JPE scores Digong’s critics on Benham Rise issue

CAN President Duterte be impeached for allowing China explore and survey the Benham Rise area which is widely believed to have vast natural gas deposits and mineral resources?

Former Senate president and erstwhile minister of defense Juan Ponce Enrile doesn’t think so.

Enrile likewise opined that the President cannot be even made to publicly disclose whatever agreement he has or had with the Chinese government that allowed the Chinese surveillance vessels ply over the underwater plateau off the coast of Aurora province.



"You cannot compel a President to disclose his policies or his strategy how to govern the country…

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Expanded maternity law passage pushed

TO SUSTAIN  the momentum for the passage of a law that will double the number of paid maternity leaves for women, more than a hundred expectant mothers in Barangay Commonwealth, Quezon City held a "Buntis Congress" recently to call on the government to implement a modern and progressive maternity leave policy.

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, Rep. Sol Aragones, Vice Chair of House of Representatives Committee on Women and Gender Equality and Akbayan Partylist Rep. Tom Villarin, joined the pregnant women as they urged the administration to grant all female workers, regardless of civil status…

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Drilon proud of minority bloc

SENATE Minority Leader Franklin Drilon believes being in the minority bloc should not be a hindrance to doing a lawmaker’s job, noting that despite the challenges, seven out of 10 bills passed in the Senate were actually authored by their bloc. 

Senators Bam Aquino, Antonio Trillanes IV, Risa Hontiveros, and Drilon – all members of the minority bloc – managed to pass seven bills on their second and third readings before Congress adjourned session last March 17, according to Drilon. 

These bills include the Affordable Higher Education Act for All (Aquino); Free Internet Access in Public Places Act…

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Will Digong and Leni both be impeached?

THE possibility is not remote, that for the first time in the history of the country, the two highest officials may find themselves getting impeached.

But the likelihood of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo facing impeachment trial simultaneously, in the event that their respective complaints reach the Senate, is very unlikely to happen.

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III assured that there will be no simultaneous vacancies simply because there will be separate trials, that is if in case both the President and Vice President face impeachment proceedings.

Under the law, the Senate has the sole power…

Read more: Will Digong and Leni both be impeached?

Higher Education Act Defended

EDUCATION reform advocate Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian is confident that investing in tertiary education will result in the golden age of learning in the country.

The lawmaker issued the statement as he lauded the passage in the Senate level of the proposed Affordable Higher Education Act (Senate Bill No.  1304) as a much-needed shot in the arm in the country's struggling tertiary education system.

He also projected that the initial implementation of the measure will result in a 27-percent increase in public spending on the State Universities and Colleges (SUC) system in the country.

"The proposed Act is a revolutionary reform…

Read more: Higher Education Act Defended

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