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Senate approves CHED budget, defers UP funding
by Paolo Romero - September 21, 2019 - 12:00am
The Senate finance committee approved on Thursday the proposed 2020 budget of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and 110 state universities and colleges (SUCs).
‘Rogue cops recycle confiscated drugs’
by Paolo Romero - September 20, 2019 - 12:00am
Illegal drugs seized during law enforcement operations were apparently being stolen during the Aquino administration by some rogue officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to resell on the streets, a former...
Senate orders release of 3 BuCor officers
by Paolo Romero - September 20, 2019 - 12:00am
The Senate committee on justice and human rights ordered yesterday afternoon the release of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) medical officer Ursicio Cenas, lawyer Fredric Anthony Santos and documents processing chief...
BuCor chiefs liable for misinterpretation of GCTA – DOJ
by Paolo Romero - September 20, 2019 - 12:00am
The supposed misinterpretation of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law by several corrections chiefs that led to the release of almost 2,000 heinous crime convicts constitutes administrative liability, according...
Senators deny picking on De Lima
by Paolo Romero - September 16, 2019 - 12:00am
Senators yesterday denied picking on detained Sen. Leila de Lima when they dug up her drug cases in the ongoing Senate Blue Ribbon committee inquiry last week into the “GCTA for sale” and other alleged...
Senate set to release ‘GCTA for sale’ report
by Paolo Romero - September 16, 2019 - 12:00am
The Senate Blue Ribbon committee is expected to release this week its partial report on its ongoing inquiry into the Bureau of Corrections’ (BuCor) controversial release of heinous crime convicts in implementing...
Senators eye NBP lease to build regional prisons
by Paolo Romero - September 15, 2019 - 12:00am
Senators are proposing to have the 500-hectare New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City leased to private developers and use its proceeds to put up state penitentiaries in various regions.
De Lima cries foul over ‘continuing demonization’
by Paolo Romero - September 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Detained Sen. Leila de Lima slammed yesterday what she described as her continuing and relentless demonization and persecution as the Senate Blue Ribbon committee dug up her cases in the course of its inquiry into...
Grace Poe: Emergency powers OK if backed by master plan
by Paolo Romero - September 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Sen. Grace Poe maintained yesterday she was not against granting President Duterte emergency powers to address the worsening traffic crisis in Metro Manila and other parts of the country as long as this is backed...
‘Rape convict’ Napoles still behind bars
by Paolo Romero - September 13, 2019 - 12:00am
“Computer and clerical errors” led to the inclusion of plunder convict Janet Lim Napoles in the Bureau of Corrections list of inmates qualified for release under the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance...
‘7 capital sins’ in BuCor bared
by Paolo Romero - September 13, 2019 - 12:00am
At the New Bilibid Prison, “tilapia” or foreign prostitutes can be had overnight for P30,000, mobile phones for P500,000 and a medical certificate for P1,000, with the help of an entrenched corruption...
Sonny Angara files plastic straw bill
by Paolo Romero - September 12, 2019 - 12:00am
To help wean people from the use of plastic straws, Sen. Sonny Angara proposed that establishments charge customers for the use of these straws blamed for polluting waters and killing whales.
Don’t blame me for traffic, Poe tells Duterte
by Paolo Romero - September 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Sen. Grace Poe shot back yesterday at President Duterte, saying she is not to blame if the administration’s transportation officials were not able to ease the worsening traffic congestion in Metro Manila and...
Mar Roxas: Don’t blame IRR on GCTA
by Paolo Romero - September 12, 2019 - 12:00am
As the Office of the Ombudsman awaits his explanation of his role in the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) controversy, former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II said he welcomed the prospect of being investigated...
Senators push salary hikes for government workers
by Paolo Romero - September 11, 2019 - 12:00am
Senators are pushing for a fresh round of salary increases for state workers to help them cope with the rising cost of living and allow the government to attract and retain competent and committed civil servant...
Senate honors Metrobank patriarch Dr. George S.K. Ty
by Paolo Romero - September 11, 2019 - 12:00am
The Senate honored yesterday the late Dr. George S.K. Ty for his philanthropic contributions to the country. 
Senate probe on traffic crisis resumes tomorrow
by Paolo Romero - September 9, 2019 - 12:00am
The Senate inquiry into the move to ban provincial buses along EDSA as well as other proposals to ease the traffic crisis in Metro Manila will resume tomorrow.
BuCor beat judiciary on convicts – lawmaker
by Paolo Romero - September 9, 2019 - 12:00am
While the wheels of justice grind exceedingly slow due to the judiciary’s careful nature, the country’s state penitentiaries have outdone the justice system by releasing inmates by the hundreds and thousands,...
National sports academy pushed
by Paolo Romero - September 8, 2019 - 12:00am
The proposal to establish a sports academy for high school students to create a deeper pool of world-class national athletes in the country has started moving in the Senate.
Buy local rice, senators urge public
by Paolo Romero - September 7, 2019 - 12:00am
Senators have urged the public to buy locally grown rice, and for the National Food Authority (NFA) to buy palay or unhusked rice from farmers to stabilize prices.
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