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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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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Communism is dead but the NPA is still alive and kicking

By Tracy Cabrera

CEASEFIRE violations by the New People’s Army (NPA) the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), highlighted the utter ideological and intellectual bankruptcy of what was once the vanguard of radical thought and social movements in the Philippines.

Following a unilateral ceasefire initiated by government with the CPP-NPA, communist rebels continued operations against militart personnel, killing several soldiers in the process.


‘Be ready to fight’

Reacting to the killings, President Rodrigo Duterte said he went out his way to extend peace to the communist rebels but lamented that many government troopers had died…

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Leila sees self inside slammer soon

BASED on the pronouncements of Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, the warrant for the arrest of Sen. Leila de Lima is already forthcoming and it may happen within a week’s time.

Sen. De Lima is apparently aware of the fact that she cannot evade the serving of the warrant against her considering that the gravity of the case being hurled at her no longer cover their privilege of being immune from arrest as the penalty involves more than six years of imprisonment.

This early, she has practically “sent” feelers to those concerned authorities to ensure that her…

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Thorny death penalty issue

THE ISSUE on the re-imposition of death penalty is proving to be thorny and highly-controversial not only among stakeholders but even among Congress allies of President Duterte.

And from the looks of it, the President’s allies, especially his own party mates in the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) are likely to be asked to toe the line, if need be, to ensure the passage of the measure that will pave for the return of death as capital punishment in the country.

Insofar as PDP-Laban members in the upper chamber are concerned, it would not be a problem, according to…

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