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FAST TRACK DISTRIBUTION OF CASH AID TO 18-M POOR FAMILIES – VILLANUEVA, LACSON, SOTTO

Senators are asking both the national and local governments to fast track the distribution of emergency cash assistance to 18 million poor families severely now being affected by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, particularly the daily wage earners. Senator Panfilo Lacson pointed out that the provisions of Republic Act 11469, or the Bayanihan to Heal […]

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STUDENTS RECRUITED BY LEFTIST GROUPS PUT THEIR LIVES IN DANGER – GO

Senator Bong Go sought answers on the two “missing” students allegedly recruited by leftist groups during the joint hearing of the Senate Committees on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, and the National Defense and Security. Go sits as vice chair of both committees. During the Senate hearing, parents of five senior high school students from […]

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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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SENATE TO PROBE WITHHOLDING OF PhP 59.8M PNP-SAF ALLOWANCE – LACSON

Senator Panfilo Lacson is pushing a Senate investigation into a PhP 59.8 million mess involving the withholding of daily subsistence allowance and explosive ordnance disposal hazardous pay for the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) elite Special Action Force (SAF). Lacson said the withholding of such allowances, if true, threatens to demoralize members of the SAF, who […]

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REMOVE INTERCONNECTION FEES BY TELCOS – LACSON

To protect mobile phone subscribers, Senator Ping Lacson sought to remove the burdensome interconnection fees charged by public telecommunications entities (PTEs) for calls between two different networks. Lacson introduced an amendment to Senate Bill 1636, the proposed Lifetime Cellphone Number Act, seeking to remove the interconnectivity fee or charge imposed by PTEs on mobile phone […]

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Senate to Transfer to Taguig City from Pasay City – LACSON

  The Senate adopted Senate Resolution 293 under Committee Report 170 approving the relocation of the Upper Chamber from Pasay City to Taguig City. Fourteen senators – including Senate President Koko Pimentel III, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, Majority Leader Tito Sotto III, Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senators Grace Poe, Migz Zubiri, Manny Pacquaio, […]

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Philippine Charity Office (PCO) to Replace PCSO – LACSON

  After being mired in irregularities in past years, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) may get a much-needed update in its charter to help it keep up with new variations of lotteries and make it more accountable. Senate Bill 1470, filed by Senator Ping Lacson, also gives the agency – whose present charter dates […]

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Privatize All PAGCOR Casinos – LACSON

  The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) may have to give up its operation of casinos, if a bill filed by Senator Ping Lacson is passed into law. Senate Bill 1471 aims to address PAGCOR’s “conflicting” roles of regulating and operating gambling casinos by having the agency focus on regulating the industry and giving […]