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Senators hit Alvarez over 'self-serving' push for People's Initiative

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:20 PM

'Majority of the senators... will fight tooth and nail any attempt to cancel the 2019 midterm elections simply because it is wrong and self-serving,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

File photo from the 17th Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

Why Drilon didn't push for anti-dynasty in BBL bicam

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'As a form of protest, I did not argue and push for its adoption anymore because the provision, as crafted, is useless,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, proponent of the anti-political dynasty provision

Sen. Frankin Drilon Usc. Epimaco Densing III DILG  Photo by Angie de Silva

Bicam drops anti-dynasty provision in Bangsamoro bill

Jul 09, 2018 - 4:59 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The Bangsamoro Transition Commission, some members of which belong to political families, has strongly opposed the ban on dynasties, saying it is a 'clear violation' of a person's right to vote and be voted

Bicameral Committee. Photo courtesy of OPAPP

Opposition senators seek probe into PTV's planned airing of Chinese shows

Jul 09, 2018 - 2:20 PM

'Airing Chinese shows on our state-run network poses a danger of spreading Chinese propaganda sanctioned by our government,' minority senators say in filing Senate Resolution No. 780

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (right) and Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua (left) try using one of the radios that the Chinese government donated to Philippine government-owned media groups, after a turnover ceremony in Malacañang Palace on February 27, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Senate minority seeks probe into China plane landings in Davao

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Opposition senators file Senate Resolution No. 779, seeking to determine if the 'technical stops' of Chinese military planes in the Philippines violated the 1987 Constitution

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport earlier went viral, fuelling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page

Senators oppose final SC decision on Sereno ouster

Jun 19, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Senators are torn on whether the Senate can still adopt the resolution expressing its sentiment against the quo warranto petition

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

Drilon says Duterte is right, peace talks should be in PH

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says holding the peace talks here will show the government's sincerity and confidence in both parties, and the communists' recognition of the legitimacy of the Philippine government

PEACE TALKS. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says 'it's about time' that the peace talks are held on Philippine soil. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Drilon urges Duterte to review 'appeasement policy' towards China

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Citing data, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says Vietnam has received more Chinese investments, trade, and tourists despite its confrontational stance on the South China Sea row

Senate Hearing BBL 11th Session February 13 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Congress adjourns, fails to pass P1.16-B budget for Dengvaxia recipients

May 31, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Due to lack of quorum, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon motions that the session be adjourned

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker shows off vials of Dengvaxia vaccine administered to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Opposition senators seek probe into Calida firm's gov't contracts

May 30, 2018 - 5:55 PM

It remains to be seen if administration senators will indeed allow opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV to lead an investigation into the contracts worth P261.39 million

Solicitor General Jose Calida explains that President Rodrigo Duterte has the power to declare Martial Law on certain conditions to protect the country from any security threats. He said during a press briefing in Malacañan on January 19, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photos

13 Senators sign draft resolution asking SC to review Sereno ouster

May 16, 2018 - 11:32 PM

The draft resolution asks the Supreme Court to review its decision to 'nullify the appointment' of Sereno as chief justice

Opposition senators ask SC to stop PH from leaving Int'l Criminal Court

May 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

In a petition filed before the Supreme Court, 6 senators argue that the withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court needs Senate concurrence

USURPATION OF LEGISLATIVE POWERS. Opposition senators ask the Supreme Court to invalidate the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pimentel OK with PCGG under Calida's office: 'Look at structure, not personality'

May 16, 2018 - 4:35 PM

However, Senate justice panel chair Richard Gordon is not keen on passing the proposal, saying the Presidential Commission on Good Government must be kept independent

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Opposition seeks Senate's united stand on jurisdiction on Sereno

May 15, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the proposed resolution is meant 'to inform the Supreme Court of the sentiment of the Senate insofar as the legal issue is concerned'

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, supported the motion of the Senate Ethics Committee rejecting the ethics case filed against detained Senator Leila de Lima by lawyer Abelardo de Jesus in September 2016, after President Rodrigo Duterte accused her of involvement in the narcotics trade. “She did not violate the Senate rules and it is not related to De Lima’s official function. We moved for the dismissal of the case without prejudice to reviving the case in the future," Drilon said. (PRIB Photo by Romeo Bugante/AYA/20 February 2018)

Sereno ouster opens 'bottomless pit of power' for SolGen, says Drilon

May 11, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'This decision makes the Solicitor General the most powerful official in the bureaucracy, even more powerful than both the House of Representatives and the Senate insofar as the removal of impeachable officers is concerned,' says Senator Franklin Drilon

NOW MOST POWERFUL OFFICIAL? Solicitor General Jose Calida does the signature fist sign of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by Rappler

Liberal Party, other groups urge Mar Roxas to run for senator

Apr 24, 2018 - 5:09 PM

'We are suggesting to him to consider it but candidacy is a personal decision. But yes, we are suggesting to him to take a good look at it,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Mar Roxas arrives at Parish of the Holy Sacrifice at UP Diliman in Quezon City on Thursday, to join Tindig Pilipinas commemorate the 45 years of Marcos declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Selective evidence? Drilon opposes Gordon's Dengvaxia report vs Aquino

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon slams Senator Richard Gordon Drilon for his 'premature' verdict and 'politicization' of a public health issue

Drilon praises Bong Go's basketball skills: 'Magaling talaga'

Mar 13, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Senators Ralph Recto and Franklin Drilon joke that Special Assistant to the President Bong Go wants to run for the Senate so he could join the winning Senate Defenders basketball team

Photo from Bong Go

Senate leaders slam 'unconstitutional' petition to oust Sereno

Mar 05, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno can only be removed through impeachment, while Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the petition is 'a slippery slope'

Senate panel junks ethics complaints vs De Lima, Lacson, Trillanes

Feb 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

(4TH UPDATE) The Senate ethics committee cites lack of jurisdiction in dismissing the 3 ethics complaints filed against Senator Leila de Lima

DETAINED SENATOR. The Senate committee on ethics has junked the ethics complaints against Senator Leila de Lima. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bangsamoro region will fail if dynasties are not banned, lawmakers told

Feb 15, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Ateneo School of Government dean Ronald Mendoza says 3 out of the 5 poorest provinces in the country are in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and have a high share of 'fat dynasties'

BBL. Ateneo School of Government Dean Ronald Mendoza says there is a need for an anti-dynasty provision in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or else it would be another failure just like the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Inclusion of anti-dynasty provision in BBL pushed in Senate

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, however, oppose the proposal, saying it would send a signal that the Bangsamoro people are being 'singled out' for a national issue

BBL. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon pushes for the inclusion of an anti-political dynasty provision in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. File photo by George P Moya/Rappler

Drilon wants removal of SolGen power to intervene in annulment cases

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Office of the Solicitor General should not be concerned with private marital affairs, but Solicitor General Jose Calida says they 'don't mind'

Duterte denies hand in Napoles' accusations vs Drilon

Jan 24, 2018 - 1:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Senator Franklin Drilon is his ‘friend’ but that the lawmaker should not ‘force the issue’

Senator Franklin Drilon during a Senate hearing on Nov 13, 2014. Rappler file photo

SEC order vs Rappler ‘bad for democracy’ – Drilon

Jan 20, 2018 - 7:25 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Securities and Exchange Commission should have given Rappler more time to address its alleged violations

'BAD FOR DEMOCRACY.' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the SEC's order for Rappler to shut down is a "cause of concern." File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Drilon counters Alvarez: Con-Ass dead without Senate

Jan 20, 2018 - 3:21 PM

'Walang patutunguhan iyan kundi sementeryo,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

NO SOLO CON-ASS. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says a Constituent Assembly can only be convened if lawmakers both from the House and Senate are present. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Despite unanimous Senate 'no,' Alvarez insists on joint voting for Cha-Cha

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:06 PM

'We are representatives of the people. We are the nearest link to the people, so why should senators' vote have more weight than a congressman?' says House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

SPEAKER ALVAREZ. The House Speaker insists on joint voting, contrary to the opinion of those who framed the Constitution. File photo by Malacañang

Former CJ Puno: SC can't intervene in revising Constitution

Jan 17, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Former chief justice Reynato Puno is among those President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing to head a 25-person Constitutional Commission

Former SC Chief Justice Reynato Puno during the Senate hearing on Charter Change on January 17, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate mulls expulsion of members who will attend House-led Constituent Assembly

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Senators votes unanimously to demand that a joint assembly with the House to revise the Constitution allows separate voting by the two chambers

'RED FLAGS'. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon cites red flags in President Rodrigo Duterte's request for a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Joint voting on Cha-Cha? Senate's problems, plans against it

Jan 14, 2018 - 8:03 AM

If the Senate's vote is needed on ordinary bills, why not on the crucial task of amending the 1987 Constitution?

File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate minority bloc eyes questioning Cha-Cha vote before SC

Jan 10, 2018 - 4:07 PM

'We are open to it. Ultimately it will have to be decided by the Supreme Court,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, as he insists Congress should vote separately in a Constituent Assembly

HEARING ON CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION BILLS: Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin M. Drilon, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, shares a light moment with resource persons during the committee hearing on the proposed bills on the formation of a Constitutional Convention that will amend or revise the 1987 Philippine Constitution on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Drilon said the committee intended to find out (1) if the Constitution needs to be amended, (2) what the best mode of amending the charter is, (3) whether the two houses of Congress will vote jointly or separately, and (4) if Congress as a legislative body, can limit the powers of a Constituent Assembly or a Constitutional Convention. Also in photo is Senator Leila de Lima.(PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo/ 08 December 2016)

Senate to insist on separate voting on Cha-cha – Drilon

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Drilon sounds the alarm against recent statements made by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez against the performance of the Senate, seeing it as part of 'deliberate efforts' to weaken the institution and pave the way for its abolition

OPPOSITION. Senator Frank Drilon served as Senate President during the previous Aquino administration. Rappler file photo

Plebiscite for federalism can't happen by May, Drilon says

Jan 06, 2018 - 8:22 PM

'From my experience, the moment mag-impeachment court kami, wala kaming ibang matatrabaho,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Rappler File Photo

Drilon: Martial law extension 'prelude' to PH-wide declaration?

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra does not discount the possibility, saying it will all depend on 'factual circumstances' as defined by the 1987 Constitution

 File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Psychological effect on AFP? Senators slam reason for martial law extension

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:47 PM

Minority senators say this is not a constitutional basis to extend martial law for another year, saying it is not among the conditions set in the 1987 Constitution

CANCELLED VISIT. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks to troops at the 103rd Brigade headquarters in Marawi City. File photo

Minority senators oppose extension of martial law in Mindanao

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:36 PM

'As security forces reign supreme during martial law, would not military rule actually get in the way of a people-centered rebuilding and rehabilitating of the once vibrant city?' they ask

MARAWI CITY. Minority senators oppose the recommendation to extend martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

'Very strong lobby' vs cosmetic surgery tax in bicam, says Drilon

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:49 PM

The bicameral conference committee on the proposed tax reform bill is yet to finalize the issue, which is only present in the Senate version

LP senators call for impartial probe into dengue vaccine controversy

Dec 05, 2017 - 1:58 PM

'We must ensure that the investigation will not be selective and will cover all periods of implementation of the program,' says Liberal Party president Francis Pangilinan

A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate to pass national ID system bill by early 2018

Dec 04, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon allays fears that the national ID system would compromise citizens' right to privacy

NATIONAL ID. The Senate eyes the passage of the National ID System bill by early 2018. Illustration by Nina Martinez

Senate, House begin 'difficult' task of finalizing tax reform bill

Dec 01, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Congress has only 6 session days left to approve the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), which is eyed for implementation on January 1, 2018

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senators exchange green jokes during debate on cosmetic surgery tax

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:15 PM

'Mr President, Senator [Richard] Gordon wants the exclusion of certain procedures which are related to his name,' Senator Juan Edgardo Angara says in jest, referring to Gordon's nickname

After heated debate, senators approve 10% tax on cosmetic surgeries

Nov 27, 2017 - 7:50 PM

'I cannot accept this, that we will not impose tax, especially when we read about some extravagant wedding abroad,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon during the debate, apparently referring to the lavish wedding of Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho

File Photo by Senate PRIB

Drilon, Escudero warn Sereno subpoena will lead to constitutional crisis

Nov 27, 2017 - 11:43 AM

'There is no basis and will provoke a needless constitutional crisis,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno gives his speech and answers questions from members of the media from Manila and Cebu for the "The Chief Justice Meets the Press (TCJMTP) in University of San Carlos Auditorium Talamban Campus Cebu City on August 24, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Drilon to DOTr: Find solutions, not scapegoats for MRT mess

Nov 21, 2017 - 5:25 PM

'I have confidence in the integrity of these people,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon after the Department of Transportation files plunder charges against members of the Aquino Cabinet

Drilon wants P1.4-B anti-drug budget realigned to house policemen

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:36 PM

Under the proposed 2018 budget, the PNP's Oplan Double Barrel and the DILG's Masa Masid program have allocations of P900 million and P500 million, respectively

PNP HOUSING. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon proposes an additional P1.4-billion allocation for the housing needs of PNP personnel. File photo

Ahead of ASEAN Summit, senators urge gov't to enforce West PH Sea ruling

Nov 09, 2017 - 9:20 PM

'We suggest that the government use its ASEAN chairmanship to rally our allies and friends to this end – for our people, for our fisherfolk,' senators say ahead of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit

'No politics' in EDSA march against killings

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:00 AM

'Nobody here is destabilizing,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, as he and several other opposition members join the 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday protest

Vice president Leni Robredo attends the mass at the Edsa Shrine For the “start the healing” campaign led by the CBCP on November 5, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/ Rappler

DFA denies 'allegiance fee' to regain PH citizenship

Nov 03, 2017 - 5:10 PM

It's not an 'allegiance fee' but a 'one-time fee for the processing of the application' for dual citizenship, says DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar

NO 'ALLEGIANCE FEE.' Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Robespierre Bolivar denies that the DFA collects an 'allegiance fee' from dual citizenship applicants. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 3, 2017

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

Drilon asks DFA to stop collecting allegiance fees

Nov 02, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the collection of allegiance fees will not convince Filipinos who have lost their citizenship to reacquire it

PH CITIZENSHIP. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon urges the foreign affairs department to stop the collection of allegiance fee. File photo from Malacañang