Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Nograles renews Duterte’s call for law needed to ensure food security

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Cabinet Secretary and Head of Zero Hunger Task Force Karlo Nograle renewed the government's call for the passage of the National Land Use Act (NLUA), saying it is needed to ensure the country’s food...

PCIJ’s requests to obtain Duterte’s SALN repeatedly rebuffed by Ombudsman, Office of the President

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Following the issuance of the memorandum circular by the Office of the Ombudsman that limits access to the statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) of public officials, the 30-year tradition of Philippine...

Senate panel OKs joint resolution giving excess rice tariffs as cash aid to farmers

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Senate's agriculture committee chaired by Senator Cynthia Villar approved on Friday a joint resolution that will allow the government to disburse its excess taxes collected on rice imports as cash assistance to rice farmers. Senate Joint...

Duterte Youth’s first move in Congress: Investigate NPA recruitment in schools

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Two days after Ducielle Cardema took her oath of office on Monday (October 13) to represent the controversial party-list Duterte Youth in Congress, she called for a probe into the alleged recruitment of the...

Senate OKs bill granting Duterte anti-red tape powers during nat’l emergencies

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The Senate has passed a bill authorizing President Rodrigo Duterte to expedite the processing and issuance of national and local permits, licenses, and certifications in times of national emergency. Crafted in response to Duterte's frustrations...

Duterte scolds LGUs for not helping telcos in improving Internet connectivity

President Rodrigo Duterte berated local government units (LGUs) once again for not immediately addressing red tape in the telecommunications sector that led to insufficient cell tower roll-outs and unsatisfactory Internet connection service in the...

Duterte urges Congress to enact a legislation to address corruption in PH

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In a public address aired over state television Monday night, President Rodrigo Duterte asked the House of Representatives to pass legislation that will address corruption in the Philippines. "I want Congress to know that I'm...

Senator De Lima files anew bill seeking to define, criminalize EJKs

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Opposition Senator Leila de Lima, for the third time, filed a bill seeking to define and criminalize extrajudicial killings (EJKs) with tough penalties against government officials found guilty of abetting the crimes. Senate Bill No....

Ombudsman defends restricted public access to SALN

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Ombudsman Samuel Martires defended the directive that imposes restricted access to government officials' statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN), saying that the document has been used as a tool to "weaponize" against...

Palace lauds Senate’s move that gives Duterte emergency powers to cut red tape

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In a virtual presser on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque hailed the Senate's decision to create a measure that will give President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to cut red tape without having to amend...

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Duque backs proposal to designate DOF chief Dominguez as PhilHealth chairman

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Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III said he "strongly supports" the proposal to designate Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III as...

Budget allotted for procurement of COVID-19 vaccine ‘not enough’ — DOH

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Department of Health (DOH) Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire bared that the agency needs an additional P10 billion to procure enough doses of COVID-19 vaccine to...

Learning module discouraging protests not part of curriculum — DepEd

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The Department of Education (DepEd) disowned yet another controversial learning module that discourages students from participating in peaceful assemblies or protests, reiterating that the...