Palace rules out return to full lockdown amid rise in COVID-19 cases

MANILA, Mar 9 (Mabuhay) — The country does not need to go into full-scale lockdown even amid the surge of COVID-19 cases as this could be addressed in other ways, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday. Roque cited that there are 60% to 75% available beds in...

76.5 percent of Filipino nurses willing to take COVID-19 vaccine — group

MANILA, Feb 22 (Mabuhay) — Three out of four Filipino nurses are willing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a survey bared Sunday, as the deadly disease continues to rage in the Philippines where nearly 15,000 healthcare workers have been infected. According to Filipino...

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...

Palace urged: Lower tax first before raising salaries

MANILA, Sept 8 (Mabuhay) – Senator Sonny Angara is urging Malacañang to support the income tax reform bill, saying cutting income taxes should come first before increasing salaries. “If we increase the salary, the government’s plan is to increase across the board. That would cost...

Still too early to say who LDP will support in 2016: Sonny Angara

MANILA (Mabuhay) – One of the political parties that coalesced with the ruling Liberal Party (LP) coalition in the 2013 elections has yet to decide who among the potential presidential candidates will receive its support in 2016. Senator Sonny Angara, son of Laban ng...

Angara challenges 2016 aspirants: Back measures for lower income taxes

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Sonny Angara on Thursday challenged potential presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the 2016 elections to take a stand on proposals to lower personal income tax rates. “We issue the challenge to the candidates for the 2016 to take a position...

Aquino urged to endorse bill lowering income tax rates

MANILA, Aug 25 (Mabuhay) – A senator on Tuesday urged President Benigno Aquino III to certify as urgent the legislative proposals seeking to lower income tax rates. Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, a close ally of Aquino, said the president should consider either certifying as...

Corruption at Customs continues, says Lacson

MANILA, Apr 24 (Mabuhay) – The corruption at the Bureau of Customs (BoC) continues, former  Senator  Panfilo Lacson said Friday, citing reports that he has been getting. “Based on reports I’ve been receiving from knowledgable persons, the corruption continues at the bureau,”...

Drilon accuser admits no evidence of overprice on Iloilo Convention Center

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Former provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada admitted during a Senate hearing on Thursday that he has no evidence that the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) was overpriced. “Mr. Chairman, as the Senate President said, I have to admit that right now there’s no...