House approves on final reading bill institutionalizing UP-DND accord

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The House of Representatives passed the measure seeking to institutionalize the 1989 University of the Philippines-Department of National Defense (UP-DND) accord on third and final reading on Tuesday. The lower chamber, with 179 affirmative votes, passed House Bill 10171, which seeks to institutionalize the said accord into the University Charter or Republic Act 9500. Section… Continue reading House approves on final reading bill institutionalizing UP-DND accord

House approves on 2nd reading bill institutionalizing UP-DND Accord

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The House of Representatives approved a bill on second reading on Wednesday that institutionalizes the 1989 accord between the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Department of National Defense (DND) into the UP Charter. House Bill 10171, which aims to amend Section 11 of Republic Act 9500, or the University of the Philippines Charter… Continue reading House approves on 2nd reading bill institutionalizing UP-DND Accord

AFP inks agreement will PCW to strengthen its gender mainstreaming programs

In a virtual signing ceremony on September 14, Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria, AFP Vice Chief of Staff, signs a partnership agreement with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) on behalf of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The agreement will assist the AFP and major services personnel in generating support for the AFP’s gender mainstreaming… Continue reading AFP inks agreement will PCW to strengthen its gender mainstreaming programs

Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch lauds Congress for passage of ‘Compensation Bill’

The civic group Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch (MRCW) on Tuesday (September 7, 2021) praised House of Representatives lawmakers for passing House Bill (HB) 9925, the Marawi Compensation Act, on its third and final reading. The MRCW, as per Maureen Anthea T. Lacuesta of International Alert Philippines, has been in the “forefront in pushing for a… Continue reading Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch lauds Congress for passage of ‘Compensation Bill’

AFP welcomes the approval of Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020’s IRR

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In a press statement on Thursday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines welcomed the approval of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. The approval of the IRR, as per AFP spokesman Major General Edgard Arevalo, would surely empower the military to “run after, assist in the arrest and prosecution,… Continue reading AFP welcomes the approval of Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020’s IRR

House approves bill seeking the inclusion of PH map, West Philippine Sea, Sabah on passports

In a virtual meeting last Thursday, the committee on foreign affairs approved House Bill 6399, a bill seeking the printing of the country’s map – including the West Philippine Sea and Sabah – on passports. Authored by Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, the said substitute bill seeks to amend the Passport Act by… Continue reading House approves bill seeking the inclusion of PH map, West Philippine Sea, Sabah on passports

Lorenzana appeals to Filipinos to give Anti-Terrorism Law a chance

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Amid some concerns with the passage of Republic Act No. 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in a statement on Sunday, appealed to the public to give the controversial measure a chance. Being criticized for its vague and contentious provisions, the anti-terrorism law which repeals the Human Security Act of… Continue reading Lorenzana appeals to Filipinos to give Anti-Terrorism Law a chance

Philippines to maintain a long-standing military pact with USA

The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt anchored off Manila Bay in 2018.Credit...Bullit Marquez/Associated Press

The Philippine government reversed course on Tuesday, saying it would keep a long-standing military treaty with the United States known as the Visiting Forces Agreement, which President Rodrigo Duterte has blasted as unjust. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin made the statement on Twitter on Tuesday, claiming he had informed Washington in a diplomatic message. The… Continue reading Philippines to maintain a long-standing military pact with USA