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: philippinetimes philippinetimesMay 17th, 2018

Tax reform undergoes birth pangs

THE RECENTLY ENACTED first of up to five planned tax reform packages may help the government undertake an P8.44-trillion infrastructure development drive, but not before it weathers back-to-back blows on the legal and implementation fronts. TRAIN ‘RAILROADED’ Three militant lawmakers in the House of Representatives asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to declare as “unconstitutional” […] The post Tax reform undergoes birth pangs appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Lawmakers seek inquiry into predatory pricing of oil products

Lawmakers seek inquiry into predatory pricing of oil products.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 8th, 2017

Bolton says he’s no longer allowed to see Trump – CNN News

A hawkish ally of Donald Trump claims he cannot see the President due to &'8220;staff changes&'8221; at the White House. John Bolton, a former US ambassador to the UN who at one point was a candidate to lead the State Department, claimed in a National Review op-ed published Monday that his plan for the US to exit the Iran nuclear deal had to be presented publicly, because staff changes at the White House have made &'8220;presenting it to President Trump impossible.&'8221; CNN has reached out to the White House for comment. His alleged snubbing is the latest development in the tug-of-war for influence over Trump's White House between firebrands such as Bolton and those who have taken a more moderate approach to foreign policy, such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis. Bolton's op-ed comes days after Sebastian Gorka, who advocated a hawkish stance against terrorism, left his position as a White House adviser. Chief of staff John Kelly, who assumed the role in late July, has been conducting a review of the West Wing that includes assessing individual staffers' portfolios. In a memo drawn up after a July directive from Steve Bannon, the recently ousted White House chief strategist, Bolton pushes for selling the idea of leaving the Iran deal to the public in a &'8220;white paper&'8221; and lays out a strategy for the &'8220;campaign&'8221; and its &'8220;execution.&'8221; Bolton has been frustrated at the rise of more traditional foreign policy thinkers within the White House, such as Mattis and Tillerson, who have favored remaining in the deal. The agreement curbs Iran's nuclear weapons program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. Iran remains under multiple sanctions for terrorism-related activities. &'8220;Trump can and should free America from this execrable deal at the earliest opportunity,&'8221; Bolton writes. Where proponents of the deal, including lawmakers and former Obama administration officials, see the pact as a way to get visibility on Iran's nuclear activities, and, at least for the time being, stop it's nuclear program, Bolton sees only danger. &'8220;The JCPOA is a threat to US national-security interests, growing more serious by the day,&'8221; Bolton writes, though he doesn't offer evidence. &'8220;If the President decides to abrogate the JCPOA, a comprehensive plan must be developed and executed to build domestic and international support for the new policy.&'8221; His memo, he says, fills that function. &'8220;It is only five pages long, but like instant coffee, it can be readily expanded to a comprehensive, 100-page playbook if the administration were to decide to leave the Iran agreement,&'8221; Bolton writes. He adds that there is no need to wait for the next deadline in October, when the US must next certify that Iran is sticking to the deal. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the JCPOA, was an international agreement hammered out over 20 arduous months of negotiations. China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, the US, the EU and Iran reached a deal in July 2015 and it was implemented in January 2016. The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency has regular access to nuclear sites inside Iran and verifies that it is implementing its side of the deal; in exchange, the US, UN and EU lifted nuclear related sanctions. Every 90 days, the US president must certify that Iran is keeping up its end of the deal. Trump campaigned against the deal and continues to criticize it, but because Iran is complying, he has certified it twice on the advice of his national security staff. But officials in his administration have clearly been looking for ways to find wiggle room to get out of the deal. Some, like US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, have used the line that Iran is not complying with the &'8220;spirit&'8221; of the deal, pointing to Tehran's activities in the region, including its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen and its backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Bolton says that Trump can bolster his case for abrogating the deal &'8220;by providing new, declassified information on Iran's unacceptable behavior around the world.&'8221; These activities, though, are not part of the JCPOA, deliberately left as a separate issue by the Obama administration and the other international negotiators, who said that to include every single gripe with Iran would make negotiations too unwieldy to resolve. Some proponents of the deal, watching the Trump administration's moves, are already campaigning to keep it. They point to the security consequences of an Iran without constraints on its nuclear weapons program and to the economic fallout as European and Asian firms would likely continue to do business with Tehran while US firms are shut out. &'8220;Accordingly,&'8221; Bolton writes, &'8220;we must explain the grave threat to the US and our allies, particularly Israel.&'8221; But many in Israel's security establishment argue for keeping the deal in place, and making sure its implementation is as rigorous as possible. Bolton makes the case for a four-step campaign that begins with &'8220;early, quiet consultations with key players such as the UK, France, Germany, Israel and Saudi Arabia, to tell them we are going to abrogate the deal based on outright violations and other unacceptable Iranian behavior, and seek their input.&'8221; That would be followed by a detailed white paper that includes declassified intelligence explaining why the deal hurts US security interests; a diplomatic campaign against the deal, especially in Europe and the Middle East; and efforts to sway lawmakers and the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 30th, 2017

Lawmakers seek more deliberations on bill seeking franchise for Solar Para sa Bayan - GMA News

Lawmakers seek more deliberations on bill seeking franchise for Solar Para sa Bayan - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Go says he’s ready to face Senate probe

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday said he would continue to go after President Duterte's men involved in wrongdoing, and that his next target would be Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go. Go said he was ready to face a Senate probe. Trillanes said he would seek a Senate inquiry into government contracts cornered by Go's family, and that he would pursue the probe of government contracts awarded to the security agency owned by Solicitor General Jose Calida. Multibillion-peso contracts The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) has reported that two companies owned by Go's father and half-brother, CLTG Builders and Alfrego Builders and S...Keep on reading: Go says he’s ready to face Senate probe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Workers hail bills for added leaves

By SHERWIN DE VERA BAGUIO CITY — Militant labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) welcomed the House of Representatives’ (HoR) passing of two proposed laws over the week, giving additional number of paid leave for workers. Lawmakers approved House Bill (HB) No. 4113 on its second reading and HB ….....»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Metro Briefs

MMDA to continue dry run vs solo driving on Edsa   The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Friday that it would expand its dry run "indefinitely" until they had fully determined the effectivity of its planned ban on solo-driven vehicles on Edsa during rush hours.   However, its full implementation originally scheduled on August 23 will remain suspended.   Metro Manila Council traffic committee head and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista said the city mayors had agreed to push through with the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane policy to "study it further" and cull more data to be presented to lawmakers.   MMDA, however, will no...Keep on reading: Metro Briefs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

Makabayan solons seek inquiry into DepEd policies on promotion

ACT Teachers Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro have sought an investigation into the policies of the Department of Education (DepEd) on the promotion of teaching personnel. In filing House Reso.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

UPDATE: House opposition lawmakers seek impeachment of 7 SC justices

AT least four opposition lawmakers at the House of Representatives filed an impeachment complaint against seven Supreme Court Justices who voted to oust former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno by granting the quo warranto petition of Solicitor General Jose Calida. Representatives Edcel Lagman of Albay, Teddy Baguilat of Ifugao and Gary Alejano of Magdalo party-list [...] The post UPDATE: House opposition lawmakers seek impeachment of 7 SC justices appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

Lawmakers seek House probe into lawyers& apos; arrest in Makati bar raid - Rappler

Lawmakers seek House probe into lawyers' arrest in Makati bar raid - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

Lawmakers seek House probe into lawyers arrest in Makati bar raid

MANILA, Philippines – Two lawmakers want two House committees to investigate  the recent arrest of 3 lawyers who were monitoring a police search of a raided bar in Makati City. Oriental Mindoro 1st District Representative Doy Leachon and 1-Ang Edukasyon Representative Salvador Belaro Jr filed House Resolution (HR) No. 2086 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

Judge dismisses murder case against Makabayan 4

BAGUIO CITY — The Regional Trial Court Branch 40 in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija dismissed the double murder charges against former militant lawmakers on August 8 for lack of probable cause, favoring the Motion for Reconsideration filed by the accused on July 11......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

Senators slam agencies over high inflation

MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers questioned several government agencies over their supposed lack of urgency in addressing the needs of the poor amid the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law  this year. During the 3rd public hearing on the matter, Senate economic affairs committee chairman Sherwin Gatchalian ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Senators seek suspension of MMDA’s driver-only ban

The Senate approved yesterday a resolution calling on the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to immediately suspend the implementation of the ban on driver-only vehicles during rush hours along EDSA......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

CHED: Cash-based budget will severely hamper free higher education

MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Officer-in-Charge Prospero de Vera III told lawmakers the cash-based budget system would "severely hamper" the implementation of the free higher education law. De Vera expressed this concern as Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles, chairman of the House appropriations committee, said CHED ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

‘Arrest order vs militant leaders won’t affect peace talks’

The arrest order against four former party-list lawmakers accused of murder would not affect the peace process with communist rebels, the government’s chief negotiator said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

‘Arrest order vs militant leaders won’t affect peace talks’

The arrest order against four former party-list lawmakers accused of murder would not affect the peace process with communist rebels, the government’s chief negotiator said yesterday. Source link link: ‘Arrest order vs militant leaders won’t affect peace talks’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Groups ask gov’t: Respect accused ex-lawmakers’ decision not to surrender

Leaders of militant groups called on the government to respect the decision of former lawmakers who were charged with murder not to surrender as they claimed that the allegations against them were fabricated. Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) Secretary-General Renato Reyes said on Monday that if former representatives Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casio, Liza Maza, and Rafael Mariano refused to surrender, it would be due to negative past experiences with authorities. "We have to respect kung ano man 'yong magiging pasya no'ng apat na akusado, specially since meron tayong mga masasaklap na karanasan na 'yong mga inaaresto, nalalabag 'yong kanilang mga karapatan, o kaya nama'y tinataniman...Keep on reading: Groups ask gov’t: Respect accused ex-lawmakers’ decision not to surrender.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

LOOK: Militant groups at Camp Crame decry arrest warrants against former lawmakers -

LOOK: Militant groups at Camp Crame decry arrest warrants against former lawmakers -»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

4 ex-party-list lawmakers face arrest for farmers’ murders

A Nueva Ecija court has issued warrants for the arrest of four former militant lawmakers for murder in 2006......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018