MEDICAL

The House Committee on Health approved on Monday  the draft bill legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Isabela rep. Rodito Albano authored the proposed Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act. The approval came after the Health panel  conducted extensive consultations with patients, advocacy groups, health care  practititoners, experts in the regulation of controlled substances for medical use, medical cannabis industry professionals and law enforcement agencies. Continue reading

IMPUNITY

Allies of former President Aquino downplayed the 2017 Global Impunity Index which ranked the Philippines number 1 among 69 countries in terms of impunity based on data from 2012 to 2014—during the Aquino administration.

They still tried to pin the blame on President Duterte. Continue reading

CONSIDER

The House Committee on Justice Subcommittee on Prosecutorial Reforms has approved a bill to outlaw hazing and regulate initiation rites in fraternities and sororities that are both school based and community based.

The technical working group led by BH Party list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy presented the refinements to the  Substitute Bill to HB 3467 which seeks to revise the anti hazing law. Continue reading

CALLS

Magdalo rep. Gary Alejano mourns the loss of life in an encounter between Vietnamese Fishermen and the Philippine Navy in the West Philippine Sea.”We mourn the loss of lives in the recent encounter between Vietnamese fishermen and the Philippine Navy in the West Philippine Sea. I urge the immediate conduct of investigation on the matter.  This incident gives us a picture of the dangers and tension in the area amid territorial disputes and competition over resources. If we recall, a same incident happened with a Taiwanese fisherman in 2013.  Continue reading

NO

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will not resign her position despite the pendency of an impeachment complaint against her at the House of Representatives.

Sereno’s impeachment  defense team spokesperson Anacleto Rei Jojo Lacanilao said during today’s press conference, “hindi siya magreresign she will fight this to the end and more she will stay on. she will not abandon her constitutional duties.” Continue reading