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SALCEDA TO NBI: GO AFTER AGRI PRODUCTS SMUGGLERS

The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee said smugglers of agricultural products should be prosecuted and held accountable to protect the country’s farmers. During a House hearing, Albay Representative Joey Salceda instructed the Department of Justice (DOJ) to use the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to prosecute cases more strongly against large-scale agricultural […]

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MEDICAL CENTER TO RISE IN SAMAR ISLAND – SARMIENTO

The establishment of Samar Island Medical Center to improve the delivery of healthcare services in the country’s third-largest island will soon be realized with the passage of Republic Act 11703. Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Mary Sarmiento, one of the principal authors, said with this law, patients from the northern part of Samar province do […]

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YAP: CLARIFY SIM CARD REGISTRATION BILL VETO

The chairman of the House committee on information and communications technology sought clarification on President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to veto the proposed Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card Registration Act. Tarlac Representative Victor Yap, who is a primary author and sponsor of the bill, asked clarification from the Office of the President as to what provisions […]

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INNOVATION, A GAME-CHANGER IN COVID-19 RECOVERY

Antique Representative Loren Legarda, eyeing a return to the Senate, believes that pushing for innovation, research and development, and a knowledge economy will be the game-changers in the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. If elected anew to the Upper House, Legarda said she will also prioritize the mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction and climate […]

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GOV’T AGENCIES URGED TO SAVE TO EASE INFLATION

Requiring government agencies to set aside 5 percent in budgetary savings could free up to P250 billion out of the P5.04-trillion national budget for 2022 to ease the country’s record-high inflation, a lawmaker said. Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano explained this is one step to addressing high inflation risks caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, […]

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GARCIA QUITS AS ONE CEBU SEC-GEN; SUPPORTS ISKO

Cebu Representative Pablo John Garcia resigned as the secretary-general of One Cebu after the regional party formally endorsed the presidential candidacy of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Garcia, who is also a co-founder of One Cebu, said he could not support the party’s decision to endorse Marcos’ presidential bid. “I have been officially informed that […]

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NO NEW CITIES, PROVINCES FOR MANDANAS FUNDS URGED

A lawmaker called for a moratorium on the creation of new cities and provinces as it would dilute the impact of a Supreme Court (SC) ruling that gave them a bigger share of national tax collections. Camarines Sur Representative LRay Villafuerte said the creation of new cities and provinces will merely cancel out the positive […]

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STREAMLINING OF ELECTION SPENDING BAN RULES URGED

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) must streamline its rules on the 45-day election ban on public spending and expedite actions on pending requests for exemptions. Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative LRay Villafuerte said the Comelec could speed up its action on applications for exemptions on fund releases or disbursements by giving itself a deadline of […]

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CABATBAT TO COMELEC: ALLOW FARMERS’ FUEL SUBSIDY

A party-list lawmaker representing the agriculture sector urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to reconsider its decision to deny the Department of Agriculture’s appeal for a spending ban exemption on the fuel subsidy for farmers and fisherfolk nationwide amid the increasing oil prices exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Magsasaka Representative Argel Cabatbat said the […]

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RUSH RELEASE OF P500 MONTHLY ‘AYUDA’ – SALCEDA

The chairperson of the House Ways and Means Committee urged the government to expedite the promised relief, including the targeted cash subsidies of P500 for low-income families, to help them cope with the rising prices of goods and oil prices. Albay Representative Joey Salceda said the inflation rate for March at 4 percent is still […]