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Philippines could export medical marijuana — lawmaker
by Jess Diaz - August 25, 2019 - 12:00am
A Bicol lawmaker is proposing the creation of a government agency that would oversee the development of what he described “could be a legitimate multibillion-dollar industry producing and exporting medical...
Road user tax seen to go up by 300 percent
by Jess Diaz - August 25, 2019 - 12:00am
The road user tax the government collects from millions of motor vehicle owners could go up by as much as 300 percent under a proposed law the Department of Finance (DOF) has submitted to the House of Represent...
Government losing P225 billion yearly to illegal STL — lawmakers
by Jess Diaz - August 24, 2019 - 12:00am
The government may be losing as much as P225 billion a year to illegal small-town lottery (STL) games, two Mindanao congressmen said yesterday.
No Chinese-run POGOs in the Philippines, Pagcor exec tells House
by Jess Diaz - August 24, 2019 - 12:00am
There are no Chinese-run Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGOs) in the country, an official of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) told congressmen yesterday.
Government workers to get P1,100 pay hike next year
by Jess Diaz - August 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Government employees will get a salary increase of at least P1,100 next year, acting Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado assured congressmen during a budget hearing last night.
Duterte seeks higher budget for OP
by Jess Diaz - August 23, 2019 - 12:00am
President Duterte is seeking a bigger budget for his office for next year.
Greco Belgica may be earning more than P100,000 a month
by Jess Diaz - August 23, 2019 - 12:00am
Commissioner Greco Belgica of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) may be getting more than the P100,000 he claimed he is receiving in monthly salary during an interview on “The Chiefs”...
State workers may get new pay hike next year
by Jess Diaz - August 22, 2019 - 12:00am
More than one million government officials and employees, including President Duterte, may get a new round of salary increase next year.
Duterte: 37,000 cops to be hired next year
by Jess Diaz - August 21, 2019 - 12:00am
President Duterte has authorized the hiring of around 37,000 new police officers as part of the administration’s campaign against criminality.
House approves bill on higher beer, liquor taxes
by Jess Diaz - August 21, 2019 - 12:00am
The House of Representatives, voting 184-2 with one abstention, last night approved on third and final reading a bill increasing excise taxes on beer, gin, wines and other intoxicating drinks.
Cardema to file charges vs Guanzon
by Jess Diaz - August 20, 2019 - 12:00am
Disqualified Duterte Youth nominee Ronald Cardema yesterday vowed to file charges against Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, including possibly an impeachment complaint.
‘Government lost P1.3 trillion in 3 years to tax exemptions’
by Jess Diaz - August 19, 2019 - 12:00am
The government lost P1.3 trillion over three years to “unnecessary” tax exemptions and other incentives thousands of businesses are allowed “to enjoy forever,” the chairman of the House of...
‘Officials convicted of graft must be barred from post’
by Jess Diaz - August 19, 2019 - 12:00am
Elective and appointive officials convicted of graft and corruption by the Sandiganbayan should immediately be barred from holding public office, Samar Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento said yesterday.
House mulls road user’s tax hike
by Jess Diaz - August 19, 2019 - 12:00am
The House of Representatives is considering an increase in the road user’s tax, which the government collects from millions of owners of motor vehicles, including motorcycles.
Alcoholism costs government P200 billion yearly – study
by Jess Diaz - August 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Alcohol abuse is costing Filipino taxpayers about P200 billion yearly, according to a study by the House of Representatives ways and means committee and the Department of Finance (DOF).
Lawmaker seeks compromise on EDSA bus ban
by Jess Diaz - August 18, 2019 - 12:00am
Deputy speaker and Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte is proposing a compromise on the plan of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to ban provincial buses from traversing EDSA and to remove bus...
‘Ronald Cardema just an observer, not a House member’
by Jess Diaz - August 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Former National Youth Commission chairman and disqualified first nominee of Duterte Youth party-list Ronald Cardema is just an “observer” whenever he visits the House of Representatives, and not a c...
Fewer abused wives, deaths with higher alcohol taxes — lawmakers
by Jess Diaz - August 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Proponents of the proposed increases in levies on beer and other intoxicating drinks are citing the evils of alcohol use to make their case and win support for their proposal from their colleagues in Congress and...
PDP-Laban names Pacquiao, Velasco as party leaders
by Jess Diaz - August 17, 2019 - 12:00am
The ruling PDP-Laban has appointed boxing icon Sen. Manny Pacquiao and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco as party leaders, Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr., the party’s executive vice president, announced...
Congress urged to regulate ATM transaction charges
by Jess Diaz - August 16, 2019 - 12:00am
Party-list group Bayan Muna yesterday urged Congress to pass a bill regulating fees that banks impose for transactions done through automated teller machines (ATMs) like withdrawals.
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