Billionaires Villar, Pacquiao still richest senators in Philippines

MANILA, Oct 29 (Mabuhay) — Two senators in the Senate remained to be billionaires as of end-2019, the latest summary of Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) posted on the Senate website showed. Senator Cynthia Villar is still the richest lawmaker in the...

DOTC chief promises improved MRT services by 1st quarter of 2016

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya assured the Senate Monday that there will be an improvement in the services of Metro Rail Transit (MRT3) as new trains become operational in the first quarter of 2016. “There will be improvement in the service...

Senators to MILF: Don’t threaten Congress

MANILA (Mabuhay) – At least three senators on Friday warned the Moro Islamic Liberation Front against threatening Congress on what the armed group will do once it fails to get the Bangsamoro Basic Law passed in the form it prefers. “Threatening Congress might be...

Drilon belies claims decision to raise govt workers’ salary happens only now

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Senate President Franklin Drilon on Thursday insisted that the planned salary hike for government workers is already the fourth under the present administration, disputing critics’ claims that the decision on the pay raise was only made at the end...

Bangsamoro block grant not ‘pork,’ BBL panel chair clarifies

MANILA, Mar 4 (Mabuhay) – What pork barrel? The chairman of the House ad hoc committee tackling the Bangsamoro Basic Law has disputed allegations that the block grant to be given annually to the Bangsamoro region is a form of pork barrel, and vowed to put safeguards in the bill...

Senate wants those earning up to P82k to be included in 13th month pay tax exemption

MANILA (Mabuhay) – If the bill seeking to increase the tax exemption cap for 13th month pay and other benefits would be passed into law, those earning up to P82,000 would also be covered. This after Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, the sponsor of the Senate Bill 2437 and chairman of...

Senate okays PhilHealth automatic coverage to senior citizens

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Seeking to make health care more accessible to citizens, the Senate of the Philippines on Wednesday passed on second reading a bill aiming to extend the coverage of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to all senior citizens. Senator Ralph...

Solon files bill to scrap prepaid load expiry date

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Las Piñas Representative Mark Villar has filed a bill seeking to scrap the expiry date on prepaid call and text cards that forfeits load credits to the detriment of consumers. Under House Bill 4782 or “Prepaid Load Protection Act of 2014,” setting an expiration...

Miriam dares colleagues to act on her anti-epal, anti-dynasty bills

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Saturday challenged her colleagues to act on her bills, particularly the “anti-epal” bill and the one seeking an end to political dynasty in the Philippines. In a statement, Santiago lamented that a number of her important...

DOJ to reopen rice smuggling probe

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) will reopen its investigation into the alleged existence of a rice smuggling cartel in the Philippines, a Malacañang official said Friday. “The Secretary of Justice will be meeting with the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation)...
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