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Butch Fernandez is BusinessMirror’s senior political reporter based at the Senate. He has covered Malacanang (3 presidencies), the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, local governments and defense since 1984.

Senators, PCCI demand sanctions on Manila Water

SENATORS prodded State regulators on Tuesday to impose sanctions on private concessionaires that fail to deliver water as committed in their contracts with regulators,...

Gordon gripes over palace veto of OSG bill

SENATOR Richard Gordon griped over Malacanang’s veto of a Congress-approved bill granting benefits to the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), lamenting that thumbing down...

Senator renews call to amend economic laws amid FDI drop

The Senate was asked to front-load the passage of remedial legislation amending the country’s current economic laws to foster a more competitive business environment in the...

Water crisis threatening PHL–Poe

ASSERTING that “Right to Water and Sanitation” has been recognized by the United Nations, Sen.  Grace Poe found it unfortunate that in the Philippines,...

Senate eyes probe of PCSO shakeup

SEN. Panfilo Lacson is set to move for resumption of the Senate inquiry into the state-run Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), a...

Senators nix last-minute changes in budget bill

CONCERNED senators said on Thursday the final version of the P3.7-trillion budget bill for 2019, having been “already ratified” by both chambers...

Senate front-loading bank-secrecy lifting

TAKING the cue from President Duterte, the Senate is working to front-load plenary consideration of a bill repealing Republic Act 1405, also known as...

Senate eyeing overhaul of warehouse receipts law to boost food production

A bill aiming to overhaul the country’s warehouse receipts system to help boost farmer’s productivity, introduced by Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian, has been...

Cabinet men called to Senate probe on ‘Build, Build, Build’

MEMBERS of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs  are poised to grill ranking Duterte administration officials on March 5 on the “status, sustainability and...

More senators warn D.I.L.G on narco list, prod government to file...

MORE senators weighed in on Monday against the plan of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to release a...

Blue Ribbon to probe customs fire in Manila

THE Senate Blue Ribbon Committee is poised to open an inquiry into the fire that broke out at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) main...

Senators caution vs premature disclosure of pols in ‘narco list’

TWO senators at the weekend cautioned the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) against proceeding with its plan to publish a narco...

Angara prods Duterte administration to step up support for MSMEs

Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara on Thursday pressed the Duterte administration to extend “more support” for micro, small and medium enterprises, to enable...

Poe pushes expanded government fuel subsidy program to cover fisherfolk

Sen. Grace Poe, citing new rounds of oil price hikes, is poised to press for expanded coverage of the government’s fuel subsidy for jeepney operators...

‘With new law, lobbying at SSS will soon end’

A NEWLY enacted law is touted to end the problematic palakasan scheme in getting appointed as members of the governing board of the...

80K Pantawid Pasada vouchers unclaimed–Angara

OVER 80,000 jeepney franchise holders have yet to claim the nationwide fuel subsidy being provided by the Duterte government as part of...

Drilon: Revised corporation code to boost more competitive economy

THE Congress-approved Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines, recently signed into law by President Duterte, is touted to make the Philippines more attractive to...

CONJUGAL LAWMAKING | Senator Ralph and Congresswoman Vilma behind universal health...

THERE’S an interesting story behind the evolution into law of the measures providing for universal health care and the new Social Security...

MSMEs get boost from Senate bill

Continued financial support has been assured for micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) producing locally made products all over the country under a bill filed in...

Gordon assures new SSS law good for members

The recently enacted Social Security Act of 2019, to be known as Republic Act 11199, is billed by its proponents in the Senate...
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