THE COCO levy trust fund law must benefit the country’s estimated 3.5 million coconut farmers, especially the smallholder farmers, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said on Monday as the Senate continues to discuss the bill seeking to actualize the Supreme Court decision on the estimated P105 billion levy initially collected from them. “Kailangang bantayan ang pagpasa […]
WITH the country’s number of COVID-19 cases breaching the 250,000 mark yesterday (September 11), Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Saturday named at least three health experts who can lead government response to the ongoing health crisis.
DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana should rescind the deal that allows China-backed Dito Telecommunity Corp. to build cell sites inside Philippine military camps, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said Friday. “The secretary should rescind the deal as it compromises the security of our citizens and our country as whole, especially security of our data, which is the […]
THE recovery of Philippine economy is anchored on how well the government manages the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan at the briefing of the Development Budget Coordinating Committee on the Proposed 2021 National Expenditure Program.
FOOD security has been proven critical during the country’s six-month long COVID-related lockdowns, necessitating a significant increase for agriculture in the national government’s 2021 budget, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said Tuesday. “Naging malinaw nitong nakaraang mga quarantine na agrikultura pa rin ang magsasalba sa Pilipinas. Dahil sa mga quarantine, nakita ang pangangailangan sa isang maunlad […]
“We urge Malacañang to heed the call of the Senate and replace Duque as chair of the IATF. He is damaged goods and cannot hope to be able to effectively lead the country’s already faltering anti-COVID campaign. It is long overdue for Malacañang to show decisive leadership and political will by firing Duque and revamping […]
PUBLIC HEALTH and financial expertise, not on law enforcement, is needed to solve the twin crisis of COVID and corruption that plagues the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and the government response to the pandemic, Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said Tuesday on the appointment of Dante Gierran as PhilHealth president and chief executive officer. “I have […]
RECOGNIZING the gaps in the healthcare system exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Wednesday filed bill to establish the Samar Island Medical Center. “Nakita natin ang maraming pagkukulang sa ating healthcare system dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic. Sa buong bansa mula sa datos noong 2018, meron lamang isang hospital bed para sa […]
HAVING Cabinet members play “Big Brother” to local government units is a form of micromanagement that may further slow overall government response to the still rising cases of COVID-positive patients, said Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan Monday.
“Today we are celebrating International Youth Day in the middle of a COVID pandemic. All throughout history and all throughout the world, young people have fueled anti-colonial and anti-dictatorship revolutions, defined fashion and music trends, and driven technological and economic growth. Kaya kahit pilit tayong pinadadapa ng laganap na kagutuman, kawalang-trabaho, sakit, kamatayan, at pagpapabaya […]