House leader files bill renewing ABS-CBN franchise

MANILA, Jan 19 (Mabuhay) — Deputy Speaker Vilma Santos-Recto has filed a bill that would give broadcast giant ABS-CBN Corp. a fresh 25-year legislative franchise. Santos filed on Jan. 5 House Bill No. 8298 seeking to renew for another 25 years ABS-CBN’s legislative...

Sotto moves for ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal

MANILA, Dec 5 (Mabuhay) — Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday moved for the franchise renewal of broadcast media giant ABS-CBN Corporation, six months after the House committee on legislative franchises voted to deny its application. Senate Bill No. 1967, authored...

Iqbal pleads to Senate to not reveal his true name

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal on Monday pleaded with senators to not compel him to reveal his true identity citing security risks to him and his family. Attending the resumption of the Senate hearing on the proposed...

Unified police-military command proposed after Mamasapano clash

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Tito Sotto on Monday proposed the creation of a “unified” police and military command following the deadly Mamasapano clash that took the lives of 44 elite policemen. “After hearing the issues at hand, I am convinced that we need a unified armed forces...

Senate yet to implement suspension orders vs. Enrile, Jinggoy

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Senate has yet to implement the suspension orders of the Sandiganbayan against Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Jinggoy Estrada, who are both facing plunder and graft charges in connection with the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam....