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Drilon: 13 senators vs death

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon said yesterday that the controversial bill restoring death penalty in the country is dead in the Senate.

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 few days after Sen. Leila M. de Lima was arrested on drug charges, the 24-man Senate led by Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III yesterday removed Sen. Franklin M. Drilon, a Liberal Party stalwart, as the Senate President Pro Tempore.

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Senators were surprised at the decision of the Social Security System to impose an increase in premiums this May and called on the agency to explain and justify the move to members of the State pension fund.

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The Liberal Party supports programs of the Duterte government that benefit the people but rejects policies that are inimical to them.

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The police team that killed Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa yesterday failed to convince senators that its raid of the Leyte sub-provincial jail in Baybay City, Leyte was a legitimate operation.

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