EXPLAINER: Cebu City Council power of contempt won’t be like how Congress wields it. But Sanggunian, under the approved de los Santos ordinance, can look into almost anything ‘in aid of legislation,’ expanding its power to investigate under the City Charter.

THE ordinance that the Cebu City Council approved on final reading last Wednesday (December 21, 2022) had undergone changes since Councilor Mary Ann de los Santos re-submitted it a week earlier, heeding recommendations of the committee on laws and styling. Its chief problem has been the question of legality. The Supreme Court laid down 58 […]

Search and rescue operations continue after Christmas rains

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter EMERGENCY responders carried on with search and rescue operations on Tuesday amid continued rains that started days before Christmas in central and southern parts of the Philippines, according to reports from national agencies and local governments. In a situation report as of Dec. 27, the government’s disaster council said […]

EXPLAINER: Cebu City Council risks challenge in court on Kons Mary Ann de los Santos ordinance granting itself power of contempt. First in the country, says Kons Rey Gealon.

WHAT JUST HAPPENED. The Cebu City Council last Wednesday (December 21, 2022) approved on final reading a proposed ordinance seeking to grant itself the power to punish with contempt the failure of any person subpoenaed by the Sanggunian to testify or submit books or documents in connection with an investigation or inquiry. In moving for […]

EXPLAINER: Public hearing on Cebu City budget spotlights Sanggunian dilemma: screen expenses or raise taxes first. On P50 billion 2023 outlay, Vice Mayor Garcia says, ‘So what?’ Risky for treasurer, bad for City Council, say Councilors Pesquera, Archival.

WHICH TO DO FIRST. The first of a series of public hearings on the proposed P50 billion budget for 2023 opened Monday (December 5, 2022) with the City Council committee on budget and finance locked in an intense discussion on the dilemma of what to do first. Should they review now the appropriations of about […]

Banking, tech experts and leaders form Blockchain Council of the Philippines

To further promote blockchain technology in the country, leaders from the industries of finance, marketing, and technology have formed the Blockchain Council of the Philippines. Philippine Blockchain Week (PBW) lead convenor, Dr. Donald Lim, announced the formation of the council during a recent press conference held at the Manila Marriott Hotel in Pasay City. The […]

Philippines accepts 200 UN suggestions on human rights

By John Victor D. Ordoñez, Reporter THE PHILIPPINES has accepted 200 recommendations from the United Nations Human Rights Council, including investigating extralegal killings and protecting journalists. “We do so because these are important areas and issues in which the government is already working, and in many cases, even going beyond the accepted recommendations,” Justice Secretary […]