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Moro basic law priority

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PEACE ACCORD. Mohagher Iqbal, chief MILF negotiator, and Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, head of the government negotiating panel, exchange copies of the peace agreement between the MILF and the Aquino administration they signed in Malacañang on March 27. Applauding them are MILF Chair Murad Ebrahim,Malaysian facilitator Abdul Ghafar,Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, President Aquino and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles. LYN RILLON

The House of Representatives will give priority to the draft Bangsamoro basic law, but will not completely sideline other important measures pending in the plenary, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said on Tuesday.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

QC councilor files resolution backing amending economic provisions in Constitution

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A Quezon City alderman has asked his peers at the local council to support a resolution from both houses of Congress that seeks to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Belmonte signs pledge not to touch political issues in Charter change

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte has signed a pledge vowing that only the economic provisions of the Constitution, and none of the political ones, such as the elected officials’ term limits, would be amended as part of the charter change moves in the House of Representatives.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Hang me’ if FOI bill not passed in 16th Congress, Belmonte jokes

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte on Tuesday jokingly said he should be hanged if the freedom of information (FOI) bill fails to pass the House of Representatives in the 16th Congress.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Charter change bill takes off in House

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.: Why the rush? INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Charter change took a step closer to reality with the approval on Monday of a resolution to amend the protectionist provisions and foreign participation limits in the Constitution, despite dire warnings from local businessmen and legal experts.

Posted: March 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Solons got P5B in DAP during impeachment trial of Corona

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File photo of the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona at the Senate.The Aquino administration used P6.5 billion from the little-known Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) before, during and after the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona to bend Congress to its will, two members of the House of Representatives have told the Inquirer. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Aquino administration used P6.5 billion from the little-known Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) before, during and after the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona to bend Congress to its will, two members of the House of Representatives told the Inquirer.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Palace: Aquino not buying Belmonte’s view on Charter change

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President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III does not agree with Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. when it comes to amending the Constitution, Malacañang said Thursday.

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Congress to focus on economic measures to attract investors – Drilon

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Congress will focus on economic measures in the following months, in a bid to attract more investors into the country, Senate President Franklin Drilon said Sunday.

Drilon, in a statement, said he met with House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and they agreed to put emphasis on bills that “will maximize the country’s potential business strengths, and ensure the nation’s macroeconomic and fiscal sustainability and enhance the overall Philippine climate for greater business competition and foreign investments.”

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

FOI bill proponents in House still hopeful of approval

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Proponents of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill are convinced that the leaders of the House of Representatives are not out to sabotage this despite Malacañang’s reluctance to give the public full access to state information, excluding sensitive national security issues.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Belmonte rejects move to impeach justices

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.: Why the rush? INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Impeaching Supreme Court justices is out of the question for Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, who rejected calls for such a move by some of his colleagues, saying there were more pressing matters for the House of Representatives to tackle.

Posted: January 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Belmonte wants to tackle Charter change first, FOI bill later

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Pressed for time by a majority leader’s view that Charter change is dead, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said he would rather focus on amending the economic provisions of the Constitution than in pushing for the freedom of information (FOI) bill.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

FOI bill not on House priority list

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Despite the House Speaker’s vow that the freedom of information bill would be passed under his term, the proposed measure that would ensure transparency in government is not yet included in the chamber’s priority list.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Speaker Belmonte vows passage of ‘freedom of info’ bill

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Despite its slow progress, the freedom of information (FOI) bill will be passed in the House of Representatives during his term, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said on Monday.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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