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Santiago: Senate may lose up to seven members due to ‘pork’ scam

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Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said Wednesday the Senate committee on ethics should investigate not only the three senators who have been charged with plunder in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam but also the three or four others who had been linked to the scandal by the whistleblowers.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Army reservist Sotto promoted

Sen. Vicente Sotto III (right) is congratulated by AFP chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista after being commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel in the Army’s reserve force. Photo courtesy of AFP Public Affairs Office

Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Philippine Army reserve force, the military announced Friday.

Posted: August 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Sotto shows proof: letters from mayors

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Belying claims that no requests were made for the pork barrel fund his office had released, Sen. Tito Sotto on Monday released copies of letters purportedly showing that the mayors of Teresa and Tanay towns in Rizal asked his office for “financial assistance” to combat dengue in their areas in 2011 and 2012.

Posted: July 30th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Sotto seeks death penalty in drug cases

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Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Sen. Vicente Sotto III filed a bill that would reimpose the death penalty in drug-related cases. Sotto’s Senate Bill No. 1 would also create a special 140-division Dangerous Drugs Court (DDC) with offices in all regions of the country to unclog courts of drug-related cases.

Posted: July 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

No more mandatory drug tests, 2 senators insist

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Sen. Gregorio Honasan INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Two senators have asserted that the newly enacted Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013 (R.A. 10586) effectively repealed a provision in the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (R.A. 9165) that requires driving license applicants to pass a mandatory drug test before the license is issued.

Posted: June 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Sotto warns Senate majority against absences

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Senator  Vicente “Tito” Sotto  III.  FILE PHOTO

A senator poised to join the minority in the 16th Congress warned colleagues in the new majority to watch out for frequent absences and tardiness during their sessions if they want their pet bills passed.

Posted: June 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Macho men’ back battered husbands bill

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Call them “machonurin.” Two members of the Senate’s so-called “macho bloc” have expressed willingness to support a bill that would protect battered husbands.

Posted: June 19th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Tito Sotto does an Enrile, quits Senate post, too

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Sen. Jinggoy Estrada. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Saying he was weary, Sen. Vicente Sotto III resigned as Senate majority leader on Thursday, the last session day of the 15th Congress, in solidarity with Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile who stepped down on Wednesday as Senate President.

Posted: June 7th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Sotto says he will resign as Senate Majority Leader

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Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III announced on Thursday that he was resigning from his post.

Posted: June 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

NPC to dump Team PNoy senatorial bet behind smear campaign on Legarda

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Sen. Loren Legarda.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) stalwarts hinted at a possible withdrawal of support for the political party and allies of the Team PNoy candidate harassing Senator Loren Legarda.

Posted: May 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Sotto: Local NPC bets won’t support Team PNoy slate

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Incumbent elected officials of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) who are facing Liberal Party (LP) foes in vote-rich provinces will not be campaigning for the administration’s Team PNoy senatorial ticket, a ranking member of the NPC told the Inquirer on Thursday.

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Lawmakers disagree on treatment of young criminals

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Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Disagreement over the age when youth criminal offenders should be penalized has marred the bicameral meeting where senators and members of the House of Representatives are ironing out kinks in a measure amending the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006.

Posted: February 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Sotto dares Aquino to certify FOI bill

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A letter shown to media by Sen. Vicente Sotto III (in photo) supposedly sent by then Teresa Mayor Rodel de la Cruz to the senator’s office in 2012 and requesting funding for the antidengue project could be authentic, according to a town official of Teresa, Rizal. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III on Friday dared President Aquino to certify the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill as urgent just like what he did for the highly contentious Reproductive Health bill which was recently enacted into law.

Posted: January 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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