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No raps vs athletes at BoC

Lawmakers rallied behind yesterday the decision of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs not to recommend possible criminal prosecution against 28 athletes who were tapped by the Bureau of Customs (BoC) as its intelligence consultants.

THE first time we cancelled the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in October, 2016, it was largely because of “election fatigue.” The nation had just been through the presidential election of May, 2016, which elected President Duterte. It was felt that it would be best to postpone the barangay and SK elections at least one year to October 23, 2017.

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Voting 19-2, the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms chaired by CIBAC Party-List Rep. Sherwin Tugna approved a motion to postpone the scheduled Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls on Oct. 23 to the second Monday of May 2018.

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The panel, chaired by Catan-duanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento, will conduct a hearing on August 2 as lawmakers seek to finally regulate and set clear the requirements, guidelines, and standards for the operation of these application-based ride-hailing platforms.

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Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and Quezon City Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo, chairman of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, said the probe will zero in the possible security lapses of the Resorts World management that led to death of Elizabeth Panlilio Mendoza, Pampanga Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales’ wife, and 36 others.

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Suspension of peace talks backed

House leaders yesterday strongly rallied behind the Duterte government’s suspension of peace talks with the communist rebels.

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