Senator condoles with families of earthquake victims

MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday offered condolences to the families of those killed in the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that jolted parts of Luzon Monday. “Ako ay lubos na nakikidalamhati sa ating mga kababayan sa Pampanga at Zambales at sa lahat ng nasalanta ng 6.1 magnitude na lindol kahapon (I extend my deepest sympathies to our fellow Filipinos in Pampanga and Zambales … Read More

Sotto signs 2019 budget with ‘reservations’

MANILA — Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday said he has signed the enrolled copy of the proposed 2019 national budget, but expressed “strong reservations” due to the PHP75 billion worth of post-ratification realignments made by the House of Representatives. In a press conference, Sotto said the signed budget bill has already been transmitted to … Read More

Arroyo may be charged for signing modified 2019 budget: Lacson

MANILA — Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo may be charged with falsification for signing the House of Representatives’ version of the 2019 budget containing amendments that were made after ratification, Senator Panfilo Lacson warned on Wednesday. In an interview, Lacson said Arroyo signed the House version of the budget bill that was different from the bicameral conference … Read More

Wiretapped info on narco list can’t be used as evidence: solons

MANILA — Two senators on Wednesday said illegally wiretapped information, even if provided by foreign governments, is a “fruit of the poisonous tree” and therefore inadmissible in court. Senator Panfilo Lacson questioned Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s claim that the information involving personalities and political figures with drug links were sourced from wiretapped communications done by … Read More