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ABANTE: DOTR’S ‘NO VAX NO RIDE’ ORDER UNNECESSARY

With the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) “no vaccination, no ride” policy set to be fully implemented on Monday, January 17,  Deputy Speaker Benny Abante, Jr. urged the DOTr to reconsider and rescind its department order prohibiting unvaccinated individuals from riding public utility vehicles, and said on Friday that there were already safeguards in place to […]

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BIR URGED: SUSPEND ONLINE TRANSFER FEES AMID COVID

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the banking community to suspend the collection of fees on online money transfers while COVID-19 cases peak. “With a number of banks shortening their operating hours, some banks even temporarily closing as some of their employees have also contracted the disease or manifested symptoms […]

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ZUBIRI TO CANDIDATES: ‘ODETTE’ VICTIMS NEED HELP

Senator Migz Zubiri bookended the holidays by heading to provinces struck by Typhoon Odette, personally delivering rice, groceries, water, face masks, and tents, purchased using personal funds he had originally intended for his advertising budget as a senatorial candidate for the upcoming elections. “As soon as we saw how Typhoon Odette ravaged Visayas and Mindanao, […]

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PEACE PARTY LIST BACKS ACADEMIC BREAK CALL

The Philippine Educators Alliance for Community Empowerment (PEACE) Party-list has backed the call for an academic break for teachers and students in areas experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. “With many households in the National Capital Region and other high-risk areas being hit with COVID-19, an academic break is the right and compassionate decision. Several […]

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GATCHALIAN: PREPARE FOR INDONESIA COAL EXPORT BAN

Senator Win Gatchalian called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to prepare for contingency measures to ensure sufficient coal supply and avert possible higher coal prices following the Indonesian government’s decision to ban its coal exports this month. The ban causes concerns on the country’s supply of coal for power plants which, if insufficient, could […]

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PALACE REITERATES: VACCINES WORK VS OMICRON

Vaccines do work, regardless of brand, and being vaccinated will help protect against severe forms of COVID-19, whatever variant it is. This was the message stressed by Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles in a press briefing on January 11, 2022, amid reports of increasing Omicron detection and rising COVID-19 cases in the […]

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LAW VS CHILD MARRIAGE WILL PROTECT BANGSAMORO KIDS

Lawyer Alex Lacson, a senatorial candidate running under the Kapatiran Party and the Tropang Leni-Kiko, is appealing to the Muslim leaders in Mindanao to give Republic Act No. 11596, which bans and criminalizes child marriages, a chance. Lacson made the appeal after the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the interim governing body of the Bangsamoro Autonomous […]

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GATCHALIAN HAILS TAX RELIEF FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Senator Win Gatchalian hailed the signing of a law that would grant tax relief to private schools, a move that the lawmaker said would help them stay afloat amid the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Republic Act No. 11635, which President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on December 10, 2021, further amends Section 27 […]

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TAX RELIEF LAW FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS INKED

Senator Sonny Angara lauded the enactment of the law clarifying the preferential tax treatment granted to private schools, saying this will save many struggling schools from closing down permanently. Republic Act 11635 amends Section 27(B) of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 and was signed on December 10, 2021 by President Rodrigo Duterte. “It […]

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PEACE PARTY LIST HAILS LAW BANNING CHILD MARRIAGE

The Philippine Educators Alliance for Community Empowerment (PEACE) Party-list lauded the enactment of a landmark measure prohibiting child marriage in the country. “The Prohibition of Child Marriage Law is a necessary measure to protect and uphold the welfare of Filipino children. The practice of child marriage has prevailed long enough, and we in PEACE Party-list […]