In light of promoting sports and physical education as an essential factor in the formation of a healthy and functioning society, Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla filed HB 2302 or an act establishing a Philippine High School for Sports (PHSS).

I spent almost 10 years in Philippine Congress (both chambers) as a congressional staff and I have always been a student of legislatures. I know a lot of people will raise their brows but I will go on a limb for the institution and not the persons occupying the 16th today.

We are one with the Filipino people, who have chosen us as their representatives, in expressing our outrage over the scandalous revelations in the Napoles investigation and the COA special audit. There can be no excuses for this kind of abuse, and the appropriate steps must be taken to make accountable those involved and to ensure that this travesty will not be repeated.

On August 28, 2013 at 9:47 PM alleged mastermind of the 10 Billion Pesos PDAF Scam surrendered to President Noynoy Aquino in Malacanang and was escorted to Camp Crame afterwards. On August 29, 2013 a briefer was published on the Briefing Room section of the Official Gazette (www.gov.ph) on wanted individuals who personally surrendered to Presidents.

Many called for the total abolition of pork barrel while others were for its reform. TheLOBBYiST asked some of the protesters and bystanders about their particular stand on said issue and their suggestions.

In a country where a culture of fear and impunity reigns, especially during the election season, private armies are the norm. Constitutionally prohibited, private armies and other groups not recognized by any duly constituted authority ought to be dismantled. However, no legislation has yet been enacted to penalize private armies and other armed groups. Enter House Bill No. 22 introduced by MAGDALO Party List Represerntatives Francisco Acedillo and Gary Alejano in the 16th Congress which aims to dismantle and penalize such armed entities.

If you’ve been keen on observing news items recently, marriage spats involving several celebrity personalities and politicians have been all over broadcasts, with many wives crying foul over abuse and mistreatment from their husbands after many years of being together. Well, these cases get the attention not really because of the nature or gravity of the abuse but because they are public figures and that anything they do would always be seen as an item for discussion in the media. But much as it is what it is for our media, what’s happening or what is at least being reported is a microcosm of what’s been happening in society today.

SAGIP Rep. Erlinda M. Santiago seeks to abolish political dynasties in HB 837 or the Anti-Political Dynasty Act. Rep. Santiago said that the political clannish framework of the Philippines continues to reign and disregards Article II, Sec. 26 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution: “The State shall guarantee equal access to public service and prohibit political dynasty as may be defined by law”.

IT was all heart that got Gilas Pilipinas to beat South Korea in a game that truly mattered for basketball pride and honor of the nation. We were united for a moment, shouting our lungs out to egg our team to gain back their composure with the injury of naturalized center Marcus Douthit. With Douthit riding the bench, it was an all-Filipino five that engineered the return to center stage for a team created, molded and nurtured by a man called MVP and a bench tactician named Chot. It was championship caliber play Saturday night with an 86-79 victory. More than anything, it was personal for every Filipino in the SMX Arena for we have not beaten South Korea for that long. Defeating South Korea ensured our ticket to Spain for the FIBA World Championships.

IT was all heart that got Gilas Pilipinas to beat South Korea in a game that truly mattered for basketball pride and honor of the nation. We were united for a moment, shouting our lungs out to egg our team to gain back their composure with the injury of naturalized center Marcus Douthit. With Douthit riding the bench, it was an all-Filipino five that engineered the return to center stage for a team created, molded and nurtured by a man called MVP and a bench tactician named Chot. It was championship caliber play Saturday night with an 86-79 victory. More than anything, it was personal for every Filipino in the SMX Arena for we have not beaten South Korea for that long. Defeating South Korea ensured our ticket to Spain for the FIBA World Championships.

Currently, the NTC supervises and regulates Radio and TV Broadcast Stations, Cable TV, and Pay Television, as well as public communications services including the management of the radio spectrum. The Bill will greatly expand NTC’s jurisdiction into “other multi-media infrastructure and services” as well as over “program, content, and application providers in such infrastructure and services.”

By the time this article is published, our National Team Gilas Pilipinas and its fate may have already been sealed or it may still be in a heated battle in the Quarterfinals of the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship being held here in Manila. Be that as it may, this article will not lose meaning nor will it lose any relevance.