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House to harmonize 4 Bangsamoro Basic Law bills

MANILA— A joint committee in the House of Representatives has formed a sub-committee to draw up a working draft bill that will harmonize all four bills proposing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). According to a statement on Friday, the House committee on local government, committee on Muslim affairs, and committee on peace, reconciliation, and unity approved the …

House leader urges Marawi City to submit own rehab master plan

MARAWI CITY — The chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development on Thursday urged the local government in Marawi to immediately submit a master plan on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the strife-torn city. Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez, committee chair, made the call following an ocular inspection of the 11-hectare Transitory Shelter …

‘Evasive’ clerk of court draws ire of lawmakers

MANILA — Supreme Court (SC) Clerk of Court Felipa Anama on Wednesday drew the ire of lawmakers for being evasive in answering the details on the member-in-charge for the transfer of Maute cases outside Mindanao. During the continuation of the impeachment hearing against SC Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, several lawmakers prodded Anama to disclose the …

P50-B DPWH budget cut scrapped: Nograles

MANILA — House appropriations committee chairman Karlo Nograles on Wednesday said the proposed PHP50-billion cut in the 2018 budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for right-of-way (ROW) acquisitions was scrapped following a bicameral meeting to break the impasse. According to Nograles, the DPWH and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) told …

Alvarez calls on LTO chief to resign over license plate mess

MANILA — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday called on Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Edgar Galvante to resign over the agency’s failure to release new license plates with an estimated backlog reaching 6 million. In an interview with reporters, Alvarez said Galvante had been in office for a year already, yet was still unable to …

House panel okays abolition of PCGG, OCGG

MANILA — A House of Representatives’ panel on Wednesday approved a measure that seeks to strengthen the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) while abolishing the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) and the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC). The House justice committee, chaired by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, approved a consolidated …

House panel wants alternative learning system institutionalized

MANILA — A measure seeking to institutionalize the alternative learning system (ALS) nationwide has hurdled the committee level at the House of Representatives. According to a statement on Tuesday, the House committee on basic education has approved a substitute bill consolidating eight measures that aim to make education more accessible for out-of-school youth; persons with …

House okays bill prohibiting unattended children in vehicles

MANILA — A child safety bill penalizing the act of leaving children unattended in motor vehicles has hurdled final reading in the House of Representatives. With 205 affirmative votes, the lower chamber has unanimously approved on third reading House Bill No. 6570, which seeks to prohibit adults from leaving children under age 8 unattended in …

House nod of con-ass for charter change seen by January

MANILA— A leader in the House of Representatives said on Monday he expects the plenary approval of a resolution calling on Congress to constitute itself as a constituent assembly (con-ass) to propose amendments to the 1987 Constitution by January next year. Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado, chair of the House constitutional amendments committee, said House Concurrent …

Alvarez to Sereno: Face impeachment committee, not media

MANILA — Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Friday said the impeachment hearing is the proper forum for Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to defend herself against accusations hurled at her. In a radio interview, Alvarez said Sereno should appear before the House justice committee and face the impeachment proceedings against her instead of using …

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