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In Cebu, Serge Osmeña hits part of TRAIN law before Angara

Mar 31, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Senatorial candidate Sergio Osmeña III says he will move to scrap the fuel excise tax under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law

BROTHERS. Senatorial bet Sergio Osmena III joins his brother Tomas, who is the reelectionist Cebu City mayor, at the proclamation party of the regional party BOPK. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Serge Osmeña seeks Senate return, plans to help Duterte

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'I find it easier to react to issues if I'm independent rather when in a party. Kapag nasa partido ka, stuck ka sa sinabi ng partido,' says former senator Sergio Osmeña III

INDEPENDENT. Former senator Sergio Osmeña III files his certificate of candidacy for senator. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SC orders awarding of Naga Power Plant to Aboitiz's Therma Power

Oct 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM

A high court ruling gives the operation and ownership contract of the Naga Power Plant Complex to AboitizPower s Therma Power Visayas Incorporated

COURT RULING. The high court upholds the validity of PSALM’s public bidding of the Naga Power Plant in Cebu, which was then awarded to Aboitiz Power’s Therma Power Visayas Incorporated. Rappler file photo

The last session: Serge Osmeña leaves the building

Jun 29, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Senator Serge Osmeña III three time senator self proclaimed liberal martial law detainee 14th in the senatorial race speaks to Rappler reporter Patricia Evangelista on what it means to say goodbye

LAST SESSION. Senator Sergio Osmeña III in his office before his last senate session. Photo by Patricia Evangelista

Enrile's Senate farewell: 'Old politicians don't die, they just fade away'

Jun 06, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Aside from Juan Ponce Enrile 8 other senators are leaving the hallowed halls of the Senate after their terms end on June 30

FAREWELL. Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile bids farewell to the Senate, where he served for 24 years. Photo by Joe Arazas

ABS-CBN poll: Sotto, Drilon sustain lead in senatorial race

Apr 29, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Of the 13 candidates with a statistical chance of winning 5 are with the ruling LP; 4 independent; 2 NPC 1 UNA 1 Akbayan

STILL LEADING. Senators Vicente Sotto and Franklin Drilon remain the top preferences for senator among voters.

Poe seeks Osmeña's help, Grace-Chiz deny rift

Apr 22, 2016 - 1:21 PM

When a friend asks for some tips I tend to help says Senator Serge Osmeña when asked why he decided to help Grace Poe again

HOMESTRETCH. Presidential bet Grace Poe seeks the help of her mentor, Senator Sergio Osmeña III, to help her in the homestretch of her campaign.

Reelectionists, ex-senators still lead Senate race – Laylo survey

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:57 PM

Sotto Pangilinan Recto Drilon Lacson and Zubiri are among the candidates in the winning circle in the latest The Standard Poll

Osmeña on 'sick' Miriam: It's just a 4-way presidential race

Mar 03, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The re electionist senator says voting for a sick candidate is very dangerous

Marcos Jr victory will show low 'moral standards' of PH – Osmeña

Mar 03, 2016 - 4:20 PM

The re electionist senator justifies President Aquino s campaigning against Bongbong Marcos saying it is the moral obligation any Filipino to do so

Vice Presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. talks about his support over the defunct Bataan Power Plant during his Laguna campaign sortie on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Plagiarism on BSM students' draft essays unlikely – educators

Oct 30, 2015 - 6:37 PM

International Baccalaureate responds to questions of a Senate committee which conducted public hearings on the death of British School Manila student Liam Madamba

Experience didn't help VPs-turned-presidents' performance – Poe

Jul 19, 2015 - 9:46 PM

Grace Poe claims that experience didn t help some past vice presidents turned presidents to perform well in office

'WE'RE INDEPENDENT.' Senator Grace Poe says her committee will ask 'fair questions' in the Senate probe into the Mamasapano clash.

Over 5,000 MW extra power capacity ready by 2019

Jul 05, 2015 - 11:47 PM

Up to 3 362 MW of the new power will come from new coal power plants despite the DOE pushing for a balanced fuel mix

After student's death, bill recognizing British school 'in limbo'

Jun 16, 2015 - 9:37 AM

Senator Sergio Osmeña III admits the chance for Senate Bill 2147 to pass the 16th Congress faces uncertainty but the British School Manila s staunchest critic believes the school deserves the recognition

Photo from the British School Manila website

Osmeña: British School doctored report on student's 'plagiarism'

Jun 15, 2015 - 8:33 PM

At least two senators say officials of the school where a student committed suicide sanitized an independent panel s report on the incident

'PLAGIARISM.' Senators Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr., Teofisto 'TG' Guingona III, and Sergio Osmeña III on Monday, June 15, listen to school officials of British School Manila. Photo by Romeo Bugante/Senate PRIB

'Grace Poe's best option is to run for president as independent'

Jun 15, 2015 - 6:55 PM

Senator Sergio Osmeña III campaign manager of President Aquino in 2010 tells Grace Poe now The machinery is the hearts of the voters

CAMPAIGN STRATEGIST. Senator Sergio Osmeña III. File photo

Osmeña: 'Plagiarism happens' but how do teachers react?

May 26, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Senator Sergio Osmeña III says the issue on Liam Madamba s death is not on plagiarism but on the way his teacher handled the situation

'PLAGIARISM HAPPENS.' Senator Sergio Osmeña III presides the Senate hearing on the death of British School Manila student Liam Madamba. Photo by Romy Bugante/Senate PRIB

Osmeña: Palace 'goodies' might help sway senators to pass BBL

May 26, 2015 - 7:01 PM

Senator Sergio Osmeña III says he won t attend the senators meeting with President Aquino lest he be accused of receiving some kind of pork barrel

BANGSAMORO VOTE. Senator Sergio Osmeña III's 'naughty' remark about using certain rewards for senators comes after talks that congressmen were bribed to vote yes to the Bangsamoro bill. Rappler file photo

BSM: Connection between student's death, school reprimand

May 26, 2015 - 6:17 PM

I think it would be fair to say we accept that there was a connection between Liam being dealt with at school and the consequences that occurred says school head Simon Mann

'MORAL RESPONSIBILITY.' Top officials of the British School Manila before the Senate committee hearing on May 26. Photo by  Romy Bugante/Senate PRIB

Mother of fallen BSM student: Apology letter had 'red flags'

May 26, 2015 - 1:01 PM

This letter was not reflection but public humiliation Trixie Madamba says before a Senate panel probing her son s death

'PUBLIC HUMILIATION.' Trixie Madamba, the mother of British School Manila student Liam who committed suicide in February, says the apology letter his son wrote was 'not a reflection but a public humiliation.' Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Who's who in the 2016 senatorial surveys

May 06, 2015 - 1:22 PM

Incumbent returning senators top the surveys on the 2016 senatorial elections

Osmeña: Aquino should have lifted political pressure on Sevilla

Apr 26, 2015 - 1:09 PM

Senator Sergio Osmeña expresses his hope that former Bureau of Customs BOC Commissioner John Sevilla names people who had peddled their influence in certain BOC appointments

No sanctions for 'storyteller' Trillanes

Mar 25, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Senate President Drilon tells Rappler there is no basis to sanction Trillanes as the senator claims he can prove that his information came from the Army

THE STORYTELLER? Senator Antonio Trillanes IV criticizes police leaders for disputing his statement on the dinner on the eve of the Mamasapano tragedy. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Senate OKs Aquino’s 'special powers'

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:53 PM

As the summer months set in the Senate approves on final reading the joint resolution allowing the President to address power shortage

Secret Senate sessions: Aiding laws or cover-ups?

Feb 21, 2015 - 7:30 AM

Senators and longtime staff explain that while state secrets are protected much of what is discussed in executive session ends up as policy and public knowledge

UNDER SCRUTINY. Senators are set to hold another public hearing on the Mamasapano clash, after 3 closed-door meetings accused of being a cover-up. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

Aquino: Gov't just being 'prudent' in emergency powers bid

Dec 13, 2014 - 8:11 PM

President Benigno Aquino III asks Senator Sergio Osmena III to be ready with an explanation once the country experiences a power crisis in early 2015 due to the Senate s reluctance to grant him emergency powers

WHY RISK IT? President Benigno Aquino III says not granting him emergency powers to avert a potential power crisis in early 2015 is a risk not worth taking. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Anti-coin hoarding bill exempts piggy bank users

Dec 12, 2014 - 12:30 PM

Senate Bill 2452 targets individuals and syndicates engaged in the large scale hoarding and exportation of coins says Senator Serge Osmeña

Osmeña: Aquino misled about emergency powers

Dec 11, 2014 - 11:21 PM

Despite the passage of the House version the Senate remains unconvinced about the need and value of granting emergency powers to President Aquino to solve the looming energy shortfall

'UNNECESSARY.' Senator Sergio Osmeña III remains firm on his stand that granting emergency powers to President Benigno Aquino III is unnecessary. File photo by Senate PRIB

Sotto, Lacson top senatorial bets for 2016 – Pulse Asia

Dec 10, 2014 - 8:12 PM

12 more individuals have a statistical chance of winning in the 2016 senatorial polls according to Pulse Asia s November 2014 survey

LEADING THE PACK. Senator Tito Sotto and Rehabilitation Secretary Ping Lacson top the recent Pulse Asia survey for senatorial preferences for the 2016 polls.

House OKs Aquino 'emergency powers' on final reading

Dec 10, 2014 - 6:12 PM

Minority bloc says the joint resolution shows the measure is meant to suspend environmental laws to fast track the establishment of power plants

Gov't rejects labor suit dues, warns vs power rate hikes

Dec 04, 2014 - 6:12 PM

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima says that the beneficiaries of the P60 2 billion in back wages were mostly rehired after their termination anyway

Senate recommends 'caretaker' budget for APECO, again

Nov 20, 2014 - 12:44 PM

For another year APECO will have to make do with a budget only enough for maintenance

Senate panel proposes higher 2015 budget for DOE, ERC

Nov 19, 2014 - 5:49 PM

A Senate finance subcommittee has given the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority a caretaker budget of P40 million – from P251 million – for failing to generate its promised growth in the area

SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY CHAIR. Senator Sergio Osmeña III at a Senate finance subcommittee hearing on the Apeco budget. File photo by Senate PRIB

Senate puts on hold hearings on emergency powers

Nov 17, 2014 - 5:57 PM

The national budget is the priority now Senator Sergio Osmeña III says

Iloilo building probe should continue – Osmeña

Nov 17, 2014 - 4:35 PM

The senator says several aspects of the project remain suspicious and points out that his colleagues didn t display such haste in wrapping up the probe into the Makati building

NO NEED FOR ADDITIONAL POWERS: Senate committee on energy chairman Sergio Osmeña III is determined to get private companies to help ease the power shortage in Summer 2015. Rappler file photo

P251-M budget for APECO? 'Waste of money' – Osmeña

Oct 21, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Senator Sergio Osmeña III says the economic zone in Aurora province should only get caretaker fund of P48 5M for its failure to bring its promised economic growth

House to approve joint reso on special powers this month

Oct 15, 2014 - 2:14 PM

The chairman of the House Committee on Energy says that as far as the House is concerned it will approve in October the joint resolution seeking special powers for President Aquino to avert a power crisis in 2015

'Manila should do better than Cebu in solving power shortage'

Oct 10, 2014 - 8:24 AM

I think ILP is a kind of solution where everyone loses a little bit They re happy losing a little bit for the sake of everyone says Visayan Electric Company CEO Sebastian Lacson of Cebu s experience with ILP after typhoon Yolanda

Osmeña computation shows no need for emergency powers

Oct 09, 2014 - 4:09 PM

There is an incredible amount of megawattage available The list shows 3 169 megawatts for Luzon for Generating units from 1 megawatt and above says Senate committee on energy chairman Sergio Osmeña III

ENERGY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. Senator Sergio Osmeña III chairs the Senate committee on energy. Rappler file photo

PNP chief: Relationship with Aquino just 'professional'

Oct 02, 2014 - 3:12 PM

President Benigno Aquino III and PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima have known each other since 1987 The police chief thanks the President and the PNP for the support and trust

'PROFESSIONAL.' PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima (L) downplays his relationship with the president. File photo from the Malacañang Photo Bureau

Miriam favors emergency powers for Aquino

Sep 17, 2014 - 1:41 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago says the emergency powers should be limited to 6 months

IN FAVOR: Senator Miriam Santiago says she will vote to give President Benigno Aquino III emergency power. Rappler file photo

Aquino asks Congress for powers to solve power shortage

Sep 16, 2014 - 2:50 PM

The joint resolution needs the concurrence of both the Senate and the House of Representatives before it can be approved

INFOGRAPHIC: How much are public school teachers getting?

Aug 16, 2014 - 7:20 AM

They are apparently not getting enough salary and benefits – at least 4 lawmakers have filed bills to increase their take home pay

Legarda wants P25K basic pay for public school teachers

Aug 15, 2014 - 4:04 PM

The proposed Senate bill seeks to prioritize government appropriation for the salary increase over non educational and non agricultural budgetary allocations

BELOW AVERAGE. Most schools for teachers in the country have not reached the national test-taker passing rates of the licensure exam for the past 5 years. File photo by AFP

After DAP, Congress to clarify meaning of savings

Jul 24, 2014 - 7:16 PM

Varying interpretations on the meaning of savings have formed part of the differences in opinion between the executive branch and the Supreme Court

LESSON LEARNED. Senate finance committee chairman Francis Escudero says the Senate will put clearer definitions of "savings" in the 2015 budget as a lesson from the DAP controversy.

To fix or to scrap the confirmation system?

Jun 23, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Among the proposals to reform the CA are to adopt the US model to repeal the one person veto and to adopt a criteria for confirming and rejecting nominees

MORE TRANSPARENT. CA members, nominees and observers say the Commission on Appointments should make the confirmation process more transparent and less arbitrary. File photo from CA website

Confirmation limbo: Long but futile process?

Jun 21, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Is the Commission on Appointments still relevant with year long delays in a confirmation process that has become whimsical and political?

Panel recommends DENR chief Paje's confirmation

Jun 10, 2014 - 8:24 PM

On the 7th hearing on his appointment the DENR secretary is questioned for allowing the operations of a DMCI Mining s port and problems in the implementation of a reforestation program

LONG WAIT. The Commission on Appointments panel recommends DENR Secretary Ramon Paje for confirmation on June 10, 2014. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

‘Revilla speech effective for sympathetic Filipinos’

Jun 10, 2014 - 5:56 PM

Senators say they gave Revilla his one day goodbye out of tradition and courtesy Revilla s staff say he offered his song to the 20 million who voted for him

'TRADITION, COURTESY.' Senators say these are the reasons they allowed Senator Bong Revilla to use the privilege hour to express his sentiments and play a music video. File photo

Serge on CA 'plot' to confirm Soliman: Just following rules

Jun 05, 2014 - 3:59 PM

Senator Osmeña denies Senator Santiago s accusation against the Commission on Appointments advises her not to be confrontational with her colleagues Dito sa Senado lambingan

WHY BLAME? Senator Serge Osmeña says Drilon and administration allies just enforced the CA rule that Santiago cannot object to Soliman's confirmation on the last session day. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB