengthen treatment and rehabilitation practices.

Forced evacuation of Filipinos in Iraq sought

THE country’s special envoy to the Middle East has recommended the forced evacuation of Filipino workers in Iraq amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.

Bill looks to establish virtual bank framework

A SENIOR LEGISLATOR filed a bill on Monday seeking to provide a regulatory framework for virtual banks.

Duterte’s deadly drug war a failure, Robredo says

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s deadly war on drugs has failed, with authorities having seized only 1% of the contraband since he assumed office almost four years ago, according to the country’s opposition leader.

Filipino workers in Baghdad told to go on leave

THE Philippine Embassy in Iraq advised Filipino workers there to go on leave after a US strike killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad’s international airport.

Legislators to appeal Supreme Court ruling on bus ban

A GROUP of legislators will ask the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision denying jurisdiction over the provincial bus ban along the main thoroughfare EDSA in Metro Manila.

Creation of OFW agency sought after tragedies

A CONGRESSMAN on Friday renewed his call for the creation of a Department of Filipinos Overseas and Foreign Employment after the latest tragedies involving Filipino workers in Kuwait and Singapore.

Kaliwa Dam waiver, arbitration terms onerous, legislator says

A HOUSE official spelled out what he described as onerous provisions in the China-funded Kaliwa Dam project agreement, including the waiver of sovereign immunity and the conditions set for any arbitration proceeding.

Lawmaker seeks fast action on ABS-CBN franchise

A LEGISLATOR plans to file a resolution directing the House Committee on Legislative Franchises to “report without delay” for plenary action a consolidation of nine bills seeking the renewal of ABS-CBN Corp.’s franchise.