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House leader to seek consensus on BBL

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farias vowed on Tuesday to find a consensus among pro and anti-Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) lawmakers as the lower chamber seeks to fast-track the passage of the proposed legislation by May 30. Farias said they will probably hold a caucus next week "to sift through the different conflicting provisions (of the BBL)" and to "find middle ground" between opposing sides.   "They will convince each other, give and take sila. Our Muslim brothers and sisters want the version presented by Bangsamoro Transition Commission, ang others iba... pag-usapan na natin ng maaga, mag-debate, all members will be there and vote on provisions para sa plenary mabilis na...Keep on reading: House leader to seek consensus on BBL.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMay 16th, 2018

Pompeo in Pyongyang to seek concrete nuclear commitments

PYONGYANG: Washington’s top diplomat embarked on an intense day of negotiations with his North Korean counterpart on Saturday as the old foes strive to flesh out a tentative nuclear disarmament plan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was ensconced in an elegant Pyongyang guest house for a second day of talks with North Korean leader Kim [...] The post Pompeo in Pyongyang to seek concrete nuclear commitments appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Bicam hailed over labor bills

A HOUSE leader expressed elation over the quick action of the Bicameral Conference Committee on two measures that seek to provide Filipino laborers full protection from all hazards in their work environment. Chairman of the House committee on appropriations and Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles has announced that the two….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

North Korea preparing more missile launches, says South – BBC News

South Korea says it has seen indications that the North is preparing more missile launches, possibly an intercontinental ballistic missile. Defence officials have been briefing parliament in Seoul after the North's test of a nuclear bomb at the weekend. The South has responded to the test with live-fire exercises, with both ground- and air-launched rockets. The US has warned that any threat to itself or its allies would be met with a &'8220;massive military response&'8221;. The North says it tested a hydrogen bomb that can fit on to a long-range missile. Pyongyang has repeatedly defied UN sanctions and international pressure by developing nuclear weapons and testing missiles, and the provocations have only intensified. launches, possibly an intercontinental ballistic missile. Defence officials have been briefing parliament in Seoul after the North's test of a nuclear bomb at the weekend. The South has responded to the test with live-fire exercises, with both ground- and air-launched rockets. The US has warned that any threat to itself or its allies would be met with a &'8220;massive military response&'8221;. The North says it tested a hydrogen bomb that can fit on to a long-range missile. Pyongyang has repeatedly defied UN sanctions and international pressure by developing nuclear weapons and testing missiles, and the provocations have only intensified. In the past two months it has conducted intercontinental ballistic missile tests, sending one over mainland Japan into the Pacific Ocean. It has also threatened to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam. The United Nations Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting later on Monday to discuss its response. Ahead of that meeting, South Korea and Japan's leaders had agreed to push for a stronger UN resolution on North Korea, said a South Korean presidential palace spokesman. The Security Council last imposed sanctions in August, targeting North Korean exports. Chang Kyung-soo, a defence ministry official, told parliament: &'8220;We have continued to see signs of possibly more ballistic missile launches. We also forecast North Korea could fire an intercontinental ballistic missile.&'8221; The ministry also told parliament the US would seek to deploy a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to seas off the peninsula. It also said there would be more live-fire drills this month, involving Taurus air-to-surface missiles mounted on F-15 jets. Monday's drills by the South simulated the targeting of the Punggye-ri nuclear site in Kilju County, where North Korea carried out its bomb test. &'8220;The training demonstrates the South Korean military's resolve to destroy not only the origin of provocation but also the enemy's leadership and supporting forces if they threaten the security of our people,&'8221; army spokesman Col Roh Jae-cheon is quoted as saying by South Korea's Yonhap news agency. South Korea and the US had also agreed &'8220;in principle&'8221; to revise current guidelines so that the South could double the maximum payload of its ballistic missiles, Yonhap also reported. On Sunday, seismologists started picking up readings of an earth tremor in the area where North Korea had conducted nuclear tests before The US Geological Survey put the tremor at 6.3 magnitude. North Korean state media later confirmed it was no earthquake, claiming it was in fact its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, detonating what it said was a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded on to a long-range missile. Pyongyang then released pictures of leader Kim Jong-un with what state media said was a new type of hydrogen bomb. Officials in China, where the blast was felt as a tremor, said they were carrying out emergency radiation testing along the border with North Korea. &'160; Although experts have urged caution, Sunday's event appears to be the biggest and most successful nuclear test by North Korea to date &'' and the messaging is clear: North Korea wants to demonstrate it knows what makes a credible nuclear warhead. It's become a war of photographs, for a few hours at least. After Sunday's underground nuclear test in the North, the government in the South released images of its own missiles launched at dawn. It's the second time in a week that Seoul has responded with a test bombing run. That's in addition to the show of military might that was on display in its annual exercise with US forces at the end of last month. That enraged Pyongyang, as it does every year, and there are more missiles on the way. South Korea is expected to approve the deployment of the US missile defence system known as Thaad (Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense) &'' an environmental impact report is the final hurdle. But that involves a fourth party. China has criticised the system, claiming it threatens its security. The nuclear test prompted an angry response from US President Donald Trump who denounced the test as &'8220;hostile&'8221; and &'8220;dangerous&'8221;, and called the North a &'8220;rogue nation&'8221;. He added that the US was considering stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea, which relies on China for about 90% of its foreign trade. US Defence Secretary James Mattis later told reporters that while the US would respond to any threat &'8220;with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming&'8221;, although they were &'8220;not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea&'8221;. A White House statement also said that Washington would defend itself and its allies &'8220;using the full range of diplomatic, conventional, and nuclear capabilities at our disposal&'8221;. South Korean President Moon Jae-in called the test an &'8220;absurd strategic mistake&'8221; [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2017

Trump fires acting AG after she declines to defend travel ban – CNN News

President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday night for &'8220;refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,&'8221; the White House said. &'8220;(Yates) has betrayed the Department of Justice,&'8221; the White House statement said. Dana Boente, US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, the White House said, and was sworn in at 9 p.m. ET, per an administration official. A few hours later, Boente issued a statement rescinding Yates' order, instructing DOJ lawyers to &'8220;defend the lawful orders of our President.&'8221; Trump didn't call Yates to dismiss her, she was informed by hand-delivered letter, according to a different administration official. The dramatic move came soon after CNN reported Yates told Justice Department lawyers not to make legal arguments defending Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees. The move set up a clash between the White House and Yates, who was appointed by President Barack Obama and was set to serve until Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's nominee for attorney general, if confirmed. &'8220;My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts,&'8221; she said in a letter. &'8220;In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution's solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.&'8221; Trump's executive order, signed Friday, bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days, suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely suspends the Syrian refugee program. Yates' decision came amid a flood of protests against the executive order nationwide and after four federal judges ruled against Trump's order, staying its impact on people who were detained at US airports over the weekend. Trump tweeted his response shortly after the news broke, saying Democrats have stymied Sessions' confirmation, enabling Yates. &'8220;The Democrats are delaying my cabinet picks for purely political reasons. They have nothing going but to obstruct. Now have an Obama A.G.,&'8221; he said. &'8220;At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful,&'8221; Yates wrote. Yates' decision was always likely to be extremely short-lived as Sessions is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. White House policy director Stephen Miller, who helped craft the executive order, called Yates' decision &'8220;a further demonstration of how politicized our legal system has become.&'8221; &'8220;It's sad that our politics have become so politicized, that you have people refusing to enforce our laws,&'8221; Miller said Monday night on MSNBC. Miller also defended the executive order's legality, insisting that the Immigration and Nationality Act gives the President &'8220;the ability to exclude any class of would-be visitors or immigrants to our country based on our national security interests.&'8221; But the decision didn't face the same criticism from Rep. Pete Sessions, a top House Republican, who said Yates' decision was likely similar &'8220;to an evaluation that we made.&'8221; &'8220;And that was it did not appear to be specific in nature,&'8221; Sessions said referring to the executive order. &'8220;So it may be a matter of clarity it may be a matter of illegality to him, it may be a matter of several things. It did not look as complete and succinct as what I think I would've wanted.&'8221; Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, praised Yates for standing up &'8220;on principle.&'8221; &'8220;In all my years as a member of Congress, which now is 21, I've met so many very principled people who truly believe in the Constitution and doing what is right,&'8221; Cumming said. &'8220;There comes a time when people, no matter who may be their boss, they stand upon their principles, so at the end of the day they can look them selves in the mirror and say 'I synchronized my conduct with my conscience.' And Yates is such a person.&'8221; Currently, there are cases filed in at least five states including Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Washington and California that are challenging Trump's order. The decision effectively grounds the executive order for the next few days until Sessions is sworn in. &'8220;This will be moot. Then we will very much see the Trump Justice Department led by Jeff Sessions defend this executive order pretty vigorously. And then it will be up to the courts,&'8221; said Steve Vladeck, a CNN contributor and law professor at the University of Texas School of Law. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told CNN's Erin Burnett Monday the Justice Department decision reflects poorly on the Trump administration. &'8220;When you do something as important as this, it can't be a Twitter-type of activity,&'8221; Schumer said. &'8220;This has to be thoroughly vetted &' and it's a very bad omen for this presidency.&'8221; Activists who have led the fight against Trump's immigration ban lauded Yates' action Monday night. &'8220;We took to the court room, people took to the streets and now principled federal officials are drawing a hardline on this shameful and unconstitutional act by President Trump. This is what we rely on the Department of Justice for, to uphold the rule of law no matter how the political wind is blowing,&'8221; said Karen Tumlin, [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 31st, 2017

Senators to back Speaker on pork-free budget

A House leader yesterday reminded Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson that even senators are also proposing projects for their constituents and are expected to join Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s directive to congressmen to strictly comply with the Supreme Court (SC) ruling against the use of pork barrel in next year’s national budget.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

From the horse’s mouth

The mid-term elections next year, after all, were the compelling reason for the House volte face on budget reforms that Majority Leader Rolando Andaya affirmed himself. The House leadership’s excuse earlier was that the cash-based system will not work in a developing country like the Philippines and is applicable only among well-developed economies. Andaya said […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 18th, 2018

2019 P3.7T budget signed in December

A House leader has assured that the 2019 P3.757-trillion national budget will be signed into law by President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte by December 2018. House Majority Leader and Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr. also reiterated that the House of Representatives is pushing for a hybrid budgeting system, which….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Executive, House break budget deadlock

TALKS in Malacañan Palace last Tuesday between President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo broke the deadlock over the Executive’s proposed national budget for next year, with a leader in the House of Representatives saying the chamber will likely resume deliberations and should be able to meet the deadline for the spending plan’s approval. The post Executive, House break budget deadlock appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Two minorities in House oppose reenacted budget for 2019

Factions of the House of Representatives' minority floor may have been in constant clash, but both were not keen on the idea of a reenacted budget, in the midst the gridlock between the executive and legislative branches of the government. During separate briefings on Wednesday, Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez and ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio, a member of the so-called "Genuine Minority," said no to reenacting the proposed budget for 2019. "Parang dj vu, dahil alam naman natin, noong pangulo si kasalukuyang Speaker Gloria (Macapagal-Arroyo), iyon po ang isang feature ng kanyang presidency," Tinio said. [It's like dj vu, because we all know that was the feature of the pres...Keep on reading: Two minorities in House oppose reenacted budget for 2019.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Congress to suspend session so Duterte can lower tariffs on fish, corn

MANILA, Philippines – The 17th Congress will go on a 12-day break this August to allow President Rodrigo Duterte to sign an executive order (EO) reducing tariffs or taxes on imported fish and corn. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya was asked on Monday, August 13, why Congress will ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Congress to adjourn session to let Duterte reduce tariffs on some goods

Congress will adjourn its session for more than a week starting Thursday to allow President Rodrigo Duterte to reduce tariffs on certain goods, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya said on Monday. Source link link: Congress to adjourn session to let Duterte reduce tariffs on some goods.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Sandigan won’t suspend Andaya over gas fund scam

The Sandiganbayan won’t issue a suspension order against House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. of Camarines Sur in connection with his pending case of malversation of public funds through falsification of public documents stemming from the P900-million Malampaya fund scam. In a three-page resolution, the anti-graft court resolved that the letters made to the Sandiganbayan [...] The post Sandigan won’t suspend Andaya over gas fund scam appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

Cesca Racraquin brings San Beda to first win

The Cesca Racraquin-led San Beda University finally made it to the win column of the PVL Collegiate Conference at the expense of the hapless San Sebastian Lady Stags, 25-24, 21-25, 25-20, 25-16, Saturday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre. In a battle of two winless teams, San Beda came out as the winners thanks to the return of their leader, Racraquin. It was Racraquin’s first game after recovering from a mild left knee and ankle injury last week. "Sobrang importante itong [game na ito] sa akin. Kasi for the past games namin na talo kami, I can see na wala silang leader sa loob and parang nasasaktan ako kasi ako yung leader nila tapos wala ako dun," she said. The San Beda ace tallied a total of 18 points, nine from attacks and another nine aces. "Ang focus ko ay mag lead sa team namin para maging isa kami and yun naman, nakatulong naman siya dun sa panalo namin today." Nieza Viray added 15 points while Satrriani Espiritu chipped in 13 for San Beda. Joyce Sta. Rita and Sofia Sarmiento paced the Lady Stags with 13 and 10 points respectively. The Lady Red Spikers are now at 1-3 and will face Perpetual on August 19 while the Lady Stags will continue to seek for their first win on the same day against Benilde......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

DoH budget cut alarms solon

HOUSE Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. has expressed alarm over the huge cut in the budget of the Department of Health (DoH). Andaya said that the P35 billion deep cut in the agency’s budget may hit a major artery of government services. According to Andaya, this slash in the proposed….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

House vows to restore obligations-based budget for 2019

THE House of Representatives will move for an obligations-based P3.7-trillion budget in 2019 from the cash-based appropriation, which the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) had recommended, “to reflect the realities of governance,” a House leader said on Friday. “We will revert to an obligations-based budget. This is not just what Congress wants. Members of [...] The post House vows to restore obligations-based budget for 2019 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

New budget system bucked

ALL members of the House of Representatives are against the cash-based system of budgeting and spending being pushed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). This was according to Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. who said one of the concerns of the lawmakers is that the system could deprive….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Retaining Suarez as Minority Leader Based on ‘Precedents’

MANILA — House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. on Wednesday said the retention of Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez as the minority leader was based on precedents. During a privilege speech, Andaya noted that “previous practices and traditions” form part of the rules of the House. Andaya cited the first case where former Speaker Arnulfo Fuentebella […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Lawmakers Worry Over P3.757-T 2019 Cash-Based Budget

MANILA — Several lawmakers have expressed concern over the proposed PHP3.757-trillion cash-based budget for 2019, which contained “budget cuts” and is slightly lower than this year’s PHP3.767-trillion, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya said on Wednesday. Emerging from an all-member caucus, Andaya said some lawmakers even suggested to return the budget to the Department of Budget […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

House coup in 2008 not a precedent for Suarez minority, says Quimbo

MANILA, Philippines – Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo contradicted the claim of House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya that coups in 2000 and 2008 set the precedent for the controversial minority leadership of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez.  On Thursday, August 9, Quimbo reacted to Andaya's defense ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

House minority leaders: Senator Lacson’s fears on pork barrel ‘unfounded’

Leaders of the House minority bloc criticized Senator Panfilo Lacson after he warnedof a possible return of the "happy pork barrel days" of legislators. Newly-installed Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said the fears being raised by Lacson were "unfounded." "We are always guided by the Supreme Court decision and we will make sure that we comply with the High Court's ruling," Suarez said. On the other hand, Senior Deputy Minority Leader Lito Atienza defended the district representatives' congressional district allocations. "Lacson seems to know all kinds of pork. But pork is not bad except those full of cholesterol and those that went to the hands of Mrs. Napoles. There is nothin...Keep on reading: House minority leaders: Senator Lacson’s fears on pork barrel ‘unfounded’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018