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Congress ratifies TRAIN raising taxes on coal, tobacco

MANILA (Updated) — The Congress on Wednesday night ratified the the controversial tax reform package or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill which raises taxes on coal, mining, and tobacco, among others. Both chambers–the Senate and House of Representatives–voted to pass the bicameral conference committee report after reconciling differences of their respective versions. …

1-year martial law extension a ‘blessing in disguise: Lacson

MANILA — The one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao from January 1 to December 31, 2018 is a blessing in disguise because security forces will now be more conscious of committing human rights abuses. Senator Panfilo Lacson made this remark after the Congress, in a joint session, approved the one-year extension in Mindanao voting 240-27. …

No reason to postpone May 2018 barangay polls in Mindanao: Lorenzana

MANILA — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday said he sees no reason for the scheduled May 2018 barangay (village) elections in Mindanao to be postponed despite the looming assent of Congress on the one-year martial law extension. “We see no reason why the barangay election will not push through,” Lorenzana told Senator Francis Escudero during …

Senate ratifies P3.7-T national budget for 2018

MANILA — The Senate on Tuesday night ratified the proposed PHP3.7 trillion national budget for 2018 just days before it goes on recess on Dec. 16. On the same day, the House of Representatives (HoR) also ratified the budget which is now set to be transmitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for his signature. Before the budget …

Senate bill allows resto, hotel workers 100% access to service charge

MANILA — The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure that would allow restaurant and hotel employees 100 percent access to service charges collected from customers. Once Senate Bill No. 1299 is enacted into law, restaurant and hotel workers, whether regular, contractual, or agency-hired, would be entitled to a 100 percent …

Congress likely to approve martial law extension: Drilon

  FILE: Sen. Franklin Drilon (Photo: Senate of the Philippines/Facebook) MANILA — Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Tuesday said he expects Congress to approve the extension of martial law extension in Mindanao for another year despite possible opposition by the minority. Drilon said that it is “expected” because President Rodrigo Duterte has the supermajority …

Ex-DPWH chief Singson denies hand in ROW scam

MANILA — Former Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson on Monday denied any involvement in the alleged PHP8.7 billion right-of-way (ROW) scam in General Santos City. Facing the Senate, Singson, in his opening statement, said that it was not true that he profited from fake land titles under the name of …

Garin dismisses conspiracy theories on dengue vaccine purchase

MANILA — Former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Janette Garin on Monday dismissed conspiracy theories on the purchase of PHP3.5 billion worth of dengue vaccines called Dengvaxia, during the Aquino administration which was later reported to pose risks to those who have not been previously infected by the virus. During a Senate Blue Ribbon Committee …

Poe asks DOTr: Let old but roadworthy jeeps operate

MANILA — Even if a jeepney is over 15 years old but still complies with roadworthy requirements, it should still be given the chance to operate. Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Services, made this remark Monday, urging the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to compromise with transport groups on the rollout of …

Pimentel backs extension of martial law in Mindanao

MANILA — Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III on Monday said Congress is planning to hold a joint session on Wednesday (December 13) to discuss the proposed one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. Pimentel told reporters in an interview that the Senate will be meeting martial law administrators on Tuesday, 10 a.m. Afterwards, the joint …