PACC exec tags nearly a dozen congressmen
MANILA, Philippines — Around a dozen incumbent lawmakers have been tagged in alleged anomalies surrounding public works projects, an official of President Duterte’s anti-corruption body said yesterday.Greco Belgica, commissioner of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), said the lawmakers were mentioned in complaints about irregularities including ghost projects, kickbacks, repeat funding and substandard projects.“I think the exact number submitted to the President after validation is fewer than 12,” Belgica told CNN Philippines in mixed English and Filipino.“This has to be invest...
Tanzania’s opposition Chadema summons 19 ‘rebel’ Special Seats lawmakers
Dar es Salaam. Tanzania’s main opposition party Chadema has ordered its 19 members who were on Tuesday sworn in as Special Seats lawmakers to appear before the party’s Central Committee on Friday.Addressing a news conference in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, Chadema secretary-general John Mnyika said the members should present themselves at the party’s headquarters on Friday without fail.He noted that no official list of Special Seats nominees had been submitted by the party to the National Electoral Commission (NEC).“I have not at submitted any list of Special Seats nominees, ...
EU chief unsure of Brexit trade deal as year-end deadline looms
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told EU lawmakers on Wednesday that despite the "genuine progress" on several important issues in post-Brexit trade talks with London, she "cannot tell you today if there will in the end there be a deal."After months of deadlock, the head of the EU's executive branch told European Parliament that negotiators have made great strides on establishing terms of police and judicial cooperation as well as for social security arrangements."Also on goods, services and transport we now have the outline of a possible final text," the German politician sa...
Duterte won’t name, probe corrupt congressmen
MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte won’t name lawmakers allegedly benefiting from corruption in government projects, saying he cannot investigate members of a separate and co-equal branch of government.The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) reported last month that some lawmakers were using their influence to control the implementation of local projects and are colluding with public works personnel and contractors to commit corruption. PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica has declined to provide specifics but has submitted the list of lawmakers to Duterte.Speaking at a meeting with...
Duterte won’t name lawmakers involved in corruption, says he has no authority
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will not name the lawmakers who are allegedly benefiting from corruption in government projects, saying he cannot probe members of a separate and co-equal branch of government.The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) claimed last month that some lawmakers are using their influence to control the implementation of local projects and are colluding with public works personnel and contractors to commit corruption. PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica has declined to provide specifics but has vowed to submit the list of lawmakers to Duterte.Speak...
Trump maintains unproven 'massive' fraud claim as Michigan lawmakers depart his hotel
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump reiterated his unproven claim that there was “massive voter fraud” in Michigan’s election on Saturday, a day after he met with Republican lawmakers from the state at the White House.In Saturday morning tweets, as multiple Michigan lawmakers departed the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., the president responded to a joint statement put out by House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake. Their Friday statement suggested the lawmakers used the meeting to focus on COVID-19 relief and not the certific...
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US lawmakers discuss stimulus again as Fed warns of growth slump
Washington (AFP) - Aides to top US lawmakers met on Thursday for yet another restart to talks on a new stimulus spending package to aid the economic recovery from the coronavirus downturn.The discussions, confirmed to AFP by a senior Democratic aide, come as Covid-19 cases surge nationwide and as the president of a regional Federal Reserve bank warned the United States could see growth contract again in the fourth quarter.The talks between the staffs of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, both Democrats, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Mino...
Coronavirus stimulus checks: What lawmakers feel on the chances of another relief package
The number of coronavirus cases are quickly rising in several parts of the U.S. again. However, the lawmakers aren’t showing the same agility in the matter of the relief package. More lawmakers now believe there are less chances of any coronavirus stimulus package and checks in the lame-duck session as the focus will be on the approaching deadline to decide on government spending.Q3 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreLess chances of coronavirus stimulus checks by year end?Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, says that he is “discouraged” now because there “doesn't seem to be an...
Hong Kong face mask manufacturer suspends business after pro-Beijing lawmaker claims yellow design violates security law
Hong Kong face mask manufacturer Yellowfactory has suspended its business operations after pro-Beijing lawmakers and newspapers said one of their designs violated the national security law.The company announced on Facebook that their retail and online shops will be closed from Wednesday onwards.“Yellowfactory does not intend to violate the national security law. With consideration of our staff and customers, we will make internal adjustments. From November 18 onward, the Causeway Bay and Mong Kok retail shops will suspend business temporarily,” the post read.In a report published on Monday, st...
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California lawmakers take trip to Hawaii amid COVID surge, travel advisory
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — COVID-19 has squashed most holiday and vacation plans this year amid travel restrictions and quarantine recommendations to slow the spread of the virus.Yet some California lawmakers have traveled to Maui this week for the California Independent Voter Project’s annual policy conference.A San Diego-based group that works to empower “nonpartisan voters and promote nonpartisan election reform through initiatives,” the project’s summit has historically offered a chance for lawmakers, lobbyists and industry representatives to rub elbows over cocktails while discussing policy und...
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