House elects new leaders of 18th Congress

MANILA – Newly-elected Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday swore into office the new leadership of the House of Representatives of the 18th Congress. As expected, formally elected as House Majority Leader was Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez. Romualdez was among the frontrunners for the Speakership before President Rodrigo Duterte approved a term-sharing agreement between Cayetano and … Read More

‘Ghost dialysis’ scam worse than plunder: party-list solon

MANILA — An incoming party-list lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Tuesday described the “ghost dialysis” scam hounding the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) as “worse than plunder,” urging the government to mete out the maximum penalties available to those involved. In a statement, incoming Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor said criminal charges must be filed … Read More

House recommends raps vs. Aquino, others over Dengvaxia mess

MANILA — The House committees on good government and public accountability and health on Wednesday recommended the filing of criminal and civil charges against several former government officials, including former president Benigno Aquino III, over the controversial dengue vaccination program of the Department of Health (DOH). According to the joint committee report, Aquino, former Budget Secretary … Read More

House OKs bill abolishing Road Board

MANILA — Voting 180-0 with no abstention, the House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved on third and final reading the bill abolishing the graft-ridden Road Board. House Bill 7436 or the Act Abolishing the Road Board and Providing for the Disposition of the Motor Vehicle Users’ Charge (MVUC) collection contains the amendments earlier agreed upon … Read More

Senate ratifies tax amnesty bill

MANILA — The Senate on Thursday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill granting a one-time opportunity to those who have failed to pay their tax obligations for taxable year 2017 and prior years — including estate taxes, general taxes and delinquent accounts – to settle their liabilities. Under the measure, taxpayers availing of … Read More

Ejercito commends PCOO for ‘revitalized’ PNA

MANILA — Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito on Monday lauded officials of the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO), led by Secretary Martin Andanar, for instituting the necessary reforms to make the government news service, Philippine News Agency (PNA) regain the respect that it once commanded. Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco of the Office of the President, who is … Read More

Mocha Uson confirms 2019 run

MANILA – Three days before the start of the filing for certificates of candidacy (COCs) for the 2019 elections, former Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson on Monday confirmed that she would be running for an elective position in the mid-term polls. “Oo, tatakbo na ako (Yes, I will run [in the polls]),” Uson told … Read More