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Enrile on cha-cha: House and Senate must vote separately

MANILA, Philippines – Former senate president Juan Ponce Enrile agreed that the 1987 constitution must be amended, but he also said that charter change or cha-cha should be done with the House of Representatives and Senate voting separately. “Otherwise you do not need the Senate to be ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJan 12th, 2018

Senators’ consensus: Congress should vote separately on Cha-cha

          Senators have reached a "clear consensus" that voting on any amendments or revisions to the 1987 Constitution should be done separately by Congress, Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III said on Wednesday.   "Ang clear na consensus kahapon sa informal caucus---all senators believe that voting should be separately. Yun lang very, very clear po yun," Pimentel told reporters.   "Voting separately, three-fourths vote ang absolute majority," he said.   Pimentel's remark came just a day after the Senate and the House of Representatives adopted a resolution, calling for Congress --- the Senate and the...Keep on reading: Senators’ consensus: Congress should vote separately on Cha-cha.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News15 hr. 31 min. ago

Con-Ass, separate voting gaining support in Senate

A GROWING number of senators have expressed support for convening the Senate into a Constitutional Assembly and for on voting separately from the Lower House. According to Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, the Constitution clearly states that the Senate and House of Representatives will vote separately. “Voting separately is….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Drilon open to Con-Ass but insists House and Senate must vote separately

SENATE Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon said that while he is open to Charter Change, its passage is not inevitable. Drilon said amending the Charter is, principally, a function of Congress, of both houses, and it is ratified by the people. “Theoretically, the office of the President does not participate….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Pimentel: Senate, House to vote separately on Constitution changes

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III on Tuesday gave his assurance that the Senate and the House of Representatives would be voting s.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Senate to insist on separate voting on Cha-cha – Drilon

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition Senator Franklin Drilon of the Liberal Party (LP) maintained that the Senate and the House of Representatives should vote separately if plans to convene the legislative chambers into a constituent assembly to amend the Constitution will push through this year.  “No one in the Senate ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

‘House, Senate should vote separately in Con-Ass’

‘House, Senate should vote separately in Con-Ass’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2016

Despite unanimous Senate no, Alvarez insists on joint voting for Cha-Cha

MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday, January 17, insisted that the House of Representatives and the Senate must vote jointly should it convene as a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) for Charter Change (Cha-Cha). Alvarez made the assertion late Wednesday, after Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News8 hr. 44 min. ago

Senate’s united stand vs joint voting on Cha-cha backed by Constitution – Sotto

Backed by the Constitution, the Senate is united against moves that would allow Congress to vote jointly on any amendments to the Charter, Majority Leader Vicente "Tito" Sotto III on Friday.   Sotto pointed out that joint voting by Congress is only allowed on martial law declaration.   "Jointly, separately? Pwede ba tigilan na. Consti says only in martial law vote ang jointly. Nowhere else is jointly mentioned," he said on Twitter.   Asked in a text message if the Senate has specific plans to stop the joint voting being pushed by some lawmakers, Sotto said there was no need for it as he already has his own strategy "in case some people are insistent on vi...Keep on reading: Senate’s united stand vs joint voting on Cha-cha backed by Constitution – Sotto.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Senate to drop charter change if joint vote — Senator

AN OPPOSITION senator has raised the possibility of charter change being stopped on its tracks, with the Senate abandoning this legislative priority of the Duterte administration if the House of Representatives insists on a joint congressional vote as a constituent assembly. Congress convening as a constituent assembly is the preferred mode for amending or changing […] The post Senate to drop charter change if joint vote — Senator appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

WE CAN’T BE ‘DROWNED’ BY THE HOUSE | Ping to file resolution for Senate to form separate Con-ass

Senator Panfilo Lacson is set to file a resolution next week for the Senate to form its own separate constituent assembly to vote on the proposal to amend the 1987 Constitution......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Drilon insists on House, Senate voting separately on Cha-cha - Manila Bulletin

Drilon insists on House, Senate voting separately on Cha-cha - Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

Take your time, Mr. President

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill (TRAIN) is at the final stages of becoming a law. Last December 13, the Senate ratified the Bicameral Conference Committee report (Bicam) on TRAIN with a 16-4 vote. The House of Representatives also claims that it has already voted for the bill through viva voce. President Duterte […] The post Take your time, Mr. President appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Five Ilonggo lawmakers vote in favor of martial law extension

FIVE of the six lawmakers in Iloilo favored the extension of martial law in Mindanao for another year. Both the Senate and House of Representatives on Dec 13, 2017 approved the request of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to extend the imposition of martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2018. First district Rep. Oscar “Richard” Garin […] The post Five Ilonggo lawmakers vote in favor of martial law extension appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Yes to martial law extension

CONGRESS in a joint session, with a vote of 240 affirmative and only 27 negative, approved the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend for another year martial law in Mindanao. On the part of the Senate, the vote was 14-4 while in the House of Representatives it was 226-23.… Source link link: Yes to martial law extension.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Yes to martial law extension

CONGRESS in a joint session, with a vote of 240 affirmative and only 27 negative, approved the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend for another year martial law in Mindanao. On the part of the Senate, the vote was 14-4 while in the House of Representatives it was 226-23.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

JV Ejercito regrets scrapping of his housing amendment in TRAIN Bill

November 25, 2017. I regret that the Senate did not vote in favor to my proposed amendment in the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Bill, which is to exempt from tax the sale of low-cost house and lot and other residential dwellings with selling price of not more than 3 Million pesos. What… link: JV Ejercito regrets scrapping of his housing amendment in TRAIN Bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Nene Pimentel on 1,000 peso budget for CHR:  Congress can’t abolish CHR

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Sept) &'8212; &'8220;The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is a Constitutional body that Congress has no power to abolish,&'8221; former Senate President Aquilino &'8220;Nene&'8221; Pimentel said in reaction to the House of Representatives' 119 &'' 32 vote Tuesday to give only 1,000 pesos budget to the rights body in 2018. [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 13th, 2017

US Senate passes Russia sanctions, sends bill to Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US Senate on Thursday passed bipartisan sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, sending the package to President Donald Trump, who must decide whether to accept the tough approach to Moscow or veto the measure. The sanctions, which were approved on a 98-2 Senate vote and overwhelmingly passed the House on Tuesday, [...].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 28th, 2017

Imee Marcos: Hiring Enrile as counsel a last-minute decision

MANILA, Philippines — Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos on Wednesday said that consulting former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for the House probe on tobacc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 26th, 2017

Senate opens ‘Obamacare’ debate at last but outcome in doubt – ABC News

Prodded by President Donald Trump, a bitterly divided Senate voted, at last, Tuesday to move forward with the Republicans' long-promised legislation to repeal and replace &'8220;Obamacare.&'8221; There was high drama as Sen. John McCain returned to the Capitol for the first time after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a decisive &'8220;yes&'8221; vote. The final tally was 51-50, with Vice President Mike Pence, exercising his constitutional prerogative, breaking the tie after two Republicans joined all 48 Democrats in voting &'8220;no.&'8221; When the Senate voted Tuesday evening on the bill's initial amendment, it underscored how hard it will be for the chamber's divided Republicans to pass a sweeping replacement of Obama's law. By 57-43 — including nine GOP defectors — it blocked a wide-ranging proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to erase and replace much of the statute. It included language by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, letting insurers sell cut-rate policies with skimpy coverage, plus an additional $100 billion to help states ease out-of-pocket costs for people losing Medicaid — a provision sought by Midwestern moderates including Rob Portman, R-Ohio. On the day's opening vote to begin debate, and with all senators in their seats and protesters agitating outside and briefly inside the chamber, the vote was held open at length before McCain, 80, entered the chamber. Greeted by cheers, he smiled and dispensed hugs — but with the scars from recent surgery starkly visible on the left side of his face. Despite voting &'8220;yes,&'8221; he took a lecturing tone afterward and hardly saw success assured for the legislation after weeks of misfires, even after Tuesday's victory for Trump and Republican leader Mitch McConnell. &'8220;If this process ends in failure, which seems likely, then let's return to regular order,&'8221; McCain said as he chided Republican leaders for devising the legislation in secret along with the administration and &'8220;springing it on skeptical members.&'8221; &'8220;Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio, TV and internet. To hell with them!&'8221; McCain said, raising his voice as he urged senators to reach for the comity of earlier times. At the White House earlier, after senators voted to consider the bill, Trump wasted no time in declaring a win and slamming the Democrats anew. &'8220;I'm very happy to announce that, with zero of the Democrats' votes, the motion to proceed on health care has just passed. And now we move forward toward truly great health care for the American people,&'8221; Trump said. &'8220;This was a big step. I want to thank Senator John McCain — very brave man.&'8221; Trump continued to celebrate the vote at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio that doubled as a victory lap. &'8220;We're now one step closer to liberating our citizens from this &'8220;Obamacare&'8221; nightmare and delivering great health care for the American people&'8221; he said. At its most basic, the Republican legislation is aimed at undoing &'8220;Obamacare&'8221;'s unpopular mandates for most people to carry insurance and businesses to offer it. The GOP would repeal &'8220;Obamacare&'8221; taxes and unwind an expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor, the disabled and nursing home residents The result would be 20 million to 30 million people losing insurance over a decade, depending on the version of the bill. The GOP legislation has polled abysmally, while &'8220;Obamacare&'8221; itself has grown steadily more popular. Yet most Republicans argue that failing to deliver on their promises to pass repeal-and-replace legislation would be worse than passing an unpopular bill, because it would expose the GOP as unable to govern despite controlling majorities in the House, Senate and White House. Tuesday's vote amounted to a procedural hurdle for legislation whose final form is impossible to predict under the Senate's byzantine amendment process, which will unfold over the next several days. Indeed senators had no clear idea of what they would ultimately be voting on, and in an indication of the uncertainty ahead, McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate will &'8220;let the voting take us where it will.&'8221; The expectation is that he will bring up a series of amendments. Yet after seven years of empty promises, and weeks of hand-wringing and false starts on Capitol Hill, it was the Senate's first concrete step toward delivering on innumerable pledges to undo former President Barack Obama's law. It came after several near-death experiences for earlier versions of the legislation, and only after Trump summoned senators to the White House last week to order them to try again after McConnell had essentially conceded defeat. &'8220;The people who sent us here expect us to begin this debate, to have the courage to tackle the tough issues,&'8221; McConnell said ahead of the vote. Democrats stood implacably opposed, and in an unusual maneuver they sat in their seats refusing to vote until it was clear Republicans would be able to reach the 50-vote margin needed to get them over the top with Pence's help. &'8220;Turn back,&'8221; Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York implored his GOP colleagues before the vote. &'8220;Turn back now, before it's too late and millions and millions and millions of Americans are hurt so badly.&'8221; Schumer's pleas fell on deaf ears, as several GOP senators who'd announced they would oppose moving forward with the legislation reversed themselves to vote &'8220;yes.&'8221; Among them were Dean Heller of Nevada, the most vulnerable Republican senator in next year's midterm elections, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Johnson has recently accused McConnell of [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2017