LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT

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Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo has decided not to oppose President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao on Tuesday, after she was briefed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines on the terrorist attack by the Maute group–an ISIS sympathizer–in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Robredo was briefed…

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A panel at the House of Representatives has rejected the proposal of administration lawmakers led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to lower the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 to 9 years old. The measure that seeks to detain children who committed a crime was instead amended by the House…

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A mandatory on-site, in-city and near-city relocation for informal settlers is a step closer to becoming a law. This became possible after the House of Representatives by 221 votes approved House Bill (HB) 5347, which also obligates the government to come up with a People’s Plan as a requirement for…

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The House justice committee is unlikely to reduce the age of criminal liability from 15 to nine years old under a measure that, initially, is the second highest priority of the Duterte administration next to the death penalty bill. Rep. Reynaldo Umali of Oriental Mindoro, committee chairman, made the prediction…

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President Rodrigo Duterte will ask for precision guided missiles and discuss nuclear energy, among others, when he visits Russia this week. “I am going to Russia on Tuesday…same purpose…if they can spare us some precision guided [missiles]. We have so many smart bombs, but not as accurate as the ones…

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Former President and now Rep. Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga wants to abolish the National Service Training Program (NSTP) for college students which gives the students the option to either take up Civic Welfare Training Service or Literacy Training Service in lieu of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program. Arroyo…

LAWMAKERS URGED

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A lawmaker warned proponents of a tax reform bill not to pass the measure without identifying the beneficiaries of the proposed subsidies. Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay referred to a provision in the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) measure that states that a P48-billion subsidy – representing 40…

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There has been no resistance thus far over the planned strict checking of attendance for members of the House of Representatives during plenary session. Deputy Speaker Romero Quimbo of Marikina and Representatives Teddy Baguilat of Ifugao and Antonio Tinio of Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list were in favor of the…

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A P48-billion government subsidy under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) bill package won’t save the poor from looming new taxes on fuel and sugar- sweetened beverages, among others. Rep. Sarah Elago of Kabataan party-list and Rep. Arnolfo Teves of Negros Oriental gave the warning after congressional leaders…

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The House of Representatives is set to approve a measure increasing the excise tax on diesel by P6 per liter, lawmakers said on Wednesday. This developed after House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte announced the scheduled approval next week of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train)…

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