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Lawmakers refute ‘misguided’ Calida: Gov’t can tax POGOs

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:35 PM

'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

TAXES. Lawmakers argue why the government should continue imposing taxes on Philippine offshore gaming operators. File photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Drilon questions P50-million ‘kaldero’ for 2019 SEA Games

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:25 PM

(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

SEA GAMES. The government spent P50 million for a giant cauldron (center) which will be used for the torch lighting ceremony at the 2019 SEA Games. Photo courtesy of BCDA

Drilon says original Build, Build, Build list 'not well-thought-of'

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'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

NOT 'WELL-THOUGHT-OF'? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks why the projects that were shelved from the old list were originally included if these don't have a high economic return. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drilon calls Build, Build, Build a 'dismal failure'

Nov 12, 2019 - 3:38 PM

(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

ECONOMIC TEAM. Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez (L) and NEDA Usec Rosemarie Edillon attend the Senate plenary discussions on the DOF and NEDA budgets. Photo by Angie de Silva

Senate to check AFP-Dito deal before Lorenzana decides on it

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Opposition lawmakers want a chance to back out of a deal that might give the Chinese government '130 listening posts' all over the Philippines

DONE DEAL? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Lt. Gen. Noel Clement face questions on a deal with China-backed Dito Telecommunity at the Senate on September 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators joke Peralta is next chief justice

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Justice Diosdado Peralta, the most senior of the applicants, represents the judiciary in budget hearings of both chambers of Congress

THE NEXT CJ? Senators tease Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta that he is the next chief justice. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Drilon: PAO forensic lab a duplication, 'waste of money'

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Things get heated and comical as Senator Drilon grills chief public attorney Persida Acosta

Atty. Persida Acosta, chief of the Public Attorney’s Office, answers questions from Sen. Drilon at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Justice and its attached agencies. September 23, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Give DOJ direct control over BuCor – Drilon

Sep 14, 2019 - 6:41 PM

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

SOLUTION PROPOSED. Senator Franklin Drilon also wants to review Republic Act 10575. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sanchez's wife learned about ex-mayor's release via 'anonymous' text

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:32 PM

(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

WHERE'S THE PHONE? Elvira Sanchez tells the Senate blue ribbon committee that she destroyed her cellphone. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drilon hits 'terrible' Build, Build, Build performance

Aug 29, 2019 - 4:00 PM

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

Senator Franklin Drilon at the briefing by the Development Budget Coordination Committee on the FY 2020 national expenditure program on August 29, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drilon wants Senate probe into rape-slay convict Sanchez's reduced sentence

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(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

OUT TOO SOON? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon wants Antonio Sanchez' upcoming release to be investigated. Rappler file photo

COA approves special audit of Philhealth funds – Drilon

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Senate Minority Franklin Drilon also says the Commission on Audit will conduct an 'accurate review' of the actuarial life of Philhealth

LOOK: Senators take a sip of alcopops during alcohol tax hearing

Aug 20, 2019 - 5:05 PM

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.

CPP slams bid to revive Anti-Subversion Law

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:48 PM

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

GREATER DISSENT. In this file photo taken on July 30, 2017, guerrillas of the New People's Army (NPA) stand in formation in the Sierra Madre mountain range, located east of Manila. - In a nation plagued by armed groups ranging from kidnap-for-ransom outfits to Islamist secessionist movements, the communist New People's Army (NPA) is among the deadliest. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

After provincial bus ban mess, senators want review of MMDA powers

Aug 13, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'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

LIMITED POWER. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia admits that they don't have policy-making powers in introducing the provincial bus ban. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supreme Court affirms jail sentence vs Drilon critic in libel case

Aug 07, 2019 - 2:22 PM

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

LIBEL. Journalist Manuel "Boy" Mejorada faces 2-4 years in prison as the Supreme Court affirms a Court of Appeals sentence in the libel case filed against him by Senator Franklin Drilon. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Drilon, Lacson want De Lima to join Senate sessions via teleconferencing

Aug 04, 2019 - 4:45 PM

'At least makaka-contribute siya para pagyamanin ang panukalang batas.... Hindi naman siya aalis ng kanyang selda,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo of Sen. Leila M. de Lima at Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205. Photo by the office of Sen. Leila de Lima

Drilon files cyber libel complaint vs former Iloilo provincial official

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:53 PM

The senator says Manuel Mejorada continues to publish 'malicious' content against him despite his conviction in a previous libel case

CYBERLIBEL. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Monday files a criminal complaint against a former Iloilo provincial administrator who was earlier sentenced by the Pasay Regional Trial Court Branch 118 to 4 years and 2 months imprisonment over libelous social media posts. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Drilon says Cha-Cha 'laid to rest' without SONA mention

Jul 23, 2019 - 1:35 PM

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

Drilon seeks ban on garbage importation

Jul 06, 2019 - 4:53 PM

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'

DUMPED TRASH. Philippine environment officials open one of the container vans containing garbage shipped illegally from Canada. File photo courtesy of Ban Toxics

Drilon brings back anti-political dynasty bill in 18th Congress

Jul 02, 2019 - 4:16 PM

'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

ANTI-POLITICAL DYNASTY. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon files an anti-dynasty bill in the 18th Congress. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senators oppose joint Recto Bank probe by PH, China

Jun 23, 2019 - 5:03 PM

(2nd UPDATE) 'It will never be a fair investigation when one is the oppressed and the other is the oppressor,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

SUPPORTING FISHERMEN. Protesters unite in an anti-China protest by Manila Bay on June 22, 2019, after a Filipino boat was sunk by a Chinese ship in Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Lacson: Duterte's statement on Recto Bank incident 'left us heartbroken'

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(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

HOME. The fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver are reunited with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Drilon calls for special audit of PhilHealth funds

Jun 08, 2019 - 3:26 PM

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

SENATE MINORITY LEADER. Senate Minority Leader Senator Franklin Drilon wants an investigation into the alleged anomalies in PhilHealth. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drilon trumpets minority bloc's achievements in 17th Congress

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:38 AM

'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

Photo from Senator Pangilinan's Facebook page

Drilon: No-cloture rule ‘prevents Senate from being a rubber stamp’

Jun 03, 2019 - 5:35 PM

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

NO CLOTURE. Senate veteran Franklin Drilon says that the Senate tradition of no cloture prevents the upper chamber from being a 'rubber stamp' of the administration./Rappler Screengrab

Drilon to Senate newbies: Study first, leadership quarrels later

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:04 PM

'Sana mag-aral po muna 'yung mga baguhan,' says Senate veteran Franklin Drilon

SENATE VETERAN. Senator Franklin Drilon offers advice for incoming neophyte senators who will be part of the 18th Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Franklin Drilon on how the opposition will navigate the next 3 years

May 31, 2019 - 3:51 PM

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

Lacson, Drilon question bill granting franchise to Legarda son's solar firm

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says granting Solar Para sa Bayan a franchise might violate the Electric Power Industry Reform Act

Sen. Panfilo Lacson during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government and its attached agency on November 12, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators hail Duterte veto of P95.3-B infra funds in 2019 budget

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Senators say President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of questionable allotments in the 2019 national budget serves as a 'victory' for taxpayers

2019 BUDGET. Senators welcome President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of P95.3 billion in infrastructure funds in the 2019 budget. File Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Drilon: Build youth centers first before lowering age of criminal responsibility

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:51 PM

‘The problems lie in the implementation of the law and that is what the amendments should focus on,’ says Senator Franklin Drilon

JUVELINE JUSTICE. Minority Leader Senator Franklin Drilon says Congress should focus on improving the implementation of the current Juvenile Justice Law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators hit LGUs' lack of funding for youth detention, rehab centers

Jan 22, 2019 - 3:50 PM

According to the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council, there are only 63 Bahay Pag-Asa or youth detention and rehabilitation centers in the country

Senator Richard Gordon presides the senate hearing on lowering the age of criminality, January 2, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Senate to begin hearing bills on lowering age of criminal liability

Jan 20, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Senate bills are pushing for a slightly higher minimum age, 12 years old, than the House of Representatives' proposal of 9 years old

Gov’t can implement salary hike without 2019 budget – lawmakers

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:23 PM

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

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon (L) and House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (R) says DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno (center) can implement the salary hike without the 2019 budget for now.

Senate urges Malacañang to stop release of funds from road user’s tax

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:55 PM

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

INTERVENTION. Senate leaders are waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte to tell the House majority to support the abolition of the 'corrupt' Road Board. Photos of Senators Vicente Sotto III (left) and Franklin Drilon (right) by Angie de Silva/Rappler, Duterte photo from Malacanang, background image from Shutterstock

'Martial law cannot be the new norm in Mindanao' – Drilon, Escudero

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:07 PM

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'

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No actual rebellion, no data to back martial law extension – lawmakers

Dec 12, 2018 - 11:10 AM

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

NOT JUSTIFIED. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says there is no actual, armed rebellion ongoing in Mindanao. All photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Frat war' erupts between Drilon, Gordon during Senate budget deliberations

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:36 PM

It starts when Senator Richard Gordon praises his 'brod,' UP president Danilo Concepcion, prompting Senator Franklin Drilon to tease him back

Drilon questions inclusion of P7.5-B SEA Games budget in DFA

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:50 PM

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

Senator Franklin Drilon at the senate hearing on the budget of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Photo by Angie de Silva

Opposition senators seek probe into Sagay farmers' massacre

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:40 AM

(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

BLOODIED LAND. Gunmen kill 9 farmers occupying a space of Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. Photos from PNP Western Visayas

Senators divided over Arroyo's push for PH withdrawal from IPU

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM

'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

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

HOAX: Franklin Drilon death hoax

Oct 19, 2018 - 3:24 PM

The senator is still alive

Minority senators seek Senate probe into spate of Cebu killings

Oct 11, 2018 - 12:33 PM

'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

File photo

Opposition senators seek suspension of fuel tax

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Minority senators are hopeful that their colleagues will support the initiative this time

FUEL TAX. The Senate minority bloc filed a joint resolution seeking to suspend excise taxes on fuel under the TRAIN law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Dead on arrival': Senate leaders reject Arroyo's draft charter

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'We don't have time to even talk about it,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who stands to benefit from the House proposal

Duterte allies in Senate downplay medical tests

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The President is healthy enough to discharge his duties, say Senators Ralph Recto and Koko Pimentel

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City for his attendance to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention on August 17, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Drilon to Duterte: Rethink military general's appointment to DSWD

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says President Duterte may instead consider a civilian career official with extensive experience in social welfare for the job

Drilon dares Malacañang: File charges vs LP members in Duterte ouster plot

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:01 AM

'Let me borrow Secretary Roque's own words. We should not take Roque seriously,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon after the Palace official insisted on the Liberal Party's role in an alleged Duterte ouster plot

Minority Leader Senatir Franklin Drilon grilling Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the 2019 budget hearing of the Department of Labor and Employment. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DILG backs AFP's proposed anti-communist task force

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:37 PM

A former Armed Forces chief himself, DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año says the country's long-running communist insurgency 'is not primarily a military or police problem but a governance problem'

EX-AFP CHIEF. In this file photo, DILG OIC Eduardo Año speaks during a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Drilon questions DOLE statistics on foreigners working in PH

Sep 19, 2018 - 5:10 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon does not believe only 40,000 foreigners work in the Philippines

WORK PERMITS. Minority Leader Senator Franklin Drilon grilled Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on the issue of alien employment permit at the 2019 budget hearing of the Department of Labor and Employment on September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler