Xave Gregorio
Xave Gregorio

Xave Gregorio has been a reporter for Philstar.com since 2020. He covers the Senate, media issues and other assignments. He is the creator, producer and host of Philstar.com's webshow "Anyare?"

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Congress must recall Maharlika bill to correct errors, ex-Senate presidents say
by Xave Gregorio - June 8, 2023 - 12:52pm
Three former Senate presidents said Thursday the only way to rectify apparent errors in the bill seeking to create the Maharlika Investment Fund is for Congress to recall its approval instead of letting legislative...
Visa-free entry to Canada for some Filipinos: Who are eligible?
by Xave Gregorio - June 7, 2023 - 9:21am
For Philippine citizens to be eligible for visa-free entry, they must have either held a Canadian visa in the last 10 years or currently hold a valid US non-immigrant visa.
Corrections keep Maharlika bill from getting sent for Marcos’ approval
by Xave Gregorio - June 6, 2023 - 5:51pm
Corrections are still being made to the controversial bill that seeks to create the Maharlika Investment Fund, delaying its transmittal to Malacañang for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s appro...
House suspends Teves again over continued absence
by Xave Gregorio - May 31, 2023 - 8:26pm
Embattled Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. (Negros Oriental) will be suspended for another 60 days by the House of Representatives over his continued absence from the chamber as he insists on not coming back to the country...
Maharlika fund clears Senate hurdle
by Xave Gregorio - May 31, 2023 - 2:33am
The Maharlika fund was identified as a priority measure by the Marcos administration which it requested Congress to pass before the president’s State of the Nation Address in July.
Last-ditch effort to delay Maharlika's Senate approval fails
by Xave Gregorio - May 30, 2023 - 6:13pm
The two-member Senate minority’s last-ditch attempt to stop the proposed Maharlika Investment Fund on its track towards approval failed as their parliamentary maneuver was thwarted by the overwhelming vote...
Robin Padilla resigns as PDP-Laban exec to focus on being senator
by Xave Gregorio - May 30, 2023 - 9:51am
“I believe my decision is for the good of the party and its members — and more importantly, for the Filipino people,” Padilla said.
Loophole in Maharlika bills lets SSS, GSIS invest in fund
by Xave Gregorio - May 29, 2023 - 7:16pm
The bill passed by the House of Representatives in December 2022 and the bill being debated in the Senate to create the Maharlika Investment Fund allow for the Social Security System and the Government Service Insurance...
Senate may hold rare Thursday session for Maharlika
by Xave Gregorio - May 29, 2023 - 5:56pm
Aiming to meet Malacañang’s deadline to approve the creation of the Maharlika Investment Fund before President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s State of the Nation Address in July, the Senate may hold a...
House ethics panel agrees on 'stiffer penalty' for Teves
by Xave Gregorio - May 29, 2023 - 4:21pm
The ethics panel of the House of Representatives unanimously agreed to recommend a “stiffer penalty” for beleaguered Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. (Negros Oriental).
‘Mawar’ further intensifies as it nears Philippine area of responsibility
by Xave Gregorio - May 26, 2023 - 8:50am
Super Typhoon “Mawar” continued to strengthen as it approached the Philippine area of responsibility, which it is forecast to enter by Friday evening or Saturday dawn.
Padilla admits economic Cha-cha push in Senate now dead
by Xave Gregorio - May 25, 2023 - 4:03pm
The push to amend economic provisions in the Constitution, touted by its advocates to breathe new life into the country’s investment climate, has been pronounced dead in the Senate.
Senate on track to approve Maharlika fund next week
by Xave Gregorio - May 25, 2023 - 3:06pm
Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri said the upper chamber is set to approve the controversial proposal to create the Maharlika Investment Fund which has been once again certified as urgent by President Ferdinand...
‘Mawar’ reintensifies into super typhoon, may bring heavy rains beginning Saturday
by Xave Gregorio - May 25, 2023 - 10:15am
State weather service PAGASA said Thursday that “Mawar,” the tropical cyclone outside of the Philippine area of responsibility, has become a super typhoon again after a brief weakening as it passed over...
Marcos certifies as urgent Senate bill creating Maharlika fund
by Xave Gregorio - May 24, 2023 - 4:16pm
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has certified the Senate bill seeking to create the Maharlika Investment Fund as urgent which will allow the swifter passage of the measure in the chamber.
NGCP admits bulk of income in 4 years went to paying dividends
by Xave Gregorio - May 24, 2023 - 12:42pm
The NGCP told senators that in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019 a bulk of its net income was paid out to shareholders.
Villar: Maharlika Investment Corp. board open to foreigners
by Xave Gregorio - May 24, 2023 - 11:51am
Sen. Grace Poe was asking if foreigners can be part of the MIC as she said they may have expertise or reputation that can be advantageous to the MIF.
Shock, anxiety grip staff as ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo set to go silent
by Xave Gregorio - May 23, 2023 - 8:35pm
Insiders told Philstar.com that workers who will be retrenched are mostly TeleRadyo producers whose employment with ABS-CBN will end on June 29 when all the shows of the pioneering hybrid radio and TV station will...
Fact check: Is Moderna really building a vaccine factory in the Philippines?
by Xave Gregorio - May 23, 2023 - 4:29pm
There has been much hype surrounding Malacañang’s announcement that US pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Moderna Inc. will establish a “vaccine making facility” in the Philippines,...
Malacañang insists sugar importation aboveboard, sugar order not needed to import
by Xave Gregorio - May 23, 2023 - 3:53pm
“To us, in the Office of the President, we have committed no irregularity, no violation when we issued that sugar order. Neither was there any violation committed by any of the parties involved in this questioned...
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