Duterte calls Congress to special session next week for budget deliberations

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte called the Congress to hold a special session on October 13-16, “to avoid any further delays on its prompt passage.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarOct 9th, 2020

Rody calls Congress to special session

President Rodrigo Duterte called on the House of Representatives on Friday to special session next week to resume the congressional deliberations on the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021 which he also certified as urgent. Duterte’s spokesperson Harry Roque said the Chief Executive urged lawmakers to tackle on 13 to 16 October the government’s spending […] The post Rody calls Congress to special session appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Duterte calls special session on October 13-16

President Duterte has called for a special session of Congress from Oct. 13 to 16 next week to get lawmakers to approve on time the 2021 national budget, which he also certified as urgent last night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Duterte calls on Congress to hold special session — Sen. Go

SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go disclosed that President Rodrigo Duterte has called on Congress to a special session to tackle and pass a supplemental budget necessary to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). “I, together with my other colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives, recommended to the President of the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 21st, 2020

Duterte calls on Congress to hold special session — Sen. Go

SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go disclosed that President Rodrigo Duterte has called on Congress to a special session to tackle and pass a supplemental budget necessary to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). “I, together with my other colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives, recommended to the President of the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 20th, 2020

New-look House leadership off to a good start, say solons

House members can’t help but notice a sense of synergy between Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and Majority Leader Martin Romualdez in just their first few days of working together. Case in point, according to Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., San Jose del Monte City Rep. Florida Robes, and Ang Probinsyano Party-list Rep. Alfred delos Santos, were the two important bills that the House leadership was able to deliver without a hitch during the conduct of special sessions this past week. The Majority Bloc solons were referring to the passage on third and final reading of measures House Bill (HB) No.7727, or the P4.506-trillion General Appropriations Bill (GAB) of 2021; and HB No.7884, or the proposed Act authorizing the President to expedite the processing and issuance of national and local permits, licenses and certifications. “The performance of the new leadership during special session was very commendable. This is a very encouraging sign in our mission to approve the legislative agenda of President Duterte,” Barzaga said. “The Velasco-Romualdez leadership (is) off to a good start,” added the veteran congressman and former Dasmariñas mayor. For her part, Robes said she is “extremely delighted that the leadership impasse in the House of Representatives had been resolved peacefully and amicably by our two honorable leaders, Lord Alan Velasco and former Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.” “I look forward to a renewed, more united and inclusive leadership at the House of Representatives led by Speaker Velasco with Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez. I believe that Speaker Velasco and Majority Leader Romualdez are both righteous and committed to steer the House of Representatives to new heights to become a more effective and responsive institution to serve the Filipino people especially in these trying times,” she stressed. On the other hand, Delos Santos believes that the new-look leadership of the Lower Chamber will continue to work beyond 2020 even as he praised his colleagues for passing next year’s budget bill. “We are very happy that it (GAB) already finished the third reading. Our goal is always to fast-track the process to help out fellow Filipinos. These are not normal times, and gusto po nating matugunan agad yung mga pangangailangan ng mga kababayan natin (we want to quickly address the needs of our people),” Delos Santos said. “We want to assure government agencies (will have enough) resources for them to be able to function in the new normal,” he added. The passage of HB No.7884 or the Anti-Red Tape Bill followed soon after the chamber gave its final nod to the 2021 GAB. Both had been certified as urgent by President Duterte......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

Two Visayan solons: Cayetano should recognize Velasco’s election, should step down

Two Visayan lawmakers said Tuesday (Oct. 13) Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano should step down, given that the majority of the 299-man Lower Chamber already gave their support to Marinduque lone District Rep. Lord Allan Velasco as their new Speaker. Cebu City 2nd District Rep.  Rodrigo Abellanosa, and Negros Oriental 2nd District Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria said Cayetano should accept the fact that Velasco has the backing of the majority of their colleagues. “The proceedings, especially the voting are well-documented and can stand scrutiny, and even until now the number of members supporting LAV (Lord Allan Velasco) continues to grow,” Abellanosa said in a Viber message. “APC (Alan Peter Cayetano) might end up with only a handful for him if he insists he still has the number,” he said. On Monday, Oct. 12, Velasco was elected as the Speaker by 186 lawmakers in an assembly held at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Quezon City. Cayetano questioned such proceedings, saying that it was a “fake session.” Sagarbarria pressed on Cayetano to relinquish his post. “Cayetano should step down and honor the 15-21 agreement,” he said. Under the term-sharing agreement endorsed by President Duterte, Cayetano will serve as Speaker for the first 15 months of the 18th Congress or in October and will step down by the end of this period to allow Velasco to take over during the last 21 months. When asked on calls to formally elect the new Speaker in today’s plenary session, Sagarbarria, chairperson of the House Special panel on West Philippine Sea, said there is no need to conduct another election since Velasco got the support of 186 congressmen. The House leader said he will join today’s special session “with the new Speaker,” referring to Velasco. The House leader said as far as he is concerned, the new Speaker has been elected and that Cayetano has to give way to Velasco.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Extended session proposed

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Sunday appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to extend the special session of Congress for another four days from Oct. 19 to 22 to give lawmakers enough time to scrutinize and approve the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

Palace sees signing of budget by yearend

With President Duterte calling for a special session this week, there should be no more stumbling block to the passage of the P4.5-trillion budget for next year on or before Dec. 31, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2020

Duterte rebuffs Cayetano

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called for a special session of Congress from Oct. 13 to 16 to ensure the timely passage of next year’s proposed P4.5-trillion national budget......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 10th, 2020

Government calls for special Bayanihan session

Malacañang will ask Congress to hold a special session for the bill extending President Duterte’s emergency powers to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 and funding a stimulus package to revive the pandemic-hit economy......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2020

Special session to tackle Covid-19 budget

President Rodrigo Duterte has called Congress to a special session to tackle a supplemental budget to fight the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said late Thursday night the President approved a recommendation for a special session from the Senate and the House. Go said both Senate President Vicente Sotto […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 20th, 2020

House ready for extended session

Congress is expected to approve on third and final reading before adjourning this week for Christmas two bills seeking to extend the validity of the P4.1- trillion 2020 national budget until December next year and the appropriations under the P165.5-billion Bayanihan to Recover as One Act until June 30, 2021......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 14th, 2020

Senate to start deliberations on 2021 budget

The Senate will start on Wednesday plenary deliberations on the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021 ahead of the official resumption of session of Congress, with the coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact as the center of discussions......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 9th, 2020

Duterte asked to act on slow disbursement of aid for seniors

President Duterte has been urged to step in on the supposed slow disbursement of financial assistance to senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Citizen partylist Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Ordanes brought to the attention of the Chief Executive the “continuous troubles” hounding the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s implementation and disbursement of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) , Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens. “To date, we continually receive reports from thousands of our senior citizens all around the Philippines on how the DSWD fails to timely disburse the monetary aid that our government promised to them,” he said in his letter to Duterte dated Oct. 21. He laments that some of the senior citizens have perished before receiving a single centavo from the monetary aid due them. “This slow implementation and disbursement of the DSWD of critical monetary aid for our senior citizens clearly runs contrary to the directive of Your Excellency for the government to do whatever it takes to protect the welfare of our almost 10 million vulnerable senior citizens,” he said. “Thus, we humbly seek the assistance of Your Excellency in requesting that the DSWD fast-track the implementation and disbursement of the monetary aid for our senior citizens,” Ordanes said. During the House of Representatives’ plenary deliberations on the proposed P171-billion budget of the DSWD for 2021 last Oct. 13, it was relayed that some 1.404 million senior citizens have benefited from the national government’s SAP. In a virtual press briefing last week, over 2.9 million indigent senior citizens have received their social pension worth about P8.7 billion. The number is almost 83 percent of the 3.5 million indigent elderly targeted to receive the government stipend. During his 58th birth anniversary last Oct. 15, DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista led the distribution of social pension worth P2.178 million to around 726 indigent senior citizens in Dinalupihan, Bataan. Republic Act No. 9994 or the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010” provides that seniors qualified to receive social pension are those who are frail, sickly, or with disability; without any pension from other government agencies; and without a permanent source of income or source of financial assistance and compensation to support their basic needs. However, the DSWD said those senior citizens who are not included in the list, but are eligible, can still appeal to the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), their local governments, and the nearest Field Office, which has jurisdiction over their areas, for assessment......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 24th, 2020

Roque to Congress: Consult Palace on increasing budget for vaccines

Any congressional move to raise the proposed 2021 budget for the coronavirus vaccine should at least be done in consultation with the Executive branch, according to a Palace official.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (RESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said while they respect Congress’ wisdom to hike the vaccine budget for the next year, the issue on its funding source must also be addressed. “The power of purse is vested in Congress. We will bow to the wisdom of Congress should they deem it fit to increase the budget for the vaccine, and of course, may pagkukuhanan po iyan (there will be a funding source for that),” he said during a Palace press briefing Thursday. “So we hope that Congress will at least confer with the Executive kung saan nila kukunin iyong pondo para itaas ang budget for the vaccine (on where the funds will be obtained to raise the budget for the vaccine),” he added. Nonetheless, Roque affirmed the administration’s resolve to ensure the country has adequate funds for the vaccine procurement once the life-saving drug becomes available.“We join Congress in our desire that we should have sufficient funds to pay for the vaccine, which according po to (Philippine) Ambassador (to China) Chito (Sta. Romana) is really forthcoming in the near future,” he said.The House of Representatives has reportedly introduced several amendments to its approved 2021 national budget, including a higher budget for the purchase of COVID vaccines to P8 billion.  In the original Palace-backed P4.5 trillion national budget proposal, at least P2.5 billion has been allocated for the COVID-19 vaccination program under the Department of Health’s budget. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, who leads a small group in charge of amendments to the budget bill, said the additional P5.5 billion to augment the vaccine budget aims to ensure safe and effective vaccine will be available to Filipinos. “This is to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s program to strengthen the country’s health care system. We believe that vaccines play a very crucial role in keeping the population safe and healthy from the pandemic,” the Leyte lawmaker said.  On the part of the Senate, Senator Panfilo Lacson disclosed plans to increase funding for the coronavirus vaccine under the proposed 2021 national budget. Last week, the President said the government has the funds to buy the coronavirus vaccine once it is available but would need more money to vaccinate all Filipinos. Duterte earlier vowed to give priority to the poor, the police and military personnel in the distribution of free vaccines.  He said the country will buy the most affordable vaccine to be sold in the market given the government’s limited resources. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Malakanyang nagpasalamat sa Kongreso sa pagpasa ng 2021 nat’l budget

Manila, Philippines – Pinasalamatan ng Malakanyang ang Mababang Kapulungan ng Kongreso sa pagpasa sa ikatlo at huling pagbasa ng House Bill No. 7727 o ang General Appropriations Bill (GAB) naglalaman ng 2021 proposed national budget sa tamang oras o sa loob ng special session na ipinatawag ni  Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Sinabi ni Presidential spokesperson […] The post Malakanyang nagpasalamat sa Kongreso sa pagpasa ng 2021 nat’l budget appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

‘Work together as one majority to pass budget’

As “one majority,” the House of Representatives under the fresh leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco will ensure the timely passage of the P4.5-trillion national budget for next year, as the special session called by President Duterte is seen to proceed smoothly with the end of the leadership tug-of-war in the chamber......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

Still a numbers game

The call of President Duterte for a special session at the House of Representatives on October 13-16 mayhave saved the P4.15-trillion budget from further delay. But it has not solved the leadership impasse between Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

As COVID-19 ravages the Philippines, a bible thumper insults our intelligence

RJ Nieto We have been made too aware of the speakership catfight in the House of Representatives. On one side is Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano who, last year, agreed to a term sharing deal that entails his voluntary resignation this month. On the other side, the PDP-Laban Lord Allan Velasco, head of the House’s biggest political party. If Cayetano just complied with the term-sharing agreement that he himself insisted on having, then the nation could have moved on and returned its focus on the COVID-19 pandemic that has been ravaging the erstwhile flourishing Philippine economy. But that was not the case: after getting a taste of his lucrative position for 15 months, Cayetano didn’t want to let go. In mid-September, Cayetano said he should remain as the speaker as he claims to enjoy majority support. Days later, his camp even went a step further when Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte accused Velasco of planning to delay the passage of the crucial 2021 National Budget. President Rodrigo Duterte, acting as head of the Kilusang Pagbabago Coalition, mediated the rift when he called for a meeting with Cayetano and Velasco. There are various versions of what happened during the meeting, but what’s clear is that both sides agreed to a vote on the speakership on October 14th. At this point, minus the speakership drama, pretty much everything else in the House, especially the 2021 budget deliberations, was going quite smoothly . At this point, the Cayetano-Velasco catfight was still a purely political skirmish. But things took a turn for the worse during the October 7 House session. While the budget debates were still ongoing, Cayetano abruptly declared the end of debates. He then moved to suspend House sessions until mid-November, effectively cancelling the October 14th vote for speaker. Cayetano’s move squarely violated Section 16(5), Article VI, of the Constitution, which forbids the House from adjourning for more than three days without the Senate’s nod. The term he used — “suspension” — is just semantic acrobatics for adjournment. Cayetano’s move effectively delayed the transmission to the Senate of the budget’s House version from October 14 to mid-November at the earliest. For the sake of holding onto power, he escalated the purely political skirmish into a full-blown national crisis. If Cayetano and his allies did not want a speakership change because his replacement will just delay the budget, then why did he delay the budget himself? The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a New Normal, and we need a national budget that takes this New Normal into account. However, the speaker’s latest political stunt risks the reenactment of the previous national budget, a budget that was written before COVID-19 ravaged us. How can the nation address the rampaging pandemic without a national budget that recognizes COVID-19 as a national disaster? We need more IT infrastructure funding as more Filipinos engage in e-commerce and as schools shift to online learning. We need more healthcare funding as Filipinos continue to get infected with this virus. We need more fiscal support for ailing businesses as thousands have gone bankrupt after the economy ground to a halt. But all of these may not happen because of what Cayetano did. He can bicker with anyone as much as he wants, but he should not sacrifice the welfare of this nation for the sake of his ambitions. Cayetano loves to quote the Bible every chance he gets, but it appears that the Bible he reads excludes all the verses that mention greed. I know for a fact that politicians want power. Running for office, after all, is inherently a quest to gain power. But power is sought not for power’s sake. Power is just a means to towards an end, and that end should be public welfare. Too bad for us earthlings, Cayetano may not share the same view of power. And even if he does, his notion of power is a warped, twisted version that serves his aspirations more than those of the Filipino people. And despite what he’s done, he has the gall to insult our intelligence by claiming that he has the nation’s best interests in mind. If there’s anything we can learn from Cayetano, that would be new and more creative ways to cringe. Alan Peter Cayetano’s latest stunt suggests that while Alan Peter Cayetano may still love this country, Alan Peter Cayetano happens to love Alan Peter Cayetano more. For comments and reactions, please email or visit»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 9th, 2020

Special session dapat isagawa ng Kamara para maipasa ang 2021 budget-Duterte

  Nanawagan sa Kamara si Pangulong Duterte na magsagawa ng special session para ituloy ang pagtalakay sa P4.5 trilyong national budget para sa  2021. Sinabi ni presidential spokesperson Harry Roque na nais ni Duterte na isagawa ang special session mula Oktubre 13 hanggang Oktubre 16 matapos na mabigo ang mga mambabatas na maipasa ito sa […] The post Special session dapat isagawa ng Kamara para maipasa ang 2021 budget-Duterte appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020