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Lawmaker-athlete Mikee Romero blames the Senate for the 2019 budget impasse, saying it hampered hosting preparations. Drilon retorts it was the House’s ‘unconstitutional insertions’ that really delayed the budget.
'We heard that he (Nicanor Faeldon) was interested in running for an election post in Mindoro. Certainly, to request to realign P1 billion to Sablayan detention facilities in Mindoro becomes suspect,' says Senator Franklin Drilon
Owing to its design by the late National Artist for Architecture Francisco Mañosa, the President claims it is impossible to estimate what an 'appropriate' cost would be since it is a 'product of the mind'
The New Clark facilities in Tarlac will host only sports: swimming and track and field
Senate Minority Franklin Drilon has raised questions on the proposed budget of the agency responsible for the hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. Watch the Senate deliberations live on Rappler.
'The opinion of the OSG is erroneous, misplaced and misguided. It does not serve the interest of the country. Who will benefit from it?' asks Senator Franklin Drilon
(UPDATED) ‘We do away with 50 classrooms to build a P50-million kaldero that we use only once? I am not even talking about overpricing. I'm talking about propriety,’ the Minority Floor Leader says
'What we're saying is that maybe the original 75 flagship projects were not well-thought-of so that we revise them in the middle of the stream,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon
(UPDATED) 'We can have a thousand projects, that's all theoretical… If it is actual construction with actual disbursements, that would propel our economy,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon
Opposition lawmakers want a chance to back out of a deal that might give the Chinese government '130 listening posts' all over the Philippines
Justice Diosdado Peralta, the most senior of the applicants, represents the judiciary in budget hearings of both chambers of Congress
Things get heated and comical as Senator Drilon grills chief public attorney Persida Acosta
Former justice secretary and now senator Franklin Drilon backs the DOJ's proposal to review the law that only gave it 'administrative supervision' over the BuCor
(UPDATED) Asked for her phone with the supposed anonymous text message, Elvira Sanchez tells senators that she has thrown out her mobile phone just that morning because of death threats she received over the last two weeks
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon also takes a swipe at the Commission on Elections for not exempting infrastructure projects from the public works ban during the May 2019 polls
(UPDATED) Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted for 7 terms of reclusion perpetua for rape and murder, has been caught with P1.5-million worth of shabu in his cell
Senate Minority Franklin Drilon also says the Commission on Audit will conduct an 'accurate review' of the actuarial life of Philhealth
Alcopops have an alcohol content of 7%, yet they're packaged like a juice drink for children. A senator says the packaging needs to change.
Reviving the law would only 'further rouse the people to resist President Rodrigo Duterte's tyranny' and 'foment greater dissent,' the Communist Party of the Philippines says in a statement
'The reason for the injunction is that the MMDA admitted that they have no power and it belongs to the LGU. It's an opportunity for us to review this particular aspect,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon
Although courts prefer imposing fines over jail sentences in libel cases, the Supreme Court upholds the discretion of the lower courts to put Manuel Mejorada behind bars for 2 to 4 years
'At least makaka-contribute siya para pagyamanin ang panukalang batas.... Hindi naman siya aalis ng kanyang selda,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson
The senator says Manuel Mejorada continues to publish 'malicious' content against him despite his conviction in a previous libel case
But Duterte partymate and PDP-Laban president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says 'federalism will always be part of political discourse and agenda' as long as political parties that advocate it exist
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the passage of his proposed bill will 'send a clear message to other countries that the Philippines is not a landfill'
'The Constitution entrusted to Congress the duty to end political dynasties. Unfortunately, we have failed in our duty and, hence, political dynasty still persists and so does poverty,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon
(2nd UPDATE) 'It will never be a fair investigation when one is the oppressed and the other is the oppressor,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan
(3rd UPDATE) 'He forgot to explore all resources available before exercising his last option of surrender,' Senator Panfilo Lacson says of President Rodrigo Duterte's first-ever statement on the Philippine boat sinking in the West Philippine Sea
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon also says the Senate minority bloc will file a resolution seeking an investigation into the alleged payment of PhilHealth funds for 'ghost' kidney treatments
'We are proud of what we have done. We can look people in the eye, critics or otherwise, because we know that we did not fail them,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Senate’s no-cloture rule will allow opposition senators to ask questions without being hampered by the majority
'Sana mag-aral po muna 'yung mga baguhan,' says Senate veteran Franklin Drilon
On Friday, May 31, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Senator Franklin Drilon to discuss the challenges opposition senators are expecting to face
Senator Panfilo Lacson says granting Solar Para sa Bayan a franchise might violate the Electric Power Industry Reform Act
Senators say President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of questionable allotments in the 2019 national budget serves as a 'victory' for taxpayers
‘The problems lie in the implementation of the law and that is what the amendments should focus on,’ says Senator Franklin Drilon
According to the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council, there are only 63 Bahay Pag-Asa or youth detention and rehabilitation centers in the country
Senate bills are pushing for a slightly higher minimum age, 12 years old, than the House of Representatives' proposal of 9 years old
House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr warns he would take DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to court if the government fails to implement the salary hike by January 15
The passage of the resolution comes amid an apparent deadlock between the Senate and the House of Representatives, after the latter rescinded its approval of the bill seeking to abolish the Road Board
Likening martial law to an antibiotic, Senate Minority Franklin Drilon says, 'It is resorted to only when ordinary over-the-counter drugs have ceased to work'
Military chief Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr says there is also no allocation in the proposed 2019 budget for another year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao
It starts when Senator Richard Gordon praises his 'brod,' UP president Danilo Concepcion, prompting Senator Franklin Drilon to tease him back
It was former foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano who requested it, but Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon points out that sports development is not a task for the Department of Foreign Affairs
(UPDATED) 'This is not an isolated case as it only reflects the prevailing situation in many farmlands around the country,' says the 6-member Senate minority bloc
'Arroyo’s proposal is despairing, defeatist, and will be seen by the world as a tacit admission that indeed critical lawmakers are being persecuted under the Duterte administration,' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says
'As duty bearers, the PNP must observe proper operational procedures in order to fulfill the organization’s obligation with respect to human rights-based policing,' says the Senate opposition bloc
Minority senators are hopeful that their colleagues will support the initiative this time