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ANGARA SEES END OF TAX HIKE ON PRIVATE SCHOOLS

As more senators sign as co-sponsor of the bill explicitly declaring that private schools are exempt from the 25 % corporate income tax, its author, Senator Sonny Angara, predicts its approval by an overwhelming majority in the Senate. “How can you not support a measure that is fair and just, and corrects an injustice to […]

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PANGILINAN TO SENATE: PROBE P25-B VACCINE BUDGET

Senator Kiko Pangilinan said additional spending on the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines needs to be subjected to a Senate hearing. Earlier, Budget Secretary Wendell Avisado said that the government needs an additional P5 billion on top of the P82.5 billion allocated for vaccine procurement under the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act or Bayanihan 2. […]

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SK REFORM BILL GETS SENATE NOD – ANGARA

The Senate has approved on third and final reading the proposed amendments to Republic Act 10742 or the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act of 2015, which seeks to revitalize youth participation in governance. Senator Sonny Angara, the chair of the Committee on Youth and the principal author and sponsor of Senate Bill 2124, said the measure […]

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SENATE OKS PERMANENT JOINT ENERGY COMMISSION BILL

The Senate approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to further strengthen the Joint Congressional Energy Commission (JCEC) and remove its expiration period. Voting 22-0-0, the Senate passed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2220, also known as the JCEC Enhancement Act, which is aimed at enhancing the powers and functions of the commission, […]

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BILLS RENAMING STATE COLLEGES GET SENATE OK

The Senate adopted on third and final reading seven local bills that seek to rename State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) as well as convert state colleges into state universities. Senator Joel Villanueva, chair of the Committee on Higher and Technical-Vocational Education, expressed his gratitude to the body for the swift passage of the seven bills, […]

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BILL PROTECTING RIGHTS OF FOUNDLINGS PUSHED

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima urged her colleagues to help push for the passage of the bill promoting the rights of and providing greater protections to deserted or abandoned children with unknown parents or foundlings to help them grow and be productive citizens of the country. In her sponsorship speech of the Foundling Recognition and […]

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PORK IMPORT TARIFF RATES GET SENATE OK – DAR

The President’s economic team has reached a compromise with the Senate on the issues of pork import tariff rates and minimum access volume (MAV). The Senate has accepted the economic team’s recommendation that the tariff rates under Executive Order (EO) No. 128 be modified. Economic team members and Agriculture Secretary William Dar, in discussions with […]

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SENATE TO TACKLE PORK SMUGGLING, ASF — PANGILINAN

Pointing out the difference in the pork import figures of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) for 2020, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said the Senate will try to solve both the suspected massive smuggling of pork products and the African swine fever (ASF), which has severely affected local hog growers. […]

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SK REFORM BILL GETS SENATE PANEL NOD – ANGARA

The Senate Committee on Youth has approved amendments to Republic Act 10742 or the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act of 2015 to further enhance the participation of young men and women in local governance. Senator Sonny Angara, the chairman of the Committee on Youth, sponsored Senate Bill 2124 which is a product of extensive consultations […]

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KEEP OUR LAWYERS, JUDGES SAFE – PANGILINAN

As co-equal branches of government, the Senate’s support of the Supreme Court’s position against the spread of threats and killings of lawyers and judges will help keep them safe and alive which in turn will help keep ordinary citizens safe and alive, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said. “Gusto lang nating ligtas at buhay ang lahat, mapa-abogado […]