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‘Maintain independence,’ Nene Pimentel tells senators

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‘SUGGESTION.’ Former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr tells senators to maintain their independence and decide based on what they think is best for the people. Senate file photo

‘I would suggest to the Senate – there are 24 sovereignties in the Senate, you cannot dictate to the senators, that’s my experience – to act in accordance with their perception of what is best for the people’

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 26, 2017) — Former Senate president Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr has asked present senators to maintain their independence under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. Continue reading ‘Maintain independence,’ Nene Pimentel tells senators

Despite Duterte push, no revival of death penalty in Senate – Lacson

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BLEAK FUTURE. Pro-death penalty Senator Panfilo Lacson says even with President Rodrigo Duterte’s push, there will be no revival of the death penalty in the present Senate. Photo from Lacson’s official Facebook account

‘I don’t see the death penalty being revived under his watch or at least with the present composition of the Senate,’ says pro-death penalty Senator Panfilo Lacson

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 25, 2017) — There is still no future for the death penalty bill in the present Senate despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s push in his second State of the Nation Address. Continue reading Despite Duterte push, no revival of death penalty in Senate – Lacson

Duterte asks lawmakers for 60-day martial law extension

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DUTERTE ALLIES. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III (left) and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (right) look at President Rodrigo Duterte during a press conference on March 13, 2017. Malacañang file photo

The President also asks the Senate and the House to hold a special session to tackle his request. This session will be on Saturday, July 22

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 17, 2017) — During his meeting with lawmakers on Monday, July 17, President Rodrigo Duterte asked for a 60-day extension of martial law still covering the entire Mindanao. He also requested that the Senate and the House of Representatives hold a special session to discuss this request. Continue reading Duterte asks lawmakers for 60-day martial law extension

15 senators say Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao ‘satisfactory’

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SUPPORT. Fifteen senators back President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Malacañang

The Senate finds it to be ‘satisfactory, constitutional, and in accordance with the law…and finds no compelling reason to revoke the same,’ says Senate Resolution 388

MANILA, Philippines (May 30, 2017) — Fifteen of the 23 senators signed a Senate resolution formally expressing support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Continue reading 15 senators say Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao ‘satisfactory’

12 senators favor joint session on Mindanao martial law

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JOINT SESSION. At least 12 of the 23 senators favor holding a joint congressional session to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

At least 12 of the 23 senators favor a joint congressional session to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines (May 30, 2017) — At least 12 of the country’s 23 senators want a joint congressional session to deliberate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Continue reading 12 senators favor joint session on Mindanao martial law

Duterte plan to ignore SC ‘alarming’ but Senate won’t act – Pimentel

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ALARMING BUT… Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III downplays President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to ignore the Supreme Court and Congress. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

‘There’s no violation [since] he’s just saying it,’ says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

MANILA, Philippines (May 29, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to ignore Congress and the Supreme Court in the implementation of martial law is “alarming” but the Senate need not act on it. Continue reading Duterte plan to ignore SC ‘alarming’ but Senate won’t act – Pimentel

Opposition lawmakers hit ‘creeping authoritarianism’ under Duterte

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DISREGARDING THE CONSTITUTION? President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers a speech during an oath-taking ceremony for newly-appointed government officials at Malacañang Palace on March 30, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Representatives Gary Alejano, Teddy Baguilat Jr, and Tom Villarin say President Rodrigo Duterte cannot ignore Congress and the Supreme Court over the martial law declaration in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines (May 29, 2017) — Opposition lawmakers called out President Rodrigo Duterte over his seeming rejection of constitutional provisions allowing Congress and the Supreme Court (SC) to assess the martial law declaration in Mindanao. Continue reading Opposition lawmakers hit ‘creeping authoritarianism’ under Duterte

Duterte cannot ignore SC, Congress on martial law – senators

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CONSTITUTION. Senators say President Rodrigo Duterte cannot just ignore Congress and the Supreme Court when it comes to martial law. Malacañang photo

‘The President swore to uphold and defend the Constitution, not willfully defile it and do only as he wants,’ says minority Senator Francis Pangilinan

MANILA, Philippines (May 29. 2017) — After President Rodrigo Duterte said only the military and the police can tell him to end martial law, senators reminded the President that he cannot just ignore Congress and the Supreme Court. Continue reading Duterte cannot ignore SC, Congress on martial law – senators

No joint session on martial law is a cover-up, say opposition lawmakers

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‘CONGRESS IN CHAINS’. Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says that there is no reason for legislators to skip convening over martial law. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says the majority want to hide the discussion from the public because the martial law declaration has no basis

MANILA, Philippines (May 29, 2017 ) — Opposition lawmakers gathered on Monday, May 29, to oppose the dropping of the joint session of Congress to discuss the ongoing martial law in Mindanao, saying that it is a move to cover the declaration from being exposed as being groundless. Continue reading No joint session on martial law is a cover-up, say opposition lawmakers

LOOK: Duterte’s report to Congress on martial law

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT. President Rodrigo Duterte signs his report to Congress on his martial law declaration during a special Cabinet meeting in Davao City. Presidential photo

In the report, the President explains that martial law over the entire Mindanao is necessary because of the Maute Group’s intent to establish an ISIS province in the region

MOSCOW, Russia (May 26, 2017)— President Rodrigo Duterte was able to comply with the 1987 Constitution’s requirement that he submit a report on his martial law proclamation to Congress within 48 hours after he announced it. Continue reading LOOK: Duterte’s report to Congress on martial law