Senators bid goodbye to ‘Lone Ranger’ ex-Sen. Osmeña in necrological rites

Cristina Eloisa Baclig - Content Researcher/Writer / @CeBacligINQ 03/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate paid tribute to former Senator John Henry “Sonny” Osmeña in a necrological service on Thursday, reminiscing his life and legacy as a “fearless” and “generous” public servant. Osmeña, who was given the moniker…

Senators rib Vico Sotto over love life

Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ 03/01/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto’s love life, or the lack of it, has become a topic even inside the Senate halls. At Monday’s session of the Senate, Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri gave 31-year-old…

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…

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…

Stay home or go on vacation? Senators want clarity on gov’t policy

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 10/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senators have requested the executive branch to clarify its position on restrictions in terms of the public’s movement amid the pandemic. “May we be clarified about the position of the government if they are…

Duque admits COVID-19 response shortcomings, issues apology

Daphne Galvez - Inquirer.net 04/17/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III apologized on Friday for his shortcomings in addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis in the country.     The apology was made after 14 senators filed a resolution…

Senators seek Duque’s ‘immediate resignation’ over ‘failure’ in handling COVID-19 crisis

Christia Marie Ramos - INQUIRER.net 04/16/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senators are seeking the “immediate resignation” of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III over his performance in handing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis gripping the country. Fourteen senators filed Senate Resolution 362 on Thursday which…

House panel discreetly OKs reso extending terms of local execs, congressmen, senators

Pathricia Ann V. Roxas 12/12/2019

MANILA, Philippines — A committee of the House of Representatives has discreetly approved a resolution relaxing the economic restrictions in the 1987 Constitution and extending the terms of local government officials, congressmen and senators to five years…

Senators suspect ‘drug queen’ talk mere diversion ploy

Leila B. Salaverria - Inquirer.net 09/27/2019

Senators on Thursday raised questions about the police’s naming of an alleged “drug queen” who had fled the country, saying the move could be a diversionary tactic or a ploy to protect higher-ups. Police officials said on…

On Eid al-Adha, senators pray for peace, displaced Marawi residents

08/12/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Some senators on Monday prayed for peace, especially for the displaced residents in Marawi, as the country celebrates the Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha or “Feast of Sacrifice.” Opposition Senator Leila de Lima, in a…

5 reelectionists, 4 returning, 3 new faces proclaimed senators

/INQ.net 05/22/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Five incumbent senators won back their seats in the Senate in the midterm elections, with three first-time senators and four former senators joining them when the 18th Congress opens in July. Topping this year’s…

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