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SCRAP FUEL TAXES AMID RISING PRICES – PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III sent his appeal to the incoming Marcos administration to identify and remove taxes and other fees in fuel transactions that can minimize the effects of surging prices of petroleum products. Pimentel said removing the excise tax and other fees on fuel is an Executive action but the veteran legislator will file […]

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PH CREATIVE INDUSTRIES BILL GETS SENATE NOD

The Senate approved on the third and final reading a bill that seeks to develop and promote the Philippine creative industries during its hybrid plenary session. With 21 affirmative votes, no negative vote, and no abstention, the chamber passed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2455 or the Creative Industries Charter of the Philippines, which was sponsored […]

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‘TIMBANGAN NG BAYAN’ GETS SENATE OK – PIMENTEL

The Senate approved on third and final reading the Timbangan ng Bayan Act which aims to institutionalize the establishment of “timbangan ng bayan” centers in public and private markets in the country. With 23 affirmative votes, no negative vote, and no abstention, the Senate passed during its hybrid plenary session recently Senate Bill No. (SBN) […]

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BILL AGAINST FAKE DELIVERY ORDERS GETS SENATE OK

Delivery riders and drivers would soon be protected from shelling out money from their own pockets to pay for canceled bookings or hoax orders. The Senate approved on third and final reading Senate Bill No. 2302, also known as An Act Providing Measures to Protect Individuals Engaged in Food, Grocery and Pharmacy Delivery Services. The […]

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CONVENTION ON TEMPORARY ADMISSION GETS SENATE OK

The Senate adopted a resolution concurring in the ratification of the Convention on Temporary Admission subject to certain reservations allowed under the treaty. Senator Koko Pimentel III, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, said Senate Resolution 832 or the Convention on Temporary Admission and its various Annexes constitute the international codification of the ATA […]

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PH URGED TO SUPPORT COVID VAX PATENT WAIVER

Senator Koko Pimentel III, as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, filed Committee Report No. 274 urging the Philippine Government to support the proposal before the WTO for a waiver of the intellectual property rights over COVID-19 vaccines. Pimentel believes that such a waiver would help ramp up global production of the much-needed […]

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TIME TO PENALIZE HOAX FOOD ORDERING – PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III, as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, has filed Committee Report No. 273 which penalizes “hoax ordering.” Pimentel underscored the urgent need to protect delivery riders of all food, grocery and pharmacy delivery services in light of the rising cases of unjust order cancellations and bogus transactions. […]

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ADOPT SWAB-ON-ARRIVAL POLICY FOR OFWS – PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III said he supports the “swab-upon-arrival” policy for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs). This is in response to the various appeals received by Pimentel’s office from OFWs asking for more reasonable quarantine protocols. The existing protocols require OFWs and ROFs to undergo a minimum of 10 days quarantine […]

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BILL AMENDING RETAIL TRADE LAW GETS SENATE OK

The Senate approved on third and final reading a measure that aims to further relax qualifications for foreign retailers to enter the Philippines. Voting 20-0-0, the chamber passed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 1840 seeking to amend Republic Act (RA) No. 8762, otherwise known as the Retail Trade Liberalization Act (RTLA) of 2000. “The proposed measure […]

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SENATE RATIFIES NUCLEAR WEAPONS BAN TREATY

The Senate adopted a resolution expressing its concurrence to the ratification of a treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons (TPNW). Proposed Senate Resolution 620, introduced and sponsored by Senator Koko Pimentel III, was unanimously adopted with 23 votes. The resolution was co-sponsored by Sen. Risa Hontiveros and all other senators. “The Treaty further reinforces […]