Mindanao representatives, Rufus and Maximo Rodriguez, pushed for HB 1213, a similar measure filed in the previous Congress prescribing a harsher penalty for foreign drug traffickers.   This measure seeks to amend R.A. 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002” by adopting the higher prescribed penalty, including death, of the national law of a foreign drug trafficker, to diminish its prevalence thereby limiting the establishment of foreign drug cartels in the Philippines.

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SENATE - on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, the Bicameral Conference (Bicam) Committee finally achieved truce despite contentious provisions embedded in the 2014 General Appropriation Bill (GAB). The Bicam Report on the 2014 Budget needs to be ratified by the Senate and House of Representatives before it is sent to the President for signature.

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The House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reform approved HB 3587, a consolidation of three Anti-Political Dynasty measures namely; HB 172 filed by Reps. Neri Colmenares (BAYAN MUNA), Carlos Zarate, Luzviminda Ilagan (GABRIELA), Emmi De Jesus (GABRIELA), Antonio Tinio (ACT TEACHERS), Fernando Hicap (ANAKPAWIS), Terry Ridon (KABATAAN) and Edgar Erice, HB 837 by Rep. Erlinda M. Santiago (SAGIP) and HB 2911 by Rep. Oscar Rodriguez, all seeking to carry out the Constitutional mandate against political dynasty in order to guarantee equal access to public service.

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An Act Providing For the Modernization, Standardization and Regulation of the Procurement Activities of the Government and For Other Purposes RA 9184, better known as the Government Procurement Reform Act (GPRA), was signed into law on July 22, 2002. GPRA was enacted primarily to eliminate all forms of corrupt practices in the government procurement system and likewise seek efficient utilization of the government’s resources.

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