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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

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

House minority to seek impeachment of 8 SC justices

A small group of independent opposition lawmakers who call themselves “Magnificent 7” yesterday vowed to file an impeachment complaint before the House of Representatives against the eight Supreme Court justices who ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News9 hr. 56 min. ago

‘Magnificent 7’ to 8 SC justices: Recant quo warranto decision or face impeach raps

If the eight Supreme Court (SC) justices who ousted former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno "insist and persist on their unwarranted and unconstitutional decision," the House Magnificent 7 opposition bloc would proceed with its "crusade" and file impeachment cases against each of them, the group's leader, Rep. Edcel Lagman, declaredon Tuesday.   "If they (eight justices) recant and reconsider then it is no problem. But if they insist and persist on their unwarranted and unconstitutional decision, then we are going to file the impeachment cases," Lagman said in a press briefing.   READ:Lagman: 8 SC justices who ousted Sereno 'deserve to be impeached'   ...Keep on reading: ‘Magnificent 7’ to 8 SC justices: Recant quo warranto decision or face impeach raps.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News19 hr. 56 min. ago

Trump-Kim summit in play as Moon visits White House

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Donald Trump holds a high-stakes meeting with South Korea’s president at the White House Tuesday, talks that could decide whether the US president’s much-vaunted summit with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un goes ahead. Moon Jae-in jets into Washington on a mission to salvage a rare diplomatic opening between the US and North [...] The post Trump-Kim summit in play as Moon visits White House appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

House rushing okay of BBL

SPEAKER Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez yesterday said the House of Representatives will hold this afternoon a caucus of all Lower Chamber members to strategize and guarantee the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and other priority bills before the end of the month. House Majority Floor Leader and Ilocos….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

House targets passage of BBL, priority bills this month

SPEAKER Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez said yesterday the House of Representatives will hold this afternoon an all members caucus to strategize and guarantee the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and other priority bills before the end of the month. House Majority Floor Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Lagman: 8 SC justices who ousted Sereno ‘deserve to be impeached’

    The eight Supreme Court (SC) justices who voted to oust former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno "deserve to be impeached," the leader of the House Magnificent 7 opposition bloc underscored on Friday. "The immutable rule is that injustice does not pay," Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman said in a statement. "If magistrates who are sworn to uphold the Constitution, subvert the very fundamental law by arrogating jurisdiction over an impeachable official, perforce they deserve to be impeached," he added. Lagman's statement comes after Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin bared a plan, supported by the Magnificent 7, to file impeachment complaints against Associate Just...Keep on reading: Lagman: 8 SC justices who ousted Sereno ‘deserve to be impeached’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Solon: Identify vote-buyers in bgy, SK polls

A HOUSE leader has sought to summon Interior Undersecretary Martin Diño in a congressional hearing to identify the 100 congressmen whom he accused of vote-buying and other election-related offenses during the last barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. In a privilege speech, Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu questioned….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Militant lawmakers seek inquiry into K to 12 implementation

Militant lawmakers on Thursday filed a resolution to conduct an inquiry into the status of implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program. House Resolution No. 1887 was filed by ACT-Teachers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Malaysia steps up graft probe of fund linked to ex-leader

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) --- Malaysia's new government stepped up a corruption investigation into a state fund with a seven-hour police search of the home of former Prime Minister Najib Razak and the creation of a special committee to accelerate the probe. Police searched Najib's house until early Thursday morning and also raided an upscale condominium in Kuala Lumpur occupied by his family as part of the money-laundering investigation. Police took several boxes from the house containing mainly personal belongings such as handbags and clothing, but didn't find any incriminating documents, said Najib's lawyer, Harpal Singh Grewal. He said several policemen went to an upsta...Keep on reading: Malaysia steps up graft probe of fund linked to ex-leader.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Smokey Robinson woos Congress for music law reform

Singers, songwriters and engineers whose lifelong devotion to music has not always been adequately rewarded got a boost Tuesday when Motown icon Smokey Robinson pressed their case to Congress for greater copyright protection. The United States Senate is mulling a sweeping overhaul of music copyright law that would reform the way songwriters and musicians get compensated for their work in the digital age, as streaming services have supplanted traditional ways of buying and listening to music. The Music Modernization Act (MMA) unanimously passed the House of Representatives last month, giving it momentum, and rare consensus in bitterly divided Washington, as it heads to the Senat...Keep on reading: Smokey Robinson woos Congress for music law reform.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

House set to okay Bangsamoro measure

THE House of Representatives is set to approve on final reading the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on or before the adjournment sine die. In an interview, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said the timetable of the Lower House is to pass the BBL by May 30 and later transmit….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

House stays action on beleaguered CJ

HOLD it! House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas reiterated his decision to wait for the final decision of the Supreme Court on the quo warranto petition against ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno before finally putting to rest the impeachment complaint pending at the House of Representatives. In a text message….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

House to tackle procedure on Sereno impeachment

By Charmaine A. Tadalan THE HOUSE committee on rules is set to discuss today the procedures on the pending impeachment case against ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno. “The Committee Report of the Justice (Committee) is included in our agenda tomorrow,” Majority Leader Rodolfo C. Fariñas told reporters in a text message Monday. He […] The post House to tackle procedure on Sereno impeachment appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

House to await resolution of Sereno motion for reconsideration before plenary vote

MANILA, Philippines – Now that the Supreme Court (SC) has ousted Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice, what happens to the pending articles of impeachment against her at the House of Representatives? Lawmakers will not render it moot and academic just yet, according to House Majority Leader Rodolfo ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

Solon proposes free medicine for poor Pinoys

A HOUSE leader has proposed free medicines for poor Filipinos, which will be available in all government medical facilities. In filing House Bill (HB) No. 3753 or Free Medicine for the Poor Act, Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas is expressing support to President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s Libreng Gamot Para sa….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Gabriela solons seek probe into removal of comfort woman statue

Lawmakers from Gabriela Women’s Party on Thursday want the House of Representatives to look into the removal of the statue of a comfort woman along Roxas Boulevard in Manila Bay......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Solon seeks to strengthen reservists employment right

A Bicolano House leader has sought the swift approval of his measure that aims to strengthen the employment rights of members of the military’s Citizen Armed Forces to ensure their security of tenure and smooth return to their original or substantially equivalent positions in the civilian workplace. Camarines Sur Rep.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

Solon hails Con-Com moves vs turncoats

A House leader yesterday welcomed the decision of the 25-member consultative committee (Con-Com) led by retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno adopting provisions that would eradicate political turncoatism in the country. In line with this, Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, who chairs the House committee on dangerous drugs, filed….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018