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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

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