Banks urged to make remittances easier for OFWs

MANILA — A lawmaker in the House of Representatives is urging Philippine banking and remittances sectors to make it easier for overseas Filipino workers, especially those in the Middle East and Australia, in sending remittances. House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries vice-chair Henry Ong made the call on Thursday after a report that remittances from … Read More

Calls mount to investigate SSS fiasco

MANILA – A congressman on Tuesday joined a growing number of House members calling for an investigation into the allegations against four Social Security System (SSS) executives involved in the stock trading mess. Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Partylist Rep. Sherwin Tugna made the call after SSS Commissioner Jose Gabriel La Vina filed an administrative complaint … Read More

P6-B PAL payment to fund free tuition shows pro-people gov’t: solon

MANILA – Malacañang’s move to fund the government’s free college education program using the PHP6 billion settlement of flag carrier Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) demonstrates the Duterte administration’s pro-people initiatives, a House of Representatives leader said Tuesday.   In a statement, House Appropriations Committee Chair Karlo Nograles said this also shows President Rodrigo Duterte’s commitment toward human development.   “The Filipinos are indeed the most … Read More

Arroyo joins PDP

  MANILA — Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo jumped ship to the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) party on Wednesday. Arroyo, who belonged to the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats), took her oath before PDP Secretary-General and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. “My joining the PDP is to consolidate support for the … Read More

House panel formally junks impeach complaint vs Bautista

MANILA — The House of Representatives’ Justice Committee on Thursday approved a committee report formally junking the impeachment complaint against Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista due to insufficiency in form. Voting 26-2, the panel approved the committee report and accompanying resolution finding the impeachment complaint, filed by former congressman Jacinto Paras and lawyer Ferdinand … Read More

House tackles sufficiency of Sereno impeachment

MANILA — The House of Representatives on Thursday started its deliberations on whether the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has sufficient grounds. House Justice Committee chair Reynaldo Umali said they will determine if there are sufficient grounds for Sereno’s impeachment based on the allegations in the complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon and other … Read More

Ombudsman should be open to any probe, Malacañang says

MANILA — Malacañang on Saturday said the Office of the Ombudsman should be open to any investigation of alleged corruption activities in the agency. While the Palace recognizes the Ombudsman’s role in probing erring government officials, it said the anti-graft agency is not exempt from corruption allegations and should therefore be investigated. “We recognize that the Office … Read More

Total hazing ban hurdles House committee

MANILA — A measure seeking to prohibit all forms of hazing and regulate the initiation rites of fraternities, sororities and other organizations hurdled the committee level at the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The House justice committee approved House Bill No. 3467, which proposes amendments to the 20-year old Anti-Hazing Law or Republic Act 8049. … Read More