BILL REQUIRING ALL LTFRB OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEESTO COMMUTE VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORT AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK DURING WEEKDAY RUSH HOURS PUSHED IN CONGRESS

Leyte solon proposes penalty up to dismissal from service for non-compliance   Leyte 2nd District Congressman and House Committee on Transportation Member Henry C. Ong files today House Bill 6229  or “LTFRB Servants’ Commuting via Public Transport Act.” In his bill, Cong. Ong built on fellow Waray Congressman Neil Abayon’s proposal to require all public servants to commute via…

Sen. Gatchalian Seeks Senate Probe on Frequent Palawan Brownouts

Unsatisfied by the “shallow” probe conducted by the National Electrification Administration (NEA), Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a Senate resolution to spark a more in-depth investigation into the frequent brownouts that continue to plague the province of Palawan. Proposed Senate Resolution No. 470, directing the appropriate Senate committee to conduct an inquiry in aid of…

De Lima renews call for independent fact-finding body on EJKs

            Senator Leila M. de Lima today reiterated her earlier proposal for an independent fact-finding commission to look into cases of extrajudicial killings, the latest of which involves the case of 17-year-old student Kian Lloyd de los Santos who was allegedly killed by police officers in Caloocan City last Aug. 17.               De Lima…

​APEC Tightens Illegal Timber Trade Controls

Issued by the APEC Experts Group on Illegal Logging and Associated Trade: Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, 22 August 2017 — Shipments of lumber, furniture and other wood products sourced from the Asia-Pacific’s protected but dwindling forests are worth hundreds of billions of dollars annually and on the increase. The introduction of enhanced customs checks…

P15.8B bonanza for tobacco-producing provinces- Rep. Pimentel

Tobacco-producing provinces are getting a combined P15.8 billion in 2018  as their annual share of the national government’s excise tax collections from Virginia, Burley and native tobacco, Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel said on Monday. “The amount is roughly four times greater than the P3.99 billion which they got five years ago, and this…

Philippine Navy Rescues Vietnamese Kidnap Victim in Basilan

         A Vietnamese kidnap victim who had been held captive by the Abu Sayyaf Group for months was rescued by military forces on August 20, 2017 at Mataja Island, Basilan.   Do Trung Huiqe, a crew member of MV Royal 16, was rescued by elements of Joint Task Force Basilan, and headed…

Sen. Leila M. de Lima’s Statement on the Killing of Kian delos Santos

Ilang araw pa lang akong nanunungkulan bilang Senador, naghain na ako ng resolusyon para imbestigahan ang nangyayaring mga patayan sa ating bayan sa ilalim ng sinasabing Giyera kontra Droga. Nasa mahigit 300 katao na ang naiulat na pinaslang noong Hulyo 2016.   Nagpatong-patong pa ang natagpuang bangkay sa lansangan. Kinabitan ng cardboard. Binalutan ng packaging…

Gatchalian Proposes Police Body Cams for Drug War Accountability

In response to the suspected murder of 17-year old Kian Loyd “Ian” delos Santos at the hands of police anti-illegal drugs operatives, Senator Win Gatchalian on Monday said he would file a bill requiring policemen to wear body cameras to collect video footage of all drug raids implemented by authorities. Police representatives maintain that Delos Santos, an…