Exchanges between the House of Representatives and the Senate continue to heat up, as House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said senators are only thinking of themselves in blocking moves to convene Congress into a constituent assembly (ConAss).
Making a pitch for the switch to federalism via Charter change, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said President Rodrigo Duterte himself would control less money from the nation’s coffers, as more cash would go to the new federal states.
Michael De Jesus, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s (RCBC) Executive Vice President and Head of National Corporate Banking, has been appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of he Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Politiko has learned.
The camp of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Monday reiterated that the top magistrate has been participating in the impeachment process by filing her response to the complaint filed by lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon.
A spokesperson of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno slammed House committee on justice chairman Rey Umali for his supposed admission that the impeachment proceeding was already a “done deal.”
The camp of Senator Leila de Lima said House Committee on Justice chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali is not in the position to file a disobedience to summons case against the senator, as he does not represent the House of Representatives.
The House committee on constitutional reform has chosen constituent assembly (Con Ass) as the mode of amending the 1987 Constitution despite the preference of several lawmakers for the convening of a constitutional convention (Con Con).
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez defended his decision to slash or cut the infrastructure funds for the districts of 24 House members, many of whom belong to the opposition, from the 2018 budget, saying the funds went to a worthy cause.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the House of Representatives would not allow the Senate to raise the coal tax from P10 per metric ton to P300 per metric ton in bicameral discussions on the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill.
The House Committee on Justice will junk Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s verified answer to the allegations against her in the impeachment complaint if she does not appear at hearings, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said.
Congressional debates on amending the 1987 Constitution may start next year after as leaders of the House of Representatives target the approval of a resolution creating a constituent assembly by January.
House of Representatives committee on justice chairman Reynaldo Umali challenged Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno to just answer the accusations in the impeachment case against her instead of resorting to diversionary tactics.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said he wants Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II included in the list of senatorial bets of the administration party PDP-Laban for the 2019 mid-term elections.
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