CBCP lauds Lopez

THE social advocacy, development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has lauded the erstwhile Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez on her action for banning all prospective open-pit mines in the country.

"We support DENR's move to ban open pit mining. Sec. Gina Lopez is doing what is right, she is not bowing to please the CA (Commission on Appointments) that makes her even more qualified to take lead of the DENR," said Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines.

He also noted…

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Congress stays under federal system

AMID fears that Congress would be abolished under the proposed Federal system of government, House officials had assured the public that the country’s legislature will remain intact under the new system.

In a recent seminar on federalism held at the House of Representatives, House General Secretary Atty. Cesar Strait Pareja clarified that the House will only be affected if “we adopt a unicameral or parliamentary system, but not a federal system.”

Pareja further said that if the country shifts to federalism, there will be federal legislature in every federal state, which means that the experience and expertise of the…

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Poe sees passage of emergency powers by May

SENATOR Grace Poe is confident that Metro Manila’s traffic woes would soon be addressed once the requested emergency powers for President Duterte is finally granted.

Sen. Poe said deliberations on Senate Bill No. 1284 (Traffic and Congestion Crisis Act) will resume after the upper house convenes after its six-week Lenten break early next month.

The senator noted that the Senate could conclude the period of interpellation soon after the resumption of session and eventually passes the measure during the 14 calendar days prior to adjournment of session in June.

The proposed emergency powers bill authorizes the President, through his appointed…

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Digong’s priority bills face rough sailing in Senate

HOLD your horses!

Not only is the death penalty bill faces rough sailing in the Senate, but even the bill lowering the minimum age of criminal liability from the current 15 to nine.

Some senators, including some Malacanang Palace allies, have already expressed reservations in considering such measures.

They are especially not convinced by President Duterte’s assertions that the existing juvenile law has become a breeding ground for minors with criminal minds.

 

Pangilinan Law

The President, in a recent speaking engagement blamed what he called as Pangilinan Law for the proliferation of youth offenders.

“The problem with Pangilinan, he…

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JPE scores Digong’s critics on Benham Rise issue

CAN President Duterte be impeached for allowing China explore and survey the Benham Rise area which is widely believed to have vast natural gas deposits and mineral resources?

Former Senate president and erstwhile minister of defense Juan Ponce Enrile doesn’t think so.

Enrile likewise opined that the President cannot be even made to publicly disclose whatever agreement he has or had with the Chinese government that allowed the Chinese surveillance vessels ply over the underwater plateau off the coast of Aurora province.

 

Primus

"You cannot compel a President to disclose his policies or his strategy how to govern the country…

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