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‘PhilHealth mafia pocketed P15 billion ’
by Paolo Romero - August 5, 2020 - 12:00am
Officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. have allegedly pocketed some P15 billion in funds through anomalous transactions, a resigned PhilHealth officer disclosed during a Senate hearing yesterday.
Senate probe: PhilHealth chief faces accusers
by Paolo Romero - August 4, 2020 - 12:00am
Philippine Health Insurance Corp. president Ricardo Morales and other ranking officials of the state firm are expected to face their accusers today at the start of the Senate inquiry into alleged multibillion-peso...
Go wants proper planning of COVID-19 vaccine for poor
by Paolo Romero - August 3, 2020 - 12:00am
The Department of Health and other concerned agencies must thoroughly prepare for the coronavirus disease 2019 mass inoculation program to ensure the accessibility and affordability of the vaccine, especially to...
Senate starts probe on PhilHealth tomorrow
by Paolo Romero - August 3, 2020 - 12:00am
The Senate will start tomorrow its inquiry into the alleged corruption in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. involving at least P1 billion in funds of the cash-strapped state agency.
Lawmakers: Heed plea of frontliners
by Paolo Romero - August 3, 2020 - 12:00am
Senators urged Malacañang yesterday to heed the plea of frontliners to temporarily reimpose the enhanced community quarantine, or equivalent restrictions, so as not to overwhelm the country’s health...
‘We are not inutile as a country’ — senators
by Paolo Romero - July 29, 2020 - 12:00am
The Philippines is not “inutile” in asserting its sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea even if President Duterte has admitted being helpless in checking China’s maritime encroachment, senators...
Telcos told: Shape up, take warning seriously
by Paolo Romero - July 29, 2020 - 12:00am
The country’s telecommunications companies should take President Durterte’s threat of “expropriation” seriously and “shape up,” Senate President Vicente Sotto III said yester...
Drilon: I was defending press freedom
by Paolo Romero - July 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon strongly denied yesterday that he was lawyering for the Lopez family, who owns ABS-CBN, or defending oligarchs in the country, saying President Duterte’s pronouncements...
PhilHealth CEO still enjoys Duterte’s trust
by Paolo Romero - July 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Philippine Health Insurance Corp. president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales still enjoys the trust and confidence of President Duterte despite fresh allegations of corruption in the state-run agency that...
Senate to prioritize economic recovery bills
by Paolo Romero - July 28, 2020 - 12:00am
The Senate will prioritize the passage of measures aimed at fighting the spread of COVID-19, assisting the distressed and reviving the economy even as the chamber is “ready to do more” in addressing the...
Stronger penalties vs cigarette smuggling pushed
by Paolo Romero - July 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Not even a P50-million minimum fine and possible jail time of eight to 12 years have deterred cigarette smugglers from plying their trade and depriving government of much-needed tax revenues.
Recto wants pay hike for social workers
by Paolo Romero - July 27, 2020 - 12:00am
The salaries of social workers must be increased as they are the frontliners with the most number of “patients” in hospitals, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said yesterday.
‘Terror law can be repealed if abused’
by Paolo Romero - July 21, 2020 - 12:00am
Congress can repeal the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act if authorities are found to be abusing its provisions, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said yesterday, even as he asked critics to give time for the government...
Senate eyes probe on Bilibid deaths
by Paolo Romero - July 21, 2020 - 12:00am
The Senate wants to determine if high-value convicts linked to drug trafficking from behind bars are more susceptible to the coronavirus disease 2019 following the deaths of several inmates at the New Bilibid P...
Recto pushes for hike of other health workers’ minimum pay
by Paolo Romero - July 20, 2020 - 12:00am
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto yesterday pushed for hikes in the minimum pay of other health workers like medical technologists, dietitians and radiologists to the same level as that of nurses.
‘Economic reforms needed to dismantle oligarchy’
by Paolo Romero - July 16, 2020 - 12:00am
Dismantling oligarchy in the country takes structural reforms and an overhaul of existing laws, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said yesterday.
No warrant, no entry – senators
by Paolo Romero - July 16, 2020 - 12:00am
The order for the police to round up coronavirus disease 2019 patients from their homes is not only impractical and dangerous, but also unconstitutional, senators warned yesterday.
Poe tells media not to be intimidated by threats
by Paolo Romero - July 14, 2020 - 12:00am
Media should continue to be fearless, Sen. Grace Poe said yesterday as she hit the apparent double standard of the House of Representatives in invoking public interest in denying last week the application of ABS-CBN...
Go presses for faster e-government rollout amid COVID pandemic
by Paolo Romero - July 13, 2020 - 12:00am
Sen. Christopher Go yesterday pressed for faster rollout of the electronic governance sector to ensure a more responsive public service amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
‘A sword of Damocles over Philippines mass media’
by Paolo Romero - July 11, 2020 - 12:00am
Senators slammed the voting at the House of Representatives denying ABS-CBN’s application for the renewal of its franchise yesterday, saying the rejection was done for purely selfish political reasons.
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