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Senate cancels investigation on Bikoy ‘nonsense’

By Charmaine A. Tadalan and Arjay L. Balinbin Reporters THE Senate on Wednesday canceled a planned hearing on the controversy over the netizen “Bikoy” which the...

Senate to hear ‘Bikoy’

THE SENATE Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs on Tuesday asked “Bikoy,” the man responsible for the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” (The Real Narcolist) videos, to submit a sworn statement and supporting evidence to push through its probe within the week.

Senate panel to submit report on charter change

THE SENATE Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, chaired by Senator Francis N. Pangilinan, is set to file its committee report on the proposed shift to a federal government when sessions resume on May 20.

Senate protests resolution by US House on PHL

SENATE President Vicente C. Sotto III and two other senators filed a resolution rebuking members of the United States House of Representatives, following what they deemed to be moves by US lawmakers to interfere with the Philippine judicial process.

Senate eyes law to restructure PNOC

THE chairman of the Senate committee on energy is looking at a law that will restructure the state-led Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) by abolishing its existing subsidiaries and directing its focus away from non-exploration activities.

Palace, Senate offer Misuari new peace talks

CONGRESS would not be pressured to push for the passage of federalism despite a threat of war by Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari, said Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III on Thursday.

Amendments to terror law in Senate plenary

SENATOR Panfilo M. Lacson on Wednesday presented to the plenary the bill seeking to strengthen the country’s terrorism laws.

Senate report pegs criminal liability at 12

THE SENATE committee on justice and human rights has recommended the lowering of criminal responsibility among juvenile offenders from the present 15 years old to 12 years old.

SWS survey says: Senate is doing ‘very good’

THE public satisfaction rating of the Philippine Senate settled in “very good” territory in the fourth quarter of 2018 while the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Cabinet held steady with a “good” rating, according to the results of a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Senate blocks funding for CCTV project with China

THE Senate has blocked in the proposed 2019 national budget the P20 billion Chinese-funded Safe Philippines Project, whose commercial contract was signed during the Manila visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping last November.

Senate adopts House bill on Road Board abolition

THE SENATE on Tuesday adopted the House of Representatives’ revised version of the bill abolishing the Road Board.

Trillanes charged with making grave threats

EMBATTLED opposition Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV is facing yet another court case — this time he has been charged with threatening a government official.

Senate approves bill extending TIEZA power to grant incentives

THE SENATE approved on third and final reading a bill extending the authority of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) to grant incentives to tourism enterprises until Dec. 31, 2029.

Stronger OSG bill OK’d on 3rd reading

THE SENATE on Monday passed on third and final reading the bill expanding the powers and capabilities of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).

Senate says no time for charter change

SENATE PRESIDENT Vicente C. Sotto III on Wednesday said his chamber could no longer tackle, due to time constraints, the draft federal charter that the House of Representatives approved on second reading on Tuesday.

Bill on Islamic banking framework filed in Senate

SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian has filed a bill seeking to establish a regulatory framework for the development of Islamic banks in the Philippines.

Budget faces reenactment under Senate schedule

THE SENATE is targeting to approve the proposed P3.757 trillion national budget for 2019 on third and final reading by Jan. 16, paving the way for a possible reenacted budget in January next year.

Senate OKs resolution on funds for victims of Marcos-era abuses

THE SENATE on Monday approved on third and final reading the joint resolution extending until December 2019 the availability of funds for victims of human rights violations during the martial-law regime of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Missing resource speakers in drug inquiry cited in contempt

THE Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Thursday cited in contempt former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) official Ismael G. Fajardo, sacked police officer Eduardo Acierto, and two others allegedly linked to the shipment last August of P11 billion worth of illegal drugs into the country for their continuous absences in the committee’s investigation.

Senate bill creating judges-at-large to speed up court cases up for...

THE bill creating judges-at-large positions in the lower courts was endorsed for plenary approval in the Senate last Monday.

Senate OK’s bill raising BSP’s capitalization to P200B

THE SENATE on Monday passed on third and final reading the bill raising the capital of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to P200 billion from P50 billion.

Senate bill pegs spending limits for candidates

THE bill increasing the campaign spending limits of candidates and political parties is now up for plenary debates in the Senate.

Senate OK’s Palawan division on final reading

THE SENATE on Monday passed on third and final reading the bill dividing Palawan into three provinces: Palawan Del Norte, Palawan Oriental and Palawan Del Sur.

Senate resolution on extension of fund availability for Marcos-era victims up...

THE Senate committee on justice and human rights, chaired by Senator Richard J. Gordon, has recommended the extension of the availability of funds for victims of human-rights violations during the Marcos regime.

Senate bill seeks to fine nuisance candidates

SENATOR SHERWIN T. Gatchalian wants nuisance candidates to be penalized under his proposed measure which seeks amendments to Batas Pambansa Bilang 881 or the Omnibus Election Code.

Senate studying proposed Proof-of-Parking Space Act

THE SENATE is studying a bill that would require prospective car owners to present proof that they have a parking space for the newly purchased vehicle.

Senate OKs bill strengthening SSS

THE SENATE on Monday passed on third and final reading the bill seeking to rationalize and expand the powers of the Social Security Commission (SSC), the governing board of the Social Security System (SSS).

Senate approves bill increasing veterans’ monthly pension to P20,000

THE Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading the bill increasing the old-age monthly pension of Filipino war veterans from P5,000 to P20,000.

Senate approves bill on LGU access to proceeds from energy development

THE Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading the bill lifting the restrictions of local government units’ (LGUs) on the use of proceeds from the development and utilization of energy resources.

Senate bill filed to create arbitration commission

SENATOR Maria Lourdes Nancy S. Binay has filed a bill seeking to create a Philippine Arbitration Commission that will have jurisdiction over all disputes in medical malpractice, insurance laws, maritime laws, intellectual property law, and intra-corporate matters.

Senate OKs bill on 20% student fare discount

THE Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading the bill institutionalizing the 20% student fare discount in public transportation.

Senate to help Comelec on budget for Bangsamoro plebiscite

THE Senate will assist the Commission on Elections (Comelec) regarding funding for the Bangsomoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite next year.

Senate sets work on 2nd tax reform

THE SENATE will start next week committee-level work on the second tax reform package designed to overhaul the corporate tax and incentives scheme.

Associate justice questions provision for Senate concurrence on treaties

By Vann Marlo M. Villegas Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen has questioned the Senate's practice of approval of treaties, which included...

De Lima seeks probe of PhilHealth’s P4.75-billion net loss in 2017

Senator Leila M. De Lima has filed a resolution seeking investigation on the P4.75 billion net loss incurred by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp...

Former Tourism chief Tulfo, brother may face graft charges —...

By Camille A. Aguinaldo Senator Richard J. Gordon on Tuesday, Aug. 14, said former Tourism Secretary Wanda T. Tulfo-Teo, her brother Ben T. Tulfo, and...

Senate asked to probe economic implications of shift to federalism

SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian has filed a resolution urging his colleagues to look into the economic implications of the proposed shift to a federal system of government.

Gatchalian files resolution on evaluating federalism’s economic implications

Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian has filed a resolution urging his colleagues to look into the economic implications of the proposed shift to a federal...

Senate committee report on charter change out by October — Pangilinan

The Senate committee on constitutional amendments and revision of codes may release its report on charter change by October, the panel chair Senator Francis...

Amendments to Corporate Code approved by Senate on 3rd reading

THE Senate on Tuesday passed on third and final reading the bill amending the 38-year-old Batas Pambansa Bilang 68 or the Corporation Code of the Philippines.

De Lima files bill seeking to provide benefits for child development...

Senator Leila M. De Lima has filed a bill creating a magna carta law for almost 50,000 child development workers (CDWs). Senate Bill No. 1894,...

Senate employees undergo random drug test

The Senate on Monday, July 30, conducted an unannounced random drug test, with Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III and Senator Gregorio B. Honasan...

Senate passes bill seeking to provide free Wi-Fi in transport terminals

The Senate on Tuesday, July 24, approved on third and final reading Senate Bill No. 1749 which seeks to provide free internet access and...

Senators raise concerns over Arroyo’s Congress leadership

Senators on Tuesday, July 24, raised concerns over the leadership of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who took over as Speaker of the House of...

Final version of BBL to retain ARMM law provisions: Zubiri

The bicameral conference committee tasked to reconcile the two versions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has agreed to retain provisions already granted to...