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Tax reform package

HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez has called on the Senate to swiftly pass the government’s tax reform package when Congress opens its second regular session next month. Seen to support the various pro-poor programs of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, House…

Painful hit

Define irony again. It is “friendly fire” from government aircraft killing state troopers on the ground. Defense and military officials have cited such accidental or unintended casualties as being part of what they call “fog of war”. The misfiring of…

Free college education

THE Senate and the House of Representatives have ratified a bicameral committee report scrapping tuition and other fees in government-run colleges, universities and technical-vocational (tech-voc) schools. If enacted into law, the pro-poor “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act” is…

Graft-free charity

Define irony. It is a state charity agency raising money for a good social purpose but losing most of it to bad decisions or elements. The noble purpose for which the agency was created is, therefore, defeated, and precious government…

Tougher AMLA

A PROPOSED legislation that seeks to strengthen and widen the scope of the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) of 2001 has been passed on third and final reading by the House of Representatives. This it will do by including the casino…

Fastest growing economy

PEOPLE now see a government that is committed to spread the benefits of development right down to far-flung communities of this manpower-exporting but poverty-stricken nation. And nobody will argue with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) when it named Eastern Visayas,…

Light in the dark

As government troops uphold the flag and territory against terrorists trying to carve out a caliphate bearing the black ISIS flag in Marawi City, the Philippine Red Cross is on the ground firmly waving the humanitarian banner, bringing food and…

No 2nd-hand threat

All good politics is local. Political will manifests itself through local government units. LGUs are the frontline agencies in the implementation of health- friendly policies. When they fail in this mission, the entire program of government collapses. Thus, the Framework…

Disaster preparedness

QUEZON City Rep. Alfred Vargas has called on concerned government agencies and the public, particularly in Metropolitan Manila (MM), to continue preparing for the “Big One.” Of course, Congressman Vargas was referring to the strong earthquake that may hit MM,…

‘Oplan Balik-Eskwela’

THIS year’s 19-day “Oplan Balik-Eskwela” starts tomorrow, May 29, with the 150,000-member Philippine National Police (PNP) further tightening its security measures across the country. Held under the auspices of the Department of Education (DepEd), “Oplan Balik-Eskwela” aims to ensure the…

Abolish PCGG, OGCC

THERE’s now a snowballing move in the House of Representatives to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) and the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC). Spearheading the move are Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez of Davao del Norte,…

Charter safeguards

What is the difference between past and present martial law declarations? While serious constitutional questions were raised against past ML declarations, the current version operates with in the strict and specific parameters set by the basic law of the land.…

Rid MMDA of corruption

THE key to addressing all the problems in the streets of the metropolis -- from ambulant vendors to illegally-parked vehicles -- is eradicating corruption in the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). This the new MMDA chair, retired Gen. Danilo Lim…

Palay production

PEOPLE remember what the current government has been saying regarding food security with the reported increase in palay production in the first three months of the year. A most welcome news in the country, where rice is the staple food,…

Tardy solons

WITH President Duterte in Malacañang, there’s now a glimmer of hope of finally addressing tardiness and absenteeism in the House of Representatives, which is dominated by pro-administration lawmakers. In fact, a proposal to close the House session hall and mark…
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