LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT

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The Freedom on Information (FOI) bill is again gathering dust at the House of Representatives, authors of the measure lamented on Monday. They said this is because Rep. Jorge Almonte of Misamis Occidental, Chairman of the Technical Working Group (TWG) who was tasked to consolidate the 15 FOI bills in…

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A lawmaker wants the government to subsidize power consumers to spare them the brunt of power rate increases. Rep. Reynaldo Umali of Oriental Mindoro, chairman of the House Committee on Energy, said the government can use the Malampaya funds to shield electricity users from the P4.15 per kilowatt-hour increase charged…

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If there’s anyone who should resign pronto, it should be Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairman Zenaida Ducut and not Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, according to lawmakers who were enraged over the record power rate increase that the ERC approved early this month. “If there’s anyone who should resign pronto, it’s…

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LAWMAKERS foresee a cut in Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) membership after the Supreme Court declared the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel of lawmakers unconstitutional. Reps. Rodolfo Farinas of Ilocos Norte and Sherwin Tugna of Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption party-list made the observation as they noted that…

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A lawmaker has backed the filing of criminal raps to the owners and operators of public utility vehicles (PUVs) in cases of injuries and deaths caused by road accidents. Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela City, a stalwart of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, made the call on Thursday in light of…

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An ally of President Benigno Aquino 3rd in the House of Representatives is in favor of relaxing the visiting hours for former President Gloria Arroyo so she can spend Christmas and New Year holidays with her family. Rep. Niel Tupas, Jr. of Iloilo, Chairman of the House Committee on Justice,…

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Not even a Supreme Court ruling on disqualification is enough to unseat a member of Congress who has been proclaimed the winner, a House leader said on Tuesday. House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd of Mandaluyong made the stance in connection with the case of Rep. Regina Reyes of Marinduque…

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The increase in campaign expenditure cap per voter should be limited to local candidates, a House leader said on Friday. House Majority Leader Sherwin Tugna of Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption party-list made the stance a day after Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. called for a significant hike on the campaign expenditure…

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Several days after Justice Secretary Leila de Lima defended the decision of the Board of Pardons and Parole (BPP) to grant parole to former Gov. Antonio Leviste of Batangas who was convicted of homicide for the death of his aide, Rafael de las Alas. President Benigno Aquino 3rd had said…

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The staff of the lawmaker who allegedly used a fake Special Allotment Release Order to secure fund release from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) has filed a one month leave, it was learned on Tuesday. Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuño of Zamboanga City made the disclosure after Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.…

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