Tag: The Manila Times

Senate OKs bill that will increase pension of veterans

(THE MANILA TIMES) VOTING 21-0-0, the Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading Senate Bill (SB) 1480 that proposes a 350 percent to 488 percent increase in the disability pension of veterans. SB 1480 aims to rationalize the disability pension of veterans who were rendered disabled due to disease or injuries sustained in…
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Senators slam ICC for rejecting gov’t appeal

(THE MANILA TIMES) SENATORS on Thursday, April 13, slammed the International Criminal Court (ICC) for rejecting a Philippine government appeal against its investigation into alleged human rights violations by the past Duterte administration during its anti illegal drug campaign. “No one can tell us how to run our country and undermine our judicial system, especially…
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Jinggoy files bill to modernize Coast Guard

(MANILA TIMES) RECENT developments in the maritime sector, the massive oil spill from a sunken tanker in Oriental Mindoro that affected four provinces, and the continued Chinese incursions and aggressions in waters within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone highlight the need to modernize the fleet of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to make it more…
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CA confirms nominations of 15 Foreign Affairs officials

(THE MANILA TIMES) THE Commission on Appointments (CA) has confirmed the nomination and ad interim appointments of 15 senior officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), including the country’s ambassador to New Zealand. The CA on Wednesday confirmed Kira Azucena as Philippine ambassador to New Zealand with concurrent jurisdiction over Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and…
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Estrada wants database of sex offenders

(THE MANILA TIMES) SEN. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada has proposed the establishment of a national database of sex offenders to help the public be informed of their movements or whereabouts. The senator described the sex offender database as “a piece of easily available and accessible information to local law enforcement agencies and their foreign counterparts.” Under…
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Maids of Honor

(THE MANILA TIMES) Senators Jose ‘Jinggoy’ Estrada, Robin Padilla, Francis Tolentino, Cynthia Villar and Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma pose with the awardees of Sampung Natatanging Kasambahay at the Senate on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

Estrada wants Constitution taught in high school

(MANILA TIMES) SEN. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada wants the Constitution taught in junior and senior high schools to allow the Filipino youth to understand their rights and duties. The senator filed a bill proposing the teaching of the Constitution to help junior and senior high school students “better appreciate” the country’s history. “A nationalist mindset must…
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Jinggoy wants Senate to probe cholera outbreak

(THE MANILA TIMES) SEN. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada has pressed for a Senate inquiry into the reported cholera outbreak in some areas in the country, such as in the Visayas. The senator on Sunday noted that the Department of Health (DoH) reported 3,729 cases since January 2022, higher by 282 percent than the cases reported in…
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Deport illegal POGO workers, BI dared

(THE MANILA TIMES) SENATOR Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada challenged the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to deport within two months about 48,800 Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) workers whose visas have been revoked. “Our challenge to the BI is for them to ensure the implementation of these illegal aliens within the 59 days designated period and not…
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