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Pimentel defends move vs 5 senators

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.

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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THE Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in 2013, followed by the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of Malacañang and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in 2015. The administration had used the first to influence legislators and the second to fund programs even without congressional approval.

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Heart, Chiz ready to have a baby

“I’m eating healthy and maybe losing some water weight to prepare to gain pounds. It’s a bit complicated,” said Evangelista, at the launch of her hand-painted luxury bags recently, during an interview for “Bandila” news program on ABS-CBN.

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