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Probe set

Senate Banks, Financial Institutions, and Currencies Committee chairperson Sen. Francis Escudero will hold a legislative probe into the series of unauthorized automated teller machines withdrawals that hit BDO Unibank Inc. and Bank of the Philippine Islands.

The Senate majority bloc led by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III expressed yesterday their support for the controversial martial declaration in Mindanao by President Duterte.

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Senate President Koko Pimentel yesterday defended the expulsion of four Liberal Party senators and one LP ally from the dominant, pro-Duterte administration bloc, saying clear lines have been drawn to allow the majority bloc achieve its legislative agenda.

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A GREAT deal of concern has been expressed over the sudden resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo from President Duterte’s Cabinet, where she was chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.

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At the prodding of senators during a public hearing by the Senate public order and dangerous drugs committee yesterday, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa placed several policemen under “restrictive custody’’ for the recent killing of Albuera (Leyte) Mayor Rolando Espinosa.

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Members of the Senate ethics committee yesterday started to convene to take up the ethics complaint that has been filed against Senator Leila de Lima but refused to provide copies of the documents for fear it can cause premature publicity.

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