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  • Lacson: filipinos p71,000 in debt as they face the year of the earth pig

    December 10, 2018 3:24 AM 110

    The coming year may be a happy one only for those who continue to benefit from the pork barrel system - and a burdensome one for the rest of the Filipinos. Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said every Filipino, even those born just now, is already saddled with a whopping P71,000 debt, no thanks largely to the corrupt pork barrel system. "2019: Year of the Earth

  • Villar Family Celebrates Christmas with Baseco and Iruhin Kids in Tagaytay

    December 10, 2018 2:13 AM 86

    The Villar family led by Senate President Manny and Senator Cynthia Villar celebrated their annual Christmas gift-giving get-together with some 150 kids from barangay Baseco in Tondo and barangay Iruhin in Tagaytay at the Christmas Village in Crosswinds, Tagaytay. Joined by Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar and wife Justice

  • Villar sponsors DA's proposed P122 billion budget

    December 8, 2018 6:59 AM 105

    Sen. Cynthia Villar today sponsored in the Senate the proposed P122 billion proposed budget of the Department of Agriculture for 2019. Villar, chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, said DA's budget is 3.34 percent of the proposed national budget amounting to PhP3.757 trillion. "We are hopeful, Mr. President, that the proposed 2019 budget of DA will realize

  • Lacson: Declining 'Pork' is the Answer to 'Misplaced Generosity'

    December 7, 2018 2:16 AM 113

    If the "pork" in Pampanga and Camarines Sur worth some P4.3 billion stemmed from a "misplaced gesture of generosity," the beneficiaries can show good faith by declining such amounts, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said. Lacson issued the advice after House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said the allocations were a show of "misplaced generosity" to public

  • Lacson Seeks Restoration of P4.8B in TESDA's 2019 Budget

    December 7, 2018 1:19 AM 106

    Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson on Thursday sought the restoration of some P4.8 billion to the budget of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), so it can fulfill its functions for the coming year. Lacson said that while TESDA's budget was slashed from P14.676 billion to P9.815 billion supposedly due to its low obligation rate, this was not its fault

  • Villar: Without RICE Fund, farmers will lose after QR on rice imports expires

    December 6, 2018 6:41 AM 106

    Sen. Cynthia Villar today stressed that the package of support for farmers included in the rice tariffication bill is government's response to the expiration last June 30, 2017 of the quantitative restriction (QR) on rice importation under the agreement with the World Treaty Organization (WTO). Villar, chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, said Senate

  • Duterte wants to instill fear among us

    December 6, 2018 1:57 AM 108

    In response to the incessant attacks against human rights defenders like Caloocan Bishop Pablo David, Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has underscored the need for the public to continue fighting for the defenseless and not be defeated by fear. De Lima, a known human rights defender, reminded that Mr. Duterte wants to instill fear among the citizenry

  • Speech of Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on the Senate's ratification of the Positive Discipline Act

    December 3, 2018 11:09 AM 92

    It is my honor to submit to this honorable chamber the Bicameral Conference Committee Report on the disagreeing provisions of Senate Bill No. 1477 and House Bill No. 8239, on the positive and nonviolent discipline of children. With the agreed version between the Senate and House panels, we seek to protect children from all forms of physical and mental

  • Press Release - Sen. Lacson's Manifestation on the Forthcoming Budget Deliberations:

    December 3, 2018 7:33 AM 93

    This is a very quick manifestation regarding the forthcoming budget deliberations. We are in receipt of the tentative plenary schedule and I noticed that as proposed, we have to close the period of interpellation on Friday, Dec. 7, this Friday. There are 271 items on the agenda, meaning agencies and offices. Even assuming that we work 24 hours a day, Mr. President

  • De Lima deplores Duterte's attack vs prelate

    December 2, 2018 1:58 AM 97

    Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has chided Duterte for his desperate bid to besmirch the name of a Catholic prelate, whom many identified as Caloocan Bishop Pablo David, by baselessly accusing the latter of using Church funds for personal use. De Lima, a devout Catholic, said it is very typical of Mr. Duterte to resort to destroying the good name and reputation