Tag Archives: Senate

PNoy Made a Mistake in Vetoing the P2,000 SSS Monthly Pension Increase?

Congress passed a bill proposing an increase in the monthly Social Security System (SSS) pension by P2,000. President Aquino vetoed the proposed law because, according to him, the increase will result to the bankruptcy of the SSS in the next 11 years. On the other hand, there seems to be nothing erroneous in the statements of Senator Cynthia Villar in her sponsorship speech of Committee Report 213 (incidentally, the speech also addresses the “scary” scenario that the SSS will go bankrupt). Incidentally, there’s another piece of legislation under watch by female employees — the 100-day maternity leave. Full text of the speech reproduced below. Feel free to express your thoughts on the matter through the comment section below. Continue reading

5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno S. Aquino III

[State of the Nation Address of President Benigno S. Aquino III, fifth of sixth for his 6-year term, delivered at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City, on 28 July 2014. Reproduced here for easy reference. See the official English translation. Feel free to express your reactions and opinions through the comment section below.] Continue reading

Honoring the Dead and Necrophilia

We honor our dead in the next few days. November 2 to be exact, which is All Soul’s day or Araw ng mga Patay (incidentally, I’m still trying to figure out why November 1, All Saints’ Day, is the regular national holiday, and not All Soul’s Day). Continue reading

The Impeachment: Should Chief Justice Renato Corona Testify in his Defense?

Today, 22 March 2012, the defense presented its last witness (former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza) before the Senate, acting as an impeachment court, takes a break. Even before the trial resumes in May, there’s a discussion on whether Chief Justice Corona should take the witness stand. Continue reading