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  • Cost of doing business October 23, 2018 - By Mary Ann LL. Reyes - The Philippine Star A few months’ back, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) reiterated concerns raised by local and foreign businessman alike about persistent graft and corrupt practices in government. Their concern is understandable. According to the Corruption Perception Index, the Philippines Read More
  • Philippines UN rights council seat silences Duterte critics – lawmaker October 23, 2018 - By Jess Diaz - Philippine Star The country’s reelection to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has silenced President Duterte’s critics “who have been bellyaching about human rights non-issues ever since he won the presidency in 2016,” a senior lawmaker said yesterday. The reelection is a vote of confidence Read More
  • Solon: Rights issue a ‘lost cause’ October 23, 2018 - By Marlon Ramos - Philippine Daily Inquirer The election of the Philippines to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) should be a green light for a more intensified drug war by the Duterte administration, Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymond “LRay” Villafuerte said on Tuesday. “This incessant bellyaching about supposed human rights Read More
  • Election to UNHRC a vote for Duterte’s drug war­—solon October 23, 2018 - By Maricel Cruz - Manila Standard The election of the Philippines to another term in the UN Human Rights Council is an implied vote of confidence by the international community on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against illegal drugs and criminality, a reelectionist congressman said on Tuesday. Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte Read More
  • House panel cautioned on 5-percent royalty tax vs mining industry October 4, 2018 - By Charissa Luci-Atienza - Manila Bulletin Lawmakers cautioned on Tuesday the House Committee on Ways and Means against passing a bill that would impose five-percent royalty tax against mining companies carrying out metallic and non-metallic mining operations within and outside mineral reservations, saying that it would “kill” the mining industry. Read More
  • House panel not ‘fast-tracking’ passage of fiscal regime for mining bill October 4, 2018 - By Pathricia Ann V. Roxas - Inquirer The House of Representatives ways and means panel is not “fast-tracking” the passage of a bill establishing the fiscal regime for the mining industry. Nueva Ecija 1st District Rep. Estrellita Suansing made the statement on Tuesday during deliberations by a technical working group Read More
  • Romualdez urges Senate to prioritize DDR measure October 4, 2018 - By Maricel Cruz and Macon Ramos-Araneta - Manila Standard Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez on Monday appealed to the Senate to prioritize the approval of the proposed Department of Disaster Resilience following the bill’s approval on third and final reading at the House of Representatives. “I appeal to the Senate Read More
  • House approves disaster resilience dep’t bill October 4, 2018 - By Delon Porcalla - The Philippine Star The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading yesterday the Palace-backed measure creating the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR), replacing the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The plenary voted 181-5 with two abstentions in approving House Bill 8165, Read More
  • Solon backs DU30’s dep’t on investors’ concerns September 28, 2018 - By Ryan Ponce Pacpaco - People's Insight A lawmaker yesterday backed President Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte's plan to create a new department that will deal with investors. At the same time, Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte called on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) anew to put on the fast Read More

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Press Releases

  • Cost of doing business October 23, 2018 - By Mary Ann LL. Reyes - The Philippine Star A few months’ back, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) reiterated concerns raised by local and foreign businessman alike about persistent graft and corrupt practices in government. Their concern is understandable. According to the Corruption Perception Index, the Philippines Read More
  • Philippines UN rights council seat silences Duterte critics – lawmaker October 23, 2018 - By Jess Diaz - Philippine Star The country’s reelection to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has silenced President Duterte’s critics “who have been bellyaching about human rights non-issues ever since he won the presidency in 2016,” a senior lawmaker said yesterday. The reelection is a vote of confidence Read More
  • Solon: Rights issue a ‘lost cause’ October 23, 2018 - By Marlon Ramos - Philippine Daily Inquirer The election of the Philippines to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) should be a green light for a more intensified drug war by the Duterte administration, Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymond “LRay” Villafuerte said on Tuesday. “This incessant bellyaching about supposed human rights Read More
  • Election to UNHRC a vote for Duterte’s drug war­—solon October 23, 2018 - By Maricel Cruz - Manila Standard The election of the Philippines to another term in the UN Human Rights Council is an implied vote of confidence by the international community on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against illegal drugs and criminality, a reelectionist congressman said on Tuesday. Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte Read More
  • Lawmaker pushes for creation of agency in charge of investors September 28, 2018 - By Elijah Felice Rosales - Business Mirror Another government agency in charge of investors? A lawmaker believes this is necessary to further improve the country’s investment portfolio. In a statement on Sunday, Rep. Luis Raymund F. Villafuerte of the Second District of Camarines Sur said it will benefit the economy if Read More
  • Lawmaker: IRR on ease of doing business a priority September 28, 2018 - By Delon Porcalla - The Philippine Star                             The Department of Trade and Industry should immediately release the implementing rules and regulations of the new Ease of Doing Business Law that President Duterte signed, which is aimed at Read More
  • Economic managers say prices of goods to stabilize soon September 28, 2018 - By Jess Diaz and Marvin Sy - The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines — The administration’s economic managers assured the public that prices of basic goods would stabilize soon now that the government has started introducing key interventions. They gave the assurance at a meeting with Senate committee on finance chair Loren Read More
  • SGMA to work on NFA Council abolition September 28, 2018 - By Ryan Ponce Pacpaco - People's Insight Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo vowed yesterday to work on the abolition of the National Food Authority (NFA) Council as desired by President Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte. "Well, if he asks for it, then we will work on it," Arroyo told reporters in an ambush interview Read More
  • Econ team mulls less tarrifs: Move aims to cushion impact of rising prices September 28, 2018 - By Jocelyn Montemayor - Malaya The Cabinet economic cluster is looking at possible amendments to the Fisheries Code and the tariffication policies on imported fish, meat, sugar and vegetables to cushion the impact of the rising prices of food and agricultural products and arrest inflation. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Read More

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