Marcos: Congress can still pass BBL if House has quorum to approve it

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Tuesday said Congress may still be able to approve the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law if the House of Representatives can muster a quorum to tackle its own version of the bill. In a press statement, Marcos, chairman of the Senate...

Sandiganbayan denies Napoles’ bail plea anew

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Sandiganbayan has denied for the second time the bail plea of Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind in the supposed pork barrel scam. “Wherefore, accused Janet Lim-Napoles’ petition for bail, filed on July 7, 2014, is hereby denied for lack of merit,”...

Honasan ‘sad, but excited’ about VP run in 2016

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II on Tuesday said he is sad, but excited about his vice presidential run in 2016. Honasan said he was reluctant to accept his nomination as vice presidential candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance because...

Enrile returns to Senate after dengue bout, gives warning to non-performing agencies

MANILA (Mabuhay) – After suffering  from dengue, Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile returned to the Senate  on  Monday with  a stern warning to “mercilessly” cut the  budget  of  non-performing agencies. Enrile issued this warning  during the hearing  of the Senate  finance...

CA confirms appointments of DILG chief Sarmiento, Comelec chair Bautista

MANILA, Sept 22 (Mabuhay) — The Commission on Appointments on Tuesday confirmed the appointments of Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento and Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista. This was after two CA panels, in separate hearings earlier in the day,...

Binay narrows down running mate choices to 3

MANILA, Sept 21 (Mabuhay) -– Vice President Jejomar Binay has narrowed down his choices for running mate to three. Binay said all of his choices are male, and two of them are Senators Ferdinand ”Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan....

Enrile has dengue, daughter says

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile was rushed to the hospital early Wednesday morning due to dengue. Katrina Ponce Enrile, who is now in the United States, said her father was brought to the Makati Medical Center past midnight. “He has...

Pretrial of Enrile’s plunder case deferred anew

MANILA (Mabuhay) – For the second time, the Sandiganbayan has deferred the pretrial of the plunder case of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile as well as his co-accused Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes and Janet Lim-Napoles in connection with their alleged involvement in the pork...

Aquino: SC ruling on Enrile bail not grounded on laws

CEBU CITY (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday hit the Supreme Court’s decision to grant bail to Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, saying the ruling didn’t have lawful grounds. In a media briefing here, Aquino pointed out that the high court’s decision did...

DOJ told: Smuggling a bigger problem than pork barrel scam

MANILA (Mabuhay) — “Smuggling is bigger than PDAF,” so said Senator Cynthia Villar, who on Thursday expressed her disappointment at the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) continued failure to file cases against suspected smugglers. At the hearing of the Senate committee on...