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  • Statement by Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon on the MMDA's decision to suspend implementation of HOV policy

    August 18, 2018 1:07 AM 5

    "I fully support and laud the decision of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to suspend the implementation of the 'driver-only' car scheme in EDSA. It is the right and proper thing to do." "As the sponsor and one of the principal authors of Senate Resolution No. 845 which urged the suspension of the 'driver-only' car ban, I am glad that the MMDA has heeded

  • Hontiveros: Hospital admins that detain patients face 6 years imprisonment, P 1-M fine

    August 16, 2018 4:05 AM 7

    This was the statement issued today by Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros after she filed a bill imposing stiffer penalties to hospitals that detain patients and the deceased who fail to settle their hospital bills. Senate Bill No. 1937 or the Strengthened Anti-Hospital Detention Bill seeks to put more teeth to Republic Act No. 9439, the country's existing

  • Hontiveros: Nat'l Day of Remembrance sought to commemorate Kian and EJK victims

    August 16, 2018 2:05 AM 6

    In commemoration of Kian delos Santos, the Caloocan youth who was murdered in a controversial anti-drug operation a year ago today, Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros filed a resolution seeking to declare the 16th of August as a "National Day of Remembrance" for all the victims of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) under the Duterte government's bloody war on drugs

  • Drilon calls on Congress to resume budget delibs, prevent reenacted budget

    August 14, 2018 7:18 AM 7

    Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon on Tuesday called the suspension of budget deliberations and talks of a reenacted budget "foolish and counter-productive," saying it will only make the President appear weak for being unable to pass his own budget despite having a supermajority in Congress. Drilon said that the House of Representatives' plan to return

  • Recto: House move to call off hearings must not lead to delayed or reenacted budget

    August 12, 2018 10:12 AM 7

    It is the prerogative of the House to suspend hearings on 2019 national budget. We can only hope that after this pause, they can fast-forward their review so that the budget will arrive in the Senate as scheduled and will not jeopardize the traditional timetable of an enacted budget by the end of the year. As we are four and a half months away from the end of the year, any speculation

  • Lacson Pushes Transfer of Police Recruits' Training to PNP

    August 11, 2018 2:38 AM 7

    To make sure its new recruits learn to uphold the law instead of violating it, it is high time the Philippine National Police take full responsibility - and accountability - for their training. Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who headed the PNP from 1999 to 2001, stressed this over the weekend, adding this should greatly help in the police force's internal cleansing

  • Aquino: 3-month financial assistance for endo workers, included in 'End Endo' bill

    August 8, 2018 7:58 AM 8

    Sen. Bam Aquino's "Pantawid Endo" proposal to give financial assistance to workers hired by subcontracting companies who are waiting for their next project was incorporated in Security of Tenure and End of Endo Act of 2018. Under the Transition Support Program, Sen. Bam's "Pantawid Endo" proposal will provide workers who are hired by subcontracting companies

  • PRIB: Senate approves bills increasing bed capacity in various public hospitals

    August 7, 2018 9:43 AM 8

    The Senate today approved on third and final reading three bills seeking to increase the bed capacity of three government hospitals in Zamboanga City, Surigao del Sur and Mt. Province, respectively. Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito, chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, said the passage of House Bill Nos. (HBN) 6114, 6742 and 6621 would

  • Grace Poe on Federalism campaign

    August 6, 2018 6:41 AM 8

    Several agencies are getting deep cuts in their budget in the proposed appropriations for 2019: DA (from P61 billion to P55 billion); DSWD (from P141.8 billion to P136.6 billion); DepEd (from P553 billion to P498 billion); and DOH (from P107 billion to P71 billion). This is happening at a time when hunger incidence and food prices are soaring. While

  • Ambush Interview of Sen. Leila M. de Lima

    August 2, 2018 8:50 AM 7

    Reporter: Ma'am, comment po na kinuha si Ronnie Dayan as prosecution witness without his consent... Sen. De Lima: It is unjust. Gusto talaga siyang paalisin para mapalitan nila ng tao nila... Maling-mali ang desisyon na maalis si Deputy Ombudsman Carandang. It's assuming na meron siyang maling ginawa. It's too harsh a penalty, the dismissal. The real agenda