Category Archives: Press Release

Statement of Senators Frank Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, and Kiko Pangilinan on VP Leni Robredo’s successful efforts during the COVID pandemic

“We are outraged by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission’s plan to investigate Vice President Leni Robredo just because her efforts to extend assistance to Filipino families struggling to make both ends meet during this national crisis may embarrass the government. When has helping people become a crime? Is it a crime to look for resources so […]

Drilon, Pangilinan and Hontiveros to politicians taking advantage of COVID-19 crisis: Go away

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, Senator Francis Pangilinan and Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros lambasted Thursday politicians who are exploiting the situation to advance their political agenda, saying that the 2022 presidential campaign is obviously getting in the way, leaving millions of vulnerable and low-income Filipino families unassisted.    “It is not red tape. It is the […]

On Dean Chel Diokno’s exposé of NBI going after ordinary citizens complaining vs slow COVID response

Statement of Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Dean Chel Diokno’s exposé of NBI going after ordinary citizens complaining vs slow COVID response We will question that in the Joint Oversight Committee: Pangilinan ‘Unang-una, bawal yan sa batas mismo. Section 7 of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act states that “Nothing herein shall be construed […]

On President’s Report on COVID Emergency Powers – Ika-3 Linggo ng ECQ #TanongNgTaongBayan: Nasaan ang Special Purpose Funds (SPFs)?

Statement of Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on President’s Report on COVID Emergency Powers Ika-3 Linggo ng ECQ #TanongNgTaongBayan: Nasaan ang Special Purpose Funds (SPFs)? Sa papasok na ikatlong linggo ng Enhanced Community Quarantine at isang araw matapos matanggap ng Kongreso ang unang ulat ng Pangulo ukol sa Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Republic Act […]

Statement of Sen. Francis Pangilinan Day 5 of emergency powers: Where is the money? PPEs, food packs? Plan?

It’s been five days since the emergency powers, and as required by law, IATF needs to submit to Congress and effectively to the people a progress report every week. The report should answer these questions:  1. On resources: The law specifies savings from the Executive Branch and its special purpose fund, how much resources have […]

Convert military hospitals V Luna Medical, Veterans’ Memorial Medical plus Quezon Institute into COVID centers: Pangilinan

“Ngayon pa lang, napupuno na ang mga ospital at lumalaki ang kailangang espasyo para sa mga pasyente. Para maayos na masunod ang mga protocol, ang ating mungkahi: 1. Gamitin ang mga military hospital tulad ng V Luna Medical Center at Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center at maging ang Quezon Institute para sa malulubhang karamdaman; hindi lang […]

Sen. Francis Pangilinan’s position on the Special Powers Measure had he been allowed to vote while on 14-day quarantine

We would have voted ‘Yes’ but with serious reservations. The original draft bill was an attempt to get ‘unli’ emergency powers and ‘unli’ spending powers. While it limited the exercise of these powers to two months, it also gave the President the power to extend it to however long he wants, and was quiet on how much and how it would be spent. The Senate limited the powers to 90 days and any extension will require Congressional approval.