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Jinggoy upbeat on Eddie Garcia bill’s passage

(THE MANILA TIMES) SEN. Jinggoy Estrada is optimistic the landmark legislation that will protect the workers in the movie and television industry will be enacted before Congress adjourns sine die. The proposed Eddie Garcia Law will not go through bicameral conference deliberations after the House of Representatives adopted the bill’s Senate version. Estrada, who is…
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Senate sets plenary debates for P100 daily minimum wage hike in private sector

(THE MANILA TIMES) MANILA, Philippines: The 24-member Senate is set to start plenary debates on a bill mandating the private sector to implement a P100 daily minimum wage increase in the private sector. This comes after the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment, and Human Resources on Wednesday endorsed the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 2534,…
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Estrada seeks posthumous recognition for lensman Romy Vitug

(THE MANILA TIMES) SEN. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada filed Senate Resolution (SR) 908 expressing this and his colleagues’ sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family of Romeo “Romy” Vitug, a legendary lensman and celebrated cinematographer. In his resolution, Estrada sought the Senate’s recognition of Vitug’s invaluable contribution to Philippine cinema. “Vitug’s unparalleled artistry and eye for…
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Estrada cleared of plunder but guilty of bribery in pork barrel scam

(THE MANILA TIMES) (UPDATE) MANILA, Philippines: The Sandiganbayan acquitted Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada on charges of plunder but was found guilty of direct and indirect bribery. In a 396-page ruling by the anti-graft court’s fifth division released on Friday, Estrada was acquitted of the charge of pocketing P183 million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF)…
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Bill seeking netizens help in lawmaking filed

(THE MANILA TIMES) SEN. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada has filed a bill seeking to allow the public to participate in every step of the legislative process, whether to amend or enact new laws, through online platforms. “Under this proposal, they can participate in the legislative process — from the First Reading, Second Reading, and Third Reading…
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Senators denounce Cha-cha ‘bribers’

(THE MANILA TIMES) TWO senators on Monday denounced the reported attempt by some Charter change (Cha-cha) proponents to bribe local government leaders into signing a petition to amend the Constitution. “Our Constitution is not for sale,” Sen. Maria Josefa Imelda “Imee” Marcos said in a statement. “We denounce those allegedly bribing districts, LGUs (local government…
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New law protects caregivers – Estrada

(THE MANILA TIMES) SEN. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada on Monday said caregivers can now look forward to better working conditions following the enactment of a law ensuring their rights and welfare. The senator said Republic Act (RA) 11965 or the “Caregivers’ Welfare Act,” signed into law on November 23 by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., assures caregivers…
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Senate panel hails renewed peace talks

(THE MANILA TIMES) SEN. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, the chairman of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, Peace, Unification and Reconciliation, on Thursday welcomed the agreement to restart peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). “The signing of a joint communique demonstrates the readiness of both parties…
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Jinggoy: Recall envoy to China

(THE MANILA TIMES) SEN. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada has stressed the need to recall the country’s ambassador to Beijing to discuss strategies on how to seek “redress” for China’s continued harassment of Filipinos in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). Estrada made the proposal on Monday to recall Ambassador Jaime FlorCruz amid the “recurring acts of aggression…
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Jinggoy hopeful RAA to preserve regional peace

(MANILA TIMES) SEN. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada is hopeful that the reciprocal access agreement (RAA) being finalized between the Philippines and Japan will be compliant with international laws and norms to preserve regional peace and stability. The senator said the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to the Philippines was significant and timely, especially in…
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