2018

Senate says no time for charter change

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By Camille A. Aguinaldo, December 5 2018; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/senate-says-no-time-for-charter-change/ Image Credit to Business World SENATE PRESIDENT Vicente C. Sotto III on Wednesday said his chamber could no longer tackle, due to time constraints, the draft federal charter that the House of Representatives approved on second reading on Tuesday. “We don’t have time to take it […]

2018

Lacson: P2.4-B pork for Arroyo’s district

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By DJ Yap, December 6 2018; Philippine Daily Inquirer https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1060469/lacson-p2-4-b-pork-for-arroyos-district Image Credit to GMA Network Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo may be getting the lion’s share of a pork bonanza in the House of Representatives, as her district, according to Sen. Panfilo Lacson, has been allotted P2.4 billion worth of projects after last-minute realignments in the proposed national […]

2018

Lacson: 2 lawmakers get P1.5 billion in pork each

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By DJ Yap, December 5 2018; Philippine Daily Inquirer https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1060045/lacson-2-lawmakers-get-p1-5-billion-in-pork-each Image Credit to GMA Network The graft-ridden pork barrel has again reared its ugly head in the proposed P3.8-trillion national budget for 2019, according to Sen. Panfilo Lacson. Two members of the House of Representatives have been allotted more than P1 billion each in extra funding […]

2018

House OK’s draft federal charter on 2nd reading

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By C.A. Tadalan, December 4 2018; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/house-oks-draft-federal-charter-on-2nd-reading/ Image Credit to Business World THE HOUSE of Representatives has approved on second reading a resolution on its version of a draft federal charter. The approval, via voice vote on Tuesday, of “Resolution Of Both Houses Proposing The Revision Of The 1987 Constitution Of The Republic Of […]

2018

Congress calendar may change for 2019 budget

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By Butch Fernandez & Bernadette D. Nicolas, November 29 2018; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/congress-calendar-may-change-for-2019-budget/ Image Credit to Ibon.org SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III gave assurances on Wednesday that senators are working on a solution to avert a reenacted 2018 national budget should the two chambers of Congress fail to ratify a reconciled final version of the 2019 budget bill. Sotto acknowledged that the tight congressional […]

2018

House ratifies bicam reports on rice tariffs, coco levy

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By  Jovee Marie de la Cruz, November 29 2018; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/house-ratifies-bicam-reports-on-rice-tariffs-coco-levy/ Image Credit to Business World THE House of Representatives on Wednesday endorsed for President Duterte’s signature the rice tariffication bill and the coco levy trust fund bill after it ratified the bicameral committee reports on the two measures. Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund F. […]

2018

Alcohol tax hike hurdles House committee on 2nd reading

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By Charmaine A. Tadalan, November 26 2018; Business World https://www.bworldonline.com/alcohol-tax-hike-hurdles-house-committee-on-2nd-reading/ Image Credit to Philippine Star A BILL imposing higher excise taxes on alcohol products was approved on second reading at the House of Representatives on Monday. House Bill 8618, approved by voice vote, is expected to generate P60 billion within five years of implementation. The measure […]

2018

DTI chief, House member press Senate to pass P3 measure to benefit MSMEs

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By Elijah Felice Rosales, November 27 2018; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/dti-chief-house-member-press-senate-to-pass-p3-measure-to-benefit-msmes/ Image Credit to Department of Trade and Industry The country’s trade chief and a Mindanao legislator on Monday called on Senators to pass the measure that seeks to institutionalize the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) program. In his speech at the P3 National Congress in […]

2018

Arroyo to Executive branch: Take extra step to enforce economic laws and policies

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By Jovee Marie de la Cruz, November 27 2018; Business Mirror https://businessmirror.com.ph/arroyo-to-executive-branch-take-extra-step-to-enforce-economic-laws-and-policies/ Image Credit to Philippine Star House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday urged the Executive branch of government to take “extra action” to implement economic laws and polices passed by Congress and “transform these into actual business activity.” At a lunch briefing with media, Arroyo said […]

2018

House resumes plenary debates on Gloria Arroyo’s draft charter

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By Delon Porcalla, November 23 2018; Philippine Star https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/11/23/1870977/house-resumes-plenary-debates-gloria-arroyos-draft-charter Image Credit to Business World MANILA, Philippines — After repeated delays, House lawmakers on Wednesday resumed plenary debates on a draft charter prepared by Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that is separate from the federalism proposal of a consultative committee that President Duterte had created. Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso, chair […]