Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban thinks senators should stop posturing as if the fate of ABS-CBN'S franchise renewal is in their hands.

Maghihintay lang Senado! Ex-CJ Panganiban: House holds key to ABS-CBN franchise renewal

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Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban thinks senators should stop posturing as if the fate of ABS-CBN’S franchise renewal is in their hands.

Panganiban said Friday (February 28) that the Senate can’t do anything until the House of Representatives passes bills to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise, which will expire on May 4.

“The House is the key to Congress. Kung ‘di sisimulan ng House, walang magagawa ang Senado. At wala ring magagawa ang Pangulo.
Gustuhin man ibigay ng Pangulo, ‘di rin pa niya mabibigay,” said Panganiban in an interview with Karen Davila.

The House is unlikely to schedule hearings on bills renewing ABS-CBN’s franchise until Congress adjourns sessions on March 11 for a two-month long break.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said the hearings on the bills might happen when sessions resume in May.

At least 11 bills have been filed in the House to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise for another 25 years.

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‘A plus for humanity’: Duterte thanks foreign donors for AstraZeneca vax

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President Rodrigo Duterte thanked the donor-countries for the 487,200 doses of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines developed by British-Swede drugmaker AstraZeneca that arrived in the country Thursday evening.

The initial shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines was funded by 13 countries involved in the COVAX facility, a global initiative aimed at equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines.

“I don’t know how to express my gratitude to the donor countries. That you remembered the poor nations is, in fact, already, a plus for humanity,” Duterte said in a speech during the turnover ceremony of the AstraZeneca vaccines held at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

“In behalf of the Republic of the Philippines and our people, I’d like to say again that we felt gratitude in our hearts and may God bless you for your benevolence,” he added.

The 487,200 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine were developed in South Korea.

They were donated by Germany, European Union, Norway, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Australia and Greece.

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President Rodrigo Duterte expects his power and influence to diminish as the end of his term nears.

In a speech in Valenzuela City Thursday (March 4), Duterte said he will be a lame duck President in the last six months of his term, which will end on June 30, 2022.

He made the remark as he invited guests at the inauguration of two school buildings in Valenzuela City to let him know what else they need while he’s in office.

“Good as any time to say that we have done our part. At kung mayroon pa akong maidagdag with the limited time that I have, it’s almost ineffective President, half a year na lang ako,” Duterte said.

“The other half would be the lame months, lame duck na ako. And that is natural. It happens. It will happen. Pero ngayon, kung anong madagdag ko, sabihin lang po ninyo,” the President added.

Duterte previously allayed fears he will push for term extension by saying he’s looking forward to stepping down in 2022.

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