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DIVORCE NOT OK: CBCP says it will destroy the Filipino family

Even from the start the Catholic Church in the Philippines has continuously manifested its disapproval, is 100% against divorce, “which will destroy the Filipino family.” We continue our coverage on the discussion of the divorce bill in the Senate of the Philippines with a resource speaker opposing the dismantling of […]

DIVORCE ADVOCATE: OFW Seaman supports passage of bill

Nagmahal. Nagdasal. Inayawan ng Asawa kaya todo suporta sa divorce bill. We move forward with stories of persons supporting the passage of a divorce law in the Philippines. During the hearing of the Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality of the Senate for the proposed passage of […]

Senate suspends inquiry on extra judicial killings, Davao Death Squad

The hearing was originally scheduled for three consecutive days from Monday up until Wednesday (Oct. 3 to 5), the Senate panel had an abrupt change of temperament that resulted in the temporary suspension of inquiry. This happened after a heated exchange among senators, with one staging a walkout and a […]

Former Senator Miriam Santiago succumbs to lung cancer, 71

Feisty Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has passed away this Thursday morning. She was 71. After nearly three years of battling lung cancer, the former senator was reported to have passed away. Senator Grace Poe confirmed this in a Senate hearing on the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill wherein she paused for […]

Sen. Lacson sees flaw in PNP recruitment program

Speaking to PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa during the second day of the Senate inquiry into the extra-judicial killings, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson asked why most of the PNP personnel suspected to be involved in illegal drugs trade were younger, new police officers. Lacson has speculated there must […]

Suspected drug pushers slain in Pasay with torture marks – CHR

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) revealed in a senate inquiry into extrajudicial killings on Monday said the suspected drug pushers allegedly killed by cops in Pasay City were tortured, Speaking to Senator Leila De Lima, Chair of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights, CHR-NCR Director Gilbert Boiser bared […]

Two witnesses testify on Senate probe into extrajudicial killings

Two family members of slain suspected drug pushers appeared at the Senate Monday during the inquiry intextrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration’s war on illicit drugs. The witnesses, who were wearing hoodies recounted how Philippine National Police (PNP) officers abused the suspects even though they were only accused of being […]

Pimentel elected Senate President, Alvarez assumed the post of House Speaker

Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez handily wins the Speakership of the House of Representatives with 251 lawmakers voting for him during the start of the 17th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City on Monday. It was Liberal Party (LP) stalwart and outgoing Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. […]

Strange bedfellows, the new PH Senate majority members

Yes, strange bedfellows. Members of the new Philippine Senate majority, 16 out of 19 here, pose for posterity. Nineteen senators who vowed to support Senator Koko Pimentel include incumbent Senators. Nancy Binay, JV Ejercito, Loren Legarda, Bam Aquino, Sonny Angara, Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Franklin Drilon, Cynthia Villar, Gregorio “Gringo” […]

Senate marathon passes 27 bills after four-month break

MANILA — As the 16th congress nears its adjournment, on Monday, resumed from a four-month break to pass on third and final reading 27 measures, including 21 from the House of Representatives which aims to either grant or extend franchises to the telecommunications, radio and television operators in the country. […]

The latest on the Kidapawan farmers violent dispersal, and more

Try keep watching the live stream video of the Philippine Senate hearing by the Committee on Justice and Human Rights last April 20 on the bloody dispersal of farmers’ rally in (North) Cotabato and Kidpapawan. Even at the first few minutes of the stream, one will get irked by how […]

Another Senate hearing on the $81 million money laundering

Watch another edition of the hearing by the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Senate of the Philippines on the $81-million money laundering scam that was processed through the financial banking system of the country. Keep watch as there could be some surprise coming out in the open.

Live video on Senate hearing of the $81-M money laundering scheme

Another live stream edition here of the Senate hearing on the $81-M money laundering scheme. What more stories will unfold, rehashed, retold, concocted by the main players and investigators of the much talked about $81 million money laundering scheme that placed the Philippine financial institutions, banks most definitely, into serious […]

Livestream: Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Hearing on money laundering

Watch here another edition of the continuing live stream coverage on the Philippine Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the alleged $81 million money laundering scam which was coursed through the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation Jupiter-Makati branch, PhilRem Service Corporation and other financial institutions. Livestream: Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing […]

Livestream: Senate hearing on the alleged $81-M money laundering

Watch the live stream coverage on the Philippine Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the alleged $81 million money laundering scam which was coursed through the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation Jupiter-Makati branch, PhilRem Service Corporation and other financial institutions. On an earlier hearing, the remittance company that converted most of […]

Money laundering: Deguito, Torres gets RCBC ax for falsification of documents

The two officers of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation in its Makati city Jupiter branch, where the US $81 million stolen from Bangladesh Bank was processed, have been axed from their jobs. In a statement Tuesday, lawyer Maria Cecilia Fernandez-Estavillo, head of RCBC’s legal and regulatory affairs group, said RCBC […]

Money laundering in the Philippines detrimental to OFWs sending remittance

During the Senate hearing on the alleged money laundering case involving a Philippine universal bank Tuesday, OFW advocate Susan Ople disclosed that banks in more than 10 countries and territories have ended correspondent banking operations with Philippine-based banks and remittance companies. These foreign banks, include among others, are those in […]

If casinos were under AMLA law, money laundering could have not happened?

If casinos were under AMLA law, money laundering could have not happened- Guingona. The US81-million money laundering controversy could not have happened if the casino were covered by the Anti-Money Launder Law (AMLA), Senate blue ribbon chairman Sen. Teofisto ‘TG’ Guingona III said on Tuesday. ”(And) what is clear, this […]

At 95, former Senate President Jovito R. Salonga, passes away

Former Senate President Jovito Salonga passed away on Thursday. He was 95. According to the reports, Salonga died at 3 p.m. after three years of battling Alzheimer’s disease. He was elected to the Senate three times, topping the race in 1965, 1971, and 1987. He served as Senate President from […]

Video: Reopening of Senate hearing on the Mamasapano massacre

This is the live streaming of the re-opening of Senate Hearing by the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs (January 27, 2016) on the Mamasapano massacre of 44 members of the elite Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police. Related story here

SAF commandos to get posthuomous medals one year after Mamasapano

One year after the infamous massacre of the elements of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force in the killing fields of Mamasapano in Maguindanao by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Malacanang has found some sense in granting the fallen heroes a token medal. The […]

Senate upheld Maguindanao Mamasapano massacre reinvestigation at plenary

The memory of the Maguindanao Mamasapano incident which resulted in the massacre of 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) unit of the Philippine National Police is not forgotten, it seems. On Monday the Philippine senate upheld previous ruling to reopen the Mamasapano incident investigation based on “new matters” […]

To curb road accidents, bill on speed limiter on PUBs get senate nod

The Senate approved on third and final reading on Monday a bill which seeks to mandate the installation of a speed limiter in all public utility buses (PUBs). Voting 19-0, the senators passed Senate Bill No. 2999 which is aimed at reducing road accidents by requiring buses to install speed […]

Senate passes bill increasing maternity leave to 100 days

The Philippine Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading a bill seeking to increase maternity leave in the public and private sectors to 100 days regardless of the mode of delivery. The senators voted 19-0 to approve Senate Bill No. 2982 would change the current laws that 60 […]

Senate-House Bicameral conference committee okays P3.002-trillion 2016 national budget

Bicameral conference committee okays proposed 2016 national budget. The proposed 2016 national budget on Wednesday was approved ahead of schedule by members of the bicameral conference committee. The consolidated report, which contains the details of next year’s P3.002-trillion budget, is expected to be ratified by both chambers on or before […]

P300.2-Tln budget passes 3rd and final reading by PH Senate

The Philippine Senate on Thursday night passed on third and final reading the proposed Php300.2- trillion national budget for 2016 with some major amendments including the Php10.78-billion augmentation to the Department of National Defense budget. Other amendments introduced in the Senate finance committee report included the restoration of the P500 […]

Watch Replay: Senate Hearing on ‘Laglag Bala’ scam

Watch Replay: Senate Hearing on ‘Laglag Bala’ scam: The insensitivity and cluelessness of government officials, the hopeless, aggrieved state of Overseas Filipino Workers and NAIA visitors. For the general information of people following the tele-serye on ‘Laglag Bala’ or ‘Tanim Bala’ or ‘Drop Bullet’ scam hounding the visitors and passengers […]

Senate OK’s resolution calling for its nod on treaty ratified by President

15 Senators agree EDCA a ‘prohibited treaty?’ The Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution expressing that it should concur any treaty ratified by the President of the Philippines. Voting 15-1-3, the senators adopted Senate Resolution No. 1414, authored by Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, which stated that the absence of their […]

Not yet game over for Senator Grace Poe on Nov.17, 2015

Is it game over yet for Sen. Grace Poe’s senate seat and then, her presidential run? The ‘series’ is becoming interesting with the Senate Electoral Tribunal soon set to render its decision in the disqualification case filed by Rizalito David against Poe. In a meeting of the tribunal in a […]

Senate ratifies bicam report on SK Reform Act

The Senate on Wednesday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the disagreeing provisions of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act. A total of 16 senators voted in favor while none opposed the bicam report. Senator Vicente Sotto III cast abstention vote. Senator Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV, one of […]

Former senator Joker Arroyo dead at 88

Former senator Joker Arroyo, 88, died of heart attack in a hospital overseas Monday. Joker represented the first district of Makati City for three terms from 1992 to 2001 and later as senator from 2001 to 2013. Arroyo has received various awards and commendations for his significant contributions to the […]

Livestream Philippine Senate hearing on proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, June 3, 2015

Sharing here the livestream Philippine Senate hearing on proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law being conducted by the Committee on Local government chaired by Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. This is Agenda: S. No. 2408 – Bangsamoro Basic Law Senate Hearing on June 3, 2015. Audio is crappy, though.

More roads will get name after Cory, Ninoy and Kokoy Romualdez

MANILA, May 28 – More roads are due to be named after former President Corazon C. Aquino and other past politicians.. This development was known as the Senate committee on public works has bills seeking to name the circumferential road in Iloilo City as President Cory C. Aquino Avenue, and […]

Line-item budgeting of P70.7-B fund for Bangsamoro – Escudero

MANILA, April 14 – Line-item budgeting is the way to go for the funding of the proposed Bangsamoro government if Bicolano Senator Francis Escudero will have his way. The senator said on Tuesday he will push for the line-item budgeting of the PhP70-billion that the proposed Bangsamoro government stands to […]

Millions of pesos will change hands in congress to pass the BBL?

MANILA, March 21 — How often do many hear this general observation and commentary that when there is smoke, there is probably a fire causing it. Now we read about the multi-million pesos payoff rumor to lawmakers just to make the passage of the much criticized government endeavor on peace […]

No clear sight on emergency power for President Aquino as congress recess

MANILA, March 18 – There is strong prospect that no additional power for President Benigno S.Aquino is in the offing to address the expected power shortage during the summer. The panel chairman of the House of Representatives committee on energy and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali expressed he had done […]

Senate gives P100-K to kins of fallen SAF44, other troopers

MANILA, March 12 – The Philippine Senate gave P5.1 million worth of financial assistance to the SAF troopers who were killed, wounded and survived the Mamasapano incident last Jan. 25. Before the Senate session ended Wednesday night, Senate President Franklin Drilon announced the financial assistance worth P100,000 each to the […]

Senate can conduct BBL hearings even during recess – Marcos

MANILA, March 4 — Public hearings on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) can continue even if Congress is in recess, according to Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. “We can still continue working during the adjournment. We can still hold hearings even if we are in recess,” Marcos said in […]

Senate ends hearing on the Mamasapano debacle of SAF commandos

MANILA, Feb. 24 – The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs joint hearing with the committees on peace, unification and reconciliation and finance, wrapped its inquiry on the Mamasapano incident on Tuesday, after five public hearings and four executive sessions, Panel chairperson Senator Grace Poe assured that the […]

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Sen. Lacson sees flaw in PNP recruitment program

Speaking to PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa during the second day of the Senate inquiry into the extra-judicial killings, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson asked why most of the PNP personnel suspected to be involved in illegal drugs trade were younger, new police officers. Lacson has speculated there must […]

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Money laundering in the Philippines detrimental to OFWs sending remittance

During the Senate hearing on the alleged money laundering case involving a Philippine universal bank Tuesday, OFW advocate Susan Ople disclosed that banks in more than 10 countries and territories have ended correspondent banking operations with Philippine-based banks and remittance companies. These foreign banks, include among others, are those in […]

Senate-House Bicameral conference committee okays P3.002-trillion 2016 national budget

Bicameral conference committee okays proposed 2016 national budget. The proposed 2016 national budget on Wednesday was approved ahead of schedule by members of the bicameral conference committee. The consolidated report, which contains the details of next year’s P3.002-trillion budget, is expected to be ratified by both chambers on or before […]

Senate passes bill increasing maternity leave to 100 days

The Philippine Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading a bill seeking to increase maternity leave in the public and private sectors to 100 days regardless of the mode of delivery. The senators voted 19-0 to approve Senate Bill No. 2982 would change the current laws that 60 […]

Not yet game over for Senator Grace Poe on Nov.17, 2015

Is it game over yet for Sen. Grace Poe’s senate seat and then, her presidential run? The ‘series’ is becoming interesting with the Senate Electoral Tribunal soon set to render its decision in the disqualification case filed by Rizalito David against Poe. In a meeting of the tribunal in a […]

To curb road accidents, bill on speed limiter on PUBs get senate nod

The Senate approved on third and final reading on Monday a bill which seeks to mandate the installation of a speed limiter in all public utility buses (PUBs). Voting 19-0, the senators passed Senate Bill No. 2999 which is aimed at reducing road accidents by requiring buses to install speed […]

Senate marathon passes 27 bills after four-month break

MANILA — As the 16th congress nears its adjournment, on Monday, resumed from a four-month break to pass on third and final reading 27 measures, including 21 from the House of Representatives which aims to either grant or extend franchises to the telecommunications, radio and television operators in the country. […]

Senate OK’s resolution calling for its nod on treaty ratified by President

15 Senators agree EDCA a ‘prohibited treaty?’ The Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution expressing that it should concur any treaty ratified by the President of the Philippines. Voting 15-1-3, the senators adopted Senate Resolution No. 1414, authored by Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, which stated that the absence of their […]

No clear sight on emergency power for President Aquino as congress recess

MANILA, March 18 – There is strong prospect that no additional power for President Benigno S.Aquino is in the offing to address the expected power shortage during the summer. The panel chairman of the House of Representatives committee on energy and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali expressed he had done […]

Money laundering: Deguito, Torres gets RCBC ax for falsification of documents

The two officers of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation in its Makati city Jupiter branch, where the US $81 million stolen from Bangladesh Bank was processed, have been axed from their jobs. In a statement Tuesday, lawyer Maria Cecilia Fernandez-Estavillo, head of RCBC’s legal and regulatory affairs group, said RCBC […]

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SAF commandos to get posthuomous medals one year after Mamasapano

One year after the infamous massacre of the elements of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force in the killing fields of Mamasapano in Maguindanao by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Malacanang has found some sense in granting the fallen heroes a token medal. The […]

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Another Senate hearing on the $81 million money laundering

Watch another edition of the hearing by the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Senate of the Philippines on the $81-million money laundering scam that was processed through the financial banking system of the country. Keep watch as there could be some surprise coming out in the open.

Former senator Joker Arroyo dead at 88

Former senator Joker Arroyo, 88, died of heart attack in a hospital overseas Monday. Joker represented the first district of Makati City for three terms from 1992 to 2001 and later as senator from 2001 to 2013. Arroyo has received various awards and commendations for his significant contributions to the […]

Senate suspends inquiry on extra judicial killings, Davao Death Squad

The hearing was originally scheduled for three consecutive days from Monday up until Wednesday (Oct. 3 to 5), the Senate panel had an abrupt change of temperament that resulted in the temporary suspension of inquiry. This happened after a heated exchange among senators, with one staging a walkout and a […]

Video: Reopening of Senate hearing on the Mamasapano massacre

This is the live streaming of the re-opening of Senate Hearing by the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs (January 27, 2016) on the Mamasapano massacre of 44 members of the elite Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police. Related story here

Senate ends hearing on the Mamasapano debacle of SAF commandos

MANILA, Feb. 24 – The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs joint hearing with the committees on peace, unification and reconciliation and finance, wrapped its inquiry on the Mamasapano incident on Tuesday, after five public hearings and four executive sessions, Panel chairperson Senator Grace Poe assured that the […]

The latest on the Kidapawan farmers violent dispersal, and more

Try keep watching the live stream video of the Philippine Senate hearing by the Committee on Justice and Human Rights last April 20 on the bloody dispersal of farmers’ rally in (North) Cotabato and Kidpapawan. Even at the first few minutes of the stream, one will get irked by how […]

Senate ratifies bicam report on SK Reform Act

The Senate on Wednesday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the disagreeing provisions of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act. A total of 16 senators voted in favor while none opposed the bicam report. Senator Vicente Sotto III cast abstention vote. Senator Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV, one of […]