In-flight PH tourism campaign proposed

THE House Committee on Tourism has adopted a resolution seeking to mandate the Department of Tourism (DoT) to intensify promotion by requiring all local commercial airlines to include in their officialin-flight announcements the infomercials about the beauty and hospitality of the Philippine Islands and its people.

Budget debate

“May itinatago siguro sila kaya ayaw nilang mag-itemize. Baka mapag-kumparahan kasi na kami sinusunod lang namin ang pangangailangan ng requirement ng appropriation para hindi mauwi sa pork. Para tanggalin namin ang isa sa kondisyon ng pork, aalisin ito sa pagiging lump sum. They should exercise legislative statesmanship,” Marcoleta pressed.

Row over budget rages

“The senators suggested that we return to the old-mode of lump-sum budgeting during our meeting with the President last Tuesday night. One of the senators even proposed that we let the President itemize the lump-sum funds for approval in the 2019 GAA, rather than Congress doing such work. I shot down the idea outright, saying lump-sum funds are prone to corruption and are declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court,” Andaya added.

I’ll faceInternational Criminal Court death sentence — Duterte

March 14, 2019
“For the things that I have said, ordered and done, I am willing to put my neck dito sa mga bagay na ito (for these things),” Duterte said at the campaign of PDP-Laban candidates in Isabela Wednesday. “Eh baka balang araw itong ICC na itong mga bugok na ito (Maybe one day the ICC, these idiots), if they decide to hang me, I would be very glad to go and ako pa ang maglagay (I will put on the noose).”

Attempt to ‘sabotage’ Duterte denounced

“It seems that Senator Ping Lacson is holding President Duterte and the entire Filipino people hostage to his continuing animosity towards our Speaker (Gloria Macapagal Arroyo). He has obviously convinced the Senate leadership to do his bidding,” said House Majority Floor Leader and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro.

Narco-list release okayed

TOP government and security officials on Wednesday agreed to release the controversial narco-list or the list of politicians said to be involved in illegal drug trafficking activities or acting as drug protectors following a meeting in Camp Crame, the Journal Group learned from some of those who attended the discussions.

Better pay for state nurses

March 14, 2019
THE Anakalusugan Partylist has vowed to push for legislation that would increase the minimum base pay of state nurses to Salary Grade 15 amid a legal debate on whether a joint resolution of Congress can repeal the section on compensation of the Philippine Nursing Act.

Court of Appeals upholds Abad’s conviction by Ombudsman

March 14, 2019
“To be sure, Abad may not successfully evade liability by invoking good faith. While Abad’s desire to fast track public spending and push economic growth is laudable and the implementation of the DAP, in fact, undeniably yielded positive results that enhanced the economic welfare of the country, his defenses cannot override the clear mandate of the law,” read the ruling.

More execs doomed

March 14, 2019
“I will be firing another set of officials. I’m sorry. Mahirap talaga. ‘Yan lang ang ano ko (It’s hard. That’s my only issue) if you want to help me run the government and ‘yung programa ko... (and my programs),” Duterte said at the campaign rally of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) in Isabela.

Duterte signs new law making adoption easier

March 14, 2019
It also aims to fix the status and filiation of a child whose birth was simulated by giving such child all the benefits of adoption and ensuring that such child shall be entitled to all the rights provided by law to legally adopted children, “without discrimination of any kind, as well as to love, guidance, and support from the child’s adoptive family.”