Congress ratifies TRAIN raising taxes on coal, tobacco

  MANILA  — The Congress on Wednesday night ratified the the controversial tax reform package or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill which raises taxes on coal, mining, and tobacco, among others. Both chambers–the Senate and House of Representatives–voted to pass the bicameral conference committee report after reconciling differences of their respective versions. … Read More

Ex-DPWH chief Singson denies hand in ROW scam

MANILA — Former Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson on Monday denied any involvement in the alleged PHP8.7 billion right-of-way (ROW) scam in General Santos City. Facing the Senate, Singson, in his opening statement, said that it was not true that he profited from fake land titles under the name of nonexistent … Read More

PISTON leader arrested

MANILA — Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday questioned the timing of the release of the arrest warrant against jeepney drivers and operators group PISTON president George San Mateo. Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Services, said that although she respected the independence of the courts, the timing of the release of the arrest warrant … Read More

Trillanes files libel case vs blogger RJ Nieto

MANILA — Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday filed before the Pasay Prosecutor’s Office a libel case against blogger Rey Joseph “RJ” Nieto known for running the Thinking Pinoy blog. Trillanes’ complaint stemmed from Nieto’s Facebook post that US President Donald Trump had called him “little narco.” The senator, in his six-page complaint, said that Nieto … Read More

ASEAN pact on migrant workers aligned with Senate bills

MANILA — A senator on Wednesday lauded the signing of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Consensus on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers saying that it will “complement” pending Senate bills to benefit overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). The consensus was signed during the recently-concluded ASEAN Summit and related meetings held in Manila … Read More

Trudeau raises human rights in meeting with Duterte

MANILA — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said he raised the issue on human rights, rule of law, specifically extrajudicial killings during his bilateral meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during the ASEAN Summit held here. Trudeau bared this in a press conference at the International Media Center in World Trade Center, Pasay City. … Read More

Senate to resume sessions after ASEAN Summit

MANILA — The Senate on Wednesday announced that it has rescheduled the resumption of its sessions scheduled November 13-16 in light of the upcoming 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Senate Secretary Lutgardo Barbo said that the move was done in compliance “with the security measures to be enforced during the conduct of the … Read More