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NEW PERJURY LAW HAS STIFFER PENALTY — GORDON

Senator Dick Gordon welcomed the enactment into law of a measure increasing the penalties for those people who are found to commit perjury or make false testimony under oath before the court or other legal proceedings. Gordon, who chairs the Senate justice and human rights committee, hailed the signing of Republic Act (RA) 11594 which […]

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DATA PRIVACY NOT A SHIELD VS SUBPOENA – GORDON

Senator Dick Gordon thanked National Privacy Commission (NPC) Commissioner Raymund Liboro for his pronouncement that the law on data privacy rights cannot be invoked as an excuse to evade legal proceedings. Gordon, who chairs the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, said Liboro’s pronouncement has now cleared any dispute whether those invited to attend the Senate hearing […]

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MORE HEARINGS ON OVERPRICED MED SUPPLIES URGED

Senator Panfilo Lacson reaffirmed his full support behind the Senate continuing its investigation into irregularities in the government’s procurement of medical supplies to address the COVID-19 pandemic – even as he expects one hearing is not enough to complete the probe. Lacson said the investigation is not targeting President Rodrigo Duterte or any other personality, […]

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SENATE TO RESUME HEARINGS ON OFW DEPARTMENT BILL

Hearings on the proposed establishment of new government departments, including one solely to handle concerns of overseas Filipino workers, have received the green light to proceed, according to Senator Joel Villanueva. Villanueva said the body’s Committee on Rules decided to allow several standing committees to proceed with hearing bills on establishing new government departments alongside […]

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15 SENATORS PUSH FOR SESSIONS, HEARINGS BY TELECONFERENCE DURING LOCKDOWN

Fifteen senators have filed a resolution seeking to allow the Senate to hold plenary sessions and committee hearings by teleconference while the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is still being enforced. In Senate Resolution No. 372, the senators pointed out that the imposition and extension of the ECQ in Metro Manila and specified provinces, as well […]

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BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR SENATE AS CONGRESS GOES ON ONE-MONTH RECESS

Even as Congress goes on a one-month recess, it is business as usual at all Senate regular standing, oversight and special committees. Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri filed a resolution authorizing all committees of the Senate “to conduct hearings, meetings and consultations during every recess of the Senate to have a continuity in the […]