Enrile: AMLA Amendments Will Pass Created on February 4, 2013, 3:31 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines --- Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile yesterday said the Senate may be able to pass the last of the proposed amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) this week before it closes session in preparation for the May 2013 elections.
Enrile said he is confident that the Senate would be able to ''refine'' contentious provisions of the Senate Bill No. 3123 in the remaining three days so that the bill could be passed and be signed into law by the President in time for the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)'s deadline and avoid being blacklisted.
''We will finish the AMLA (bill). We have to (pass it) according to the authors. Tinulungan ko na nga sila nung last session namin to refine the provisions so that we can pass it because we're short of time,'' Enrile said in an interview over DZBB.

Signing Of Carriers Bill Seen Created on February 4, 2013, 3:30 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines --- Congress will transmit the enrolled copy of a bill seeking to remove taxes on international carriers and shippers for President Benigno S. Aquino III's signature heading into the break for the election period.
''It will be transmitted to the Palace during the break, but it will be ASAP (as soon as possible),'' said Majority Leader Neptali ''Boyet'' Gonzales II.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. signed the enrolled copy of the bill on Jan. 31, 2012. This was then transmitted to the Senate on the same day.

Nograles named as among 20 Outstanding Congressmen Created on February 1, 2013, 5:30 am Posted by nup

SUPERBRANDS, a prestigious international branding and polling outfit, has named Representative Karlo B. Nograles (first district, Davao City) as one of the 20 Most Outstanding Congressmen in the 15th Congress.

He is one of the two elected congressmen from Mindanao who made it to the elite circle. The other lawmaker who made it to the list is Representative Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City. Nograles and Rodriguez are both lawyers.

16,908 Pass Nursing Licensure Examination Created on January 31, 2013, 3:08 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines - A total of 16,908 out of 49,066 examinees passed the licensure examination for nurses, which was topped by a graduate of Colegio de Sta. Lourdes of Leyte Foundation Inc., the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced yesterday.

The examination was held in Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Nueva Ecija, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga last December.

Giant ‘creatures’ add thrill to Dinagyang revelry Created on January 31, 2013, 3:06 am Posted by nup

ILOILO CITY—Giant bees, serpents and spiders towered over the city streets on Sunday, but the hundreds of thousands of revelers who came were thrilled rather than scared by the hideous creatures.
The “creatures”—made of paper, cardboard, plastic and pieces of wood—were after all only props of groups that participated in the Ati tribe contest of the Dinagyang Festival.
The streets reverberated with sounds of drum-beatings and shouts of “Viva Señor Sto. Niño” as more than one million people, including tourists, took part in the renowned festival over the weekend.

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