Senate starts probe on alleged PhilHealth anomalies

MANILA – The Senate on Tuesday began its inquiry into the allegations of rampant corruption, incompetence, and inefficiency in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Senator Panfilo Lacson said the inquiry is being conducted after several PhilHealth officials, both incumbent or recently resigned, sought the Senate’s intervention to help … Read More

Senators weigh in on NTC’s order vs. ABS-CBN

MANILA – Several senators on Tuesday expressed varying opinions after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered ABS-CBN Corp. to stop its television and radio broadcast operations due to the expiration of its congressional franchise on May 4. Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said the matter of allowing ABS-CBN to operate after the NTC order is “now … Read More

Go wants to meet US solons behind sanctions vs. PH officials

MANILA — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Thursday confirmed that he has a US visa, and, given the chance, he is “interested to meet” with the United States senators who introduced a US entry ban on Filipino officials. “Meron pa akong US visa pero hindi pa ako nakakapunta ng USA. Tsaka ko na i-check kung meron nang schedule going to USA (I … Read More

Senators urge PRRD to attend US-ASEAN meeting

MANILA — At least three senators on Wednesday said President Rodrigo Duterte should accept US President Donald Trump’s invitation to attend a special summit between the United States and leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) sometime in March. Senator Panfilo Lacson said the summit is both an opportunity for the President to bolster … Read More

Solon calls for heightened measures vs. new SARS-like virus

MANILA — Senator Imee Marcos on Tuesday urged concerned authorities to implement preventive measures as the country faces increased risk of catching a new strain of the pneumonia-causing virus that is slowly spreading in China, where it was initially discovered. She said heightened preventive measures in the country’s international airports and seaports will minimize the risk … Read More

Solon urges stiffer penalties vs. ‘lying witnesses’

MANILA — The recent withdrawal of lawyer Jude Sabio of the complaint he filed against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC), as well as other instances of “recanting” witnesses, only highlighted the need for a stronger law that would impose heavier penalties on lying witnesses, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday. Besides Sabio, Lacson … Read More

Solons urge Filipinos in Iraq to heed mandatory evacuation order

MANILA — Filipinos in Iraq should heed the mandatory evacuation order of the government for their own safety, two senators said Wednesday after Iran launched a missile attack on an Iraqi airbase housing US and allied forces. “Nakikiusap po tayo sa ating mga kababayan sa Iraq na tumalima sa panawagan ng ating pamahalaan na lumisan pansamantala doon (I am … Read More