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(UPDATED) Senators are blaming the fiasco on the supposed incompetence of Presidential Legislative Liaision Office Secretary Adelino Sitoy
Senator Richard Gordon, one of the bill authors, says the passage of Senate Bill 1753 would 'expand, protect and increase the SSS fund so that when the time comes, there would be available pension for the people'
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte fires Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod without explaining why, but mentions the rising number of workers' strikes in the country
Lawmakers are hoping Congress leaders will assert the independence of the legislative branch in the issue of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's amnesty
The hearing on September 13 tackles the recommendations of the Comelec Advisory Council on how to enhance the automated polls in 2019
Lawmakers want a 'two to three-year' transition period for government agencies and departments to get used to a cash-based budget system
'But [not passing the bill] is not a problem, we will just wait for a friendlier Congress. Remember there's an election in 2019? That's near,' says Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno
President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign this August an executive order reducing the tariffs on fish and corn, says House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya
(UPDATED) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the President has submitted the proposed 2019 budget, leaving it to Congress to pass or reject it
The Palace's proposed bill creates the position of disaster resilience secretary and allows the new department to use alternative procurement methods during calamities
While the House has passed its version of the bill, the counterpart measure in the Senate is still pending in the committee level
The General Appropriations Act for the 2019 budget is slated to be passed into law by November
The Senate has a game plan should it happen: Senate President Vicente Sotto III will adjourn the session on the part of the chamber, with senators walking out of the hall
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
(UPDATED) 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'
Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate agriculture committee, says she expects the climate-based crop insurance law to be approved within the year
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
(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
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
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
The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law has yet to hurdle 3rd and final readings in the Senate and the House of Representatives
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.
'Reiteration lang 'yan ng existing labor laws that [have] been proven [to be] anti-worker,' says Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao
'President Duterte is promising our OFWs jobs back in our country when he can't even sign an executive order to address labor contractualization and protect the workers' security of tenure,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros
ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay urges Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to work harder to ensure safer and healthier workplaces for Filipino laborers
Amid talks of an executive order against contractualization, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III changes his tune and passes the buck to Congress to pass a law instead
After being postponed twice this year, will the executive order against contractualization finally get President Rodrigo Duterte's approval?
But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez also says the impeachment proceedings would become moot and academic if the Supreme Court approves the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
The House Makabayan bloc argues that the quo warranto petition seeking to void the Chief Justice's appointment would cause them to be 'deprived of their collective right' to bring the impeachment process to a 'logical conclusion'
Duterte is in a great hurry. He wants to put federalism on track, hoping to construct around it some reason, some excuse, some pretext to stop the May 2019 midterm elections.
UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Lotta Sylwander says nutrition is 'not yet' a priority of the current administration, but 'there seems to be an increasing interest'
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The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says it would seek a nationwide wage increase if the tax reform law triggers 'exorbitant' inflation
The Davao mall fire deaths stem from a failure to enforce labor laws that promote safe workplaces, a labor coalition says
The Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines says 15.6 million informal workers will be affected by the newly-signed Train law