Warning: Lacson

John Nery - @jnery_newsstand 08/10/2021

  Sen. Ping Lacson ran for president in 2004, and lost badly. He received about 3.5 million votes, some 10 percent of all votes cast, placing a distant third. In the eyes of some, he cost movie…

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…

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…

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…

‘Even God said rest on 7th day’: Sotto, Gordon defend Duterte’s absence in Rolly briefing

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 11/02/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Richard Gordon on Monday defended President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter received flak for his absence during the government’s first briefing on its response to Typhoon Rolly.…

Report may change President’s mind about keeping Duque – Sotto

Marlon Ramos - Reporter / @MRamosINQ 09/07/2020

  MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte might change his mind about keeping Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in his Cabinet once he finished reading the Senate report on the multibillion-peso fraud that nearly crippled Philippine Health…

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…

Sotto rebukes Morales: PhilHealth doesn’t need Superman, just axe all corrupt execs

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 08/12/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday rebuked Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president Ricardo Morales over his recent remark that even “Superman” cannot rid the state insurance firm of corruption. “Tanggalin mo lahat…

Duterte to deliver 5th SONA in Batasan, says Sotto

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 07/16/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to deliver his fifth State of the Nation (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa before a limited number of lawmakers, according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III. “I just received…

Anti-terror bill signed by Sotto and Cayetano, to be transmitted to Duterte

Christia Marie Ramos 06/09/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The anti-terrorism bill has now been signed by the leaders of both houses of Congress and will be transmitted to President Rodrigo Duterte, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said. In a message to reporters,…

After signing Green, G League reaches out to Sotto

Bong Lozada 04/24/2020

The NBA G League’s ramped-up efforts to target young talents could push Kai Sotto closer to his—and a entire nation’s—NBA dream. After landing a future NBA superstar in Fil-Am Jalen Green, the G League, according to a…

Sotto supports halt in issuance of visas upon arrival to Chinese nationals

Cathrine Gonzales 01/28/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday said he supports the decision of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday to suspend the issuance of visas upon arrival (VUA) to Chinese nationals amid the…

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