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How exactly does a party-list select its nominees?
by Xave Gregorio - October 29, 2020 - 7:23pm
On the heels of a red-tagging spree by certain government officials, we take a look at how exactly some party-lists select their nominees.
Philippines moves down two places in global impunity index
by Xave Gregorio - October 29, 2020 - 5:51pm
The Philippines improved in the Committee to Protect Journalists’ global impunity index, moving down two places from the fifth worst country for journalists to the seventh, largely due to a technicality in...
DOLE forms own anti-corruption task force
by Xave Gregorio - October 28, 2020 - 4:47pm
The labor department is forming its own anti-corruption task force after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the creation of a panel led by the justice department to probe corruption in the “entire governme...
Labor groups to challenge DOLE’s extension of forced leave of workers at SC
by Xave Gregorio - October 28, 2020 - 1:01pm
Some labor groups are gearing to challenge at the Supreme Court the labor department’s extension of workers’ forced leave for a whole year — six months longer than what is allowed under the Labor...
PhilHealth pays half of debt to Red Cross
by Xave Gregorio - October 27, 2020 - 7:02pm
PhilHealth has finally settled half of its debt to the Philippine Red Cross, albeit a day later than expected.
Velasco defends red-tagged lawmakers
by Xave Gregorio - October 27, 2020 - 5:31pm
Speaker Lord Allan Velasco defended Tuesday House members who have been red-tagged by Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, saying that the southern Luzon military commander’s accusation “endangers the lives”...
House set to transmit 2021 budget bill to Senate a day early
by Xave Gregorio - October 27, 2020 - 11:57am
The House of Representatives is set to send to the Senate the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for next year, one day ahead of their self-imposed deadline for the transmittal of the outlay to the upper ch...
Senate urged to defund anti-communist task force
by Xave Gregorio - October 24, 2020 - 11:32am
The Senate is being urged to defund the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict after its spokesperson got himself in hot water yet again for issuing a veiled threat against actress Liza Sober...
1,923 new COVID-19 cases push Philippines’ total tally to over 365,000
by Xave Gregorio - October 23, 2020 - 4:00pm
This is the fourth consecutive day that the number of new cases hovered below 2,000.
Red Cross won't restart COVID-19 testing until PhilHealth debt paid
by Xave Gregorio - October 23, 2020 - 3:43pm
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte's assurance that the Philippine Red Cross would be paid would be enough for it to resume testing. Apparently, it isn't.
Anti-communist task force gathering evidence to formally tag CPP, ‘allies’ as terrorists
by Xave Gregorio - October 23, 2020 - 12:06pm
The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict says it is 'consolidating' evidence against the Communist Party of the Philippines and its supposed allies for them to be formally tagged as terrorists...
Coronavirus testing hits over 3-month low on Red Cross exit
by Xave Gregorio - October 22, 2020 - 4:53pm
Total samples tested for the past 4 days have dipped below the 30,000-mark government has targeted to do everyday, health department data showed. As a consequence, fewer people were likewise tested. 
Despite voting for Velasco as speaker, new minority leader vows to be a fiscalizer
by Xave Gregorio - October 21, 2020 - 1:20pm
The new leader of the minority bloc in the House of Representatives vows that they will continue being fiscalizers in the chamber, even if he had voted for Rep. Lord Allan Velasco to be the new speaker of the lower...
P4-B loan for 13th month payouts seen to benefit 80,000 firms
by Xave Gregorio - October 20, 2020 - 7:21pm
By his estimates, the fund will benefit “anywhere from 40,000 to 80,000” small companies provided loan amounts will be limited to “P100,000 or P50,000, respectively.”
Velasco wants Cha-cha, but says there’s no more time for it
by Xave Gregorio - October 20, 2020 - 4:11pm
Among the provisions that Speaker Lord Allan Velasco wants changed in the Constitution are term limits for elected officials.
Red Cross coronavirus testing halt leaves 4,000 OFWs stranded
by Xave Gregorio - October 20, 2020 - 2:47pm
“Whereas before we succeeded in bringing home or treating our OFWs at the rate of 1,000 to 3,000 a day, now we are only talking about a maximum of 300 a day,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said...
House hikes budget for COVID-19 vaccines to P8 billion
by Xave Gregorio - October 20, 2020 - 11:54am
Rep. Joey Salceda says the additional funding would result in nine million more senior citizens and six million more people with comorbidities being inoculated with the vaccine.
COVID-19 cases in Philippines rise to 354,338 with 2,673 new cases
by Xave Gregorio - October 17, 2020 - 4:00pm
The total number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the country reached 354,338, with the Department of Health confirming 2,673 new cases.
Minority leader Abante steps down to join House majority
by Xave Gregorio - October 17, 2020 - 9:53am
Rep. Bienvenido Abante stepped down Friday as House minority leader and expressed his intention to join the majority, citing his “full trust” in the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.
House passes P4.5-T national budget for 2021
by Xave Gregorio - October 16, 2020 - 8:03pm
The House of Representatives passed the P4.5-trillion national budget for next year on final reading, paving the way for the Senate to tackle the spending bill in the plenary.
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