Fate of tax reform law now in Senate's hands

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After commending the House of Representatives (HOR) for passing the comprehensive tax reform package, President Rodrigo Duterte in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday said its fate now lies Senate's hands.

"The fate of the tax reform is now in the hands of the Senate," President Duterte said, noting that the House has passed its version of the measure voting 246-9-1.

He followed his call by quipping: "If you think it's a waste, fine, I can survive."

"I call on the Senate to support the package in full and to pass it without haste," the President...

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Duterte to Congress: Reimpose death penalty

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Congress to push for the restoration of the death penalty in the Philippines, noting that capital punishment is about “retribution”, not just deterrence.

"I therefore ask Congress to act on all pending legislations to reimpose death penalty on heinous crimes --especially on the trafficking of illegal drugs," Duterte said in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.

He pointed out the country's criminal system uses a revised penal code centered on the essence of retribution.

"In the Philippines, it is really an eye for an...

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War on drugs to continue — Duterte

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday reiterated that the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs will continue Despite mounting criticism.

"That is why, I have resolved that no matter how long it takes, the fight against illegal drugs will continue because that is the root cause of so much evil and so much suffering [applause] that weakens the social fabric and deters foreign investments from pouring in. The fight will be unremitting as it will be unrelenting," Duterte noted.

"Despite international and local pressures, the fight will not stop until those who...

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Duterte calls for passage of nat'l land use act

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President Rodrigo Duterte has urged Congress to pass the National Land Use Act to address land reform problems in the country.

Duterte made the call in his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.

The proposal seeks to institutionalize a national land use policy that shall end the current degradation of the country's land resource and optimize balanced development.

The House of Representatives has already approved its own version of the bill for third and final reading, which is House Bill 5240, or the proposed "National Land Use and Management Act of...

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