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Angara calls for fast rehabilitation of Boracay

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sonny Angara on Sunday called on the government to fast-track the rehabilitation of Boracay Island to sustain the country’s growth in tourism. “We have to get our acts together. Boracay attracts 2 million tourists every year and brings in more than P50 billion in annual revenues. It’s no less named as …

Gatchalian warns hazing perpetrators: You can no longer escape

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Wednesday has sent a warning to hazing perpetrators to stop their activities as Senate already approved Senate Bill No. 1662 otherwise known as the Anti-Hazing Act of 2018. “Once this bill becomes law, I assure you that you will run out of ways to escape liability for your …

More Filipinos choose career over love life -SWS

MANILA, Philippines — Three out of five Filipinos chose career over love life, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed. The Fourth Quarter 2017 of the SWS survey showed that 59% of Filipinos chose career over love life while 41% chose love life over career. Moreover, 57% describe their love life as very happy, …

De Lima slams Duterte over ‘shoot to the vagina’ remarks

MANILA, Philippines — Detained Senator Leila De Lima took a swipe anew against President Rodrigo Duterte, saying that the latter’s order to soldiers to shoot female New People’s Army (NPA) members in the genitals mirror his personality as a “sex-obsessed sociopath.” In a statement released on Tuesday, De Lima, the president’s fiercest critic, said that …

Bam tells CHED: Implement free college law now

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Bam Aquino on Tuesday urged the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to implement Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act for the second semester of School Year 2017-2018. In a radio interview, Aquino, the principal sponsor of RA 10931, urged state universities and colleges (SUCs) to …

DepEd backs Gatchalian’s bill vs human trafficking

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has thrown its support on the bill proposed by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian that seeks to protect the youth from becoming victims of human trafficking. During the hearing of the Senate Committee on Youth chaired by Senator Joel Villanueva, DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali lauded Gatchalian’s measure as it …

Bam worried as study names PH 3rd most ignorant nation on key issues

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Bam Aquino on Sunday expressed concern over a recent survey ranking the Philippines as third among countries that are “most ignorant” on the key issues hounding the country. In a statement, Aquino stressed the need to toughen the fight against fake news and ramp up efforts to provide quality education to keep …

Koko pushes for tougher penalties for sexual harassment

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Sunday pushed to strengthen the sexual harassment laws in the country and increase the penalties provided by the statute “both as a deterrent, and as proof of government’s unwavering commitment to protecting and upholding gender rights.” “Republic Act 9262, the Violence Against Women and Children Law …

Villar reassures no shortage of rice

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Cynthia Villar on Sunday refuted claims that there is a shortage of rice, vowing to conduct her own inquiry into the supposed failure of the National Food Authority (NFA) to keep a buffer stock of cheap rice. In a radio interview, Villar, chairman of Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food,  said that …

Pimentel tells Trudeau: Bring home your trash

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Sunday urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to clean up the 2,450 tons of trash that it dumped in the country in June 2013. In a statement, Pimentel said that Canada’s move of taking back its garbage justifies its claim of being a defender of human rights …