Tag: Inquirer

WATCH: Estrada, Padilla tell public to ‘move on’ ahead of Martial Law 50th Anniversary | INQ

Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Robinhood Padilla on Tuesday told the public to “move on” from the issue of martial law as the country remembers the 50th year of its declaration. -Inquirer

5 firms get ‘juicy’ DepEd deals – Jinggoy Estrada

MANILA, Philippines — Five “lucky” companies have been cornering billions of pesos worth of “juicy” contracts to supply the Department of Education (DepEd) with computers for several years, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada said on Monday. Estrada, in a statement, said the practice of awarding the supply contracts to a select group of companies flouted the government…
Read more

Jinggoy Estrada seeks inquiry into DepEd’s ‘favored’ suppliers

MANILA, Philippines — An investigation into the Department of Education’s (DepEd) “favored” suppliers must be conducted, Senator Jinggoy Estrada said. In a statement on Monday, Estrada said that the probe should be about the so-called “splits contracts” in awarding multi-billion-peso agreements to “favored” suppliers. Suggesting fraud at play, Estrada said the same names of suppliers…
Read more

Jinggoy Estrada bares ‘repeat orders, split contracts’ in DepEd procurements

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Jinggoy Estrada uncovered on Thursday the practice of “repeat orders” and “split contracts” in the procurements of the Department of Education (DepEd). During the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing, presided by Senator Francis Tolentino, on the DepEd laptop purchase through the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management, Estrada inquired…
Read more

Senators send greetings for Bongbong Marcos’ 65th birthday

MANILA, Philippines — Senators sent their greetings to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who is celebrating his 65th birthday on Tuesday. In separate Twitter posts, Senators Raffy Tulfo, Jinggoy Estrada, and Sherwin Gatchalian greeted the president. Tulfo and Estrada wished for Marcos’ good health, among others. “Ang aking patuloy na panalangin para sa inyong kaarawan…
Read more

Senators commend Alex Eala’s historic US Open triumph

MANILA, Philippines — Senators commended teenager tennis star Alex Eala for recently capturing the United States (US) Open girls singles title, a first in Philippine sports history. Eala became the first Filipino to win a tennis Grand Slam singles title after defeating World No. 3 Lucie Havlickova of the Czech Republic on Sunday (Manila time) in…
Read more

Philippine senators mourn death of Queen Elizabeth II

‘AN END OF A SIGNIFICANT CHAPTER IN WORLD HISTORY’ MANILA, Philippines — Philippine senators on Friday mourned the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch who died at Balmoral Palace on September 8 at age 96. In separate Twitter posts, Senators Joel Vlillanueva, JV Ejercito, Nancy Binay, Raffy Tulfo, Francis Tolentino, Sonny Angara, Jinggoy…
Read more

Senators alarmed as they too become targets of text scams

MANILA, Philippines — Senators on Monday expressed concern over the growing cases of text scams after they too became targets of messages bearing their names. Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva, in a statement, said: “This [development] not only brings up trust issues against the telecommunications companies but… all other firms to whom we give our…
Read more

Senators push for immediate passage of SIM Card registration bill

MANILA, Philippines — Senators on Monday sounded the alarm on the increasing number of spam and scam text messages, prompting them to push for the immediate passage of the SIM Card registration bill. The call came after several senators during the Senate regular session noted having received text scams themselves, including Senator Jinggoy Estrada, who…
Read more

Go opposes proposal to stop COVID aid; Jinggoy calls for careful study

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go opposed the proposal to stop COVID-19 aid distribution while Senator Jinggoy Estrada pushed for its “careful” review. The senators’ remarks came after Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno said that there is no need for the aid to continue as the country’s economy has recovered from the pandemic. “I totally disagree na…
Read more