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.

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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).

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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”.

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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.

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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.”

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