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January 13, 2019 2:32 AM Legarda: Senate Will Prioritize Passage of 2019 Budget

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, today said that the Senate will prioritize the passage of the proposed 2019 national budget when session resumes on Monday, January 14. Legarda said that the Senate will continue to hold marathon sessions to ensure immediate approval of the 2019 budget. Upon resumption of session, the budget 81

December 26, 2018 12:52 PM Drilon: No need to convene bicam on Road Board

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon insisted on Wednesday that there is no need to convene a bicameral conference committee on the abolition of the Road Board. "With all due respect to Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, the Senate has already taken the position that the bill to abolish the Road Board is already approved by virtue of its adoption 93

December 10, 2018 6:57 AM 3rd telco faces franchise trouble before House panel

The House committee on legislative franchises tackles Mislatel's legal dispute with DigiPhil and its franchise problems MANILA, Philippines – Legal matters led the House committee on legislative franchises to suspend its deliberations on the transfer and sale of the controlling interest of Mindanao Islamic Telephone (Mislatel). The panel was set to approve 79

October 3, 2018 2:17 PM DILG chief seeks disqualification of ‘narcopols’ from 2019 elections

Undersecretary Eduardo Año, DILG officer in charge (File photo by NIÑO JESUS ORBETA / Philippine Daily Inquirer) Undersecretary Eduardo Año, officer in charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), said he would recommend the disqualification from the 2019 midterm elections of around 600 local officials involved in corruption 20

September 30, 2018 9:36 PM House asked not rush Iloilo power franchise

The House Committee on Legislative Franchises was asked to stay the approval of House Bill No. 8132 granting a franchise to a mining company with no record in the power industry to distribute electricity in Iloilo City. In a letter on Sept. 24 to Palawan Rep. Franz Josef Alvarez, chair of the franchise committee, the law firm Carpio and Bello Law Office 24

September 5, 2018 9:36 PM NFA Council OKs add’l rice imports

The policy-making body of the National Food Authority (NFA) has approved the additional importation of rice this year as rice prices continue to spike. Following a meeting on Tuesday, an official from the NFA said its council had given the go-ahead to purchase 250,000 metric tons (MT) of rice this year under an open tender scheme. Cabinet Secretary Leoncio 22

August 15, 2018 4:40 AM 'Rehab for money addiction': Lacson slams lawmakers over budget hearing suspension

MANILA - Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday slammed the House of Representatives for suspending budget deliberations as its members protested the new cash-based budgeting expected to slash funds for new projects by P300 billion. The House indefinitely suspended budget hearings last week "to be consistent with the position of the House to oppose cash-based 28

August 13, 2018 10:48 AM Diokno on reenacted budget: Gov’t can live with it

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on Monday said the government could live with a reenacted budget after the House of Representatives turned down the proposed cash-based P3.757-trillon 2019 national budget. Diokno said the Duterte administration would be “ready” if Congress does not approve the 2019 national budget. “We are ready for any eventuality 32

July 19, 2018 1:00 AM Dear Kourtney Kardashian’s BF, please don’t body-shame her

However, her boyfriend Younes Bendjima did not approve. In a now-deleted comment he said, “That’s what you need to show to get likes?” Wrong move, buddy. When receipts started circulating the Internet, netizens decided to get back at him. They found a photo on Younes’ IG account from a year ago and left him some comments too. In the photo he is seen shirtless 21

July 13, 2018 2:07 AM Congress ends BBL deliberations; final version out soon

The bicameral conference committee, tasked to harmonize Congress’ versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), concluded their deliberations on all provisions of the proposed measure past midnight Friday, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said. “Yes, we finished everything in principle at 12:15 a.m.,” Fariñas, a co-chair of the panel, said in a message 31