LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT

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The House justice committee is still undecided on the minimum age of criminal liability that the Duterte administration wants lowered from 15 to nine years old, Rep. Ron Salo of Kabayan party-list said on Wednesday during a hearing of the panel’s sub-committee on correctional reforms. Salo heads the Technical Working…

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The Commission on Audit has cleared former officials of the Department of Health (DOH) in connection with the purchase of P3.5 billion worth of Dengvaxia, a vaccine against dengue. COA supervising auditor Marietta Andoy, during the joint probe of the House Good Government/Public Accountability and Health panels, said there was…

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MALACAÑANG on Monday called on the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army (NPA) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to stop extortion and other hostile activities if it wants to resume peace talks. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella announced four conditions on the communists…

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A lawmaker on Monday claimed the ruling coalition has mustered enough votes to pass the death penalty bill in the House of Representatives. Rep. Stephen Paduano of Abang Lingkod party-list made the statement ahead of the caucus of administration lawmakers in connection with the plenary debates on the death penalty…

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The House Social Services panel has approved a measure that will allow parents and guardians to correct simulated birth records in a span of ten years sans liability to ease adoption proceedings, among others. The unnumbered substitute bill specifically seeks to rectify the simulated birth records and prescribe administrative adoption…

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The camp of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo is contemplating to file a Motion for Reconsideration (MR) after the Supreme Court (SC) denied the Vice President’s motion to dismiss an electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against her. Lawyer Romulo Macalintal, the lead counsel of…

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Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez wants the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) abolished and replaced by the Board of Energy. The House leader on Thursday filed House Bill 5020 that seeks the abolition of the ERC. The bill also aims to create the Board of Energy that will be an attached agency of…

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THE House Committee on Public Information has approved the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) bill that will make government activities transparent. The panel, led by Rep. Antonio Tinio of Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list, consolidated 35 versions of the FOI measure that will cover all government agencies in the Executive,…

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THE revival of capital punishment will be an embarrassment for the Philippines and a setback for the rest of Southeast Asia, a number of lawmakers from the region said on Wednesday. Lawmakers Kasthuri Patto of Malaysia, Mu Sochua of Cambodia, and Filipino opposition lawmakers Edcel Lagman and Tom Villarin issued…

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