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Nationwide round-up (01/14/21)

THE Sandiganbayan has dismissed the graft charges against Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II over the alleged anomalous use of pork barrel funds when he was senator.

Nationwide round-up (01/13/21)

A NUMBER of Filipino migrant workers have withdrawn from the government’s repatriation program as their host countries have started vaccinations against the coronavirus, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday.

Nationwide round-up (01/12/21)

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday filed new criminal and administrative complaints against officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) over alleged irregularities in a financial assistance program for health care institutions hammered by “fortuitous” events like the coronavirus pandemic. 

Nationwide round-up (01/10/21)

A LABOR coalition called on religious leaders to step in for the revival of peace talks between the government and the communist movement, citing how the conflict affects worker freedom and union movement.

Nationwide round-up (01/07/21)

A RESOLUTION seeking to look into consumer protection programs implemented by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and banks will be filed in the Senate after the P1-million credit card hacking incident involving a senator.

Nationwide round-up (01/06/21)

THE Senate will prioritize the bill that will defer the scheduled rate increase for Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) contribution when sessions resume, a Senate leader said on Wednesday.

Nationwide round-up (01/05/21)

PROPOSED laws that will defer the scheduled increase in contributions to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) have been filed in both chambers of Congress.

Nationwide round-up (01/04/21)

THE HOUSE of Representatives committee on health will prioritize proposals to defer the scheduled hike in member contributions to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), the panel’s chairperson said on Monday.

Nationwide round-up (01/03/21)

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte publicly named lawmakers allegedly involved in corruption because the planned legislative investigation on the matter was stopped under the current House leadership, former House speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano said on Friday.

Nationwide round-up (12/28/20)

THE GOVERNMENT must be prepared to offer additional social support if it decides to implement a stricter lockdown in response to the new strain of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a business leader said.

Nationwide round-up (12/27/20)

A LAWMAKER has questioned the increase in the proposed budgets of several institutions for next year while no realignments were made for the procurement of coronavirus vaccines.

Nationwide round-up (12/22/20)

AROUND 30 million doses of the Novavax vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), to be manufactured in India, will be sent to the Philippines next year.

Nationwide round-up (12/21/20)

THE TARLAC provincial prosecutor indicted police officer Jonel M. Nuezca on Monday with two counts of murder over the shooting of his neighbors, a mother and son, on Sunday.

Nationwide round-up (12/20/20)

THE NATIONAL government should allow local government units (LGUs) to purchase coronavirus vaccines for their constituents, a lawmaker said over the weekend.

Nationwide round-up (12/17/20)

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday night warned toll officials to improve their service amid public complaints against cashless toll transactions or step down.

Nationwide round-up (12/16/20)

THE House of Representatives will allot at least P50 million for the vaccination of more than 2,000 workers and accredited journalists covering the chamber against the coronavirus, Speaker Lord Allan Q. Velasco said on Wednesday.

Nationwide round-up (12/15/20)

RAPPLER Chief Executive Officer Maria A. Ressa declined to enter a plea on her conditional arraignment for a second cyberlibel case.

Nationwide round-up (12/14/20)

MORE than 300,000 migrant Filipino workers have come home amid a coronavirus pandemic that has sickened 72.7 million people and killed 1.6 million worldwide, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Nationwide round-up (12/13/20)

MORE skill training centers have been allowed in areas under a general lockdown to address unemployment amid a coronavirus pandemic, according to the Trade department.

Nationwide round-up (12/10/20)

THE Department of Health (DoH) has extended the deadline for the submission of requirements for the hazard pay of healthcare workers to 5 p.m. Friday.

Nationwide round-up (12/09/20)

THERE is not enough time this year to begin the panel deliberations on the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen, a House of Representatives leader said Wednesday.

Nationwide round-up (12/08/20)

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte should file a formal complaint before the court instead of repeatedly tagging progressive lawmakers and other individuals as armed communist movement members in his public speeches, a progressive bloc in the House of Representatives said Tuesday.

Nationwide round-up (12/07/20)

AROUND 7,000 members of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the communist movement, were “neutralized” since the start of the year, a military official reported on Monday.

Nationwide round-up (12/06/20)

HOUSE Deputy Majority Leader Bernadette Herrera-Dy said all infrastructure projects that will be implemented next year should be accessible to all, including senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Nationwide round-up (12/03/20)

SUPPORTERS and families of political prisoners have asked Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta, who announced early this week his plan to retire early in March, to grant the “extraordinary legal remedy” for their release to help address congestion in jails amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Nationwide round-up (12/02/20)

A SENATOR on Wednesday asked the government-run Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) for copies of the documents required and submitted for the P9.5-billion loan it released to MTD Berhad for the Southeast Asian Games in 2019.

Nationwide round-up (12/01/20)

CHIEF Justice Diosdado M. Peralta will be retiring on March 27, 2021, a year ahead of the mandatory retirement age, the Supreme Court (SC) confirmed on Tuesday.

Nationwide round-up (11/30/20)

THE Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) called on the government to expand its infrastructure program to help address unemployment resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Nationwide round-up (11/29/20)

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) has adopted innovative technologies and encouraged citizen participation to ensure government accountability amid a coronavirus pandemic, its chairman said Friday.

Nationwide round-up (11/26/20)

TRADE Secretary Ramon M. Lopez on Thursday said he is open to reviewing the functions of his department’s trading arm after a senator pointed out redundancies.

Nationwide round-up (11/25/20)

THE US government, through the Joint US Military Assistance Group, turned over on November 25 a ScanEagle unmanned aerial system to the Philippine Navy.

Nationwide round-up (11/24/20)

A SENATOR on Tuesday pushed for an inquiry into the operation of the Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC) amid allegations of some P33.4 billion in “parked” funds.

Nationwide round-up (11/23/20)

THE PHILIPPINE government may still expand the cap on the number of health workers allowed to leave for overseas jobs, currently set at 5,000 annually, according to a Labor official.

Nationwide round-up (11/22/20)

A RESOLUTION calling for an inquiry into the safety of relocation sites and structural integrity of housing units in areas vulnerable to natural hazards has been filed at the House of Representatives.

Nationwide round-up (11/19/20)

THE DEPARTMENT of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on Thursday launched a project that aims to speed up the distribution of individual land titles to 1.14 million agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Nationwide round-up (11/18/20)

A SENATOR on Wednesday pushed for the creation of an integrated water resource management agency that will oversee water-related operations to prevent a repeat of severe flooding such as those recently experienced in parts of Luzon.

Nationwide round-up (11/17/20)

AN additional P200 million has been proposed for inclusion in the 2021 budgets of the police and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to serve as quick response fund (QRF) during calamities.

Nationwide round-up (11/16/20)

BUSINESS groups on Monday made an “urgent” call to improve the country’s disaster management system in the wake of the recent major floodings across Luzon triggered by a series of typhoons.

Nationwide round-up (11/12/20)

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo R. Duterte called on fellow leaders in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to strengthen collaboration on health security and labor resiliency in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Nationwide round-up (11/10/20)

THE four typhoons that hit the country since late October has cost the country about P38 billion in output losses, but Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said on Tuesday this remains a “manageable” amount.

Nationwide round-up (11/09/20)

MAJOR Gen. Debold M. Sinas, who became controversial earlier this year for having a birthday party during the strict quarantine period, has been appointed  by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as head of the police force.

Nationwide round-up (11/05/20)

THERE is no need to realign the government’s anti-insurgency budget for next year to increase funding for disaster response, Malacañang Palace Spokesperson Harry L. Roque said on Thursday.

Nationwide round-up (11/04/20)

NATIONAL Security Adviser Hermogenes C. Esperon, Jr. on Wednesday said discussions on the South China Sea Code of Conduct is continuing and could be finalized by next year.

Nationwide round-up (11/03/20)

THE SUPREME Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has no power to call for a special election to settle the election protest against Vice President Ma. Leonor G. Robredo, the Office of the Solicitor General said.

Nationwide round-up (11/02/20)

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Monday conducted an aerial inspection of areas devastated by typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni), and made a stop at one of the hardest hit towns, Guinobatan, in Albay province.