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Duterte seeks more powers vs COVID-19

Monday, 23 March 2020 13:42 Written by
National Week of Prayer setMANILA, Philippines — President Duterte wants to declare a state of national emergency and is asking Congress to grant him additional powers to cope with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).Malacañang stressed that Duterte is not seeking…

Lawmakers reject proposed anti-dynasty provision in Cha-cha

Thursday, 30 January 2020 10:48 Written by
Manila, Philippines — Lawmakers yesterday rejected a proposal of the executive branch to include the ban on political dynasties in the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution.The congressmen, all members of the House committee on constitutional amendments, raised their strong…

Building a just and lasting peace

Friday, 17 January 2020 11:36 Written by
PEACE-MAKERBy FORMER PHILIPPINE SPEAKER JOSE DE VENECIA(Remarks at the UPF Asia Pacific Summit 2019, November 18-20, 2019; Phnom Penh, Cambodia “Peace, Reconciliation, Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values”)Our UPF conference here in this great capital by the banks of Mekong…

House pursues shift to federal government

Monday, 06 January 2020 13:32 Written by
MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives is pursuing the shift to a federal form of government that was proposed by the consultative committee headed by retired chief justice Reynato Puno and earlier approved by President Duterte and the previous…

Not Rody’s cup of tea

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 06:36 Written by
Any claims and attacks being made in relation to this matter are from the opposition and by interest groups that are against the socio-economic policies and reforms by this administration. As President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out against oligarchy and the…

Crony capital: How Duterte embraced the oligarchs

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 06:08 Written by
President Rodrigo Duterte promised to destroy the Philippines' elite. Instead, he chose his own MANILA/DAVAO, Philippines -- The day Rodrigo Duterte became president, Roberto Ongpin was one of the Philippines' richest men. Ongpin had survived -- and prospered -- under…

House to approve Charter changes in January

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 15:13 Written by
MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives intends to approve its proposed Charter change amendments, including the lifting of term limits and shift to federalism, in the next three months. “By Dec. 11, we will approve the proposed amendments in…

First responder and land use in a federal PH

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 13:19 Written by
THERE is not enough time left to get federalism out of the legislative maze. Despite the presence of several versions of the federalism proposal, the 18th Congress will not move in the direction of federalism. The Cabinet’s economic cluster is…
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