Bong Go ‘link’ to warship deal a hack job

MANILA — Two administration lawmakers on Friday dismissed as “nothing but a desperate hack job” the allegations against Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go on the multi-billion frigate acquisition project (FAP) of the Philippine Nay. In a statement, House appropriations committee chair Karlo Nograles and his younger brother, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Partylist … Read More

House pushes for cleaner public toilets

MANILA — The House of Representatives has adopted a resolution calling for the construction and hygienic maintenance of public toilets within the eastern and western nautical highways in the country. According to a statement issued Friday, the lower chamber adopted House Resolution 1418 urging the Department of Tourism (DOT), through the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone … Read More

Body cams for cops to increase transparency: Nograles

MANILA — A leader at the House of Representatives on Wednesday said the move to equip cops with body-worn cameras would help increase transparency in the administration’s continuing war against illegal drugs and criminality. In a statement, House appropriations committee chairman Karlo Nograles said ample funds had been allocated under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) … Read More

House panel okays church annulment bill

MANILA — The proposed measure seeking to recognize the civil effects of church annulment or dissolution of certain marriages by different religious sects in the country has hurdled the committee level in the House of Representatives. According to a statement on Friday, the House committee on population and family relations approved an unnumbered substitute bill, otherwise … Read More

Pay hike for cops, soldiers gets final House nod

  MANILA — The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a joint resolution aimed at raising the salaries of police and soldiers by next year. Voting 167-4, members of the lower chamber passed Joint Resolution No. 18 authorizing the compensation adjustment for military and uniformed personnel (MUP). The measure specifically raises … Read More

4 SC justices appear at impeach hearing vs Sereno

MANILA — Four magistrates of the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday appeared at the House justice committee’s hearing on the impeachment proceeding against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.  Associate Justices Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam, and retired Associate Justice Arturo Brion made their first appearance before the House justice panel. Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, on the other hand, made another appearance at … Read More

House committee issues show-cause order vs Sereno lawyers

MANILA — The House of Representatives’ justice committee on Monday issued a show-cause order against two lawyers of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and a Commission on Human Rights (CHR) commissioner for airing out comments that cast aspersion on the impeachment proceedings against the chief magistrate. Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, committee chair, said Sereno’s lawyers, … Read More

House rejects Sereno plea to cross-examine witnesses thru counsel

  MANILA – The House of Representatives’ justice committee on Wednesday denied the motion of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to allow her lawyers to cross-examine witnesses during the impeachment proceedings. Voting 30-4, the panel approved the motion of Ako-Bicol Partylist Rep. Alfredo Garbin to deny Sereno’s request to cross-examine witnesses through her legal … Read More