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Bicam approves bill granting 105-day paid maternity leave

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives now have to ratify the reconciled version of the bill before it can be signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte

PAID LEAVE. Expectant mothers may soon see an extended maternity leave of 105 days. Photo from Shutterstock

Coco levy bicam recognizes Suarez as House minority leader

Aug 01, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'I don't understand why they keep on making noise. They have already lost,' says Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez to the two other blocs challenging him for the minority leadership

MINORITY LEADER? Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo Suarez gestures during a press conference on August 1, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Fariñas stands by constitutionality of draft Bangsamoro Organic Law

Jul 19, 2018 - 7:18 AM

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas welcomes moves to challenge the bill before the Supreme Court

BICAM FINISHED. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas (2nd from L) and Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri (2nd from R) present the draft Bangsamoro Organic Law together with BTC chairperson Ghazali Jaafar (middle) and MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal (1st from R). Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Bicam OKs final Bangsamoro bill for Duterte signature

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte is set to sign the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law ahead of his 3rd State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 23

BBL Bicam signing. Photo by Mark Pimentel/Office of Senator Angara

Plebiscite, preamble, PH laws among last issues at Bangsamoro bicam

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri misses his target to finalize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on Tuesday, July 17, because of issues raised by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

CAUCUS. Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Ghazali Jaafar speaks to journalists after a caucus with the bicameral conference committee in Mandaluyong City on July 17, 2018, to discuss the BTC’s issues concerning the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law’s preamble and other provisions. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

Bicam OKs joint powers for Bangsamoro, DOE on energy sources

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:41 PM

Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri says the bicameral conference committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law decided to adopt the Senate version on the matter

ENERGY DEVELOPMENT. Senate Majority Leader and bicam chairperson Miguel Zubiri announces another provision in the proposed BBL they have agreed on. File photo by the House of Representatives

BBL's hot issue: Who gets to control rich Sulu Sea, Moro Gulf?

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:01 PM

It's a deadlock at the bicameral conference committee

HOT ISSUE. Maguindanao 1st District Representative Bai Sandra Sema (middle) and Tawi-Tawi Representative Ruby Sahali (R) fight for the Bangsamoro's jurisdiction over the Sulu Sea and Moro Gulf. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Bicam approves creation of Shari'ah High Court in Bangsamoro

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Under the proposed Bangsamoro justice system, Shari'ah or Islamic law would only be applicable to Muslims. But non-Muslims may volunteer to submit to the jurisdiction of Shari'ah courts.

SHAR'IAH LAW. Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri says they have already adopted provisions establishing the Bangsamoro justice system on July 12, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bicam draft 'not a watered-down BBL,' says BTC chair Jaafar

Jul 12, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Bangsamoro Transition Commission chair Ghazali Jaafar says they understand President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to endorse the provision requiring the approval of the mother units before areas in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato can join the Bangsamoro

'NOT WATERED DOWN.' BTC chairperson and MILF vice chairperson Ghazali Jaafar grants a media interview on the proposed BBL on July 12, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lanao del Norte's Dimaporo ready to question an unconstitutional BBL

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'We're all adults here. If I don't get what I want and I feel that this is unconstitutional, I'll challenge it in the Supreme Court, period,' says Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative Khalid Dimaporo

Photo by Camille Elemia

How heightened emotions, stress define bicam on proposed BBL

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Tensions flare as lawmakers finalize the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. It is expected to continue, especially as they try to break the impasse on the most crucial issues of territory and plebiscite.

BBL BICAMERAL. Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate on Monday met in a bicameral conference to reconcile their respective proposals, House Bill 6475 and Senate Bill 1717, on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas headed the House panel while Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri led the Senate panel. The House delegation is composed of Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sinsuat Sema, and Representatives Juan Pablo Bondoc, Arthur Defensor Jr., Johnny Ty Pimentel, Eugene Michael De Vera, Pedro Acharon Jr., Mauyag Papandayan Jr., Ruby Sahali, Rodolfo Albano III, Amihilda Sangcopan, Wilter Wee Palma II, Celso Lobregat, Mohammad Khalid Dimaporo, Abdullah Dimaporo, Romeo Acop, Seth Frederick Jalosjos, Shernee Abubakar Tan, and Rodante Marcoleta. The Senate panel includes Senators Sonny Angara, Aquilino Pimentel III, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, Francis Escudero, Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, Loren Legarda, and Francis Pangilinan. Senate President Vicente Sotto III was also present for the deliberations. (P Camero/CMB Engracia)

Bicam to seek Duterte help to solve Bangsamoro plebiscite deadlock

Jul 10, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) The panel is set to go to Malacañang on Wednesday, July 11, as the House and Senate contingent could not agree on how to finalize the plebiscite in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

Photo by Mara Cepeda / Rappler

Bicam OKs freedom of religion in proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:37 PM

'We need to be mindful of the fact that people are harassed or subjected to violence because of their choice of beliefs in certain areas of the country,' says Senator Joel Villanueva, proponent of the clause promoting religious freedom in the region

Members of both the Senate and the House continue on the second day the Bicameral Conference Committee hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at Crowne Plaza in Pasig City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Bicam adopts Senate provision vs Bangsamoro firearms purchase

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'What if 30 years down the line...there’s a new brand of leadership that goes into the Bangsamoro and they’re radicalized...and they want to do some foolishness and they will buy firearms, tanks, and airplanes with the funds?' asks Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri

Members of both the Senate and the House continue on the second day the Bicameral Conference Committee hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at Crowne Plaza in Pasig City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Lawmakers' fear of territorial loss delays final BBL scope, plebiscite

Jul 10, 2018 - 4:43 PM

'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

Members of both the Senate and the House continue on the second day the Bicameral Conference Committee hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at Crowne Plaza in Pasig City on July 10, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Bicam makes release of funds easier for Bangsamoro

Jul 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM

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

BLOCK GRANT. Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri speaks to reporters at the end of the first day of the bicameral conference committee meetings on the BBL. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Why Drilon didn't push for anti-dynasty in BBL bicam

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'As a form of protest, I did not argue and push for its adoption anymore because the provision, as crafted, is useless,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, proponent of the anti-political dynasty provision

Sen. Frankin Drilon Usc. Epimaco Densing III DILG  Photo by Angie de Silva

Bangsamoro territory in Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato still up for debate

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers anticipate difficult discussions on how these areas would be included in the Bangsamoro region

TERRITORY TALKS. Members of the bicameral conference committee on the BBL meet on July 9, 2018. Photo courtesy of OPAPP. Photo courtesy of P Camero/CMB Engracia

Bicam drops anti-dynasty provision in Bangsamoro bill

Jul 09, 2018 - 4:59 PM

(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

Bicameral Committee. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

BBL bicam OKs 75-25 Bangsamoro, central gov’t wealth sharing

Jul 09, 2018 - 4:31 PM

(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

BICAM. Senate Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri (R) and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon (L) during the bicam meeting on the BBL on July 9, 2018. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Final version of BBL must pass ‘test of constitutionality,’ say bicam members

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:29 PM

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

BICAM BEGINS. The bicameral conference committee members begin their week-long meetings on the proposed BBL. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Bicam to reconcile conflicting provisions of Bangsamoro Basic Law

Jul 09, 2018 - 6:53 AM

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

BICAM BEGINS. Legislators will spend a week to tackle the conflicting provisions in the House and Senate versions of the BBL

Bicam members: Who will finalize the Bangsamoro law?

May 31, 2018 - 7:00 AM

28 senators and representatives are chosen to reconcile conflicting provisions in the bills separately passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives

APPROVED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and fellow Mindanao lawmakers celebrate after passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

Senators slam sudden insertion on coal taxes after bicam deal

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:23 PM

There are two different versions of the bicameral conference committee report being circulated to lawmakers, says Senator Villanueva

File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Higher take-home pay but pricier cars, fuel, tobacco by 2018

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:05 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives are set to ratify their reconciled version on Tuesday, December 12, before sending it to President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law

House, Senate panel raises tax-free 13th month pay to P90K

Dec 07, 2017 - 1:05 PM

This is not yet final, as the House and the Senate have to first approve the bicam version of the tax reform bill before it can be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte

'Very strong lobby' vs cosmetic surgery tax in bicam, says Drilon

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:49 PM

The bicameral conference committee on the proposed tax reform bill is yet to finalize the issue, which is only present in the Senate version

House, Senate agree to tax-exempt P250k annual income starting 2018

Dec 02, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The income tax scheme for 2019 onwards is yet to be finalized

BICAM. Senator Juan Edgardo Angara discloses what the bicameral conference committee has decided so far over the contesting provisions in the tax reform bill. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

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Dec 01, 2017 - 8:03 PM

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Senate, House begin 'difficult' task of finalizing tax reform bill

Dec 01, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Congress has only 6 session days left to approve the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), which is eyed for implementation on January 1, 2018

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

5-year driver's license bill now up for Duterte's signature

May 31, 2017 - 6:41 PM

The measure will now be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte after both chambers of Congress approved the final version of the bill

Lacson to House: Don't blame Villar for 'pork' cut from DPWH budget

Dec 13, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson appeals to members of the House of Representatives to confirm the appointment of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar

BLAME GAME? Senator Panfilo Lacson appeals to members of the House not to blame Secretary Mark Villar for the removal of alleged 'pork barrel' worth P8billion from the Department of Public Works and Highways budget.

RH budget cut: 3 unanswered questions

Feb 05, 2016 - 11:38 AM

Why did the health secretary know about the cut after the fact? Why did Loren Legarda allow it? Why did the realignment go to health facilities and medical assistance?

New SSL IV provision will protect Magna Carta benefits – bicam

Jan 27, 2016 - 5:10 PM

But the bicameral conference committee has yet to decide if retired soldiers will be among the bill s beneficiaries

RIGHTS PROTECTION. The bicameral conference committee on the Salary Standardization Law IV plans to include a provision protecting the Magna Carta benefits of government employees.

Recto to bicam: Don't scrap Magna Carta benefits under SSL IV

Jan 22, 2016 - 9:14 AM

3rd UPDATE Senator Ralph Recto urges the bicameral conference committee to include a provision in the proposed Salary Standardization Law IV that will protect existing Magna Carta benefits of government employees

PROTECT GOV'T WORKERS' BENEFITS. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto suggests a few changes in the Salary Standardization Law IV when it reaches the bicameral conference committee. Photo from the office of Senator Ralph Recto

RH budget cut exposes problematic lawmaking in PH

Jan 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Lesson to learn: lawmakers should not leave it to a small group – the chairmen from the Senate and the House – to decide the final provisions in the budget law

'Magnanakaw' sa Senado

Jan 18, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Hindi matanggap ni Senator Tito Sotto na tinalo siya ng mga maralita at mga kababaihan nang maipasa ang reproductive health law kaya t ninakaw niya ang P1 bilyong pondo nito sa bicameral committee

Manila City Hall file photo from Wikicommons

Top high school grads priority under college scholarship bill

Jun 24, 2015 - 9:07 PM

An existing law gives top high school graduates scholarships in their first year in college The proposed unified education assistance law seeks to extend the scholarships in succeeding years

HELPING STUDENTS. Students of the Batasan Hills National High School line up during the opening of classes in Quezon City on June 1. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

'Savings' trouble in bicam? Level heads will prevail – Escudero

Nov 28, 2014 - 9:08 AM

The two chambers of Congress will need to reconcile their versions of the 2015 budget – and their definition of ‘savings’

‘IMPROVED’ BUDGET. Senator Francis Escudero, chairman of the Senate Finance committee, is confident both chambers of Congress won’t have any problems when the bicameral conference committee meets to reconcile their versions of the 2015 budget. Photo by Albert Calvelo/PRIB

PH a step closer to graphic health warning on cigarettes

Jun 10, 2014 - 6:55 PM

The bicameral conference committee approves the bill that seeks to cover half of cigarette packs with images of the health risks caused by smoking

EFFECTIVE. The image is a sample graphic warning used by the Australian government, and posted on the WHO website.

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Dec 10, 2013 - 9:42 PM

2014 budget approved New guidelines issued for Maguindanao massacre trial Thailand’s prime minister refuses to step down

Bicam conference for 2014 budget set on December 9

Nov 30, 2013 - 5:28 PM

This gives Congress enough time to discuss even the proposed supplemental budget for calamities

ONE DAY. Senate Finance committee chair Francis Escudero says they are doing pre-bicameral meetings to speed up the bicameral conference on December 9. File photo from Escudero's Facebook page. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana

‘No major hitch in sin tax, budget bicam’

Nov 22, 2012 - 3:11 PM

Sen Franklin Drilon foresees a smooth bicam for both the sin tax bill and the 2013 budget

House bill pushes transparency in bicam meetings

Oct 19, 2012 - 3:51 PM

The provisions of the bill include among others allowing the public the media and lawmakers who are not appointed members of the bicameral conference committee to attend bicameral meetings