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Senators push for legislated increase after finding P35 minimum wage increase in NCR too low

(ABS-CBN) MANILA — Senate leaders on Tuesday said a P35 hike in the daily minimum wage in the National Capital Region is not enough to help workers with their living expenses and pushed for a wage adjustment through legislation. By law, the minimum wage varies per region due to differences in the cost of living…
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Senator says Guo’s live-in partner runs POGO; mayor says she has no boyfriend

(ABS-CBN NEWS) MANILA — Bamban Mayor Alice Guo on Monday said she was single after a senator claimed that she has a live-in partner with ties to Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).  Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada earlier in the day said he received information that Guo’s partner supposedly manages POGO operations.  Guo denied that she is in…
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‘No outside forces’: Jinggoy says Palace, Speaker had no hand in Zubiri’s ouster

(ABS-CBN) MANILA — Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada maintained Tuesday that neither he, the Palace, nor Speaker Martin Romualdez had a hand in the ouster of Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri. Estrada also declined to give details on the circumstances behind Zubiri’s ouster and replacement by new Senate President Francis Escudero. “I need not…
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Jinggoy elected Senate President Pro Tempore

(ABS-CBN) MANILA — Senators on Monday picked Sen. Jinggoy Estrada as their new Senate President Pro Tempore, the second highest position in the chamber, replacing veteran lawmaker Loren Legarda during a surprise leadership overhaul. Estrada was “elected by acclamation” as no one opposed or challenged his nomination. Under Section 4 of Rule IV of the…
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CA confirms ad interim appointment of 16 DFA officials, including former priest

(ABS-CBN NEWS) MANILA — The Commission on Appointments (CA) approved on Wednesday the ad interim appointment of 16 foreign service officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), including a former priest. “Following a public hearing this morning which considered and deliberated on their appointments, your Committee found them all to be fit and qualified,…
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Estrada seeks probe on foreigners’ use of PH gov’t IDs

(ABS-CBN NEWS) MANILA — Government agencies must conduct a thorough investigation on foreigners using legitimate Philippine government identification as it poses a serious threat to the nation’s interest, Senator Jinggoy Estrada said Monday. “That’s a cause for alarm already dahil matagal ko nang nababalitaan nito na pati yung mga passports, ang iniisyuhan yung mga Chinese…
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Estrada seeks probe on foreigners’ use of PH gov’t IDs

(ABS-CBN) MANILA — Government agencies must conduct a thorough investigation on foreigners using legitimate Philippine government identification as it poses a serious threat to the nation’s interest, Senator Jinggoy Estrada said Monday. “That’s a cause for alarm already dahil matagal ko nang nababalitaan nito na pati yung mga passports, ang iniisyuhan yung mga Chinese nationals…
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‘No more jail time’: Senator proposes just fine for journalists convicted of libel

(ABS-CBN NEWS) MANILA — Sen. Jinggoy Estrada is seeking to abolish imprisonment for libel cases involving journalists. ‘No real, visible action’ from Marcos to prevent attacks vs press: CMFR In the explanatory note of his Senate Bill No. 2521, Estrada noted the challenges faced by journalists in the Philippines. Philippines improves to 132nd place in 2023…
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Estrada’s former aide ‘primarily benefitted’ from PDAF – Sandiganbayan

(ABS-CBN NEWS) Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada’s former deputy chief-of-staff Pauline Therese Mary Labayen was the one who “primarily benefitted” from the lawmaker’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), according to the Sandiganbayan decision released on Friday. “As the evidence proves, the public officer who primarily benefited from the PDAF of Senator Estrada is no other than…
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Jinggoy acquitted of plunder; guilty of direct, indirect bribery in pork barrel scam

(ABS-CBN) MANILA (5th UPDATE) — The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division acquitted Sen. Jinggoy Estrada of plunder in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam linked to businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles. The anti-graft court, however, said the senator is guilty of one count of direct bribery and 2 counts of indirect bribery. He was sentenced…
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