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'The grant of broadcast privileges to a mass media company should not solely be in the hands of politicians, who may have their own ties and agenda'
'Why hasn’t Congress acted on it? Who is at fault here?' says Solicitor General Jose Calida the morning after a cease and desist order silences the Philippine broadcast behemoth
The 113-page ponencia lists a barrage of gender-specific laws that may be disturbed by ruling same-sex marriage as legal, and says these may be matters of policy better left to legislation
'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
Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, who is supporting speakership bet Martin Romualdez, opposes the planned sanctions of the PDP-Laban leadership
'Panahon na para sa isang Speaker na tunay na makabayan,' says the Makabayan bloc
'The party of President Duterte is the biggest bloc in Congress with more than 94 representatives on top the party-list congressmen allied with us,' says Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president
'The process of lawmaking is serious business that should not be left to the unprepared, unprincipled, and inarticulate,' says former vice president Jejomar Binay
While the House has passed its version of the bill, the counterpart measure in the Senate is still pending in the committee level
The General Appropriations Act for the 2019 budget is slated to be passed into law by November
'There's no value in giving so much importance of what I want because, kung sabihin ko naman na, huwag, it would be needed for the 'Build Build Build,' at kung sabihin nila, talagang palitan natin, wala naman akong magawa,' says President Rodrigo Duterte
The ban on political dynasties, the powers given to officials, and the tax scheme in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law are only some of the contentious proposals that both chambers of Congress need to iron out
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'Out of respect to a co-equal [branch] that has ruled that it has jurisdiction over the matter of the legality of the appointment of respondent Sereno, the House of Representatives should wait for the resolution of the motion for reconsideration, if one is filed,' says House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas
House Bill 1035 is scheduled for committee discussion nearly two years after it was referred to the committee
The High Court can either let the impeachment proceedings in Congress take their course, or set a precedent for a quo warranto removal
At the very least, these proposed amendments grant immense powers to Duterte and effectively dismantle whatever system of checks and balances there is
Watch the livestream of the hearing on divorce and other grounds for dissolving a marriage here
The Congressional leaders agree they will first review the 1987 Constitution before deciding on how to amend it
UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander says nutrition is 'not yet' a priority of the current administration, but 'there seems to be an increasing interest'
House Speaker Pantaleon Alavarez is insisting that the House of Representatives can push through with amending the Charter even without the Senate's participation
Tony La Viña: 'The only way a Constituent Assembly can be convened is if there is a joint resolution by both Houses'
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez insists on his interpretation of the Constitution, even if it differs from that of his colleagues in the Senate and the framers of the 1987 Charter
Magtitiwala ka bang isulat ng mga maginoong ito ang kinabukasan ng bayan at ng susunod na henerasyon?
(UPDATED) The Speaker says funds have been reallocated for free college tuition and for the salary hikes for soldiers and policemen
(UPDATED) House opposition leader Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the move was done in the bicameral conference 'reportedly upon instructions of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez'
So, how far has Rodrigo Duterte taken us down the road to authoritarianism?
The public often pushes for nominal voting on controversial measures – the Reproductive Health bill and the restoration of the death penalty, among others – to immediately see how lawmakers voted
'The mentioned reasons in [the President's] letter do not warrant an extension of martial law as the same can be addressed by normal police and military powers,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate
Representative Edcel Lagman argues there's no more basis for an extension of martial law in Mindanao
By voting against Duterte’s pet cases in the Supreme Court, Sereno did not endear herself to him and, chief justice for 14 more years, unless stopped by abnormal means, like impeachment, she could hound him beyond his term
The proposed Constitutional Education subject would cover topics like the rights and duties of citizens, social justice, and human rights
The bill makes it illegal for people will mental health conditions to be placed in solitary confinement, and also covers drug dependents who surrender and turn out to be mentally ill
The proposed Philippine Legislative Police envisions Congress enforcing its own powers of contempt and arrest, as well as provide security for legislators and their families
Do we really think that this Congress with a subservient majority can craft a Charter, independent and intelligent enough without bowing down to outside interests or powers?
Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon however says he will not resign as doing so will lead to making the institution forever at the mercy of politics
House Muslim affairs committee chairperson Mauyag Papandayan Jr says the bill aims to respect the religious practices of the deceased
However divorce laws must look into inequalities to ensure that women are protected and their stronger emotional ties to their children are recognized
The proposed measure one of President Rodrigo Duterte s priority measures in his second SONA will give retirement benefits and separation incentives to affected employees
Leaders of the 17th Congress also prioritize measures on national land use government procurement and creation of the disaster response and management department which the President mentioned in his SONA
The former Senate president shares his thoughts live on Rappler
2ND UPDATE From passing the National Land Use Act to creating a new disaster response department here are bills President Rodrigo Duterte wants the 17th Congress to pass
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admits that the previous House session was marked with unprecedented challenges
UPDATED Speaker Alvarez presents this year s House agenda
President Rodrigo Duterte does not lag far behind most of his predecessors when it comes to laws passed during their first year in office
2ND UPDATE President Rodrigo Duterte is widely expected to win approval for martial law in Mindanao until the end of the year
At least 3 bills are filed in the House of Representatives and the Senate seeking to make ride hailing services as an alternative public transport mode
The Court can still decide regardless of the expiration of the 60 day period but the best time to decide is now says former solicitor general Florin Hilbay
The winning bill will be referred to the appropriate House committee which will then formally file the measure in Congress