Senate President Franklin Drilon - updates

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SONA 2015: Militant lawmakers stage protest inside plenary

Jul 27, 2015 - 6:45 PM

They carried placards that read: Serbisyo Palpak

LIGHTNING PROTEST. Militant lawmakers are able to get past security and stage a protest inside the Plenary Hall.

‘Institutionalize economic reforms before Aquino steps down’

Mar 04, 2015 - 12:10 PM

With the Aquino administration on its homestretch a long term strategy that draws more investment to diversify the economy is needed the Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines says at the 4th Arangkada Forum

JFC pushes for urgent reforms before Aquino administration ends

Drilon critic presents 'evidence' of ICC overprice

Dec 03, 2014 - 2:24 PM

Former Iloilo official Manuel Mejorada returns to the Senate armed with what he believed to be proof against Senate President Franklin Drilon and several public officials

DRILON'S ACCUSER. Manuel Mejorada says Megaworld's Deed of Donation prove overprice. File Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Iloilo building probe should continue – Osmeña

Nov 17, 2014 - 4:35 PM

The senator says several aspects of the project remain suspicious and points out that his colleagues didn t display such haste in wrapping up the probe into the Makati building

NO NEED FOR ADDITIONAL POWERS: Senate committee on energy chairman Sergio Osmeña III is determined to get private companies to help ease the power shortage in Summer 2015. Rappler file photo

Should Drilon be probed? Palace mum

Nov 04, 2014 - 4:41 PM

Asked about the probe into the President s staunch ally Malacañang keeps a distance

CHARGED. Senate President Franklin Drilon faces plunder, graft, malversation raps over his 'pet project' in Iloilo City. Rappler file photo

Drilon, Cabinet secs face raps over 'overpriced' Iloilo building

Oct 29, 2014 - 1:49 PM

UPDATED The Iloilo Convention Center is allegedly overpriced by P487 85 million based on industry standards

Rappler Newscast | September 18, 2014

Sep 18, 2014 - 11:43 PM

VP Binay: Allegations against me can t stand in court Drilon: No time to tackle Aquinop s 2nd term Polls open in Scotland independence vote

Drilon: 'No time' to tackle Aquino's 2nd term

Sep 17, 2014 - 5:34 PM

The President s party mate Senate President Franklin Drilon says 3 proposed measures will occupy the calendar of the Senate until the end of 2014

2ND TERM NEEDED? President Benigno Aquino III reviews the honor guards during the send-off ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on September 13, 2014, before he visits Europe on an official trip. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Senate implements Enrile suspension

Sep 01, 2014 - 2:42 PM

The 90 day suspension ordered by the anti graft court starts September 1 Senate President Drilon says during the period Enrile is not allowed to file bills sign committee reports and receive salaries

Drilon on Enrile suspension: Senate to abide by court ruling

Jul 23, 2014 - 5:04 PM

The Senate president says the Supreme Court already decided on the issue that the 90 day preventive suspension can be imposed only by the court

Binay ratings in March soared - SWS

Jul 07, 2014 - 12:13 PM

It s an 11 point jump from the vice president s 62 very good satisfaction ratings in December 2013

After PDAF scam, NCR trusts Senate more

Jan 14, 2014 - 1:03 PM

Metro Manilans have softened on the Senate where 24 members used to enjoy P200M each of the much maligned fund and where 3 are facing plunder complaints for its alleged misuse

KINDER: Traditionally critical Metro Manila pushes up ratings of Senate. Rappler file photo

Aquino ratings drop in Luzon

Jan 13, 2014 - 9:50 PM

But in a survey period that covers the PDAF scam and natural disasters the biggest loser is Senate President Franklin Drilon among top 5 gov t officials His rating drops 7 percentage points from September

SURVEY DROP: Pulse Asia survey shows President Benigno Aquino III lost supporters in Luzon. Malacañang file photo

SC to DBM: Submit list of DAP sources and uses

Dec 10, 2013 - 8:19 AM

The Department of Budget and Management is required to give the High Court a list of all sources of funds brought under the DAP and the uses of such funds pursuant to DAP per project or activity

NO TRO. The Supreme Court does not stop the release of funds under the controversial DAP, but will hear oral arguments on the program's constitutionality. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Congress divided on making bicam budget meetings public

Dec 06, 2013 - 12:14 PM

The House of Representatives is open to televising and livestreaming the bicam meetings on the 2014 budget Senate leaders seem divided on the matter

Rappler Newscast | October 23, 2013

Oct 23, 2013 - 9:40 PM

The Senate President’s trust and approval ratings drop Senators approve a resolution to realign their pork barrel President Aquino defends the DAP

Senate approves reworded reso on PDAF realignment

Oct 22, 2013 - 9:32 PM

Franklin Drilon’s office says there remains P3 18 billion in senators’ Priority Development Assistance Fund citing figures from the budget department

Senate file photo

Getting around TRO? Drilon files reso realigning PDAF

Oct 21, 2013 - 8:31 PM

The Senate President says senators pork barrel impounded by the Supreme Court can be considered abandoned and can be realigned as calamity fund

Senate file photo

Drilon: I will sign subpoena for Napoles

Oct 16, 2013 - 3:39 PM

Having been accused of trying to hide the truth the Senate President decides to compel Napoles to appear and testify before the Senate

File photo: Senate President Franklin Drilon

Another plunder complaint vs Drilon

Oct 01, 2013 - 9:30 PM

First the allegedly substandard Iloilo Hall of Justice; now an overpriced relocation site Both were both funded by Drilon s PDAF says Iloilo politician Augusto Syjuco

Drilon admits receiving P100M after Corona trial

Sep 29, 2013 - 4:02 PM

But the senator insists the amount was not a bribe

Senators: There was P50M, but not for Corona conviction

Sep 26, 2013 - 4:55 PM

Senator Jinggoy Estrada says it s impossible his colleagues weren t given the same letter from Drilon notifying them of the P50 million extra fund

NOT JUST ME. Senator Jinggoy Estrada says it's impossible he was the only senator who got the letter from Drilon about the additional P50 milion after Chief Justice Corona's conviction. Photo by Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

Guingona: Senate won’t end probe until Napoles appears

Sep 26, 2013 - 3:35 PM

The chairman of the Senate blue ribbon committee says they will exercise our options if Senate President Drilon continues to refuse issuing a subpoena to Napoles

MAIN ACTOR. Senate blue ribbon committee chair Teofisto Guingona III says it is imperative that they hear alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles. Photo by Alex Nuevaspaña/PRIB

Not a bribe, just an ‘appeal’ – Jinggoy

Sep 25, 2013 - 8:45 PM

Senator Estrada says he was approached by a person who even drove him to Malacañang in an effort to get him to vote for the Chief Justice s conviction

CORONA REWARD? Sen Jinggoy Estrada says Drilon wrote a "private and confidential letter memorandum" about the allocation of P50 million for each senator who voted to convict Corona. Photo by Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

Jinggoy: P50M for each convict-Corona vote

Sep 25, 2013 - 5:59 PM

Indicating how the administration misused discretionary funds too he says Drilon released the amount to each senator after they voted to convict the Chief Justice

Napoles in Senate? Ombudsman to decide

Sep 23, 2013 - 4:35 PM

Senate President Franklin Drilon asks the Ombudsman s opinion on the request to subpoena Napoles in the Senate probe

MARATHON HEARINGS. The Senate blue ribbon committee, chaired by Teofisto 'TG' Guingona III, is holding two hearings on the PDAF scam this week, Sept 24 and 26.

$12-B mining projects on hold amid revenue-sharing issues

Sep 10, 2013 - 11:16 PM

The Chamber of Mines says the government will miss its 16 B mining investment target by 2016 due to unclear tax policy

Senate scrutiny of PH-US talks pushed

Aug 16, 2013 - 9:32 AM

It s the first round of talks between the Philippines and the US on increased American military presence here

PHILIPPINE PANEL: Media briefing on PH-US talks on increased rotational presence. DND photo

Drilon, Villar agree on common bet for Senate president

May 23, 2013 - 12:58 PM

UPDATED Sen Franklin Drilon refuses to categorically say he is the common candidate

NEXT LEADER. Senator Franklin Drilon falls short of admitting he is next Senate President. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez/RAPPLER