Stricter vetting system for foreign aid pushed

STRESSING the need for stricter vetting of foreign aid to ensure the balance between economic growth and national interests, Senator Win Gatchalian has called on his colleagues to take a second hard look on the existing system.

He made the call after a recent hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs concerning investment deals made during President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to China last year.

During the hearing, the senator noted a “loose” vetting system for foreign-funded investments, which according to him has allowed scheming foreign firms to pull off one-sided trade contracts to the detriment of the…

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‘Eventful’ 17th Congress closes

DESPITE the numerous controversies and wrangling among senators, the upper chamber managed to end the first regular session of the 17th Congress an eventful one with the passage of a number of landmark bills.

“It has not only been an eventful session, it has been a productive session as well,” Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said in addressing his colleagues before banging the gavel Wednesday night to signaling their adjournment sine die.

“We may have this majority-minority division, but in actuality, we are one big family. Because of your efforts, our beloved institution would stand proud before the President…

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Loren hails passage of free college education bill

SENATOR Loren Legarda has declared the future of many poor students just became brighter following the passage of the Free College Tuition Bill, which will pave the way for more Filipinos getting access to quality tertiary education.

Legarda, who co-sponsored the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, said the measure would institutionalize the provision of full tuition fee subsidy for students enrolled in all of the country's state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs) and in state-run technical-vocational institutions.

"One of the long-standing concerns of poor families is bringing their children to college because after finishing…

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Recto wants fast free internet connectivity

WHAT’S the use of free Wi-Fi if the connection is at snailpace?

This is the dilemma that Congress hopes to solve with a recently-approved bill intended to ensure that broadband services should not only be accessible to all Filipinos but also be faster and more efficient.

The Free Internet Access in Public Places Act is now headed to President Rodrigo Duterte for his signature after both houses of Congress ratified the reconciled version hammered out by representatives of each chamber.

The bill will not only mandate the creation of free internet access in public places and offices nationwide but also…

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Mystery shrouds Gina’s rejection

The recent “rejection” of the confirmation of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Gina Lopez is shrouded in mystery.

While it did not come as a surprise after a number of senators have admitted beforehand that she had a 50-50 chance of being confirmed by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA), the manner on how it was done had made many conspiracy theorists wagging their tongues.


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Another surprise was the talk that some of those who were supposed to vote in favor of Lopez made a sudden turn-around in the last minute.

The fact that…

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