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Martial Law briefing at Senate set

Top security and defense officials will appear before the Senate tomorrow afternoon to explain the basis of President Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, Senate Majority Leader Vicente C. Sotto III said yesterday.

Villar, Pacquiao richest senators

Sen. Cynthia A. Villar remains the richest member of the Senate but she has company as a billionaire in Sen. Manny Pacquiao.

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The Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges is proceeding with its investigation of the complaints filed against Sen. Leila M. de Lima as a result of her infamous advise to former aide and lover, Ronnie Dayan, to snub the House Committee on Justice hearing on the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

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The House Committee on Justice formally asked the Senate to impose disciplinary action against Sen. Leila M. de Lima as they filed yesterday an ethics complaint against the lawmaker for telling her former aide to snub the House of Representatives’ inquiry into the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.

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Sotto fears backlash

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Senate Majority Leader Vicente C. Sotto III has expressed fears that a Senate refusal to answer a House of Representatives request that it should investigate Sen. Leila de Lima over her advice to her former driver and aide Ronnie Dayan not to appear before a House committee hearing has negative repercussions that would affect the relations of the two legislative chambers.

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Senate Majority Leader Vicente C. Sotto III and Sen. JV Ejercito supported yesterday an order of President Duterte for government officials and employees to undergo life style check to support his anti-crime, anti-illegal drugs, and anti-corruption campaigns.

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