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Average minimum wage in the non-agricultural sector across all regions amount to P330.47 daily in April, but the actual purchasing power of Filipinos is only P208.38, says ALU-TUCP
(UPDATED) Consultative Committee chairman Reynato Puno personally hands a copy of the draft federal constitution to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Vicente Sotto III
'I understand the positions of district congressmen because it's a loss of territory for them and medyo mabigat 'yan and malalim….Diyan medyo madugo,' says Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, co-chair of the bicameral conference committee
The Bangsamoro would no longer be required to specify plans before getting its share of the national internal revenue, but the bicameral conference committee says measures remain in place to ensure proper spending
(2nd UPDATE) The Bangsamoro Transition Commission, some members of which belong to political families, has strongly opposed the ban on dynasties, saying it is a 'clear violation' of a person's right to vote and be voted
(UPDATED) Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri says the Bangsamoro Transition Commission has disagreed with the Senate proposal to decrease the current wealth-sharing terms to 50-50
Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law's constitutional issues must be resolved to avoid a scenario where the Supreme Court will later deem it unconstitutional
The work is cut out for the lawmakers forming the bicameral conference committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, with its House and Senate versions proposing conflicting amendments
Experts tell Rappler it is the Senate's 'patriotic duty' to protect the Philippines' territorial integrity as China militarizes the South China Sea
Senator Panfilo Lacson says Congress can decrease the Office of the President's confidential and intelligence funds for 2019 if the increase is not justified
In two years, President Rodrigo Duterte has convened the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council only 4 times
(UPDATED) Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency, owned by Solicitor General Jose Calida's family, says the allegations made by ALU-TUCP are 'utterly false'
'I do not believe Special Counsel Mueller is on any kind of witch hunt,' says FBI director Christopher Wray
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Facebook counters, saying its deal with phone makers – which also includes other Chinese firms Lenovo, OPPO, and TCL – placed tight limits on what could be done with data
Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate agriculture committee, says she expects the climate-based crop insurance law to be approved within the year
'There's no value in giving so much importance of what I want because, kung sabihin ko naman na, huwag, it would be needed for the 'Build Build Build,' at kung sabihin nila, talagang palitan natin, wala naman akong magawa,' says President Rodrigo Duterte
The ban on political dynasties, the powers given to officials, and the tax scheme in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law are only some of the contentious proposals that both chambers of Congress need to iron out
The MILF is expected to push hard to restore key provisions that were removed or revised by both chambers
President Rodrigo Duterte says Congress may reserve a 'strip' of land in Boracay for commercial establishments
Due to lack of quorum, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon motions that the session be adjourned
28 senators and representatives are chosen to reconcile conflicting provisions in the bills separately passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives
The Senate version is way different from the original proposal of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission. The battleground shifts to the bicameral conference committee, which will be convened during the break.
(UPDATED) Once the bill is signed into law, the national ID system will be managed by the Philippine Statistics Authority
It remains to be seen if administration senators will indeed allow opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV to lead an investigation into the contracts worth P261.39 million
(UPDATED) Congress is set to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on Wednesday, May 30, so the bill becomes a law before President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address in July
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'Combining exercise and gum chewing may be an effective way to manage weight,' says a study by Japanese researchers published in The Journal of Physical Therapy Science
'The supreme sacrifice of our fallen soldiers and police officers in order to fulfill their duty to defend and protect the country from terrorists should not be forgotten and deserves the highest commendation'
If all goes well during the meeting with the President, the House leadership will bring the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to the plenary for 2nd and 3rd reading approval on Tuesday, May 29
A study in Denmark shows that people with extra weight are twice as likely to survive hospitalization for an infectious disease but the caveat is that they are high risk for heart disease and diabetes
New Senate President Vicente Sotto III is the most senior member of the chamber yet criticisms against him abound. What has he done in his two decades in the Senate?
The proposed national ID system is expected to streamline the delivery of government services and reduce fraudulent transactions
Like senators, the House leadership hopes to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law before Congress adjourns sine die on June 2
A new provision gives Congress the power to obtain documents on foreign loans even while they're being negotiated by the executive
'I’m not running in 2019. My term ends in 2022. I will be able to help those who we feel would be assets to the Senate,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler
We should not interfere with [the] judiciary. I believe that because I don't want the judiciary to interfere with us,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler
'Let me assure you that I am here in PhilHealth... to ensure that every peso translates to better healthcare of our people,' says PhilHealth OIC Celestina de la Serna, who has been criticized for spending over P600,000 for travels in just a year in office
The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law has yet to hurdle 3rd and final readings in the Senate and the House of Representatives
The Senate and House approve the bill seeking to strengthen government policy on the prevention and control of HIV-AIDS
Sotto says he will take a break from the country's longest-running noontime television show, given his new role at the Senate
(UPDATED) Vicente Sotto III, who takes over from Aquilino Pimentel III, says he is 'deeply humbled and sincerely grateful' for the opportunity to lead the Senate 'at this critical and challenging time'
(3rd UPDATE) Aquilino Pimentel III nominates Vicente Sotto III as his successor, saying, 'This is an example of a peaceful and willing transfer of power in the Senate'
Congress has 6 session days left to meet President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadline to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law before it adjourns sine die on June 2. It is ambitious but doable.
President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency passes on a vote of 54-45, with half a dozen opposition Democrats bucking their party and supporting the controversial Haspel's nomination
A draft resolution signed by 14 senators is leaked even as Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III denies there are efforts to replace him
Accenture is looking for young, digitally-savvy minds to join the workforce of the future
The NHA can now award the empty housing units in Pandi, Bulacan to low-salaried government employees and poor families, including members of urban poor group Kadamay