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House panel OK’s bill strengthening gov’t banks

THE HOUSE Banks and Financial Intermediaries Committee approved on Friday a bill seeking to expand the loan assistance program, rediscounting and other credit accommodation facilities of government financial institutions to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) cope with the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

House panel approves P1.5 trillion stimulus substitute bill

THE House of Representatives’ Defeat COVID-19 Committee on Thursday approved a substitute measure to House Bill 6709 which calls for a P1.5-trillion spending program over three years to address slowing economic growth and create jobs.

House subpanel OKs bill on new normal

A SUBPANEL of a House committee tackling anti-coronavirus measures has approved a bill mandating social distancing and the use of face masks in public under the so-called new normal.

House panels want Calida at ABS-CBN hearings

TWO COMMITTEES at the House of Representatives are calling on Solicitor General Jose C. Calida to attend the next hearings on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN Corp.

Lawmakers agree to extend Duterte’s special powers

SEVERAL lawmakers have agreed to extend the effectivity of a law giving President Rodrigo R. Duterte special powers to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

House constitutional change proposals take backseat

THE HOUSE committee on constitutional amendments will suspend hearings on proposed changes to the 1987 Constitution pending the country’s battle against COVID-19.

House to investigate delays in government cash aid distribution

THE House of Representatives will probe delays in the distribution of the government’s P200-billion cash aid to 18 million poor and near-poor households, a congressman said on Wednesday.

Senate, House got ‘very good’ ratings last quarter — SWS

THE Senate and House of Representatives got “very good” net public satisfaction ratings of +62 and +51 in the past quarter, while the Supreme Court got a “good” rating of +49, according to the latest poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

House kicks out 2 committee heads amid rumored coup

THE House of Representatives on Monday elected new heads for the appropriations and Electoral Tribunal committees amid a rumored coup against its Speaker.

House constitutional panel considering expanded local gov’t IRAs

THE House committee on constitutional amendments is considering including among its recommended changes to the charter a provision to expand internal revenue allotments (IRAs) for provinces, cities, towns, and barangays throughout the country, its chairman said.

House measure to abolish regional wage boards

LEYTE Rep. Martin G. Romualdez has re-filed a bill that seeks to abolish regional wage boards and assign industry-wide wage increases to the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC).

House seeks PhilHealth probe

MINORITY congressmen have sought an investigation of alleged corruption at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

Paolo Duterte forms coalition “to unite” the House

AS THE battle for House speakership drags on with more players joining the fray, Presidential son and Davao City 1st district Rep. Paolo Z. Duterte has formed a coalition in the hope of uniting the House.

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.

House approves Murang Kuryente Act

THE HOUSE of Representatives ratified on Wednesday the proposed “Murang Kuryente Act.”

House to summon Advincula in probe of social media sites

THE HOUSE of Representatives will summon Peter Joemel Advincula, who claims to be the narrator “Bikoy” in a series of videos, for a probe that will look into possible liabilities of social media sites like Facebook and YouTube for damaging content like his “Ang Totoong Narcolist (The Real Narcolist).”

House OKs bill on free dialysis treatment for indigent patients

THE House of Representatives approved on final reading a bill which seeks to provide free dialysis treatment for indigent patients.

House revises bill on age for criminal liability

AMID the backlash to its bill on criminal liability, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading an amended version of that bill lowering the age of “social” responsibility to 12 years old, from the originally proposed age of nine years old the chamber had earlier passed.

House OK’s on 2nd reading amended Road Board bill

THE HOUSE OF Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading an amended version of the Road Board abolition bill, in time for a Bicameral Conference Committee scheduled next Monday, House Majority Leader Rolando G. Andaya, Jr. said.

House to restore VP in line of succession in draft charter

THE HOUSE of Representatives on Wednesday recommitted the resolution, carrying its version of a draft Federal Constitution, to re-include the Vice-President in the presidential line of succession, a move backed by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

House draft charter sponsored in plenary

THE HOUSE Committee on Constitutional Amendments on Monday sponsored at the plenary its version of a draft Constitution that lifts term limits and also the ban on political dynasties.

House resolution filed on media coverage

A RESOLUTION adopting a set of guidelines on media coverage at the House of Representatives has been filed in the chamber.

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...

Five metrics to watch as Italy turmoil sweeps global markets

As populist parties in Rome mobilize for an early election, Italian assets are once again being scrutinized for stresses that undermine the euro project. The...

House, Senate bills filed seeking to amend TRAIN

By Camille A. Aguinaldo and Charmaine A. Tadalan SENATOR PAOLO Benigno A. Aquino IV on Thursday filed a bill amending Republic Act No. 10963 or the...

Cost of getting on the UK property ladder surges to record

LONDON -- First-time buyers in the UK property market are paying a record amount to purchase a home, with Londoners shelling out almost double...

Hitler house expropriation stands — Austria court

AUSTRIA’S highest court ruled Friday in favor of last year’s controversial expropriation of the house where Adolf Hitler was born, ending a long-running bitter...