LLANESCA T. PANTI, TMT

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Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo on Sunday backed President Rodrigo Duterte’s suspension of deploying Filipino workers to Kuwait amid increased incidence of violence, including sexual abuse, committed against Filipino workers in the Gulf nation. Recently, the body of a missing Filipino household worker was discovered in a freezer inside an abandoned apartment…

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A key ally of President Rodrigo Duterte from PDP-Laban wants to postpone the May barangay (village) elections to October so that Congress can have an undivided attention in drafting a new Constitution. Rep. Reynaldo Umali of Oriental Mindoro, chairman of the House Committee on Justice, broached the proposal after the…

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is yet to find an anomaly in Income Tax Returns (ITRs) of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa made the pronouncement on Wednesday, the same day that the BIR submitted the ITRs of Sereno from 2004 to 2009 after previous…

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Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is lying about his announcement to withdraw all motions that would delay the recount of ballots from the 2016 elections in the race for Vice President in the three pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental and Iloilo, the camp of Vice President Maria Leonor…

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A lawmaker has questioned the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) decision to purchase 97,000 vote-counting machines worth P2.2 billion from Smartmatic Inc. Rep. Sherwin Tugna of Citizens Against Corruption party-list said the poll body should explain its decision considering that it also bought Precinct Count Optical Scan machines for the 2010…

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CRITICS of moves to amend the 1987 Constitution are protecting a “flawed” charter, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd said Thursday. Pimentel, speaking during the launch of the PDP-Laban book on “Philippine federalism,” was alluding to the comments made by former Chief Justice Hilario Davide that Charter change would be…

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Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3 General Manager Rodolfo Garcia is contemplating on quitting his post over the continued woeful state of the dilapidated MRT-3 line which runs from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City. This developed after Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte scolded Garcia…

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The country is at risk of losing more than 6,000 megawatts (MW) of power supply in a year because of the inability of the Energy Regulatory Commission to approve applications of power generation facilities to operate amid the suspension of ERC officials, ERC Chairman Agnes Devanadera said on Wednesday. In…

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THE House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill banning contractualization in the workplace, a measure that could benefit up to six million workers. With 199 “yes” votes and none opposed, lawmakers approved on second reading House Bill 6908 to strengthen security of tenure and end the practice of hiring…

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A LAWYER for Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo questioned on Tuesday the authenticity of five ballot images presented by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. to justify his allegation of poll fraud, saying Marcos should be investigated by the Supreme Court and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for such…

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