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‘Premature’ to say new COVID-19 variant is deadlier, experts say
by Xave Gregorio - January 23, 2021 - 3:57pm
It is still “premature” to say that the new coronavirus variant which was first identified in the United Kingdom is deadlier, experts affiliated with the Department of Health said Saturday, adding that...
New coronavirus variant in Philippines as early as December 10
by Xave Gregorio - January 23, 2021 - 2:06pm
The new coronavirus variant, B.1.1.7, which is feared to be more infectious, has been in the country over a month before the Department of Health (DOH) reported the first case of the mutated virus, but experts affiliated...
Philippines detects 16 more cases of new COVID-19 variant
by Xave Gregorio - January 23, 2021 - 9:09am
Health authorities in the Philippines reported that they detected 16 more cases of the new coronavirus variant which is feared to be more infectious, with two cases of local transmission.
Velasco bills for president to stop SSS, PhilHealth hikes breeze through panels
by Xave Gregorio - January 21, 2021 - 2:03pm
Speaker Lord Allan Velasco’s bills will now go to the plenary for deliberations.
House eyes plenary debates on Charter change in February
by Xave Gregorio - January 20, 2021 - 1:42pm
The House constitutional amendments committee wants to wrap up its deliberations on proposed changes to the Charter soon so it can send the proposals for discussions in plenary by February.
House probe sought on unilateral termination of UP-DND accord
by Xave Gregorio - January 20, 2021 - 10:06am
Lawmakers led by Rep. Edcel Lagman are calling for a House probe on the unilateral termination of the Department of National Defense of its agreement with the University of the Philippines that bars state forces...
Lawmakers: Junking UP-DND accord raises tension, shrinks democratic space
by Xave Gregorio - January 19, 2021 - 12:46pm
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, who is a UP graduate and former justice secretary, said ending the agreement "unnecessarily increases tension between the UP and the authorities” and called on Lorenzana...
Calls to decriminalize libel resurface as Rappler journalists face yet another libel suit
by Xave Gregorio - January 15, 2021 - 4:53pm
Journalists renewed their call for the decriminalization of libel, arguing that the country’s defamation laws have been used to intimidate journalists.
House panel sees quick passage of changes to Constitution
by Xave Gregorio - January 15, 2021 - 12:38pm
The chairperson of the House committee on constitutional amendments guaranteed the early passage of proposed amendments to the Constitution, heeding the call of a House leader for the swift approval of the prop...
House political leaders assure Cha-cha will only touch economic provisions
by Xave Gregorio - January 14, 2021 - 3:23pm
House political leaders said they have agreed that they will only touch economic provisions in the Constitution, despite political observers saying that tinkering with the fundamental law opens it to all possible...
Philippines approves Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use
by Xave Gregorio - January 14, 2021 - 11:52am
(Updated) The Philippines approved Thursday the coronavirus vaccine of Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech SE for emergency use, making it the first COVID-19 jab to get the authorization needed for it to...
House constitutional amendments chief claims panel is a constituent assembly
by Xave Gregorio - January 13, 2021 - 3:09pm
The chairman of the House constitutional amendments committee claimed Wednesday that his panel already constitutes a constituent assembly, even without the participation of the rest of the House of Representatives...
House leaders agree to dance to Velasco’s Cha-cha
by Xave Gregorio - January 12, 2021 - 6:14pm
The “consensus” among political leaders in the House was reached during a caucus presided by House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco a day before the House constitutional amendments committee restarts discussions...
WHO says rise in COVID-19 cases 'inevitable' after holidays, Traslacion
by Xave Gregorio - January 12, 2021 - 1:11pm
The representative of the World Health Organization to the Philippines said it is “inevitable” that COVID-19 cases will rise in the country following the holidays and the Feast of the Black Nazarene...
The process of charter change, explained
by Xave Gregorio - January 9, 2021 - 1:00pm
What is charter change, anyway? And why should we care about the whole process?
Velasco's proposal seals Congress push to defer premium hikes
by Xave Gregorio - January 7, 2021 - 2:02pm
No less than three measures each are filed to delay or stop the contribution hike for SSS and PhilHealth.
House to restart charter change talks upon Velasco’s directive
by Xave Gregorio - January 6, 2021 - 7:10pm
Discussions on charter change would soon restart in the House of Representatives upon the directive of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, who just three months ago said there was not enough time for such talks.
After PhilHealth, lawmakers now seek to stop SSS rate hike
by Xave Gregorio - January 6, 2021 - 6:21pm
However, the increase in SSS monthly contribution to 13% from 12% is already being enforced.
Philippines to allow emergency use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine ‘within a week’
by Xave Gregorio - January 6, 2021 - 12:15pm
The Philippines will be issuing an emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine of United States drugmaker Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech SE “within a week,” the Food and Drug Administration...
House leader says plenary can reverse ABS-CBN franchise denial
by Xave Gregorio - January 6, 2021 - 11:08am
A leader of the House of Representatives said Wednesday that the plenary can reverse the denial of a franchise to ABS-CBN, especially under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.
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