Poll fever leaves House empty Created on November 16, 2012, 2:57 am Posted by nup

It seems many lawmakers are burning with election fever that they have failed to attend the House of Representatives’ regular sessions.
More than half of the House members did not show up during each of three plenary sessions this week, prompting officials to adjourn the meetings and let crucial bills languish on the back burner.

Local government subsidizes laptop units for teachers - City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III Created on November 15, 2012, 5:45 am Posted by nup

CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan, November 15 (PIA) – Fifty public school teachers in Balanga City recently received new Lenovo laptops from the local government unit through the TEaCHNOLOGY program which allows the LGU to subsidize P5,000 for every laptop unit.

The recipient teachers will only pay P1,000 a month for a year to completely own the device.

Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III said teachers are the “frontliners” in providing excellent education that they must be equipped with the appropriate device that will aid them in their profession.

House minority bloc to support FOI bill with ‘right to reply’ provision Created on November 15, 2012, 2:46 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines — The House minority bloc will only support a Freedom of Information Bill that has the right of reply provision.
This was according to House minority leader Danilo Suarez who said in an interview with reporters on Wednesday that although their members were divided on the FOI Bill, what they agreed on was the need for a right of reply provision.

8 party-list groups get Supreme Court reprieve Created on November 15, 2012, 2:32 am Posted by nup

Not four but eight party-list groups, including the one led by ex-convict Romeo Jalosjos Jr., which were earlier barred by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from taking part in next year’s election, got a reprieve from the Supreme Court.

This developed as the Comelec disqualified 10 more party-list organizations claiming to represent government employees, farmers, migrant workers and orphans.

8 MILLION MAY LOSE RIGHT TO VOTE Created on November 15, 2012, 2:27 am Posted by nup

At least eight million voters will be disenfranchised if the mandatory biometrics registration will be implemented in the upcoming 2013 elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Wednesday.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. disclosed that they wouldn’t be able to take the biometric data of the eight million voters since the registration period already ended last October 31.

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