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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.

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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The Commission on Appointments looks up to the local government and farming experience of former North Cotabato Gov. Emmanuel F. Piñol in improving the weak Philippine agriculture sector and the lives of farmers and fisherfolk throughout the country.

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Senate President Franklin Drilon will likely remain the Senate leader in the 17th Congress if none of his colleagues posturing for the position gets a majority vote.

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