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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: journal journalDec 22nd, 2017

Alvarez’s red-tagging may signal crackdown vs militant solons — Makabayan

MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives’ Makabayan bloc on Thursday raised alarm over the accusation of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that some.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

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

Militant solons prepare for legal battle vs Train Law

      Members of the Left-leaning Makabayan bloc are set to challenge the newly-implemented Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Law before the Supreme Court, a lawmaker said Saturday.   ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said progressive lawmakers would file the petition against the "anti-poor" tax law next week and question procedural and substantive issues surrounding the measure.   "Hinahanda namin, yung Makabayan bloc, yung mga lawyers na katulong natin, 'yung petition," Tinio said during the News Forum at Annabel's Restaurant in Quezon City.   (The Makabayan bloc, together with the lawyers that are he...Keep on reading: Militant solons prepare for legal battle vs Train Law.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

& apos;Makabayan& apos; bloc solons to press for inquiry into deadly Davao mall fire - GMA News

'Makabayan' bloc solons to press for inquiry into deadly Davao mall fire - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Solons hit Trump for $2-M pledge for PH’s war on drugs

Lawmakers of the Makabayan bloc on Thursday lambasted US President Donald Trump's $2-million pledge for "drug demand reduction programs" in the Philippines, saying this would only lead to more human rights violations under the Duterte administration's antidrug campaign.   ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio said the pledge would violate the United States' own federal law prohibiting the grant of foreign aid to countries with records of human rights violations.   "The human rights violations of the police and the military under President Duterte are very clear. It is very clear that US federal law will be violated if (the US government) gives aid," Tinio said in a press ...Keep on reading: Solons hit Trump for $2-M pledge for PH’s war on drugs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Barangay, SK polls postponement won’t solve drug problem — militant solons

MANILA, Philippines — Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc expressed their concern over the bill seeking to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elect.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 12th, 2017

Left gives Duterte rare praise on irrigation

DAVAO CITY---President Duterte got rare praise from one of his staunchest critics, Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao, for signing the free irrigation law, an original proposal of the leftist Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives.   "This is a major step in our campaign to better farmers' lives," Casilao said of the new law.   Credit should go to Mr. Duterte, the legislator said.   Sen. Ralph Recto, in a statement, said Mr. Duterte's signing of the free irrigation law should "open the floodgates to an irrigation building spree."   Recto said the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) could actually do this because of its increased budg...Keep on reading: Left gives Duterte rare praise on irrigation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Opposition solons decry SC ruling on Mindanao martial law extension

Opposition lawmakerson Tuesdaydenounced the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) affirming the extension of martial law in Mindanao, calling it an "error" and a "tragic day for human rights." READ:SC affirms Duterte extension of martial law in Mindanao "The majority of the Supreme Court justices can be supreme even in their error," Rep. Edcel Lagman said in a statement. Lagman, the lead petitioner in the first petition challenging the year-long extension of martial rule in the southern region, also feared that the SC verdict would "embolden President Rodrigo Duterte in flouting the rule of law." "When the majority of the justices of the Supreme Court fall in cadence w...Keep on reading: Opposition solons decry SC ruling on Mindanao martial law extension.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

House-only Cha-cha ‘highly questionable,’ says minority

  The move by the House of Representatives to amend the Constitution without the Senate is "highly questionable," according to ranking members of the chamber's duly recognized minority bloc.   In a press briefing on Wednesday, Senior Deputy Minority Leader Lito Atienza said that if the two chambers' stalemate remained unresolved, Charter change (Cha-cha) would be "dead in the water."   Atienza also warned about Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's interpretation that the 1987 Constitution did not explicitly require the House and the Senate to convene together into a "constituent assembly."   "The probability of a Supreme Court ruling against us is very, ve...Keep on reading: House-only Cha-cha ‘highly questionable,’ says minority.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

WATCH | Supreme Court consolidates anti-TRAIN petitions

MANILA – The Supreme Court on Tuesday consolidated two separate petitions lodged against the passage of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act, or TRAIN. These are the petitions filed by the Makabayan Bloc of legislators and LABAN Consumer, arguing that there was no actual quorum at the House of Representatives when the measure […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

Makabayan warns against clipping court s judicial power

MEMBERS of the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 17, criticized a House panel’s proposal to cancel the power of the Supreme Court to look into complaints against government bodies in the administration’s planned government shift to federalism. Representative Fredenil Castro, chair of the sub-committee on judiciary under the committee on… link: Makabayan warns against clipping court's judicial power.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Makabayan Bloc asks Supreme Court to quash tax reform law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 January) – The Makabayan Bloc in the House of Representatives has filed a petition before the Supreme Court on Thursday to declare the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) unconstitutional. In a statement, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio, Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate and Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 11th, 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

Makabayan bloc asks SC to strike down tax reform law

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Leftist lawmakers on Thursday, January 11, asked the Supreme Court (SC) to strike down the  Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) law. In their petition, the lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc also asked the High Court to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

WATCH | Sister of ‘Lake Sebu massacre’ victim calls for justice; daughter of missing man wants him back

MANILA – The sister of one of the victims in the alleged massacre of eight T’boli and Dulangan Manobo in Lake Sebu on December 3 is seeking justice for the atrocity, while the daughter of a man who went missing in the incident asked authorities to surface them. The Makabayan bloc of lawmakers also sought […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

WATCH | Makabayan bloc files petition vs year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao

The Makabayan bloc of lawmakers was in full force Monday at the Supreme Court, where they filed a petition to stop the enforcement of a year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Makabayan bloc files petition vs year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao - InterAksyon

Makabayan bloc files petition vs year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao - InterAksyon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Opposition to Con-Ass pressed

OPPOSITION solons continue to criticize Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for pushing for Charter Change through a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass). In separate statements, Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlo Isagani Zarate said the administration allies in the House of Representatives have hidden agenda in pushing for Cha-Cha. Erice,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Alvarez defends ‘right’ to strip opposition solons of projects

It was not "dictatorship," but an exercise of his right.   This was how Speaker Pantaleon Alvarezdefended anew on Wednesday the removal of infrastructure funding for opposition members from the 2018 national budget, saying this was also done by previous administrations.   READ: Alvarez tells solons who got no funding: That's life   But unlike in the past, he said he did not use the budget to hold his fellow lawmakers "hostage."   "Kung hindi ka sasama sa akin, hindi ko ire-release ang budget. Ayoko ng ganyan," he said over ABS-CBN News Channel's morning show, "Headstart."   "Kasi gusto ko, demokrasya tayo so transparent ako. Okay...Keep on reading: Alvarez defends ‘right’ to strip opposition solons of projects.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 3rd, 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