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Bicam approves proposed P2.6-T national budget for 2015

MANILA (Mabuhay) – In a meeting that lasted less than five minutes, the bicameral conference committee on Wednesday approved the proposed P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget. In an interview with reporters, Senator Francis Escudero, chairman of the finance committee, said the...
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Solon files bill professionalizing MMDA traffic enforcement

MANILA (Mabuhay) – A senior officer of the House of Representatives on Monday said he has filed a bill that seeks to professionalize and institutionalize the traffic enforcement corps in the metropolis which is currently attached to the Metro Manila […]
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2015 budget still an election budget — Miriam

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Just a day after her colleagues approved the proposed P2.6 trillion 2015 national budget on 3rd and final reading, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago maintained that next year’s appropriations is not pork-free and is an election budget meant […]
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Congress to pass 13th month pay exemption hike, 8 other bills, before Christmas break

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Tuesday that Congressional leaders have agreed to tackle and pass a host of key measures before the Christmas break, including laws to purge unfair business practices, and to increase the take-home […]
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Sin tax law fails to finance the universal health care program

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Lawmakers have filed a measure calling for a congressional inquiry into the alleged failure of the government to allocate a big part of the revenue collection from Republic Act 10351 or the Sin Tax Law to finance […]
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Social Watch Philippines’ Briones scores Senate over definition of savings

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The budget watchdog Social Watch Philippines on Friday criticized the Senate for retaining the new definition of savings in the 2015 budget that it approved, and the possibility of funding for an expense item being declared as […]
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Pacquiao would take less to fight Mayweather says manager

MANILA (AFP) – Manny Pacquiao is open to taking a smaller purse in a dream match-up with undefeated American Floyd Mayweather, the Philippines boxing hero’s business manager said Tuesday. “The talks are already going on. It is more of what […]
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Lawmakers eye ocular inspection of NAIA

MANILA, Nov 24 (Mabuhay) – The House of Representatives Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs is eyeing an ocular inspection of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in connection with a congressional investigation on the integration of airport terminal fees into […]
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Speaker denies blocking seizure of Imelda’s paintings

MANILA (Mabuhay) – House Speaker Sonny Belmonte on Thursday said he had nothing to do with the failure of the Sandiganbayan to seize some paintings from the office of Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos. “They came, they saw, they did […]
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House panel rejects VAT exemption to power producers

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The House of Representatives ways and means committee on Wednesday thumbed down a provision to grant value-added tax (VAT) exemption to businesses that will use their power generating facilities to help ease the looming energy crisis. Instead, […]