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Women lawmakers from the Liberal Party (LP) decried the unabated killings of suspected drug peddlers, saying it is tantamount to rejecting rule of law. Representatives Henedina Abad of Batanes; Josephine Ramirez-Sato of Occidental Mindoro; Arlene Bag-ao of Dinagat Islands; Josie Limkaichong of Negros Oriental and Geraldine Roman of Bataan cited…

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THE DUTERTE administration on Monday asked Congress for a P3.35-trillion national budget for 2017, up by 12 percent from this year’s outlay, with the increase going to the country’s hosting of next year’s Asean meetings and rice subsidies for the poor. President Rodrigo Duterte sought a tenfold increase in the…

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Proposed preparatory body to have 24 members, P30M budget A DRAFT executive order (EO) proposes to allow President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint 24 members to a preparatory study council and spend P30 million to draft a new Philippine Constitution for submission to Congress. The draft order, obtained by The Manila…

DUTERTE’S FEDERALISM CORE GROUP PROPOSES

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THE PHILIPPINES should develop its own brand of federalism and need not adopt the models of other countries that may be inapplicable here, members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s informal ‘core group’ on federalism said Wednesday. Philippine-style federalism, which can emerge as a result of grassroots political involvement, would address concerns…

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Burying the late former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery for Heroes) sends a message of injustice, lawmakers said on Monday. A special casket that had been readied for Marcos by his family was shown on an ABS-CBN news program on Monday. Deputy Speaker Romero Quimbo…

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Lawmakers cannot guarantee that term limits will not be extended once Congress convenes as a Constituent Assembly (ConAss) to amend the 1987 Constitution. Reps. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar, Rodito Albano of Isabela and Albee Benitez of Negros Occidental admitted that term limits could be tinkered with, but not necessarily…

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Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo is off to the United States to seek help in addressing hunger in communities and the 1.3-million socialized housing backlog in the country, among others. Robredo will leave today and will serve as keynote speaker for the National Federation of Filipino American Association’s (NaFFAA) 12th…

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DIVORCE advocates trooped to the House of Representatives Wednesday to restart a campaign to legislate divorce in the Philippines, the only country in the world aside from Vatican City-State where the dissolution of the marriage bond is not allowed. Lobby groups Divorce Advocates of the Philippines and Association for Divorce…

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At least seven former stalwarts of the Liberal Party (LP) who campaigned for Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd cornered powerful positions in the House of Representatives. The six — Representatives Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte; Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City; Reynaldo Umali of Oriental Mindoro; Peter Unabia of Misamis Oriental; Lucy…

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IT’S not the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. that is making Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo worried. Rather, it is the lawyer’s fees that she needs to pay in connection with the election protest lodged by Marcos against her proclamation in the May 2016 polls.…

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