Smartmatic should be suspended — Binay

MANILA — Venezuelan tech firm Smartmatic should be suspended from participating in upcoming elections until controversies are “resolved with finality”, Senator Nancy Binay said Wednesday. Binay made the call following the criminal indictment of Comelec and Smartmatic officials for their unauthorized script change in the transparency server at the height of the transmission of votes during … Read More

Senate panel delays approval of DOJ budget for 2018

MANILA — A Senate panel on Thursday postponed the approval of the proposed budget of the Department of Justice (DOJ) amounting to PHP17.276 billion. This postponement came after Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon requested for a second hearing to further discuss the preliminary report of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on drug-related killings. “We have … Read More

CA junks appointment of Taguiwalo as DSWD sec

MANILA — The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday rejected the confirmation of Judy Taguiwalo as Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Taguiwalo was bypassed twice prior to her rejection but was reappointed by President Rodrigo Duterte last July 23. During her confirmation hearing, Senator Gringo Honasan asked Taguiwalo about what she … Read More

Uber vows to comply with LTFRB regulations

MANILA — Ride-hailing service Uber vowed to comply with the regulations of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), a senator said Wednesday. “Next time, susunod na sila, kasi naging habit na na di sila sumusunod (Next time, they’ll follow the rules because it has become a habit for them not to follow it),” Senator … Read More

Senate probe into Marawi rehab plan pushed

MANILA — A resolution has been filed seeking a probe into the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation plans of Task Force Bangon Marawi for Marawi City and other areas affected by the ongoing conflict between government forces and Maute Group. Senator Loren Legarda filed Senate Resolution No. 439 directing the Senate Committee on Finance to look … Read More