Proposed law on exact change for customers approved
The bicameral conference committee on the proposed Exact Change bill approved the measure that “makes it unlawful for business establishments to shortchange a consumer, even if such change is only a small amount.”
The bicameral panel is co-presided over by Las Rep. Piñas Rep. Mark Villar, chairman of the House committee on trade and industry, and Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, chairman of the Senate committee on trade, commerce and entrepreneurship.
The committee consolidated House Bill 4730 and Senate Bill 1618 which is authored by Aquino, Villar, Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and among others.
The bill calls to protect consumers from unfair trade practices, Villar said.
The Philippine Star reported that the bill directs business establishments to use price tags indicating the exact retail price per unit or service, which includes the taxes applicable to the goods or services being offered.
The report added that the measure was filed in response to numerous complaints from consumers about the practice of business establishments of not giving the exact change or of giving the change in kind such as candies.
Lawmakers warns chaos if Comelec prints vote receipt
Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro, chair of the House of Representatives’ committee on suffrage and electoral reforms warned of a possible chaos on the upcoming 2016 national elections as a result of the Supreme Court’s (SC) order for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to print vote receipts.
Although the Supreme Court voted unanimously to direct the Comelec to print vote receipts, the lawmaker expressed hope that the magistrates will reconsider their decision.
Castro also warned the SC in its petition of possible failure of elections due to the printing of vote receipts.
Man jailed describing women in Egypt as ‘adulterous’
Taimour Subki was sentenced to three years in prison on March 12 for “claiming that many women in the conservative country have extramarital affairs,” a judicial source said.
Subki, who runs a Facebook page titled “The Diary of a Crushed Husband,” said this in a
in a television interview in December, sparking an uproar.
The judicial official said that the court in Egypt convicted him of spreading “false news that disturbs the public peace.”
The ruling may be appealed.
GMA News reported that a backlash on social media had already led to the cancellation of the talk show, aired on private satellite station CBC, that hosted Subki.
“Many women cheat on their husbands… I can say that 30 percent of women are ready to be deviant,” Subki said, pointing to the southern cities of “Asyut, Minya, Sohag, Qena, Luxor and Aswan.”
The report added that Subki said his remarks had been taken out of context. “I didn’t mean to insult anyone and I was speaking generally,” he wrote in a Facebook post before his arrest.
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