LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT

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The House of Representatives has allowed the full entry of foreign banks in the country pending plenary debates on the measure amending the 1987 Philippine Constitution. The door was opened to foreign banks by the Commitee Report on House Bill 3984 and Senate Bill 2159 or the Act Allowing Full…

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The Palace, not budget constraints, is blocking the salary increase for teachers, a House leader said on Monday. House Deputy Minority Leader Antonio Tinio of Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list reacted to statements by administration lawmakers Roman Romulo of Pasig City and Kimi Cojuangco of Pangasinan that the government does…

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House Deputy Minority Leader Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna party-list has thumbed down the reported five-percent pension increase for Social Security System (SSS) pensioners. The SSS announced that a five-percent across-the-board increase will be paid to its 1.9 million pensioners starting August 2014. “While it is right for SSS to…

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A tax break of as much as P50,000 should be granted to parents and legal guardians of children who have special needs, a congressional leader said on Thursday. Rep. Mark Villar of Las Piñas City (Metro Manila), chairman of the House Committee on Trade and Industry, made the pitch under…

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The anti-political dynasty bill—which prohibits two or more individuals who are related within the second degree of consanguinity from holding or running for a national or local post in successive, simultaneous or overlapping terms—should not alarm Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. of Quezon City,…

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. is eyeing the inclusion of the plebiscite or the vote on the amendment of the Philippine Constitution in the 2016 presidential election ballot. Belmonte, the author of the Resolution of Both Houses Number 1 that lifts the 40-percent limit on foreign ownership of public utilities in…

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The House Dangerous Drugs panel on Wednesday approved a measure that will conduct random drug test on detainees who are suspected to be under the influence of illegal drugs. The said policy is provided under House Bill 2777 which states that all prisoners, parolees and probationers should undergo random drug…

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To further deter smoking after the imposition of higher “sin” taxes on tobacco products, the House committee on health approved a bill mandating local manufacturers and importers to place graphic warnings about the dangers of the vice on cigarette packs. The measure does not stop with the warnings. After 12…

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The lack of land to build classrooms has resulted in classroom congestion, particularly in the National Capital Region, House leaders said on Tuesday. Reps. Kimi Cojuangco of Pangasinan and Roman Romulo of Pasig City deplored the congestion in public schools at the opening of classes last Monday. The Aquino administration…

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The House of Representatives approved a bill that seeks to expand housing sites for the poor on third and final reading on Monday to address the 3.9 million housing backlog in the country. House Bill 4382 or the National Land Use measure got the nod of 294 congressmen. Under the…

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