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Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III hopes the new tax reform package can be implemented by January 1, 2018
Commission on Human Rights Chairman Chito Gascon shrugs off the insults against him, saying these are 'par for the course' in government
(UPDATED) 'We are grateful to those who stood firm in championing human rights inside and out the halls of Congress,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon
(UPDATED) The House of Representatives agrees to restore the budgets of 3 agencies it earlier cut to a mere P1,000 each for 2018
The landmark bill awaits its counterpart measure from the Senate
'I believe in the goodness, the goodwill, and the good sense of the Filipino people,' says the wife of Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista
(UPDATED) The complainants fail to indicate they have personal knowledge of their allegations against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista
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Will the impeachment complaint against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista pass the House panel's scrutiny?
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Kabayan Representative Harry Roque says even if the House committee on justice deems the impeachment complaint not sufficient in form, House rules allow this to be 'rectified at any time'
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman also points out that the immunity doesn't extend to the drivers of legislators
The House Majority Leader says congressmen should be allowed to proceed to Batasan to work, and Speaker Alvarez will turn them over to traffic authorities after the session
We need a president who will reform Congress and a Congress that will reform the presidency. We need a citizenry that will insist on having both.
Isang trahedya na ang mga kongresista natin mismo ang sumisira sa mga demokratikong institusyon na isinumpa nilang itataguyod
The 17th Congress, when viewed in tandem with the Duterte presidency, reveals the phenomenon of perverted pluralism (elitism) combining with perverted populism (one-man rule). Indeed, this signals 'change,' albeit from bad to worse.
'I'm not assuring you that it will be exactly to the last centavo, but I am assuring you that they will have a budget,' says Senate finance committee chair Loren Legarda
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Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Representative Reynaldo Umali questions why media only focuses its attention on the CHR budget reduction
The fear is real there s a lot of uncertainty uneasiness says CHR Eastern Visayas Regional Director Desiree Pontejos amid concerns over the 2018 budget
Asked to react to those saying it s the House of Representatives budget that should be slashed instead House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says they re accountable to their districts and not social media sentiments
Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin hits the idea saying You can t cut the budget of a constitutional body then to soften criticism bestow it [on] a supposed loftier cause like free tuition
Masyadong drastic yung remedy Hindi lang ERC ang nape penalize kundi tayong lahat na gumagamit ng kuryente Ang direktang epekto nito sa consumers ay wala tayong kuryente by next year
This is not a question of weakening their rights says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez after the House reduced the CHR budget for 2018 to a mere P1 000
2nd UPDATE It would be a violation of our duties and principles to remain with a majority that enables and defends the fascist pro imperialist and anti people policies of the Duterte regime says the Makabayan bloc
This is the farthest the bill has gone in the legislative process since it passed on 3rd and final reading during the 11th Congress
The country will be a laughingstock among nations which have respect for human rights says Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes
Do we really think that this Congress with a subservient majority can craft a Charter, independent and intelligent enough without bowing down to outside interests or powers?
Should there be a stalemate until December 31 there will be no new budget in 2018 The P3 35 trillion 2017 budget will just be reenacted with the CHR getting P749 million
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How did your representative explain his or her stand on the controversial move to slash the CHR budget for 2018 to a mere P1 000?
Several members of the Liberal Party in the House – alongside a long time party ally and a PDP Laban member – slam the administration for its attacks on checks and balances
Wala na talagang tinirang kahihiyan si Duterte sa Pilipino at sa mundo Pathetic This is despotism at its finest This is absolute arrogance of megalomaniacs says the senator and former CHR chairperson
The budget approval implies the value of human rights is reduced to P1000 which shouldn t be the case for a society that claims to uphold human dignity
Vice President Leni Robredo says the House disrespected the Constitution and human rights when it approved a measly budget for the CHR
Here s how you can ask your district or sectoral representatives about their vote on the proposed 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights which the House reduced to P1 000
On the impeachment complaint filed against her the Sereno camp says The determinations of the House Committee appear to be inconsistent with its findings and actions in similar proceedings in the past
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2nd UPDATE The House committee on justice finds the second complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno – filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution – insufficient in form
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Senators vow to convince their House counterparts to restore the proposed P678 million budget of the Commission on Human Rights for 2018
Bookmark this page to watch the hearing live on Rappler on Wednesday September 13
There are two valid impeachment complaints against the Chief Justice before the House of Representatives
In the end more than 100 voted for the budget slash 31 against and close to 100 remained silent
The House expects to pass the budget on 3rd and final reading by September 21
Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate moves for the measly budget citing the supposed failure of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples to fulfill its mandate
Of course we will stand our ground on this matter and more Once we get hold of the House version we will scrutinize it as we always do year in and year out says Senator Panfilo Lacson sponsor of the Commission on Human Rights budget
The Commission on Human Rights says it will continue to operate as long as the Constitution exists
UPDATED The people of the Philippines deserve a strong independent human rights institution UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard tells Rappler