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House won’t allow abortion bill – Speaker Belmonte

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said the House of Representatives would not allow an abortion bill, allaying fears that such legislation would follow the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) law.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Legislators want one-time COA report on pork

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. (left) and Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr.: Congress is being flogged every day. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO and FILE PHOTO

House leaders have appealed to Commission on Audit (COA) Chair Grace Pulido-Tan to come out with a one-time, all-inclusive report on all of their members’ lump sum releases—both Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) fund endorsed by representatives—from 2010 to 2012.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Binay presidency declaration an error–Belmonte

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

The Liberal Party (LP) is “befuddled” by Vice President Jejomar Binay’s haste in declaring his bid for the presidency.

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

House to probe Delfin Lee in P7B housing scam

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

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has given the green light to the majority bloc to conduct a probe of the multibillion-peso housing scam allegedly perpetrated by detained businessman Delfin Lee during the Arroyo administration.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

House seen as pushing Charter change in re-distributing committee slots

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The majority bloc’s push to get the three-fourths vote needed for charter change has shifted to high gear with the distribution of additional committee slots to the members of the independent bloc, including detained Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her son, Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Arroyo.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Militant lawmaker slams ‘Cha-cha’ train

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A militant lawmaker slammed the passage of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte’s resolution seeking to amend the economic provisions of the Constitution.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Focus pork scam probe on Philforest–Belmonte


Philippine Forest Corp. (Philforest) should be the focus of investigation in the alleged diversion to dubious nongovernment organizations (NGOs) of P100 million worth of pork barrel funds, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said on Tuesday.

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Charter change is dead, says Gonzales

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

For a leader in the Lower House, proposals to amend the Constitution may as well be dead. This, as the proposals to amend the Constitution’s economic provisions continue to languish in Congress as the next presidential elections near, House majority leader Mandaluyong City Rep. Neptali Gonzales II said on Tuesday.

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

Belmonte: House must probe unauthorized GOCC bonuses

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Monday that the House of Representatives “ought” to launch an inquiry into the billions of bonuses and allowances for 31 government-owned and -controlled corporations deemed unauthorized by the Commission on Audit (COA).

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

Belmonte admits receiving millions in bonuses as GSIS president

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

House speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has admitted he was asked to receive millions of pesos in bonuses when he was the Government Service and Insurance System (GSIS) representative to a private firm almost three decades ago.

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

Lawmaker’s aide tied to fake Saro in hiding


Another staff worker of a representative from Mindanao has been dragged into the widening probe on fake special allotment release orders (SAROs) involving P879-million worth of farm-to-market road projects supposed to be implemented by the Department of Agriculture.

Posted: December 4th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Cagayan lawmaker not involved in scam, says Belmonte

Rep. Baby Aline Vargas-Alfonso. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

A Cagayan lawmaker has denied any participation in the scam involving fake special allotment release orders (Saros), according to Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

House eyes P10B to P20B rehab fund for calamity areas in 2014 budget

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The House of Representatives is batting for the creation of P10-billion to P20-billion rehabilitation fund in the 2014 budget to give President Aquino more stand-by funds to quicken a city or town’s recovery from extreme weather conditions.

Posted: November 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Opinions split on Napoles turning state witness
  3. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  4. Plunder complaint filed vs PNP chief, firearms office head over license delivery deal
  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  7. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  10. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Ex-PBA player Bryan Gahol dies in road mishap


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  • Vitangcol to sue Czech envoy
  • Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  • 43 out of 414 Etihad passengers yet to be found, tested for MERS-CoV – Palace
  • Sandigan junks Marcos family claim to Paoay property
  • Sports

  • Caguioa blasts ‘no heart, soft’ Ginebra on Twitter
  • San Mig Coffee grinds out win over Alaska to force decider
  • UP nips St. Benilde; Adamson blasts RTU in Filoil women’s caging
  • Kevin Garnett responds to Raptors’ GM F word
  • Albert Pujols hits 500th HR of major league career
  • Lifestyle

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  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Entertainment

  • Bollywood Oscars, film stars come to Florida
  • Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit
  • Kris Aquino backtracks, says Herbert Bautista and her are ‘best friends’
  • Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new ‘Galaxy’
  • Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in US
  • Business

  • SM to rebuild Tacloban hospital
  • PSEi slips after 4-day rally
  • Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM
  • McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline
  • SEC approves SM’s P15B retail bond offer
  • Technology

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  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • One-dimensional diplomacy: A cost-benefit analysis of Manila’s security deal with Washington
  • No ordinary illness
  • Reforest mountains with fire trees and their kind
  • Day of the Earth
  • When will Chinese firm deliver new coaches?
  • Global Nation

  • 19 Ukrainians, Russians, Filipinas rescued in bar raid
  • Filipinos coming home from Mideast must obtain MERS clearance – DOH
  • US Secret Service in Manila ahead of Obama visit
  • Palace thanks Estrada for successful HK mission
  • Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
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