Bill filed limiting authority of OICs in gov’t posts   

A SENATOR filed a bill on Monday that seeks to limit the powers of government officials designated as officer-in-charge (OIC), after questionable billions-worth of pandemic contracts were signed last year and prompted a lengthy probe in the upper chamber.    Senator Francis N. Tolentino’s Senate bill no. 2434 will amend provisions of Executive Order 292 or the Administrative Code of 1987 on OICs.   If enacted, the proposed law will inhibit OICs […]

House approves postponement of Bangsamoro elections to 2025   

HOUSE LAWMAKERS approved late Wednesday the postponement of the first regular elections in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).   A counterpart measure was already passed at the Senate on Sept. 6.   In a 187-0 vote with 0 abstentions, the House approved House Bill 10121 that would move the BARMM parliamentary polls from May 2022 to […]

Government Wakes up to Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

Washington, D.C., Sep 13, 2021 – (ACN Newswire via – In August, the US Senate approved the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill, as part of the $3.5 Trillion Budget Bill. Language in this bill suggests that $28 Billion in funding will come from enforcing tax-reporting requirements on cryptocurrency brokers. A cryptocurrency broker is anyone who […]

House approves ease of paying taxes bill on 2nd reading

HOUSE LEGISLATORS approved a measure on second reading Monday that would ease the process of filing taxes in order to encourage taxpayers to pay their dues. House Bill 8942 or the Ease of Paying Taxes Act seeks to simplify rules and processes in filing and paying taxes, such as removing venue restrictions and introducing a medium taxpayer classification. The measure would also remove the […]

Congress approves ‘tri-level’ road project in Mandaue City

THE Lower house approves the “Tri-Level” project bill sponsored by Cebu Sixth District Representative Congresswoman Emmarie “Lolypop” Ouano-Dizon which will be constructed along M.C Briones Street and U.N. Avenue, in Barangay Ibabao-Estancia, Mandaue City. House Bill No. 9886 was approved in the lower house on August 31, 2021 for the final reading. The project is […]

Postponement of Bangsamoro parliamentary election hurdles House 2nd reading 

THE PROPOSED three-year postponement of the 2022 election for 80 parliament members in the Bangsamoro region was approved on second reading at the House of Representatives on Thursday, a day after a counterpart bill was similarly passed by the Senate.    With 39 ‘yes’ votes, 4 ‘no’, and 0 abstention, three House committees — Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, Muslim Affairs, and […]

Prioritization of bill on deposit secrecy crucial amid ‘limited’ legislative window

Making the measure to ease the Bank Secrecy Law a priority for the remainder of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s term is a welcome development given the “already very limited window for legislation,” its proponent said. “I think that (inclusion in legislative priorities) will facilitate [its legislation]. If the President will certify it as urgent, they […]