Lawmakers worried: Still no vaccine supply agreements

DJ Yap - Reporter / @deejayapINQ 02/13/2021

Senators were distressed that no supply contract for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines has been signed so far due to snail-paced government negotiations with drug manufacturers, while Congress leaders pushed a bill to allow local governments to…

Price of Sinovac’s vaccine should not remain confidential, Drilon tells Galvez

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 01/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The price of China’s Sinovac vaccine to be sold to the Philippine government should no longer remain confidential, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Monday, citing the public’s right to information. “You have the…

Senators back ABS-CBN franchise revival

Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ 01/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines— Several senators rallied behind a bill reviving the franchise of ABS-CBN with the head of the committee on public services promising to give “utmost priority” once it is referred to the panel. No less than…

DOF seeks return of P33B ‘parked’ in PITC to gov’t coffers – Drilon

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 11/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Finance (DOF) is seeking the return of some P33 billion “parked” in the coffers of the Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) to the national government. This was according to Senate Minority…

Drilon questions procurement of ‘overpriced’ medical supplies

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 09/14/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Monday flagged the government’s procurement of medical supplies, which he said were allegedly overpriced by P415.2 million. During the Senate deliberations on the proposed budget of the Department…

Emergency powers to fix PhilHealth? Sotto, Drilon say Duterte already ‘powerful’

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 09/03/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Two Senate leaders are not keen about giving yet additional powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to address problems hounding the state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). Both Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senate…

‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it:’ Some senators hit bid to rename NAIA amid pandemic

Christia Marie Ramos - INQUIRER.net 06/27/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Some senators on Friday criticized the “ill-timed” and “divisive” proposal to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in the middle of a pandemic. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We are facing…

Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess

Daphne Galvez 11/26/2019

MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano concurs with another lawmaker that the mishaps being experienced in the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games was a result of the delay in the approval…

Drilon questions ‘P50-million kaldero’ for SEA Games

Christia Marie Ramos - INQUIRER.net 11/18/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon has questioned the P50-million estimated cost for the design and construction of a stadium cauldron for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, saying the budget could have been used to…

Drilon wants no funding for PAO forensic lab

Christia Marie Ramos - INQUIRER.net 09/24/2019

MANILA, Philippines — The forensics laboratory of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) may have to face abolition as Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said on Monday that he would move to transfer its P19.5 million proposed funding…

Active PNP exec is ‘protecting cops’ involved in drug trade–Drilon

Christia Marie Ramos - INQUIRER.net 09/20/2019

MANILA, Philippines — An active ranking official of the Philippine National Police (PNP)  appeared to have been protecting his subordinates involved in the alleged illegal drug trade. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said that this was disclosed…

Drilon renews call for COA special audit on Philhealth

08/18/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday renewed his call for the Commission on Audit (COA) to conduct a special audit on the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) as he underscored the importance of…

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