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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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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Drilon et al ouster clears lines in super majority

THEY didn’t see it coming.

That’s how it can best described what happened to the so-called Liberal Party (LP) bloc aligned with the “super majority” in the Senate after they were abruptly stripped of leadership and committee posts last Monday, Feb. 27.

Apparently, no one among the 18 senators privy to the meeting held over the weekend at the residence of Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao “leaked” their “plan” to oust Sen. Franklin Drilon from his post as president pro tempore and Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros and Bam Aquino of their committee chairmanships.

The plot was apparently not hatched…

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Gatchalian bares Road Board anomalies

NEOPHYTE Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian has renewed his call for the abolition of the Road Board as he revealed previous attempts by road project contractors to induce him into committing corrupt acts while he was a local government official.

During a hearing of the Senate Committee on Public Works, Gatchalian revealed that several contractors approached him during his tenure as mayor and congressman of Valenzuela City and offered to "facilitate" with the Road Board the funding for repair and maintenance works on the city's streets.

"The contractors approached me and said, 'There is money in the Road Board. You only have…

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SENATE President Aquilino Pimentel III wants all college students to undergo a mandatory citizen service training course in order to equip them with adequate survival and preparedness knowledge that would help them during disaster and emergency situations.

This developed as Pimentel filed Senate Bill 1322 for the creation of Citizen Service Training Course or CSTC for all college students for them to perform tasks like disaster risk reduction, law enforcement and national defense during emergencies.

“The youth will inherit this nation and it is essential that they are integrated into the process of nation building as early as possible,” said Pimentel.

Under the proposal, the mandatory basic CSTC will become part of all college degree and all technical vocational courses that require at least two years to complete.

This bill is different from the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program for Grades 11 and 12 initially pushed for legislation by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Through the Citizen Service Corps, the Filipino youth will be true partners for change – organized, disciplined, and filled with a sense of purpose in serving the State,” Pimentel said. (Mico Agustin)

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