Let’s reduce the deaths

Peter Wallace - @inquirerdotnet 11/25/2021

The proposed Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act should have two goals: Encourage inveterate smokers to switch to vaping and discourage the youth from starting. The Senate will be discussing what to do about vaping in the coming…

Existentialist threat to the Senate

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 10/07/2021

Congress exists to enact laws. Congress cannot intelligently enact laws unless it has timely and accurate information from the departments and agencies of the Executive branch. To secure such timely and accurate information, the Constitution has empowered…

Senators debate over ‘Romeo and Juliet’ clause in bill raising statutory rape age

Christia Marie Ramos 09/21/2021

MANILA, Philippines — In tackling a bill raising the age of statutory rape from the current 12 to 16, senators engaged in a lengthy debate over the “Romeo and Juliet” provision that would exempt consensual sexual activity…

Senate panel OKs bill criminalizing ‘hoax ordering,’ order cancellations

Christia Marie Ramos 07/13/2021

MANILA, Philippines — A Senate panel has approved a bill seeking to criminalize “hoax ordering” in a bid to protect delivery riders. The bill was contained in the Committee Report No. 273, which was recently filed by…

Senate confirms first Muslim judge in U.S. history

INQUIRER.net US Bureau, Reuters 06/13/2021

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved President Joe Biden’s nomination of Zahid Quraishi, a magistrate judge in New Jersey, to the federal bench, making him the first Muslim federal judge in U.S. history. The Democrat-controlled Senate voted…

Trump impeachment trial nears end with verdict expected

Reuters 02/13/2021

WASHINGTON – The US Senate was expected to deliver a verdict in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial this weekend after his lawyers argued Friday that the former president bears no responsibility for an attack by supporters on Congress…

DOTr, LTO told: Review, find ‘defects’ in child car seat law, MVIS implementation

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 02/11/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Several senators on Thursday called on transport authorities to review and find “defects” in the implementation of the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act and the privatized Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS). This, after…

The last cha-cha

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 01/14/2021

The House of Representatives is attempting the last cha-cha before the end of President Duterte’s term. The purpose of this last cha-cha attempt is as clear as mud. Senate President Tito Sotto revealed that President Duterte wants…

New bills filed to amend Universal Health Care Act

Julie Aurelio, Leila B. Salaverria, Melvin Gascon 01/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives have called for the deferment of the increase in premium payments to Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). A group of senators on Tuesday filed bills…

Citing PH medal haul, Sotto nixes probe of SEA Games deal

DJ Yap - Reporter / @deejayapINQ 11/14/2020

Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Friday thumbed down Sen. Risa Hontiveros’ call for a full-blown investigation of alleged irregularities in the construction of sports facilities for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games which was hosted by…

Consumer groups want probe over alleged overcharging by Visayan Electric

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 11/05/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Consumer groups in Cebu have opened an online signature campaign for the public to participate in to urge the Congress and the Senate to probe the alleged overcharging of electricity bills by Visayan…

Waste, Congress, and idiocy

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 10/10/2020

So much media attention has been given to the Cayetano-Velasco speakership controversy. And rightly so. In a nutshell, Alan Peter Cayetano reneged on his “gentlemen’s agreement” with Lord Allan Velasco on the speakership-sharing agreement. I did not…

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