It’s about time that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV be made aware of the people’s pulse regarding his behavior in the Senate. He is confident that Senator Richard Gordon cannot get at least three Senatorial signatures for his ethics complaint against him. Trillanes dares him by saying that he’s not even afraid of the President.
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[VIDEO]: Gordon to file ethics complaint vs Trillanes
Carpio and Paolo Duterte’s Invitation
Trillanes wanted to invite both President Rodrigo Duterte’s son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, and son-in-law, lawyer Manases-Carpio after they were mentioned to be behind the so-called Davao Group. Carpio is the husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Gordon just replied; You may do so! But Trillanes continues to make general accusations that he cannot prove.
Not a Cockpit of Gossips
Gordon told Trillanes to refrain from making general statements that he cannot prove. This is because the Senate is not a cockpit of gossips. Instead of calming down, Trillanes responded by criticizing the way Gordon handles the committee hearing. He calls it names and criticizes Senator Tito Sotto as well.
Out of Order and Tune
Senator Gordon firmly said that Senator Trillanes is out of order but he can’t stop his mouth from opening. He even thinks that most Senators are on his side. Worst, he acts like the people’s hero when most Filipinos are wondering while he’s not kicked out yet with his ungentle man approaches.
Too bad for Trillanes, Gordon said he will pursue his ethics complaint against him. “He has done that consistently. I already forgave him the first time. He even came to my office and apologized then he did it to Mr. Zubiri. Then he was trying to do it to Cayetano, he was trying to turn off the microphone,” Gordon said.
The European Parliament adopts the call of a lawmakers’ group to immediately release detained Philippine Senator Leila de Lima. She is the fiercest critic of Philippine President. In a resolution, it firmly asks for her to be provided with adequate security while in jail. Filipinos are confused why an international body dares to interfere with the country’s legal system just to protect a notorious illegal drugs trade coddler?
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[VIDEO]: European lawmakers propose a draft resolution calling for the “immediate release” of Philippine Senator Leila de Lima.
On top of that, European lawmakers urge the Philippine authorities “to ensure a fair trial. It even recalls the right to the presumption of innocence. It demands the government to drop all politically motivated charges against her. They also ask the government to end any further acts of harassment. As if she’s not capable of any wrongdoings. This is a clear manifestation of misinformation.
Death Penalty Say
In the same resolution, the EU tells Philippine officials to “immediately halt ongoing proceedings to reinstate the death penalty.” Do they have the right to do so? Can’t they understand that the Philippine government is capable enough to do its mandate to properly govern the country? What’s wrong with this people? Filipinos elected a leader who vows to declare war on drugs. They should respect that.
Display of Arrogance
Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III thinks that for the European Parliament to call for Senator Leila de Lima’s release clearly displays their arrogance. “The European Parliament must be told that the Philippines is a democratic nation ruled by law. Judicial processes are fully functioning,” Sotto said. Their demanding the release of Senator De Lima is a display of arrogance. They want to show power. Pure interference in the country’s domestic affairs cannot be tolerated.
Sotto then urges the Philippine embassy in EU Capital to file a protest and explain De Lima’s case. “Our embassy in EU Capital must file a Note Verbale of Protest and explain in full the case of Senator Leila,” he said.“The Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA must see to it, it’s done. They must be warned that they cannot just malign us!”
15 senators agree to expel the four Liberal Party or LP senators from the majority bloc. A resolution issigned by 16 senators that express the sense of the majority that Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon, Senators Francis Pangilinan, Bam Aquino, and Risa Hontiveros, are not supportive of the President’s legislative agenda. Senator Manny Pacquiao takes the initiative in making that happen. The LP must not think that the majority of senators tolerate their anti-Du30 whinnings.
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[VIDEO]: As the President orders the Philippine National Police to reinstate the war on drugs, Senator Manny Pacquiao says at least 15 senators planned the ouster of their Liberal Party colleagues at his house in Makati.
Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto and minority member Sen. Francis Escudero are not invited to the gathering at Manny Pacquiao’s mansion in Makati, but they know about the plan to oust the opposing four.
Courtesy to Drilon
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III shows the resolution to Senator Franklin Drilon as a matter of courtesy. Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III confirms this.
The Punches of Senator Manny Pacquiao
Senator Manny Pacquiao takes the floor and starts the brave process. The boxer turned senator declares Drilon’s position vacant. He is replaced by Senator Ralph Recto. Pangilinan, Hontiveros and Aquino are next in line. The agriculture, health and education committee chairmanships go to Senators Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito and Francis Escudero, respectively. Just as simple as that.
Senator Tito Sotto justifies Pacquiao’s motion by saying that; Most of us are not pro-Duterte or anti-Duterte. We do not want to be subservient but we also do not want to be hostile to the administration,” Sotto explains. Sad to say, the Liberal Party takes this as power monopoly by the PDu30 administration.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has again filed a bill seeking to give 14th month pay to workers in the private sector to push through his quest since the 16th congress.
It was on Senate Bill Number 2 entitled “An Act Requiring Employers In the Private Sector to Pay 14th Month Pay” that covers all non-government rank and file employees who have worked for at least a month during the calendar year.
Sotto cited Article 2, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution, saying “The state affirms labor as primary social economic force”; as the basis of his refiling the bill. It will definitely protect the rights of workers and promote their welfare as well.
The senator said 14th month pay is needed because the recent P10 minimum wage increase is “too small” and the mandated 13th month pay is “gobbled up by Christmas expenses;”which is indeed right. This is a proof that Senator Sotto knows the life of the Filipino masses very well.
“We need extra earnings in the middle of the year to help in school and medical expenses. Health and education needs of the ordinary Filipino must be assisted by our government,” Sotto said. Fore sure, all Filipinos will agree with him and private companies should be able to grant that because many firms are already doing 14th up to 16th months pay depending on their profits.
Citing former president Ramon Magsaysay, he added that “those who have less in life should have more in law.”
The bill mandates that 13th month pay be given not later than June 14 while 14th month pay should be handed out not later than December 24.
The minimum amount of 14th month pay shall not be “less than 1/12 of the total basic salary” of an employee in a calendar year; as reported by Rappler.