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November 17, 2018 12:09 AM Villar: Senate approves bill providing vital support to protect farmers under a tariffied regime

The Senate on Wednesday passed on third reading the bill which provides support to farmers projected to be adversely affected by the lifting of the quantitative restriction on the importation of rice. With a vote of 14 affirmative, 0 negative and 0 abstention, senators approved Senate Bill 1998 or the bill which amends Republic Act 8178 or the Agricultural 5

November 14, 2018 10:58 AM Villanueva welcomes Senate approval of rice tarrification bill to address food inflation

Senator Joel Villanueva on Wednesday hailed the approval of Senate Bill No. 1998 or An Act Replacing The Quantitative Import Restrictions On Rice With Tariffs, Lifting The Quantitative Export Restrictions On Rice, And Creating The Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund. Voting 14-0, the senators approved the bill which will liberalize rice importation 3

November 14, 2018 3:32 AM PRIB: Senate Justice Committee backs creation of court for police abuses

A Senate committee is backing the creation of a special court that will handle cases of abuse involving police officers, in a bid to reform the Philippine Nation Police (PNP) and better protect the public. The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, chaired by Senator Richard Gordon, is pushing for Senate Bill No. 1399 or the "Police Court Act of 2017," which 3

November 14, 2018 12:29 AM Lacson: Lack of Planning in DPWH Cordillera Road Project Can Waste Funds, Cost Lives

Wasting taxpayers' money is bad enough, but potentially endangering lives is worse. Yet, this could be the fate of multibillion-peso infrastructure projects that lack planning - such as the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) Circumferential Road in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said. "It's bad enough 4

November 13, 2018 12:25 AM Gatchalian calls on DepEd to expedite K-12 review, mulls probe on employability of K-12 grads

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to expedite its internal review of the K to 12 program amid continuing reports of low employment rates for graduates of the program, stressing that the review of the K to 12 curriculum is important to boost the employability of graduates. "Dahil nga ang hangarin ng K to 12 ay mas madaling 5

November 7, 2018 2:37 AM PRIB: 10 senators push for creation of Department of Culture

Ten senators are pushing for a Senate bill which will create and appropriate funds for a new Department of Culture, "in recognition of the vital role of Filipino culture in nation building." Senate Bill No. 1528, or the proposed 'Department of Culture Act," is sponsored and authored by Senator Francis Escudero, chair of the Senate Committee on Education 6

October 31, 2018 4:22 AM Senator JV Ejercito on the approval funds for Marawi Rehab

As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement, I congratulate the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee (ICC-CabCom) for the approval of new road and drainage projects for the rehabilitation of Marawi City which is part of the P6.52-billion Rehabilitation 10

October 24, 2018 3:23 AM Newsbreak Chats: Election fever, Cebu as 'crime city'

The Newsbreak team discusses on Thursday, October 25, looming electoral issues and the situation in Cebu City MANILA, Philippines – The election season is now in full swing as the country has started to see unrelenting violence that has spilled beyond Metro Manila. On Thursday, October 25, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss these top stories that dominated 12

October 23, 2018 7:06 AM Drilon: SC bound by factual findings of Makati RTC on Trillanes

Former Justice Secretary and current Senate Minority leader Franklin M. Drilon said on Tuesday that the Supreme Court can no longer disturb the factual findings by the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 on the case of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, citing the jurisprudence that the "Supreme Court is not a trier of facts." "Well-settled is the rule that the Supreme 11

October 23, 2018 4:48 AM Lacson: On Speaker Arroyo's Recommendation of withdrawal from the IPU

First, Speaker Arroyo's recommendation is based on the wrong premise. The IPU has yet to act on its Human Rights Committee's recommendation to the IPU Governing Council. Having said that, it is premature, if at all, to denounce the IPU as a whole, much less withdraw membership from the body. Second, by withdrawing, it would imply that the Philippine 12