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January 2, 2019 1:35 AM De Lima sponsors Senate proposal regulating public solicitation

Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has recommended the approval of a measure that seeks to better regulate the practice of public solicitation in the country and ensure that proceeds raised are utilized for the intended purpose. De Lima, chair of the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development, has reported out Senate Bill (SB) No. 2111, also referred 124

December 13, 2018 2:22 AM PRIB: Filipino senior war veterans to receive 300% increase in old-age pension starting next year

The 300 percent increase in the monthly old-age pension of Filipino senior war veterans has been transmitted to Malacanang last Nov. 26 and is now just awaiting President Duterte's signature. In all likelihood, it will be implemented early next year, providing the more than 6,000 Filipino World War II, Korean and Vietnamese war veterans a total of P20,000 monthly 101

December 8, 2018 6:59 AM Villar sponsors DA's proposed P122 billion budget

Sen. Cynthia Villar today sponsored in the Senate the proposed P122 billion proposed budget of the Department of Agriculture for 2019. Villar, chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, said DA's budget is 3.34 percent of the proposed national budget amounting to PhP3.757 trillion. "We are hopeful, Mr. President, that the proposed 2019 budget of DA will realize 105

December 7, 2018 1:19 AM Lacson Seeks Restoration of P4.8B in TESDA's 2019 Budget

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson on Thursday sought the restoration of some P4.8 billion to the budget of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), so it can fulfill its functions for the coming year. Lacson said that while TESDA's budget was slashed from P14.676 billion to P9.815 billion supposedly due to its low obligation rate, this was not its fault 106

December 2, 2018 6:30 AM Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

American Deontay Wilder knocks down Tyson Fury twice but the British fighter manages to clear his head and survive the epic bout LOS ANGELES, USA – Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight crown here Saturday, December 1, after battling to a split decision draw against Britain's Tyson Fury in a pulsating 12-round battle. Wilder had Fury on the canvas 101

November 28, 2018 12:21 AM PRIB: Bicam approves universal health care bill

The bicameral conference committee finalized on Tuesday, November 27, the disagreeing provisions of the Universal Health Care bill. c. Forty percent of the Charity Fund, net of Documentary Stamp Tax Payments, and mandatory contributions of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Senator Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito, chairman of the Senate Committee 95

November 27, 2018 9:01 AM Ejercito: Bicam approves universal health care measure with steady PhilHealth fund sources

THE Senate and the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved at the bicameral conference committee a reconciled version of the universal health care (UHC) bills. "This is a historic day and everybody is happy. We just need to ratify the measure and then, hopefully, maipadala sa Office of the President for review and for President Duterte to sign it into law," Ejercito 108

November 22, 2018 8:26 AM 'Relatively few' Twitter bots responsible for spreading misinformation – study

MANILA, Philippines – A new study in Nature, published Tuesday, November 20, suggests stopping bots is a good way to curb misinformation from spreading due to how disproportionately influential they are in extending the reach of low-credibility content. Researchers from Indiana University in the US and the National University of Defense Technology in China 96

November 21, 2018 5:19 AM Gordon bill to create culture of organ donation among Filipinos

Senator Richard Gordon has filed a bill that aims to create a culture of organ donation among Filipinos. "Explicit Opt-Out laws have long been among the major interventions used to increase the pool of potential donors in countries such as Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland 118

November 14, 2018 10:58 AM Villanueva welcomes Senate approval of rice tarrification bill to address food inflation

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 118