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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

Palace calls Andaya bluff on 2019 gov’t salary hike

MALACAÑANG on Tuesday dismissed House Majority Leader Rolando G. Andaya, Jr.’s threat to seek Supreme Court intervention if the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) fails to implement a scheduled salary increase for government employees by Jan. 15......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

Andaya seeks AMLC help in probe of firms linked to Diokno s in-laws

MANILA, Philippines – House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr said on Thursday, January 3, that he would seek the help of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to access the bank transactions of two construction firms involved in alleged anomalous multibillion infrastructure projects.  Andaya said these bank records will ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2019

House leader: Solar franchise will break monopoly in power sector

  Deputy House Speaker Arthur Yap on Wednesday defended his bill that would seek to grant a nonexclusive congressional franchise to a startup solar company that offers consumers a cheaper, cleaner and reliable source of electricity.   Breaking his silence, the Bohol lawmaker insisted that House Bill No. 8179 had provisions preventing Solar Para Sa Bayan Corp. (SPSB) from monopolizing the distribution of solar and other renewable energy sources.   SPSB wants a franchise to set up "distributable power technologies and minigrid systems."   As principal author, Yap reiterated that the measure was consistent with a 2005 Supreme Court decision decla...Keep on reading: House leader: Solar franchise will break monopoly in power sector.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 27th, 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

Good riddance!

Ex-House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. should have quit his post much earlier, instead of hanging on to his position and making an ass of himself, using his position to wreak his vengeance on Budget Secretary Ben Diokno, whom he seems to have made it his ambition to destroy his credibility and integrity, qualities Andaya […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News3 hr. 34 min. ago

House panel OKs bill to lower age of criminal liability to 9 years old | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: The House committee on justice approves the bill that would lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9 years old. Rolando Andaya Jr is no longer the House Majority leader. Polls closed 3 pm on Monday, January 21, ending the first day of voting in the historic Bangsamoro ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News19 hr. 46 min. ago

Rolando Andaya Jr. quits as majority leader, heads appropriations

The key official of the House of Representatives who spearheaded the probe on the alleged flood fund scam and budget insertions of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno resigned from his post yesterday, but took another post in the chamber......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019

Andaya out as majority leader

House Majority Floor Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. yielded his position to Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro and took the chairmanship of the Committee on Appropriations during the plenary session on Monday. “I am stepping down as Majority Leader today to assume the chairmanship of the Committee on Appropriations,” Andaya said. He said that Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019

Andaya steps down as House majority leader

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. stepped down from his post on Monday afternoon. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019

Rep. Andaya out as House Majority Leader

Rep. Andaya out as House Majority Leader.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019

Andaya yields House majority leadership to Fredenil Castro

MANILA, Philippines – It's final: Rolando Andaya Jr is House majority leader no more. The Camarines Sur 1st District representative relinquished his post as the second most powerful member of the House on Monday, January 21, giving way to Capiz 2nd District Representative Fredenil ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019

Sandiganbayan chief scolds Andaya over comment on Malampaya scam case

MANILA, Philippines – House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr got on the nerve of another justice as anti-graft court Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang scolded the lawmaker over a statement he made to the media. “You mentioned your arraignment being nice timing today, what did you ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

Vietnam willing to host Trump-Kim summit – report

HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnam's premier has said his country is willing to host a much-anticipated second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. One of North Korea's top generals Kim Yong-chol  is expected to meet with Trump at the White House on Friday, January 18, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

DBM procurement body bidding P198.8-billion contracts legal

MANILA, Philippines – Bidding P198.8-billion worth of contracts for other agencies by the procurement body attached to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is "legal," the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPBB) said after House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr questioned it. Rowena Candice Ruiz, head of the GPBB Technical Service Office, explained that bidding done by the Procurement ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

Andaya: DBM becomes super bidding body under Diokno

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has “morphed into a super bidding body” under Secretary Benjamin Diokno in violation of the Procurement Law, House of Representatives Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

Senate, House reach consensus on Road Board abolition

The Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed to come up with a revised version of a bill abolishing the Road Board, which Congress aims to submit to President Duterte for signing into law in the coming days......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

Andaya hits DBM for bidding P168-B transpo projects in 2018

MANILA, Philippines – House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr questioned why the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) led the procurement for P168-billion transportation projects in 2018, his latest attack against Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno.  On Wednesday, January 16, Andaya zeroed in on the Procurement Service of the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019