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HOUSE PASSES 311 BILLS IN 18TH CONGRESS

The 18th Congress has passed a total of 311 measures that received President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature and were enacted into law, a House leader reported. According to the House accomplishment report, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez said 119 of the laws were national in scope, while 192 were local. “A number of laws enacted were […]

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ADJOURNS 18TH CONGRESS

The House of Representatives, led by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, adjourned sine die the third and final session of the 18th Congress leaving behind a good number of important legislation that would help the country navigate through and emerge stronger from the pandemic.As the 18th Congress came to a close, Velasco has nothing but words […]

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SENATE TO FIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE IN BATTLE VS COVID-19 – SOTTO

The Senate of the Philippines on Monday opened the second regular session of the 18th Congress with 17 senators physically present at the plenary, and six senators joining online. Present at the session hall were Senate President Tito Sotto III, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Majority Leader Migz Zubiri, Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senators […]

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HEALTHCARE IS A RIGHT OF EVERY FILIPINO – GO

During the first organizational meeting of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography that included a briefing on the country’s health situation and healthcare system, committee chair Senator Bong Go expressed his concern on the various public health issues the country is presently dealing with. The challenges presented and discussed during the hearing include the […]

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‘COMPREHENSIVE’ SONA SETS DIRECTION FOR CONGRESS LEGISLATIVE AGENDA – GATCHALIAN

President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) was “quite comprehensive and sets the direction for the 18th Congress’ legislative agenda,” Senator Win Gatchalian said. “The message is very clear to the legislators that the President wants to pass the remaining legislation that has not been passed in the past three years,” Gatchalian […]

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GO TO SOLONS: SUPPORT DEATH PENALTY BILL

Lawmakers have nothing to fear if they don’t steal money from public funds. Senator Bong Go made this remark as he urged fellow lawmakers to support the passage of the death penalty bill for plunder and heinous crimes related to illegal drugs. In his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22, President […]

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DUTERTE TO SUBMIT PROPOSED 2020 NAT’L BUDGET TO CONGRESS IN AUGUST – NOGRALES

President Rodrigo Duterte will be submitting the proposed 2020 national budget in the first or second week of August, said Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles. “The proposed budget is still being finalized.” In an interview over PTV-4, Nograles said the proposed budget is still being finalized. Last year, Duterte submitted the proposed P3.7 trillion national budget […]

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SENATE APPROVES FIRST ROUND OF COMMITTEE CHAIRMANSHIPS

The Senate has approved the first round of committee chairmanships for the 18th Congress. A day after the opening of the first regular session of the 18th Congress, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri moved for the election of the chairpersons for 20 Senate committees. The committee chairmanships were approved during the plenary session presided […]

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I AM READY TO SERVE – GO

At the opening of the 18th Congress of the Senate of the Philippines, Senator Bong Go expressed his excitement towards his new mandate as a senator and his responsibility to serve the Filipino people. “Iba ang pakiramdam. Exciting. I am always ready to serve the Filipino people,” Go said at an ambush interview right after […]

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LEGISLATIVE EMPLOYEES ARE THE BACKBONE OF THE SENATE – TOLENTINO

Amid the rainy Monday morning, Senator Francis “Tol” Tolentino, led the flag raising ceremony, wherein hundreds of senate employees attended; this happened a week before the 18th Congress, formally opens. In his speech, Tolentino stressed that the employees are the backbone of the Senate. “The Senate of the Philippines is composed not only of 24 […]