Solon files virtual marriage bill

MANILA – A party-list lawmaker on Tuesday filed a measure seeking to allow virtual marriage with the use of video, audio, and data transmission devices. In filing House BIll 7042, Kabayan Rep. Ron Salo proposed that the legal meaning of presence or personal appearance as an essential requisite for the validity of marriage be liberally … Read More

House panel to proceed ‘cautiously’ on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

MANILA — The House Committee on Legislative Franchises on Wednesday said it would proceed “steadily, but cautiously” in discussing the franchise renewal of broadcasting giant ABS-CBN. Isabela Representative Tonypet Albano, committee vice-chair, said given the “highly charged atmosphere” regarding the network’s renewal, the panel will stand by its processes and refuse to be “coerced into … Read More

Agri output slightly up in 2019

MANILA–The Philippine agriculture sector grew by 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019, bringing full-year growth to 0.7 percent, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday. The full-year growth figure, which is slightly faster than the 0.6 percent growth rate posted in 2018, falls short of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) target of … Read More