Senator Bam Aquino - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Senator Bam Aquino


Senate approves bill granting gov't support for 'innovative' startups

May 17, 2018 - 11:32 AM

If Senate Bill 1532 is passed into law, startups would enjoy research grants, exemption from fees and charges, and free use of government equipment and facilities, among other incentives

STARTUPS IN THE PHILIPPINES. Thinking of building a startup or investing in one? Read this first.

Senate committee set to investigate 'nakaw-load'

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:15 PM

'Let us not allow our countrymen to be victims of theft,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV as his committee is set to probe the 'nakaw-load' scheme

PROBE SET. Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino called for the probe on 'nakaw load'. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gov't admits China surveyed Benham Rise without permit

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:26 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and the Philippine Navy say they lack the capabilities and ships to monitor illegal entry

HUDDLE. (L-R) National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, National Security Council Deputy Director General Vicente Agdamag, and Undersecretary Jose Luis Alano huddle during the Senate hearing on Benham Rise, February 26, 2018. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Law needed to make free tuition in SUCs part of annual budget – Bam Aquino

Dec 18, 2016 - 3:42 PM

A law needs to be passed so that the allocation for free tuition in state universities and colleges will become a regular item in the budget the senator says

FREE TUITION. Senator Bam Aquino stressed that a law still needs to be passed to allow Senate to allocate budget for it annually. Rappler file photo

'No permit, no exam?' Senate bill wants to ban it in schools

Nov 26, 2016 - 9:29 AM

The bill covers private grade schools and high schools public and private post secondary technical vocation institutes universities and colleges

Bills seeking to make education more accessible pushed in Congress

Nov 04, 2016 - 11:48 AM

Sen Bam Aquino pitches policy proposals at summit that will craft the education agenda of the Duterte administration

Bill to protect freelance workers filed in Senate

Sep 25, 2016 - 11:55 AM

The bill proposes to penalize employers up to P250 000 if they fail to pay freelancers for services rendered and also exempts freelancers from tax payments for the first 3 years

Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

VP Robredo calls for close watch on killings probe

Sep 15, 2016 - 7:21 PM

The allegations raised [against President Duterte] are serious We must exhaust all efforts to get to the truth says the Vice President as some senators cast doubt on the witness credibility

BE DISCERNING. Vice President Leni Robredo urged the public to closely monitor the investigation on the extrajudicial killings. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

IN PHOTOS: 'Citizens' assembly' vs Marcos hero's burial

Aug 14, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Several groups from different affiliations together with Liberal Party members attend the citizens assembly

NO HERO. Citizens urged President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his decision in allowing the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

It’s final: TNC and Execration are going to The International

Jul 29, 2016 - 4:29 PM

This comes after the two teams almost lost their chance to join the tournament following difficulties in securing their members visas

Why APEC trade repository will benefit small businesses

Nov 15, 2015 - 4:09 PM

UPDATED The portal which is a work in progress is aimed to provide timely information for micro small and medium enterprises to navigate cross border trade

PORTAL. (From left) DTI assistant secretary Rodolfo Ceferino; Mama Sita president Clara Reyes-Lapus; and Bureau of Import Services director Luis M. Catibayan launch on Sunday, November 15, 2015, the APEC trade repository, an online portal aimed to arm micro, small, and medium enterprises with information relevant to cross-border trade. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Philippines formalizes push for MSMEs adoption by WTO

Oct 05, 2015 - 6:51 PM

The Senate also approves the bill seeking to provide micro small and medium entrepreneurs more access to micro financing

FORMALIZATION. The Philippine Mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva has already submitted two documents on “Fostering the Participation of MSMEs in Regional and Global Markets," the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced via a website post on Monday, October 5, 2015.

PLDT, Globe provide poor #PHInternet services – netizens

Aug 19, 2015 - 12:17 AM

Reactions range from frustration to providing solutions to this problem

Vanquishing the voices of doubt and cynicism

Aug 16, 2015 - 10:06 AM

When we sift through stories of people that have revolutionized systems and reformed long standing practices we find that there were always critics and there were always naysayers; but the inner voice of optimism triumphed and shone through

Despite SONA 2015 snub, small businesses still gov't priority

Jul 30, 2015 - 8:30 AM

With its remaining time the Aquino administration plans to use APEC and new laws as a platform to push the growth of micro small and medium enterprises in the country

GoNegosyo turns 10: Entrepreneurship a way to get ahead

Jul 29, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The organization helped change Filipinos mindset and inspired them to have a career as entrepreneurs GoNegosyo s executive director says

Go Negosyo marks 10 years of the revolution it helped start. Photo by Chris Schnabel / Rappler

Is the Philippine Competition Act really a game-changer?

Jul 12, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Conclusion: Lawmakers say the competition law is essential for the economy to reach its next level of growth

Keep the devil away from the Philippine Competition Act

Jul 11, 2015 - 6:13 PM

Part 2: After lawmakers succeeded in passing the measure the next challenge is to keep its powers intact and free from vested interests

What consumers need to know about the PH Competition Act

Jul 10, 2015 - 11:06 AM

Part 1: The measure aims to give consumers more choices and lower prices through stronger market competition

[Executive Edge] Mentoring the next generation of social entrepreneurs

Jul 08, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Former Ateneo De Manila University president Fr Bienvenido Nebres SJ says uplifting the poor should be a concern of every Filipino

Rappler Talk: Senator Bam Aquino on the Fair Competition Bill

Jun 30, 2015 - 1:51 PM

Now that the Fair Competition Act has been ratified when will the bill be signed into law?

Senate OKs youth representation in disaster council

Jun 10, 2015 - 4:52 PM

Commissioner Dingdong Dantes challenges the youth to gear up and get involved in disaster preparedness response and recovery

YOUTH IN DRR. Commissioner Dingdong Dantes, National Youth Commission (NYC)   environment committee head, lobbies Senate on May 12, to involve youth in disaster risk reduction and mitigation policy-making. Photo by NYC

Entrepreneurs on spotlight at Manila Startup Week

May 26, 2015 - 4:26 PM

The gathering only proves that the Philippines has a very bustling startup scene

Towards fair competition, healthier economy

May 20, 2015 - 10:00 AM

A culture of healthy competition is a fundamental building block in our transition to a sustainable and inclusive middle income country – a dream for many of us Filipinos that now has a chance of becoming a reality

Dingdong Dantes, NYC seek youth rep in disaster council

May 18, 2015 - 11:39 AM

We can no longer ignore the importance of disaster preparedness and we do not want to risk more lives that is why we are making this urgent call to provide for youth representation in disaster risk reduction and management councils

YOUTH IN DRR. Commissioner Dingdong Dantes, National Youth Commission (NYC)   environment committee head, lobbies Senate on May 12, to involve youth in disaster risk reduction and mitigation policy-making. Photo by NYC

Senator urges BIR to postpone April 15 tax filing deadline

Apr 09, 2015 - 7:05 PM

Senator Bam Aquino urges the bureau to cancel penalties if taxpayers fail to use BIR’s e filing system which was introduced only on March 15

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Why is income tax return filing so burdensome?

Apr 08, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Part 1: How are we supposed to comply when nobody seems to understand the scope and implications of the new regulations BIR is imposing?

The best gift to Filipino graduates

Mar 26, 2015 - 10:00 AM

We need to build a bridge between education and employment and entrepreneurship and we need to fill in the gap at the soonest possible time

A glimmer of hope for the SK

Feb 27, 2015 - 12:20 PM

These reforms will hopefully move the Sangguniang Kabataan toward a merit system that values competency and away from patronage politics

Pressure on PLDT to solve PH's slow Internet

Sep 16, 2014 - 6:55 PM

At a Senate hearing on the cause of slow Internet connection in the Philippines discussions focus on mandatory IP peering a policy that government can t implement because of protests from the telco player

HOT SEAT: PLDT spokesperson Ray Espinosa. Rappler photo

HIGHLIGHTS: Senate committee hearing on slow PH Internet connection

May 28, 2014 - 12:16 PM

With the Philippines average Internet speed ranking 155th in 190 countries the senate committee on trade talks about gov t s role in its improvement

File photo by Senate PRIB