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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One of the earlier bills filed in the 16th Congress is the Magna Carta for Internet Freedom or MCIF, filed by strong women advocates in the House of Representatives by Rep. Kim Cojuangco (NPC-1st Dist, Pangasinan) and firebrand Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago in the Senate.

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In what appears to be a step towards the nuclear option in the country, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago filed Senate Bill No. 580 mandating an immediate validation process of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant to determine its operability pursuant to internationally accepted nuclear power industry norms.

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Sen. Grace Poe filed her first bill in the Senate last 1 July, the start of the 16th Congress.  Calling for free lunch for Filipino children in public schools program, Poe stated that her bill is anchored against hunger and malnutrition, the greatest threats to public health.

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On CORRUPTION - The one issue that is right now, and always, in our people's minds in corruption, and of course the issue's tipping point, the Janet Lim Napoles scandal. Whatever the real numbers are --- ten billion, perhaps less, perhaps more? --- we cannot and must not sweep away this scam into oblivion. We cannot allow this. For this reason, let me put this on public notice: the Minority is filling a resolution to investigate this criminal plunder --- for that is what it is --- that us destroying the trust that our legislative should enjoy from our people.

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In what many see as the last attempt of the Liberal Party to amend the 1987 Constitution, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. (LP) fired the first salvo for charter change today with Joint Resolution No. 1, proposing amendments to certain economic provisions of the Constitution, particularly Articles II, XII and XVI.

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