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Revamp must not weaken Senate’s independence

WHEN the House of Representatives started organizing itself at the start of the new Duterte administration, many congressmen of the Liberal Party, the majority party in the Aquino administration, moved to join the new administration party PDP-Laban.

President Duterte is unlikely to defer the planned increase in the premium contributions of Social Security System members as proposed by some senators.

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THE Liberal Party, which enjoyed a premier status as the ruling party during the six years of the Aquino administration, appeared to be going the way of all defeated ruling parties after the new Duterte administration took over last June 30.

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The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights has belied the existence of the infamous Davao Death Squad and allegations of State-sponsored extrajudicial killings.

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The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal of Sen. Joel Villanueva, for alleged involvement in a pork barrel scam when he was a member of Congress representing the party-list Citizens Battle against Corruption (CIBAC).

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The Senate voted to oust Sen. Leila M. de Lima as chairperson of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights last night.

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