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  • Hontiveros: PNP plan to revive Alsa Masa-like network could provoke more EJKs

    November 19, 2018 6:08 AM 88

    The Alsa Masa was a dreaded paramilitary group in the 1980s notorious for its lawless activities, human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings of suspected "enemies of the state." For the Philippine National Police (PNP) to draw inspiration from this group to allegedly deepen its relationship with the communities and augment its anti-drug campaign

  • Return of Balangiga Bells shows deep RP-US friendship

    November 18, 2018 10:29 AM 121

    Senator Richard J. Gordon welcomed the official turn over by the United States government of the Balangiga Bells, the church bells taken by the US Army from Balangiga, Eastern Samar in 1901, saying the return of the bells shows the deep respect and friendship between the Philippines and the United States. "We welcome the return of the Balangiga Bells

  • Poe: Insurance coverage of buses, jeeps to continue, benefits doubled

    November 17, 2018 12:09 AM 105

    The insurance coverage of public utility vehicles (PUVs) will extend past its expiration on Nov. 18 for the protection of the riding public, Sen. Grace Poe said. A few days before the insurance cover of buses and jeepneys lapsed, Poe said the Insurance Commission (IC) issued Circular Letter 2018-59 dated Nov. 15 that effectively implements a status quo on the Passenger

  • Villar: Senate approves bill providing vital support to protect farmers under a tariffied regime

    November 17, 2018 12:09 AM 104

    The Senate on Wednesday passed on third reading the bill which provides support to farmers projected to be adversely affected by the lifting of the quantitative restriction on the importation of rice. With a vote of 14 affirmative, 0 negative and 0 abstention, senators approved Senate Bill 1998 or the bill which amends Republic Act 8178 or the Agricultural

  • Villanueva's statement on Apo Cement layoffs

    November 15, 2018 10:40 AM 87

    The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) should act fast and coordinate so that the layoff of around 400 employees of Apo Cement Corporation is prevented and government assistance is on-time. Just allowing the layoff to happen is an insensitive move especially now that Christmas season

  • Villanueva welcomes Senate approval of rice tarrification bill to address food inflation

    November 14, 2018 10:58 AM 118

    Senator Joel Villanueva on Wednesday hailed the approval of Senate Bill No. 1998 or An Act Replacing The Quantitative Import Restrictions On Rice With Tariffs, Lifting The Quantitative Export Restrictions On Rice, And Creating The Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund. Voting 14-0, the senators approved the bill which will liberalize rice importation

  • PRIB: Senate Justice Committee backs creation of court for police abuses

    November 14, 2018 3:32 AM 97

    A Senate committee is backing the creation of a special court that will handle cases of abuse involving police officers, in a bid to reform the Philippine Nation Police (PNP) and better protect the public. The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, chaired by Senator Richard Gordon, is pushing for Senate Bill No. 1399 or the "Police Court Act of 2017," which

  • Workers to get bigger 13th month pay, christmas bonus starting this year -Angara

    November 14, 2018 3:32 AM 136

    Workers from both public and private sectors will be getting bigger 13th month pay and Christmas bonuses because of the law that raised the tax exemption cap of bonuses and benefits. Beginning this year, pursuant to Republic Act 10963, the 13th month pay and other benefits, including productivity incentives and Christmas bonuses, are exempted from tax if they do not exceed

  • Lacson: Lack of Planning in DPWH Cordillera Road Project Can Waste Funds, Cost Lives

    November 14, 2018 12:29 AM 92

    Wasting taxpayers' money is bad enough, but potentially endangering lives is worse. Yet, this could be the fate of multibillion-peso infrastructure projects that lack planning - such as the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) Circumferential Road in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said. "It's bad enough

  • Gatchalian calls on DepEd to expedite K-12 review, mulls probe on employability of K-12 grads

    November 13, 2018 12:25 AM 104

    Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to expedite its internal review of the K to 12 program amid continuing reports of low employment rates for graduates of the program, stressing that the review of the K to 12 curriculum is important to boost the employability of graduates. "Dahil nga ang hangarin ng K to 12 ay mas madaling