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December 10, 2018 3:24 AM Lacson: filipinos p71,000 in debt as they face the year of the earth pig

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 110

December 7, 2018 2:16 AM Lacson: Declining 'Pork' is the Answer to 'Misplaced Generosity'

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 113

November 19, 2018 7:29 AM Hontiveros: A divided Palawan strengthens China's position in the West Philippine Sea

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday voted against a measure that seeks to divide the Province of Palawan into three (3) Provinces. She said that a divided Palawan may strengthen China's position in the West Philippine Sea. Hontiveros said that China has aggressively and arrogantly exerted its claim on the West Philippine Sea. "Instead of having 104

November 17, 2018 12:09 AM Poe: Insurance coverage of buses, jeeps to continue, benefits doubled

The insurance coverage of public utility vehicles (PUVs) will extend past its expiration on Nov. 18 for the protection of the riding public, Sen. Grace Poe said. A few days before the insurance cover of buses and jeepneys lapsed, Poe said the Insurance Commission (IC) issued Circular Letter 2018-59 dated Nov. 15 that effectively implements a status quo on the Passenger 105

October 11, 2018 2:26 AM Dr. Willie Ong files COC for Senate bid

LIVE: Day 1 of COC filing for the 2019 midterm elections at Comelec HQ in Intramuros. Former Department of Health consultant Dr. Willie Ong filed on Thursday his certificate of candidacy (COC) for his Senate bid in the 2019 elections. Ong, a medical doctor who advocates health and wellness online and on TV and radio, said he would be running so that the Senate 51

September 15, 2018 12:58 PM Bring back the beat: UP council calls for UAAP drum return

The UP Diliman University Student Council calls for the full return of the drums in the UAAP men's basketball games MANILA, Philippines – In a solidarity statement with several UP varsity captains, the UP Diliman University Student Council (USC) has called for the full return of the UAAP drums. The USC statement – signed by incumbent USC chairperson 63

September 12, 2018 7:13 AM UP suspends UPCAT 2019 due to ‘Ompong’

The University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) 2019 scheduled this weekend was postponed with the expected arrival of Typhoon “Ompong,” the university’s official twitter account said on Wednesday. “The UP Office of Admissions will be postponing the administration of the UPCAT 2019 nationwide. The decision is based on consultation with UP System 27

August 24, 2018 1:38 PM Worker's safety law IRR out by November: labor department

MANILA - The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the worker's safety law will "definitely" be completed before November ends, a labor department official said Friday. President Rodrigo Duterte signed on Aug. 17 Republic Act 11058, a measure strengthening compliance with occupational safety and health standards for employees. “The department 222

August 22, 2018 9:10 PM Gov’t urged to review multiairport strategy

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is skeptical about the Department of Transportation’s Metro Manila multiairport strategy, which espouses a free-market approach to building air gateways as long as these comply with the law and come with no strings attached. With the policy, the government has received offers for two brand-new international 51

August 18, 2018 7:24 AM Alejano: PH should learn from US, Colombia in fight vs drugs

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – The victory in the war on drugs of President Duterte remains elusive, according to Rep. Gary Alejano of the Magdalo party-list group. The war on drugs is like a band-aid applied to wounds. It is meant only to stop the bleeding and would not cure the wound, Alejano said. “We should now all accept that, you can’t totally eliminate 26