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Senate joins probe of alleged extort try on Czech firm

Sen. Francis Escudero (inset) said the Senate committee on finance, of which he is the chair, would take up with officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications the alleged extortion try on the Czech train maker Inekon in relation to how it slowed down the delivery of more coaches for the Metro Rail Transit. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

The Senate will start looking into the alleged $30-million extortion attempt on a Czech train maker when the scandal is raised in Monday’s inquiry into delayed government projects, including the purchase of 48 new coaches for the badly congested Metro Rail Transit.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Call Agawin to Senate–Escudero

Assistant Agriculture Secretary Ophelia Agawin  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The agriculture official who allegedly lobbied for the release of pork barrel funds to spurious foundations should also testify in the Senate, Sen. Francis Escudero said on Saturday.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Escudero defends Aquino administration, says it ‘has gone a long way’

Sen. Francis Escudero INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III ‘s administration “has gone a long way” compared to the previous administration, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said on Wedneday.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

No one monitoring ‘Yolanda’ donations–Soliman

Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman. FILE PHOTO

Nobody is keeping tabs on donations given to private, aid and religious organizations for survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman admitted on Monday.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Escudero: Cunanan bolsters pork case

Former head of the Technology  Resource Center Dennis Cunanan. PHOTO FROM www.dost.gov.ph

Dennis Cunanan is crucial to the prosecution of the P10-billion pork barrel scam case because he is the first government official to come forward and corroborate witness testimony in the massive graft, Sen. Francis Escudero said on Sunday.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Escudero calls for ethics probe on senators over pork barrel, DAP fund use

Sen. Francis Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senator Francis Escudero said on Sunday there shouldn’t be too much quibbling over whether senators’ allocations from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) were linked to the May 2012 conviction of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Senator Pimentel defends libel law

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, chair of the senate committee on justice, has come out against the decriminalization of libel, arguing that this was the only remedy of individuals who felt maligned by others.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Cybercrime law foes unhappy over SC ruling

Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello (left) and Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon: Disappointed. FILE PHOTOS

It was described as a step backward that can only end in “cyberauthoritarianism.” Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello said he was disappointed by the Supreme Court decision on Tuesday supporting the imposition of penalties for online libel in the new cybercrime law.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Escudero cites interchamber courtesy

Sen. Francis Escudero INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Legislative courtesy dictates that senators and representatives refrain from commenting on the action of each chamber, Sen. Francis Escudero said on Sunday.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Escudero on emergency powers: Not so fast

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Senator Francis Escudero INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Sunday cautioned against offering President Aquino emergency powers, including taking over generation plants to avert a power crisis, saying this could scare off potential investors in the power sector.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

9 senators realign P1.8-billion pork


Nine senators who had their pork barrel totaling P1.8 billion realigned to projects and the calamity fund in the 2014 national budget were well within their rights to do so, Sen. Francis Escudero said on Wednesday.   For instance, Escudero said, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada was doing his job when he introduced an amendment to allot [...]

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Power firms may be sued for economic sabotage

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Power companies suspected of orchestrating the massive power rate increase in the franchise area of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) could face charges of economic sabotage.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Bicam hearing on 2014 budget open to public


The bicameral conference committee hearing on the proposed P2.26-trillion 2014 national budget will be open to the public and even live streamed on the Internet on Tuesday, Sen. Francis Escudero said over the weekend.

Posted: December 8th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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