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Manny Pacquiao. AP FILE PHOTO China’s official state-run China Central Television (CCTV) announced on August 25 that Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, the winner of eight world boxing titles, had entered into an agreement in Beijing with the Chinese government “to establish a string of boxing academies” all over China with the aim of helping to “grow the sport in China and provide opportunities for young people to take part.” In a telephone call to the Philippine media the following day, Pacquiao confirmed that the Chinese government will establish the first of 16 ”Manny Pacquiao Boxing Education Institute” in Beijing, with others soon to be built all over China Read more [...]

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Reforms started in the current administration must be sustained. This is the reason invoked by those hoping that President Aquino will get a second term. Read more [...]

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InterAksyon.comThe online news portal of TV5 MANILA, Philippines – A legal tit-for-tat ensued between the majority and minority bloc in the Senate after Senator Vicente Sotto questioned on Tuesday the authority of Senate President Franklin Drilon to single-handedly suspend Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada.The Minority Floor Leader, Senator Vicente Sotto, argued that, under the Constitution, only members of Congress have the power to suspend its members."The 1987 Philippine Constitution explicitly provides that each House of the legislative branch shall have the power to punish its members for disorderly behavior and, with the concurrence of 2/3 of its members, suspend or expel a member," Sotto said in his plenary manifestation.This developed after Drilon "technically suspended" Estrada after receiving a copy of the Sandiganbayan resolution denying the motion for reconsideration filed by the latter on the suspension order in relation to the plunder and graft charges."As early as April 2001," Drilon explained, "the Supreme Court, in the case of Santiago vs Sandiganbayan, upheld the power of the Sandiganbayan to suspend a member of Congress."In that resolution, the issue of the power of the Congress to discipline its own members and the power of the court to impose a suspension under the anti-graft law was squarely raised in the Supreme Court."Drilon pointed out that the court said RA 3019 (Anti-Graft Law) does not exclude members of Congress from its coverage, and that, therefore, the Sandiganbayan did not err in decreeing its preventive suspension order.While RA 3019 is the anti-graft law, its provisions are repeated verbatim in the plunder law, so, therefore it is very clear that the Supreme Court has already ruled on this issue as early as April 2001, Drilon stressed.The Senate President, therefore, has no recourse but to implement the order, as "the order was directed at the office of the SP and, therefore, we implemented it in accordance with Supreme Court ruling in April 2001. It was not placed in the order of business because it was addressed to the office of the Senate President," Drilon said.Sotto said he was not questioning the authority of the Court to suspend members of the Congress but the action taken by Drilon in singlehandedly taking action on the Sandiganbayan order against Enrile and Estrada: "My point is, should we in the Senate not act on that Sandiganbayan resolution as a whole, instead of merely the Senate President doing that? Read more [...]

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LOVING THE COLD WATER Senate President Franklin Drilon hardly looks likehe relishes a dousing of ice cold water from two women staffers. Like others before him, Drilon promised to donate an unspecified amount of money for taking up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Read more [...]

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Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has filed a bill seeking national strategy to support the research and development of regenerative medicine especially for treatment of diabetes, spinal cord injury, heart disease, stroke and various forms of cancer. The senator recently announced that she had Stage Four lung cancer Read more [...]

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By Maila Ager |INQUIRER.net 3:55 pm | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 MANILA, Philippines –  The Senate on  Tuesday enforced  the  90-day-preventive  suspension on detained Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada on plunder charges  in connection with  the  pork barrel scam. Read more [...]

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Anti-China group linked to NAIA bomb plot. National Bureau of Investigation agents on Tuesday, September 2, present one of the three suspects in the foiled Sept Read more [...]

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MANILA: The head of the Philippine Senate on Monday disclosed he implemented an order from a special court for the 90-day preventive suspension of a senior member indicted for plunder in the country’s biggest corruption scandal.Senate President Franklin Drilon pointed out he had no recourse but to suspend Senator Juan Ponce Enrile after he received the order from the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court.“I have no recourse but to implement this after we received the order of the Sandiganbayan denying the motion for the court to reconsider its decision directing the suspension of Senator Enrile,” Drilon said.Enrile, 90, the former Senate president and now the chamber’s minority leader, was the martial law administrator as the defense minister of the country’s late dictator Ferdinand Marcos who was ousted by the Edsa 1 People Power revolution in 1986.While under suspension, Drilon said Enrile would not receive his salary and would also be banned from sponsoring  bills or signing Senate committee reports.But he assured Enrile’s office staff would continue to receive their salaries and that the suspension would be automatically lifted after 90 days.According to Drilon, he was also prepared to implement another Sandiganbayan order for the suspension of Senator Jinggoy Estrada, the former Senate president protempore and the son of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.Last week, the Sandiganbayan threw out Estrada’s motion for the court to reconsider its decision ordering his 90-day preventive suspension also for plunder which is non-bailable and carries the maximum penalty of life imprisonment.Senator Ramon Revilla, an actor-politician, was likewise the object of a separate Sandiganbayan suspension order but he appealed the decision to the Supreme Court (SC).The three senators have been indicted by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, a retired SC justice and the country’s chief graft-buster, for the alleged misuse of $200 million in their “pork barrel” allocations to help improve the lives of poor Filipinos in the countryside.Instead, they were alleged to have pocketed their allocations by channeling these to fake non-government organizations set up by detained businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, another plunder indictee and tagged as the scam “mastermind.” Read more [...]

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By Tetch Torres-Tupas |INQUIRER.net 4:30 pm | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Leila De Lima disclosed on Tuesday that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 was one of four targets by a group that was also planning to attack business establishments allegedly owned or operated by the Chinese in the Philippines. Read more [...]

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