Senate Blue Ribbon to recommend Duque’s resignation

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will recommend the resignation of Department of Health (DoH) Secretary Francisco Duque III if its investigations found that he “has done wrong,” its chairman disclosed on Wednesday. “This is why we are investigating to find out everything. If he has done wrong, then we will recommend that he should go. […].....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 18th, 2021

DoH blames DBM for unobligated funds flagged by CoA

The Department of Health (DoH) on Wednesday blamed the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the unobligated funds found by the state auditors on its 2020 Annual Audit Report. In the Senate Blue Ribbon hearing on the utilization of the DoH’s P67.32-billion worth of Covid-19 funds, the agency said P6.9-billion out of over P9-billion […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

Blue Ribbon needs & lsquo;bill of particulars& rsquo; to start probe

Sen. Richard Gordon on Wednesday said the Senate Blue Ribbon committee which he heads cannot initiate a probe into the corruption issues revealed by Sen. Manny Pacquiao as these are based only on newspaper accounts......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021

Still no resolution from Pacquiao calling for corruption probe  — Senate panel chair

Sen. Manny Pacquiao has yet to file a resolution urging the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to launch a probe into alleged corruption in government agencies, the panel's chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said Wednesday. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021

Pacquiao alleges P10.4B in aid lost to corruption, to refer documents to Senate panel

Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Saturday claimed that he was in possession of documents baring billions lost due to corruption across government agencies and said he would refer all of them to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2021

No legal basis for PMVICs to operate – Poe

The operation of private motor vehicle inspection centers , which charge motorists about P1,500 per inspection as a requirement for vehicle registration, has no legal basis and might be worth investigating by the Senate Blue Ribbon committee......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2021

Senate panel summons ‘Big 4’ motorcycle dealers

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee will summon the so-called Big Four motorcycle dealers, which Sen. Richard Gordon suspects are tied with corruption with some officials of the Land Transportation Office in the delays in the production of registration documents and license plates......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2021

Senate to wait for DOJ report on Bilibid deaths

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee is waiting for the report of the Department of Justice on the deaths of high-value drug convicts at the New Bilibid Prison supposedly due to COVID-19, Sen. Richard Gordon announced yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 28th, 2020

Tighter screening eyed for Middle East travelers

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III will recommend stricter border controls for travelers from the Middle East after the Indian variant or B1617 was detected in two Filipino seafarers who arrived from Oman and United Arab Emirates last month......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 12th, 2021

Duque to recommend strict travel restrictions on travelers from Middle East

Two seafarers who returned in April tested positive for the B.1.617 variant, the DOH reported. One arrived from Oman, while the other came from the United Arab Emirates......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 12th, 2021

Binay repeats call for Duque’s resignation

Binay repeats call for Duque’s resignation.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsMar 24th, 2021

Ulo ng LTO officials hinihingi ni Gordon dahil sa delay sa batas kontra ‘riding-in-tandem’

Hiniling ni Senator Richard Gordon na magbitiw na sa kanilang puwesto ang mga opisyal at kawani ng Land Transportation Office (LTO) na responsable sa pagkakaantala sa pagpapatupad ng Republic Act 11235 o ang Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act. Sa pagdinig ng pinamumunuan niyang Blue Ribbon Committee, ipinagdiinan ni Gordon na halos 9,000 na ang napapatay ng […] The post Ulo ng LTO officials hinihingi ni Gordon dahil sa delay sa batas kontra ‘riding-in-tandem’ appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2021

Duque to ask Magalong to reconsider resignation

Duque to ask Magalong to reconsider resignation.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 30th, 2021

Galvez, Duque to walk out of Senate hearing if...

Galvez, Duque to walk out of Senate hearing if........»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 20th, 2021

Vaccine wars

President Duterte and his subalterns, Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez and Health Secretary Francisco Duque, are at loggerheads with the Senate led by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, and Senators Panfilo Lacson, Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon, and Francis Pangilinan, on the anti-COVID-19 vaccines, particularly on three issues: one price; two, volumes, and three, timetable of rollout......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

Gordon forces Duque to admit corruption in past DOH programs

Senator Richard Gordon has threatened to defer the approval of the Department of Health’s proposed 2021 budget as he forced Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to admit that corruption persisted during the past health programs. During the Senate plenary debates on the DOH’s budget, Gordon has recalled the past corruption issues in the agency such […] The post Gordon forces Duque to admit corruption in past DOH programs appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

As COVID-19 ravages the Philippines, a bible thumper insults our intelligence

RJ Nieto We have been made too aware of the speakership catfight in the House of Representatives. On one side is Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano who, last year, agreed to a term sharing deal that entails his voluntary resignation this month. On the other side, the PDP-Laban Lord Allan Velasco, head of the House’s biggest political party. If Cayetano just complied with the term-sharing agreement that he himself insisted on having, then the nation could have moved on and returned its focus on the COVID-19 pandemic that has been ravaging the erstwhile flourishing Philippine economy. But that was not the case: after getting a taste of his lucrative position for 15 months, Cayetano didn’t want to let go. In mid-September, Cayetano said he should remain as the speaker as he claims to enjoy majority support. Days later, his camp even went a step further when Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte accused Velasco of planning to delay the passage of the crucial 2021 National Budget. President Rodrigo Duterte, acting as head of the Kilusang Pagbabago Coalition, mediated the rift when he called for a meeting with Cayetano and Velasco. There are various versions of what happened during the meeting, but what’s clear is that both sides agreed to a vote on the speakership on October 14th. At this point, minus the speakership drama, pretty much everything else in the House, especially the 2021 budget deliberations, was going quite smoothly . At this point, the Cayetano-Velasco catfight was still a purely political skirmish. But things took a turn for the worse during the October 7 House session. While the budget debates were still ongoing, Cayetano abruptly declared the end of debates. He then moved to suspend House sessions until mid-November, effectively cancelling the October 14th vote for speaker. Cayetano’s move squarely violated Section 16(5), Article VI, of the Constitution, which forbids the House from adjourning for more than three days without the Senate’s nod. The term he used — “suspension” — is just semantic acrobatics for adjournment. Cayetano’s move effectively delayed the transmission to the Senate of the budget’s House version from October 14 to mid-November at the earliest. For the sake of holding onto power, he escalated the purely political skirmish into a full-blown national crisis. If Cayetano and his allies did not want a speakership change because his replacement will just delay the budget, then why did he delay the budget himself? The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a New Normal, and we need a national budget that takes this New Normal into account. However, the speaker’s latest political stunt risks the reenactment of the previous national budget, a budget that was written before COVID-19 ravaged us. How can the nation address the rampaging pandemic without a national budget that recognizes COVID-19 as a national disaster? We need more IT infrastructure funding as more Filipinos engage in e-commerce and as schools shift to online learning. We need more healthcare funding as Filipinos continue to get infected with this virus. We need more fiscal support for ailing businesses as thousands have gone bankrupt after the economy ground to a halt. But all of these may not happen because of what Cayetano did. He can bicker with anyone as much as he wants, but he should not sacrifice the welfare of this nation for the sake of his ambitions. Cayetano loves to quote the Bible every chance he gets, but it appears that the Bible he reads excludes all the verses that mention greed. I know for a fact that politicians want power. Running for office, after all, is inherently a quest to gain power. But power is sought not for power’s sake. Power is just a means to towards an end, and that end should be public welfare. Too bad for us earthlings, Cayetano may not share the same view of power. And even if he does, his notion of power is a warped, twisted version that serves his aspirations more than those of the Filipino people. And despite what he’s done, he has the gall to insult our intelligence by claiming that he has the nation’s best interests in mind. If there’s anything we can learn from Cayetano, that would be new and more creative ways to cringe. Alan Peter Cayetano’s latest stunt suggests that while Alan Peter Cayetano may still love this country, Alan Peter Cayetano happens to love Alan Peter Cayetano more. For comments and reactions, please email or visit»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 9th, 2020

Senate eyes raps vs more PhilHealth officials

The Senate may file complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman against Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and other officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. who were not included in the list of those charged by the Department of Justice for alleged anomalies in PhilHealth, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 4th, 2020

Chairmanship 101 for Secretary Duque

The hearings conducted recently by the Senate Committee of the Whole into the corruption at the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. produced numerous horror stories regarding the operation and management of this country’s national health insurer......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2020

Senate, House slam PhilHealth probe report

Lawmakers including those from the administration slammed yesterday the findings of a special task force that investigated alleged anomalies in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., particularly the non-inclusion of Health Secretary and PhilHealth chairman Francisco Duque III in the list of those recommended for criminal charges......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2020

Sotto ‘dumbfounded’ on exclusion of Duque, Del Rosario from raps

Senate President Vicente Sotto III has expressed disappointment on the exclusion of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) Senior Vice President for Legal Sector Rodolfo Del Rosario Jr. in the charges mulled by the Task Force against the erring state insurance’s officials. “No Duque? No Del Rosario? I’m dumbfounded! Article […] The post Sotto ‘dumbfounded’ on exclusion of Duque, Del Rosario from raps appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020