‘Pastillas’ bombshell dropped

February 20, 2020
THE Immigration officer who exposed the pastillas scheme in the Manila International Airport appeared at the Senate hearing and personally testified on the alleged multi-billion peso scheme, baring a ‘sweeter deal’ and naming a colleague allegedly involved in the anomaly.

Duterte sacks bribery suspects

February 20, 2020
Five immigration officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport were relieved on Monday as the Bureau of Immigration investigates the extortion scheme. This came after a Senate investigation exposed the alleged pay-off racket run by several Immigration officials that gives Chinese nationals easy access to the country for a fee of 10,000.

‘Vote according to your conscience’

February 20, 2020
As for the inquiry being pushed in the Senate on the network’s franchise renewal, Go mentioned that he will participate, saying “Ito namang pagdinig (sa Senado), maaaring in aid of legislation, marami silang gustong pakinggan, maybe that’s the proper forum na mapakinggan both sides. Pakinggan natin sino gusto magsalita, sino gusto magreklamo... I might also ask some questions.”

NTC seeks DOJ view on ABS-CBN issue

February 20, 2020
Last February 10, a “Very Urgent Omnibus Motion” which was personally filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida, urged the Supreme Court to forfeit the franchises of ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc., saying “they are unlawfully exercising their legislative franchises.”

Speaker won’t blink in franchise row

February 20, 2020
“Ang pinakamahaba natin is yung July hanggang mag-adjourn ng October. Hindi ito teleserye na magandang bitin. Kung mag-hearing tayo ng dalawang linggo, at kulang ‘yung oras tapos magre-recess tayo, o kahit hindi mag-recess, during the recess mag-hearing, hindi mo naman madadala sa plenaryo, walang mangyayari. So, unlike teleserye na medyo lamang ang network pagka maganda ang ending at medyo bitin, hinahanap-hanap mo ‘yung season 2. Pero dito sa Kongreso, in my experience, mas mabuti, ‘pag inumpisahan na natin, tapusin na natin,” he further explained.

Coming Home

February 19, 2020
THE first Filipino crew member of the Diamond Princess cruise ship who tested positive for corona virus disease-19 (COVID-19) has fully recuperated and is set to be discharged by a Japanese hospital while the other Filipinos who tested negative for the virus will be repatriated immediately on orders of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr.

Lifestyle check on immigration staff welcomed

February 19, 2020
“A lifestyle check is not conclusive, but only indicative, of a government employee’s possible unethical conduct. Be that as it may, I support Sen. Hontiveros’ recommendation to conduct such a lifestyle check on suspected corrupt personnel of the BI...” Guevarra said in a statement sent to reporters.

Bong Go launches first OFW Hospital

February 19, 2020
SENATOR Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go led the groundbreaking ceremony of the country’s first overseas Filipino workers (OFW) Hospital on Tuesday at San Fernando City, Pampanga where he reaffirmed his commitment to push for the passage of a bill mandating the creation of an executive department focusing on the needs and concerns of overseas Filipinos.

Romualdez swears in newest Lakas member

February 19, 2020
The 15 party-list lawmakers who are allied with Lakas-CMD include Tingog Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt Romualdez, Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor, Ako Bisaya Rep. Sonny “SL” Lagon, Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin, Alona Rep. Ana Marie Villaraza-Suarez, Ako Bicol Rep. Elizalde Co, Ako Padayon Pilipino Rep. Adriano Ebcas, CWS Rep. Romeo Momo, Sr., GP Rep. Jose Gay Padiernos, Philreca Rep. Presyley de Jesus, Recoboda Rep. Godofredo Guya, TGP Rep. Jose Teves, TUCP Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza, Magsasaka Rep. Argel Cabatbat, and Deputy Speaker and Sagip Rep. Rodante Marcoleta.