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May 20, 2018 12:32 PM Drilon urges Senate to take a stand China's invasion of Phl territories

The Senate should take a stand on the creeping invasion of Philippine territory in the South China Sea by China, saying that the matter will be a challenge to the new leadership of the Senate, according to Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon. "I condemn the continuous violation of the arbitration award, of the international rules," Drilon said in an interview 2

May 20, 2018 12:30 PM Lewd gov't official verbally harasses reporter

The government official also has a habit of pausing in the middle of press briefings to 'compliment' female reporters One reporter was verbally harassed by a top government official, following a Senate hearing on an issue that made headlines months ago. The reporter was newly assigned to cover the government official then, and made formal introductions 2

May 20, 2018 10:28 AM Drilon expects a more assertive Senate with Sotto at the helm

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drillon thinks the Senate will be more assertive as an institution when Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III takes over as its president. In an interview over AM radio DZBB on Sunday, Drilon said Sotto would be able to defend the Senate from attacks coming from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan, particularly those 2

May 19, 2018 10:38 AM Change in Senate leadership not a ‘coup’ – Lacson

Sen. Panfilo Lacson denied accusations that the expression of support for Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III as Senate President was a coup d’etat against current current leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III. “This is not a coup d’etat. Normally, in a coup d’etat ang SP [Senate President] becomes the minority leader,” Lacson said in Filipino in a interview 3

May 18, 2018 3:34 PM 'Koko Pimentel, masyadong mabait para maging Senate President'

Bagama't naging mabuting lider, sumobra umano ang bait ni Senador Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III para maging pinuno ng Senado, ayon sa isang senador. "Masyadong mabait si SP Koko [Pimentel], 'yun ang consensus ng marami, sumobra ang bait," sabi ni Senador Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito nitong Biyernes. "Marami siguro ang nasaktan... when the Senate was under 6

May 18, 2018 4:37 AM Masyadong mabait: 'Too kind' Pimentel left Senate unprotected

MANILA - Was Senator Aquilino Pimentel III too diplomatic and too kind as a Senate President? For Senator Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito, this was one reason why he decided to sign a manifesto agreeing to "re-organize" the Senate leadership and pick Sen. Vicente Sotto III to replace Pimentel. "Masyadong mabait si SP Koko...Sumobra bait,” Ejercito told reporters 4

May 18, 2018 2:47 AM FACT CHECK: Old news clips used in 'latest update' on complaints vs Trillanes

A video in a blog post mentions ethics complaints and cases being faced by or prepared against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. However, the blog post falsely claims that these have already reached the courts courtesy of Senator Vicente Sotto III. Claim: The blog in its May 13 post declared “Ayan Na! Tito Sotto Itinuloy na mga Kasong Magpapatalsik 4

May 17, 2018 5:50 PM Villar, Pacquiao Senate’s richest

BASED on their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth last year, Senator Cynthia Villar is still the richest member of the Senate followed by world boxing champion Senator Manny Pacquiao. Villar’s declared net worth as of Dec. 31, 2017 was listed at P3,611,260,766. Her wealth increased slightly as her net worth was higher than the P3,606,033,556 she declared 4

May 17, 2018 2:20 PM Liderato ng Senado, nais ilipat kay Tito Sotto

Maaaring mabago na ang uupong Senate president sa susunod na linggo sakaling masunod ang nilalaman ng isang resolusyon sa mataas na kapulungan. Pumirma sa resolusyon ang 15 senador para ilipat na ang liderato ng Senado kay Senador Vicente "Tito" Sotto III mula kay Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III. Ang mga pumirma sa resolusyon nitong Huwebes 3

May 16, 2018 11:51 AM COA: No PCOO 2017 audit report has been published yet

The Commission on Audit (COA) has maintained that it has not released any audit report on the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for 2017, contrary to claims that COA flagged anomalous projects by the department. “There is an audit report, but it is ongoing and we haven’t released it yet,” a COA employee who refused to be named told Inquirer 5