Koko leads PH shift to federalism

SENATE President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III is playing a key role in pushing for a uniquely Filipino, semi-presidential executive-legislative set-up under the proposed federal system of government.

But even as federalism is at the forefront of the Executive’s agenda, Sen. Pimentel is likewise steering the approval of some of key measures in the legislature, including the highly-controversial ones such as the proposed emergency powers, freedom of information (FOI) and the proposed Charter change (Cha-cha).

It was apparent, during the 35th anniversary of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), that the administration’s thrust, aside from the war on…

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Poorest informal workers

INFORMAL workers such as farmers and fisherfolk will finally benefit from major social services under a new bill being proposed by Senator Sonny Angara.

Sen. Angara has recently filed Senate Bill No. 309 (Magna Carta of Workers in Informal Economy) which would accord the same basic rights and provides access to social protection to informal workers.

"Informal workers don't have access to social protection and justice. Dahil hindi sila sakop ng batas, halos hindi sila kinikilala ng lipunan. Kadalasan ay nabibiktima pa sila ng kotong," said Angara, vice chairman of the labor committee.

Statistics filed by the Department of Labor…

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Senators trash EJK probe request continuation

SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV is insisting that the Senate digs deeper into the allegations of retired Senior Police Officer 3 (SPO3) Arthur Lascanas that President Duterte presided in the extrajudicial killings (EJKs) when he was still the mayor of Davao City.

Sen. Trillanes, however, do not seem to have the support of his peers.

The senator attempted anew in having the allegations of self-confessed hitman and once “most powerful policeman in Davao City” revisited by the Senate, whether under the same committee – public order and dangerous drugs under Sen. Panfilo Lacson – or another panel.

During Wednesday’s plenary session,…

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Gatchalian: Defend Benham Rise

FULLY aware of the potential of the Benham Rise of making a huge difference in the country’s economy and the lives of the people, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has urged the Duterte administration to aggressively defend the body of water in the face of reported Chinese intrusions into the area.

"We are now only beginning to discover the true potential of the Benham Rise to make unique contributions to our country's ecological and economic prospects. The government must take immediate action to defend our exclusive sovereignty over the Benham Rise to ensure that this potential will be developed and utilized to…

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Recto urges govt to address lack of countryside doctors

POINTING OUT that the killing of barrio doctor Dreyfuss Perlas earlier this month had exposed the sad fact that there was an utter lack of doctors in the countryside, Sen. Ralph Recto has urged the government to make it more attractive for medical graduates in the country to serve in rural areas around the country.

According to experts, the country's public health system is grappling with a shortage of 60,000 doctors. As result, six out of 10 Filipinos especially those from far-flung provinces die without seeing a doctor.

Perlas , a government doctor under the “Doctor to the Barrios” program…

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