Digong’s priority bills face rough sailing in Senate

HOLD your horses!

Not only is the death penalty bill faces rough sailing in the Senate, but even the bill lowering the minimum age of criminal liability from the current 15 to nine.

Some senators, including some Malacanang Palace allies, have already expressed reservations in considering such measures.

They are especially not convinced by President Duterte’s assertions that the existing juvenile law has become a breeding ground for minors with criminal minds.


Pangilinan Law

The President, in a recent speaking engagement blamed what he called as Pangilinan Law for the proliferation of youth offenders.

“The problem with Pangilinan, he…

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Poe sees passage of emergency powers by May

SENATOR Grace Poe is confident that Metro Manila’s traffic woes would soon be addressed once the requested emergency powers for President Duterte is finally granted.

Sen. Poe said deliberations on Senate Bill No. 1284 (Traffic and Congestion Crisis Act) will resume after the upper house convenes after its six-week Lenten break early next month.

The senator noted that the Senate could conclude the period of interpellation soon after the resumption of session and eventually passes the measure during the 14 calendar days prior to adjournment of session in June.

The proposed emergency powers bill authorizes the President, through his appointed…

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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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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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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…

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