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Senate approves universal health care bill on third reading

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.

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Budget Secretary Ben E. Diokno led a Philippine delegation that met with representatives of the European Union in Manila on Tuesday for “better” understanding on various issues and expand trade relations.

Coco levy fund moved for bicameral reconsideration

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.

Senate says no time for House draft charter

THERE IS no time to tackle the draft constitution proposed by House Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo in the 17th Congress, Senate leaders said on Tuesday.

Cat-calling bill up for House plenary approval

THE SENATE on Monday approved on third and final reading the bill penalizing cat-calling and other forms of street-based sexual harassment.

Senate OKs bill strengthening SSS

THE SENATE on Monday passed on third and final reading the bill seeking to rationalize and expand the powers of the Social Security Commission (SSC), the governing board of the Social Security System (SSS).

Senate approves bill increasing veterans’ monthly pension to P20,000

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.

Senate approves bill creating Department of Human Settlements

THE Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading the bill creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.

Senate approves bill on LGU access to proceeds from energy 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.

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Senators propose tweaks to transport modernization program LAWMAKERS HAVE put forward proposed adjustments in the government’s public utility vehicles (PUV) modernization program, mainly in consideration...

Jeepney modernization hearing set Monday

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.

Senate bill filed to create arbitration commission

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.

Liability a sticking point in liberalizing construction

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.

USAID commits funding to extend innovation program

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.

Election preparations underway ahead of deadline of candidacies

PREPARATIONS for next year’s midterm elections are underway a week before the deadline period for the filing of candidacies.

Finance department queried on fuel excise suspension plans

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.

PCOO deputy quits

COMMUNICATIONS Assistant Secretary Esther Margaux “Mocha” J. Uson has announced her resignation and hinted possible plans to run in the 2019 midterm elections.

Cayetano lambasts BBC documentary on PHL democracy

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.”

Central Luzon dev’t bill passes on 3rd reading

THE SENATE on Monday passed on third and final reading a bill creating the Regional Investment and Infrastructure Coordinating Hub (RICH) of Central Luzon, which seeks to generate jobs and attract capital to the region.

PSA seeks restoration of original budget for national ID registration

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.

Palace, AFP differ on Trillanes amnesty, LP ‘plot’

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.

Trillanes blasts Calida, defends 2011 amnesty

IN HIS privileged speech on Monday, Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV presented anew documents and media reports attesting to his full compliance to his 2011 amnesty application.

30-day detention for terror suspects sought

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.

Senate OKs bill on 20% student fare discount

THE Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading the bill institutionalizing the 20% student fare discount in public transportation.

NFA plan to require rice permits for supermarkets ‘impractical’

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.

Cayetano to UN: Philippines ‘on track’ in antidrug campaign

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.

Malacañang defends Duterte’s remarks on EJKs

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s latest statement that his only “sin” was extrajudicial killings should not be taken seriously, Palace officials said on Friday.

Trillanes to return home after arrest deferred

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.

Right-of-way budget to grow 53% in 2019

THE GOVERNMENT proposed a 53% increase in the budget for right of way (RoW) acquisition in 2019, the Department of Management (DBM) said, reflecting expectations for the launch of more infrastructure projects.

OFW shot dead in Saudi Arabia

AN OVERSEAS Filipino Worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia was shot dead after allegedly stabbing to death his employer and several others last Wednesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

DFA to shorten passport processing

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will shorten the waiting time for passport releases to 12 working days from the original 15 for regular processing and six working days from seven for express processing in Metro Manila, starting Oct. 1.

Senator warns quarrying ban may make inflation worse

THE suspension of quarrying operations in eight regions may worsen inflation, Senator Francis G. Escudero warned on Wednesday.

Red October plot a fantasy from Tom Clancy — Senator

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.”

SWS: Nearly half undecided on police claims of resistance

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.

Sotto files bill to lower minimum age of criminal responsibility

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.

Hontiveros bares ‘tara system’ in NFA

By Camille A. Aguinaldo, Reporter Senator Risa N. Hontiveros-Baraquel on Monday revealed the tara system within the National Food Authority (NFA) involving the grains agency's administrator...

Sol-Gen seeks dismissal of Trillanes’ SC petition

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.

Cayetano: PHL, US ‘moving forward’ in free trade talks

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.

Key Senators flag opposition to TRAIN2 over plan to tax books

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.

Measure outlining PCA board composition hurdles Senate

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.

Senate to begin hearings on second tax reform

THE SENATE on Tuesday will hold its first public hearing on the second tax reform package, with senators expected to scrutinize the rationalization of fiscal incentives provisions and its possible effects on jobs and prices.

Bill proposes fee exemption for organic fertilizer users

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 back extra P160 billion in funding for Transportation dep’t

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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Anti-red tape ‘czar’ urgently needed, says Zubiri SENATE MAJORITY Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri called on President Rodrigo R. Duterte to promptly appoint an Anti-Red...

Lorenzana, Mattis meet at Pentagon

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin N. Lorenzana met with his American counterpart, James N. Mattis, at the Pentagon last Tuesday to highlight the “longstanding friendship and values between the Philippines and the United States.”