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

Bayan urges Congress to stop TRAIN law implementation

The group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) is urging Congress to tackle bills that seek to repeal or suspend implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law before Congress goes on break......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News14 hr. 26 min. ago

Opposition lawmakers to seek impeachment of 8 SC justices who ousted Sereno

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition lawmakers want to impeach the 8 Supreme Court (SC) justices who voted to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman, Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin, and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano issued separate sentiments expressing their intention to file impeachment complaints against ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Militant lawmakers want to impeach Supreme Court justices

NOW the eight Associate Justices are facing impeachment. Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin, a member of the House Minority Magnificent 7 bloc, said he plans to file impeachment cases against the eight Supreme Court Associate Justices who voted in favor of the quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

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:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 16th, 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

Palace: Boracay closure to push through, no casino construction

        Malacaang has dismissed the move of two lawmakers to investigate the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to close Boracay island for six months.   Senator Antonio Trillanes IV filed a resolution asking the Senate committee on tourism, headed bySenatorNancy Binay,to probe the island's closure.   READ: Trillanes to Boracay residents: Seek TRO at SC vs island closure /   Trillanes alleged that Boracaywould be shut down for six monthsto allow andfast-trackthe construction of a casino on the island.   READ: Trillanes seeks probe to uncover plan behind Boracay closure   Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. C...Keep on reading: Palace: Boracay closure to push through, no casino construction.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

Party-list lawmakers seek inclusion of barangay funds in national budget

The funds should be used for the improvement of health services, livelihood programs, infrastructure development, and social services. Source link link: Party-list lawmakers seek inclusion of barangay funds in national budget.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

SC urged to dismiss quo warranto plea vs CJ

MANILA, Philippines — Militant lawmakers and a group of concerned citizens yesterday rallied behind Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in seeking the dismiss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2018

Lawmakers say UK should consider postponing Brexit

LONDON --- Britain should consider postponing Brexit because there may not be enough time to strike a deal with the European Union before the UK leaves the bloc a year from now, a key committee of British lawmakers said Sunday. The House of Commons Exiting the EU Committee said if major aspects of the future relationship with the EU remain unsettled by October, Britain should seek a "limited extension" of its EU membership. Britain and the EU want a deal on future relations settled by the fall so national parliaments can approve it before Britain officially leaves the 28-nation bloc on March 29, 2019. In a report published Sunday, the lawmakers said a proposed transition per...Keep on reading: Lawmakers say UK should consider postponing Brexit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Ex-Comelec chief Bautista no show again at Senate probe

  Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres "Andy" Bautista was still a no-show at Monday's Senate committee inquiry into his possible violation of the Anti-Money Laundering Act.   In a letter submitted before the panel dated Jan. 31, Bautista said contrary to the committee's claim, he had not received any invitation to appear before the inquiry of the Senate committee on banks, financial institutions and currencies.   Because of this, he asked the panel to recall its subpoena.   Bautista said he was out of the country since November 21 last year to "explore professional opportunities" and "seek assistance for certain medical chall...Keep on reading: Ex-Comelec chief Bautista no show again at Senate probe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2018

Group fears of ‘full-fledged tyranny’ as SC legitimizes martial law extension

        A human-rights militant organization on Tuesdaysaid the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) approving the extension of martial law in Mindanao is one of the "ingredients for a full-fledged tyranny."   With a vote of 10-5, the SC dismissed the four petitions filed by several lawmakers opposing the extension of martial law until Dec. 2018.   READ: SC affirms Duterte extension of martial law in Mindanao   "Just as the Duterte-controlled super majority in Congress colluded to approve the extension of martial law last December 2017, the Supreme Court followed through with a rubber stamp to legitimize martial rule, com...Keep on reading: Group fears of ‘full-fledged tyranny’ as SC legitimizes martial law extension.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Solons seek additional powers for Metropolitan Manila Council

The metropolis is plagued with traffic, flood, waste and pollution woes, and for several lawmakers, addressing these pressing urban modern-day problems may require a stronger Metropolitan Manila Counc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

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

Trump laments nice present of shutdown on inauguration anniversary

WASHINGTON, United States – US President Donald Trump marked the first anniversary of his inauguration on Saturday with his government in shutdown, lashing out at Democrats over the collapse of budget negotiations as lawmakers seek to thrash out a deal. When the clock struck midnight, federal services began to halt or ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Senators seek probe into Navy frigate controversy

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate minority bloc has called for an inquiry into the controversial purchase of two frigates for the Philippine Navy and the over.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

WATCH | Legislators seek probe of Navy’s PhP15.7B frigate scandal

MANILA – A group of opposition senators has sought a public inquiry into the Navy’s PhP15.7 billion ($310 million) acquisition of a frigate from a South Korean firm, after media reported that the president’s closest aide, Christopher “Bong” Go, had apparently meddled in the deal. President Rodrigo Duterte became furious at media reports that his […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Legislators seek probe of Navy’s PhP15.7B frigate scandal

MANILA – A group of opposition senators has sought a public inquiry into the Navy’s PhP15.7 billion ($310 million) acquisition of a frigate from a South Korean firm, after media reported that the president’s closest aide, Christopher “Bong” Go, had apparently meddled in the deal. President Rodrigo Duterte became furious at media reports that his […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018