Raffy Tulfo tops Pulse Asia 2022 senatorial survey

John Eric Mendoza - @inquirerdotnet 02/13/2022

MANILA, Philippines — Broadcaster Raffy Tulfo topped a pre-election survey for senatorial aspirants conducted by Pulse Asia, with former senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Loren Legarda placing second and third, respectively. According to Pulse Asia’s survey which…

P2.7 billion in SEA Games funds still unexplained

Julie M. Aurelio 12/28/2020

MANILA, Philippines — More than 13 months after the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the country, the two nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) tasked with organizing the sports meet has still not liquidated the P2.767 billion taxpayers paid…

Robredo, Go, Ramon Ang among names Filipinos eyeing to run as president for 2022 — research firm

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 12/19/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go and businessman Ramon Ang are some of the big names Filipinos are eyeing to run as President Rodrigo Duterte’s successor in the 2022 national polls, according…

Duque admits some past DOH deals were corrupt as Gordon threatens to block budget

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 11/19/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III acknowledged on Wednesday that there was “corruption” in some of the previous dealings of the Department of Health (DOH) after Sen. Richard Gordon threatened to block the approval of…

A picture is worth 186 House votes

Segundo Eclar Romero - @inquirerdotnet 10/16/2020

President Duterte’s enigmatic political partnership with his daughter Mayor Sara Duterte, 42, to whom he has entrusted the mayorship of Davao City, has lent considerable influence to the presidential daughter, which plays out every now and then…

Oktoberfest at the Batasan

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 10/14/2020

The story of the two Speakers, now ex-Speaker Cayetano and newly installed Speaker Velasco, has Oct. 5, the public release of the SWS survey results, as the dividing line between Cayetano Triumphant and Velasco Ascendant. The cliques…

BREAK: Cayetano resigns as Velasco’s speakership election ratified

Neil Arwin Mercado 10/13/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Outgoing House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano announced Tuesday, October 13, 2020, his resignation from his post, ironically while Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco’s speakership election was being ratified in the plenary. In a Facebook…

BREAK: Making it official, House ratifies Velasco’s election as Speaker

Neil Arwin Mercado 10/13/2020

MANILA, Philippines —It’s official: Alan Peter Cayetano out, Lord Allan Velasco in. This came after the House ratified Velasco’s speakership election during Tuesday’s (October 13, 2020)  session held earlier than the 3 p.m. schedule. With Deputy Speaker…

Power struggle in Congress

John Nery - @jnery_newsstand 10/13/2020

We can be morally indignant at the power struggle in the House of Representatives, happening out in the open in the middle of a pandemic that the government has barely contained. We can be coldly analytical about…

Who is for who? Cayetano claims he has 200 supporters, but 186 solons vote for Velasco

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 10/12/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Many are still puzzled over the events involving House lawmakers on Monday after Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco was “elected” as the new Speaker of the lower chamber in a session described by allies…

The Lord giveth and taketh away

Manuel L. Quezon III - @inquirerdotnet 09/30/2020

Abraham Lincoln, a statesman but also a practical politician, once described the problems of the presidency when it came to patronage in these terms: “Too many piglets, too few teats.” To become Speaker of the House requires…

Cayetano: MTRCB call to regulate content in Netflix, other video streaming sites ‘mind-boggling, ridiculous’

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 09/04/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The call of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to regulate video content in streaming platforms such as Netflix is “mind-boggling” and “ridiculous,” House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Friday. Cayetano…

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