How do you solve a problem like Sen. Leila de Lima?

AS HER word war with President Rodrigo Duterte continues to drag on, the issues have spilled over, affecting even the affairs in the Senate and the senators themselves. 

The “ouster” of Sen. De Lima in the committee on justice and human rights came with the realization that not even some of her peers, especially those close political allies are willing to side with her or even defend her in her verbal tussle with the President.

The support system, so to speak of Sen. De Lima, appears to be lacking that they seemed to have been caught off guard by…

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And the winner is… Cayetano!

SENATOR Leila de Lima did not see it coming. 

She was enjoying the ride of being the chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, and she was getting a lot of media mileage both from local and international press because of her committee’s probe on extra-judicial killings relative to the anti-illegal drugs campaign of Duterte administration.

But the ride was short-lived. She failed to realize that even before the 17th Congress formally convened late July, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano had already been very vocal in expressing his aversion to her sitting as chair of the Senate…

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Youth Councils’ Abolition Looms

FOR HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) and to a larger extent the village councils are unnecessary evils that must be exorcised from the country’s political set-up if we aspire to correct what he perceived as an impaired government system.

“Sa totoo lang hindi naman talaga nagta-trabaho ito e. Ang nagta-trabaho yung barangay captains. Alam mo sasabihin ko ito kahit maraming magalit sa akin na barangay kagawad. Kasi nga ayusin natin yung ating bansa. Kailangan nating baguhin” he said in an interview.

(The truth is they (the councils) are not working. It is the village chieftains who…

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Gordon, Grace Differ Views on DOTr Traffic Proposal

MALACANANG, in the event that the proposed emergency powers is granted, plans to infuse new railway systems across the country as part of efforts to finally address the transportation crisis.

Based on the list of sectoral projects submitted by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to the Senate public services committee for the emergency powers bill, plans include the existing lines of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) to Cavite in the south, Rizal in the east and Pampanga in the north, including the procurement of new train coaches.

Extension of the Philippine National Railway (PNR) commuter all the way to Cebu…

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Koko in a bind

THE HEATED exchanges between President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila de Lima seemed to have taken its toll on the upper chamber and Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III appeared to have been caught in between the warring parties.

The Senate chief, who happens to be a party mate of the President and leader of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), remained non-committal on the calls of some of his colleagues – those sympathetic to Sen. De Lima to take a position on what they called as an unprecedented attack on a senator.

“I am just respectful. I know…

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