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SSS premium hike stays

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

Senate probes Clark illegals

The Senate is probing the presence of allegedly illegal Chinese workers at the former Clark Airbase in Pampanga who were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration last November 25.

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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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Villanueva dismissed

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Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered the dismissal from the service of Sen. Joel Villanueva for allegedly misusing R10-million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund or “pork barrel” fund when he was still Citizens Battle Against Corruption party-list representative in 2008.

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Voting 20-2, the Senate yesterday approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to postpone the upcoming October 2016 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to give way to much-needed reforms that would improve the institutions’ ability to serve its constituents.

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Eighteen senators have signed the committee report recommending the postponement of this year’s Sangguniang Kabataan and barangay elections.

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