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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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ZUBIRI: PORK IMPORTATION SHOULD BE LAST RESORT

The Senate recently held a Committee of the Whole hearing to look into the food security situation brought about by the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak, and its impact on the hog raisers, particularly in light of the recently signed Executive Order No. 128, which reduces pork import tariffs from 40 percent to 5 percent. […]

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SENATE DECLARES OCTOBER AS NAT’L COOPERATIVE MONTH – ZUBIRI

The Senate has declared the month of October as “National Cooperative Month.” Senators, with 22 affirmative votes, no negative votes and no abstention approved on third and final reading Senate Bill No. 1807, under Committee Report No. 108 declaring October as National Cooperative Month. “The measure, when signed into law, would institutionalize Proclamation No. 493, […]

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LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SHOULD ENSURE CONTINUED FOOD PRODUCTION AMID COVID-19 — DAR

The Department of Agriculture (DA) reiterated its appeal to local chief executives (LCEs) to reconsider policies that counter efforts of the national government to ensure continued food production, processing, transport and trade during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. “We urge the provincial governors, city and municipal mayors in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, to allow […]

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PIMENTEL TO COMELEC: DISMISS DISQUALIFICATION CASE FOR LACK OF MERIT

Senator Koko Pimentel III has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to dismiss the disqualification case filed against him by lawyer Ferdinand Topacio for lack of merit. “It is incumbent upon the Honorable Commission to dismiss the instant petition filed against the respondent for utter lack of merit,” Pimentel said in his 26-page verified answer […]

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COMELEC CAN DISMISS DISQUALIFICATION CASE VS PIMENTEL WITHOUT ANY HEARING – MACALINTAL

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) can motu proprio (on its own) dismiss the disqualification case filed by lawyer Ferdinand Topacio against re-electionist Senator Koko Pimentel III, even without requiring the senator to answer the petition, an election lawyer said. Lawyer Romulo Macalintal noted that the Supreme Court (SC) has already ruled on the issue being […]

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Ban Expiry Dates on Gift Certificates – ZUBIRI

  “The new law has stiffer penalties to protect consumers. It provides that merchants who issue Gift Certificates (GCs) in violation of the law can be slapped up to a million pesos in fines, obligated to reimburse the total value of GCs to holders and ordered that their authority to issue GCs be suspended or […]

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Ghost Students Exposed – ZUBIRI

  “The web of corruption in the educational system such as the hundreds of thousands of ghost students causes widespread and extreme poverty in Mindanao. We have uncovered that this has been happening for many decades especially in rebel and terrorist-infested areas,” Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said in relation to the hearing on the Budgets […]

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Cure Defects in Current System of Business Community’s Transactions with Government – ZUBIRI

  The Senate passed on third and final reading a bill seeking to reduce the requirements and streamline the processes in starting and operating businesses to create a more conducive business environment in the country. Senate Bill No. 1311, or the “Expanded Anti-Red Tape Act of 2017” was approved with 17 affirmative votes, zero negative […]

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No More Expiration Dates for Gift Certificates – ZUBIRI

  The Senate passed on third and final reading a bill seeking to prohibit merchants from imposing expiry dates on gift checks, certificates or cards. “A gift certificate, check or card is, for all intents and purposes, good as cash. It is purchased with money and money having no expiry date, it follows that gift […]