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GORDON TO SSS MEMBERS: BE WARY OF ONLINE SCAMMERS

Senator Dick Gordon warned Social Security System (SSS) members and their employers to take extra precaution against scammers amid the recent rise in the number of fraudulent incidents, especially during pandemic. Gordon, who chairs the Senate Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises, urged SSS members and their employers alike not to disclose sensitive information […]

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GOV’T URGED: USE LAB NETWORK FUND FOR MASS TESTING

The government should immediately “release and disperse” the P7.92-billion fund in the 2022 national budget for the government’s COVID-19 Laboratory Network so the current surge in the demand for testing could be met, Senator Joel Villanueva said. Villanueva said the amount should be “downloaded without delay” to public health facilities so they can cope with […]

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MASS COVID TESTING, MASS BOOSTER JABS NOW – LACSON

Aggressive COVID-19 mass testing, mass contact tracing and mass vaccine booster shots, vaccination of minors aged 5 to 11 – and a tougher stance against violators. These are among the steps the government and the public should take in dealing with COVID-19 – including the latest surge of infections, Senator Panfilo Lacson said. Lacson, who […]

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PANGILINAN TO DTI: STOP LOOMING BREAD PRICE HIKE

Senator Kiko Pangilinan calls on the government, particularly the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to immediately intervene in the looming increase in prices of bread products as millions of Filipinos are still reeling from the catastrophic effect of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the recent devastation brought by Typhoon Odette in the regions. Pangilinan […]

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PRC SENDS HELP TO ‘ODETTE’-HIT BOHOL, CEBU

Senator Dick Gordon sent relief goods to families affected by the recent supertyphoon Odette in some parts of Visayas and Mindanao in an effort to spread hope to them and rebuild their lives with dignity. Gordon assured that the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) he chairs will continue to assist the most vulnerable residents in Ubay […]

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BOOST LAWS VS ONLINE CHILD SEX ABUSE – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian is pressing the urgency of strengthening the country’s anti-trafficking laws to address the surge of online child sexual abuse complaints in the country. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has received 2.8 million reports on online sexual abuse of children in 2021, more than twice the 1.3 million reported in 2020. In 2021, […]

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HIKE PENALTIES FOR QUARANTINE VIOLATORS – ZUBIRI

Senator Migz Zubiri filed Senate Bill No. 2470, amending Republic Act 11332, or the Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases, to identify quarantine violations under its prohibited acts, and set commensurate penalties for said violations. This comes after Zubiri released a statement in late December, calling for the Departments of Health, Tourism, and Interior and […]

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NEW OFW DEPT TO DETER ILLEGAL RECRUITERS, FIXERS

Illegal recruiters and fixers preying on hapless overseas Filipino workers seeking employment abroad are now put on notice once the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is established, according to Senator Joel Villanueva. Villanueva, principal sponsor and author of Republic Act No. 11461, has been crafted to eliminate the “nooks and crannies” where fixers and illegal […]

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CRACKDOWN ON ‘RIDING-IN-TANDEM’ CRIMES WELCOMED

Senator Dick Gordon welcomed President Duterte’s directive to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to curb the recent spike in crimes involving motorcycle-bound criminals, colloquially known as the “riding-in-tandem.” Gordon, the author of Republic Act (RA) 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, said the directive issued to the PNP Chief Dionardo Carlos would further shed […]

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GORDON TO GOV’T: HELP FISHERS GET BETTER EQUIPMENT

The government should invest more funds for better equipment and technical skills training of Filipino fishermen and their families to mitigate the negative impact of more destructive typhoons on them, Senator Dick Gordon said. Gordon noted that small fishing “bangkas” or motorized pump boats and its crew are at higher risk against more powerful storms […]