Posts Tagged by senate

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J. G. Azarcon, Esq.

By J. G. Azarcon, Esq. At a time when unemployment edged up to 8.3% and gross domestic product for the second quarter of 2012 limped to an anemic 1.25%, Senate Minority… Read More

Bill to Cut Family Visa Backlog in Peril in Senate

Rep. Jason Chaffetz

WASHINGTON D.C. -A  bill overwhelmingly approved by the United States House of Representatives that would cut short the waiting period for hundreds of Filipinos lasting for up to a decade… Read More

Suspects in Ortega murder get death threats

MANILA, Philippines?Two suspects who admitted their participation in the killing of Palawan environmentalist and broadcaster Gerry Ortega have been receiving death threats apparently to make them retract their statements implicating former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes in the murder, the victim’s family and lawyer said… Read More

General probed for tax evasion, wife may follow, says BIR chief

MANILA, Philippines?The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said Friday that it was considering filing a tax evasion case against the wife of a former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) involving the purchase of properties in the US. During a Senate hearing… Read More

Senate rice probe welcomed

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Senators defend Lacson

MANILA, Philippines?There is no basis for comparing the case of fugitive murder suspect Senator Panfilo Lacson and that of drug-trafficking suspect Ilocos Sur Representative Ronald Singson, whose expulsion from Congress are being sought, according to the senator’s Senate allies and lawyer. As expected, Lacson’s Senate allies rallied around their colleague Read More

No compromise on condoms

MANILA, Philippines?Senators Tuesday served notice to their counterparts in the House of Representatives that they would not enter into a compromise on the decision to reduce the Department of Health’s budget for contraceptives by P872 million. ‘The issue of contraceptives?as far as I and the majority of the Senate are concerned?is non-negotiable,’ Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III told the Inquirer after the first bicameral meeting on the proposed P1.645-trillion national budget for next year. Read More

Senator proposes ‘grand campus lotto’ to fund state schools

MANILA, Philippines?State universities and colleges (SUCs) scrambling for funds need not look far. President Benigno Aquino could easily tap into the billion-peso earnings of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) lotto operations for funds for SUCs, according to Sen. Ralph Recto. Read More

DZIQ: Huge cuts in condom budget to affect AIDS campaign, says DOH

MANILA, Philippines?The huge cuts in budget for contraceptives in the Senate version of the proposed 2011 budget will have an adverse… Read More

Senator Santiago loses temper over loud cellphone rings

MANILA, Philippines?Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Wednesday lost her temper over the repeated ringing of cellphones during a Senate hearing and threatened to cite in contempt and jail the discourteous mobile… Read More

Ex-PNP chief explains absence at Senate ‘jueteng’ probe

MANILA, Philippines?The camp of retired Director General Jesus Verzosa explained the absence of the former Philippine National Police chief at Thursday’s Senate hearing on ‘jueteng,’ saying the Senate… Read More

Green groups urge tax on plastic bags

MANILA, Philippines?Environment groups on Monday called on lawmakers to impose a total ban and taxes on plastic bags to force consumers and commercial stores to limit its use. Members of the EcoWaste Coalition urged the Senate to pass legislation that would ban plastic bags and charge fees for its use. In a paper… Read More

Senate to resume hearings on ‘jueteng’ on Thursday

MANILA, Philippines?Senator Teofisto Guingona said the Senate would resume its hearings on ‘jueteng’ (illegal numbers game) on Thursday with Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo… Read More

DILG, police execs face hostage probe

MANILA, Philippines ? (UPDATE 2) Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and other local and police officials involved in the Monday hostage-taking in Manila faced the Senate on Thursday, with the upper chamber condemning the act ‘in the highest possible form.’ Also in attendance in… Read More

Senate eyes stringent rules for bus operators

MANILA, Philippines?The Senate is pushing for a “one-strike policy” in the bus industry in order to weed out irresponsible franchise owners and minimize road accidents involving buses due to recklessness and poor maintenance. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and public services committee chair Ramon Revilla Jr. Read More

Drilon: ‘Please don’t consider the committees as rewards’

MANILA, Philippines?Senator Franklin Drilon protested on Tuesday insinuations that he and his colleagues in the Liberal Party had been rewarded with major committee chairmanships in the Senate. ‘Please don’t consider the committees as rewards,’ said Drilon, chairman of the Liberal party, in a television interview Read More

Pangilinan gives up quest; it’s now down to Enrile, Villar

BY JP LOPEZ SEN. Francis Pangilinan yesterday withdrew his bid for the Senate presidency, saying it was the only way to keep the chamber from being fragmented. Read More

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