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Making cash aid beneficiaries line up at distribution points could have caused COVID-19 transmission, says Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor
Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez says explicitly putting this in the Cybercrime Law would ''put to rest the issue of prescription of the crime of cyber libel'
Villafuerte – among the closest allies of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano in the House – slams his colleagues for changing their votes
Most of the House members voted on the anti-terrorism bill through Zoom or a Viber group chat, methods that are prone to errors when there are a total of 302 lawmakers
The two cases are a couple working at the House's Engineering Department and Printing Service Office, where two other workers previously acquired COVID-19
Under House Bill No. 6920, the government can tap into the fund for 3 fiscal years upon enactment. If passed this year, the funds will be valid until the end of the Duterte administration in 2022.
The bill includes non-medical frontliners and quarantine pass holders who do not exhibit symptoms among those to be prioritized for testing
Violators stand to face possible 1 to 2 months' jail time or a fine ranging from P1,000 up to P50,000
44 of the country's biggest business groups back the ARISE Philippines bill, but progressive lawmakers argue that it would only be a Band-aid solution to unemployment
The bill is designed to complement the Balik Probinsya program to help address unemployment caused by the coronavirus crisis
Lawmakers are bent on ratifying the bill into law before Congress adjourns on Friday, June 5.
Lawmakers also approve on 2nd reading a bill requiring the government to prioritize for COVID-19 testing certain ‘vulnerable’ sectors, including Filipino workers
Security officials want the controversial law passed before Congress adjourns on June 5
The bill would empower a council of top cabinet officials to do functions usually reserved for the courts, like ordering the warrantless arrest and detention of people and groups perceived to be terrorists
(UPDATED) The move fast-tracks the passage of a proposed law that broadens the definition of terrorism and heightens punishment of convicted terrorists, but which the opposition sees as a clampdown on dissent
'Using Kim Chiu's controversial statement to deliver your point is distasteful humor and a form of shaming that is uncalled for,' says a netizen
Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez says lawmakers would rather focus on measures 'that will save lives and the livelihood of our people' during the pandemic
(UPDATED) Instead, the House of Representatives will immediately resume hearings on the bills granting a new 25-year franchise for ABS-CBN, says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano
This proposed fiscal package aims to ensure that businesses will continue operating while also reviving consumer confidence
Lawmakers want to allot P20 billion alone to facilitate massive COVID-19 testing even after the lifting of the lockdown
If passed into law, the proposed New Normal for the Workplace and Public Spaces Act of 2020 will be effective for 3 years or sooner, once a 'viable vaccine has contained or eradicated COVID-19'
Twitter user @house_files is deactivated minutes after House Secretary General Luis Montales says they would prosecute the people behind the account that had used the official House seal
The 10-member team 'exhibited a strong sense of compassion for our kababayan and nationalism that motivated them to volunteer their services and expertise to undertake this critical mission' to Wuhan, China, says House Resolution 711
House committee on ways and means chair Joey Salceda also wants to allot P20 million for the hazard pay of epidemiologists on the frontlines of battling the novel coronavirus
Once the least trusted among the bets for Speaker, Alan Peter Cayetano works double time to woo House members. His tactics seem to be paying off.
(UPDATED) If passed into law, the House bill would also require government offices to grant employees a mid-year bonus equivalent to a month's basic salary as of May 15 of the given year
The Senate and the House of Representatives are expected to ratify the bicam report on the 2020 budget on Wednesday, December 11, during their respective sessions
Congressman Bonito Singson's bill is a 'cheap trick' to deprive workers of their rights, say Defend Job Philippines, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, and Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino
House ways and means committee chairman Joey Salceda says they are 'quietly studying' online gambling risks, adding that the industry already comprises nearly 1% of gross domestic product
'Hopefully, we can avoid any possibility of a presidential veto by working closely with Cabinet members and Senate officials,' says House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez
(UPDATED) The camp of Congresswoman Stella Quimbo says former ABS representative Eugene de Vera should 'move on and accept the will of the people of Marikina,' where Quimbo won almost 85% of the total votes
'I hope you stay beside me and not behind me. We will do this together,' Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano tells the lawmakers
'I look at everyone like a father looks at his child or an older brother to the younger brother,' Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano tells a group of lawmakers mostly allied with Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez
Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte says he arrived at the decision after he and his father, President Rodrigo Duterte, 'agreed that this will not be the right time for me to be Speaker'
The newly-formed Duterte Coalition urges Cabinet officials not to get involved in the speakership race
Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president, says this will 'help settle the issue of House Speaker which has been dragging for a considerable period of time'
'You make a stand on the basis of circumstances. When those circumstances change, you change your stand,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo of President Duterte's promise to resign if his son joins the speakership race
President Rodrigo Duterte confirms he proposed the term-sharing agreement but maintains he is sticking to his recent decision to let House members decide on the next Speaker
Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao says the proposed constitution 'represents everything that is wrong with our government'
Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says the House of Representatives' moves to amend the 1987 Constitution are 'part of the democratic process'
(UPDATED) Here are the key provisions under each article of the draft federal charter authored by Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and 21 other lawmakers
'Since when did a pending election protest become the basis of succession to the highest position of the land?' asks Romulo Macalintal, election lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo
House committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles makes the statement even if the committee of the whole – which realigned the funds – was convened to overrule the panel he chairs
House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya, Camarines Sur 2nd District Luis Raymund Villafuerte, and committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles clash over the 2019 budget
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the budget department turned down their proposal to hire more labor inspectors
Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says the proposal was discussed with economic managers but the Department of Agriculture is against it
(2ND UPDATE) Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo files the resolution on Tuesday, August 7, calling for a Constituent Assembly but specifying that the House and the Senate would vote separately
Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo pitches 5 solutions to temper high prices in a meeting with the country's economic managers
If Davao del Norte is getting too crowded politically, is it time for Alvarez to look elsewhere and start planning for his future?
The House Majority Leader says more than enough time was given for members of the House to deliberate on the proposal