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Alvarez eyes OK of marriage dissolution bill in March

MANILA — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Wednesday he expects the House of Representatives to pass the bill on dissolution of marriage before Congress goes into a Lenten break on March 23. “Ang commitment ko diyan, magbi-break kami nitong March, ano, so kailangang maipasa iyan on third reading bago kami mag-break,” Alvarez said in a …

House awaits inputs of consultative body on Cha-cha

MANILA — The House of Representatives would await the inputs of the 19-member consultative body tasked to review the 1987 Constitution before proceeding to draft the new Charter, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Wednesday. In a press conference, Alvarez said the lower chamber would consider the recommendations of the consultative committee, as he directed the House …

Sereno failed to comply with SALN requirement: 2 SC justices

MANILA — Two magistrates of the Supreme Court (SC) said on Monday that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s application for the top judiciary post in 2012 should have been rejected when she failed to submit her statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN). During the impeachment hearing of the House justice committee against Sereno, Associate …

Alvarez: Federalism can solve regional disparities

MANILA — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Tuesday assured that the regional development gap in the country could be narrowed under a federal setup with the rich regions aiding poor regions until they become competitive. Alvarez made this remark in response to concerns that poor regions who were heavily dependent on the national government “might lag …

Alvarez questions competence of MRT-3 chief

MANILA — Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday questioned the competence of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) general manager Rodolfo Jazmines Garcia as recurring glitches plague the crumbling train system. Garcia came under scrutiny during the joint hearing of the House committee on transportation and committee on public works and highways, which dealt with railway safety …

House approves Church-decreed annulment on final reading

MANILA — The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved on third and final reading a proposal seeking to recognize the civil effects of church annulment or dissolution of certain marriages by different religious sects in the country. Voting 203-0, lawmakers approved House Bill No. 6779, or an act recognizing the civil effects of church …

Bill vs. ‘endo’ gets 3rd reading approval in House

MANILA — In a bid to stamp out the problem of contractualization and labor-only contracting, the House of Representatives on Monday approved on final reading a measure strengthening the security of tenure of workers. With 199 affirmative votes, 7 negative, and no abstention, members of the lower chamber approved House Bill 6908, which seeks to …

Chartering our own destiny through federalism

MANILA — The push for a shift to a federal form of government has been gaining steam as a possible solution to the nation’s longstanding problems. President Rodrigo Duterte, who had a stunning electoral victory, championed federalism, envisioning it as the key to bring “lasting peace, progress, and prosperity for all of our peoples.” Under …

House pushes bill strengthening crop insurance in PH

MANILA — The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure seeking to strengthen crop insurance services in the country with additional government support to raise agricultural production of farmers. Voting through viva voce, lawmakers passed House Bill 6686, or the “Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms”, which sought to provide full crop …

Congressional leaders reach compromise on Cha-cha

MANILA — House and Senate leaders have forged an agreement to first reach a consensus on the general features of the federal government being envisioned to break the deadlock on Charter change (Cha-cha), Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said on Thursday. In a radio interview, Alvarez said the compromise was reached on Wednesday night during his meeting with …

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