MANILA, Philippines — Several names are being floated for the possible replacement of Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when she ends her term next month. Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, president of President Rodrigo Duterte's political party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), earlier said the party would regain the leadership of the House of Representatives. Frontrunners for the speakership post are from the dominant PDP-Laban — Pantaleon Alvarez (Davao del Norte), Aurelio Gonzales (Pampanga) and Lord Allan Jay Velasco (Marinduque). Administration allied lawmakers are also being eyed for possible speakership — Alan Peter Cayetano (Taguig City), Martin Romualdez (Leyte) and presidential son Paolo Duterte (Davao City). Fredenil Castro (Capiz) of the National Unity Party and outgoing Sen. Loren Legarda have also expressed interest for the post. Pantaleon Alvarez Former Speaker Alvarez, who was booted out of the House Speakership in a coup last … [Read more...] about Race is on: Who will be the next House speaker?
Palace: Up to House to choose its speaker Alexis Romero (Philstar.com) - May 20, 2019 - 8:09pm MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will not meddle in the race for House speakership, Malacañang said Monday, after a stalwart of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan claimed the party is expected to secure the leadership of the chamber. Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president, previously said it would be a "crying shame" if the speakership does not go to a member of his party. Duterte is the chairman of PDP-Laban, which won 80 out of 234 legislative districts. Pimentel, a former senate president, claimed the ruling party has a "deep bench of very capable and very competent party leaders" who are ready to push for the president's legislative agenda. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo reiterated that Duterte does not interfere with the affairs of a co-equal branch … [Read more...] about Palace: Up to House to choose its speaker
GEORGE TOWN: Dewan Sri Pinang, a civic centre established since 1972 at the north seafront of the World Heritage Site here, would become an international icon for arts and culture for Penang, the State Housing, Local Government, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said today. He said that in order to achieve similar international standards as the Sydney Opera House and London’s Royal Albert Hall, the function and purpose of Dewan Sri Pinang would be enhanced by giving the building an upgrade. “Currently, the Dewan Sri Pinang was not fully utilised as an art gallery and culture hub for the public, but hopefully once it had been enhanced, we could have it as the main arts and cultural centre for Penang,“ he said in a press conference here. On April 30, chief minister Chow Kon Yeow said the George Town Corporation Sdn Bhd (GTCDC) will be upgrading the multi-purpose auditorium next year based on the feedbacks from the public. To date, three … [Read more...] about Dewan Sri Pinang to be Penang’s ‘Sydney Opera House’: Jagdeep
Low-rise houses such as this model at Mavista Prestige Village Krungthep Kreetha in Bangkok become popular as developers seek to meet real demand in a tough market. (Photo supplied by CBRE) The Bangkok condominium market has slowed down due to the accumulation of unsold stock and the tightening of mortgage lending regulations. This has caused buyers to be more careful, resulting in less demand from speculators and more emphasis on real demand.The trend explains why developers are shifting their overall development portfolio to the low-rise housing market where demand for single-detached houses and townhouses is driven entirely by Thais end-users and owner-occupiers. Homebuyers have specific needs in terms of location, size, design and functionality. They also have a fixed budget. As such, developers need to focus on these needs and deliver the right product in the right place at a price people can afford. Developers are capitalising on new popular locations such as the … [Read more...] about Tough conditions bring change to housing market
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg The New York Times Mon., April 29, 2019 WASHINGTON—The powerful chairman of the House Judiciary Committee threatened on Sunday to subpoena Attorney General William P. Barr if he refuses to testify this week, a move that could lead to a major escalation of the long-running feud between the White House and congressional Democrats over testimony and access to documents. The threat by the chairman, Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York, came on the eve of Democrats’ return to Washington after a two-week congressional recess that has been dominated by questions about the special counsel’s report. Barr is scheduled to come before Nadler’s committee on Thursday to testify about it. But Barr and Democrats are at loggerheads over the Democrats’ proposed format for questioning him, and now the much-anticipated hearing is in doubt. The dispute spilled out into the open on Sunday when Democrats revealed that Barr … [Read more...] about Barr threatens not to testify before house, but Democrats may subpoena him