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 […]

Duterte criticized for rants vs Senate

Senators on Friday criticized President Rodrigo R. Duterte for his lack of respect for a co-equal government branch.  The President earlier said people should not believe congressional investigations, days after the Senate grilled Health officials at a hearing for alleged misuse of pandemic funds.  Mr. Duterte said these inquiries lead to nowhere.  “A little respect, Mr. President,” Senator Richard, who heads the blue […]

Congress urged to cut 20% stamp tax

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has urged Congress to pass a measure that will cut the 20% documentary stamp tax to 10% to ensure efficient use of charity funds.  About 62% of its charity fund this year has so far been used to pay for documentary stamp taxes, PCSO Legislative Liaison Officer Gay Nadine P. Alvor told lawmakers at a House of Representatives hearing on Friday.   The House ways and means committee said it would endorse a tax cut on lotto tickets in a bicameral committee once the Senate approves the Passive Income and Financial […]

Solon says proposed Metro Davao agency still to hurdle bicam with different House, Senate versions

DAVAO City Rep. Isidro T. Ungab said the creation of the Metropolitan Davao Development Authority (MDDA) will still take time as the approved versions in the two chambers of Congress have differences. Mr. Ungab said the proposed law will have to go through a bicameral conference committee to reconcile the varying provisions. The Senate committee […]

Pressed for time, House adopts Senate tax amnesty extension bill

THE proposed extension for availing of the estate tax amnesty will head to Malacañang directly without the need to go through the bicameral conference committee stage after the House of Representatives moved to adopt the Senate’s version of the measure. Late Monday, House legislators approved a motion to concur with the Senate’s version of the measure, adopting Senate […]

Senate OK’s bill on child sexual abuse

The Senate on Thursday approved on second reading a bill seeking to strengthen the country’s law against sexual abuse of children online.  The Senate approved Senate Bill 2209, which will repeal the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 and amend the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009.  The committees on women, science and technology and […]

Details of sweeping effort to counter China emerge in US Senate

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee introduced major legislation on Thursday to boost the country’s ability to push back against China’s expanding global influence by promoting human rights, providing security aid, and investing to combat disinformation. The draft measure, titled the “Strategic Competition Act of 2021,” mandates diplomatic and strategic initiatives […]