MTVN’s top stories in the past 24 hrs…

MTVN’s top stories in the past 24 hrs…

Compiled by Fitzgerald Cecilio (Asst. News/Sports Editor)

Extension of Bayanihan 2 funds’ availability gets House nod

MANILA – The House of Representatives on Monday night approved on final reading a measure seeking to extend the availability of funds under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2).

With 179 affirmative votes, 6 negative votes, and no abstention, the chamber passed on third reading House Bill 8063, which extends the availability of Bayanihan 2 funds from December 19, 2020 until June 30, 2021, as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. 

The third reading approval came after it was approved on second reading on the same day.

President Rodrigo Duterte has certified the bill as urgent that lifts the “three-day” rule between the second and third readings.

Malacanang assures DU30 will thoroughly review 2021 national budget

MANILA – Given his track record, Malacanang on Monday assured that President Rodrigo Duterte won’t allow “dubious items” in the 2021 national budget.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this assurance in reaction to Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson warning regarding “dubious items” in the proposed 2021 national budget, particularly the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Roque, however, assured that Duterte will thoroughly review the proposed budget and veto unconstitutional provisions if necessary.

Meanwhile, Roque expressed hope that Congress would finally transmit the proposed budget this week.

If the proposed budget would be transmitted late, he said Palace officials might have to spend the rest of the holidays reviewing the budget.

Roque said the country could not afford to have another reenacted budget, especially amid the prevailing pandemic.

General Lim urged to run for Vice President

MANILA — Politics make strange bedfellows indeed as a group of former “leftist” political officers ironically urged “rightist” former rebel military officer Brig. Gen. Danilo “Danny” Delapuz Lim to run for Vice President in 2022.

Pasig, Globe partner to provide more affordable internet access

MANILA – The city government of Pasig has partnered with Globe Telecommunications Inc., to provide high-speed, reliable, and an affordable internet connection to residents as the telco launched GoWiFi and KonekTayo WiFi services on Monday.

Pangasinan barangay workers to get P2K amelioration

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The provincial government of Pangasinan will give PHP2,000 as amelioration benefit to barangay health workers, nurses, service point officers, and daycare center personnel in the province.

Korean Cultural Center honors front-liners thru online concert

MANILA – Providing Filipino front-liners a treat was not enough for the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC), as it staged a virtual concert to recognize their invaluable contribution to society amid the pandemic.

Go gives early Christmas treat to over 3K workers, PWDs in Bohol

CEBU CITY – Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go gave early Christmas presents to 3,081 displaced workers and persons with disabilities (PWDs) affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in Bohol.

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