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Duterte to gov’t forces: Shoot me if I stay beyond my term

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday directed government forces to shoot him if he dares to go beyond his six-year term. The Chief Executive issued the statement amid speculations that he would use Charter change (Cha-cha) to build up a dictatorship. “Ako sinasabi ko sa inyo ngayon, pag ako sumobra sa aking termino, isang araw lang …

Senate leaders unruffled by Alvarez’s threat vs anti-federalism senators

Senators on Friday downplayed House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s call to the public not to elect senators who will not support the administration’s proposed shift to federalism. Members of the Senate and House of Representatives are currently impasse over the charter change proposal. Senators have agreed not to participate in a joint constituent assembly (con-ass) initiated …

JaDine movie director gets frustrated over delays

Award-winning Filipino director Dan Villegas broke his silence regarding his partner and fellow filmmaker Antoinette “Tonet” Jadaone’s blogpost where she lamented the repeated delays of her film shoots with real-life and onscreen pair James Reid and Nadine Lustre. Speaking with reporters after a press conference for his film “Changing Partners,” Dan was asked for a …

Drilon on cha-cha train: It will get derailed

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon warned on Friday that the House of Representatives’ Charter change (Cha-cha) train would get derailed even before it leaves the station. Drilon issued the statement after House leaders insisted that nothing would stop the House Cha-cha express train launched by congressmen led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez even without the senators …

Aileen Lizada resigns as LTFRB spokesperson, remains as board member

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) spokesperson Aileen Lizada announced on Friday that she has vacated her post. In a Viber message to reporters, Lizada requested the media to direct questions to LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III starting Friday. “Good noon po sa inyong lahat (to everyone) from now on, please direct all questions po to Chairman. …

Fariñas on House adoption of Con-Ass resolution: Nothing has been railroaded

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas slammed House opposition members who criticized the adoption of a House resolution seeking to convene Congress into a constituent assembly (con-ass) to propose amendments in the Constitution, stressing that it underwent proper process. Responding to criticisms that the resolution was inordinately adopted by the chamber, Fariñas said that House Concurrent …

Moira dela Torre readies for her debut concert

Filipino singer-songwriter Moira dela Torre expressed her excitement as she readies for her debut concert “Tagpuan,” which will be held at the Kia Theater on February 17 and 18. Moira, during a press conference on Wednesday, said her first-ever concert will be directed by John Prats and produced by Cornerstone Concerts and Bright Bulb Productions. …

Recto says cha-cha is ‘dead’ in the Senate

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Wednesday announced that Charter change (Cha-Cha) is “dead” in the Senate. This statement was made during the joint hearing of the Senate committees on constitutional amendments and revision of codes, and electoral reforms and people’s participation on Cha-Cha proposals. “Clearly, we cannot do it in 10 session weeks, …

Lacson wants senators who will take part in House con-ass expelled

Senator Panfilo Lacson said he wants senators who will take part in the House of Representatives’ proposed constituent assembly (con-ass) to be expelled from the Senate, Minority Leader Franklin Drilon revealed on Wednesday. The minority leader said Lacson made the proposal during the senators’ meeting on Tuesday. “There was a proposal yesterday by Senator Lacson …

Manny Pacquiao supports death penalty for drug lords

Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday said he hopes that majority of his colleagues will support a death penalty bill which will only prey on drug lords. The appointed chairman of the Senate subcommittee on death penalty emphasized that there are no poor drug lords anyway. “Mahihirapan talaga kami (It’s hard for us) to get the …