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February 16, 2018 1:56 AM Trillanes pushes Senate to start probe on Duterte’s ‘unexplained’ wealth

‘IN THE INTEREST OF TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY’ Senator Antonio Trillanes IV renewed his call on Friday for the Senate committee on banks to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged unexplained wealth. This was after the Office of the Ombudsman revealed that the sole reason behind the termination of Duterte’s plunder case was the refusal of the Anti-Money 6

February 16, 2018 12:35 AM US Senate rejects several immigration reform proposals

From left, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., finish a news conference on the bipartisan immigration deal they reached during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. The Trump administration is already denouncing their deal in the Senate 4

February 14, 2018 11:06 AM BBL passed before Holy Week — Alvarez

SPEAKER Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez yesterday said the House of Representatives will approve the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before the Holy Week recess this March in order to immediately transmit the peace measure to the Senate. “Gusto kong maaprubahan ang BBL bago kami mag-break para maisumite na namin ito sa Senado,” Alvarez, a principal author of the BBL, told reporters 4

February 14, 2018 2:04 AM Legarda Lauds 2017 FDI Increase, Says it Must Benefit the Poor

Senator Loren Legarda today lauded the increase in foreign direct investments (FDIs) to the Philippines as she urged government to ensure that it would not only result in a more robust economy but also benefit poor Filipinos. Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, made the statement following the report of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) 5

February 13, 2018 10:24 AM Recto wants Senate inquiry into proposed hike in SSS contribution rate

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto filed on Monday a resolution calling for an inquiry into the proposed increase in the contribution rate of Social Security System (SSS) members. Senate Resolution No. 621 recommends that the proposed increase “be held in abeyance” until a comprehensive review of Republic Act No. 1161 or the Social Security Law is conducted 7

February 13, 2018 8:04 AM Pacquiao: Sponsorship speech on the death of OFW from Kuwait

SI JOANNA DANIELA DEMAFELIS AY TAGA-ILOILO NA IPINANGANAK NOONG JUNE 24, 1988. SI JOANNA AY PANG-ANIM SA SIYAM NA MAGKAKAPATID. PUNO NG PANGARAP AT PAG-ASA, NAGSIMULA SIYANG MAGTRABAHO BILANG OFW SA KUWAIT NOONG 2014. SA GITNA NG PANGAMBA NG KANYANG MGA MAGULANG AT KAPATID, ILANG BESES LAMANG SIYANG NAKAUSAP NG KANYANG PAMILYA. NOONG 2016, NABANGGIT 3

February 13, 2018 12:17 AM Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros' Manifestation on the Senate Ratification of the Disagreeing Provisions of the Mental Health Act of 2018

For so many years, mental health, a relevant public health issue that affects every one of us, has been cast in the shadows, and spoken only in whispers. Today, as we ratify the Mental Health Act, we are making a historic step towards realizing our dream of a more a progressive system for mental health, not only for those suffering from mental health 3

February 12, 2018 11:18 PM Escudero wants ex-Comelec chief Bautista arrested

Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Monday sought the Senate arrest of former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres “Andy” Bautista after citing him in contempt for snubbing for the third time a Senate inquiry into his alleged violation of the Anti-Money Laundering Act. Escudero also said the only way for Bautista, who claims to be in the United 7

February 12, 2018 11:08 AM Senate asks BSP to submit report on 'faceless bills'

MANILA - Senate Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies Chairman Chiz Escudero on Monday asked the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to submit a complete report on the "faceless bills" incident last December. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Director for Banknotes and Securities Printing Department Mary Anne Lim estimated that about 50 faceless 3

February 12, 2018 8:18 AM Bong Pineda may be invited to Senate hearing into PCSO issues—Lacson

The Senate committees probing the controversies in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) may summon alleged illegal gambling lord Rodolfo “Bong” Pineda at the inquiry, Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Monday. “We might really consider calling him to the next hearing. It seems napakarami niyang probinsyang siya nago-operate. At the same time, may allegations 2