Advisory: Senate hearing on the fatal hazing of ‘Atio’ Castillo III moved to Wednesday, Oct. 18

The hearing on the fatal hazing of law student Horacio ‘Atio’ Castillo III has been moved to Wednesday, Oct. 18. This is due to the suspension of work at the Senate on Monday, Oct. 16 because of a scheduled transport strike. Thank you.

Following is the advisory from the Senate regarding the suspension of work on Monday:

🎥 Senate intends to pass its version of the National ID bill by early 2018

During the deliberations on the 2018 national budget on Oct. 6, Sen. Lacson said the Senate hopes to pass its version of the National ID bill in the first quarter of 2018. #PingBills #PaninindiganNiPing

On whether to take up calls for Sen. de Lima’s release in a Senate caucus

No way. We should all understand and respect our criminal justice system. The Senate cannot and will not interfere with the courts that have jurisdiction over Sen. de Lima’s drug cases.

Having said that, the judiciary is independent of the executive and legislative branches. The same goes true, and even worse, in the case of foreign organizations and groups that are calling for her immediate release.

They have no business in arrogantly asking our president to release Sen de Lima. That’s totally uncalled for.

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📰 Inquirer: Sotto, Lacson top Senate in attendance

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From the InquirerSenate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Panfilo Lacson were role models for attendance and punctuality during the first regular session of the 17th Congress, scoring perfect attendance in all 89 session days of the Senate from July 2016 to May this year.   Continue reading “📰 Inquirer: Sotto, Lacson top Senate in attendance”

On Senate committee hearings

Once a resolution or bill is referred to more than one committee, there is no such thing as separate committee hearings. The committees always conduct the hearings together, no matter how diverse and opposing the views of the chairs and members of the committees concerned.

Having said that, I don’t know what Sen de Lima is talking about in this regard. The referral says her committee is the lead or primary committee so she will call the shots in this case. I will attend the hearings as called and I hope the members of both the Justice and Human Rights and Public Order and Dangerous Drugs committees will also attend and contribute to whatever logical output as will be contained in the committee report.

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📰 Sunday Times Magazine: A new year and a new challenge for Panfilo Lacson

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From The Sunday Times: Much has been said and written about Panfilo “Ping” Morena Lacson Sr., the 67-year-old statesman who was born out of humble beginnings in Imus, Cavite on June 1, 1948. A principled Caviteño ever since his youth, Lacson became a permanent fixture in the political landscape because of his love for country, and truth and justice.  Continue reading “📰 Sunday Times Magazine: A new year and a new challenge for Panfilo Lacson”