Belmonte is Roxas’ bet for Speaker in next Congress

MANILA, Oct 6 (Mabuhay) — House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II on Tuesday expressed belief that Speaker Sonny Belmonte will keep the top job at the Lower House should Mar Roxas win the presidency. Gonzales said Roxas himself backed Belmonte for Speaker when he...

Gov’t yet to respond to Reds’ peace overture – Speaker

MANILA (Mabuhay) – House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said the Philippine government has not yet acted on the overture of the Communist Party of the Philippines – National Democratic Front to resume peace talks. Belmonte and other top House officials like Majority Leader...

Despite challenges in Congress, Aquino undaunted on Bangsamoro law

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Despite an admission from lawmakers that passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be an uphill battle in Congress, President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday expressed his determination to have his allies in the majority pass the controversial legislation. In...

Poe-Escudero in 2016?

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Grace Poe expressed high regards for Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Monday amid talks of her possible presidential run either with Escudero or Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. Asked about reports that some are open or backing a possible Poe-Roxas...

PNoy’s uncle Tarlac Rep. Enrique Cojuangco dies

MANILA, May 12 (Mabuhay) — Tarlac Rep. Enrique Cojuangco, uncle of President Benigno Aquino III, died Tuesday morning at the age of 74. Cojuangco’s death was confirmed by House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, who said the lawmaker died of aneurysm, based on initial...

Solon writes to Pope Francis, seeks agrarian reform support

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A lawmaker has asked Pope Francis to express support for agrarian reform during the papal visit to the Philippines so that a bill extending its implementation will gain traction in the House of Representatives. Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, chairman of the House...

House panel OKs special powers for PNoy

MANILA (Mabuhay) -– The House energy committee has voted, 19-2-1, to approve at its level the House Joint Resolution 21 granting President Aquino additional powers to address a possible power crisis in Luzon during the summer of 2015. The joint resolution came after a series of...

Aquino: Govt ensuring energy security amid looming power crisis

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday assured private sector stakeholders that the government is ensuring the country’s energy security amid a looming power crisis next summer. During the Energy Smart Philippines conference in Pasay City, Aquino vowed...

House leaders call for probe on more PNoy powers

MANILA (Mabuhay) — House Speaker Sonny Belmonte and Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II have formally asked the executive to justify its request for additional powers for the president to address a looming power crisis in Luzon next year. The House leaders filed a...

Do lifestyle checks on all gov’t execs – House leader

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Any proposal to make lifestyle checks mandatory should cover all government officials, Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said Tuesday. Asked if he would agree to lifestyle checks on members of the House of Representatives, Gonzales replied: “Why only...
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