Senate to review reproductive health education policy amid rise in teen pregnancies, HIV infections

A LAWMAKER has filed a resolution that calls for a Senate panel assessment of the Philippine’s reproductive health education policy in view of the rising number of teenage pregnancies and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections among the youth.  Senate Resolution 13 will review the scope and effectiveness of the existing sexuality education policy, which mandates […]

Analysts say Congress should keep watch on executive branch’s foreign policy decisions

THE PHILIPPINE legislature, with majority of both chambers allied with the Marcos administration, should exercise its authority as an independent body in keeping watch over the foreign policy decisions of the executive branch, analysts said at the weekend.   “The legislature is expected to play an important role in deliberating (assessing and evaluating) the viability and […]

More militarist approach to security policy seen with Año’s appointment

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter   ANALYSTS expect a shift towards a more militarist approach in the Marcos administration’s national security policy after the appointment of a former military general to the National Security Council (NSC).  Malacañang on Saturday announced that Eduardo M. Año, a retired general of the Philippine Army, has been appointed as […]

Monetary Board flags more rate hikes in Dec. meeting minutes

THE MONETARY Board signaled its readiness to continue raising benchmark interest rates if inflation persists, putting it at odds with other central banks which have indicated their intention to slow the pace of monetary tightening, according to the minutes of the board’s December meeting.  When the board met last month to weigh another rate increase, […]

Elton John quits Twitter

BRITISH musician Elton John quit Twitter on Friday, the latest high-profile celebrity to leave the social media platform following its acquisition by billionaire Elon Musk. Mr. John, who is currently on his last-ever global tour, blamed Twitter’s recent policy change as a reason for quitting. “All my life I’ve tried to use music to bring […]

BSP to match Fed’s 75-bp rate hike

By Keisha B. Ta-asan, Reporter THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) said it plans to raise its key policy rates by 75 basis points (bps) at its next meeting, matching the US Federal Reserve’s latest monetary tightening. The Fed delivered its fourth straight 75-bp rate increase on Wednesday, as it continues to fight persistent inflation. […]