Solon presses live PTV coverage of House sessions

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A party-list lawmaker has reiterated his call for the House of Representatives to allow the live broadcasting of all House proceedings over the state-owned People’s Television Network Inc. (PTNI) so the public can monitor lawmakers’ performance. In filing House...

De Lima told to resign if DOJ too busy to file more pork barrel scam cases

MANILA, May 1 (Mabuhay) – A party-list lawmaker has advised Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to resign if she was already too busy with other matters to attend to the filing of another batch of cases against the officials reportedly involved in the pork barrel scam and the...

Divorce law won’t pass this Congress: lawmaker

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A party-list lawmaker pushing for the passage of a divorce bill in the House of Representatives is under no illusions that it will be passed in the 16th Congress. Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan said House Bill 4408 remains pending in the committee on the revision of...

PHL lawmaker says sustaining HK protests a challenge

MANILA (Mabuhay) – With the crowd starting to dwindle in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok area amid fears of a police crackdown, Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello on Sunday challenged protesters to develop a strategy to ensure the sustainability of the pro-democracy movement. Bello, a...

Solon: Power crisis used as ploy to revive Subic coal-fired power plant construction

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A party-list lawmaker on Saturday claimed that the present hype about a looming power crisis in 2015 might be used to push the revival of the mothballed coal-fired power plant in Subic, Zambales, despite its expected environmental impact in the area. In...

Palace already redefined savings in proposed 2015 budget – lawmaker

MANILA (Mabuhay) – In his State of the Nation Address on Monday, President Benigno Aquino III asked Congress to, among others, redefine the meaning of savings when it passes the General Appropriations Act for 2015. But Malacanang apparently could not wait, although both chambers...

Solon slams Aquino for blaming Mindanao power crisis on cooperatives

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III’s statement last week blaming cooperatives for the worsening power crisis in Mindanao did not sit well with a party-list lawmaker. “[Aquino] once again pass[ed] the blame to others the dismal failure of his administration to...

Ban collection of fees from OFWs as travel precondition

MANILA (Mabuhay) – “Why demand unnecessary fees and make travel more difficult for our financially hard-pressed workers seeking employment abroad?” a party-list lawmaker bewailed. OFW Family Party-list Rep. Roy Señeres is pushing for the passage of the proposed “OFW Travel...