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SENATORS TO HONASAN: WE WISH HIM WELL AS DICT CHIEF

Senators lauded their colleague, Senator Gringo Honasan, and wished him well after he accepted the offer of President Rodrigo Duterte to be Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). Honasan said he decided to accept the President’s offer “for a better Philippines, a better government, for the Filipino people, and for a […]

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LAWMAKERS SHOULD PASS LAW TO END ENDO – ESCUDERO

The ball is now with Congress and it needs to know where it stands on contractualization, Senator Chiz Escudero said urging the two chambers to pass a law that will put an end to contractualization and will strengthen workers’ security of tenure, after the President issued an executive order (EO) that prohibits illegal contracting and […]

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GOVERNMENT MUST REVISIT LABOR MIGRATION POLICY, TAP NEW MARKETS FOR OFWs – ESCUDERO

Senator Chiz Escudero underscored the need for the Philippine government to craft a comprehensive labor policy and tap countries that will protect overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from maltreatment and abuse once they are employed. This was after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a total ban on the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait following the death of […]

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36 Senate Bills on Establishment, Conversion, Separation, and Renaming of Schools Approved – ESCUDERO

The Senate approved on third and final reading 36 bills that seek to establish, convert, separate, and rename state universities, colleges, high schools, and elementary schools nationwide. Approved were the establishment of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Campuses in Occidental Mindoro and Metro Manila. Senator Chiz Escudero, chairperson of the Committee on Education, Arts […]

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Strictly Observe Provisions of the Human Security Act – ESCUDERO

Senator Chiz Escudero has reminded the police and the military to strictly observe the provisions of the Human Security Act (HSA) in the conduct of their operation after the government had officially declared the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the National People’s Army (NPA), as terrorist organizations. Escudero, former chairman […]

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Restore Budget Allocation for the Commission on Human Rights – ESCUDERO

  Senator Chiz Escudero said he will fight to restore the budget allocation for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in the Senate after the House of Representatives slashed the agency’s spending package for 2018 to a meager P1,000. “The CHR is a constitutional imperative and a necessity, however inconvenient it may be for some. […]

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Education Sector Should Gear Toward Excellence in the International Scene – ESCUDERO

  More Philippine universities should aim to be included in the world university rankings after a recent world ranking showed that the University of the Philippines was the lone learning institution in the country to make it on the annual list, Senator Chiz Escudero said. The state-run UP climbed to the 601-800 range from the […]

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Closed Accounts Not Covered by Bank Secrecy Law – ESCUDERO

  Closed bank accounts can be looked into because these are no longer covered by the Bank Secrecy Law, according to Senator Chiz Escudero. “A closed account is no longer covered by the bank secrecy law nor by the provisions of the general banking act given the absence of funds in the custody of the […]

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Free Tertiary Education Act Will Go a Long Way for the Filipino Youth – ESCUDERO

  Senator Chiz Escudero lauds the enactment of the free higher education law that ensures tuition-free education in state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges, as well as state-owned technical vocational institutions (TVIs) across the country. “I thank the President for signing the Free Tertiary Education Act. This will be one of the […]

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Senate to Look Into Internal Fraudulent Scheme of Bank – ESCUDERO

  Senator Chiz Escudero said he wanted to look into the recently exposed internal fraudulent scheme allegedly perpetrated by a senior bank official of the Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank) that cost the country’s second biggest bank some P900 million to P2.5 billion in losses. Escudero, chair of the Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions […]