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Nominal, viva voce: How Congress votes

MANILA, Philippines – The whole of Mindanao will be under martial law until the end of 2018 after the 17th Congress, with both the Senate and the House of Representatives in joint session, approved on Wednesday, December 13, the request for extension of President Rodrigo Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerDec 13th, 2017

US Democrats kill bill banning late-term abortion

WASHINGTON, United States --- US Senate Democrats blocked a controversial measure Monday that would ban and criminalize abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, scuttling a longtime priority of conservatives in Congress. President Donald Trump described the failure of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act as "disappointing," and urged senators to reconsider. The measure fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the bill in the 100-member Senate, although it earned a narrow majority in the chamber, 51 to 46. Congressional Republicans have for years sought to pass legislation that restricts abortion in the United States, despite the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 ruling ...Keep on reading: US Democrats kill bill banning late-term abortion.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 30th, 2018

U.S. Congress votes to end shutdown, Trump claims victory

WASHINGTON DC, USA (3rd UPDATE) – Congress put the US government back in business Monday, January 22, by voting to end a three-day shutdown, as President Donald Trump claimed victory in his standoff with Democrats in Washington. The House voted 266 to 150 to extend federal funding, hours after Senate ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

House opts for ‘Con ass’ to push charter change

MANILA, Philippines – Amid objections, the House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted a resolution to constitute the Senate and the House of Representatives into a constituent assembly to amend or revise the Constitution. The adoption of House Concurrent Resolution No. 9 was carried by viva voce on Tuesday’s session. A counterpart resolution from the Senate […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

THE VOTE: A critical blow to Philippine Democracy

(Speech explaining his “No” vote on extending martial law until 31 December 2017, delivered by Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin at the Joint Session of Congress on 13 December 2017 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City) Akbayan votes NO for yet another extension of the factually and constitutionally impaired Martial Law in Mindanao, dealing a […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 18th, 2017

Take your time, Mr. President

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion bill (TRAIN) is at the final stages of becoming a law. Last December 13, the Senate ratified the Bicameral Conference Committee report (Bicam) on TRAIN with a 16-4 vote. The House of Representatives also claims that it has already voted for the bill through viva voce. President Duterte […] The post Take your time, Mr. President appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Sen. Bam votes to stop TRAIN from passing Congress

December 14, 2017. The tax reform package will increase prices for all Filipinos without the necessary safeguards to protect our poor countrymen. This is the reason given by Senator Bam Aquino as he rejected the approval of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion or TRAIN. While Sen. Bam is a co-author of the… Source… link: Sen. Bam votes to stop TRAIN from passing Congress.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Congress votes overwhelmingly for one year of martial law

MANILA, Philippines — As expected, the administration-dominated Senate and House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved yesterday President Duterte’s req Source link link: Congress votes overwhelmingly for one year of martial law.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Congress ratifies tax reform bill

The Senate and the House of Representatives ratified the final version of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill on Wednesday, Dec.13, a day after the adoption and ratification of the proposed P3.77 trillion 2018 budget. At the Senate, the tax reform measure was ratified with 16 affirmative votes, while four senators — […] The post Congress ratifies tax reform bill appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Congress votes overwhelmingly for one year of martial law

MANILA, Philippines — As expected, the administration-dominated Senate and House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved yesterday President Duterte’s req.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Congress approves 2nd martial law extension

WITH 240 votes in the affirmative and 27 in the negative, the two chambers of Congress approved a second extension of martial law in Mindanao, this time for a full year. Convening in a joint session on Dec. 13, the Senate voted 14-4, and the House of Representatives, 226-23, to adopt a letter early this […] The post Congress approves 2nd martial law extension appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Makabayan bloc slams House panel ruling vs participation of non-members at Sereno impeach hearing

  The Makabayan bloc at the House of Representatives denounced the justice committee's decision on Wednesday to bar non-members as well as lawyers of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno from participating in its impeachment proceedings.   READ:House panel votes against participation of non-members in Sereno impeach hearings   ACT-Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio asserted that all members of Congress are entitled to participate in the impeachment hearings against Sereno.   "Hindi ito ang unang impeachment na ginawa ng Congress kahit sinong member bsta interesado pinapahintulutang magtanong whether pro or against," Tinio said.   ...Keep on reading: Makabayan bloc slams House panel ruling vs participation of non-members at Sereno impeach hearing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Congress votes to extend martial law - Inquirer.net

Congress votes to extend martial law - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2017

UPDATE 4: Congress votes to extend martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2017

UPDATE 4: Congress votes to extend martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2017

UPDATE 3: Congress votes to extend martial law in Mindanao unitl Dec. 31, 2017

UPDATE 3: Congress votes to extend martial law in Mindanao unitl Dec. 31, 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2017

Congress votes 261-18 to extend Mindanao martial law 'til year's end - Inquirer.net

Congress votes 261-18 to extend Mindanao martial law 'til year's end - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2017

UPDATE 2: Congress votes to extend martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2017

UPDATE 2: Congress votes to extend martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2017

UPDATE: Congress votes to extend martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2017

UPDATE: Congress votes to extend martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2017

Fariñas warns of deadlock if Congress votes separately on martial law extension

Fariñas warns of deadlock if Congress votes separately on martial law extension.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

Lenin Moreno headed for victory amid opposition fraud claims – The Guardian

Ecuador’s ruling party candidate appeared to be heading for victory in a presidential run-off that would cement the country’s reputation as a bastion of the Latin American left and provide breathing space for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. However, the narrow 51% to 49% lead for Lenin Moreno was contested by the opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso, prompting fears for heightened political tension in the days ahead. With 96% of votes counted on Sunday night, Moreno, who was a former vice-president under outgoing president Rafael Correa, seemed to be on course to beat Lasso, a 61-year-old former banker. The head of Ecuador’s electoral council, Juan Pablo Pozo, called on the opposition candidate to recognise the results. “Ecuador deserves the ethical responsibility from its political actors to recognise the democratic decision made by the people at the ballot box,” Pozo said. However, Lasso, who earlier had claimed victory based on three exit polls that showed him leading by as much as six points, pointed to irregularities and demanded a recount. “This is very sickening. We’re not going to allow it,” he said, calling on supporters to protest the results peacefully but firmly. “They’ve crossed a line, which is pretending to abuse the people’s will” and install an “illegitimate” government, Lasso said. Several thousand of his supporters picketed the electoral council headquarters on Sunday night chanting: “We don’t want fraud, we want democracy.” Meanwhile, Moreno appeared on a stage flanked by outgoing president Rafael Correa and Jorge Glas, the vice-president, as thousands of supporters waved flags in the lime-green colours of the Alianza País coalition and cumbia music blasted into the night. Moreno called for dialogue with the opposition, saying: “We know how to hear the criticisms. Let’s work together in peace and harmony. Dancing in the crowd, Marisol Jaramillo, 34, an agricultural worker said “Now the revolution will continue, life has changed for us over the last 10 years and want the progress to carry on.” For the country’s 15 million population, at stake was whether to continue the redistributive policies of the ruling party, which won the previous three elections under Rafael Correa, including reduced poverty and improved access to education and healthcare. Correa’s administration had also been criticised for media censorship, corruption and abandoning many of its environmental promises. The alternative offered by Lasso was a pro-business, pro-austerity programme that promised tax cuts and more jobs, though Lasso was plagued with accusations of tax avoidance through dozens of offshore accounts. He also promised to ask Assange to leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London within a month of securing a mandate because he said the asylum granted to the WikiLeaks founder was posing a burden on the country’s taxpayers. Assange is reportedly sufficiently concerned to have instructed lawyers in Quito in case Lasso wins. The election will also have regional ramifications. Should a Moreno victory be confirmed, it would cement Ecuador’s reputation as a bastion of the left in Latin America. Should he lose, it will be taken as another sign of the region’s retreating “pink wave”, following defeats for the left in an Argentinian election and a Bolivian referendum, plus the impeachment and ousting of Workers’ party president Dilma Rousseff in Brazil. With the stakes high in Ecuador, there were accusations of vote-rigging and other dubious practices during the first round, which was delayed because the result was close, though independent observers from the Union of South American Nations said there was no evidence of fraud and praised the election process as transparent. The foreign minister, Guillaume Long, urged all involved not to discredit the process for political reasons. “It’s important that all sides accept the results that will be issued by the electoral authorities and show their democratic commitment without throwing around other false allegations or claiming that any defeat is due to irregularities,” he told the Guardian. Earlier in the day, Moreno voted at a polling station in the middle-class Rumipampa neighbourhood of Quito, while his supporters gathered outside chanting: “You can see it, you can feel it, Lenin president.” Moreno called for the election to be peaceful process. “Let the people make their decision,” he said. As police formed a cordon to hold back the throng, voters – many of them supporters of opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso – protested that they could not enter the polling station to vote, as Moreno sympathisers jeered. “I voted for Lasso, I voted for a change,” Maria Jose Maldonado, 33, a business administrator told the Guardian. “We don’t want a dictatorship we don’t want our freedom taken away, we don’t want to be like Venezuela,” she said, alluding to the move by the supreme court in Caracas to take over legislative powers in the opposition-controlled Venezuelan congress last week. Casting his vote in Ecuador’s port city of Guayaquil, Lasso said: “This is a crucial day, this isn’t any election, here there’s a path; there’s a path to Venezuela or a path to democracy and freedom.” At the polling station in Quito where Moreno voted, Nora Molina, 57, said she voted for him because “we have made a lot of progress in the last 10 years and we want it to continue”. Voting with her young children, Patricia Romero, 37, said she backed Moreno: “I would like him to continue with the revolution which has helped us and he is genuinely concerned for the people.” Carlos Muso, a 54-year-old taxi driver, said he [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2017

Argentine Congress votes to legalize medical marijuana

Argentine Congress votes to legalize medical marijuana.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 30th, 2017