Archive for the ‘Senate’ Category

SEA lawyers groups call on Senate not to pass Villanueva bill on fake news

The concern about Fake news has created another concern: in the urgent desire to solve the problem of fake news, we might end up with a cure that is worse than the disease. Fake News has been blamed for political upsets like the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union and the […]

November 23, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Media, Senate, Vera Files  No Comments

Lozada’s conviction stresses urgency of whistleblowers law

At this time of his life, it’s his faith in God that keeps Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada Jr. going. The government has failed him. The country’s justice system turned against him. Many “friends” have abandoned him after they have used him for their agenda. After his conviction to six to ten years in prison by the […]

August 29, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Senate  7 Comments

Thank you, Sen. Joker Arroyo

I owe Joker Arroyo big time. As a legislator, Joker Arroyo had millions of pesos at his disposal under the Priority Development Assistance Fund. Some of his colleagues disposed of their PDAF into their pockets with gusto. Arroyo earned the reputation as “Scrooge” because of his low office expenditure. He maintained a very small staff. […]

October 13, 2015  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, Senate  3 Comments

Poe to Aquino: Be a leader, tell the truth

Reading President Aquino’s speech before the 2015 graduates of the Philippine Military Academy last Sunday, I got the impression that he is isolated from the real world outside Malacañang. For how does one who has to suffer daily the monstrous Metro Manila traffic and the inefficiency of the MRT accept his painting of the country […]

March 18, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Bangsamoro, Senate, surveys  22 Comments

Gutter talk in the Senate is good

Of course, what has been going on in the Senate the past weeks is disgusting. But it is good that it is happening. If the controversy over the discriminatory distribution of Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile of the Senate Christmas loot – P1.6 million for the 18 senators and P250,000 for the four whom JPE does […]

January 24, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, Senate  35 Comments

Hindi happy ang mamamayan sa ginawa ni Enrile

Note: Enrile’s statement at the end column May mga sitwasyun na kailangan mo ang mga katulad ni Sen. Miriam Santiago na magsasabi ng gusto mo sabihin ngunit hindi mo masasabi. Mabuti naman at umalma si Santiago tungkol sa pamumudmud ni Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile ng P1.6 milyon sa 18 na senador maliban sa apat na […]

January 13, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Senate  14 Comments

The sad, dramatic, if redeeming, life of Juan Ponce Enrile

By Pablo A. Tariman, VERA Files The 753-page of “Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir” has many things going for it. For one, the simple yet striking cover layout doesn’t call attention to itself and for another, it is well-edited (by Nelson Navarro) which makes for smooth, easy reading. It is, by turn, a no-nonsense book […]

October 6, 2012  Tags:   Posted in: Senate, Vera Files  295 Comments

Word war at the Senate

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday accused Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile of being a “GMA lackey” for supposedly rushing a bill that would cut up Camarines Sur province as a favor to former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The charge led Enrile to unleash a ferocious counterattack, calling the neophyte senator the “Phantom of the Opera […]

September 20, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Senate  97 Comments

Mahabaging Dios, patigilin mo na si Sen. Sotto

Mahabaging Panginoon, ako ay lumuluhod at nagmamakaawa sa iyo na kung maa-ari, patigilin mo na si Sen. Tito Sotto sa kaka-privilege speech laban sa Reproductive Health bill.Hindi ko na ma-take. Maawa naman kayo sa mamamayang Pilipino. Alam ko maraming nangyayari dito sa bansa na hindi kanais-nais at dapat lang siguro may kaparusahan para mabigyan kami […]

September 8, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Senate  42 Comments

Corona faces conviction

The walkout by Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona sealed his fate: he will be convicted. During his three-hour narration, wherein he didn’t mince words against those he perceived were maligning him including President Aquino, whom he scornfully referred to as “hacienderong Pangulo”, he kept on complaining about his detractors undermining the rule law and bastardizing […]

May 24, 2012  Tags:   Posted in: Corona Impeachment, Justice, Malaya, Senate, Supreme Court  112 Comments