Plan to privatize gov’t hospitals

Manila, Philippines - A senior member of the independent minority bloc in the House of Representatives called yesterday for the holding of a question hour that would focus on the Department of Health’s plan to privatize 72 government hospitals in the country. Abakada Partylist Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz has filed a resolution asking the presence of Health Secretary Enrique Ona during the Lower ...

Senate prods SC on RH law

Manila, Philippines -- The Senate yesterday urged the Supreme Court to finally render a decision on the Reproductive Health (RH) case so that the government can address growing maternal and infant care concerns in the country. Senate President Franklin M. Drilon argued that the prolonged debacle on the RH law has “stymied” government efforts in fully attending to the need for maternal and infant ...

Swift passage of Bangsamoro law assured

Manila, Philippines - Leaders of Congress yesterday assured the swift passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law before the end of 2014. Senate and House of Representatives leaders also said they want it ratified and in place before the end of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s term in 2016. The assurance was made after Senate President Franklin M.  Drilon, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G ...

House acts on seafarers’ woes

Manila, Philippines - The leadership of the House of Representatives moved to avert a ban by Europe on Filipino seafarers that could result in the firing of some 80,000 seamen hired by European firms. Angkla Partylist Rep. Jesulito Manalo aired hopes that with the help of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., the approval of House Bill 719 may be expected soon and would put off a threat by the ...

Jinggoy slams COA chief

Manila, Philippines – Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Ejercito Estrada yesterday denounced Commission on Audit (COA) Chairman Grace Pulido Tan for her alleged bias and selective report on alleged irregularities involving pork barrel as he took a swipe at colleagues and named some members of the House of Representatives in the alleged P10-billion pork barrel fund scam. […]

Congress ratifies bicam report on SK Elections postponement

Manila, Philippines – The Senate and the House of Representatives ratified last night the bicameral committee report postponing the scheduled October 28, 2013 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to a later date but not beyond February 23, 2015. Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter S. Cayetano abstained in the voting because he is for a 100 percent […]

Senate ratifies deferment of SK polls

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Tuesday ratified a measure postponing this year’s Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) (SK) elections to a date between October 28, 2014 and February 23, 2015.   After the ratification by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the measure will be transmitted to President Benigno Aquino III for signature.   It was Senator Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos ...

House OKs postponement of SK polls next month

Manila, Philippines — The House of Representatives last night approved on third and final reading the bill postponing the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections next month. Voting 185 for and 12 against, the Lower Chamber passed House Bill 2849, principally authored by Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, that provides that the next SK polls be held […]