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House panels’ approval of BBL hailed

MALACAÑANG yesterday welcomed the passage of the administration’s version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by the three joint committees of the House of Representatives. The proposed BBL aims to end decades of conflict in Mindanao by creating a political entity that would enjoy greater autonomy than the current….....»»

Category: newsSource: journal journalMay 16th, 2018

DU30 may get final BBL version this week

THE bicameral conference committee is expected to submit this week to President Rodrigo Duterte the final version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) for his approval. House Majority Floor Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo “Rudy” Fariñas said the committee report on the harmonized and reconciled version of the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Rody’s Anti-Hazing Law hailed

By Kuhlin Ceslie Gacula A number of deaths had been blamed on hazing in the Philippines since 1954. A party-list lawmaker, Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, welcomed yesterday President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of a new Anti-Hazing Law, saying the measure “can save more lives, the lives of our youth.” The chair of the House Committee on Women […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Vargas seeks OK of measures on disaster risk reduction

A HOUSE leader has pushed for the approval of at least three measures related to disaster risk reduction and management. Quezon City Alfred Vargas, a vice chairman of the House committee on appropriations, made his pitch for the approval of the measures in the observance of the National Disaster Resilience….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

‘Malasakit’ bill on Philhealth for PWDs lauded

LEYTE Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez has lauded the approval by the House committee on appropriations of a proposed law seeking to grant mandatory Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to all persons with disabilities (PWDs). Romualdez, who co-authored House Bill (HB) No. 209 principally filed by Nueva Ecija Rep. Micaela S.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

House OKs BSP capitalization hike, third reading approval expected next month

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill proposing to further strengthen the supervisory and regulatory powers of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, while increasing its capitalization to 400 percent of its current principal. House OKs BSP capitalization hike, third reading approval expected next month The House of Representatives has approved on… link: House OKs BSP capitalization hike, third reading approval expected next month.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

House panel chair wants prompt OK of Dengvaxia fund aid

THE chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations yesterday underscored the immediate passage of the supplemental budget for the Dengvaxia aid after a new study by the New England Journal of Medicine affirming the ill-effects of the vaccine on certain children. “This study should prompt swift approval of the supplemental….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Filipino sign language bill approved on second reading

THE Filipino deaf are close to getting their official communication medium with the approval on second reading of the Filipino Sign Language (FSL) bill in the House of Representatives. House Bill 7503 mandates the state to ensure the Filipino deaf can exercise the right to expression and opinion by requiring….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Planned tax amnesty gaining ground in House Ways and Means committee

A TECHNICAL working group (TWG) of the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means committee hopes to finalize the general tax amnesty bill this week, before it is presented to the entire panel for approval when Congress resumes session late next month. The post Planned tax amnesty gaining ground in House Ways and Means committee appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Nograles vows approval of fund provision for cancer care bill

House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Davao City 1st district Rep. Karlo Nograles on Friday assured the approval of the funding provisions of a pet bill that addresses the present limitations on cancer care in the country. Nograles vows approval of fund provision for cancer care bill House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Davao City 1st district… link: Nograles vows approval of fund provision for cancer care bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

House panel tasks BIR to look into Sereno’s possible tax liabilities

Since the missing Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno remain missing, the House committee on justice that has been holding hearings on the impeachment case against the top magistrate in the High Court has directed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to begin an investigation on the possible tax liabilities of Sereno, owing to her having failed to file her SALNs for 17 years when she was still a law professor at the University of the Philippines (UP). At the resumption of the impeachment hearing to determine probable cause on the complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon against Sereno, panel chair Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali asked BIR deputy commissioner Arnel Guballa to produce a report on or before February 19 Sereno’s tax payments. Among the basis cited by Gadon in his complaint was Sereno’s alleged failure to declare in her SALN from 2010 to 2016 her earnings as one of the private counsels of the government in the expropriation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in the Piatco case amounting to P30 million. Based on documents Gadon was able to secure, Sereno reportedly filed her SALN in 1998, 2002 and 2006, even as she was employed as a professor by the UP College of Law from 1986 to 2006.Guballa, who submitted the Chief Justice’s income tax return from 2004 to 2009, said Sereno declared her income as a lawyer from a law office.Asked about Sereno’s income tax payments representing her earnings from the Piatco case, Gubala said they are still in the process of investigating this.“We can answer those questions when we will have conducted a formal investigation,” said Guballa, adding they will try to come up with a proposed deficiency or anything with regard to Sereno’s income in two weeks.“We are still collating information. We can answer those questions when we have conducted a formal investigation,” he said.“We will try our best in two weeks. . . . I will try my best to come up with a proposed deficiency or whatever we can made regarding the income the Chief Justice had made,” Guballa added.Sereno’s camp had said the Chief Justice received the Piatco fee in tranches so the full amount does not appear in her 2010 statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.The camp of Sereno had a statement explaining that “Chief Justice Sereno has accurately and properly declared all her earnings as government co-legal counsel in the PIATCO cases.”Lawyer Josa Deinla, serves as Sereno’s spokeswoman.Deinla added that the BIR has not served any deficiency assessment notice to Sereno during the years she filed her income tax returns.“This only means one thing: All her income tax filings when she was a private lawyer were accurate and proper,” she said.“We are confident that the plan of the House committee to have the CJ’s ITR filings looked into by the BIR would prove that the Chief Justice had paid the corresponding taxes for the income she earned while in private law practice,” she added.Gadon, in an interview at the sidelines of the hearing, lauded the order of the panel to the BIR saying this would bolster his complaint aganst Sereno.“First we got certifications she did not file her SALNs during her tenure with the UP College of Law. Now, we will get a clearer picture of how she might have avoided paying taxes for her earnings on the Piatco case,” said Gadon.“In fact, the statement of the BIR, CJ Sereno declared her earnings from 2004 to 2009 as income for her practice as a lawyer and not as a professor from a state university which is something she should have to explain, too,” the lawyer added.Gadon also said that the action of the justice committee directing the BIR to investigate the tax payments and tax compliance of Sereno is living proof of the principle that the law should apply to all, even to the highest magistrate of the land. Hearing on CJ’s IT consultantIt was also a time for the justice panel to hear from IT consultant Helen Macasaet, who has been paid hefty consultant fees, with a monthly paycheck much higher than what the Supreme Court justices get paid.Macasaet admitted before the committee that she was paid a hefty P250,000 a month as a consultant of the High Court, which is higher than what SC justices are earning.Macasaet defended her consultancy fee saying it was much lower than what she used to earn in her previous engagements.According to Macasaet, she used to earn P925,000 a month as an IT consultant for the GSIS. The House panel is on its 14th hearing on the impeachment case, this time, to determine if there was probable cause to impeach her.In a press statement issued by Gadon, it said that in the hearing conducted yesterday, it turned out that the IT contract of Macasaet was renewed without bidding despite changes in the terms of reference and increase of the amount of more than double the original contract. “It turned out also that the legal staff of Sereno had the whims and caprices of determining the amount of the increase and the renewals in violation of procurement laws . Worse, these violations and anomalies were done with the express approval of Sereno. Even worse , it turned out that the IT consultant was allowed to work at some point without the contract having been signed yet! All the procedures of procurement were clearly violated by Sereno, Gadon said.GMA Online reported that a court attorney from the office of the Chief Justice also yesterday during the hearing confirmed that it was the head staff of the high magistrate who had introduced the IT consultant allegedly anomalously hired by the Supreme Court.“At the resumption of the House Committee on Justice hearing, court lawyer Michael Ocampo from Sereno’s office admitted that he was the one who submitted the curriculum vitae of IT consultant Helen Macasaet who was allegedly hired by Sereno “with an excessive compensation and without public bidding.”He admitted that he submitted the CV of Macasaet to the BAC when he was requested to do so.But when asked if the court lawyer knew Macasaet personally, he said he did not but was introduced to him by CJ’s chief of staff as an IT expert,” referring to lawyer Oliveros.Oliveros eventually admitted that Macasaet is her friend.Oliveros said she can only recommend somebody’s character. I know nothing about the EISP (Enterprise Information System Plan) and about ICT.Oliveros narrated that Sereno told her that the court’s EISP had been stalled for a while, and the position of the chief of the management information system office was vacant at the time.“The chief justice requested a meeting precisely because she wanted to talk, exchange ideas with Ms. Macasaet regarding the state of the EISP. And after that initial meeting she wanted to meet Ms. Macasaet and introduce her to the person in charge of the EISP which was Atty. Michael Ocampo at the Office of the Chief Justice,” she said.Lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, one of Sereno’s spokesmen said there was nothing irregular in Macasaet’s hiring as IT consultant.“The Supreme Court hired Ms. Macasaet from among three choices through negotiated procurement because her services are highly technical in nature and, therefore, exempted from public bidding under Section 53.7 of the 2009 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 9184,” he said in an earlier press statement.The House justice panel is conducting deliberations to determine probable cause in the impeachment complaint lodged against Sereno.    With GMA online report.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

CJ’s psych test result of 4 grade confirmed, rules call for her disqualification

Finally, after previous newspaper reports stated that then candidate for the position of Supreme Court chief justice, Lourdes Sereno, then a junior associate justice, obtained a low grade of 4, the second lowest grade, with 1 as the highest and five the lowest. This low grade was the result of her psycological and psychiatric tests, a prerequisite of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for every candidate for judiciary posts.These reports have finally been confirmed by a former clerk of court in the Supreme Court Wednesday admitted before the House committee on justice that Chief Justice Sereno obtained the second lowest grade in her psychological test, which under the JBC rules, she should have been disqualified for the top position in the High Court.It has not been explained by the JBC why, despite her low marks and disqualification for the post, Sereno’s name landed in the JBC list that was submitted by then President Benigo Aquino.Aquino also appointed Sereno first from a JBC list, despite her having no bench experience.Aquino did not pick any of the senior SC justices for the top post. Instead, he picked Sereno, then already a junior associate justice who would serve in the SC for at least 20 years.It was speculated then that President Aquino wanted Sereno as Chief Justice, for him to be protected by the incumbent justice.Sereno’s voting record in the SC mainly favored Aquino’s cases while he was president.Lately, her vote still favors Aquino, although hers is always a minority vote.Vidal almost failed to testifyFormer SC clerk of court Vidal almost failed to testify as the hearing dragged until late Wednesday night.It was only after Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte called the attention of the panel chair that Vidal had not yet been asked any questions.At that point, panel chair, Mindoro Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali asked Vidal regarding the results of Sereno’s psychological test.Although pointing to Sereno as having received the second lowest grade, Vidal, who was also the ex-offico secretary of the JBC at that time being the SC clerk of court then, said there were others who also got ratings of 4.She however said she could no longer recall their identities.This only means that no other candidate for the High Court’s top post made it to the JBC list submitted to Aquino save for Sereno.It will be recalled that the JBC refused to provide the justice panel with the results of the psychological and psychiatric tests of Sereno. Impeachment complainant lawyer Larry Gadon said Vidal’s testimony was a big boost to his case against Sereno as the JBC had earlier rejected his request for copies of psych exam report of the chief justice, citing confidentiality of records under its rules.In his complaint, lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon said Sereno failed the psychological exam administered by the JBC and under the existing JBC policy, ‘an applicant to any position in the judiciary with a grade of 4 is unfit for the job,’” his complaint stated.There quickly went Sereno’s defense, with the usual claim that such does not constitute an impeachable offense.Everything to Sereno and her defense team is not an impeachable offense, whether she failed to file her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALNs) for 17 years or whether she hired an IT consultant with at first a P100,000 a month negotiated contract, after which, Sereno’s consultant had her pay increased which meant revisions in the contract which pay went on without passing through the usual route.Macasaet’s fees had increased from P100,000 per month during her first six-month contract to over P252,000 per month after it was renewed.The head of the SC’s Management Information Systems Office testified that the continued renewal of the contract of the IT consultant hired by Sereno raised a red flag.IT consultant Helen Macasaet’s six-month contract was renewed for over four years, which enabled her to earn roughly P11 million in total.The point in all this establishes that indeed, Sereno is unfit for the job of chief justice, as she has been found to be breaking too many rules and does things without the nod of the other justices.Sereno claims that all the charges raised by Gadon are not impeachable offenses. A reported psychologically unfit Chief Justice is to be retained in her post and for the next 15 to 20 years or so.The two doctors will be attending the next session.At the same time, Gadon lauded the House panel’s directive to the BIR to probe on Sereno’s possible tax liabilities. “The action of the Justice committee directing the BIR to investigate the tax payments and tax compliance of Sereno is living proof of the principle that the law should apply to all , even to the highest magistrate of the land,” said Gadon.Gadon also cited the case of Sereno’s IT consultant whose contract was renewed without bidding despite changes in the terms of reference and increase of the amount of more than double the original contract. “It turned out also that the legal staff of Sereno had the whim and caprices of determining the amount of the increase and the renewals in violation of procurement laws,” Gadon said.“Worse these violations and anomalies were done with the express approval of Sereno,” he stressed.“Even worse , it turned out that the IT consultant was allowed to work at some point without the contract having been signed yet!” the lawyer said.Gadon stressed that Sereno had violated all known procedures of procurement. The head of the SC’s Management Information Systems Office testified that the continued renewal of the contract of the IT consultant hired by Sereno raised a red flag.IT consultant Macasaet’s six-month contract was renewed for over four years, which enabled her to earn roughly P11 million in total......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

House ratifies national ID system bill

The House of Representatives ratifiedon Wednesdaynight the National Identification System bill which seeks to integrate multiple government IDs in the country. The lower chamber ratified the version adopted by the bicameral conference committee without objection. READ:Senate, House panels OKnationalIDsystem Following its ratification by both chambers of Congress, the measure would then be up for President Rodrigo Duterte's signature. If the President would not neither sign nor veto it, it would lapse into law after 30 days. The proposed measure seeks to integrate multiple government IDs by establishing a single national identification system to be known as the Philippine Identifi...Keep on reading: House ratifies national ID system bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Mindanao lawmakers: A vote for Bangsamoro is a vote for Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines – Legislators are now debating over the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the plenary, as the bill enters the period of interpellations before its 2nd reading approval.  On Tuesday, May 29, 5 Mindanaoan lawmakers delivered their sponsorship speeches for  House Bill (HB) No. 6475 , which seeks to abolish ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Ivanka Trump brand continues to win trademarks in China, PH

  SHANGHAI --- The brand of Ivanka Trump -- daughter of United States President Donald Trump -- continues to win foreign trademarks in China and the Philippines, adding to questions about conflicts of interest at the White House, The Associated Press has found.   On Sunday, China granted the first daughter's company final approval for its 13th trademark in the last three months, trademark office records showed. Over the same period, the Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump's company provisional approval for another eight trademarks, which can be finalized if no objections are raised during a three-month comment period.   Taken together, the tradem...Keep on reading: Ivanka Trump brand continues to win trademarks in China, PH.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

China approves 13 new Ivanka Trump trademarks in 3 months

SHANGHAI --- Ivanka Trump's brand continues to win foreign trademarks in China and the Philippines, adding to questions about conflicts of interest at the White House, The Associated Press has found. On Sunday, China granted the First Daughter's company final approval for its 13th trademark in the last three months, trademark office records show. Over the same period, the Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump's company provisional approval for another eight trademarks, which can be finalized if no objections are raised during a three-month comment period. Taken together, the trademarks could allow her brand to market a lifetime's worth of products in China, from baby blan...Keep on reading: China approves 13 new Ivanka Trump trademarks in 3 months.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 28th, 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

National ID system infringes on right to privacy – solons

  Leftist lawmakers on Thursday again warned that the passage of the national identification system bill would pose threats to the country's security and infringe on people's privacy rights.   The House Makabayan bloc's warning came after the bicameral conference committee approved on Tuesday night the bill seeking to establish the Philippine Identification System.   The proposed measure seeks to integrate multiple government IDs by establishing a single national identification system, to be known as the Philippine Identification System, or PhilSys.   Malacaang welcomed the approval by the Senate and House of Representatives' bicameral confere...Keep on reading: National ID system infringes on right to privacy – solons.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Senate, House panels OK nat l ID system

Senate, House panels OK nat l ID system.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Green, Eco-Friendly Design for Proposed Capitol 20-Storey Skyscraper

Loaded with solar panels and an in-house waste and sewage management facility, the eco-friendly design of the proposed 20-storey Capitol skyscraper is seen to efficiently use energy, reduce waste and beat pollution, provide adequate ventilation and an air-filtration system. “There is a provision of solar panels at the roof deck. Water systems are recyclable. There’s […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Lawmakers Weigh in on Bicam Approval of Nat’l ID Bill

Lawmakers at the House of Representatives on Wednesday weighed in on the approval of the proposed national identification (ID) card system by the bicameral conference committee. House Appropriations Committee chairman Karlo Nograles lauded the bill’s swift approval at the bicam level, noting that the national ID system could strengthen the country’s campaign against lawlessness including […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018