EXPLAINER: Proposal in Cebu City Council seeks to grant itself power to investigate, subpoena persons and documents, punish with contempt. Councilor Mary Ann de los Santos filed ordinance; laws committee chief Rey Gealon backs it. Problem: Is it within Sanggunian’s powers?

WHAT MARY ANN WANTS. Minority Councilor Mary Ann C. de los Santos last September 7 filed a proposed ordinance that would:[] “Define the powers Cebu City Council en banc or through its committee to conduct investigation in aid of legislation,” namely to gather documents; issue subpoena to testify and to submit a document, and punish […]

Cabaero: Quality over quantity

The common saying “quality over quantity” applies to many aspects of life, including governance. Whenever one proposes to increase the number of public representation, this line comes to mind.The saying applies to the suggestion of former senator Juan Ponce Enrile, now chief presidential legal counsel, to double the number of senators from the current 24 […]

Wenceslao: Military rule

September is another awkward month for the government of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. because the 21st of the month will always remind us of the ultra-rightist coup that Ferdinand Marcos Sr. launched in 1972. Since we are in a period where history is being rewritten, I don’t think President Bongbong would hold commemoration rites on […]

Disney mulls membership program to offer discounts and perks

WALT Disney Co. is exploring a membership program that could offer discounts or perks to encourage customers to spend more on its streaming services, theme parks, resorts, and merchandise, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Wednesday. Internally, some executives have referred to Disney’s initiative as “Disney Prime,” although that won’t be the name of […]

Help ICC probe of Duterte drug war, DFA told

THE DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) should help the International Criminal Court (ICC) in its investigation of the Philippine government’s war on drugs, according to a congressman. “We don’t believe the judicial system is working fine,” Party-list Rep. Raoul Danniel A. Manuel told a congressional hearing on Wednesday, noting that families of drug war victims […]

Task force to use anti-money laundering mechanisms to fight online exploitation of kids 

JUSTICE Secretary Jesus Crispin C. Remulla on Tuesday said an inter-agency task force would employ the country’s anti-money laundering mechanisms to restrict transactions related to online exploitation of children. Mr. Remulla told a live-streamed press conference that he would ask telecommunications companies to implement filters that would block these malicious websites and payments.   “Law enforcement […]

Christmas Day sked

If reports are to be believed, the Christmas Day schedule of the National Basketball Association adds insult to injury for the Nets. Already reeling from the prospect of going through the 2022-2023 season without any as-surance that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, their top players, would be suiting up, they have found themselves victimized anew […]

House panel approves postponement of village, youth council elections to Dec. 2023

A HOUSE of Representatives committee on Tuesday voted to postpone the village and youth council elections by a year to December 2023. The House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, chaired by Mountain Province Rep. Maximo V. Dalog, Jr., approved a still unnumbered substitute bill setting the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to Dec. […]

IT expert named new Comelec commissioner; watchdog pushes for changes in voter registration 

PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. has appointed Nelson J. Celis as a commissioner of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).   “I am pleased to transmit the nomination letter of Mr. Nelson Java Celis signed by President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., for a term expiring on February 2, 2029,” according to an appointment letter signed by Executive […]