​SEN. Legarda Encourages Frequent Visits to Museums

  In celebration of Museums and Galleries month, Senator Loren Legarda encouraged everyone to make frequent visits to museums to enrich people’s understanding of our culture and history.   Legarda, a staunch advocate of arts and culture promotion, said that museums are vessels of important historical knowledge and cultural heritage and they showcase the invaluable…

‘Medical marijuana’ to turn PHL into zombie nation, warns Atienza

Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza has warned strongly against the “backdoor decriminalization” of marijuana through a proposed law that would encourage the supposed medicinal use of the highly addictive banned drug. “If other countries wish to destroy themselves by enabling medical marijuana, then let them create their own problems. We Filipinos certainly do not want to…

​AFP reaffirms commitment vs illegal drugs

CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City—The Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año reaffirmed the military’s commitment to the country’s war on illegal drugs, citing the February 2017 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). “The pronouncement came after President Rodrigo Duterte signed a memorandum tasking PDEA as sole…

​SEN. GRACE POE STATEMENT ON THE TRANSPORT STRIKE

We support the genuine modernization of our mass transport system, including our jeepney fleets. However, we stand firm that any program to be implemented must be the outcome of transparent consultations from a broad range of stakeholders and must be equitable to all parties concerned. Unilateral decisions will prove counter-productive. The two-day nationwide transport strike…

​From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On suspension of classes & government work on 16 Monday

Classes in all levels, both public and private schools, and government work, including those in the local government units and government-owned or -controlled corporations, will be suspended nationwide tomorrow, October 16, 2017, to minimize public inconvenience arising from the planned nationwide transportation strike. We, however, shall leave it to Congress, the Supreme Court, and independent…

Breaking News from Palace

Classes at all levels, both public and private, and govt work, nationwide, will be suspended for tomorrow, October 16, 2017 (not including tuesday). The private sector will not be covered (but subject to discretion of employers). As to suspension of govt work, we shall issue the usual memorandum circular.

SEN. POE PUSHES FOR P2-B INCREASE IN FEEDING PROGRAM

Sen. Grace Poe is pushing for an additional outlay of P2 billion for next year’s implementation of the school-based feeding program in order to restore health for malnourished school children. Poe, who has earlier committed that she will move for an increase of the feeding program’s budget, said the initiative is important to ensure that…

​Senate adjourns session; to tackle tax reform, 2018 budget on return

The Senate adjourned its session today, October 12, 2017.   When session resumes on November 13, the Senate will tackle Senate Bill No. (SBN) 1592, or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill being pushed by Malacañang, and House Bill No. (HBN) 6215 per Senate Committee Report 167, or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill…

SENATE MOVES TO HELP BPO INDUSTRY AMID DECLINING FOREIGN INVESTMENTS -ANGARA

The IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) said IT-BPM investment pledges in the country are now showing “signs of recovery” thanks to the Senate version of the first tax reform package which retained the current incentives of the industry. “The Senate did not touch the industry’s tax incentives to enable the country to continue…

​Drilon warns major bills to take a backseat due to impeachment case

  The passage of the proposed 2018 national budget and the tax reform package could be delayed once the Senate commences the impeachment trial against Chairman Andy Bautista, according to Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon on Thursday.   “The deliberations on the proposed 2018 national budget and the TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act)…