ROMUALDEZ: No plan to oust Speaker

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Tuesday denied rumors of a plot to unseat Speaker Lord Allan Velasco. Romualdez said he has no intention to effect any leadership change in the House of Representatives, especially the speakership post.”I don’t know where all these talks are… Read More

DUTERTE to defend Cabinet ban in Senate Covid-19 fund mess probe

‘Most eager’ to answer legality of memo before SC

President Rodrigo Duterte said he is “most eager” to answer the legality of his order prohibiting executive branch officials, particularly Cabinet members, from attending the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearings on the alleged overpriced procurement of medical supplies against Covid-19.

During the prerecorded “Talk to the People” aired Monday night, Duterte welcomed the move of the Senate Blue Ribbon’s panel to challenge before the Supreme Court (SC) the legality of his order.

“If you remember I have a memorandum prohibiting the Cabinet members and all executive officials appearing in the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Hearing without my permission,” Duterte said.

Over the past three months, the committee panel, chaired by Senator Richard Gordon, has been conducting motu proprio inquiry into the procurement of the medical supplies through private firm Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation at the onset of the pandemic last year.Read More

House OKs proposed P5-T 2022 nat’l budget on final reading

Next year’s budget is 11.5 percent higher than this year’s PHP4.506 trillion.

The House of Representatives on Thursday night approved on third and final reading the proposed PHP5.024-trillion budget for 2022.With 238 affirmative votes, 6 negative votes, and no abstention, the chamber passed House Bill 10153, or the 2022 General Appropriations Bill (GAB), which is the last full year budget to be enacted under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

The House was able to pass its version of the spending measure on second and third reading on the same day following Duterte’s certification of urgency.

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco said the House was able to fulfill its commitment to pass the proposed 2022 budget in a “timely manner” after six weeks of deliberations.

“Immediately after the proposed budget was submitted by the President on August 23, we immersed ourselves in the serious work of reviewing and scrutinizing the budget of all government agencies. We tackled every issue, heard every concern, and clarified every ambiguity,” Velasco said.

Velasco said the timely passage of the budget would ensure that appropriate funding would be available at “Day 1 of the coming year” and government programs can proceed without delay.

“The swift and smooth passage of the proposed 2022 national budget shows our collective commitment and resolve to help our kababayans and economy build back better and hasten economic recovery through the effective delivery of government services,” he said.

The budget proposal is guided by a strategy supported by three main pillars, namely: Building Resilience amidst the Pandemic; Sustaining the Momentum towards Recovery; and Continuing the Legacy of Infrastructure Development.

Next year’s budget is 11.5 percent higher than this year’s PHP4.506 trillion. Read More

LEGARDA seeks bigger role for local gov’ts in promotion of culture

Bats for cultural mapping to preserve PH heritage

 September 16, 2021

MANILA – Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda on Thursday said cultural mapping, especially by local government units, is necessary to enrich, conserve, and protect the country’s cultural heritage in the most effective way.Legarda said House Bill 10057, or the cultural mapping bill, seeks to mandate… Read More