Duterte ‘undecided’ on VFA fate, seeks public opinion

MANILA. Feb 25 (Mabuhay) — “Undecided” on the fate of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States (US), President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants public input on the controversial defense deal. In a public address delivered Wednesday...

AFP to abide by Duterte’s final guidance on VFA

MANILA, Nov 6 (Mabuhay) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday said it would follow President Rodrigo Duterte’s final guidance on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). “We will abide fully by the final guidance of the President as regards the...

Duterte not in a hurry to abrogate VFA — Palace

MANILA, Nov 4 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte is in “no immediate rush” to abrogate the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, Malacañang said on Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte may postpone for another six...

Petilla ‘confident’ of slot in LP senatorial slate

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla is confident that he will secure a slot in the 12-man senatorial slate of the Liberal Party (LP). “I’m quite sure. Hindi ang pinipili kung sino lang ang sikat pero kung sino ang magtatrabaho. Marami ang nag-a-apply...

13 senators say EDCA invalid without Senate concurrence

MANILA, June 11 (Mabuhay) — Thirteen senators have insisted that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States is invalid and ineffective unless submitted to the Senate for its concurrence. In a resolution set to be filed...

12 senators sign Santiago report saying BBL draft is unconstitutional

MANILA (Mabuhay) – At least 12 senators have already signed the committee report drafted by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago stating that the Bangsamoro Basic Law should be substantially revised if it is to withstand legal scrutiny before the Supreme Court. With the signatures of...

Drilon: No more time and budget for ConCon

MANILA, May 8 (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon said Friday there is no more time and budget left in the Aquino administration to hold a referendum for a Constitutional Convention as proposed by Senators Teofisto Guingona III and Aquilino Pimentel III. “Medyo gahol na...

Sotto, Chiz not in favor of joint Congress probe on Mamasapano clash

MANILA (Mabuhay) – At least two senators are not in favor of House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.’s proposal for a joint congressional inquiry on the January 25 clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, which resulted in the deaths of over 50 people, most of them elite policemen. Acting...

Congress to prioritize Bangsamoro Law in 2015 – Drilon

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon assured Monday the Senate will prioritize this year the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law alongside bills ensuring sustainable economic growth. In a press statement, Drilon said the Senate has made the BBL a priority because...

Guingona on Senate probes: Walang color coding

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairman Teofisto Guingona III on Tuesday confirmed his committee will investigate his own party-mate, Senate President Franklin Drilon, over the alleged overpricing of the P700 million Iloilo Convention Center. Guingona said...
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