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THE COUNTRY’S anti-graft court, citing “defects” in evidence, has junked a P267-million civil forfeiture case against two former business associates of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife Imelda, who were accused of posing as dummies for the illegal acquisition of properties and public funds.
THE House Committee on Agriculture and Food approved on Wednesday a still-unnumbered substitute joint resolution calling for rice procurement to be funded by the 2019 rice subsidy budget for poor families.
A PARTY-LIST legislator representing organized labor has filed a bill seeking to ban the use of asbestos in most construction applications.
CONGRESS can file a joint resolution allowing a salary increase for government nurses after the Supreme Court upheld a higher salary grade under the law, a congressman said yesterday.
SPEAKER Alan Peter S. Cayetano said Wednesday that the House of Representatives hopes to move forward on the 2020 budget, revenue bills, and other legislation covering the government’s socio-economic programs when Congressional sessions resume in November.
HOUSE SPEAKER Alan Peter S. Cayetano, who also chairs the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), said the country is 100% ready for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in November, though he admitted that the daily hosting of the event will be a challenge.
A SENIOR legislator said Tuesday that economic growth of 6% can still be achieved given good weather to ensure progress on key construction projects, after the World Bank reduced its 2019 estimates for Philipine gross domestic product (GDP).
THE SUPREME Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) on Tuesday, has again deferred a decision on the election protest over the vice presidential post, instead ordering a release of the report on the initial result of recount of ballots.
THE HOUSE majority leader said the chamber has passed 18 measures on third reading since the start of the 18-Congress, including the 2020 Budget, key tax bills, and amendments to the Foreign Investment Act of 1991.
A LEGISLATOR filed a resolution Monday seeking to suspend or lower tolls charged on users of South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) while the road is experiencing severe congestion.
TWO LAWMAKERS have filed a bill requiring a health warning for food products with high sodium content.
THE PRESIDENTIAL Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) on Wednesday recommended the filing of administrative charges against 12 officials of the National Housing Authority (NHA) due to alleged anomalies in the P4-billion housing program for Typhoon Yolanda victims in the Eastern Visayas Region.
REPRESENTATIVE Jose Ma. Clemente S. Salceda, the Ways and Means committee chair from the second district of Albay, said the panel is studying his proposal to impose a 5% “franchise tax” on revenue generated by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).
THE SANDIGANBAYAN Sixth Division on Monday dismissed the graft charges filed against former Metro Rail Transit-3 General Manager Al Sanchez Vitangcol III and his co-accused, Wilson T. De Vera, over the alleged $30 million extortion attempt on representatives of Czech company INEKON Group.
THE ANTI-RED Tape Authority (ARTA) on Monday filed a complaint before the Ombudsman against Mayor Lester D. De Sagun of San Nicolas in Batangas for violating Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business And Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.
THE P4.1-TRILLION proposed national budget for 2020 as well as remaining packages of the comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP) will take up much of lawmakers’ time when they return to work on Nov. 4 and before they take their Dec. 21-Jan. 19 Christmas-New Year break, key legislators said on Sunday.
A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill proposing a scheme for sustainable coastal management which creates a national committee to coordinate the efforts of local governments.
REPRESENTATIVE Luis Raymund F. Villafuerte, Jr., the Deputy Speaker from Camarines Sur’s 2nd district, filed a resolution to tap P29 billion worth of rice subsidy funds to procure palay, or unmilled rice, and make the social welfare department distribute rice directly instead of cash.
METRO Manila ranked 94th out of 102 in a “smart city” survey seeking to gauge the use of technology in improving the lives of residents conducted by Swiss business school IMD’s World Competitiveness Center and the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
National Police chief Oscar D. Albayalde had sought a halt to the dismissal of 13 rogue cops accused of recycling illegal drugs seized from legitimate police operations in 2013, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron N. Aquino told senators yesterday.
MEAT importers said smuggled pork is the likely source of the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak because such meat products skipped the inspection process that legal imports are subjected to.
THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday that it does not have the technical capacity to determine whether beverages are sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which affects how beverages are taxed.
THE TRADE UNION Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Party-list said it has filed its version of the Security of Tenure bill, one of various versions of the legislation in play seeking to end the practice of contractualization after a previous bill passed by Congress was vetoed.
AS PART of an overall government bid to better track Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO), the House of Representatives Ways and Means committee is drafting a bill that aims to make it easier to collect taxes from the sector.