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Probes and inquiries by the Senate of the 19th Congress

September 22, 2022 | 12:18pm
Location: PASAY CITY
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Probes and inquiries by the Senate of the 19th Congress
3 days ago

Sen. Risa Hontiveros calls for a legislative probe into the incidents of violence, land-grabbing, illegal logging and quarrying in Masungi Georeserve.

“Nakakabahala na ang paulit-ulit na iba’t ibang uri ng karahasan na nararanasan ng mga tagapangalaga ng Masungi. We, in government, have a duty to defend the interest of this conservation site as it is a protected area established under Republic Act 11038 or the Expanded Integrated Protected Area Systems Law. We cannot take our environmental defenders for granted,” Hontiveros says.

September 21, 2022

Senate constitutional amendments and revision of codes panel continues its inquiry on proposals to amend or revise the Constitution. Among the resource persons present today is Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Juan Ponce Enrile.

September 15, 2022

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs conducts an inquiry into the recent kidnapping cases that have alarmed citizens.

The panel’s investigation stemmed from two resolutions, including one by Sen. Grace Poe who described the recent abduction cases reported in the news and on social media as “another kidnapping wave.”

It is unclear how rampant kidnapping has become recently as different groups and agencies have provided different and conflicting figures. — Xave Gregorio

September 8, 2022

Senate Blue Ribbon committee recommends administrative and criminal charges against former Agriculture Usec. Leocadio Sebastian, former SRA administrator Hermenegidlo Serafica, and SRA board members Roland Beltran and Aurelio Gerardo Valderrama Jr.

The Blue Ribbon panel is recommending that Sebastian, Serafica, Beltran and Valderrama be slapped with graft, smuggling and usurpation of official functions charges. — Xave Gregorio

September 6, 2022

Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez appears at the Senate hearing into the sugar crisis and apologizes that senators resorted to issuing a subpoena to summon him.

He tells the panel: "I would like to sincerely apologize if we have to resort to the issuance of a subpoena to compel my presence today. I have no intention whatsoever to disrespect the honorable members of the Senate and the Senate as an institution. And that’s why I learned when a subpoena was issued, I don’t want to, but I have to inform His Excellency [President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.] even if he is on his state visit."

September 6, 2022

The Office of Sen. Francis Tolentino says Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez has arrived at the Senate after the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee issued a subpoena against him, in connection to the legislative inquiry into the sugar crisis.

September 6, 2022

Sen. Grace Poe says the Senate public services committee hearing into spam and scam text messages proliferation has been moved to Thursday, 1:30 p.m. from Wednesday 10:00 a.m.

August 31, 2022

Sen. Risa Hontiveros seeks a legislative inquiry into multiple allegations of sexual harassment committed by educators.

The lawmaker says they aim to create safe spaces for students that are conductive to learning and making perpetrators accountable for their actions.

“Sexual harassment cases brought up to education institutions’ notice must be resolved in a transparent, pro-active, and timely manner in order to ensure the swift delivery of justice,”  she adds.

August 17, 2022

Prompted by Senate President Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri's earlier speech, Sen. Francis Tolentino says Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will begin its probe into the sugar importation mess on August 23.

Also on the agenda for that week is the issue of DepEd's overpriced laptops, a hearing is set for August 25. — Franco Luna

Follow this thread for updates on hearings and inquiries by the Senate in the 19th Congress

Photo: This file photo shows the session hall of the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay City

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