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Refusing to be questioned, Go tells Drilon: 'I'm not your student'

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:14 PM

'It depends on the issue, Mr President, if I’m willing to be interpellated. It's my privilege,' says Senator Bong Go as he refuses to take questions on his privilege speech

NO QUESTIONS. Senator Bong Go did not entertain questions on his privilege speech on the delayed release of compensation to health workers infected with coronavirus. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Opposition: Duque compromises govt campaign vs coronavirus

May 23, 2020 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Franklin Drilon also slams the slow validation of positive results

CALL VS DUQUE. Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon says on Saturday he realized he should have joined the earlier Senate resolution to call for the resignation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drilon asks PhilHealth to review P8,150 coronavirus testing package

May 20, 2020 - 10:10 PM

Senator Franklin Drilon warns PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales that the agency runs the risk of 'overspending or overreimbursing' if it does not review its current package

File photo of Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon during a Senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

POGOs like BPOs? Drilon says PH to lose franchise tax, license fees

May 04, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Senator Risa Honriveros also slams Pagcor for releasing a full-page ad on POGOs, asking why the regulatory body is doing public relations for them

ALLOWED TO OPERATE. Pagcor allowed POGO operations to resume. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Drilon says convening May 4 session to violate lockdown rules

May 01, 2020 - 8:38 PM

Senate President Tito Sotto says following Drilon's proposal to hold a virtual session on May 4 might put the proceeding in question

SPECIAL SESSION. Senate President Vicente Sotto III talks to Senate officials led by Senate Secretary Myra Marie Villarica on the agenda of the special session. Photo by Louie Sauro Millang/Senate PRIB

'If we're acting like a province of China, why allow POGOs?' – Drilon

Mar 05, 2020 - 10:36 PM

'Why are we so in love with POGOs?' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks sarcastically

TALE OF TWO PRESIDENTS. China is out against gambling as Philippines embraces the industry in its shores. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Drilon to Pagcor: 'Stupid mindset' to allow POGOs for money

Mar 05, 2020 - 2:46 PM

'The social problems that POGO has brought to our country is not worth the relocation fees that you earn for Pagcor. Let me tell you that right in your face,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

'STUPID MINDSET'. Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon joins Senator Gordon at the hearing on the alleged money laundering linked with Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) on March 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Dela Rosa's lament: We're majority but we don't get the votes

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:41 PM

'So pasalamat dapat si Minority Leader [Franklin Drilon] because he belongs to the minority but he gets the majority vote,' says Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa

BE THANKFUL? Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela  Rosa airs his 'sama ng loob' on the dynamics in the Senate. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Drilon files resolution seeking ABS-CBN operations beyond May 4

Feb 26, 2020 - 4:09 PM

If adopted by the Senate, it will serve basis for the National Telecommunications Commission to grant ABS-CBN a provisional authority to continue its broadcast operations after the franchise expires

Employees and supporters of ABS-CBN join the protest calling for the franchise renewal of the network on February 21, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Can ABS-CBN operate past its franchise expiration date?

Feb 23, 2020 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) ABS-CBN is advised to seek provisional authority from the NTC to extend their franchise to 2022

Employees and supporters of ABS-CBN join the protest calling for the franchise renewal of the network on February 21, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Senators to question VFA termination at Supreme Court

Feb 16, 2020 - 6:35 PM

No less than Senate President Vicente Sotto III is preparing the petition raising the need for Senate concurrence in ending treaties

SENATE CONCURRENCE. Led by Senate President Vicente Sotto, veteran senators are set to file a petition before the Supreme Court to raise the question of Senate concurrence before ending treaties. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Send in the athletes

Nov 29, 2019 - 9:43 PM

In the end, it's all about the athletes and allowing them to shine

Drilon slams congressman for blaming SEA Games 2019 hosting woes on Senate

Nov 25, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Lawmaker-athlete Mikee Romero blames the Senate for the 2019 budget impasse, saying it hampered hosting preparations. Drilon retorts it was the House’s ‘unconstitutional insertions’ that really delayed the budget.

BUDGET ISSUES. Senator Franklin Drilon flagged issues in the budget for the Philippines' hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Faeldon tried to realign P1-billion BuCor budget to Mindoro prison

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'We heard that he (Nicanor Faeldon) was interested in running for an election post in Mindoro. Certainly, to request to realign P1 billion to Sablayan detention facilities in Mindoro becomes suspect,' says Senator Franklin Drilon

REALIGNMENT. Sacked BuCor chief Nicanor Faeldon attempts to realign P1 billion to the Sablayan penal farm in Mindoro, where he was earlier rumored to run for governor. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte defends P50-M SEA Games cauldron

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Owing to its design by the late National Artist for Architecture Francisco Mañosa, the President claims it is impossible to estimate what an 'appropriate' cost would be since it is a 'product of the mind'

NO CORRUPTION. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 43rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on November 6, 2019. Presidential Photo

Why build P9.5-B New Clark when Rizal stadium upgrade costs P1.2B? – Drilon

Nov 19, 2019 - 7:48 PM

The New Clark facilities in Tarlac will host only sports: swimming and track and field

Senator Franklin Drilon interpellates the 2020 budget of the Philippine Sports Commission. November 19, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate plenary deliberations on the PSC 2020 budget

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Senate Minority Franklin Drilon has raised questions on the proposed budget of the agency responsible for the hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. Watch the Senate deliberations live on Rappler.

Lawmakers refute ‘misguided’ Calida: Gov’t can tax POGOs

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:35 PM

'The opinion of the OSG is erroneous, misplaced and misguided. It does not serve the interest of the country. Who will benefit from it?' asks Senator Franklin Drilon

TAXES. Lawmakers argue why the government should continue imposing taxes on Philippine offshore gaming operators. File photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Drilon questions P50-million ‘kaldero’ for 2019 SEA Games

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:25 PM

(UPDATED) ‘We do away with 50 classrooms to build a P50-million kaldero that we use only once? I am not even talking about overpricing. I'm talking about propriety,’ the Minority Floor Leader says

SEA GAMES. The government spent P50 million for a giant cauldron (center) which will be used for the torch lighting ceremony at the 2019 SEA Games. Photo courtesy of BCDA

Drilon says original Build, Build, Build list 'not well-thought-of'

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:19 PM

'What we're saying is that maybe the original 75 flagship projects were not well-thought-of so that we revise them in the middle of the stream,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

NOT 'WELL-THOUGHT-OF'? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks why the projects that were shelved from the old list were originally included if these don't have a high economic return. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drilon calls Build, Build, Build a 'dismal failure'

Nov 12, 2019 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) 'We can have a thousand projects, that's all theoretical… If it is actual construction with actual disbursements, that would propel our economy,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

ECONOMIC TEAM. Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez (L) and NEDA Usec Rosemarie Edillon attend the Senate plenary discussions on the DOF and NEDA budgets. Photo by Angie de Silva

Senate to check AFP-Dito deal before Lorenzana decides on it

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Opposition lawmakers want a chance to back out of a deal that might give the Chinese government '130 listening posts' all over the Philippines

DONE DEAL? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Lt. Gen. Noel Clement face questions on a deal with China-backed Dito Telecommunity at the Senate on September 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators joke Peralta is next chief justice

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Justice Diosdado Peralta, the most senior of the applicants, represents the judiciary in budget hearings of both chambers of Congress

THE NEXT CJ? Senators tease Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta that he is the next chief justice. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Drilon: PAO forensic lab a duplication, 'waste of money'

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Things get heated and comical as Senator Drilon grills chief public attorney Persida Acosta

Atty. Persida Acosta, chief of the Public Attorney’s Office, answers questions from Sen. Drilon at the senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of Justice and its attached agencies. September 23, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Give DOJ direct control over BuCor – Drilon

Sep 14, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Former justice secretary and now senator Franklin Drilon backs the DOJ's proposal to review the law that only gave it 'administrative supervision' over the BuCor

SOLUTION PROPOSED. Senator Franklin Drilon also wants to review Republic Act 10575. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sanchez's wife learned about ex-mayor's release via 'anonymous' text

Sep 03, 2019 - 12:32 PM

(UPDATED) Asked for her phone with the supposed anonymous text message, Elvira Sanchez tells senators that she has thrown out her mobile phone just that morning because of death threats she received over the last two weeks

WHERE'S THE PHONE? Elvira Sanchez tells the Senate blue ribbon committee that she destroyed her cellphone. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drilon hits 'terrible' Build, Build, Build performance

Aug 29, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon also takes a swipe at the Commission on Elections for not exempting infrastructure projects from the public works ban during the May 2019 polls

Senator Franklin Drilon at the briefing by the Development Budget Coordination Committee on the FY 2020 national expenditure program on August 29, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drilon wants Senate probe into rape-slay convict Sanchez's reduced sentence

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted for 7 terms of reclusion perpetua for rape and murder, has been caught with P1.5-million worth of shabu in his cell

OUT TOO SOON? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon wants Antonio Sanchez' upcoming release to be investigated. Rappler file photo

COA approves special audit of Philhealth funds – Drilon

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Senate Minority Franklin Drilon also says the Commission on Audit will conduct an 'accurate review' of the actuarial life of Philhealth

LOOK: Senators take a sip of alcopops during alcohol tax hearing

Aug 20, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Alcopops have an alcohol content of 7%, yet they're packaged like a juice drink for children. A senator says the packaging needs to change.

CPP slams bid to revive Anti-Subversion Law

Aug 14, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Reviving the law would only 'further rouse the people to resist President Rodrigo Duterte's tyranny' and 'foment greater dissent,' the Communist Party of the Philippines says in a statement

GREATER DISSENT. In this file photo taken on July 30, 2017, guerrillas of the New People's Army (NPA) stand in formation in the Sierra Madre mountain range, located east of Manila. - In a nation plagued by armed groups ranging from kidnap-for-ransom outfits to Islamist secessionist movements, the communist New People's Army (NPA) is among the deadliest. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)

After provincial bus ban mess, senators want review of MMDA powers

Aug 13, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'The reason for the injunction is that the MMDA admitted that they have no power and it belongs to the LGU. It's an opportunity for us to review this particular aspect,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

LIMITED POWER. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia admits that they don't have policy-making powers in introducing the provincial bus ban. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Supreme Court affirms jail sentence vs Drilon critic in libel case

Aug 07, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Although courts prefer imposing fines over jail sentences in libel cases, the Supreme Court upholds the discretion of the lower courts to put Manuel Mejorada behind bars for 2 to 4 years

LIBEL. Journalist Manuel "Boy" Mejorada faces 2-4 years in prison as the Supreme Court affirms a Court of Appeals sentence in the libel case filed against him by Senator Franklin Drilon. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Drilon, Lacson want De Lima to join Senate sessions via teleconferencing

Aug 04, 2019 - 4:45 PM

'At least makaka-contribute siya para pagyamanin ang panukalang batas.... Hindi naman siya aalis ng kanyang selda,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo of Sen. Leila M. de Lima at Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205. Photo by the office of Sen. Leila de Lima

Drilon files cyber libel complaint vs former Iloilo provincial official

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:53 PM

The senator says Manuel Mejorada continues to publish 'malicious' content against him despite his conviction in a previous libel case

CYBERLIBEL. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Monday files a criminal complaint against a former Iloilo provincial administrator who was earlier sentenced by the Pasay Regional Trial Court Branch 118 to 4 years and 2 months imprisonment over libelous social media posts. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Drilon says Cha-Cha 'laid to rest' without SONA mention

Jul 23, 2019 - 1:35 PM

But Duterte partymate and PDP-Laban president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III says 'federalism will always be part of political discourse and agenda' as long as political parties that advocate it exist

Drilon seeks ban on garbage importation

Jul 06, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the passage of his proposed bill will 'send a clear message to other countries that the Philippines is not a landfill'

DUMPED TRASH. Philippine environment officials open one of the container vans containing garbage shipped illegally from Canada. File photo courtesy of Ban Toxics

Drilon brings back anti-political dynasty bill in 18th Congress

Jul 02, 2019 - 4:16 PM

'The Constitution entrusted to Congress the duty to end political dynasties. Unfortunately, we have failed in our duty and, hence, political dynasty still persists and so does poverty,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

ANTI-POLITICAL DYNASTY. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon files an anti-dynasty bill in the 18th Congress. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senators oppose joint Recto Bank probe by PH, China

Jun 23, 2019 - 5:03 PM

(2nd UPDATE) 'It will never be a fair investigation when one is the oppressed and the other is the oppressor,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

SUPPORTING FISHERMEN. Protesters unite in an anti-China protest by Manila Bay on June 22, 2019, after a Filipino boat was sunk by a Chinese ship in Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Lacson: Duterte's statement on Recto Bank incident 'left us heartbroken'

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'He forgot to explore all resources available before exercising his last option of surrender,' Senator Panfilo Lacson says of President Rodrigo Duterte's first-ever statement on the Philippine boat sinking in the West Philippine Sea

HOME. The fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver are reunited with their families upon their arrival at the Caminawit Pier in San Jose Mindoro on June 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Drilon calls for special audit of PhilHealth funds

Jun 08, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon also says the Senate minority bloc will file a resolution seeking an investigation into the alleged payment of PhilHealth funds for 'ghost' kidney treatments

SENATE MINORITY LEADER. Senate Minority Leader Senator Franklin Drilon wants an investigation into the alleged anomalies in PhilHealth. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drilon trumpets minority bloc's achievements in 17th Congress

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:38 AM

'We are proud of what we have done. We can look people in the eye, critics or otherwise, because we know that we did not fail them,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

Photo from Senator Pangilinan's Facebook page

Drilon: No-cloture rule ‘prevents Senate from being a rubber stamp’

Jun 03, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the Senate’s no-cloture rule will allow opposition senators to ask questions without being hampered by the majority

NO CLOTURE. Senate veteran Franklin Drilon says that the Senate tradition of no cloture prevents the upper chamber from being a 'rubber stamp' of the administration./Rappler Screengrab

Drilon to Senate newbies: Study first, leadership quarrels later

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:04 PM

'Sana mag-aral po muna 'yung mga baguhan,' says Senate veteran Franklin Drilon

SENATE VETERAN. Senator Franklin Drilon offers advice for incoming neophyte senators who will be part of the 18th Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Franklin Drilon on how the opposition will navigate the next 3 years

May 31, 2019 - 3:51 PM

On Friday, May 31, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with Senator Franklin Drilon to discuss the challenges opposition senators are expecting to face

Lacson, Drilon question bill granting franchise to Legarda son's solar firm

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says granting Solar Para sa Bayan a franchise might violate the Electric Power Industry Reform Act

Sen. Panfilo Lacson during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government and its attached agency on November 12, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators hail Duterte veto of P95.3-B infra funds in 2019 budget

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Senators say President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of questionable allotments in the 2019 national budget serves as a 'victory' for taxpayers

2019 BUDGET. Senators welcome President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of P95.3 billion in infrastructure funds in the 2019 budget. File Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Drilon: Build youth centers first before lowering age of criminal responsibility

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:51 PM

‘The problems lie in the implementation of the law and that is what the amendments should focus on,’ says Senator Franklin Drilon

JUVELINE JUSTICE. Minority Leader Senator Franklin Drilon says Congress should focus on improving the implementation of the current Juvenile Justice Law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators hit LGUs' lack of funding for youth detention, rehab centers

Jan 22, 2019 - 3:50 PM

According to the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council, there are only 63 Bahay Pag-Asa or youth detention and rehabilitation centers in the country

Senator Richard Gordon presides the senate hearing on lowering the age of criminality, January 2, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Senate to begin hearing bills on lowering age of criminal liability

Jan 20, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Senate bills are pushing for a slightly higher minimum age, 12 years old, than the House of Representatives' proposal of 9 years old