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House lawmakers dismayed over Mariano rejection mull bolting out of majority bloc

House lawmakers dismayed over Mariano rejection mull bolting out of majority bloc.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netSep 6th, 2017

House lawmakers dismayed over Mariano rejection mull bolting out of majority bloc

House lawmakers dismayed over Mariano rejection mull bolting out of majority bloc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 6th, 2017

24 opposition lawmakers get zero infrastructure funding in 2018 budget

MANILA, Philippines – The era of zero pet project for opposition lawmakers has returned. Some 24 members of the House of Representatives, the majority of them from the opposition bloc, will not get any infrastructure projects for their districts or beneficiaries in the newly-signed budget for 2018. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the P3.767 trillion budget […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

First time ever: divorce bill reaches House plenary for deliberation

On Wednesday, February 21, the proposed bill titled “An Act Providing for Absolute Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage” was approved by the House committee on population and family relations, which saw lawmakers from the majority, minority and opposition blocs coming together in one vote......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated News6 hr. 48 min. ago

‘Probe Benham Rise research deal’

MANILA, Philippines — Seven leftist party-list lawmakers belonging to the Maka­bayan bloc want the House of Representatives to look into the government-appro.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

Goodbye BBL, Hello Federalism

COTABATO CITY – For the third time around, majority Christian lawmakers in the House of Representatives are expected to reject the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL being pushed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014. Instead of BBL, lawmakers are now pushing for a federal form of government and President Rodrigo Duterte is also strongly advocating the shift to federalism, an advocacy he made even before when he was the mayor of Davao City. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also said Duterte’s priority now is to change the form of current government and this can only be achieved through amendments in the Constitution which lawmakers are currently working on. There was also a proposal to hold a plebiscite next year in time for the mid-term elections for Filipinos to decide whether to accept or reject federalism. But there are also many lawmakers who wanted to cling to power and extend their term of office until 2022 when voters would have to choose their leaders in national elections. BBL Duterte has previously backed the BBL and expressed optimism that the draft law will pass the scrutiny of Congress that previously opposed it – during Arroyo and Aquino’s presidency. But Duterte himself has been campaigning for BBL and federalism even before he won the presidency in 2016. And his political allies in Congress are supporting the proposed shift from the current presidential system to federalism, and not the BBL. The MILF, whose ageing leaders, called for the passage of BBL may be overridden by Duterte’s plans to grant regions autonomy through federalism. It said the administration of Duterte should immediately work for the passage of the BBL where the Aquino government left off. It stressed that the negotiation is completed following the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the MILF and government peace panels. Politicians questioning the BBL said the provisions in the draft law remain the same.  Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat, who was one of those who opposed the BBL during the Aquino administration citing unconstitutional provisions in the draft law, is again raising the same issue. Unconstitutional In a previous statement, Lobregat made it clear, he will be vigilant and consistent with his stand with regards to the BBL. “I am for peace, I am not anti-peace, but we need a Bangsamoro Basic Law that is just, that is fair, that is acceptable, feasible and more importantly, it should not be contrary to the Constitution and existing laws,” he said. He said the BBL which the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted to Duterte still contains the same and even more contentious and questionable provisions. “Among the contentious provisions in the present version of the BBL is that there will be six plebiscites – one for ratification of the law, and second the periodic plebiscite every 5 years for a period of 25 years in the cities, municipalities and other geographic areas outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which did not join the Bangsamoro after the ratification of the BBL,” Lobregat said. Lobregat, who was also former mayor of Zamboanga City, said Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) was the predecessor of the old BBL filed during the previous 16th Congress. The MOA-AD was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2008 describing the process that led to its crafting as “whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary and despotic.” He said the MOA-AD and the BBL have similar provisions, with some unconstitutional and controversial provisions. “Instead of promoting peace, there will be a constant tug of war on the political boundaries that will promote instability. The Bangsamoro will try to expand its area of jurisdiction and in turn, the local government adjacent, surrounding or neighboring the Bangsamoro will also fight tooth and nail in order to retain their territory,” Lobregat said. Lobregat said he will again be active and vigilant in the committee deliberations, plenary debates and caucuses to ensure that the interest of Zamboanga City and the rest of Mindanao are protected. Davao del Norte Representative and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s ally in the lower chamber, said the country’s push for federalism has almost the same concept of the BBL. “The BBL will be absorbed by the federal form of government, because that’s the same. The concept of BBL is the same in federal form of government,” he said, suggesting an amendment in the Constitution. “How can you implement the provisions of the BBL without amending the Constitution? You cannot do it because there are provisions in the BBL that run contrary to the provisions of the Constitution,” said Alvarez. MILF’s rival group, the Moro National Liberation Front under Nur Misuari, has strongly opposed the government peace talks with the MILF, citing a 1996 peace accord with Manila. And Misuari, who eventually became government of the Muslim autonomous region, is now facing rebellion charges for deadly attacks in Sulu’s Jolo town and in Zamboanga City in 2001; and another raid in 2013 in retaliation to government’s failure to fully comply with the peace agreement. Under the accord, Manila would have provided a mini-marshal plan in the restive region and livelihood and housing facilities for thousands of MNLF rebels. Misuari, a close friend and political ally of Duterte, also wanted to become a perpetual regional governor. He is also […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

House OKs ‘endo’ bill on 2nd reading, but militant solons say it spells ‘bogus security of tenure’

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill seeking to strengthen the security of tenure of workers in the private sector, but militant lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc described it as a “deceitful and bogus security of tenure” measure. House Bill No. 6908 seeks to address the practice of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 24th, 2018

Makabayan bloc asks SC to stop ‘unconstitutional’ TRAIN

(UPDATE 2 - 1:35 p.m.) Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives asked the Supreme Court on Thursday, January 11, to issue a temporary restraining order and eventually stop the implementation of the Tax Reform for Advancement and Inclusion, or TRAIN, law saying its passage violated both the chamber’s rules and the Constitution......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Concede to SC ruling on martial law, Calida urges opposition solons

Solicitor General Jose Calida urged opposition lawmakers from the House "Magnificent 7" bloc who filed a petition to stop the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao to concede to the Supreme Court’s ruling declaring President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law declaration as constitutional......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

Lagman: SC order a good sign for petition vs Mindanao martial law extension

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said the latest order of Supreme Court augurs well for the minority lawmakers' petition assailing the extension of martial law in Mindanao. "This augurs well for the petition which has survived the preliminary gauntlet which petitions have to pass through in the High Court," Lagman said in a statement issued on Friday. The SC on Friday ordered executive and legislative officials to answer the petition filed by Lagman and other members of the so-called Magnificent 7 bloc questioning the extension of martial law in Mindanao. The respondents are Solicitor General Jose Calida, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Execut...Keep on reading: Lagman: SC order a good sign for petition vs Mindanao martial law extension.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Makabayan bloc solons decry Alvarez red tagging

THE Makabayan bloc has expressed disappointment at Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tagging them as supporters of the New People’s Army (NPA). The bloc is composed of lawmakers representing Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, Kabataan and ACT Teachers. They were formerly part of the supermajority in the House of Representatives but decided to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

24 ‘critical’ House lawmakers get ‘zero’ budget for infrastructure projects in 2018–Lagman

AT LEAST 24 lawmakers at the House of Representatives received “zero” appropriation for their infrastructure projects in the P3.8-trillion national budget for 2018 for being critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, a legislator from the opposition said on Wednesday. Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, the leader of the opposition bloc known as the Magnificent 7, said [...] The post 24 ‘critical’ House lawmakers get ‘zero’ budget for infrastructure projects in 2018–Lagman appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

Fariñas: Lawmakers ‘overwhelmingly in favor’ of martial law extension

        After a three-hour long briefing with security officials on Tuesday afternoon, members of the House of Representatives were "overwhelmingly in favor" of extending martial law in Mindanao for one year, Majority Leader Rodolfo Farias said.   Farias said this "general sentiment" was shared "especially by the members from Mindanao."   Legislators across party lines were briefed by key security officials including Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency chief Alex Monteagudo.   This was ...Keep on reading: Fariñas: Lawmakers ‘overwhelmingly in favor’ of martial law extension.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 12th, 2017

PH solons affirm support for anti-drug war in Moscow forum

    Philippine lawmakers led by House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Farias have affirmed the government's pledge to brutally destroy the rampant narcoticstrade during an international conference held in Moscow. In the "Parliamentarians Against Drugs" forum held in Russia on Dec. 4, Farias asserted the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign before 40parliamentary delegations from Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Farias, in his plenary speech, said that the House of Representatives allotted budget for the construction of rehabilitation centers and passedlegislation in support of anti-drug policies. "In the 2017 National Budget, the amount allocated ...Keep on reading: PH solons affirm support for anti-drug war in Moscow forum.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Roque dropped from list of lawmakers

  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has been officially removed from the list of members of the House Representatives ' 17th Congress. During the regular session on Wednesday, Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Farias announced that Roque was already dropped from the roll call. President Duterte tapped Roque to replace former Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, now a Foreign Affairs undersecretary, last Oct. 28. Duterte also appointed the former House lawmaker as the presidential adviser for human rights. ...Keep on reading: Roque dropped from list of lawmakers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

Makabayan lawmakers dismayed by termination of peace talks

LAWMAKERS belonging to the Makabayan bloc on Thursday, November 23, expressed their disappointment over the cancellation of the peace talks between the government and the communist insurgents. In a statement, Anakpawis party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao said the scrapping of the peace talks will affect mainly the peasant workers and the urban poor as the agenda… link: Makabayan lawmakers dismayed by termination of peace talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Statement of Liberal Party President Sen. Kiko Pangilinan on Makabayan bloc bolting House supermajority

Statement of Liberal Party President Sen. Kiko Pangilinan on Makabayan bloc bolting House supermajority.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

Leftist lawmakers bolt House majority – The Manila Times

Leftist lawmakers bolt House majority – The Manila Times.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017

Makabayan lawmakers leave majority bloc, vow to fight ’emergence of new dictatorship’

Makabayan lawmakers leave majority bloc, vow to fight ’emergence of new dictatorship’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority - Rappler

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017