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Senate probes PCSO issues

The Senate will investigate the controversies hounding the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office starting Wednesday next week, particularly the Small Town Lottery, which was tagged as a front for illegal gambling.

Senator Grace Poe said she hopes that the Senate would pass early next year the proposed emergency powers for the President to address the country’s transportation and congestion crisis.

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The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs has directed the Philippine National Police to “produce” SPO1 Vincent Tacorda who earlier resigned from the service after claiming that policemen are behind extrajudicial killings against drug suspects.

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President Duterte signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change Instrument of Accession Tuesday night despite being very vocal about his misgivings.

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Members of the Liberal Party and coalition allies have been given the first crack at major committees in the Senate based on the initial list of committee chairmanships released by Sen. Vicente “Tito” C. Sotto III yesterday.

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Senate President Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy“ Estrada has filed a resolution asking the Senate to reopen the investigation into the P35-billion so-called Peace Eradication and Alleviation Certificates (PEACE) bonds controversy.

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