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Drilon, Belmonte: Charter change to lift foreign equity limits

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Senate President Franklin Drilon (left) and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.: Allies but biggest opponents of a second term for President Aquino. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacanang Photo Bureau)

The biggest opponents of a second term for President Aquino through a constitutional amendment are his principal allies in Congress, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Senate President Franklin Drilon.

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Controversial bills still pending as 16th Congress reopens


House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. cited controversial measures pending in the 16th Congress, such as charter change, freedom of information (FOI) and anti-political dynasty in his speech at the opening of the lower chamber’s second regular session.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Sona most crucial for Aquino, say solons

A protester holds a mask of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III while shouting slogans during a rally near his residence Sunday, July 27, 2014 at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Aquino is expected to deliver his State-of-the-Nation address on Monday, the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) or the allocation of funds or savings by the government to finance various programs or projects which is under the discretion of the president and was declared in part as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. AP

Will it be all gloves off or all apologies for President Aquino in his penultimate State of the Nation Address (Sona)?

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Belmonte: House willing to give Aquino emergency powers

President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

The House of Representatives is amenable to granting President Benigno Aquino emergency powers to address the looming power crisis, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Tuesday.

Posted: July 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace House allies to SC: We are also supreme


This was the position stated by an administration stalwart as two bills were filed seeking to abolish or reform the Supreme Court’s multibillion-peso Judiciary Development Fund (JDF) ahead of President Aquino’s warning on Monday night of a clash between the executive and the judiciary, and the possibility that the third branch of government, the legislature, might have to step in.

Posted: July 16th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »