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SENATORS CALL FOR ABOLITION OF TRAVEL TAX

The right of Filipinos to travel abroad should not be burdened with a travel tax which is intended to fund the enhancement of the country’s competitiveness as a major tourist destination, three senators said. Senators Koko Pimentel III, Manny Pacquiao and Kiko Pangilinan, filed their respective bills seeking to totally abolish the collection of travel […]

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KILLING OF BARANGAY OFFICIALS A SAD AND TROUBLING PATTERN — PIMENTEL

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Monday strongly denounced the twin killings of village officials in Mindanao in what he described as “incidents that are apparently politically-motivated, occuring as they are very close to the May 13 elections.” The Mindanao-born lawmaker was reacting to separate fatal shooting incidents of two local barangay heads from the […]

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NEW LAWYERS MUST BE HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION — PIMENTEL

Senate Trade and Commerce Committee Chair Koko Pimentel III on Friday congratulated the 1,800 who passed the 2018 Bar Exams and urged the new lawyers to be “champions of the Rule of Law, conscientious officers of the court, and honorable members of the legal profession.” Pimentel, who topped the 1990 Bar exam, reminded the fresh […]

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PULSE ASIA SURVEY SHOWS PEOPLE BELIEVE IN THE PRESIDENT – PANELO

Senatorial candidates who were personally endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte have dominated the latest Pulse Asia Survey conducted just a month before the May 13 midterm elections. The survey, conducted from April 10 to 14, showed that there were eight administration-backed bets included in the so-called winning circle or top candidates with a statistical chance […]

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PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL FINISH HIS TERM – PIMENTEL

President Rodrigo Duterte is strong enough to finish his term, Senator Koko Pimentel said in a media interview on the sidelines of his engagement with local party leaders in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. Pimentel was asked to comment on the Chief Executive’s earlier statement that he does know if he could still finish the remaining […]

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I AM GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL FOR PULSE ASIA SURVEY RESULT – ANGARA

Three reelectionist senators have welcomed the results of the latest Pulse Asia senatorial race survey, saying their standings in the polls served as an inspiration for them to do better. Senator Sonny Angara, who placed third in the Pulse Asia survey with a 58.5 percent rating, said he was also “grateful and very thankful” for […]

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PARTY ISSUE RESOLVED, PDP-LABAN NOW FOCUSED ON WINNING – PIMENTEL

Senator Koko Pimentel III on Sunday welcomed the COMELEC’s En Banc Resolution declaring that the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) under his leadership was the “legitimate” wing of the ruling party, saying that “we can already focus on 2019 and winning in the elections now that this confusing distraction has been resolved.” […]

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TAKE CUE FROM PRESIDENT’S SONA, FAST TRACK TELCO IMPROVEMENT – PIMENTEL

“Now that the President has declared very adamantly in his SONA that improvement of telecoms services is a top government priority, the lead agencies should take their cue and fast track the rules on the entry of a third telco player.” Senator Koko Pimentel III, who chairs the Senate’s Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship Committee, made […]

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INCREASED BANK TRANSACTION FEES ILL-ADVISED, ILL-TIMED – PIMENTEL

Senator Aquilino Koko Pimentel III questioned the “wisdom and timing” of a leading banking institution’s announcement to impose new and increased fees on numerous customer transactions, calling the move “an uncaring corporate act to milk more money from the bank’s own customers.” The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), the third largest bank in the […]

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FINALIZE TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THIRD TELCO BEFORE SONA – PIMENTEL

Senate Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship Committee Chairperson Koko Pimentel III on Thursday urged members of the Oversight Committee for the Entry of a New Major Player in the Public Telecommunications Market to “hammer out their differences” and finalize the terms of reference (TOR) for the entry of a third telco provider before the President’s State […]