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CONGRESS HIKES FUEL SUBSIDY OF PUV DRIVERS TO P3-B

Congress has increased to P3 billion for 2023 the budget for the direct fuel subsidies of public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers, Quezon City Representative Marvin Rillo, House appropriations committee member, said. “The P500 million increase from P2.5 billion to P3 billion is factored into the 2023 General Appropriations Law,” Rillo said. “The upward adjustment is […]

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CONGRESS ALLOTS P254M FOR CENTENARIAN CASH GIFTS

Congress has boosted to P254 million the sum meant to pay for the P100,000 one-time cash gift of Filipino centenarians, Makati City Representative Luis Campos Jr. said. “We in Congress are absolutely determined to sustain the annual funding required for the P100,000 cash gift of every Filipino who turns 100 years old,” Campos, House appropriations […]

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CONGRESS CONVENES BICAM COMMITTEE FOR 2023 BUDGET

Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate convened recently for a bicameral conference committee meeting to reconcile the disagreeing provisions in the P5.268-trillion proposed 2023 national budget at the Manila Golf Club in Makati City. In his opening remarks, House Committee on Appropriations Chair and AKO BICOL Party-list Representative Zaldy Co said the […]

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SIERRA MADRE, CAGAYAN RIVER BODIES CREATION PUSHED

With the country reeling from the devastation caused by Typhoon Karding, a lawmaker has called on Congress’ leadership to deliberate on two pending bills to help mitigate the effects of natural calamities in the future. “We dodged a bullet because the Sierra Madre once again protected us from the threat of wind and rain, helping […]

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PIMENTEL TO PALACE, CONGRESS: BAN POGOS NOW

Senate Minority Leader Koko Pimentel III welcomed the pronouncement of fellow Senator Imee Marcos that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos is considering a ban on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) in the country.  “It’s a welcome development. Coming from the President’s sister herself, I would like to believe that we are moving in that direction of […]

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NOGRALES: CONGRESS TO HELP SOLVE NURSES’ WOES

Rizal 4th District Rep. Fidel Nograles has assured that Congress will work closely with the executive branch in improving the working conditions of nurses. This, as President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. promised nurses his administration will work on addressing various issues surrounding the nursing profession during the 100th anniversary of the Philippine Nurses Association, Inc. Nograles […]

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SOLONS MEET BONGBONG MARCOS FOR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri and House Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez led the contingent of lawmakers from both houses of Congress, in discussing the legislative agenda with incoming President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. during a meeting in his headquarters in Mandaluyong City. During the courtesy call, Zubiri who is rumored to be vying for […]

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SY EGCO: PROBE JOURNO’S FAKE COMPLAINTS MODUS

Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) executive director, Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco appealed to both the Senate and the House of Representatives to immediately conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the “criminal enterprise” of a Pangasinan-based newsman, involving the filing of bogus rape complaints against government officials. Sy Egco said the scheme […]

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SOLON LAUDS NEW STATUTORY RAPE LAW

A lawmaker at the House of Representatives lauded the signing into law of a measure that raises the minimum age of sexual consent from 12 to 16, describing it as “a major step forward” toward justice and equality. Agusan del Norte Representative Lawrence Fortun said the new law not only increases the age for determining […]

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IBC FRANCHISE RENEWAL GETS HOUSE PANEL OK

The House Committee on Legislative Franchises approved the measure renewing the franchise for another 25 years of the state-owned television network Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC). Albay Representative Joey Salceda, the principal author and sponsor of House Bill No. 5404, said the state TV’s franchise extension would help provide a stronger role for an expanded IBC […]