IN PHOTOS: Lawmakers go local with dresses for Duterte’s SONA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 23, 2019   •   1512

Lawmakers wore simple and locally designed dresses during President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday (July 22).

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Senator Grace Poe wore a simple white terno. Poe has also worn simple white dresses in previous SONAs.

Senator Risa Hontiveros walks in the red carpet wearing a knee-length barong dress.

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Senator Imee Marcos wore a yellow and red gradient dress made by Mark Tumang who also designed gowns for 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray. The choice of colors is intended to symbolize the end of the red-yellow color coding in PH politics: “Para matigil na ang isyu ng pula at dilaw,” Marcos said.

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Senator Pia Cayetano waves at photographers at the red carpet wearing a dress with a traditional ethnic designs.

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Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy also graced the red carpet in a red-magenta terno.

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Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado arrives in the red carpet with Senator Bong Revilla and son Jolo Revilla. She was wearing a floral terno.

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Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate, meanwhile, wore a white barong with a hand-painted image of a standoff between Filipino and Chinese fishermen.

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Wearing a white and red Filipiniana, Gabriela Partylist Rep. Arlene Brosas and company unfurled their fans bearing statements calling for salary increase.

Vice President Leni Robredo and her daughters also wore Filipiniana dresses. The dresses are woven fabrics by members of Angat Buhay communities in Marawi and Basilian.

Nancy Binay and her family also attended SONA in simple Filipiniana.—AAC

Bakwit Fashown: Taal evacuees flaunting clothing donations go viral

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 18, 2020

It is already innate among Filipinos to find a silver lining even in the worst adversities.

Thousands of residents in Batangas and other areas have been taking shelter at evacuation centers after the Taal eruption on Sunday (January 12).

These centers have been receiving boxes of donated old clothes ranging from school uniforms to prom night suits that sparked jokes and hilarious posts across social media.

Netizen Mary Margaret Huertas posted a compilation of Taal residents flaunting their “bakwit fashown”.

“Tunay na nakakatanggal ng stress kahit papaano. Ganito talaga mga Batangueño eh, sa ganitong pagsubok ay nagagawa pa magpangiti. Malaki paring tulong ang mga donations niyo (It somehow removes the stress. Batangueños still find ways to smile despite adversity. Your donations are still a big help),” she said in her post.—AAC (with reports from Ninya Armillo)

CIBAC solons seek swift passage of 4-day work week proposal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 19, 2019

CIBAC Party-list Representatives have urged Congress to swiftly pass the Alternative Work Arrangement Bill for the sake of the Filipino workforce.

CIBAC Party-list Representative Bro. Eddie Villanueva said the passage of the bill can promote work-life balance and reduce operating costs.

“The bill can promote work-life balance, improve worker’s productivity and reduce transportation costs for employees. On the other hand, the operation costs of employers will be reduced because of less expense on recruitment and huge savings resulting from the reduction of traffic congestion,” he said.

The CIBAC solons filed House Bill 5471 which seeks to amend Article 83 of the Labor Code of the Philippines where employers can voluntarily adjust their working hours per week requirement, but not beyond 48 hours per week, without affecting the salary and benefits.—AAC

Congress on one-month break but Senate budget hearings, inquiry to continue

Robie de Guzman   •   October 2, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – Congress has adjourned its session for a month-long break but Senate said it is still business as usual in the upper chamber.

Prior to its session adjournment Wednesday, Senate adopted Resolution No. 154 filed by Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, which authorized the committees to conduct investigations “on issues of national interests to aid in crafting relevant legislation.”

This means that all regular standing, oversight, and special committees at the Senate can still conduct hearings and inquiry while Congress is on break.

It also authorized committees “to conduct hearings, meetings and consultations during every recess of the Senate to have a continuity in the process of passing pending proposed legislations.”

The resolution also stated that the committees are authorized to issue subpoena or subpoena duces tecum “to any person, corporation entity or its officers to testify and/or produce such documents which maybe needed in the meetings, hearings or consultations of the committees.”

“Resolved, furthermore, to encourage committees to immediately file committee reports based on the outcome of its studies, hearings or investigations to the Senate in its regular and special sessions, and to regard all pending measures with utmost urgency for the consideration of its immediate passage by the Senate,” the resolution stated.

But Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon clarified that standing committees, except for the Blue Ribbon Committee, could not conduct hearings on a resolution which is not read in the plenary and referred to a committee.

The Blue Ribbon Committee could hold hearings motu propio even if a resolution is not yet filed.

Next week, Senate Finance Committee will tackle the proposed P4.1 trillion National Expenditure Program for 2020.

Several committees have also scheduled technical working group meetings, according to the committee secretariat.

The 18th Congress will start its break on October 4 and its session will resume on November 4.

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