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Senators in majority bloc to get ‘pork barrel’ only under strict guidelines

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Senate President Franklin Drilon FILE PHOTO

Senators belonging to the majority bloc in the Senate have agreed not to avail their “pork barrel” funds “until and unless stricter guidelines on the release of such funds are adopted,” Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Tuesday.

Posted: August 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Haggling for committee chairmanships continues

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The haggling for committee chairmanships among senators continues and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. hinted that Sen. Franklin Drilon’s ascent to the top post in the chamber could hinge on whether he can make “everybody happy” with their assignments in the incoming Congress.

Posted: June 22nd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Drilon: No crowd contest with UNA

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Sen. Franklin Drilon: Will he get it? INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The administration’s Team PNoy senatorial ticket won’t engage the United Nationalist Alliance in a contest on which of them draws a bigger crowd when they hold separate rallies in Baguio City on Sunday.

Posted: March 15th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

UNA told: Don’t begrudge common bets in LP rallies

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Sen. Franklin Drilon. FILE PHOTO

Sen. Franklin Drilon called on the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to stop complaining about the common candidates who have so far exclusively shown up in Team PNoy rallies and instead present what it has to offer to the electorate after the May 2013 elections.

Posted: February 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Drilon ‘taking credit away’ from LP bets over ‘Aquino factor’, says UNA spokesman

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Rep. Toby Tiangco, campaign manager of UNA. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Were the latest results of the Pulse Asia Survey indicative of the Filipinos’ confidence in President Benigno Aquino III and his team?

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

Tiangco to Drilon: Your do for mine if LP scores 12-0; my do for yours if you lose

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Digitally-manipulated photos of Navotas Representative Tobias Tiangco sporting Senator Franklin Drilon’s hairstyle and vice-versa. Photos from Facebook

If the Liberal Party sweeps the senatorial elections in May, expect United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general and Navotas Representative Tobias Tiangco to sport the hairstyle of Liberal Party campaign manager Senator Franklin Drilon.

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

Aquino junks protectionist provision in sin tax bill

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President Benigno Aquino III has vetoed the provision in the sin tax reform law mandating manufacturers and sellers of tobacco products to buy at least 15 percent of their raw materials from local sources.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Drilon warns against ‘hard bargaining’ on alcohol tax rates in bicam

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Senator Franklin Drilon  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senator Franklin Drilon said Thursday he expected “hard bargaining” on the alcohol tax rates of the sin tax bill in the Bicameral Conference Committee of Congress.

Posted: November 22nd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Leonen appointment to add stability to Supreme Court, says Drilon

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Sen. Franklin Drilon: Will he get it? INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senator Franklin Drilon lauded newly-appointed Associate Justice Mario Victor “Marvic” Leonen, saying that his appointment at the age of 49 will add stability to the Supreme Court (SC).

Posted: November 22nd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Civil society, health groups back Drilon’s version of sin tax bill

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Sen. Franklin Drilon. FILE PHOTO

Civil society and health advocates on Friday expressed support for Senator Franklin Drilon’s version of the sin tax bill.

Posted: November 9th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Robredo death big loss to LP, say party leaders

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The late Jesse Robredo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Leaders of the Liberal Party (LP) admit that the sudden death of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo is a big blow to the ruling party, especially because it is seeking to expand its representation in Congress and local governments in next year’s midterm elections.

Posted: August 25th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Joker Arroyo: Cut $1-B loan not CCT costs

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A party mate of President Benigno Aquino III has questioned a major component of the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, but one of the Chief Executive’s fiercest critics said the ally should be questioning something else instead.

Posted: July 15th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Is room not big enough for 2 Magsaysays in Senate?

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Are two Magsaysays better than one in the Senate? Former Sen. Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay Jr. on Friday confirmed that he is joining next year’s senatorial election and would not mind running against Rep. Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay, a relative in Zambales.

Posted: June 30th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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