May 242017

As reported, Congress is expecting to pass House Bill No. 5636 or the (new) Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) on second reading this week, but not after intense plenary debates. This bill is the substitute bill of the earlier House Bill No. 4744 and other related tax measures. It adjusted some of the more contentious provisions in the old TRAIN. For legislation with a profound impact on all Filipinos, it is important to hear many arguments, whether pro or anti, in order to make an informed decision.

Jul 252013

MANILA, July 24 (Mabuhay) — Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon has filed a bill seeking to modernize the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the agency headed by his son Ruffy and one of the subjects of President Benigno Aquino III’s ire during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday. House Bill No. 5, or an […]

Feb 042013
Senate OKs bill declaring waling-waling a national flower

The Senate has approved on third and final reading a bill declaring the waling-waling a national flower of the Philippines. The Senate approved House Bill No. 5655, which declares the waling-waling a national flower, joining the sampaguita. The sampaguita was declared the national flower of the Philippines by Governor-General Frank Murphy through Proclamation No. 652 on February 1, 1934. “Orchid lovers all over the world consider the waling-waling as one of the most unique and beautiful native orchids in the world and that while some adore it, most Filipinos have forgotten its natural beauty,” said the measure’s sponsor Senator Edgardo Angara, chair of the Senate committee on education, arts, and culture. Senator Loren Legarda, who co-sponsored the measure, said the approval of the bill will mandate the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources to promulgate rules and regulations that will protect, conserve, and propagate the waling-waling orchid together with the sampaguita. Angara said the waling-waling is known as “the Queen of Philippine Orchids.” Unlike the sampaguita, he said, the waling-waling is native to the Philippines and endemic to Davao, Cotabato, and Zamboanga. — BM, GMA News