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Owning our WPS blue economy
by Marichu A. Villanueva - March 1, 2024 - 12:00am
It was the late Senator Arturo Tolentino who authored the country’s first-ever Baseline Law, Sen. Tolentino recalled.
Discounted senior citizen discount
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 28, 2024 - 12:00am
The signing into law that now grants one-time cash gift to Filipinos reaching the age of 80, 85, 90 and 95 years old is the most welcome reward for achieving long life.
38 years ago
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 26, 2024 - 12:00am
That is, if the LP leadership can unify the rest of the political opposition parties to complete their 12-man Senate slate.
Not in aid for election
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 23, 2024 - 12:00am
The well-intentioned ayuda of the government that targets to tide over inflation-impacted middle income families will remain under a cloud of uncertainty without an enabling law. In particular, this will be the fate...
Sen. Imee fooled?
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 21, 2024 - 12:00am
It is not April Fools Day yet. But to Senator Imee Marcos, she claims being fooled, not just once but twice. This she found out belatedly, one after the other. She confessed falling victim to a “web of lies”...
Much better deal than Cha-cha
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 19, 2024 - 12:00am
The successful conduct and outcome of the public bidding for the privatization and rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport could be the best argument to reject Charter change (Cha-cha).
So what more to lift?
by Marichu Villanueva - February 16, 2024 - 12:00am
The Senate hearing on PI is precisely for “inquiry in aid of legislation” for such new law for PI, Sen. Imee swore.
No love lost
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 14, 2024 - 12:00am
The embassy of Canada in Manila announced last week the release of some P1.1 billion in official development assistance for the Philippines.
Political noises that hurt peace
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 12, 2024 - 12:00am
Being sworn to uphold the 1987 Constitution when he became the highest elected official of the land, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (PBBM) reiterated his commitment to never to allow dismemberment...
Beating cancer scourge
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 9, 2024 - 12:00am
“The battle against cancer needs a whole-of-society approach,” Dr. Roxas urged.
All circling the wagons
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 7, 2024 - 12:00am
The on-going rumpus over Charter change have seemingly pushed our Senators, Congressmen, and even present and former Cabinet members to circle around in protecting their respective turfs and leaderships.
The mystical, mysterious PI
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 5, 2024 - 12:00am
The Senate committee on constitutional amendments and revision of codes and its newly created Senate sub-committee kick off their own legislative process to tackle the highly contentious Charter change (Cha-cha)...
Senate is ‘cemetery’ of Cha-cha – Salceda
by Marichu A. Villanueva - February 2, 2024 - 12:00am
“All (House Cha-cha bills) arrived ‘dead in the water’ at the Senate,” Salceda quipped.
Next stop for PI, the Supreme Court
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 31, 2024 - 12:00am
It would seem that I won the bet I made in my last piece in this corner.
Who outfoxed who?
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 29, 2024 - 12:00am
Accusations have been literally flying thick and fast between and amongst the protagonists and antagonists in the Charter change controversy. Senators vowed to block the snowballing signature drive to carry out Cha-cha...
PI not a done deal yet
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 26, 2024 - 12:00am
“The trigger point to start it (Cha-cha) all is for PIRMA to file to Comelec a formal petition for PI,” Garcia pointed out.
A tale of ‘pork-barrel’ era
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 24, 2024 - 12:00am
The first time I met Senator Jinggoy Estrada was while he was still mayor of San Juan City on June 30,1998 when he attended the inaugural of his father, former president Joseph Estrada. At that time, I was still...
Settle Cha-cha mode at LEDAC
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 22, 2024 - 12:00am
Two veteran lawmakers who figured prominently in past attempts to amend the country’s 1987 Constitution took me down memory lane amid the latest revival of Charter change (Cha-cha) moves. Specifically, they...
Multi-speaking lawmakers
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 19, 2024 - 12:00am
In short, it happened before, so what else is new?
4th mode of Cha-cha
by Marichu A. Villanueva - January 17, 2024 - 12:00am
In 2013, then House Speaker Quezon City 4th District Rep. Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. first initiated a move to amend to the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution by legislation – a law...
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