BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO

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SEN. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara wants to transform the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) into an independent service branch of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). He filed Senate Bill 1731 or the Philippine Marine Corps Act that aims to transform the PMC into the fourth service branch of the…

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SEN. Nancy Binay on Thursday appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to fill up the vacancies in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to ensure smooth preparations for the May 14 barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) polls. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista resigned last year amid the threat of the House…

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SEN. Vicente Sotto 3rd on Tuesday sought an investigation into alleged irregularities in the May 2016 national elections, such as early transmissions of votes and “foreign access” to the election results server. In a privilege speech, Sotto said it was high time the proper Senate committee investigated the Automated Election…

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SENATORS on Monday unanimously approved on third and final reading a bill that will expand the country’s nutrition and health programs for mothers and children, specifically during the child’s first 1,000 days of life. Senate Bill 1537 or the “Healthy Nanay and Bulilit Act,” was sponsored by Sen. Risa Hontiveros,…

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SENATE President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd wants to amend Republic Act 10708 or the Tax Incentives Management and Transparency Act (TIMTA) to enhance State fiscal management and accountability. He filed on February 21 Senate Bill 1701 expanding the coverage of TIMTA, which established a strict reportorial system of the tax incentives…

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SENATORS Juan Miguel Zubiri and Juan Edgardo Angara on Wednesday appealed to their colleagues to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that seeks to create a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. If passed into law, the BBL will abolish the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). “I do not want to…

NEDA BLAMES GRAINS CHIEF’S 2-DAY ALERT

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THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on Tuesday said prices of government-subsidized rice jumped a week after the agency announced its buffer stock would only be enough for two days. Mercedita Sombilla, assistant secretary for regional development, said that before NFA came out with a press release on February…

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THE Senate wants a law granting benefits and privileges to former presidents and vice presidents to “honor them” and allow them to perform duties and functions often required of former top two officials of the land. Senators Antonio Trillanes 4th, Juan Edgardo Angara, and Loren Legarda jointly filed Senate Bill…

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THE Philippine government is set to deploy before June 12, Independence Day, at least 10 “sovereign markers” to assert the country’s claim on the Philippine Rise. BUOYS, NOT RIGS National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. (right) is summoned to the Senate to discuss the granting of permits forresearch expeditions at…

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FORMER president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd and some of his former Cabinet members on Saturday joined opposition Sen. Leila de Lima in marking her first year in detention on drug charges. De Lima was accused of aiding the proliferation of drugs at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa. She…

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