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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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…

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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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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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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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