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Other senators also responded to the outbreak by providing aid, among others, to affected families and frontliners
Senator Panfilo Lacson warns against delays in the release of cash to low-income households, saying this could drive families to desperation
Senator Sonny Angara says he has 'not been in contact with the public since taking the test last March 16'
Senator Panfilo Lacson questions why the 125,000 test kits from South Korea and China are held by the Bureau of Customs
'Did we let the President share Congress' power in exchange for some good anti-COVID-19 measures na pwede naman na nating gawin under current laws and programs and even existing funds?' Senator Risa Hontiveros says
The Makati Medical Center slams Senator Koko Pimentel's actions, saying he 'added to the burden' of the hospital by violating his home quarantine and exposing health workers to possible infection
(3rd UPDATE) Here's a timeline of events leading up to Senator Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel's announcement that he is positive for the coronavirus
Cures and fixes notwithstanding, the new law may still be unnecessary because it is superfluous
(4th UPDATE) Senator Koko Pimentel says he was at the hospital with his wife – who was supposed to give birth on Wednesday, March 25 – when he learned about the test result
Only 10 legislators – 9 from the House and 1 in the Senate – opposed the bill giving President Rodrigo Duterte at least 27 'special' powers vs to address the COVID-19 crisis
If signed by the President, the special powers law will be valid for 3 months, unless extended by Congress
(UPDATED) At least 18 million low-income households will receive cash assistance worth P5,000 to P8,000, depending on the regional minimum wage, if the Senate version is signed into law by the President
Senate Bill No. 1418 also includes a 'special COVID-19 risk allowance,' in addition to health workers' regular hazard pay
The Senate's 'We Heal as One Act' allows 'directing private hospital operations' to address the outbreak when the need arises. There's no mention of emergency powers in the bill.
Watch the Senate special session live on Rappler at 10 am on Monday, March 23
Key Senate and House leaders will meet on Saturday, March 21, with senior Cabinet officials on 'how to empower the government' during this crisis, says Senate President Tito Sotto
(UPDATED) Senate President Vicente Sotto III also proposes a food subsidy budget, while Senator Panfilo Lacson pushes for an allowance for senior citizens during the Luzon lockdown
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says he would ask Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri to get tested again in case his initial test result is a 'false positive'
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri is the first high-ranking legislative official to test positive for the virus
(UPDATED) Some senators will practice social distancing while others will continue working remotely
(UPDATED) Senate President Vicente Sotto III says initial disinfection was done by the janitorial service on Thursday morning, March 12
Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and Nancy Binay have also ordered their staff members to go into quarantine for 14 days
'I am chagrined. Ang lalakas ng loob nitong mga ‘to. Akala nila kaya nila kong bilhin,' says Senator Richard Gordon
'We do acknolwedge his medical condition, assuming that it's true and confirmed,' says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian as he suspends the 21-minute hearing
After singing, Senator Minority Leader Franklin Drilon jokes: 'I will oppose anyone who will try to cut the budget of the Department of Education'
'Let's not be complacent,' says Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri
'Please don’t try to mediate,' Senator Pia Cayetano, chair of the ways and means committee, tells fellow senators. 'Resolve the jurisdictional issue.'
Senators can still hold committee hearings and require their staff to come to the Senate, but at their 'own risk'
With the coronavirus crisis, Philippine Economic Zone Authority chief Charito Plaza finds an opening to appeal against the Citira bill anew
'I'm sure my colleagues will agree na dapat talaga there cannot be absolutism in our government,' says Senator Richard Gordon
This marks the first time that senators of the majority bloc are challenging a policy of the Duterte administration before the Supreme Court
Philippine Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Inter-Parliamentary Union executive committee is 'reviewing the situation and may decide not to convene the assembly due to the Covid-19 outbreak'
'Why are we so in love with POGOs?' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks sarcastically
(UPDATED) 'I don't see any enthusiasm on the part of AMLC to make this thing work,' says Senator Richard Gordon
'The social problems that POGO has brought to our country is not worth the relocation fees that you earn for Pagcor. Let me tell you that right in your face,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon
The Chinese embassy says criminal cases in the country involving its citizens are only 'isolated incidents'
The Senate probes alleged money laundering, crimes, and other nefarious activities associated with POGO operations
The bill is now up for the President's signature
(UPDATED) The Senate approves a resolution expressing its sense on the continued operations of ABS-CBN beyond franchise expiry on May 4
'I will call for another hearing. I don't get anything from you guys,' says a frustrated Senator Richard Gordon
(UPDATE) Here's a rundown of issues hounding the opaque Philippine offshore gaming operations industry
The Senate blue ribbon committee will investigate the multimillion-dollar cash flow into the Philippines on March 5
Senate President Vicente Sotto III advises Senator Ronald dela Rosa and others to participate in plenary discussions so they can convince their colleagues to take their side on issues
The Senate got a 'very good' +62 net satisfaction rating in the last quarter of 2019, placing it at the top of a Social Weather Stations poll on key government institutions
'So pasalamat dapat si Minority Leader [Franklin Drilon] because he belongs to the minority but he gets the majority vote,' says Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa
The Senate leadership intends to ask the Supreme Court this week to rule on whether President Rodrigo Duterte can end treaties such as the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement without Senate concurrence
While the terrorism threat is real, laws that empower dishonest, unprofessional policemen and give these petty gunslingers super powers are the bigger threats
Senators Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan vote against the measure and warn of its possible abuse
'Being a neophyte senator, he may not be aware of our tradition and our rules,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, a 4-time Senate president