EFREN L. DANAO

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Nobody should be surprised if Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano of the Nacionalista Party will contest the Senate presidency in the upcoming 16th Congress with Sen. Franklin Drilon of the ruling Liberal Party. Sure, Sen. Manny Villar, top honcho of the NP, has already given assurances that Nacionalistas and the Liberals…

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Some leave their best for last. Obviously, the 15th Congress is not among them, just by looking at the Senate agenda in its closing session. The House is not expected to be of much help either, as it might not even muster a quorum, a perennial problem of the chamber.…

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The resumption of session by the lame duck 15th Congress on Wednesday, June 5, promises to be a slam-bang affair. Usually, the closing sessions of Congress are largely ceremonial, highlighted by the adoption of self-congratulatory resolutions. Well, I foresee high drama and tension, with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile scheduled…

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When reelected Sen. Koko Pimentel files an amendatory bill reforming the party-list system as he had promised during the campaign, he should include a provision disqualifying party-list groups that had three consecutive representations in Congress in the next immediate election. At present, the Commission on Elections is disqualifying the nominees…

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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec)conducted “the best of the best” election last May 13. The praise predictably came from the Comelec head himself, Chairman Sixto Brilliantes. He could not wait for others  to do it, so patted himself and the poll body on the back.  But as the saying goes,…

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EVEN with about 350,000 votes still to be canvassed, Senator-elect Grace Poe has already set a record for the most number of votes received by any national candidate. That shows the vast support this low-key independent candidate got from an electorate visibly looking for younger, fresher faces. The incomplete number…

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Taiwan underscored the de-pendence of the Philippine economy on overseas workers by stopping the processing of OFWs unless the government apologizes for the death of a Taiwanese poacher on Philippine waters and compensates the family of the victim. I thought the Philippines would tough it out when Deputy Presidential Spokesman…

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