Cavite Respresentative (3rd District) Alex Advincula shows his vote as members of the 17th congress vote on House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the third and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7. Miguel De Guzman / PHILIPPINE STAR

House approves death penalty; Senate next arena

BUSINESS WORLD House Bill 4727, or an act imposing the death penalty on certain heinous crimes, was approved last night after securing 217 affirmative votes from the lawmakers, as against 54 negative votes and one abstention. Earlier in Tuesday’s session, Liberal Party (LP) Rep. Edcel C. Lagman of Albay (2nd district) tried to stop the 

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PRO-LIFE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, slams the House of Representatives for approving the death penalty bill on 3rd and final reading. File photo by Roy Lagarde

CBCP on death penalty vote: We shall not be silenced

RAPPLER ‘They may have won, but it does not mean that they are right,’ CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says after the House of Representatives approved the death penalty bill MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) slammed the House of Representatives on Tuesday evening, March 7, for approving the death 

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A woman listens as she attends a seminar for expectant mothers called Buntis Congress in this 2010 file photo taken in Mandaluyong. BW FILE PHOTO

Senate approves bill on expanded maternity leave

BUSINESS WORLD Senate Bill (SB) No. 1305 would double the length of maternity leave to women regardless of civil status or legitimacy of her child, to 120 from 60 days. Employers may also extend to another 30 days the leave granted, but with the additional month being without pay. Single parents will be granted a 

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SSS: Pensioners can withdraw P1,000 additional benefit

The state-run Social Security System (SSS) on Thursday (March 2) said it has already released some P2 billion to its pensioners for the month of January 2017 as part of the recently approved P1,000 additional benefit for its pensioners. SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said more than 2.04 million pensioners will 

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Change? Not three decades after EDSA, not under PDP–IBON

IBON.org The Philippines remains backward and underdeveloped with severe inequality 31 years after the so-called EDSA revolution, research group IBON said. The Duterte administration’s new Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 will not change this, said the group, in continuing the failed neoliberal policies of the Marcos regime and all subsequent administrations. EDSA 1986 was a repudiation 

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President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with Environment Secretary Gina Lopez during the 9th Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang on December 5, 2016. (King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo)

Duterte to Commission on Appointments: Listen to Gina

DavaoToday DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Digressing from his prepared speech on Tuesday while addressing the agriculture stakeholders in Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte said Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez had a good case in her hands, and should be given credit. “You just cannot ignore the cries of Gina Lopez. I know 

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Regions with biggest mining activities among the poorest–IBON

IBON.org Contrary to claims that closing down mining operations will worsen poverty, research group IBON said that large-scale mining activities impact heavily on marginalized sectors and intensify poverty. The group also said that the mining sector’s export-oriented character further deprives communities by taking away potential resources for local development. The Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines 

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Nagawi ka na ba sa may Bathurst at Wilson?

Kung hinahanap mo’y isang katulad na alaala ng iyong bayang pinagmulan, amoy ng kusinang Pinoy, pamilyar na kwentuhan sa mga kainan at kapehan at umpukan ng mga kababayan o tagpo ng bentahan ng gulay at prutas sa gilid ng abangan ng bus o kaya nama’y mga anas, sutsot at halakhak na tila baga kasanayan ng 

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Lions Club Int’l convention, March 24-26

True to its century-old  civic service commitment and cherished tradition , the District A711 of Lions Club International is holding its  Annual Convention on March 24-26,2017 at the Sheraton Parkway North Hotel. 9005 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario. The occasion also is a fitting celebration of Lions Clubs International’s centennial foundation. The Centennial is a once-in-a lifetime 

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Martha Joy with guest singer Elaine Evangelista-Virola of the defunct Hotdog Band.

Community Pictorial by Ariel Ramos

Martha Joy held her concert on February 18, 2017 at Rembrandt Banquet Hall, which was filled to capacity. —————————————————————————- iWELD welding shop held its official opening on Feb. 17, 2017 in Brampton, Ontario. Owner Ricky Cruz gave an inspirational speech encouraging other Filipinos to open their own businesses. Photo shows Cruz, his work team, families 

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