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Senate opens session minus jailed members

The Senate formally opens the second regular session of Congress on Monday with only 20 out of 24 members present.  Maila Ager/INQUIRER.net

Far from the usual threats of change in leadership, the Senate on Monday opened the second regular session of the 16th Congress still reeling from a massive corruption scandal which has shocked the country.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pet projects of Drilon got P650M

Senate President Franklin Drilon: Money spend properly. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Pet projects of Senate President Franklin Drilon received some of the biggest slices of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) pie, getting at least P650 million in DAP funds from the Aquino administration.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Cabinet goes all out for DAP

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN  Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, flanked by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima (left) and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan (right), defends the Disbursement Acceleration Program, which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional, at the Senate finance committee hearing on Thursday. Behind them are other Cabinet members in the VIP gallery.  RICHARD A. REYES

With a little help from Senate President Franklin Drilon and other administration senators, Cabinet officials on Thursday tried to convince the Senate finance committee that President Aquino was not “ill-advised” on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and that the economic stimulus plan that the Supreme Court had struck down had a legal basis.

Posted: July 25th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Senators’ suspension not penalty, says Drilon


Since the preventive suspension of senators facing plunder or graft charges is not considered a penalty, the Senate has to comply with the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court’s directive to implement the 90-day suspension of its members once the ruling becomes final, two senators said on Wednesday.

Posted: July 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Senate hasn’t suspended Jinggoy Estrada, awaits appeal

Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada POOL PHOTO (file)

Detained Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada has not been suspended yet by the Senate, as it awaits his possible filing of a motion for reconsideration.

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