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February 13, 2018 10:24 AM Recto wants Senate inquiry into proposed hike in SSS contribution rate

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto filed on Monday a resolution calling for an inquiry into the proposed increase in the contribution rate of Social Security System (SSS) members. Senate Resolution No. 621 recommends that the proposed increase “be held in abeyance” until a comprehensive review of Republic Act No. 1161 or the Social Security Law is conducted 7

February 12, 2018 5:09 AM Recto: 2.5 M tons of rice lost to poor postharvest, enough to feed 14 M Pinoys

About 17 percent of palay harvest is lost to absent or poor post-harvest facilities and practices yearly, resulting in a wastage of about two and a half million metric tons of rice--enough to meet the annual rice needs of Metro Manila, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said. The theory is that if we are able to save even one-third of palay post-harvest 5

February 12, 2018 2:31 AM Man dies in 2-motorcyle collision in Quezon

LUCENA CITY – A 42-year-old man was killed after his motorcycle crashed with another motorcycle in Infanta town in Quezon province over the weekend, police said on Monday. Report from the Quezon police headquarters showed that the motorcycle that Daniel Basijan was riding on collided with the motorcycle being driven by Ernie Navarosa, 43, on the national 5

February 10, 2018 11:19 PM Left gives Duterte rare praise on irrigation

DAVAO CITY—President Duterte got rare praise from one of his staunchest critics, Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao, for signing the free irrigation law, an original proposal of the leftist Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives. “This is a major step in our campaign to better farmers’ lives,” Casilao said of the new law. Sen. Ralph Recto, in a statement 5

February 7, 2018 4:55 AM Recto: With WPS fenced off, 'east Phil seas', Benham can be food, fuel source

With the West Philippine Sea effectively fenced off, we have to look to the "east Philippine seas" for our food and fuel. If there's an impregnable Great Wall of Sand from the Scarborough Shoal to the Spratlys, then we have to look elsewhere for our power and protein needs. Thus, protecting Philippine Rise means protecting our future food and energy 8

January 23, 2018 11:13 AM Bogus cop nabbed for not wearing helmet, carrying unlicensed gun

A motorcycle-riding man was supposed to be just flagged down for not wearing a helmet but his violation took another turn after he introduced himself as a policeman. Members of Las Piñas police community precinct 1 (PCP-1) were conducting Oplan Sita when Archimedes Martinez, 46, passed by their checkpoint on Padre Diego Cera Avenue in Barangay Manuyo 4

January 4, 2018 12:02 AM Traffic re-routing, road closures for Nazareno replica rites bared

The Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit (MDTEU) is advising motorists passing Manila to take alternative routes on Jan. 7 due to the procession of replicas of the Black Nazarene. In an advisory issued Thursday, the MDTEU said three roads would be closed on Sunday as preparation to the procession of the replicas which would start at 2 p.m. The procession 7

December 29, 2017 11:55 AM MPD issues traffic rerouting scheme for Nazarene procession on Dec. 31

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo. (File photo by NIÑO JESUS ORBETA / Philippine Daily Inquirer) The Manila Police District (MPD) has advised motorists to take alternate routes on Dec. 31 due to the thanksgiving procession of the Black Nazarene. In addition, all vehicles coming from España Boulevard bound for Roxas Boulevard, South Pier Zone or Taft Avenue 5

December 15, 2017 12:43 AM 3 killed in Quiapo printing shop fire

Three people were reported killed from a fire that razed a printing shop in Quiapo early Friday. The three employees of Lumandas Printing Shop located along Recto Avenue, failed to escape from the blaze that happened around 4 a.m., Radyo Inquirer 990AM reported. The fire was put out an hour later. The fatalities were identified as Joel Iba, 50; Benjie 7

December 7, 2017 9:34 AM TRAIN bicam hikes tax exemption on 13th month pay

MANILA, Philippines — The tax exemption cap of 13th month pay and other bonuses will be raised to P90,000 effective next year, as agreed upon by members of the bicameral conference committee on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill. The new tax-exempt ceiling was a compromise between the P82,000 tax-free cap retention of the Senate 9