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THE SENATE on Wednesday passed on third and final reading the universal health care bill, which will provide automatic inclusion of all Filipinos in the National Health Insurance Program of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), including overseas Filipino workers.
THE Senate and the House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted a concurrent resolution that will request the President to recall the coconut levy trust fund bill to the bicameral conference committee so they could introduce major amendments to the bill.
THE Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading the bill increasing the old-age monthly pension of Filipino war veterans from P5,000 to P20,000.
THE Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading the bill creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.
THE Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading the bill lifting the restrictions of local government units’ (LGUs) on the use of proceeds from the development and utilization of energy resources.
THE SENATE on Monday will resume its inquiry into the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr) jeepney modernization program to thresh out issues that continue to hound the project, such as the insufficient government subsidy to jeepney drivers for upgraded vehicles.
SENATOR Maria Lourdes Nancy S. Binay has filed a bill seeking to create a Philippine Arbitration Commission that will have jurisdiction over all disputes in medical malpractice, insurance laws, maritime laws, intellectual property law, and intra-corporate matters.
FOREIGN contractors can bring much-needed expertise and investment, though stakeholders warned about the difficulty of enforcing liability rulings on foreign entities and the possible displacement of smaller Filipino-owned rivals.
THE US AGENCY for International Development (USAID), has pledged P250 million for the three-year extension of a program meant to boost the Philippines’ capacity for innovation-led inclusive economic development.
PREPARATIONS for next year’s midterm elections are underway a week before the deadline period for the filing of candidacies.
SENATOR Paolo Benigno A. Aquino IV asked the government how it intends to carry out the suspension of the fuel excise tax if the average Dubai crude oil benchmark remains at $80 or above in the next three months.
THE PHILIPPINES’ top diplomat on Wednesday slammed an episode of British broadcasting network BBC’s Our World, which tackled the state of the country’s democracy under President Rodrigo R. Duterte, calling the program an “anti-Duterte propaganda.”
THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is appealing to Congress to restore its P6.2 billion proposed budget for the implementation of the Philippine ID system (PhilSys) to ensure it hits its initial target of signing up 25 million Filipinos.
ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. confirmed at a Senate hearing on Tuesday that opposition Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV had applied for amnesty in 2011, and also denied that the embattled lawmaker and the opposition Liberal Party (LP) are in cahoots with communist rebels in a supposed Red October ouster plot against President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
TOP security officials on Monday proposed an extended period of detention without warrant of arrest against suspected terrorists to 30 days from the present three days as prescribed under Republic Act 9372 or the Human Security Act of 2007 and the Revised Penal Code.
THE “uncoordinated and impractical” imposition of the National Food Authority (NFA) of a rice permit for supermarkets provides an additional argument for the grains agency’s abolition, Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian said on Sunday.
THE PHILIPPINES is “on track” in providing reforms to prevent the country from becoming a “narco-state” while remaining committed to the rule of law and human rights, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano told world leaders at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York last Saturday.
SENATOR Antonio F. Trillanes IV announced on Friday he will leave the Senate premises and return home Saturday morning after a Makati court deferred its resolution on the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) warrant of arrest plea against the senator in connection with his amnesty revocation.
THE suspension of quarrying operations in eight regions may worsen inflation, Senator Francis G. Escudero warned on Wednesday.
SENATORS ON Wednesday weighed in on an alleged “Red October” destabilization plot involving the political opposition, with the minority leader dismissing the alleged plot as a “fantasy tale taken from a Tom Clancy thriller.”
NEARLY HALF of Filipinos are undecided on the truthfulness of police claims of resistance (“nanlaban”) by drug suspects, according to a second-quarter survey by the Social Weather Stations.
SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III has filed a bill seeking to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to above 12 years old.
THE OFFICE of Solicitor-General (OSG) on Monday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition of Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV for a Preliminary Injunction and/or Temporary Restraining Order on Proclamation No. 572 voiding his amnesty.
THE Philippines and the United States are “moving forward” on the negotiations for a free trade agreement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said on Monday.
SENATORS on Tuesday said they will oppose provisions under the second package of the tax reform program that impose taxes on books and other reading materials.
THE SENATE on Monday passed on third and final reading a bill increasing the representation of coconut farmers in the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) board.
SENATOR Maria Lourdes Nancy S. Binay has filed a bill seeking to exempt farmer cooperatives and associations dealing with organic fertilizers from paying registration, license fees, and other administrative fees imposed by the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA).
SENATORS on Thursday said they will seek to restore P160 billion in funding for the Department of Transportation (DoTr) in the General Appropriations bill after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) approved only P73 billion for the department in the National Expenditure Program (NEP).
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