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Aquino: Diokno slamming door on teachers pay raise is insensitive, heartless — Partido Liberal senators

January 12, 2018. The statement of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that a salary increase for public school teachers was not a priority at this time was insensitive, if not heartless, Partido Liberal senators said Thursday. “It’s not certainly the way to treat our public school teachers, who have been seeking… Source link link: Aquino: Diokno slamming door on teachers' pay raise is insensitive, heartless — Partido Liberal senators.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerJan 13th, 2018

LP senators slam Diokno

LIBERAL Party Senators blasted Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno for being insensitive and heartless when he said that the salary increase for public school teachers is not a priority. “It’s not certainly the way to treat our public school teachers, who have been seeking government’s help for higher salaries and additional….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

LP senators slam Diokno for remarks vs. teachers’ pay hike

Three senators from the Liberal Party on Friday slammed Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s comment that a pay raise for teachers was “not a priority at this time” as “insensitive, if not heartless.” Source link link: LP senators slam Diokno for remarks vs. teachers’ pay hike.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Resistance coalition names 6 senatorial bets

THE so-called Resistance coalition will field at least six candidates in the 2019 senatorial elections. Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, president of Partido Liberal, named opposition candidates in their list as re-electionist Sen. Bam Aquino, former Quezon Rep. Erin Tanada, FLAG chairman Chel Diokno, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, and former….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Aquino: Liberal Senators dismayed by DOJ clearing BOC in P6.4-billion shabu smuggling

November 23, 2017. Partido Liberal senators expressed dismay over the Department of Justice’s decision to clear several former Bureau of Customs officials over the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu last May. “Kapag kakampi pinalulusot at iyong mga maliliit at mahihina lang ang hinahabol (Allies are allowed to… Source link link: Aquino: Liberal Senators dismayed by DOJ clearing BOC in P6.4-billion shabu smuggling.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

‘Resistance’ to field slates in 2019 polls

The political opposition will form a coalition and create its own slate for the mid-term elections in 2019, two Liberal Party (LP) senators said on Monday. Senators Bam Aquino and Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan dubbed the opposition coalition "The Resistance," which they said would field slates in the local and senatorial races. Aquino said he would be among the coalition's senatorial candidates. Pangilinan, the LP president, said his party was still in talks with other groups and individuals. He said he would name the members of the coalition only after "the talks have been firmed up, hopefully after the Holy Week." Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, the president of the ...Keep on reading: ‘Resistance’ to field slates in 2019 polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

Teachers want Diokno to apologize over ‘insensitive’ remark on wage hike

A coalition of teachers has demanded an apology from Budget Secretary BenjaminDiokno for his "insensitive" statement on national television that granting the increase on tutor's salaries was not the priority of the Duterte administration at this time.   Citing the 1987 Constitution, the Teachers' Dignity Coalition (TDC)said on Wednesday that educators must be given adequate salaries and benefits by assuring that the education sector gets the biggest chunk in the national budget. TDC noted that under Article XIV, Section 5 of the Constitution, "the state shall assign thehighest budgetary priority to education and ensure that teaching will attract and retainits rightful sha...Keep on reading: Teachers want Diokno to apologize over ‘insensitive’ remark on wage hike.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Bam, Kiko condemn killing of university president

Two Liberal Party senators "strongly condemned" on Sunday the "senseless killing" of Cagayan de Oro state university president Ricardo Rotoras. "We strongly condemn the senseless killing of university president Dr. Ricardo Rotoras," Sen. Bam Aquino and Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan said in a joint statement. Aquino, assistant minority leader, and Pangilinan said they both worked closely with Rotoras for the passage of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act as president of Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges. The act, which was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 3, 2017, gives access to "quality tertiary education by providing ...Keep on reading: Bam, Kiko condemn killing of university president.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2017

Pangilinan: Partido Liberal Senators: Accountable ba ka mo? Sue Faeldon, revgov plotters

December 1, 2017. If the Duterte government is serious about accountability, it should also pursue those behind the push for a revolutionary government and the entry of P6.4-billion worth of shabu into the country. This was the collective sentiment of Partido Liberal senators, saying the Duterte government should… Source link link: Pangilinan: Partido Liberal Senators: Accountable ba 'ka mo? Sue Faeldon, revgov plotters.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 1st, 2017

ICC to inquire on raps vs Rody

ROQUE: MERE PROCESS TO DETERMINE BASIS President Duterte intends to defend himself, “if need be,” on the crimes against humanity charges that his opponents filed against him before The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday. Roque, an international law expert, explained that the ICC’s recognition was simply a proceeding to determine if the case has basis to proceed or not.Roque said Malacañang has received ICC’s notice for a “preliminary examination” on the complaints filed by the lawyer of self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) assassin Edgar Matobato, who is under the care of Duterte’s chief critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.Roque said the 72-year-old Chief Executive is ready to submit himself before the proceedings once he is summoned to The Hague.“The President and I met about this extensively for two hours last night. The President welcomes the preliminary examination because he is sick and tired of being accused,” Roque told reporters. “Obviously, this is intended to embarrass the president. They will fail. The President said that if need be, he will argue his case before the ICC,” he added.Matobato’s counsel Jude Sabio, in April last year, submitted to the ICC a petition against Mr. Duterte on the basis of his apparent admission of “killing” suspected drug traffickers and criminals in Davao City when he was still its Mayor.By June, Trillanes and Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano filed a supplemental complaint against the Chief Executive also at the ICC. The complaint is based on the series of extrajudicial killings attributed to the Duterte administration’s narcotics crackdown.Sabio, in a text message, claimed that the given development is already a victory on their end.“I feel so elated and vindicated. Finally, Mr. Duterte and his cohorts will face criminal investigation by the ICC prosecutor as a prelude to formal criminal investigation,” Sabio said. “It is a huge triumph toward justice. Duterte’s system of death squad killings that he continued in his war on drugs will be investigated and hopefully an arrest warrant will be issued against him and justice will be done,” he added.“I am confident that, based on my communication, as well as that of Sen. Trillanes’ and (Magdalo) Rep. (Gary) Alejano’s, we will hurdle this first big step, and hopefully a warrant of arrest will be issued soon by the ICC against Duterte and his cohorts,” he added. Critics overjoyedTrillanes, for his part, claimed that the ICC’s recognition of their complaint should remind Mr. Duterte that he is not above the law.“This development should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law. More importantly, this is the first step for the victims’ families’ quest for justice,” the senator said.But Roque said Trillanes and his group should not celebrate yet.“No one should claim victory… If they think the President has been indicted, they are so wrong,” he said.“There will be no formal investigation to be conducted in the country because at the level of the preliminary examination, where the Court does not include the budget for the prosecutor to come to the Philippines because it is not yet a preliminary investigation,” he said.“Now the objective is to determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with the formal investigation,” he added.In Sabio’s complaint addressed to ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, he said that the international criminal court’s action “would... be the beginning of the end of this dark, obscene, murderous and evil era in the Philippines.”“Crimes against humanity are crimes of universal jurisdiction, but where a State like the Philippines fails to assume such universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity continuously being committed in its very own territory, then the International Criminal Court will have to intervene into a situation that is grave by any human standard,” Sabio said.“The grim statistics of more than 7,000 drug-related killings cannot be anything but grave, especially if viewed in the context of just seven months since Rodrigo Duterte became the President, compared to only about 3,000 committed during the 20-year Marcos regime. These more than 7,000 drug-related killings translate to roughly 1,000 killings per month,” he added.Two other opposition senators urged Malacañang, instead of criticizing this development, to deal with the issues being hurled at the President.“That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the magnitude of deaths reaching thousands upon thousands in less than two years,” Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.“This is the chance for the government to answer the accusations raised against them. There is no reason to be afraid if the administration is not hiding anything,” Sen. Bam Aquino said.Aquino said this should be a welcome opportunity for the administration to make their case to an unbiased and globally respected tribunal. Villarin wants Roque charged, tooAkbayan Rep Tom Villarin said the entry of the ICC into the issues raised against Duterte gives hope to the thousands killed under the latter’s war on drugs. “It is a welcome development and gives hope to thousands of EJK (extra judicial killings) victims that finally justice will be served,” Villarin said.“This will also hold President Duterte and other top officials involved in the bloody war against drugs accountable as well as it gives us an opportunity to implead other enablers of EJKs, including possibly Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque,” Villarin added.While the Akbayan lawmaker said that the investigation may not lead to Duterte’s puster, he said that it will be damning and damaging to his administration in the eyes of our people and the international community.“I am hopeful that people will now realize the truth and demand accountability from him with all constitutional options available,” Villarin said.Alejano said that the preliminary examination will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation. “I hope that the preliminary examination will be allowed to carry on – unhindered and with full cooperation from concerned authorities, organizations, and personalities,” Alejano, one of those who brought the EJK issue before the ICC, said.“I am confident on the communication we sent to the ICC and strongly believe that President Duterte and those who perpetuate and defend this policy of killing should be held accountable before the law,” Alejano said. 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Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Duterte to critics of controversial kiss: Inggit lang yan

MANILA, Philippines – Those slamming him for kissing a married Filipina in South Korea are likely just jealous of her. This was how President Rodrigo Duterte brushed aside fierce criticism of his controversial kiss during a press briefing early Wednesday, June 6, upon his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Opposition senators seek probe into Calida firm s gov t contracts

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition senators filed a resolution seeking a Senate investigation, to be led by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, into the multimillion-peso contracts of Solicitor General Jose Calida's security firm with government agencies. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and fellow senators Francis Pangilinan, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Risa Hontiveros, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Sotto mum on opposition senator reportedly joining the Senate majority bloc

SenatePresidentVicente "Tito" Sotto III was tight-lippedabout the identity of an opposition senator reportedly planning to join the majority bloc in the Senate. "I'd rather not confirm or deny. Nakakahiya naman bakasabihin pinapangunahan ko e (It's embarassing. I may be jumping the gun)," Sotto said during the Kapihan sa Senado on Thursday. Senator Panfilo Lacson earlier said thatat least one member of the minority bloc is now inclined to join the majority. Thereare only sixopposition senators -- Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senators Francis Pangilinan, Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, Leila de Lima, and Antonio Trillanes IV. But when asked if the unnamedopposition senator is...Keep on reading: Sotto mum on opposition senator reportedly joining the Senate majority bloc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Hail to the Senate chief

If the closed-door caucus of Senators goes well today, Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III is expected to be installed as the new Senate chief to replace Senate president Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

13 Senators sign draft resolution asking SC to review Sereno ouster

  MANILA, Philippines – Thirteen senators, or more than half of the Senate, have already signed a draft resolution  urging the High Court to review its decision to oust former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, also president of the Liberal Party, said ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Void PH withdrawal from ICC, SC asked

OPPOSITION senators yesterday filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking to declare as invalid the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to pull out of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The petition was filed by Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, Leila….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Opposition senators urge SC to invalidate withdrawal from ICC

SIX opposition senators have petitioned the Supreme Court (SC) to declare as invalid the Philippines’ withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). In their 17-page petition for certiorari and mandamus filed before the high court on Wednesday, May 16, Senators Francis N. Pangilinan, Franklin M. Drilon, Paolo Benigno A. Aquino IV, […] The post Opposition senators urge SC to invalidate withdrawal from ICC appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Japan MP under fire for saying single women a state burden

TOKYO, Japan – A Japanese lawmaker has come under fire after saying women should have several children or risk becoming a burden on the state. Kanji Kato, a 72-year-old MP in Prime Minister Shizo Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), said newlyweds should raise at least 3 children. The minister in charge ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

Senators hail appointment of Puyat as tourism chief

  Lawmakers have high hopes for the Department of Tourism (DOT) with the appointment of Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as its new secretary, citing her track record in government particularly in the Department of Agriculture (DA).   Puyat, a daughter of former Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo, has the credentials and experience to do well in the DOT, said Sen. Grace Poe, who cited her promotion of provinces and local products in the DA.   Poe also said Puyat had shown her competence and dedication as a public official when she served under several administrations in different capacities.   "I'm confident she will raise the bar for our tourism industr...Keep on reading: Senators hail appointment of Puyat as tourism chief.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

No politics in int’l probe of Dengvaxia mess – senators

  Two senators on Wednesday hailed President Rodrigo Duterte's move to form a panel of foreign experts to probe the Aquino administration's procurement of the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, and said they hoped that the probe would uncover truth untainted by politics.   "I urge the President to appoint people with proven expertise, probity and objectivity who can investigate in a depoliticized environment and study if there [was] indeed a relationship between the vaccine and the deaths of children injected with Dengvaxia," Sen. JV Ejercito said.   The Aquino administration purchased Dengvaxia for a mass immunization program in 2016.   But the vaccin...Keep on reading: No politics in int’l probe of Dengvaxia mess – senators.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

Suspending TRAIN Law will do more harm than good – Diokno

  Amid calls by some senators to suspend several provisions in the tax reform package to help bring inflation rates down, Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said doing so would do more harm than good to the economy.   Diokno said suspending the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act would disrupt operations at the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs.   The two agencies have already adopted the new tax rates and programmed their target collections based on the law, he said in a press conference on Wednesday.   Infrastructure program   Finance officials also warned that the government's infrastructure prog...Keep on reading: Suspending TRAIN Law will do more harm than good – Diokno.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018