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STATEMENT| Why Makabayan Bloc bolts from House majority

STATEMENT| Why Makabayan Bloc bolts from House majority.....»»

Category: newsSource: davaotoday davaotodaySep 14th, 2017

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 September) &'8212; The seven party list representatives of the Makabayan Bloc on Thursday broke away from the majority coalition in the House of Representatives in protest over what they called “a fascist, pro-imperialist and anti-people regime” of President Rodrigo Duterte. In a statement, the Makabayan Bloc cited Duterte’s “neoliberal economic policies, disdain for human [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 14th, 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

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

Statement of Liberal Party President Sen. Kiko Pangilinan on Makabayan bloc bolting House supermajority

Statement of Liberal Party President Sen. Kiko Pangilinan on Makabayan bloc bolting House supermajority.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority.....»»

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Makabayan bolts House ruling bloc

Makabayan bolts House ruling bloc.....»»

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Makabayan bloc leaves House majority - Rappler

Makabayan bloc leaves House majority - Rappler.....»»

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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.....»»

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Lagman: 8 SC justices who ousted Sereno ‘deserve to be impeached’

    The eight Supreme Court (SC) justices who voted to oust former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno "deserve to be impeached," the leader of the House Magnificent 7 opposition bloc underscored on Friday. "The immutable rule is that injustice does not pay," Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman said in a statement. "If magistrates who are sworn to uphold the Constitution, subvert the very fundamental law by arrogating jurisdiction over an impeachable official, perforce they deserve to be impeached," he added. Lagman's statement comes after Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin bared a plan, supported by the Magnificent 7, to file impeachment complaints against Associate Just...Keep on reading: Lagman: 8 SC justices who ousted Sereno ‘deserve to be impeached’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Makabayan bloc seeks TRAIN law repeal

Citing what it described as its 'detrimental' effects to the people, the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives on Thursday filed a bill that calls for the repeal of the Duterte a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

House bloc assails Moro activist’s detention, torture by US Homeland security​

The House of Representatives Makabayan opposition bloc has filed a resolution which seeks to condemn and probe the detention and torture of Filipino Moro activist Jerome Succor Aba by the United States Homeland Security and Customs Border and Protection last week......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

Makabayan bloc asks SC to allow intervention in petition vs Sereno

MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers forming the progressive Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives are asking the Supreme Court (SC) to reconsider its decision to deny their bid to intervene in the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The Makabayan lawmakers filed their motion for reconsideration on behalf of other intervenors on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Makabayan bloc files MR on junked petition to intervene on CJ quo warranto case

      Members of the House Makabayan bloc and people's organizations on Tuesday filed a motion for reconsideration (MR) on the Supreme Court's (SC) decision denying their petition to intervene on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.   Last April 3, the SC denied, for lack of merit, the group's motion for leave to file motion to intervene in the quo warranto proceedings against the Chief Justice on-leave.   READ: SC asks Sereno to attend oral arguments on quo warranto case     The group maintained that it has "legal interest" on the issue as the Chief Justice "can only be removed from office ...Keep on reading: Makabayan bloc files MR on junked petition to intervene on CJ quo warranto case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Duterte party eyes 5 senators from majority bloc in 12-man slate for 2019

SENATE President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd on Sunday said that members of the majority bloc seeking re-election in the 2019 mid-term polls were being considered by the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to be part of its slate. Pimentel, president of the PDP-Laban, made the clarification in reaction to a statement by Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito [...] The post Duterte party eyes 5 senators from majority bloc in 12-man slate for 2019 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 25th, 2018

Sereno: Impeachment charges well-funded

CHIEF Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno dismissed anew on Thursday efforts to oust her, describing it as a “well-funded” scheme based on intrigues, if not imagination. Sereno made the statement on the same day the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and the Makabayan bloc of lawmakers asked the Supreme Court to allow them to intervene [...] The post Sereno: Impeachment charges well-funded appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

Makabayan bloc leads petition to block Sereno ouster

MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers belonging to the progressive Makabayan bloc in the House on Thursday, March 22, asked the Supreme Court to junk a pending petition to declare as void the appointment of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno . The lawmakers and several other persons also filed a petition asking the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

Bill to end ‘endo’ in gov’t filed

Progressive lawmakers at the House of Representatives called the Makabayan bloc filed, on Monday, a bill that seeks to ban all forms of labor contractualization in government institutions, two years after President Rodrigo Duterte failed to fulfill his campaign promise to end "endo" or "end of contract" among non-regular workers......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

Goodbye BBL, Hello Federalism

COTABATO CITY – For the third time around, majority Christian lawmakers in the House of Representatives are expected to reject the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL being pushed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014. Instead of BBL, lawmakers are now pushing for a federal form of government and President Rodrigo Duterte is also strongly advocating the shift to federalism, an advocacy he made even before when he was the mayor of Davao City. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also said Duterte’s priority now is to change the form of current government and this can only be achieved through amendments in the Constitution which lawmakers are currently working on. There was also a proposal to hold a plebiscite next year in time for the mid-term elections for Filipinos to decide whether to accept or reject federalism. But there are also many lawmakers who wanted to cling to power and extend their term of office until 2022 when voters would have to choose their leaders in national elections. BBL Duterte has previously backed the BBL and expressed optimism that the draft law will pass the scrutiny of Congress that previously opposed it – during Arroyo and Aquino’s presidency. But Duterte himself has been campaigning for BBL and federalism even before he won the presidency in 2016. And his political allies in Congress are supporting the proposed shift from the current presidential system to federalism, and not the BBL. The MILF, whose ageing leaders, called for the passage of BBL may be overridden by Duterte’s plans to grant regions autonomy through federalism. It said the administration of Duterte should immediately work for the passage of the BBL where the Aquino government left off. It stressed that the negotiation is completed following the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the MILF and government peace panels. Politicians questioning the BBL said the provisions in the draft law remain the same.  Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat, who was one of those who opposed the BBL during the Aquino administration citing unconstitutional provisions in the draft law, is again raising the same issue. Unconstitutional In a previous statement, Lobregat made it clear, he will be vigilant and consistent with his stand with regards to the BBL. “I am for peace, I am not anti-peace, but we need a Bangsamoro Basic Law that is just, that is fair, that is acceptable, feasible and more importantly, it should not be contrary to the Constitution and existing laws,” he said. He said the BBL which the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted to Duterte still contains the same and even more contentious and questionable provisions. “Among the contentious provisions in the present version of the BBL is that there will be six plebiscites – one for ratification of the law, and second the periodic plebiscite every 5 years for a period of 25 years in the cities, municipalities and other geographic areas outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which did not join the Bangsamoro after the ratification of the BBL,” Lobregat said. Lobregat, who was also former mayor of Zamboanga City, said Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) was the predecessor of the old BBL filed during the previous 16th Congress. The MOA-AD was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2008 describing the process that led to its crafting as “whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary and despotic.” He said the MOA-AD and the BBL have similar provisions, with some unconstitutional and controversial provisions. “Instead of promoting peace, there will be a constant tug of war on the political boundaries that will promote instability. The Bangsamoro will try to expand its area of jurisdiction and in turn, the local government adjacent, surrounding or neighboring the Bangsamoro will also fight tooth and nail in order to retain their territory,” Lobregat said. Lobregat said he will again be active and vigilant in the committee deliberations, plenary debates and caucuses to ensure that the interest of Zamboanga City and the rest of Mindanao are protected. Davao del Norte Representative and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s ally in the lower chamber, said the country’s push for federalism has almost the same concept of the BBL. “The BBL will be absorbed by the federal form of government, because that’s the same. The concept of BBL is the same in federal form of government,” he said, suggesting an amendment in the Constitution. “How can you implement the provisions of the BBL without amending the Constitution? You cannot do it because there are provisions in the BBL that run contrary to the provisions of the Constitution,” said Alvarez. MILF’s rival group, the Moro National Liberation Front under Nur Misuari, has strongly opposed the government peace talks with the MILF, citing a 1996 peace accord with Manila. And Misuari, who eventually became government of the Muslim autonomous region, is now facing rebellion charges for deadly attacks in Sulu’s Jolo town and in Zamboanga City in 2001; and another raid in 2013 in retaliation to government’s failure to fully comply with the peace agreement. Under the accord, Manila would have provided a mini-marshal plan in the restive region and livelihood and housing facilities for thousands of MNLF rebels. Misuari, a close friend and political ally of Duterte, also wanted to become a perpetual regional governor. He is also […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 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

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