Economic bills await Duterte okay

February 13, 2019
ECONOMIC bills passed by Congress have yet to be enacted by President Rodrigo Duterte, including those that would liberalize rice trading and extend paid maternity leave of female employees.

Enough cops to monitor poll hotspots

February 13, 2019
PHLIPPINE National Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Bernard M. Banac yesterday assured the citizenry they have sufficient number of policemen to monitor the situation in 701 so-called election hotspots throughout the country and ensure the May 13 national and local elections will be fair, peaceful and orderly.

Scientist Group Echoes Calls to Veto the Rice Tarrification Bill

February 13, 2019
The Advocates for Science and Technology for the People (AGHAM) calls on all Filipinos to express their rejection of the Rice Tarrification Bill. The bill will not only remove quantitative restrictions but will also remove the government’s regulatory role on rice importation, such as ensuring imports are safe and meeting sanitary and phytosanitary standards, providing palay price support for farmers, and checking on rice stocks and rice traders.

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo backs Hugpong ng Pagbabago senate candidates

February 12, 2019
The HNP candidates are re-electionist Sens. Sonny Angara, Cynthia Villar, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, former journalist Jiggy Manicad, Pia Cayetano, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., former political adviser Francis Tolentino, former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald Dela Rosa, Maguindanao Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu, and former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.

New push for ‘Maharlika’

February 12, 2019
Duterte’s call echoes a push by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to call the nation “Maharlika,” which in the local language means nobility. The country, which was under Spanish rule for more than 300 years, derived its name from Spain’s King Philip II.

Market dictates oil prices — Duterte

February 12, 2019
“Alam mo ngayon wala tayong oil. So every time tataas ‘yung oil, automatic tataas lahat ‘yan,” he said. “Yan hindi natin ma (control). Even if you hang me, wala tayong magawa. Bitayin mo man, ako ‘pag tumaas ‘yung oil tataas talaga ‘yung presyo because everything that you see is a product of oil.”