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'Kapoy na. Pagod na tao 'dyan,' says the police general-turned-senator
Under Senate Bill 1219, the highest increases ranging from 20% to 30% will be given to government employees, usually teachers, under Salary Grade 10 to 15
'Bakit ba patay na patay tayo? Mahal na ang galunggong. [Eh di] 'wag kumain ng galunggong,' says Senator Cynthia Villar, as the price of the fish shoots up
Senator Risa Hontiveros says: 'Ang chairman Chinese, halos lahat ng contractors Chinese, ang systems software made in China, at ang training sa China. Pero dapat magtiwala at maniwala tayo na ito ay 'Filipino-run'?'
Senate Bill No. 643, which proposes to grant additional pay to all government employees who work beyond regular hours, is approved on final reading
House appropriations committee chair Isidro Ungab and Senate finance committee chair Juan Edgardo Angara will meet to settle contentious provisions of the House and Senate versions of the 2020 general appropriations bill
House committee on appropriations chair Isidro Ungab and Senate committee on finance chair Juan Edgardo Angara will meet one-on-one to settle the conflicting provisions in the budget bill
'In the SEA/Asian games I've participated in, we were left by the host country to fend for ourselves. If possible, they even make us uncomfortable to make sure we lose to them,' says the Senate President, a former member of the national bowling team
Now approved by both houses of Congress, the proposal to allow the government to continue spending from 2019’s delayed budget just needs the President’s signature
The NBI says it is aware the former Comelec chief is in the US, and that 'they are studying their next move'
'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
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 sponsor of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority budget will be made to explain how the New Clark City Sports Complex won't turn into a white elephant after the SEA Games
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will 'think thrice, even 4 times,' after senators raised serious security concerns over Dito Telecommunity's plan to build cell sites within military properties
Senator Imee Marcos, whose claim as a UP alumna is in question, poses for a photo with senators who graduated from the top state university. And netizens won't let it pass.
'I don't think there's a reason to worry because we have about 7 to 8 weeks before the end of the year,' says Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, chairman of the Senate finance committee
(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
'Mahirap yung you are leading the war inside an air-conditioned room,' says ex-top cop and now Senator Ronald dela Rosa
'If we are not asking our soldiers to buy their own bullets, then why should we be forcing our teachers to buy their own provisions in fighting illiteracy?' Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says
Both chambers of Congress ratify the bicameral conference committee report on the measure
The Senate aims to wrap up deliberations of the general appropriations bill by November 22
'We do not want another industry to fall and falter because of the liberalizing imports of these products,' says Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri
The measure aims to consolidate the assistance provided by the health and social welfare departments, as well as the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, in a 'one-stop shop' at hospitals
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the lower chamber has about P50 to P100 billion worth of realignments to be introduced at the bicameral conference committee
'Almost all of shabu smuggled into this country come from China, under the control of Chinese nationals. This problem is so serious,' says Senator Richard Gordon
Senator Bong Go rejects Senator Risa Hontiveros' proposed amendment renaming them to 'Malasakit at Kalusugan Centers. Go says adding words to the brand will confuse its patrons.
'Kung maiwasan ang killings, iwasan. Pero how do you win? War nga ito,' says Senator Ronald dela Rosa, the architect of the Duterte administration's drug war
A simple majority or 13 votes is needed for the Senate to adopt the report which recommends the filing of criminal charges against resigned top cop Oscar Albayalde and the 13 'ninja cops'
Senator Panfilo Lacson floats the idea to stop congressmen from introducing further amendments during the bicameral conference committee
The joint resolution also encourages local governments to buy from Filipino farmers
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri says that discussions on the proposed disaster resilience department can start by November 25, when the bicameral conference committee convenes to tackle the 2020 budget
Former top cops-turned-lawmakers Senators Panfilo Lacson and Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa believe that only the President has 'sufficient authority' over law enforcement officials
Senator Joel Villanueva wants immersions, outreach programs, and community service activities to be part of the GMRC classes
The High Court does not set concrete guidelines for Senate investigations. If a new senator decides to launch a new probe, this decision cannot stop the probe.
Former Senate president Nene Pimentel fought for the powerless and promoted the rule of law, and these fueled his staunch opposition to the Marcos dictatorship
'Do I think they're guilty? Yes,' says Senator Richard Gordon
Senator Richard Gordon says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is 'being disrespectful' by commenting on the Senate probe into 'ninja cops'
Commission on Human Rights Commissioner Gwen Pimentel Gana says water was removed from the lungs of her father, former Senate president Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel Jr
This concern comes as the Department of Health gears up for the implementation of the Universal Health Care law in 2020
Major Rodney Balayo IV, who is among the alleged ninja cops, served as the deputy police chief of Tagaytay City. He is now on 'floating status.'
Senate President Vicente Sotto III urges the Department of Justice to change its policy, but the Supreme Court already put its foot down on this issue in 2017
Senate President Vicente Sotto III makes the statement after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo claimed that the Senate investigation has become 'politicized'
Master Sergeant Ronald Santos is among the 13 cops involved in a questionable drug operation in Pampanga in 2013
But Senator Joel Villanueva says the President's team should update the people, about the President's condition, as they deem appropriate
'We have not been successful in the other half of the fight, which is the demand-reduction strategy,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III
The senator worries over safety, including dealing with waste, after the Philippines and Russia signed a deal on the construction of nuclear power plants
'The farmers need relief now, as next year, they might no longer go into farming,' says Jessica Reyes Cantos, president of Action for Economic Reforms
The senator floats the idea as a way to convince passengers to take the train instead of driving private vehicles