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Weigh pros and cons of bank secrecy law lifting, BIR urged

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Senator Nancy Binay.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senators cautioned the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Monday over its proposal to lift the bank secrecy law, one saying it has a “chilling effect” on the banking industry.

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

Edsa I song ‘Magkaisa’ still very relevant today, says Sotto

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It was not a volley of gunfire but a unifying music that flowed out from a man, who found himself caught between the warring rebels and the government forces during the first People Power revolt in 1986.

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

P370M for 4 senators for ‘stimulus’–Palace

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Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The P370 million that went to Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Vicente Sotto III and Ramon Revilla Jr. in March 2012, at the height of the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona, was part of a stimulus fund of the Aquino administration, Malacañang said on Thursday.

Posted: February 21st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

4 senators got P370M during Corona impeachment

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Sen.Vicente Sotto III, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. FILE PHOTOS

The Department of Budget and Management released a total of P370 million from the Disbursement Acceleration Program to four senators—Jinggoy Estrada, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Vicente Sotto III—in the middle of the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012.

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Sotto hails online libel ruling, vows not to use it vs critics

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Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto  III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Although he welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision declaring online libel constitutional, Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said he would not use the law to go after his critics in cyberspace.

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

Sotto: Life imprisonment not deterring crime

Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto  III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

After a seven-year gap comes a call in Congress to bring back the “ultimate penalty.”

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Mexican drug ring? Time to worry—Sotto

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Sen. Vicente Sotto III.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

If the six people arrested in posh residences in Makati and Taguig cities were members of a Mexican drug cartel, then the military should join in the intelligence gathering.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Sans funds for condoms, budget is safe–Sotto

As far as Sen. Vicente Sotto III is concerned, the 2014 budget is “safe.”

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

Call to review EPIRA law revived in Senate

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INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto revived calls for a review or repeal of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira) after the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) decided to raise the cost of electricity this December.

Posted: December 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Only Sotto among senators willing to discipline colleagues

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Sen. Vicente Sotto III.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

It appears that no senator wants to have anything to do with the ethics committee, what with their chamber dogged by the pork barrel scandal. And, more recently, by the bitter unparliamentary exchange on the floor between Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Senators sought DAP transfer–Palace

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Malacañang on Saturday urged four senators who reportedly requested that millions of pesos from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) be funneled to bogus nongovernment organizations (NGOs) identified with Janet Lim Napoles to come clean on the issue.

Posted: October 6th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

DBM bares lawmakers’ letters to bogus NGOs

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Did taxpayer money made available to legislators through the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) also land in bogus foundations put up by alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles?

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

No bribery in Corona trial–Sotto

Sen. Vicente Sotto III.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Sen. Vicente Sotto III has dismissed insinuations that the millions of pesos from the administration’s disbursement acceleration program (DAP) he received was a form of bribery to ensure the conviction of the impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012.

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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