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Duterte protested Chinese incursions 63 times

THE PHILIPPINES has protested Chinese incursions in the South China Sea more than 60 times since President Rodrigo R. Duterte became president in 2016, his top diplomat told lawmakers yesterday.

Budget bill still on track for approval, no changes made

HOUSE appropriations committee Chair and Davao City 3rd District Rep. Isidro T. Ungab said Tuesday that no changes have been made to the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget following recent procedural hurdles thrown up against the 2020 general appropriations bill (GAB).

Court junks motions to dismiss plunder suits

THE COUNTRY’S anti-graft court has rejected separate pleas to dismiss plunder cases against a former congressman and a businesswoman accused of masterminding the so-called pork barrel scam.

House leaders move to keep budget on track

SENIOR House legislators intervened to keep the P4.1 trillion 2020 Budget on track after moves to withdraw the budget bill raised the prospect of setbacks to the approval timetable, threatening a repeat of the infighting over the 2019 spending program, which was four months delayed.

House panel chair opposes 10-year ‘sunset period’ for incentives

REP. JOSE MA. S. SALCEDA, the ways and means committee chair from Albay’s 2nd district, said the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (CITIRA) will be rendered ineffective by the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) proposal to implement a longer transition period for current fiscal incentives.

House bill seeks incentives for OFW-owned businesses

A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill seeking incentives for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) setting up businesses in the Philippines.

Bill filed removing non-teaching responsibilities from teachers, opening School Health and...

A LAWMAKER has filed a bill which removes non-teaching responsibilities from the shoulders of teachers and faculty members in state-run schools. Among this non-administrative work is manning the school clinic and the guidance office, and the like.

Recto files bill seeking to renew ABS-CBN franchise

A BILL seeking to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN Corp. for another 25 years has been re-filed at the Senate.

PAGCOR to regulate creditors of casino-players like finance firms

THE PHILIPPINE Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) said Thursday that it will regulate the practice of financing casino players after cases of abduction due to unpaid debts.

TESDA says Tulong Trabaho Act left unfunded in 2020 by Budget...

THE Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) said Thursday that no funds were allocated to implement the Tulong Trabaho Act, which was signed into law this year.

House bill raises statutory rape age

A LAWMAKER has filed a bill increasing the age of statutory rape to 16 years from 12 years.

House body amends public service law

THE HOUSE of Representatives’ Economic Affairs committee on Wednesday approved a bill that will limit the 40% foreign ownership cap on public utilities to electricity distribution and transmission as well as water distribution and sewerage pipeline systems, in effect opening up sectors like transport and telecommunications.

Passive income tax bill hurdles House panel

THE BILL simplifying the tax regime for financial investors made it past committee evaluation at the House of Representatives Tuesday.

House panels approve bill easing restrictions on foreign professionals

THE HOUSE committees on Economic Affairs and Trade and Industry have approved a bill which seeks to remove restrictions on foreigners practicing their professions in the Philippines.

House seeks probe of convicts’ early release

A CONGRESSMAN has filed a resolution seeking to investigate a government program on the early release of convicted criminals for good conduct, after an uproar against a plan to free former Calauan Mayor Antonio Sanchez, a convicted rapist and murderer.

Bill to cut five hours off weekly work schedule

ALBAY Rep. Joey S. Salceda has filed a bill that seeks to cut five hours from the weekly work schedule of private employees.

ABS-CBN Convergence seeking to extend legislative franchise

A LAWMAKER filed a bill seeking to extend the franchise of ABS-CBN Corp.’s telecommunications unit by another 25 years, as ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc. looks to focus on the wireless broadband business.

House starts crunching budget numbers

THE 18TH CONGRESS has begun hearings on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020, with the House of Representatives targeting committee approval by Sept. 11 and final approval in plenary session by Oct. 4 before lawmakers take a month-long break.

Bill proposes health warnings for alcoholic beverages

A LEGISLATOR has filed a bill proposing health warnings on the packaging of alcoholic beverages and in restaurant menus offering such drinks.

TESDA failed to disburse bulk of training funds since 2002 —...

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) said the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) failed to utilize training funds worth P201 million dating back to 2002.

Congress buckles down on 2020 budget

THE PROPOSED national budget for next year has entered the legislative mill, with the House of Representatives lining up hearings leading to final approval at the chamber by Oct. 4.

Alcohol, e-cigarette tax hike bags House 3rd reading OK

THE MEASURE increasing excise taxes on alcohol products and e-cigarettes bagged third and final reading at the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

NEA released P10.45B in subsidies without full liquidation — CoA

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) said the National Electrification Administration (NEA) released P10.45-billion worth of subsidies to 102 electric cooperatives between 2012 and 2014, while failing to fully account for previously released subsidies.

Audit commission questions selection process for Centennial Water-Kaliwa Dam contractor

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) has raised questions about the selection process adopted by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) for the contractor of the New Centennial Water Source- Kaliwa Dam Project.

NEDA urges BARMM to focus on weak economy, poverty

NATIONAL Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said the newly established Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) must immediately address issues of poor economic performance and poverty.

Customs workers sacked for gross neglect of duty

THE COUNTRY’S CHIEF graft buster has ordered the dismissal of seven Bureau of Customs employees for grave misconduct and neglect of duty.

Nationwide round-up

FOUR RESPONDENTS in the sedition case before the Department of Justice (DoJ) asked the prosecution panel to disqualify the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) from representing the police during the preliminary investigation of their complaint.

Legislator proposes one-peso ‘climate tax’ on residential power

A MEMBER of the House of Representatives has filed a bill to charge a P1 tax on residential electricity bills to fund environmental and disaster management programs.

State auditors flag PNU overpayment

STATE-OWNED Philippine Normal University has overpaid P1.72 million to faculty members whose teaching overload occurred during regular work hours, state auditors said.

Defense Chief annoyed over presence of Chinese navy in PHL waters

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana on Friday expressed his annoyance over the continuous presence of Chinese warships in Philippine waters.

COA nixes Aviation Authority’s insurance investment

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) flagged a Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) insurance investment saying it was done without approval of the Board members and without adequate criteria for the selection 10 insured officers.

Bill seeks regulation of ATM transaction fees

THE Bayan Muna Party-list has refiled a bill regulating fees and charges on transactions done via automated teller machines (ATM).

Bills cutting corporate income tax, raising alcohol levy to advance in...

THE BILL reducing the corporate income tax and streamlining fiscal incentives will likely be approved on second reading in the House of Representatives in two weeks, the head of the chamber’s Ways and Means committee said on Thursday.

DTI seeking to add pension portability to anti-endo bill

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT is seeking to add provisions to the Security of Tenure (SoT) bill making workers’ pensions portable when they transfer jobs, Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said.

House committee OK’s corporate tax cut

A SECOND key tax reform -- which slashes corporate income tax rates but also streamlines investors’ perks -- hurdled a committee of the House of Representatives a day after another measure, which raises alcohol products’ excise tax rates, bagged approval from the same body.

Lawmakers to minimize risk of 2020 budget delay

LAWMAKERS of both chambers of Congress are moving to avoid another delay in enactment of the national budget, which has put the government’s economic growth target this year at risk.

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A LAWMAKER has filed a bill that aims to establish emergency and trauma facilities in tourism hubs in the country following recent reports of accidents involving tourists.

First tax reform bill hurdles House panel

THE House Committee on Ways and Means on Tuesday approved a bill increasing taxes on alcoholic beverages, making it the first tax reform measure to gain such approval in the 18th Congress.

QC sets up task force to ease impact of 5 major...

THE Quezon City government said it has established a task force to minimize road congestion during the construction of five national infrastructure projects in the city.

Nationwide round-up

MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday advised Filipinos against traveling to Hong Kong amid continuing violent protests in the Chinese Special Administrative Region.

CoA cites CAAP failure to submit contract of PAL leases

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) failed to provide supporting documents for payments arising from land rented from Philippine Airlines in Bacolod and Ozamiz.

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).

DILG backs Baguio’s proposed moratorium on high-rise buildings

THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has expressed support to the Baguio City local government’s proposal to implement a one-year moratorium on the construction of high-rise buildings in the country’s summer capital.

Parañaque City launches permit express lane system

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Parañaque has launched an express lane to expedite dealings with companies doing business with the city.

State auditors cite Iloilo’s ‘extravagant’ expenses

THE COMMISSION on Audit (CoA) has called out some employees and officials of the Iloilo City local government for “excessive and extravagant” travel expenses.