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Senate OK’s bill on innovative start-ups

THE SENATE on Wednesday passed on third and final reading the proposed innovative start-ups law, a priority measure which aims to provide start-up entrepreneurs tax breaks and other forms of assistance. Senate Bill No. 1532, authored by Senator Paolo Benigno A. Aquino IV, was approved with 18 affirmative votes, no negative vote, and zero abstention. […] The post Senate OK’s bill on innovative start-ups appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource: bworldonline bworldonlineMay 16th, 2018

Senate approves bill granting gov t support for innovative startups

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Wednesday, May 17, approved the bill that aims to give entrepreneurs a better chance of succeeding by providing them ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Senate OKs bill seeking to support innovative startups

Sen. Bam Aquino (Photo from his media office) The Senate on Wednesday passed on third and final reading a measure that seeks to support innovative startups through financial subsidies like tax brea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Senate lists bills to tackle when session resumes May 15

Senate Majority Leader Vicente C. Sotto III on Thursday, April 26, identified 24 bills which the Senate aims to pass on third and final reading once it resumes session on May 15. In a copy given to the media, the proposed measure included the following: • Senate Bill No. 1532 or the proposed Innovative Startup […] The post Senate lists bills to tackle when session resumes May 15 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

Senate extends session hours this week

The Senate will extend its session hours this week as senators were expected to continue debating on amendments to the comprehensive tax reform bill. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said the chamber would hold sessions at 10 a.m. today, adding that senators were all willing to start in the morning, especially this week. "We will play it by ear," Pimentel said. Sessions last week saw senators debating and voting on specific amendments to the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) that Malacaang wants passed along with the proposed 2018 national budget before Congress goes on recess on Dec. 15. Congress has only nine session days to work on the two me...Keep on reading: Senate extends session hours this week.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017

How Trump’s health care loss will shape his presidency – CNN News

The fate of Donald Trump's presidency may hinge on what he does next. His failure to convert the core campaign promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare &'8212; even with a GOP monopoly on power in Washington &'8212; has left the White House reeling. Trump and his advisers must now regroup and try to figure out how to avoid another legislative debacle on their next big issue, tax reform. They will do so knowing that a second failure could throttle his presidency. Once, Trump's aides viewed health care reform, presumably an easy early win, as a way to deliver momentum to his presidency and to build toward more sweeping change picked from his ambitious agenda. But the effort's ignominious defeat Friday has severely weakened the President, electrified Democrats and left Trump's declarations that he is the ultimate dealmaker who can change Washington looking increasingly hollow. Trump surprised some of those close to him with his reaction to Friday's health care collapse. He did not vent or rage. Instead in the Oval Office afterward Trump was &'8220;sullen and quiet&'8221; as he contemplated his first blow, dealt by the Washington swamp he had vowed to drain, one insider source said. The President was well aware he failed to deliver on an issue that stirs the passions of his political base. He was also mindful that the health care disaster would make his quest to tackle a behemoth tax package that much more difficult, the source said. Indeed, the early failure means that hundreds of billions of dollars in federal savings that the White House had earmarked to bankroll a tax code overhaul are nowhere to be seen. &'8220;It makes everything harder moving forward,&'8221; one Trump adviser said. Another senior administration official told CNN's Gloria Borger that tax reform could now have to be a &'8220;smaller version,&'8221; than originally planned and the problem would be explaining to the public that because the repeal of Obamacare didn't happen, there's &'8220;a trillion dollars less to deal with.&'8221; Already casting an eye toward the midterm elections, which typically hurt the President's own party, some of Trump's advisers fear Obamacare's underdog survival will provide a rallying point for their political foes. &'8220;Democrats will feel emboldened and their base will feel emboldened,&'8221; a senior administration official said. As the White House grasps for a bounce back strategy, his team must take another look at one of the most important questions that Trump faced when he took power, one lent more urgency by his humiliation over health care. They must consider whether his brand as an outsider &'8212; with broad strokes politics that exacerbates grievances, has little time for dissenters and is anchored around his imposing, unpredictable personality &'8212; can actually prosper in Washington. Ironically, it was the same forces of inertia and division in the capital that soured Trump's voters on the political establishment and helped elevate him to power that combined to defeat him in his first legislative venture. &'8220;I think what happened is that Washington won,&'8221; said Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney, in a frank moment Sunday on NBC's &'8220;Meet the Press.&'8221; &'8220;I think the one thing we learned this week is that Washington was a lot more broken than President Trump thought that it was,&'8221; said Mulvaney, adding &'8220;the status quo wins and, unfortunately, the folks back home lost.&'8221; Mulvaney's comments marked a stunning admission, given that he works for a President who brashly predicted he knew politics better than the politicians and would soon bring the city to heel with his negotiating flair and mastery of sealing a deal. Instead, two-thirds of the way through his crucial First 100 days, Trump is nowhere near any significant legislative victory. And health care reform's failure is not his only problem. His travel ban on citizens on a list of predominantly Muslim nations has twice been turned back by the courts. His budget, which features steep cuts in diplomacy spending to finance an increase for the military, is facing stiff resistance in Congress. A building intrigue over his campaign's ties to Russia is clouding the White House's mood. It now appears that the most tangible success of Trump's first months in office will be the expected confirmation of his Supreme Court pick, Judge Neil Gorsuch &'8212; though even that will further polarize Washington. Republicans are vowing to invoke the &'8220;nuclear option&'8221; by changing Senate rules so that Gorsuch can be confirmed with 51 votes, along party lines, rather than with the super-majority traditionally required for nominees to the nation's top bench. In one sense, it should not be surprising that Trump is struggling. He is the most inexperienced new president in history, and lacks the political networks and insider contacts that most commanders-in-chief take for granted when they take office. Capitol Hill sources report that the President appeared unfamiliar with the in-depth details of the health care bill, as he tried to move votes in meetings with holdout Republican lawmakers. And while his processor, Barack Obama, spent months marshaling Obamacare through Congress, Trump tried to ram through the repeal bill in a matter of weeks. That was part of a White House strategy to get a fast start in the First 100 Days to create a shock-and-awe sense of momentum. But the tactic appears to have backfired &'8212; especially in the case of Obamacare and the travel ban where too little time was spent assessing the political and [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

Pimentel urges BTC to work “double time” on draft Bangsamoro law

PASAY CITY (MindaNews/ 01 March) &'8212;  The expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that will draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) &'8220;should now start working&'8221; and work &'8220;double time&'8221; to submit their draft to Congress by July, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said, adding that passing a &'8220;bill into law is easier than (shifting from) old [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 1st, 2017

Senate tackles death penalty bill in January

MANILA, Philippines - The Senate will start its debates on proposals to revive the death penalty this January following the House panel’s approval of a bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 9th, 2016

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 News3 hr. 0 min. ago

Death penalty should be reimposed for high-level drug trafficking, says Sotto

    The proposed bill for the reimposition of the death penalty in the Philippines may pass into law this year, but only if to punish high level drug traffickers, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III said on Thursday. Sotto, who recently assumed Senate leadership, said the measure has more chance at the chamber if it aims to stop high level drug trafficking. "Ang tingin ko may pagasa kaming makakuha ng mahigit 13 boto kung ang pag-uusapan lang ay yung high level drug trafficking lamang," Sotto told reporters. Reacting to the call from the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) for the reimposition of capital punishment for heinous crimes, Sotto said ...Keep on reading: Death penalty should be reimposed for high-level drug trafficking, says Sotto.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News15 hr. 47 min. ago

Bill strengthening law on HIV response OK’d

The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to strengthen the 20-year-old law on the government’s response to the rising cases of HIV-AIDS in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Life or death for coco levy

Coconut farmer leaders believe that next week's Congress bicameral committee meeting on the coco levy will decide the life or death of a levy beneficial to them. This amounts to about P100 billion, collected largely from small coconut farmers from 1972 to 1981. This was the consensus during a meeting on May 21 of coconut farmer leaders from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It was organized by the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF), with Alyansa Agrikultura convenor Omi Royandoyan presiding. They passed a resolution stating their concern that the upcoming bicameral conference on the "Coconut Farmers and Industry Trust Fund Bill" Senate Bill 1233 and House Bill 5745 cou...Keep on reading: Life or death for coco levy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Bicam approves national ID

The bill implementing a national ID system is expected to be ratified by both the Senate and the House of Representatives on Monday after the two chambers have reconciled conflicting provisions in their respective versions of the landmark measure......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Philippine AIDS Bill Silent on Condom Promotion

The Philippine Senate passed a bill on Monday that would amend the country's 20-year-old AIDS law, and which promises to improve the government's response to the HIV epidemic, the fastest-growing i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Lacson sees implementation of national ID system this year

    The national ID system may be implemented this year after the bill proposing it hurdled bicameral conference, Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Wednesday. Lacson said the bicameral committee has agreed to adopt the Senate's version of the Philippine Identification System Act with minor amendments and suggestions from the House of Representatives. Once ratified by both chambers, the bill will pass into law by the end of June or even earlier as it was an enrolled bill, according to Lacson. "Kasi 'pag 'di pinirmahan in 30 days mag-lapse into law. So give or take by June end or before end of June, batas na 'yan," he said. The country's first national ID system ha...Keep on reading: Lacson sees implementation of national ID system this year.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Philippine AIDS Bill Silent on Condom Promotion

The Philippine Senate passed a bill on Monday that would amend the country's 20-year-old AIDS law, and which promises to improve the government's response to the HIV epidemic, the fastest-growing i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Senate ratifies reconciled version of occupational safety bill

The Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) Bill moved a step closer to becoming a law after the Senate ratified on Tuesday its reconciled version. The bill -- which seeks to penalize companies that do not comply with OSHS standards -- hurdled the bicameral committee on Monday. Once the President signs the bill into law, employers would no longer be able to ignore occupational safety and health standards, Sen. Joel Villanueva, main author of the bill, said in a statement. "The lives of workers are at stake whenever there's negligence," he said in Filipino. The measure would provide for the visitorial power of the labor secretary to enter workplaces at any time of ...Keep on reading: Senate ratifies reconciled version of occupational safety bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Executive wants Congress to approve tax amnesty bill by June — Dominguez

By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan Reporter A PLANNED GENERAL tax amnesty could start next semester if Congress could ratify the bill by June, the Department of Finance (DoF) said yesterday. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III bared the DoF’s desired timetable for legislation of the succeeding packages of the tax reform program, as the second […] The post Executive wants Congress to approve tax amnesty bill by June — Dominguez appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Senate asks Duterte to certify as urgent its proposed Bangsamoro bill

The Senate on Tuesday, May 22, asked President Rodrigo R. Duterte to certify the Senate bill on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as an urgent measure. The request was coursed through a letter dated May 21, which was signed by Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri. […] The post Senate asks Duterte to certify as urgent its proposed Bangsamoro bill appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Senate asks Duterte anew to certify BBL as urgent

        The Senate on Monday asked President Rodrigo Duterte anew to certify as urgent the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).   In a letter sent to the President, newly elected Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said the Senate aims to pass on third reading Senate Bill 1717, or "An Act Providing for the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro and Abolishing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao" before it goes to sine die adjournment on June 2.   "We are hoping for your usual support as we work for the prompt passage of this law," Sotto and Zubiri said in the letter.   The measure is sti...Keep on reading: Senate asks Duterte anew to certify BBL as urgent.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Senate OKs bill updating HIV-AIDS policy

Senate OKs bill updating HIV-AIDS policy.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018