Franklin Drilon

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Franklin Drilon said : "and pass on the budget there so that they will say it is already obligated when in truth and fact it is just deposited," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, November 23, 2020 4:58:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Francis Tolentino ) : “Senator Tolentino correctly stated that maybe we can generate more participation by including local candidates,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, November 19, 2020 7:24:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our situation today calls for greater solidarity and unity. We are facing a grave situation with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating typhoons Quinta, Rolly and Ulysses. We can and we should rise above politics during these trying times,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, November 19, 2020 1:13:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “To not distribute P83 billion to our affected countrymen in the face of all these difficulties is almost criminal,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:09:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “To not distribute P83 billion to our affected countrymen in the face of all these difficulties is almost criminal,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8:35:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Just to avoid the legal issues, maybe we can quickly pass a law which will carve out the unreleased funds and pass it quickly," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, November 18, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Kapag mahina ang ating ekonomiya, pag walang trabaho talagang may tension sa ating labor front... but we still see today stability in our labor front and a relatively quiet industrial front," "Either the labor unions have matured that they understand the situation or the department's skills... can mollify them," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, November 18, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The 2022 elections should not get in the way of disaster response," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Excuse me for saying this, but not to distribute P83 billion to our affected countrymen is almost criminal and I say that with emphasis and I do hope, I want a reaction from the DSWD secretary,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "There should be no commission... prohibit the payment of commission to PITC, not only in COVID-19 but in all other cases," "Government intends to use PITC for the purchase of vaccines. These are billions-worth of purchases," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:14:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “What do we do about this? Is SAP unnecessary in 2021? Is SAP no longer a valid program? SAP was removed in Bayanihan 2 before these typhoons came. For sure and certainly, there is need for it today,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Another missed opportunity. We missed a great opportunity to get funding aimed at reducing poverty and strengthening good governance,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:42:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Another missed opportunity. We missed a great opportunity to get funding aimed at reducing poverty and strengthening good governance,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, November 16, 2020 9:12:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “We should not keep ourselves deeper in the hole by creating more departments at this point,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, November 14, 2020 1:24:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “We should not keep ourselves deeper in the hole by creating more departments at this point,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, November 13, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "A Bayanihan 3 makes no sense. None at all," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, November 12, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “We should not keep ourselves deeper in the hole by creating more departments at this point,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, November 11, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon explained : “At an estimated $5 per dose or $10 for two doses, $250 million or P12.5 billion is needed to immunize 25 million Filipinos. The anti-insurgency fund for 2021 is P19 billion. We do not have to borrow,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:02:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "This bill is precisely deigned for that, in anticipation of the difficulties that our banking sector will encounter as a result of the pandemic," "We would expect the need of the banking sector for assistance in terms of being able to maintain a healthy financial sector," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our economic recovery will depend on the confidence of the public in the government’s ability to provide our people with protection from the Covid-19. Kung walang tiwala ang taumbayan sa ating health programs, matatakot silang lumabas at kapag hindi lumabas, there is no economic activity, and when there is no economic activity, there is no recovery,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, November 9, 2020 10:54:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I am not so keen that our system can adopt the mail voting system. We do not have the infrastructure that is needed to assure our people that voting by mail will reflect the true intent of our people,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, November 9, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The minority will propose for a realignment of the anti-insurgency fund... to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the calamities brought about by Rolly," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, November 9, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We support the intention. There is a disconnect, however, between the government’s pronounced policy and the 2021 national budget. The National Expenditures Program for 2021 has not allocated sufficient funding for distributing and administering Covid-19 vaccines,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, November 8, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “Buying the vaccine is not the end-all-be-all solution. It will require substantial funding and complex logistics. Who will administer the vaccines? Should we hire additional staff? Is the current DOH workforce enough to administer it to 20 million Filipinos? Where do we plan to store the vaccines?” “The lack of clarity about these very critical matters will spell trouble next year,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, November 8, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Clearly, the budget is not enough. I am dismayed at the apparent business-as-usual approach to this. It is reflected both in the budget and the apparent lack of a comprehensive coronavirus vaccine distribution plan,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, November 8, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I strongly support the proposal. Instead of using P19 billion to fund soft projects that are prone to corruption such as agricultural assistance, livelihood and technical vocational trainings, scholarship, and assistance to indigent individuals or families, the funds should go directly to our kababayan devastated by the recent typhoons,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, November 4, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I strongly support the proposal. Instead of using P19 billion to fund soft projects that are prone to corruption such as agricultural assistance, livelihood, and technical vocational training, scholarship, and assistance to indigent individuals or families, the funds should go directly to our kababayans devastated by the recent typhoons,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, November 4, 2020 1:00:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Next year is an election year, and here is a secretariat who will be playing God to the barangays," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 3, 2020 9:16:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I do not see the need for a full department only for disaster resilience. I believe that an overall plan on the number of departments should be in place instead of a ‘knee-jerk’ push for the creation of certain departments,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, November 2, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Good media copy. But not the appropriate remedy," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, October 30, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon stated : “I support the initiative of the HoR to increase the budget for vaccine procurement from P2.5 billion to P8 billion. I am glad that the House version has allocated a budget of P2 billion for DSWD’s SAP or ayuda. They still need augmentation and I will fight for a higher budget for vaccine procurement and ayuda when we debate on it on the floor,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, October 28, 2020 8:15:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It worries us that we have not heard of any plan that the government has undertaken to ensure that the country will get immediate access to COVID-19 vaccines,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, October 27, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "Kami ay nagtataka bakit hindi pinaglaban ng sekretaryo 'yung kanilang budget. Ang sinumite P77 billion. Wala pang 10 percent ang binigay eh," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:02:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “A subsequent memorandum, specifically Memorandum Order No. 28 issued by then-President Cory Aquino in 1986 while she exercised legislative powers, does not exempt ‘distressed’ companies from granting a 13th-month pay to their employees,” “Such an exemption was in the implementing rules issued in 1975. However, there is nothing in the law which provides for that exemption and that was superseded by President Cory’s issuance,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11:06:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “A subsequent memorandum, specifically Memorandum Order No. 28 issued by then-President Cory Aquino in 1986 while she exercised legislative powers, does not exempt ‘distressed’ companies from granting a 13th-month pay to their employees,” “Such an exemption was in the implementing rules issued in 1975. However, there is nothing in the law which provides for that exemption and that was superseded by President Cory’s issuance,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, October 21, 2020 10:36:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “So you have spaghetti wires on top and a parking lot at the bottom. What can we do about this?” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "I am quite disappointed to be candid," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:29:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “Any extension can be questioned as being contrary to the Constitution. Note also that after Bayanihan’s expiration on 19 December 2020, the 2021 (General Appropriations Act) becomes effective 12 days after. So why extend it? DBM should release the funds appropriated before 19 December,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 20, 2020 7:41:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “When we were crafting Bayanihan 2, we stayed within the budget ceiling imposed by the Department of Finance,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, October 20, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “So why are there no releases? Are the funds to back up the appropriations under Bayanihan 2 not available?” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, October 20, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "I don’t think this is that difficult to finish (in a shorter period) but I would therefore conclude that the attention is not that sufficient in order to solve this problem at a faster rate," "It is a serious concern and I would like to see a more definite program," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:32:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “Any extension can be questioned as being contrary to the Constitution. Note also that after Bayanihan’s expiration on Dec 19, 2020, the 2021 [General Appropriations Act] becomes effective 12 days after. So why extend it? DBM should release the funds appropriated before December 19,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:53:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Not a single peso out of the P10 billion na pinaglaban natin sa Bayanihan 2 has been released… So do not be surprised, do not be angry at the Tourism Department if they can’t do anything because there is no money released,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, October 19, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "This is the first time that I see from the DPWH budget around P345 billion in lump sum appropriations. This is most unusual," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, October 14, 2020 4:18:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "disaggregate any lump sum item in the budget in the spirit of transparency," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, October 14, 2020 4:18:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our political party system is centered on personalities rather than ideology and political platform. There have been many attempts to reform the orientation of our political parties in the past so as to veer away from the concept of traditional politics,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:11:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our experience under the 1987 Constitution is that a multi-party system is more fit for a parliamentary form of government, rather than a presidential system. And, the lack of party loyalty aggravates the problem of instability. How do we strengthen it? Unfortunately, you cannot legislate qualities that the public expects of politicians,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:57:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our political party system is centered on personalities rather than ideology and political platform. There have been many attempts to reform the orientation of our political parties in the past so as to veer away from the concept of traditional politics,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:57:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "We recognize the need of our teachers to have this allowance because of the changes of the nature of their function because of the pandemic," "They may need more funds than the P5,000 proposed by the sponsor... but with the reality we are facing today... we agreed to spreading out the proposed increase to 2023," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, October 13, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : "Can the next Congress rescind and remove all these incentives?" External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We will debate on the budget from Nov. 9 to 13. We can finish it within five to seven days and allot two weeks for the bicam,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, October 11, 2020 11:36:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “PD 851 or the enabling law for 13th month pay does not allow any exemption. It covers all employers, except those already paying its equivalent,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, October 10, 2020 1:25:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “P.D. 851 or the enabling law for 13th-month pay does not allow any exemption. It covers all employers, except those already paying its equivalent,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, October 9, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Next year is an election year, and here is a secretariat who will be playing God to the barangays," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, October 1, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The fact of the pendency of the case is not a justification for not implementing the law," "It is not correct that you are waiting for the order of the court to burn these because there is already an order from the Court Administrator to facilitate this," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Sa akin ang ARTA dapat tumulong sa burokrasiya (For me, ARTA should help the bureaucracy). I'm not saying they should not have nay power to file any cases but it should be a last resort rather than as a first resort," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:40:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “How does the Budget (officials) expect you to pay these judges that you appointed pursuant to the budget or the General Appropriations Act of 2020 when nothing is provided in 2021? Ano ba yan?!” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 24, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Again this is another instance of the lack of diligence in arriving at the budget of the Supreme Court. The number one instance is that they cannot reduce the budget for the following year, that is unconstitutional. Number two, they allow the appropriations for the current year to hire judges. But once you hire judges you have no budget for them next year. Is that it?” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 24, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “How does the Budget (officials) expect you to pay these judges that you appointed pursuant to the budget or the General Appropriations Act of 2020 when nothing is provided in 2021? Ano ba yan?!” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 24, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Again this is another instance of the lack of diligence in arriving at the budget of the Supreme Court. The number one instance is that they cannot reduce the budget for the following year, that is unconstitutional. Number two, they allow the appropriations for the current year to hire judges. But once you hire judges you have no budget for them next year. Is that it?” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 24, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “This is called ‘bantay-salakay.’ The one tasked to investigate corruption was the one involved in corruption. This is one of the reasons why Filipinos are losing faith in the ability of the government to fight corruption,” “This only shows how rampant corruption is today” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, September 23, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “That’s our concern. We don’t want to attribute malice. Certainly, it is open to corruption and abuse for the 2022 elections,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It only gives credence to the allegation of Mr. Chiong that the BI personnel who were not charged could in fact be guilty, because of the cover-up [as] shown by this shocking revelation,” “There is clear suppression of evidence,” External link

inquirer Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:52:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “That’s our concern. We don’t want to attribute malice. Certainly, it is open to corruption and abuse for the 2022 elections,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:51:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I... propose to the committee that we strongly recommend a top-to-bottom reorganization of the BI, because, apparently, after the committee unearthed this and after the investigation was conducted, [the corruption continued]. Worse, there is already a cover up,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, September 22, 2020 11:48:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “He (Capiral) was the one given the task fo investigating the pastillas scam,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, September 22, 2020 11:48:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “That’s our concern. We don’t want to attribute malice. Certainly, it is open to corruption and abuse for the 2022 elections,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "This is quite a menu that you would want to insert into core general education subjects. Baka po naman masyadong malaki itong menu na ilalagay sa ating curriculum," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:40:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "There is clear suppression of evidence," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 22, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "He is the one given the task of investigating the 'pastillas' scam.. It only gives credence to the allegation... that the BI personnel who were not charged could in fact be guilty," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 22, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Commission ) : “There is a structural defect at PfhilHealth that can be repairedthrough law and that is the chairmanship should be with the secretary of inance and the member of the Board should include the Insurance Commission so that the corporation, as the country’s primary health insurance agency, can thrive,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, September 21, 2020 8:53:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The law today is sufficient and equips the executive branch with the power to reorganize PhilHealth to achieve the policy and purpose to provide our people with health insurance under the Universal Health Care Act,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, September 21, 2020 8:53:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Certainly, a power struggle in the House of Representatives will affect our timelines and I hope not because we are still in the middle of a pandemic, we have about 10 percent unemployment and we expect to have a contraction of our economy,” “A delay in the budget will be very critical. We can only express hope that this power struggle, which is a business of the House, will not derail our budget preparations. We cannot delay the budget for 2021 because of the condition we are in today,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, September 21, 2020 7:46:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Certainly, a power struggle in the House of Representatives will affect our timelines and I hope not because we are still in the middle of a pandemic, we have about 10 percent unemployment and we expect to have a contraction of our economy,” “A delay in the budget will be very critical. We can only express hope that this power struggle, which is a business of the House, will not derail our budget preparations. We cannot delay the budget for 2021 because of the condition we are in today,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, September 21, 2020 7:46:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “That’s our concern. We don’t want to attribute malice. Certainly, it is open to corruption and abuse for the 2022 elections,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, September 21, 2020 7:46:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "I find this repulsive. We spend tax payers' money to educate foreign medical students?" "We are not saying that foreign students should not come to our shores. But let them enroll in private school with the appropriate fees. To be in SUCs cannot be justified for whatever reason," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, September 21, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Cynthia Villar ) : "Maybe we can offer it to the Villar group for a PPP project," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, September 21, 2020 8:09:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I am opposed to it. Instead of regulating streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, MTRCB should continue to allow Netflix and other media to self-regulate content,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:57:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “If the platform is able to effectively self-regulate and has installed features through which access, particularly by certain age groups can be limited, then there is no role left for the MTRCB to play” “The ratings are very specific. Upon subscription to Netflix, the parents can set what content their children can view. It has mechanisms that limit children’s access – a feature that free TV does not have,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:57:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The President has vast power under the Constitution and existing laws to reorganize and solve corruption in PhilHealth. He appoints the members of the Board. He can file administrative and criminal cases against erring and corrupt officials. He can order the suspension or transfer of personnel in the entire executive,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, September 18, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about De Jesus ) : “I am deeply disappointed with the appointment of Mr. De Jesus as officer-in-charge of PhilHealth. As PhilHealth’s chief operating officer, he implemented the questionable interim reimbursement mechanism (IRM). It must be remembered that he was the one who kept justifying the download of IRM funds to non-COVID-19 hospitals such as dialysis and maternity clinics. His action and poor professional judgment were so evident during the hearings of the committee of the whole on PhilHealth,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 17, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The President has vast power under the Constitution and existing laws to reorganize and solve corruption in PhilHealth. He appoints the members of the Board. He can file administrative and criminal cases against erring and corrupt officials. He can order the suspension or transfer of personnel in the entire executive,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : "Will you accept an amendment to increase it to P20,000?" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, September 16, 2020 4:37:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Are we saying we cannot fund P17 billion? Are the President's confidential and intelligence fund a priority?" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, September 16, 2020 4:37:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Adelino Sitoy ) : "It's quite obvious that there is a wide gap in the ability of Sec. Sitoy to coordinate the efforts of the Senate, of Congress and the executive branch," "It needs better coordination between the chamber where the law came from and the executive branch so that friction will be reduced," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 15, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “There are a number of procurements done by the DBM-PS and based on our research, the prices were higher compared to the prices in the private sector,” “From the three awards that we have studied alone, we could estimate that the total price was jacked up by almost half a billion. We could have saved around P422 million in taxpayers’ money if we exercised due diligence,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, September 14, 2020 9:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "In previous budgets, the allocated amounts were already assigned with the agencies implementing it," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, September 14, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Our problem is, we keep on creating bureaucracies. We keep on creating layers," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, September 14, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The executive branch executes the law and it is part of their mandate to issue rules and regulations, whether or not we place it in the law," "The remedy is we go to court and declare IRR as illegal," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, September 14, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "While the [COA] chair is magnanimous, your magnanimity has no place here because it involves not just the power of COA but of all the autonomous bodies," "My suggestion is you get it as part of the principle of authority and return it... They can return it to the Treasury," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, September 14, 2020 12:11:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : “Akin pong hihingin na ilagay natin sa 2021 budget ang ayuda para po sa ating mga nawalan na trabaho at naghihirap nating kababayan dahil sa COVID-19,” External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, September 14, 2020 3:00:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “Are we saying that the communist insurgency will be a bigger threat than the high unemployment, the loss of jobs of our migrant workers, the shutdown of our entire tourism industry and the closure of tens of thousands of small businesses?” External link

bulatlat Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The Bayanihan 2 will more than double the tax collection from POGO from P7 billion estimated collection in 2019 to approximately P17.5 billion this year because of the reforms we have introduced in the measure,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, September 12, 2020 8:22:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The Bayanihan 2 will more than double the tax collection from POGO from P7 billion estimated collection in 2019 to approximately P17.5 billion this year because of the reforms we have introduced in the measure,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, September 12, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : "Are we saying communist insurgency is a bigger, more serious problem next year than unemployment... than the shutting down of the tourism industry?" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Our problem is, we keep on creating bureaucracies. We keep on creating layers," "Next year is an election year, and here is a secretariat who will be playing God to the barangays," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I urge the immediate cancellation of the contract with CCCC to build Sangley airport on account of its questionable reputation. CCCC has a history of fraud and corruption,” “We cannot just brush it aside. We cannot turn a blind eye on this” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, September 7, 2020 10:50:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I am opposed to it. Instead of regulating streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, MTRCB should continue to allow Netflix and other media to self-regulate content,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, September 4, 2020 12:05:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “If the platform is able to effectively self-regulate and has installed features through which access, particularly by certain age groups can be limited, then there is no role left for the MTRCB to play” “The ratings are very specific. Upon subscription to Netflix, the parents can set what content their children can view. It has mechanisms that limit children’s access – a feature that free TV does not have,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, September 4, 2020 12:05:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Congress has already delegated to the President, by virtue of RA 10149, the power to reorganize PhilHealth," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, September 4, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The President has vast power under the Constitution and existing laws to reorganize and solve corruption in PhilHealth. He appoints the members of the Board. He can file administrative and criminal cases against erring and corrupt officials. He can order the suspension or transfer of personnel in the entire executive,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 3, 2020 7:33:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The President has vast power under the Constitution and existing laws to reorganize and solve corruption in PhilHealth. He appoints the members of the Board. He can file administrative and criminal cases against erring and corrupt officials. He can order the suspension or transfer of personnel in the entire executive,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 3, 2020 11:12:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We will hold Lieutenant General Gapay to his words. The assurance he made should lay to rest these loose talks about a revolutionary government,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, September 2, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "These are private platforms... There should be no attempt on part of government to impose prior restraint on these media outlets," "We should not anticipate what these media platforms will do. But once they cross the line, we will hold them responsible," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, September 2, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It must be remembered that he was the one who kept justifying the download of IRM funds to non-COVID-19 hospitals such as dialysis and maternity clinics. His actions and poor professional judgment were so evident during the hearings of the Committee of the Whole on PhilHealth,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, August 28, 2020 11:13:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “What PhilHealth needs now is a cleansing process. We need someone with unblemished credibility, with zero tolerance for corruption and with high regard for accountability,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, August 28, 2020 11:13:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The fit and proper rule should be strictly applied. The officials must be chosen based on their integrity, experience, education, training and competence, among others,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, August 28, 2020 11:13:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about De Jesus ) : “I am deeply disappointed with the appointment of Mr. De Jesus as officer-in-charge of PhilHealth. As PhilHealth’s chief operating officer, he implemented the questionable interim reimbursement mechanism (IRM). It must be remembered that he was the one who kept justifying the download of IRM funds to non-COVID-19 hospitals such as dialysis and maternity clinics. His action and poor professional judgment were so evident during the hearings of the committee of the whole on PhilHealth,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 28, 2020 7:40:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about De Jesus ) : “I am deeply disappointed with the appointment of Mr. De Jesus as officer-in-charge of PhilHealth. As PhilHealth’s Chief Operation Officer, he implemented the questionable Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM). It must be remembered that he was the one who kept justifying the download of IRM funds to non-COVID-19 hospitals such as dialysis and maternity clinics. His actions and poor professional judgment were so evident during the hearings of the Committee of the Whole on PhilHealth,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 28, 2020 3:03:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “What PhilHealth needs now is a top-to-bottom cleansing in order to get rid of individuals who used PhilHealth as their personal ATM,” External link

inquirer Thursday, August 27, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "That is obstruction of justice punishable by imprisonment of four to six years under PD 1829," External link

thestandard-ph Monday, August 24, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Just a piece of advice. When you issue statements, be very careful, and be very conscious because when you said regulate social media, that’s Sen Drilon has been saying prior restraint. We’ll be in violation of the Doctrine, prior restraint. So you should be very careful. I know that the intention of the Gen. Parlade when he issued the statement, was not along the line of imposing restraint on social media or media in general. And that is not the legislative intent of the Anti-Terrorism Law when we deliberated on it on the floor and when we passed it,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, August 24, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "An 'X' amount of public funds must be devoted to establish medical schools in the country," "As a long term strategy, just providing scholarships will not provide enough answers," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, August 24, 2020 5:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “Dahil wala tayong maturo na motibo, posible kaya na may conspiracy dito between those, who our intel officers are trying to arrest, the bombers and the members of the police station who shot them?” External link

tribuneonline Monday, August 24, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "You cannot determine what they are allowed to do," "The regulation will determine what they are allowed to do. And when you regulate what is allowed, that is prior restraint and in the Constitution, that is not allowed," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, August 24, 2020 11:35:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Mayroon pong P1 billlion para sa kubeta at kalsada,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 21, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added ( about Senate Finance ) : “We, in the Senate, already agreed, just to reach an agreement. But even so, the lower chamber refused to do so,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, August 20, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Senate Finance ) : “This was the most affected industry today. They were hit the hardest because there was no domestic tourism. The Senate tried to put P10 billion to help them, but the House version wanted it for infrastructure,” “We did not agree because we think infrastructure is unnecessary at this time. No tourist will come anyway and the tourism enterprises will die,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, August 20, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : “Hindi po kami pumayag dahil sa aming basa, hindi naman kailangan ng infrastructure sa panahong ito,” External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, August 20, 2020 3:04:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “hopefully by the end of the day,” External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, August 20, 2020 3:04:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Alfredo Lim ) : "Fred Lim was more than just a mere public servant. He took his job very seriously, and indeed, he is a loss to our country," "He would push the law to its acceptable limits. He would adhere to the rule of law... and he contributed much to the stability of our nation during those difficult times," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, August 19, 2020 3:06:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “which on the basis of the projected 2 million tests, saved the government over 9 billion pesos” External link

AsiaOne Wednesday, August 19, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "That only indicates that if you exercised your discretion and professional judgement correctly, we would not have gotten to this situation today," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 18, 2020 12:24:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "This was even after local quarantine authorities stopped 5 Chinese tourists with fever from entering ports in Kalibo and Cebu," "As late as March 6, the Secretary of Health was still advising the general public not to wear face masks," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 18, 2020 7:46:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Many of what was revealed would involve documents and these are the evidence that can be used. The best thing that can happen is that people named should go on leave while all these investigations are ongoing,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, August 12, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “If we have a prestigious IT company doing the computerization, then we will just have to pay for the services without going into these bidding processes embedded with corruption,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, August 12, 2020 5:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "It is essential for the health of our people... [but] it should be based on medical conclusions rather than a politician's view," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:09:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "If we have a prestigious IT company doing the computerization, then we will just have to pay for the services... without going into these bidding processes embedded with corruption," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:13:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "It would appear that the denial of participating in this IRM is based on vengeance rather than need," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 11, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Yet an agency was already 'panicking,' if we are to believe them," "Obviously, this is an excuse... This is an excuse which should not be allowed to stand unchallenged" External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 11, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “That will go beyond the real intent of the law and, therefore, it is illegal and unconstitutional. Freedom of speech is a sacred and inviolable right of every human being. The Constitution guarantees freedom of speech,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 6, 2020 8:12:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Thus, it all boils down to our ability to control the pandemic,” External link

pna Thursday, August 6, 2020 4:08:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Ang mga tao d’yan, may MBA: ‘may backer ako,’” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, August 5, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : “We are in this mess because of Philhealht’s non-compliance with rules, including a simple COA rule. That is why we have all these problems because you disregard all the rules designed to protect public funds,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:34:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We hope that this hearing will shed light on the various issues and finally stop the widespread corruption,” External link

pna Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:11:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “Are you saying that in 2022, wala nang PhilHealth?” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 4, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It is absolutely outrageous and offensive that in the midst of our fight against a dreaded disease that has so far infected over 100,000 of our people, killed over 2,000 people, claimed over five million jobs, and caused over 5 million families hungry, the agency mandated to provide health insurance coverage and ensure accessible health care services for Filipinos continuous to be haunted by controversies,” “Our healthcare system is on the brink of collapse. Our healthcare workers are burned out, physically and mentally. We are at war, yet it seems that the plague of Philhealth corruption could be more fatal than any other virus,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 4, 2020 6:51:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Hence, while we support their call, we must reiterate that quarantine in whatever name and form is not in itself the solution to the problem, but merely gives us an opportunity to recalibrate our strategy into one that is health-led and science-based while keeping our health system from breaking down in the meantime,” External link

manilatimes Monday, August 3, 2020 9:05:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Clearly, we need to spend more,” “The government should not worry about breaching the 40 percent debt-to-GDP ratio, which is ideal for developing countries like ours. Today isn’t the time for austerity,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 31, 2020 12:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "You are an oligarch if you use your power to promote through the political system your own interest," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, July 27, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "You are an oligarch if you use your power to promote through the political system your own interest," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, July 27, 2020 3:41:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "I was defending freedom of the press, not the Lopezes. The closure of the ABS-CBN sent a chilling effect. As I said before, for democracy to thrive, we need free press and to allow journalists to exercise complete freedom to do their mandate of reporting facts without fear," "I was defending the 11,000 people and their families who would lose jobs amid the pandemic, not the Lopezes," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, July 27, 2020 3:41:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "We are ready to support any measure towards economic recovery. But the first question is: How much do we need to jumpstart the economy?" "There is no solution to this but we have to take the bull by the horn and have proposals that will guide us. Today we have none, unfortunately," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, July 25, 2020 12:12:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The high degree of corruption within PhilHealth must be stopped. It has reached a level akin to a state of emergency,” “The administration cannot just sweep it in under the rug. This should be immediately investigated,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 24, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The high degree of corruption within PhilHealth must be stopped. It has reached a level akin to a state of emergency,” External link

manilatimes Friday, July 24, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "Nobody is taking his word for it. It enhances the suspicion of our people that something is amiss, something is not right, something is being hidden. Therefore, such action should not merit his continued stay in the BuCor," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, July 23, 2020 10:06:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The people would like some guidance from the President and they would like to see where we stand and where the government wants us to go," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, July 23, 2020 7:48:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "Yes, the opposition will have a candidate. Count me out," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "Nobody is taking his word for it. It enhances the suspicion of our people that something is amiss, something is not right, something is being hidden. Therefore, such action should not merit his continued stay in the BuCor," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Public officials are presumed to be performing their official functions. However, that presumption cannot be applied to BuCor because of the record of past anomalies we have unearthed in the Senate," "Even without any formal resolution filed, this certainly can be investigated because it is part of the effort to examine the procedure in the BuCor that would appear to be inconsistent with what is expected of a government official" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "Yes, we call a spade a spade. Look at where we are today, 70,000 cases, increasing every day, the prediction is by the end of the month it’ll be over 80,000," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The matter of being in the Cabinet, IATF, is a matter of confidence by the President. We can shout to the heavens 'change Duque,' as the Senate has done but the President for reasons of his own has maintained confidence in Duque," "The influence of Duque and his credibility is something that is lacking today. Therefore, what I’m looking for is a comprehensive plan rather than by going into personalities" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "in the forefront together with our health sector," "Let us have a plan, for example on the economic side, how much do we need to stimulate the economy? And where do we source these funds and which side of the equation should we stimulate?" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Given the anomalies in the BuCor unearthed in the Senate hearings, we cannot help but suspect that faking deaths of prisoners can happen," External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Given the anomalies in the BuCor unearthed in the Senate hearings, we cannot help but suspect that faking deaths of prisoners can happen," External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The upcoming SONA is an opportunity for the President to present an overall comprehensive plan on how the country will survive this pandemic,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 21, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The upcoming SONA is an opportunity for the President to present an overall comprehensive plan on how the country will survive this pandemic,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, July 21, 2020 8:19:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Disclosing information about a prisoner's death is not a protected information under the Data Privacy Law, " External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, July 21, 2020 8:09:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon pointed out : “We must review the whole structure, because the structure may in fact or make oligarchy easy to achieveThe lack of an anti-dynasty system or provision in our system allows oligarchy to continue,” “They wield power for their own benefit. It has gone so bad that these dynasties now hold simultaneous national and local positions... Oligarchy is bad for our governance and, therefore, as a policy, yes, we should adopt policies to prevent or dismantle these oligarchies. But, let’s make sure that the oligarchs are not substituted by cronies,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, July 20, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon : “We are proposing to delete the phrase ‘or the public to do or to abstain from doing any act’, as this phrase makes it difficult to distinguish this [act] with political crimes under the Revised Penal Code… the use of the phrase… will make this also an act of rebellion. And, therefore, the amendments are aimed to differentiate terrorism from coup d’etat, rebellion, and sedition. That is the only purpose, Mr. President” External link

bulatlat Sunday, July 19, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Such remarks are uncalled for. They do not achieve anything but instead instill fear rather than trust in law enforcers,” “I would like to caution PNP Chief Gamboa and all other officials to be more circumspect in their choice of words” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, July 17, 2020 11:54:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I signed it on the basis of my best judgment that strikes a balance between protecting our people against abuses by the state and protecting the state itself,” External link

pna Thursday, July 16, 2020 9:05:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We have reached a crossroads in our fight against the (COVID-19) pandemic that our very government is set to flagrantly violate the very rights that we, the people, have always held to be sacred” External link

arabnews Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We have reached a crossroads in our fight against the (COVID-19) pandemic that our very government is set to flagrantly violate the very rights that we, the people, have always held to be sacred” External link

arabnews Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I introduced 14 amendments all designed to balance and protect the rights of the people and all I can say is I tried my best. I can face anyone and say I am not favoring anyone,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:19:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Our tax collections went down. That is why there is a push to have more borrowings because we have no choice," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:53:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “No warrant, no entry. We have reached a crossroad in our fight against the Covid pandemic that our very government is set to flagrantly violate the very rights that we, the people, have always held to be sacred,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “As a last resort and with a total lack of imagination, the IATF is about to embark on violating our rights,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “And lastly, we need government to draw out the people’s cooperation and it can only be done when our people see that government has a clear focused strategy to contain this virus. Sadly, that remains to be seen,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "I can face anyone and say that I tried to do my best in order to make a balance on this," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "With the popularity rating of the President, he has the capacity to push that [Anti-Dynasty bill] in Congress," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "When you want to remove oligarchy as a power structure then you should rise above all of these," "Let's make sure that oligarchs are not substituted by cronies or another oligarch," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The 11,000 workers losing jobs next month have families to feed, rent and mortgages to pay and children to send to schools.They will suffer the consequences of the decision of the House of Representatives,” External link

gulf-times Sunday, July 12, 2020 1:40:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "After monitoring the exhaustive proceedings in the House of Representatives, I am more convinced that the only fault of ABS-CBN is it stepped on some powerful political toes, hence the sword has been unleashed on it," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, July 10, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I’m afraid that any further delay in the easing of quarantine restrictions in these two economic centers will cause further damage to our economy and our people who have lost their livelihood,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, July 1, 2020 9:09:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “the government has no choice but to borrow money since the tax collections are down” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our present financial standing is not sufficient for us to cope with the pandemic situation. The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over,” “We need to hire thousands of contact tracers, incentivize doctors and nurses so they won’t leave their posts, purchase PPE to protect our healthcare workforce, provide stimulus funds to businesses, and bring back home thousands of OFWs,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It appears that the OWWA fund will be exhausted if it were to fund, as it should, the repatriation of an estimated 150,000 OFW until December 2021. Among the reasons why the OWWA funds have not grown is the low return on. investments. With current assets of over P18 Billion, the income earned is only about 2.5 percent annually,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, June 25, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “You cannot practice medicine in the Philippines if you are a foreigner. So whether or not they have a permit is immaterial. They cannot practice medicine,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 24, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "To halt the implementation of a law that would promote access to affordable care, strengthen our primary health care and make our people healthy to fight the virus is a step in the wrong direction," "If COVID-19 taught us one thing, it is that we need to keep people healthy and we have to prepare for the next pandemic. UHC is the key," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 17, 2020 3:53:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "If we learned anything about the onset of the pandemic, it is that the health sector must get a big part of the budgetary pie," "The health of the people is the State's responsibility," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 17, 2020 3:53:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We should exact accountability and transparency from government officials over the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. The lapses they committed have exposed to risk the welfare of the entire nation,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "I am glad that we are able to help in averting a possible loss of P9.48 billion in public funds to the sticky fingers in Philhealth and their cohorts," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, June 8, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “Now, they cannot arrest (anyone) due to fake news or due to violations of curfew. Police cannot arrest people due to prohibition against mass gathering. That law cannot be used because it has already expired,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, June 7, 2020 9:50:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The government should roll out livelihood programs and augment funding for programs that provide temporary jobs and loans to people who’ve lost jobs and their sources of income to the pandemic, including our modern day heroes – thousands of them returned to the country with meager savings and no means of income,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The OWWA Fund was specifically created for the purpose of providing social and welfare services to OFW. Secretary Bello and Administrator Cacdac should stop thinking of OWWA’s return on investment, but the OFWs’ welfare,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The COVID-19 pandemic has gravely affected Filipino workers abroad, with about 250,000 OFW requesting assistance from DOLE and around 80,000 repatriated OFW without prospects of re-employment,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The non-passage of the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act should not prevent the President from continuing to implement programs, projects, and activities in Bayanihan to Heal as One Act that have corresponding appropriations in the General Appropriations Act,” “In view of the considerable effects of COVID-19 pandemic to the country and our fellow Filipinos, the President can exercise this power judiciously and in accordance with the Supreme Court decision on the use of savings to augment funds as provided in Araullo v. Aquino, (G.R. No. 209287, July 1, 2014),” External link

tribuneonline Friday, June 5, 2020 2:54:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “This is a significant amount that the government should be able to utilize. We must exert every effort to make these POGOs comply with our tax laws and settle their unpaid dues,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, June 5, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I commend the PhilHealth leadership for lowering its COVID-19 test package. This is a victory for all the taxpayers. Our continued vigilance made this happen,” “I am glad that we are able to help in averting a possible loss of P9.48 billion in public funds to the sticky fingers in Philhealth and their cohorts,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, June 4, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The Philhealth has a package to test. The package is P8,150 per test. In other words, you go to a hospital and you have yourself tested, the Philhealth will pay the hospital P8,150. Now, what is the cost of the test kits?” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, June 4, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : "It is the privilege of the gentleman from Davao not to take questions of interpellations... I just want to know if this is the new normal, Mr. President?" External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, June 4, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The Senate has always been known as the arena where the national policies of government are debated either through law or through resolutions or through privilege speeches. That is when theories are tested and policies are debated," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, June 4, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "This is a significant amount that the government should be able to utilize. We must exert every effort to make these POGOs comply with our tax laws and settle their unpaid dues. This is nothing compared to the social problems their continued presence has brought to the country," "The main justification for allowing the POGOs to stay in the country and even to operate ahead of other businesses during the enhanced community quarantine was to help fund the COVID-19 measures. My amendment will bring teeth to this policy," External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:50:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “This is a significant amount that the government should be able to utilize. We must exert every effort to make the POGO comply with our tax laws and settle unpaid dues,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:01:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The amendment we propose would merely encourage the concerned agency or branch of government to act decisively on an application for renewal, and to express its decision in clear, unmistakable terms, to ensure that the applicant is not punished for the authority’s indecision or inaction," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:02:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “This sudden policy change is a welcome development. The unhampered implementation of the VFA will serve the interest of our country, particularly with regard to the preservation of our rights over parts of the West Philippine Sea,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:31:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Quarantine violators are driven and motivated by reasons of hunger, by reasons of income, and not because they are criminal," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 3, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The petition we filed is for declaratory relief and mandamus where we asked the Supreme Court to uphold the power of the Senate over treaty termination," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 3, 2020 11:43:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “This is a significant amount that the government should be able to utilize. We must exert every effort to make these POGOs comply with our tax laws and settle their unpaid dues,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon contends : “The Bayanihan Act is not a penal statute per se, the principal purpose of the law is to address an emergency and not punish a crime … My proposal is to delete the entire Section 6 because the acts in Section 6 are likewise punished in other laws” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, June 2, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "In light of the budget deficit, it behooves all agencies to exercise prudent judgment in the use of public funds," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:10:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : “The proposal of the Secretary of Health is to pay them P30,000 per month for three months for 130,000 contact tracers. I think this is insensitive to the deficit and lack of funds that we are looking now,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12:59:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “The private sector should assist their employers and provide shuttle for them. I commend those who have taken this initiative but there are a lot more companies who continue to turn a blind eye to their employees’ need and welfare,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, June 2, 2020 6:05:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "If the DOH could not provide logical explanations for this, except for putting the blame on laboratories, then there is a reason to believe that it is underreporting COVID-19 cases. That is not only counter-productive because hiding the real data could be fatal," External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, June 1, 2020 9:24:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The experiences all over the world show that a great deal of transparency spells a huge difference in winning the battle against this pandemic," "They likewise tell us that hiding the truth would only make things worse. One may learn a thing or two about transparency in the way South Korea and China handle the pandemic" External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, June 1, 2020 9:24:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "South Korea has showed transparency since day one. They did not hide the real data from their people. They dealt with the pandemic with complete transparency and because of this, coupled with the government's decisiveness, they are able to contain the virus," External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, June 1, 2020 9:24:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The amendment would merely encourage the concerned agency or branch of government, including Congress, to act decisively on an application for renewal and to express its decision in clear, unmistakable terms, ensuring that the applicant is not punished for the authority’s indecision or inaction,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:35:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The bill would fill the gap in cases where a franchise has expired while its renewal remains pending. Congress has applied considerations of equity in previous similar situations and this measure seeks to institutionalize that practice,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I do not see how virtual classes being proposed by the DepEd can be effectively implemented across all sectors. The poor will be at a disadvantage here,” External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, May 27, 2020 7:21:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "I call for a fair and impartial investigation... These are taxpayers’ money we’re talking about here to the tune of billions [of] pesos getting wasted due to corruption or gross negligence," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:35:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It has P20 billion trust fund sitting in banks which it can use to provide livelihood assistance to displaced OFWs,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, May 25, 2020 7:58:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Francisco Duque ) : “You know, particularly on Duque, the way I see it is that he is an unnecessary weight in the campaign against COVID-19,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, May 24, 2020 11:22:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Francisco Duque ) : “You know, particularly on Duque, the way I see it is that he is an unnecessary weight in the campaign against COVID-19,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, May 24, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “If they really have a request, before we decide, let’s look at their implementation. I have asked for documents from DBM as to how much of the unobligated funds that had become savings in the 2019 and 2020 budgets (had been spent),” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, May 24, 2020 12:56:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “If COVID-19 tests could be done for as low as P3,500 as proven by Red Cross, which emerged as the lead testing center for COVID-19, then there is no justification for higher rates set by PhilHealth,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 22, 2020 11:56:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The PhilHealth has a package to test. The package is P8,150 per test. In other words, you go to a hospital and have yourself tested and PhilHealth pays the hospital P8,150. Now, what is the cost of the test kits?” External link

tribuneonline Friday, May 22, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “We will test 2 percent of our population or roughly 2 million Filipinos. If you multiply 2 million by P4,150.00, the potential loss is P8.3 billion to PhilHealth. There is a potential overprice of P8.3 billion,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, May 22, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Francisco Duque ) : “Sec. Duque serves at the pleasure of the President. Talk of his resignation is a decision that only Sec. Duque and the President can decide… But again, only the President can decide on this. Sooner or later, the President will have to face this,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, May 22, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “Kung nakikita mo na mali-mali ang data at hindi nagkakasundo kung ano ang standard, talagang nawawalan ng tiwala ang taumbayan sa kakayahan ng pamahalaan na ma-contain yung virus na ito,” External link

inquirer Friday, May 22, 2020 12:44:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “ignorance and incompetence are deadlier than COVID-19” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:34:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Is it always done? Because my information is that this is not being done," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "You average it on the higher side... This is indeed something we could not agree with," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “The PhilHealth has a package to test. The package is P8,150 per test. In other words, you go to a hospital and you have yourself tested, PhilHealth will pay the hospital P8,150. Now, what is the cost of the test kits?” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “We will test two percent of our population or roughly two million Filipinos. If you multiply two million by P4,150.00, the potential loss is P8.3 billion to PhilHealth. There is a potential overprice of P8.3 billion,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Ang pwedeng remedyo na lang ay yung kaso sa Korte Suprema. Yung hinihinging TRO ng ABS-CBN (The only remedy is the case in the Supreme Court. The temporary restraining order asked by ABS-CBN)," External link

pna Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Nobody will be harmed if ABS-CBN is granted a provisional franchise. Walang masasagasaan, walang masasaktan. Ang masasagasaan yung (Nobody will be harmed, no one will be hurt. Those who will be affected are) 11,000 employees ng (of) ABS-CBN kung walang (if there is no) provisional franchise," External link

pna Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The ball is with the House of Representatives insofar as the ABS-CBN franchise is concerned. If they do not send us anything, then we cannot debate, consider, and pass it," "We cannot pass the franchise of ABS-CBN unless the HOR passes its version first. That is in the Constitution. This is a private bill and, therefore, it must originate from the House of Representatives" External link

pna Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The reality is, when we adjourn on June 3 and come back on July 27, ABS-CBN cannot go back on the air, because the franchise has not been renewed by Congress," "I am saddened that by August, 11,000 employees of ABS-CBN will lose their jobs in this most difficult time in our history as a nation. Malungkot po iyan (That’s sad)" External link

pna Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : "It is not a problem with us. The problem lies with the House of Representatives," External link

pna Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "That erodes the confidence of our people on the ability of the government to enforce the rules of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on COVID-19," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Malungkot po iyan ngunit nasa House of Representatives at sa administrasyon kung ano ang kanilang tingin sa 11,000 [workers]. Nobody will get harmed kung bigyan kahit ng provisional franchise ang ABS-CBN. Walang masasagasaan, walang masasaktan. Ang masasagasaan yung 11,000 employees ng ABS-CBN,” “Sinabi naman ni [House] Speaker [Alan Peter] Cayetano na wala ng panahon. Siguro sa kanila hindi mahalaga yung trabaho ng 11,000 empleyado ng ABS-CBN” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "Sa akin, dapat itinuloy na lang nila iyong 5-buwang provisional franchise," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 20, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Bill No ) : “And we do not report out until the House Bill is before us,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "I think this is a little overpriced and it causes unnecessary depletion of the resources of PhilHealth," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, May 19, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We can only be disciplined, if there are ethical issues involved in our participation in the ABS-CBN franchise, by the Senate, and no one else. We are answerable only to the Senate and the people,” External link

manilatimes Monday, May 18, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : “Absolutely no basis. We are a political body. Inhibition is a personal decision of each senator. No one can impose it, not even the (Supreme Court),” External link

tribuneonline Monday, May 18, 2020 7:31:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "Inhibition is a personal decision of each senator. No one can impose it, not even the Supreme Court," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, May 18, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Unti-unti rin po nating binubuksan ang mga establisimiyento para mabuhay muli ang ekonomiya. Pero huwag po natin biglain dahil tayo rin ang mahihirapan kapag lumala muli ang pagkalat ng sakit,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:50:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Unti-unti rin po nating binubuksan ang mga establisimiyento para mabuhay muli ang ekonomiya. Pero huwag po natin biglain dahil tayo rin ang mahihirapan kapag lumala muli ang pagkalat ng sakit,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, May 17, 2020 12:08:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Would the enactment of this tax measure, the rationalization of tax incentives, would it help in our being more attractive investment area? In other words, is it timely to remove some incentives, which, admittedly, have been abused by the recipients?” “This is the issue. I think a number of us senators are really convinced that it is time to rationalize the incentives because of the loopholes. But the issue is, is it timely?” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We will decide on that issue as to whether it is timely. If we say that it is timely, then there is no problem. But if the view of the Senate as a body is that we must hold on this desire to remove the incentives, then it will not pass on June 3 because of that judgment that we’ve made. That is how it works at this point,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We are practically given no choice but to approve the version of the HoR, because of the danger that the difference in version may require a Bicam and may result in the Bicam not coming up with the recommendation by June 3 of this year,” “I do not know if we have time to pass a different version and settle the issue in the Bicam. Remember that if we adjourn on 3 June without approving the version, then that’s it. That’s why our time is very limited,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 14, 2020 11:49:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "We should prevent similar incidents from happening again in the future. We cannot afford to wake up one day without water, electricity or public transportation, only because an agency, a department or a branch of government failed to act on the renewal before the lapse of the license or franchise," External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Yes, it can be done. The key is for the House of Representatives to act on the franchise as [fast as] possible," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 13, 2020 4:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “So is the curve now flattened? I have my doubts,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, May 8, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “So is the curve now flattened? I have my doubts,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 8, 2020 9:34:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "The NTC Commissioners should be dismissed for their grave abuse of their discretion causing damage to society by depriving people of a major source of information on the pandemic, and causing the loss of jobs of 11,000 workers of ABS-CBN," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, May 7, 2020 2:42:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The NTC commissioners should be dismissed for their grave abuse of their discretion causing damage to society by depriving people of a major source of information on the pandemic, and causing the loss of jobs of 11,000 workers of ABS-CBN,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “By ordering ABS-CBN to stop operations after the lapse of its franchise while allowing other similarly situated to continue to operate, then, clearly, the NTC is placing ABS-CBN in a class of its own, thereby violating the equal protection clause mandated by the Constitution,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon recalled : “Sa kaso ng PT&T, SMART Communications, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, TV5, Subic Broadcasting, kung saan kahit nag-expired ang prangkisa at habang hindi pa naaktuhan ng Kongreso ang application for renewal, hindi naman nahinto ang operasyon nito. Hindi rin naman nag-issue ng CDO ang NTC,” “Ito po ay pang-aabuso ng kapangyarihan. Alam n’yo kung bakit? Doon sa Kongreso habang pending ang pagdinig sa pag-renew ng isang prangkisa, patuloy po ang pag-operate ng prangkisa” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The Supreme Court itself has said provisional authority can be authorized to be issued where the application for the renewal of the franchise is pending,” External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, May 6, 2020 6:59:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The Court never barred the NTC from issuing temporary permits to operate. It merely said that the broadcaster cannot completely do away with the requirement to apply for a franchise, as provided under the law,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:22:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The Court never barred the NTC from issuing temporary permits to operate. It merely said that the broadcaster cannot completely do away with the requirement to apply for a franchise, as provided under the law,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 5, 2020 10:33:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The Secretary of Justice himself said that with the concurrence of the two Houses with the matter pending, the NTC can issue the provisional authority,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:45:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “There is a conflict of interest there when the lawyer threatens to sue its client. It is NTC and not OSG that is granted regulatory functions under the law,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, May 4, 2020 10:16:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “There is a conflict of interest there when the lawyer threatens to sue its client. It is NTC and not OSG that is granted regulatory functions under the law,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 4, 2020 9:58:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The OSG should be reminded of its mandate under the law. Under the Revised Administrative Code, the OSG shall act as lawyer of government agencies including the NTC," "There is a conflict of interest there when the lawyer threatens to sue its client," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, May 4, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon explained : "The Court never barred the NTC from issuing temporary permits to operate. It merely said that the broadcaster cannot completely do away with the requirement to apply for a franchise, as provided under the law," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, May 4, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Jose Calida ) : “This is not the first time that NTC will be issuing a temporary and conditional permit to operate. It has been done in the past and has been recognized in the 2003 case being cited by Calida,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, May 4, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Soon we will be discussing the 2021 budget, we can discuss a possible bigger subsidy for Philhealth under the GAA to enable the same to address the Covid-19 pandemic,” External link

pna Monday, May 4, 2020 1:23:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Some Senate officials and employees who will attend the session have comorbidities or underlying health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, asthma and other similar ailments," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, May 4, 2020 1:09:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "If convened and conducted in the usual manner, the May 4 Senate session will certainly require and result in the assembly of senators, Senate officials and skeleton staff numbering at least a hundred in the Session Hall and nearby work areas, which would violate the enhanced community quarantine rule on mass gatherings," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 1, 2020 12:55:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The manner by which the Senate determines the presence of quorum, conducts its business, and how its members vote is left to its wisdom and judgment," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 1, 2020 12:55:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "It also safe to assume that some Senate officials and employees who will attend the session have comorbidities or underlying health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, asthma and other similar ailments," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 1, 2020 12:55:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “If that rule is enforced, (Senate President Vicente) Sotto, Senators (Richard) Gordon, Lacson, (Lito) Lapid and myself cannot attend the Senate sessions starting 4 May,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Mr. Macauyag’s irresponsible act toward a helpless overseas Filipino worker is clearly an abandonment of his sworn duties to protect the welfare of OFW,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, April 29, 2020 8:29:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “When a protector becomes the persecutor, you can’t help but ask: ‘Is this the new normal’?” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, April 29, 2020 8:29:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “From the economic standpoint, I am extremely concerned of the further damage to our economy by the continued lockdown of the agriculture, manufacturing, and construction sectors,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, April 27, 2020 11:09:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “From the economic standpoint, I am extremely concerned of the further damage to our economy by the continued lockdown of the agriculture, manufacturing, and construction sectors,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, April 27, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The social unrest that could result from 2 million workers unemployed for the past 6 weeks is a reality we face," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, April 27, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “There are no ready answers. Today, we are confronted with a clash between the rights of the people under the Constitution, and duty and obligation of the state to protect and promote public interest due to COVID-19 pandemic,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, April 13, 2020 9:02:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Let us turn this COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity to better utilize government assets. Better utilization of these state assets is long overdue as a national policy,” “As I said before, the government does not have to look far to raise additional revenues. There are ‘low-hanging fruits’ the government can immediately tap to provide the much-needed resources for our country to survive this pandemic,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, April 12, 2020 11:23:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We have an untapped ‘goldmine’ that can generate up to P300 billion in fresh revenues yearly. I hope our economic managers will move faster on this this time, because the effects of COVID-19 pandemic will go beyond 2020,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, April 12, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We are only beginning to see data of symptoms post-quarantine. And I see some data that shows it is effective. But [it’s] too early to tell. An extra two weeks would help,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, April 6, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We are only beginning to see data of symptoms post-quarantine. And I see some data that shows it is effective. But [it’s] too early to tell. An extra two weeks would help,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, April 6, 2020 10:26:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Hence, open to more manufacturing - especially food, but also non-food and supply chain - and critical construction like power plants and infrastructure. This way, more people have income. To facilitate this, open some public transportation, but not jeepneys, only those where you can practice social distance like the LRT and buses,” External link

pna Friday, April 3, 2020 4:32:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our tight fiscal space seriously affects the government’s capabilty to address COVID-19,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:09:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The government must brace for the worst: our depleting resources and the economic effects of COVID-19,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:09:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We regret to see from that the government has not crafted any new interventions or programs that could help the poor and keep the economy afloat while we are on a lockdown,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:09:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “There is no additional funding because they did not request a supplemental budget. That is very clear. The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act utilizes the 2020 General Appropriations Act,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:09:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Commission ) : "I want to emphasize that the rules of the Commission on Audit and the law on anti-graft are not being waived in so far as the execution of this law is concerned," "Ito ay extraordinary times at siguro sa 3 buwan, bigyan natin ng enough leeway ang executive branch to do the job... Kapag hindi natin sinunod ito ay may pananagutan pa rin tayo," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, March 30, 2020 7:51:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Commission ) : "I want to emphasize that the rules of the Commission on Audit and the law on anti-graft are not being waived in so far as the execution of this law is concerned," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:14:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "We are on a 14-day self-quarantine as we were exposed on March 11 to Senator Migz (Juan Miguel) Zubiri, who was tested positive," External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:28:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "We are on a 14-day self-quarantine as we were exposed on March 11 to Senator Migz (Juan Miguel) Zubiri, who was tested positive," External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:57:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Please relay my request to the Senate media not to sensationalize and not to attribute any meaning to our failure to attend the special session," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, March 23, 2020 10:06:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Senate President Sotto informed us the Senate does not have that [teleconferencing] facility," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, March 23, 2020 10:06:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "That is very important because a shorter provisional authority would subject ABS-CBN to question, and that is not consistent with the freedom of the press," "Based on our own legislative history, while the application for the renewal of the franchise is pending, de facto the expired franchise will continue to exist, especially with provisional authority granted by NTC," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The shenanigans of what we see here, all happened because of the policy decision to allow overseas gaming operations in our country,” External link

asiatimes Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:25:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “there should be transparency in the handling of COVID-19 pursuant to the law in order to avoid panic and misinformation” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, March 9, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “To me, the public should be informed. That is an obligation of the government to the people, to be open and transparent. What we need to protect is the private information because of the stigma that comes with being diagnosed of having COVID-19,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, March 9, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “there should be transparency in the handling of COVID-19 pursuant to the law in order to avoid panic and misinformation” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, March 9, 2020 1:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “To me, the public should be informed. That is an obligation of the government to the people, to be open and transparent. What we need to protect is the private information because of the stigma that comes with being diagnosed of having COVID-19,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, March 9, 2020 1:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “For P8 billion that you get from fees, you are saying that they should be here? That statement, I must say, is a stupid statement. As long as there is money, all these evil things we tolerate?” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, March 6, 2020 11:37:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “That is why we have a suspicious transaction provision in our anti-money laundering law. And what is that? Transactions which are unusual and cannot be supported by an ordinary course of a business,” External link

inquirer Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "This is a little disturbing to say the least. Kaya mabuti isara na lang natin ito eh (That's why it's better to just stop it)," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, March 5, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Should POGOs remain in our midst given all these information we have? Why are we so in love with POGOs?" "I am so disappointed that for P8 billion in fees, we're saying we should maintain them... Disgusting is a very mild term of describing your view of POGO operations," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, March 5, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It only formally conveys the sense of the Senate about extending the franchise and does not need the signature of the President,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:47:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Nagiging labahan ng mga POGO players itong ating bansa. Isara na 'yong mga POGOs. It does not bring us any substantial benefit," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 4, 2020 8:39:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “All that we’re asking the Supreme Court is to define our constitutional boundaries. Nothing else, nothing more,” “We are in fact asking the Supreme Court to rule on this issue. And for all you know, the Supreme Court may rule that the Senate’s concurrence is not necessary, and that settles the issue or the Senate may rule that the Senate’s concurrence is necessary, again that settles the issue” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, March 4, 2020 3:12:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “All that we’re asking the Supreme Court is to define our constitutional boundaries. Nothing else, nothing more,” “We are in fact asking the Supreme Court to rule on this issue. And for all you know, the Supreme Court may rule that the Senate’s concurrence is not necessary, and that settles the issue or the Senate may rule that the Senate’s concurrence is necessary, again that settles the issue” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, March 3, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "These shenanigans that we see here all arise from the policy decision of allowing online gaming operations to stay here... Should we allow the operations of these POGOs with all the illicit activities that come with it?" "We should have all options on the table including passing legislation declaring it as illegal," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 3, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “They objected to POGO in Cambodia that’s why they shut down operations. So for me, this should also be closdd,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, March 1, 2020 11:16:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon explained : “The presumption of anti-money laundering act especially when it comes to casinos, is that casinos are being used in money laundering scheme. Kaya sakop ang casinos at may obligation silang i-report kung saan nanggaling yung pera,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, March 1, 2020 11:16:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “This issue on ABS-CBN cannot be decided in a vacuum as the retired justices want Congress to do. Our conscience will not allow us to do that because the reality is, 11,000 jobs are on the line here,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, February 29, 2020 1:23:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “This issue on ABS-CBN cannot be decided in a vacuum as the retired justices want Congress to do. Our conscience will not allow us to do that, because the reality is, 11,000 jobs are on the line here,” External link

manilatimes Friday, February 28, 2020 10:36:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Bong Go ) : “Being a neophyte senator, he (Go) may not be aware of our tradition and our rules. Precisely, a concurrent resolution does not go through the president because it has no force and effect of a law. It is just a sense of the Senate. There is no politics here,” “We are not depriving the President of the right to veto or approve,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 28, 2020 2:51:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “That is the view of Secretary Guevarra; that is the view of Speaker Cayetano; and that is the view of Senator Poe as chairman of the committee on public services,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 28, 2020 2:51:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon told ( about Bong Go ) : “I regret the statement of Senator Bong Go. Being a neophyte senator, he may not be aware of our tradition and our rules. Precisely, a concurrent resolution does not go through the President because it has no force and effect of law. It is just a sense of the Senate,” External link

inquirer Wednesday, February 26, 2020 8:03:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The right to veto or approve is in the joint resolution (Senate Joint Resolution No. 11) that I filed, which has the force and effect of a law and which is also filed in the House of Representatives,” “A concurrent resolution simply expresses the sense of the Senate, and therefore, it does not really need the approval of the President. It is the joint resolution that needs the approval of the President,” External link

inquirer Wednesday, February 26, 2020 8:03:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Bong Go ) : “I regret the statement of Senator Bong Go. Being a neophyte senator, he may not be aware of our tradition and our rules. Precisely, a concurrent resolution does not go through the President because it has no force and effect of law. It is just a sense of the Senate. There is no politics here,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 26, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Both the Senate and the House of Representatives need additional time to review and determine whether or not ABS-CBN shall be granted the renewal of its franchise,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “While it is pending here in Congress, he cites the rule of equity, meaning that ABS-CBN should be allowed to continue broadcasting until the franchise is approved or rejected,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, February 25, 2020 12:21:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The (provisional) authority must not be in an administrative nature that can be withdrawn at any time because of its implications to press freedom,” External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, February 24, 2020 7:53:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Solicitor General ) : “I filed this resolution in order to give Congress time to review. It is not for ABS-CBN, it is for Congress to have time to review the very serious allegations raised by the Solicitor General in the Supreme Court, which cannot be tackled in the remaining time,” “Congress has only seven session days and by the time we come back [from recess] in May, the franchise has already expired,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, February 21, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Of course there is this view but you are taking the risk that the Supreme Court will rule otherwise as it has ruled in some cases,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, February 21, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I am just saying that I do not want to risk the livelihood of 11,000 ABS-CBN employees on a theory that ABS-CBN and its 11,000 workers can continue after March 30 without a franchise,” “I say that if trying to save the jobs of 11,000 employees is politics, then I admit I am playing politics. I do not think that’s the motive. I think we should not attribute motives to fellow legislators,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, February 21, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We are having our hearings in aid of legislation to assist us as on how to act on a particular matter in the exercise of our oversight functions. As decided by the Supreme Court, no court has the authority to prohibit the committee from requiring respondent to appear and testify before it,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, February 21, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "If the Supreme Court does not act on anything, does not define the constitutional rights of Senate, it stays as it is," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, February 20, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It is our firm belief that if treaties and international agreements the President entered into cannot be valid without the approval of the Senate, the termination of, or withdrawal from, the same should only be effective with the concurrence of the Senate,” External link

manilatimes Monday, February 17, 2020 5:29:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “On March 30, 2020, more than 11,000 families will go home jobless and millions of viewers will be affected if we do not act on this resolution immediately, I therefore urge for the immediate passage of this resolution,” External link

manilatimes Monday, February 17, 2020 5:29:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about William Hussey ) : "The ruling on the VFA, or even the ruling on the ICC for that matter, will set the rule or will set the standard," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, February 17, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Solicitor General ) : "It is almost certain that on April 1, 2020, the Solicitor General will question the continued operation of ABS-CBN with the expiration of the franchise," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, February 17, 2020 12:15:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "There is a view in Congress that the franchise can continue to exist until June 30 of 2022, but there is no final judgment on that by the Supreme Court," "When the Supreme Court will say that the franchise can continue up to June of 2022, well, good. But if not, we will have problems," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, February 17, 2020 12:15:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “If the VFA is terminated, the EDCA (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement) cannot stand alone, because the basis of the EDCA is the VFA, and if the VFA is terminated, the EDCA cannot be effective,” “If the VFA and EDCA are no longer effective, then the MDT would be inutile and would serve no purpose,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, February 12, 2020 12:15:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The basis of the EDCA is the VFA, and if the VFA is terminated, the EDCA cannot be effective. If the VFA and EDCA are no longer effective, then the MDT would be inutile and would serve no purpose,” External link

pna Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “If between now and March, Congress decides to hear the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN — all these issues raised by SolGen Calida in his quo warranto petition can be taken up during the hearing,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:06:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon saying : “If we’re going to help the bamboo industry, we should indicate what we’re going to give” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, February 4, 2020 7:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “You may not be caught today or tomorrow but, certainly, the law will catch up with you and send you behind bars,” “The justice system may be slow but no one can escape from it,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, January 17, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “From a legal standpoint, it is difficult to make a case on the 58th victim, if the intention is to reopen the trial,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, December 20, 2019 8:56:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “If the House of Representatives would insist on passing Cha-Cha, make it a point to include their return address because the Senate and the Filipino people will not accept it,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, December 16, 2019 11:07:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our counterparts in the lower house have the fighting spirit of a Filipino athlete. I do not want to dampen their spirit, but their Cha-Cha is doomed,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, December 16, 2019 11:07:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Apparently, the message was lost on the members of the House of Representatives. I had said it before and I will say it once more, Cha-Cha is dead,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, December 16, 2019 11:07:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “the program was a ‘dismal failure’ because only nine of 75 flagship projects have been completed three years into the six-year term of the Duterte administration” External link

bworldcom Friday, December 6, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I did not in any manner participate in the drafting of the concession agreement,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, December 4, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon warned : “existing and binding contracts cannot simply be classified as onerous and canceled” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, December 4, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Hence, I reject Mr. Romero's unfounded accusations. Mr. Romero should refrain from issuing irresponsible and baseless statements,” External link

pna Monday, November 25, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Do you realise that at one million (pesos) per classroom, we can construct 50 classrooms? In other words, we did away with 50 classrooms in exchange for one ‘kaldero’,” External link

nst Friday, November 22, 2019 12:35:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Remember that we, in this budget this year, we have a deficit of 624 billion for which we have to borrow in order to finance that deficit at an interest [rate] of I don’t know how much,” External link

JakartaPost Friday, November 22, 2019 7:35:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "We are incurring a loan here. Inutang natin ito from a Malaysian bank payable in 5-years time at P2.2 billion per year so a total of P11 billion," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, November 21, 2019 11:07:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Nicanor Faeldon ) : "That is a policy issue which Congress decided under the Constitution. Faeldon has no business saying or trying to substitute his judgement with that of Congress," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, November 21, 2019 5:01:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The policy issue is do we have to spend P9.5 billion facilities when in fact we could have spend P1.2-B to refurbish Rizal Memorial Coliseum?” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 19, 2019 5:32:00 PM EAT



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Franklin DrilonEN68.30%
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Franklin Drilon said : "and pass on the budget there so that they will say it is already obligated when in truth and fact it is just deposited," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, November 23, 2020 4:58:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Francis Tolentino ) : “Senator Tolentino correctly stated that maybe we can generate more participation by including local candidates,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, November 19, 2020 7:24:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our situation today calls for greater solidarity and unity. We are facing a grave situation with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating typhoons Quinta, Rolly and Ulysses. We can and we should rise above politics during these trying times,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, November 19, 2020 1:13:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “To not distribute P83 billion to our affected countrymen in the face of all these difficulties is almost criminal,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, November 18, 2020 10:09:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “To not distribute P83 billion to our affected countrymen in the face of all these difficulties is almost criminal,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8:35:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Just to avoid the legal issues, maybe we can quickly pass a law which will carve out the unreleased funds and pass it quickly," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, November 18, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Kapag mahina ang ating ekonomiya, pag walang trabaho talagang may tension sa ating labor front... but we still see today stability in our labor front and a relatively quiet industrial front," "Either the labor unions have matured that they understand the situation or the department's skills... can mollify them," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, November 18, 2020 6:33:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The 2022 elections should not get in the way of disaster response," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Excuse me for saying this, but not to distribute P83 billion to our affected countrymen is almost criminal and I say that with emphasis and I do hope, I want a reaction from the DSWD secretary,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "There should be no commission... prohibit the payment of commission to PITC, not only in COVID-19 but in all other cases," "Government intends to use PITC for the purchase of vaccines. These are billions-worth of purchases," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:14:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “What do we do about this? Is SAP unnecessary in 2021? Is SAP no longer a valid program? SAP was removed in Bayanihan 2 before these typhoons came. For sure and certainly, there is need for it today,” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:49:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Another missed opportunity. We missed a great opportunity to get funding aimed at reducing poverty and strengthening good governance,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:42:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Another missed opportunity. We missed a great opportunity to get funding aimed at reducing poverty and strengthening good governance,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, November 16, 2020 9:12:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “We should not keep ourselves deeper in the hole by creating more departments at this point,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, November 14, 2020 1:24:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “We should not keep ourselves deeper in the hole by creating more departments at this point,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, November 13, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "A Bayanihan 3 makes no sense. None at all," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, November 12, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “We should not keep ourselves deeper in the hole by creating more departments at this point,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, November 11, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon explained : “At an estimated $5 per dose or $10 for two doses, $250 million or P12.5 billion is needed to immunize 25 million Filipinos. The anti-insurgency fund for 2021 is P19 billion. We do not have to borrow,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, November 10, 2020 11:02:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "This bill is precisely deigned for that, in anticipation of the difficulties that our banking sector will encounter as a result of the pandemic," "We would expect the need of the banking sector for assistance in terms of being able to maintain a healthy financial sector," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our economic recovery will depend on the confidence of the public in the government’s ability to provide our people with protection from the Covid-19. Kung walang tiwala ang taumbayan sa ating health programs, matatakot silang lumabas at kapag hindi lumabas, there is no economic activity, and when there is no economic activity, there is no recovery,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, November 9, 2020 10:54:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I am not so keen that our system can adopt the mail voting system. We do not have the infrastructure that is needed to assure our people that voting by mail will reflect the true intent of our people,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, November 9, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The minority will propose for a realignment of the anti-insurgency fund... to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the calamities brought about by Rolly," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, November 9, 2020 1:46:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We support the intention. There is a disconnect, however, between the government’s pronounced policy and the 2021 national budget. The National Expenditures Program for 2021 has not allocated sufficient funding for distributing and administering Covid-19 vaccines,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, November 8, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “Buying the vaccine is not the end-all-be-all solution. It will require substantial funding and complex logistics. Who will administer the vaccines? Should we hire additional staff? Is the current DOH workforce enough to administer it to 20 million Filipinos? Where do we plan to store the vaccines?” “The lack of clarity about these very critical matters will spell trouble next year,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, November 8, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Clearly, the budget is not enough. I am dismayed at the apparent business-as-usual approach to this. It is reflected both in the budget and the apparent lack of a comprehensive coronavirus vaccine distribution plan,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, November 8, 2020 2:02:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I strongly support the proposal. Instead of using P19 billion to fund soft projects that are prone to corruption such as agricultural assistance, livelihood and technical vocational trainings, scholarship, and assistance to indigent individuals or families, the funds should go directly to our kababayan devastated by the recent typhoons,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, November 4, 2020 9:54:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I strongly support the proposal. Instead of using P19 billion to fund soft projects that are prone to corruption such as agricultural assistance, livelihood, and technical vocational training, scholarship, and assistance to indigent individuals or families, the funds should go directly to our kababayans devastated by the recent typhoons,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, November 4, 2020 1:00:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Next year is an election year, and here is a secretariat who will be playing God to the barangays," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 3, 2020 9:16:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I do not see the need for a full department only for disaster resilience. I believe that an overall plan on the number of departments should be in place instead of a ‘knee-jerk’ push for the creation of certain departments,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, November 2, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Good media copy. But not the appropriate remedy," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, October 30, 2020 9:47:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon stated : “I support the initiative of the HoR to increase the budget for vaccine procurement from P2.5 billion to P8 billion. I am glad that the House version has allocated a budget of P2 billion for DSWD’s SAP or ayuda. They still need augmentation and I will fight for a higher budget for vaccine procurement and ayuda when we debate on it on the floor,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, October 28, 2020 8:15:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It worries us that we have not heard of any plan that the government has undertaken to ensure that the country will get immediate access to COVID-19 vaccines,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, October 27, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "Kami ay nagtataka bakit hindi pinaglaban ng sekretaryo 'yung kanilang budget. Ang sinumite P77 billion. Wala pang 10 percent ang binigay eh," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, October 22, 2020 8:02:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “A subsequent memorandum, specifically Memorandum Order No. 28 issued by then-President Cory Aquino in 1986 while she exercised legislative powers, does not exempt ‘distressed’ companies from granting a 13th-month pay to their employees,” “Such an exemption was in the implementing rules issued in 1975. However, there is nothing in the law which provides for that exemption and that was superseded by President Cory’s issuance,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11:06:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “A subsequent memorandum, specifically Memorandum Order No. 28 issued by then-President Cory Aquino in 1986 while she exercised legislative powers, does not exempt ‘distressed’ companies from granting a 13th-month pay to their employees,” “Such an exemption was in the implementing rules issued in 1975. However, there is nothing in the law which provides for that exemption and that was superseded by President Cory’s issuance,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, October 21, 2020 10:36:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “So you have spaghetti wires on top and a parking lot at the bottom. What can we do about this?” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, October 21, 2020 4:51:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "I am quite disappointed to be candid," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:29:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “Any extension can be questioned as being contrary to the Constitution. Note also that after Bayanihan’s expiration on 19 December 2020, the 2021 (General Appropriations Act) becomes effective 12 days after. So why extend it? DBM should release the funds appropriated before 19 December,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 20, 2020 7:41:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “When we were crafting Bayanihan 2, we stayed within the budget ceiling imposed by the Department of Finance,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, October 20, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “So why are there no releases? Are the funds to back up the appropriations under Bayanihan 2 not available?” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, October 20, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "I don’t think this is that difficult to finish (in a shorter period) but I would therefore conclude that the attention is not that sufficient in order to solve this problem at a faster rate," "It is a serious concern and I would like to see a more definite program," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, October 20, 2020 8:32:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “Any extension can be questioned as being contrary to the Constitution. Note also that after Bayanihan’s expiration on Dec 19, 2020, the 2021 [General Appropriations Act] becomes effective 12 days after. So why extend it? DBM should release the funds appropriated before December 19,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6:53:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Not a single peso out of the P10 billion na pinaglaban natin sa Bayanihan 2 has been released… So do not be surprised, do not be angry at the Tourism Department if they can’t do anything because there is no money released,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, October 19, 2020 1:27:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "This is the first time that I see from the DPWH budget around P345 billion in lump sum appropriations. This is most unusual," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, October 14, 2020 4:18:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "disaggregate any lump sum item in the budget in the spirit of transparency," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, October 14, 2020 4:18:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our political party system is centered on personalities rather than ideology and political platform. There have been many attempts to reform the orientation of our political parties in the past so as to veer away from the concept of traditional politics,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:11:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our experience under the 1987 Constitution is that a multi-party system is more fit for a parliamentary form of government, rather than a presidential system. And, the lack of party loyalty aggravates the problem of instability. How do we strengthen it? Unfortunately, you cannot legislate qualities that the public expects of politicians,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:57:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our political party system is centered on personalities rather than ideology and political platform. There have been many attempts to reform the orientation of our political parties in the past so as to veer away from the concept of traditional politics,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, October 13, 2020 4:57:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "We recognize the need of our teachers to have this allowance because of the changes of the nature of their function because of the pandemic," "They may need more funds than the P5,000 proposed by the sponsor... but with the reality we are facing today... we agreed to spreading out the proposed increase to 2023," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, October 13, 2020 1:49:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : "Can the next Congress rescind and remove all these incentives?" External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We will debate on the budget from Nov. 9 to 13. We can finish it within five to seven days and allot two weeks for the bicam,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, October 11, 2020 11:36:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “PD 851 or the enabling law for 13th month pay does not allow any exemption. It covers all employers, except those already paying its equivalent,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, October 10, 2020 1:25:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “P.D. 851 or the enabling law for 13th-month pay does not allow any exemption. It covers all employers, except those already paying its equivalent,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, October 9, 2020 3:05:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Next year is an election year, and here is a secretariat who will be playing God to the barangays," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, October 1, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The fact of the pendency of the case is not a justification for not implementing the law," "It is not correct that you are waiting for the order of the court to burn these because there is already an order from the Court Administrator to facilitate this," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2:49:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Sa akin ang ARTA dapat tumulong sa burokrasiya (For me, ARTA should help the bureaucracy). I'm not saying they should not have nay power to file any cases but it should be a last resort rather than as a first resort," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:40:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “How does the Budget (officials) expect you to pay these judges that you appointed pursuant to the budget or the General Appropriations Act of 2020 when nothing is provided in 2021? Ano ba yan?!” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 24, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Again this is another instance of the lack of diligence in arriving at the budget of the Supreme Court. The number one instance is that they cannot reduce the budget for the following year, that is unconstitutional. Number two, they allow the appropriations for the current year to hire judges. But once you hire judges you have no budget for them next year. Is that it?” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 24, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “How does the Budget (officials) expect you to pay these judges that you appointed pursuant to the budget or the General Appropriations Act of 2020 when nothing is provided in 2021? Ano ba yan?!” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 24, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Again this is another instance of the lack of diligence in arriving at the budget of the Supreme Court. The number one instance is that they cannot reduce the budget for the following year, that is unconstitutional. Number two, they allow the appropriations for the current year to hire judges. But once you hire judges you have no budget for them next year. Is that it?” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 24, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “This is called ‘bantay-salakay.’ The one tasked to investigate corruption was the one involved in corruption. This is one of the reasons why Filipinos are losing faith in the ability of the government to fight corruption,” “This only shows how rampant corruption is today” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, September 23, 2020 10:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “That’s our concern. We don’t want to attribute malice. Certainly, it is open to corruption and abuse for the 2022 elections,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It only gives credence to the allegation of Mr. Chiong that the BI personnel who were not charged could in fact be guilty, because of the cover-up [as] shown by this shocking revelation,” “There is clear suppression of evidence,” External link

inquirer Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:52:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “That’s our concern. We don’t want to attribute malice. Certainly, it is open to corruption and abuse for the 2022 elections,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:51:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I... propose to the committee that we strongly recommend a top-to-bottom reorganization of the BI, because, apparently, after the committee unearthed this and after the investigation was conducted, [the corruption continued]. Worse, there is already a cover up,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, September 22, 2020 11:48:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “He (Capiral) was the one given the task fo investigating the pastillas scam,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, September 22, 2020 11:48:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “That’s our concern. We don’t want to attribute malice. Certainly, it is open to corruption and abuse for the 2022 elections,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:50:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "This is quite a menu that you would want to insert into core general education subjects. Baka po naman masyadong malaki itong menu na ilalagay sa ating curriculum," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:40:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "There is clear suppression of evidence," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 22, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "He is the one given the task of investigating the 'pastillas' scam.. It only gives credence to the allegation... that the BI personnel who were not charged could in fact be guilty," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 22, 2020 10:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Commission ) : “There is a structural defect at PfhilHealth that can be repairedthrough law and that is the chairmanship should be with the secretary of inance and the member of the Board should include the Insurance Commission so that the corporation, as the country’s primary health insurance agency, can thrive,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, September 21, 2020 8:53:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The law today is sufficient and equips the executive branch with the power to reorganize PhilHealth to achieve the policy and purpose to provide our people with health insurance under the Universal Health Care Act,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, September 21, 2020 8:53:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Certainly, a power struggle in the House of Representatives will affect our timelines and I hope not because we are still in the middle of a pandemic, we have about 10 percent unemployment and we expect to have a contraction of our economy,” “A delay in the budget will be very critical. We can only express hope that this power struggle, which is a business of the House, will not derail our budget preparations. We cannot delay the budget for 2021 because of the condition we are in today,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, September 21, 2020 7:46:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Certainly, a power struggle in the House of Representatives will affect our timelines and I hope not because we are still in the middle of a pandemic, we have about 10 percent unemployment and we expect to have a contraction of our economy,” “A delay in the budget will be very critical. We can only express hope that this power struggle, which is a business of the House, will not derail our budget preparations. We cannot delay the budget for 2021 because of the condition we are in today,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, September 21, 2020 7:46:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “That’s our concern. We don’t want to attribute malice. Certainly, it is open to corruption and abuse for the 2022 elections,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, September 21, 2020 7:46:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "I find this repulsive. We spend tax payers' money to educate foreign medical students?" "We are not saying that foreign students should not come to our shores. But let them enroll in private school with the appropriate fees. To be in SUCs cannot be justified for whatever reason," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, September 21, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Cynthia Villar ) : "Maybe we can offer it to the Villar group for a PPP project," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, September 21, 2020 8:09:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I am opposed to it. Instead of regulating streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, MTRCB should continue to allow Netflix and other media to self-regulate content,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:57:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “If the platform is able to effectively self-regulate and has installed features through which access, particularly by certain age groups can be limited, then there is no role left for the MTRCB to play” “The ratings are very specific. Upon subscription to Netflix, the parents can set what content their children can view. It has mechanisms that limit children’s access – a feature that free TV does not have,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:57:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The President has vast power under the Constitution and existing laws to reorganize and solve corruption in PhilHealth. He appoints the members of the Board. He can file administrative and criminal cases against erring and corrupt officials. He can order the suspension or transfer of personnel in the entire executive,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, September 18, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about De Jesus ) : “I am deeply disappointed with the appointment of Mr. De Jesus as officer-in-charge of PhilHealth. As PhilHealth’s chief operating officer, he implemented the questionable interim reimbursement mechanism (IRM). It must be remembered that he was the one who kept justifying the download of IRM funds to non-COVID-19 hospitals such as dialysis and maternity clinics. His action and poor professional judgment were so evident during the hearings of the committee of the whole on PhilHealth,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 17, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The President has vast power under the Constitution and existing laws to reorganize and solve corruption in PhilHealth. He appoints the members of the Board. He can file administrative and criminal cases against erring and corrupt officials. He can order the suspension or transfer of personnel in the entire executive,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:03:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : "Will you accept an amendment to increase it to P20,000?" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, September 16, 2020 4:37:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Are we saying we cannot fund P17 billion? Are the President's confidential and intelligence fund a priority?" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, September 16, 2020 4:37:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Adelino Sitoy ) : "It's quite obvious that there is a wide gap in the ability of Sec. Sitoy to coordinate the efforts of the Senate, of Congress and the executive branch," "It needs better coordination between the chamber where the law came from and the executive branch so that friction will be reduced," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, September 15, 2020 1:28:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “There are a number of procurements done by the DBM-PS and based on our research, the prices were higher compared to the prices in the private sector,” “From the three awards that we have studied alone, we could estimate that the total price was jacked up by almost half a billion. We could have saved around P422 million in taxpayers’ money if we exercised due diligence,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, September 14, 2020 9:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "In previous budgets, the allocated amounts were already assigned with the agencies implementing it," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, September 14, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Our problem is, we keep on creating bureaucracies. We keep on creating layers," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, September 14, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The executive branch executes the law and it is part of their mandate to issue rules and regulations, whether or not we place it in the law," "The remedy is we go to court and declare IRR as illegal," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, September 14, 2020 4:59:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "While the [COA] chair is magnanimous, your magnanimity has no place here because it involves not just the power of COA but of all the autonomous bodies," "My suggestion is you get it as part of the principle of authority and return it... They can return it to the Treasury," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, September 14, 2020 12:11:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : “Akin pong hihingin na ilagay natin sa 2021 budget ang ayuda para po sa ating mga nawalan na trabaho at naghihirap nating kababayan dahil sa COVID-19,” External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, September 14, 2020 3:00:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “Are we saying that the communist insurgency will be a bigger threat than the high unemployment, the loss of jobs of our migrant workers, the shutdown of our entire tourism industry and the closure of tens of thousands of small businesses?” External link

bulatlat Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:31:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The Bayanihan 2 will more than double the tax collection from POGO from P7 billion estimated collection in 2019 to approximately P17.5 billion this year because of the reforms we have introduced in the measure,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, September 12, 2020 8:22:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The Bayanihan 2 will more than double the tax collection from POGO from P7 billion estimated collection in 2019 to approximately P17.5 billion this year because of the reforms we have introduced in the measure,” External link

thestandard-ph Saturday, September 12, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : "Are we saying communist insurgency is a bigger, more serious problem next year than unemployment... than the shutting down of the tourism industry?" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Our problem is, we keep on creating bureaucracies. We keep on creating layers," "Next year is an election year, and here is a secretariat who will be playing God to the barangays," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I urge the immediate cancellation of the contract with CCCC to build Sangley airport on account of its questionable reputation. CCCC has a history of fraud and corruption,” “We cannot just brush it aside. We cannot turn a blind eye on this” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, September 7, 2020 10:50:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I am opposed to it. Instead of regulating streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, MTRCB should continue to allow Netflix and other media to self-regulate content,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, September 4, 2020 12:05:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “If the platform is able to effectively self-regulate and has installed features through which access, particularly by certain age groups can be limited, then there is no role left for the MTRCB to play” “The ratings are very specific. Upon subscription to Netflix, the parents can set what content their children can view. It has mechanisms that limit children’s access – a feature that free TV does not have,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, September 4, 2020 12:05:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Congress has already delegated to the President, by virtue of RA 10149, the power to reorganize PhilHealth," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, September 4, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The President has vast power under the Constitution and existing laws to reorganize and solve corruption in PhilHealth. He appoints the members of the Board. He can file administrative and criminal cases against erring and corrupt officials. He can order the suspension or transfer of personnel in the entire executive,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 3, 2020 7:33:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The President has vast power under the Constitution and existing laws to reorganize and solve corruption in PhilHealth. He appoints the members of the Board. He can file administrative and criminal cases against erring and corrupt officials. He can order the suspension or transfer of personnel in the entire executive,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, September 3, 2020 11:12:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We will hold Lieutenant General Gapay to his words. The assurance he made should lay to rest these loose talks about a revolutionary government,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, September 2, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "These are private platforms... There should be no attempt on part of government to impose prior restraint on these media outlets," "We should not anticipate what these media platforms will do. But once they cross the line, we will hold them responsible," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, September 2, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It must be remembered that he was the one who kept justifying the download of IRM funds to non-COVID-19 hospitals such as dialysis and maternity clinics. His actions and poor professional judgment were so evident during the hearings of the Committee of the Whole on PhilHealth,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, August 28, 2020 11:13:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “What PhilHealth needs now is a cleansing process. We need someone with unblemished credibility, with zero tolerance for corruption and with high regard for accountability,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, August 28, 2020 11:13:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The fit and proper rule should be strictly applied. The officials must be chosen based on their integrity, experience, education, training and competence, among others,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, August 28, 2020 11:13:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about De Jesus ) : “I am deeply disappointed with the appointment of Mr. De Jesus as officer-in-charge of PhilHealth. As PhilHealth’s chief operating officer, he implemented the questionable interim reimbursement mechanism (IRM). It must be remembered that he was the one who kept justifying the download of IRM funds to non-COVID-19 hospitals such as dialysis and maternity clinics. His action and poor professional judgment were so evident during the hearings of the committee of the whole on PhilHealth,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 28, 2020 7:40:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about De Jesus ) : “I am deeply disappointed with the appointment of Mr. De Jesus as officer-in-charge of PhilHealth. As PhilHealth’s Chief Operation Officer, he implemented the questionable Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM). It must be remembered that he was the one who kept justifying the download of IRM funds to non-COVID-19 hospitals such as dialysis and maternity clinics. His actions and poor professional judgment were so evident during the hearings of the Committee of the Whole on PhilHealth,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 28, 2020 3:03:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “What PhilHealth needs now is a top-to-bottom cleansing in order to get rid of individuals who used PhilHealth as their personal ATM,” External link

inquirer Thursday, August 27, 2020 11:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "That is obstruction of justice punishable by imprisonment of four to six years under PD 1829," External link

thestandard-ph Monday, August 24, 2020 8:56:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Just a piece of advice. When you issue statements, be very careful, and be very conscious because when you said regulate social media, that’s Sen Drilon has been saying prior restraint. We’ll be in violation of the Doctrine, prior restraint. So you should be very careful. I know that the intention of the Gen. Parlade when he issued the statement, was not along the line of imposing restraint on social media or media in general. And that is not the legislative intent of the Anti-Terrorism Law when we deliberated on it on the floor and when we passed it,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, August 24, 2020 7:22:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "An 'X' amount of public funds must be devoted to establish medical schools in the country," "As a long term strategy, just providing scholarships will not provide enough answers," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, August 24, 2020 5:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “Dahil wala tayong maturo na motibo, posible kaya na may conspiracy dito between those, who our intel officers are trying to arrest, the bombers and the members of the police station who shot them?” External link

tribuneonline Monday, August 24, 2020 11:48:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "You cannot determine what they are allowed to do," "The regulation will determine what they are allowed to do. And when you regulate what is allowed, that is prior restraint and in the Constitution, that is not allowed," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, August 24, 2020 11:35:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Mayroon pong P1 billlion para sa kubeta at kalsada,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, August 21, 2020 12:17:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added ( about Senate Finance ) : “We, in the Senate, already agreed, just to reach an agreement. But even so, the lower chamber refused to do so,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, August 20, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Senate Finance ) : “This was the most affected industry today. They were hit the hardest because there was no domestic tourism. The Senate tried to put P10 billion to help them, but the House version wanted it for infrastructure,” “We did not agree because we think infrastructure is unnecessary at this time. No tourist will come anyway and the tourism enterprises will die,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, August 20, 2020 8:14:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : “Hindi po kami pumayag dahil sa aming basa, hindi naman kailangan ng infrastructure sa panahong ito,” External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, August 20, 2020 3:04:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “hopefully by the end of the day,” External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, August 20, 2020 3:04:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Alfredo Lim ) : "Fred Lim was more than just a mere public servant. He took his job very seriously, and indeed, he is a loss to our country," "He would push the law to its acceptable limits. He would adhere to the rule of law... and he contributed much to the stability of our nation during those difficult times," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, August 19, 2020 3:06:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “which on the basis of the projected 2 million tests, saved the government over 9 billion pesos” External link

AsiaOne Wednesday, August 19, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "That only indicates that if you exercised your discretion and professional judgement correctly, we would not have gotten to this situation today," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 18, 2020 12:24:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "This was even after local quarantine authorities stopped 5 Chinese tourists with fever from entering ports in Kalibo and Cebu," "As late as March 6, the Secretary of Health was still advising the general public not to wear face masks," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 18, 2020 7:46:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Many of what was revealed would involve documents and these are the evidence that can be used. The best thing that can happen is that people named should go on leave while all these investigations are ongoing,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, August 12, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “If we have a prestigious IT company doing the computerization, then we will just have to pay for the services without going into these bidding processes embedded with corruption,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, August 12, 2020 5:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "It is essential for the health of our people... [but] it should be based on medical conclusions rather than a politician's view," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:09:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "If we have a prestigious IT company doing the computerization, then we will just have to pay for the services... without going into these bidding processes embedded with corruption," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:13:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "It would appear that the denial of participating in this IRM is based on vengeance rather than need," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 11, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Yet an agency was already 'panicking,' if we are to believe them," "Obviously, this is an excuse... This is an excuse which should not be allowed to stand unchallenged" External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 11, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “That will go beyond the real intent of the law and, therefore, it is illegal and unconstitutional. Freedom of speech is a sacred and inviolable right of every human being. The Constitution guarantees freedom of speech,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, August 6, 2020 8:12:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Thus, it all boils down to our ability to control the pandemic,” External link

pna Thursday, August 6, 2020 4:08:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Ang mga tao d’yan, may MBA: ‘may backer ako,’” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, August 5, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : “We are in this mess because of Philhealht’s non-compliance with rules, including a simple COA rule. That is why we have all these problems because you disregard all the rules designed to protect public funds,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:34:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We hope that this hearing will shed light on the various issues and finally stop the widespread corruption,” External link

pna Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:11:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “Are you saying that in 2022, wala nang PhilHealth?” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, August 4, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It is absolutely outrageous and offensive that in the midst of our fight against a dreaded disease that has so far infected over 100,000 of our people, killed over 2,000 people, claimed over five million jobs, and caused over 5 million families hungry, the agency mandated to provide health insurance coverage and ensure accessible health care services for Filipinos continuous to be haunted by controversies,” “Our healthcare system is on the brink of collapse. Our healthcare workers are burned out, physically and mentally. We are at war, yet it seems that the plague of Philhealth corruption could be more fatal than any other virus,” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, August 4, 2020 6:51:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Hence, while we support their call, we must reiterate that quarantine in whatever name and form is not in itself the solution to the problem, but merely gives us an opportunity to recalibrate our strategy into one that is health-led and science-based while keeping our health system from breaking down in the meantime,” External link

manilatimes Monday, August 3, 2020 9:05:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Clearly, we need to spend more,” “The government should not worry about breaching the 40 percent debt-to-GDP ratio, which is ideal for developing countries like ours. Today isn’t the time for austerity,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 31, 2020 12:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "You are an oligarch if you use your power to promote through the political system your own interest," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, July 27, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "You are an oligarch if you use your power to promote through the political system your own interest," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, July 27, 2020 3:41:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "I was defending freedom of the press, not the Lopezes. The closure of the ABS-CBN sent a chilling effect. As I said before, for democracy to thrive, we need free press and to allow journalists to exercise complete freedom to do their mandate of reporting facts without fear," "I was defending the 11,000 people and their families who would lose jobs amid the pandemic, not the Lopezes," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, July 27, 2020 3:41:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "We are ready to support any measure towards economic recovery. But the first question is: How much do we need to jumpstart the economy?" "There is no solution to this but we have to take the bull by the horn and have proposals that will guide us. Today we have none, unfortunately," External link

abs-cbnnews Saturday, July 25, 2020 12:12:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The high degree of corruption within PhilHealth must be stopped. It has reached a level akin to a state of emergency,” “The administration cannot just sweep it in under the rug. This should be immediately investigated,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, July 24, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The high degree of corruption within PhilHealth must be stopped. It has reached a level akin to a state of emergency,” External link

manilatimes Friday, July 24, 2020 10:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "Nobody is taking his word for it. It enhances the suspicion of our people that something is amiss, something is not right, something is being hidden. Therefore, such action should not merit his continued stay in the BuCor," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, July 23, 2020 10:06:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The people would like some guidance from the President and they would like to see where we stand and where the government wants us to go," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, July 23, 2020 7:48:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "Yes, the opposition will have a candidate. Count me out," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "Nobody is taking his word for it. It enhances the suspicion of our people that something is amiss, something is not right, something is being hidden. Therefore, such action should not merit his continued stay in the BuCor," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Public officials are presumed to be performing their official functions. However, that presumption cannot be applied to BuCor because of the record of past anomalies we have unearthed in the Senate," "Even without any formal resolution filed, this certainly can be investigated because it is part of the effort to examine the procedure in the BuCor that would appear to be inconsistent with what is expected of a government official" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "Yes, we call a spade a spade. Look at where we are today, 70,000 cases, increasing every day, the prediction is by the end of the month it’ll be over 80,000," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The matter of being in the Cabinet, IATF, is a matter of confidence by the President. We can shout to the heavens 'change Duque,' as the Senate has done but the President for reasons of his own has maintained confidence in Duque," "The influence of Duque and his credibility is something that is lacking today. Therefore, what I’m looking for is a comprehensive plan rather than by going into personalities" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "in the forefront together with our health sector," "Let us have a plan, for example on the economic side, how much do we need to stimulate the economy? And where do we source these funds and which side of the equation should we stimulate?" External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Given the anomalies in the BuCor unearthed in the Senate hearings, we cannot help but suspect that faking deaths of prisoners can happen," External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:42:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Given the anomalies in the BuCor unearthed in the Senate hearings, we cannot help but suspect that faking deaths of prisoners can happen," External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The upcoming SONA is an opportunity for the President to present an overall comprehensive plan on how the country will survive this pandemic,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, July 21, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The upcoming SONA is an opportunity for the President to present an overall comprehensive plan on how the country will survive this pandemic,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, July 21, 2020 8:19:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Disclosing information about a prisoner's death is not a protected information under the Data Privacy Law, " External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, July 21, 2020 8:09:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon pointed out : “We must review the whole structure, because the structure may in fact or make oligarchy easy to achieveThe lack of an anti-dynasty system or provision in our system allows oligarchy to continue,” “They wield power for their own benefit. It has gone so bad that these dynasties now hold simultaneous national and local positions... Oligarchy is bad for our governance and, therefore, as a policy, yes, we should adopt policies to prevent or dismantle these oligarchies. But, let’s make sure that the oligarchs are not substituted by cronies,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, July 20, 2020 8:02:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon : “We are proposing to delete the phrase ‘or the public to do or to abstain from doing any act’, as this phrase makes it difficult to distinguish this [act] with political crimes under the Revised Penal Code… the use of the phrase… will make this also an act of rebellion. And, therefore, the amendments are aimed to differentiate terrorism from coup d’etat, rebellion, and sedition. That is the only purpose, Mr. President” External link

bulatlat Sunday, July 19, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Such remarks are uncalled for. They do not achieve anything but instead instill fear rather than trust in law enforcers,” “I would like to caution PNP Chief Gamboa and all other officials to be more circumspect in their choice of words” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, July 17, 2020 11:54:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I signed it on the basis of my best judgment that strikes a balance between protecting our people against abuses by the state and protecting the state itself,” External link

pna Thursday, July 16, 2020 9:05:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We have reached a crossroads in our fight against the (COVID-19) pandemic that our very government is set to flagrantly violate the very rights that we, the people, have always held to be sacred” External link

arabnews Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We have reached a crossroads in our fight against the (COVID-19) pandemic that our very government is set to flagrantly violate the very rights that we, the people, have always held to be sacred” External link

arabnews Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I introduced 14 amendments all designed to balance and protect the rights of the people and all I can say is I tried my best. I can face anyone and say I am not favoring anyone,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:19:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Our tax collections went down. That is why there is a push to have more borrowings because we have no choice," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:53:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “No warrant, no entry. We have reached a crossroad in our fight against the Covid pandemic that our very government is set to flagrantly violate the very rights that we, the people, have always held to be sacred,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “As a last resort and with a total lack of imagination, the IATF is about to embark on violating our rights,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “And lastly, we need government to draw out the people’s cooperation and it can only be done when our people see that government has a clear focused strategy to contain this virus. Sadly, that remains to be seen,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "I can face anyone and say that I tried to do my best in order to make a balance on this," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "With the popularity rating of the President, he has the capacity to push that [Anti-Dynasty bill] in Congress," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "When you want to remove oligarchy as a power structure then you should rise above all of these," "Let's make sure that oligarchs are not substituted by cronies or another oligarch," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:17:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The 11,000 workers losing jobs next month have families to feed, rent and mortgages to pay and children to send to schools.They will suffer the consequences of the decision of the House of Representatives,” External link

gulf-times Sunday, July 12, 2020 1:40:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "After monitoring the exhaustive proceedings in the House of Representatives, I am more convinced that the only fault of ABS-CBN is it stepped on some powerful political toes, hence the sword has been unleashed on it," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, July 10, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I’m afraid that any further delay in the easing of quarantine restrictions in these two economic centers will cause further damage to our economy and our people who have lost their livelihood,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, July 1, 2020 9:09:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “the government has no choice but to borrow money since the tax collections are down” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our present financial standing is not sufficient for us to cope with the pandemic situation. The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over,” “We need to hire thousands of contact tracers, incentivize doctors and nurses so they won’t leave their posts, purchase PPE to protect our healthcare workforce, provide stimulus funds to businesses, and bring back home thousands of OFWs,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:59:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It appears that the OWWA fund will be exhausted if it were to fund, as it should, the repatriation of an estimated 150,000 OFW until December 2021. Among the reasons why the OWWA funds have not grown is the low return on. investments. With current assets of over P18 Billion, the income earned is only about 2.5 percent annually,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, June 25, 2020 7:55:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “You cannot practice medicine in the Philippines if you are a foreigner. So whether or not they have a permit is immaterial. They cannot practice medicine,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 24, 2020 8:45:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "To halt the implementation of a law that would promote access to affordable care, strengthen our primary health care and make our people healthy to fight the virus is a step in the wrong direction," "If COVID-19 taught us one thing, it is that we need to keep people healthy and we have to prepare for the next pandemic. UHC is the key," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 17, 2020 3:53:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "If we learned anything about the onset of the pandemic, it is that the health sector must get a big part of the budgetary pie," "The health of the people is the State's responsibility," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 17, 2020 3:53:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We should exact accountability and transparency from government officials over the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. The lapses they committed have exposed to risk the welfare of the entire nation,” External link

pna Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:51:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "I am glad that we are able to help in averting a possible loss of P9.48 billion in public funds to the sticky fingers in Philhealth and their cohorts," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, June 8, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “Now, they cannot arrest (anyone) due to fake news or due to violations of curfew. Police cannot arrest people due to prohibition against mass gathering. That law cannot be used because it has already expired,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, June 7, 2020 9:50:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The government should roll out livelihood programs and augment funding for programs that provide temporary jobs and loans to people who’ve lost jobs and their sources of income to the pandemic, including our modern day heroes – thousands of them returned to the country with meager savings and no means of income,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The OWWA Fund was specifically created for the purpose of providing social and welfare services to OFW. Secretary Bello and Administrator Cacdac should stop thinking of OWWA’s return on investment, but the OFWs’ welfare,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The COVID-19 pandemic has gravely affected Filipino workers abroad, with about 250,000 OFW requesting assistance from DOLE and around 80,000 repatriated OFW without prospects of re-employment,” External link

tribuneonline Saturday, June 6, 2020 12:36:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The non-passage of the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act should not prevent the President from continuing to implement programs, projects, and activities in Bayanihan to Heal as One Act that have corresponding appropriations in the General Appropriations Act,” “In view of the considerable effects of COVID-19 pandemic to the country and our fellow Filipinos, the President can exercise this power judiciously and in accordance with the Supreme Court decision on the use of savings to augment funds as provided in Araullo v. Aquino, (G.R. No. 209287, July 1, 2014),” External link

tribuneonline Friday, June 5, 2020 2:54:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “This is a significant amount that the government should be able to utilize. We must exert every effort to make these POGOs comply with our tax laws and settle their unpaid dues,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, June 5, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I commend the PhilHealth leadership for lowering its COVID-19 test package. This is a victory for all the taxpayers. Our continued vigilance made this happen,” “I am glad that we are able to help in averting a possible loss of P9.48 billion in public funds to the sticky fingers in Philhealth and their cohorts,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, June 4, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The Philhealth has a package to test. The package is P8,150 per test. In other words, you go to a hospital and you have yourself tested, the Philhealth will pay the hospital P8,150. Now, what is the cost of the test kits?” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, June 4, 2020 1:38:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : "It is the privilege of the gentleman from Davao not to take questions of interpellations... I just want to know if this is the new normal, Mr. President?" External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, June 4, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The Senate has always been known as the arena where the national policies of government are debated either through law or through resolutions or through privilege speeches. That is when theories are tested and policies are debated," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, June 4, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "This is a significant amount that the government should be able to utilize. We must exert every effort to make these POGOs comply with our tax laws and settle their unpaid dues. This is nothing compared to the social problems their continued presence has brought to the country," "The main justification for allowing the POGOs to stay in the country and even to operate ahead of other businesses during the enhanced community quarantine was to help fund the COVID-19 measures. My amendment will bring teeth to this policy," External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:50:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “This is a significant amount that the government should be able to utilize. We must exert every effort to make the POGO comply with our tax laws and settle unpaid dues,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:01:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The amendment we propose would merely encourage the concerned agency or branch of government to act decisively on an application for renewal, and to express its decision in clear, unmistakable terms, to ensure that the applicant is not punished for the authority’s indecision or inaction," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:02:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “This sudden policy change is a welcome development. The unhampered implementation of the VFA will serve the interest of our country, particularly with regard to the preservation of our rights over parts of the West Philippine Sea,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:31:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Quarantine violators are driven and motivated by reasons of hunger, by reasons of income, and not because they are criminal," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 3, 2020 2:50:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The petition we filed is for declaratory relief and mandamus where we asked the Supreme Court to uphold the power of the Senate over treaty termination," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, June 3, 2020 11:43:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “This is a significant amount that the government should be able to utilize. We must exert every effort to make these POGOs comply with our tax laws and settle their unpaid dues,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon contends : “The Bayanihan Act is not a penal statute per se, the principal purpose of the law is to address an emergency and not punish a crime … My proposal is to delete the entire Section 6 because the acts in Section 6 are likewise punished in other laws” External link

manilatimes Tuesday, June 2, 2020 9:48:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "In light of the budget deficit, it behooves all agencies to exercise prudent judgment in the use of public funds," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:10:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : “The proposal of the Secretary of Health is to pay them P30,000 per month for three months for 130,000 contact tracers. I think this is insensitive to the deficit and lack of funds that we are looking now,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12:59:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “The private sector should assist their employers and provide shuttle for them. I commend those who have taken this initiative but there are a lot more companies who continue to turn a blind eye to their employees’ need and welfare,” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, June 2, 2020 6:05:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "If the DOH could not provide logical explanations for this, except for putting the blame on laboratories, then there is a reason to believe that it is underreporting COVID-19 cases. That is not only counter-productive because hiding the real data could be fatal," External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, June 1, 2020 9:24:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The experiences all over the world show that a great deal of transparency spells a huge difference in winning the battle against this pandemic," "They likewise tell us that hiding the truth would only make things worse. One may learn a thing or two about transparency in the way South Korea and China handle the pandemic" External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, June 1, 2020 9:24:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "South Korea has showed transparency since day one. They did not hide the real data from their people. They dealt with the pandemic with complete transparency and because of this, coupled with the government's decisiveness, they are able to contain the virus," External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, June 1, 2020 9:24:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The amendment would merely encourage the concerned agency or branch of government, including Congress, to act decisively on an application for renewal and to express its decision in clear, unmistakable terms, ensuring that the applicant is not punished for the authority’s indecision or inaction,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:35:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The bill would fill the gap in cases where a franchise has expired while its renewal remains pending. Congress has applied considerations of equity in previous similar situations and this measure seeks to institutionalize that practice,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:39:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I do not see how virtual classes being proposed by the DepEd can be effectively implemented across all sectors. The poor will be at a disadvantage here,” External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, May 27, 2020 7:21:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "I call for a fair and impartial investigation... These are taxpayers’ money we’re talking about here to the tune of billions [of] pesos getting wasted due to corruption or gross negligence," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:35:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It has P20 billion trust fund sitting in banks which it can use to provide livelihood assistance to displaced OFWs,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, May 25, 2020 7:58:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Francisco Duque ) : “You know, particularly on Duque, the way I see it is that he is an unnecessary weight in the campaign against COVID-19,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, May 24, 2020 11:22:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Francisco Duque ) : “You know, particularly on Duque, the way I see it is that he is an unnecessary weight in the campaign against COVID-19,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, May 24, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “If they really have a request, before we decide, let’s look at their implementation. I have asked for documents from DBM as to how much of the unobligated funds that had become savings in the 2019 and 2020 budgets (had been spent),” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, May 24, 2020 12:56:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “If COVID-19 tests could be done for as low as P3,500 as proven by Red Cross, which emerged as the lead testing center for COVID-19, then there is no justification for higher rates set by PhilHealth,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 22, 2020 11:56:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The PhilHealth has a package to test. The package is P8,150 per test. In other words, you go to a hospital and have yourself tested and PhilHealth pays the hospital P8,150. Now, what is the cost of the test kits?” External link

tribuneonline Friday, May 22, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “We will test 2 percent of our population or roughly 2 million Filipinos. If you multiply 2 million by P4,150.00, the potential loss is P8.3 billion to PhilHealth. There is a potential overprice of P8.3 billion,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, May 22, 2020 8:30:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Francisco Duque ) : “Sec. Duque serves at the pleasure of the President. Talk of his resignation is a decision that only Sec. Duque and the President can decide… But again, only the President can decide on this. Sooner or later, the President will have to face this,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, May 22, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “Kung nakikita mo na mali-mali ang data at hindi nagkakasundo kung ano ang standard, talagang nawawalan ng tiwala ang taumbayan sa kakayahan ng pamahalaan na ma-contain yung virus na ito,” External link

inquirer Friday, May 22, 2020 12:44:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “ignorance and incompetence are deadlier than COVID-19” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, May 21, 2020 10:34:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Is it always done? Because my information is that this is not being done," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "You average it on the higher side... This is indeed something we could not agree with," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon asked : “The PhilHealth has a package to test. The package is P8,150 per test. In other words, you go to a hospital and you have yourself tested, PhilHealth will pay the hospital P8,150. Now, what is the cost of the test kits?” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : “We will test two percent of our population or roughly two million Filipinos. If you multiply two million by P4,150.00, the potential loss is P8.3 billion to PhilHealth. There is a potential overprice of P8.3 billion,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:44:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Ang pwedeng remedyo na lang ay yung kaso sa Korte Suprema. Yung hinihinging TRO ng ABS-CBN (The only remedy is the case in the Supreme Court. The temporary restraining order asked by ABS-CBN)," External link

pna Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Nobody will be harmed if ABS-CBN is granted a provisional franchise. Walang masasagasaan, walang masasaktan. Ang masasagasaan yung (Nobody will be harmed, no one will be hurt. Those who will be affected are) 11,000 employees ng (of) ABS-CBN kung walang (if there is no) provisional franchise," External link

pna Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The ball is with the House of Representatives insofar as the ABS-CBN franchise is concerned. If they do not send us anything, then we cannot debate, consider, and pass it," "We cannot pass the franchise of ABS-CBN unless the HOR passes its version first. That is in the Constitution. This is a private bill and, therefore, it must originate from the House of Representatives" External link

pna Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The reality is, when we adjourn on June 3 and come back on July 27, ABS-CBN cannot go back on the air, because the franchise has not been renewed by Congress," "I am saddened that by August, 11,000 employees of ABS-CBN will lose their jobs in this most difficult time in our history as a nation. Malungkot po iyan (That’s sad)" External link

pna Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon added : "It is not a problem with us. The problem lies with the House of Representatives," External link

pna Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "That erodes the confidence of our people on the ability of the government to enforce the rules of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on COVID-19," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:46:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Malungkot po iyan ngunit nasa House of Representatives at sa administrasyon kung ano ang kanilang tingin sa 11,000 [workers]. Nobody will get harmed kung bigyan kahit ng provisional franchise ang ABS-CBN. Walang masasagasaan, walang masasaktan. Ang masasagasaan yung 11,000 employees ng ABS-CBN,” “Sinabi naman ni [House] Speaker [Alan Peter] Cayetano na wala ng panahon. Siguro sa kanila hindi mahalaga yung trabaho ng 11,000 empleyado ng ABS-CBN” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, May 20, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "Sa akin, dapat itinuloy na lang nila iyong 5-buwang provisional franchise," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 20, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Bill No ) : “And we do not report out until the House Bill is before us,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "I think this is a little overpriced and it causes unnecessary depletion of the resources of PhilHealth," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, May 19, 2020 3:15:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We can only be disciplined, if there are ethical issues involved in our participation in the ABS-CBN franchise, by the Senate, and no one else. We are answerable only to the Senate and the people,” External link

manilatimes Monday, May 18, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : “Absolutely no basis. We are a political body. Inhibition is a personal decision of each senator. No one can impose it, not even the (Supreme Court),” External link

tribuneonline Monday, May 18, 2020 7:31:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "Inhibition is a personal decision of each senator. No one can impose it, not even the Supreme Court," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, May 18, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Unti-unti rin po nating binubuksan ang mga establisimiyento para mabuhay muli ang ekonomiya. Pero huwag po natin biglain dahil tayo rin ang mahihirapan kapag lumala muli ang pagkalat ng sakit,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, May 17, 2020 1:50:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Unti-unti rin po nating binubuksan ang mga establisimiyento para mabuhay muli ang ekonomiya. Pero huwag po natin biglain dahil tayo rin ang mahihirapan kapag lumala muli ang pagkalat ng sakit,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, May 17, 2020 12:08:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Would the enactment of this tax measure, the rationalization of tax incentives, would it help in our being more attractive investment area? In other words, is it timely to remove some incentives, which, admittedly, have been abused by the recipients?” “This is the issue. I think a number of us senators are really convinced that it is time to rationalize the incentives because of the loopholes. But the issue is, is it timely?” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We will decide on that issue as to whether it is timely. If we say that it is timely, then there is no problem. But if the view of the Senate as a body is that we must hold on this desire to remove the incentives, then it will not pass on June 3 because of that judgment that we’ve made. That is how it works at this point,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:40:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We are practically given no choice but to approve the version of the HoR, because of the danger that the difference in version may require a Bicam and may result in the Bicam not coming up with the recommendation by June 3 of this year,” “I do not know if we have time to pass a different version and settle the issue in the Bicam. Remember that if we adjourn on 3 June without approving the version, then that’s it. That’s why our time is very limited,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 14, 2020 11:49:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "We should prevent similar incidents from happening again in the future. We cannot afford to wake up one day without water, electricity or public transportation, only because an agency, a department or a branch of government failed to act on the renewal before the lapse of the license or franchise," External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Yes, it can be done. The key is for the House of Representatives to act on the franchise as [fast as] possible," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 13, 2020 4:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “So is the curve now flattened? I have my doubts,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, May 8, 2020 9:52:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “So is the curve now flattened? I have my doubts,” External link

manilastandardtoday Friday, May 8, 2020 9:34:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon told : "The NTC Commissioners should be dismissed for their grave abuse of their discretion causing damage to society by depriving people of a major source of information on the pandemic, and causing the loss of jobs of 11,000 workers of ABS-CBN," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, May 7, 2020 2:42:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The NTC commissioners should be dismissed for their grave abuse of their discretion causing damage to society by depriving people of a major source of information on the pandemic, and causing the loss of jobs of 11,000 workers of ABS-CBN,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:58:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “By ordering ABS-CBN to stop operations after the lapse of its franchise while allowing other similarly situated to continue to operate, then, clearly, the NTC is placing ABS-CBN in a class of its own, thereby violating the equal protection clause mandated by the Constitution,” External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon recalled : “Sa kaso ng PT&T, SMART Communications, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, TV5, Subic Broadcasting, kung saan kahit nag-expired ang prangkisa at habang hindi pa naaktuhan ng Kongreso ang application for renewal, hindi naman nahinto ang operasyon nito. Hindi rin naman nag-issue ng CDO ang NTC,” “Ito po ay pang-aabuso ng kapangyarihan. Alam n’yo kung bakit? Doon sa Kongreso habang pending ang pagdinig sa pag-renew ng isang prangkisa, patuloy po ang pag-operate ng prangkisa” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The Supreme Court itself has said provisional authority can be authorized to be issued where the application for the renewal of the franchise is pending,” External link

elevenmyanmar Wednesday, May 6, 2020 6:59:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The Court never barred the NTC from issuing temporary permits to operate. It merely said that the broadcaster cannot completely do away with the requirement to apply for a franchise, as provided under the law,” External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:22:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The Court never barred the NTC from issuing temporary permits to operate. It merely said that the broadcaster cannot completely do away with the requirement to apply for a franchise, as provided under the law,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, May 5, 2020 10:33:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The Secretary of Justice himself said that with the concurrence of the two Houses with the matter pending, the NTC can issue the provisional authority,” External link

pna Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:45:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “There is a conflict of interest there when the lawyer threatens to sue its client. It is NTC and not OSG that is granted regulatory functions under the law,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, May 4, 2020 10:16:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “There is a conflict of interest there when the lawyer threatens to sue its client. It is NTC and not OSG that is granted regulatory functions under the law,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, May 4, 2020 9:58:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The OSG should be reminded of its mandate under the law. Under the Revised Administrative Code, the OSG shall act as lawyer of government agencies including the NTC," "There is a conflict of interest there when the lawyer threatens to sue its client," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, May 4, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon explained : "The Court never barred the NTC from issuing temporary permits to operate. It merely said that the broadcaster cannot completely do away with the requirement to apply for a franchise, as provided under the law," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, May 4, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Jose Calida ) : “This is not the first time that NTC will be issuing a temporary and conditional permit to operate. It has been done in the past and has been recognized in the 2003 case being cited by Calida,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, May 4, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Soon we will be discussing the 2021 budget, we can discuss a possible bigger subsidy for Philhealth under the GAA to enable the same to address the Covid-19 pandemic,” External link

pna Monday, May 4, 2020 1:23:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Some Senate officials and employees who will attend the session have comorbidities or underlying health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, asthma and other similar ailments," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, May 4, 2020 1:09:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "If convened and conducted in the usual manner, the May 4 Senate session will certainly require and result in the assembly of senators, Senate officials and skeleton staff numbering at least a hundred in the Session Hall and nearby work areas, which would violate the enhanced community quarantine rule on mass gatherings," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 1, 2020 12:55:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The manner by which the Senate determines the presence of quorum, conducts its business, and how its members vote is left to its wisdom and judgment," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 1, 2020 12:55:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "It also safe to assume that some Senate officials and employees who will attend the session have comorbidities or underlying health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, asthma and other similar ailments," External link

abs-cbnnews Friday, May 1, 2020 12:55:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “If that rule is enforced, (Senate President Vicente) Sotto, Senators (Richard) Gordon, Lacson, (Lito) Lapid and myself cannot attend the Senate sessions starting 4 May,” External link

tribuneonline Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Mr. Macauyag’s irresponsible act toward a helpless overseas Filipino worker is clearly an abandonment of his sworn duties to protect the welfare of OFW,” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, April 29, 2020 8:29:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “When a protector becomes the persecutor, you can’t help but ask: ‘Is this the new normal’?” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, April 29, 2020 8:29:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “From the economic standpoint, I am extremely concerned of the further damage to our economy by the continued lockdown of the agriculture, manufacturing, and construction sectors,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, April 27, 2020 11:09:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “From the economic standpoint, I am extremely concerned of the further damage to our economy by the continued lockdown of the agriculture, manufacturing, and construction sectors,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, April 27, 2020 10:59:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "The social unrest that could result from 2 million workers unemployed for the past 6 weeks is a reality we face," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, April 27, 2020 1:32:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “There are no ready answers. Today, we are confronted with a clash between the rights of the people under the Constitution, and duty and obligation of the state to protect and promote public interest due to COVID-19 pandemic,” External link

tribuneonline Monday, April 13, 2020 9:02:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Let us turn this COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity to better utilize government assets. Better utilization of these state assets is long overdue as a national policy,” “As I said before, the government does not have to look far to raise additional revenues. There are ‘low-hanging fruits’ the government can immediately tap to provide the much-needed resources for our country to survive this pandemic,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, April 12, 2020 11:23:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We have an untapped ‘goldmine’ that can generate up to P300 billion in fresh revenues yearly. I hope our economic managers will move faster on this this time, because the effects of COVID-19 pandemic will go beyond 2020,” External link

tribuneonline Sunday, April 12, 2020 11:34:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We are only beginning to see data of symptoms post-quarantine. And I see some data that shows it is effective. But [it’s] too early to tell. An extra two weeks would help,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, April 6, 2020 11:42:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We are only beginning to see data of symptoms post-quarantine. And I see some data that shows it is effective. But [it’s] too early to tell. An extra two weeks would help,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, April 6, 2020 10:26:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Hence, open to more manufacturing - especially food, but also non-food and supply chain - and critical construction like power plants and infrastructure. This way, more people have income. To facilitate this, open some public transportation, but not jeepneys, only those where you can practice social distance like the LRT and buses,” External link

pna Friday, April 3, 2020 4:32:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our tight fiscal space seriously affects the government’s capabilty to address COVID-19,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:09:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The government must brace for the worst: our depleting resources and the economic effects of COVID-19,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:09:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We regret to see from that the government has not crafted any new interventions or programs that could help the poor and keep the economy afloat while we are on a lockdown,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:09:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “There is no additional funding because they did not request a supplemental budget. That is very clear. The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act utilizes the 2020 General Appropriations Act,” External link

manilastandardtoday Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:09:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Commission ) : "I want to emphasize that the rules of the Commission on Audit and the law on anti-graft are not being waived in so far as the execution of this law is concerned," "Ito ay extraordinary times at siguro sa 3 buwan, bigyan natin ng enough leeway ang executive branch to do the job... Kapag hindi natin sinunod ito ay may pananagutan pa rin tayo," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, March 30, 2020 7:51:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Commission ) : "I want to emphasize that the rules of the Commission on Audit and the law on anti-graft are not being waived in so far as the execution of this law is concerned," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:14:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "We are on a 14-day self-quarantine as we were exposed on March 11 to Senator Migz (Juan Miguel) Zubiri, who was tested positive," External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:28:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "We are on a 14-day self-quarantine as we were exposed on March 11 to Senator Migz (Juan Miguel) Zubiri, who was tested positive," External link

thestandard-ph Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:57:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Please relay my request to the Senate media not to sensationalize and not to attribute any meaning to our failure to attend the special session," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, March 23, 2020 10:06:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Senate President Sotto informed us the Senate does not have that [teleconferencing] facility," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, March 23, 2020 10:06:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "That is very important because a shorter provisional authority would subject ABS-CBN to question, and that is not consistent with the freedom of the press," "Based on our own legislative history, while the application for the renewal of the franchise is pending, de facto the expired franchise will continue to exist, especially with provisional authority granted by NTC," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The shenanigans of what we see here, all happened because of the policy decision to allow overseas gaming operations in our country,” External link

asiatimes Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:25:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “there should be transparency in the handling of COVID-19 pursuant to the law in order to avoid panic and misinformation” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, March 9, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “To me, the public should be informed. That is an obligation of the government to the people, to be open and transparent. What we need to protect is the private information because of the stigma that comes with being diagnosed of having COVID-19,” External link

manilastandardtoday Monday, March 9, 2020 5:25:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “there should be transparency in the handling of COVID-19 pursuant to the law in order to avoid panic and misinformation” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, March 9, 2020 1:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “To me, the public should be informed. That is an obligation of the government to the people, to be open and transparent. What we need to protect is the private information because of the stigma that comes with being diagnosed of having COVID-19,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, March 9, 2020 1:20:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “For P8 billion that you get from fees, you are saying that they should be here? That statement, I must say, is a stupid statement. As long as there is money, all these evil things we tolerate?” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, March 6, 2020 11:37:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “That is why we have a suspicious transaction provision in our anti-money laundering law. And what is that? Transactions which are unusual and cannot be supported by an ordinary course of a business,” External link

inquirer Thursday, March 5, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "This is a little disturbing to say the least. Kaya mabuti isara na lang natin ito eh (That's why it's better to just stop it)," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, March 5, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Should POGOs remain in our midst given all these information we have? Why are we so in love with POGOs?" "I am so disappointed that for P8 billion in fees, we're saying we should maintain them... Disgusting is a very mild term of describing your view of POGO operations," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, March 5, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It only formally conveys the sense of the Senate about extending the franchise and does not need the signature of the President,” External link

manilastandardtoday Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:47:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "Nagiging labahan ng mga POGO players itong ating bansa. Isara na 'yong mga POGOs. It does not bring us any substantial benefit," External link

abs-cbnnews Wednesday, March 4, 2020 8:39:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “All that we’re asking the Supreme Court is to define our constitutional boundaries. Nothing else, nothing more,” “We are in fact asking the Supreme Court to rule on this issue. And for all you know, the Supreme Court may rule that the Senate’s concurrence is not necessary, and that settles the issue or the Senate may rule that the Senate’s concurrence is necessary, again that settles the issue” External link

tribuneonline Wednesday, March 4, 2020 3:12:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “All that we’re asking the Supreme Court is to define our constitutional boundaries. Nothing else, nothing more,” “We are in fact asking the Supreme Court to rule on this issue. And for all you know, the Supreme Court may rule that the Senate’s concurrence is not necessary, and that settles the issue or the Senate may rule that the Senate’s concurrence is necessary, again that settles the issue” External link

tribuneonline Tuesday, March 3, 2020 7:12:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "These shenanigans that we see here all arise from the policy decision of allowing online gaming operations to stay here... Should we allow the operations of these POGOs with all the illicit activities that come with it?" "We should have all options on the table including passing legislation declaring it as illegal," External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, March 3, 2020 5:37:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “They objected to POGO in Cambodia that’s why they shut down operations. So for me, this should also be closdd,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, March 1, 2020 11:16:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon explained : “The presumption of anti-money laundering act especially when it comes to casinos, is that casinos are being used in money laundering scheme. Kaya sakop ang casinos at may obligation silang i-report kung saan nanggaling yung pera,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, March 1, 2020 11:16:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “This issue on ABS-CBN cannot be decided in a vacuum as the retired justices want Congress to do. Our conscience will not allow us to do that because the reality is, 11,000 jobs are on the line here,” External link

manilastandardtoday Saturday, February 29, 2020 1:23:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “This issue on ABS-CBN cannot be decided in a vacuum as the retired justices want Congress to do. Our conscience will not allow us to do that, because the reality is, 11,000 jobs are on the line here,” External link

manilatimes Friday, February 28, 2020 10:36:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Bong Go ) : “Being a neophyte senator, he (Go) may not be aware of our tradition and our rules. Precisely, a concurrent resolution does not go through the president because it has no force and effect of a law. It is just a sense of the Senate. There is no politics here,” “We are not depriving the President of the right to veto or approve,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 28, 2020 2:51:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “That is the view of Secretary Guevarra; that is the view of Speaker Cayetano; and that is the view of Senator Poe as chairman of the committee on public services,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 28, 2020 2:51:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon told ( about Bong Go ) : “I regret the statement of Senator Bong Go. Being a neophyte senator, he may not be aware of our tradition and our rules. Precisely, a concurrent resolution does not go through the President because it has no force and effect of law. It is just a sense of the Senate,” External link

inquirer Wednesday, February 26, 2020 8:03:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The right to veto or approve is in the joint resolution (Senate Joint Resolution No. 11) that I filed, which has the force and effect of a law and which is also filed in the House of Representatives,” “A concurrent resolution simply expresses the sense of the Senate, and therefore, it does not really need the approval of the President. It is the joint resolution that needs the approval of the President,” External link

inquirer Wednesday, February 26, 2020 8:03:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Bong Go ) : “I regret the statement of Senator Bong Go. Being a neophyte senator, he may not be aware of our tradition and our rules. Precisely, a concurrent resolution does not go through the President because it has no force and effect of law. It is just a sense of the Senate. There is no politics here,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 26, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Both the Senate and the House of Representatives need additional time to review and determine whether or not ABS-CBN shall be granted the renewal of its franchise,” External link

pna Wednesday, February 26, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “While it is pending here in Congress, he cites the rule of equity, meaning that ABS-CBN should be allowed to continue broadcasting until the franchise is approved or rejected,” External link

manilastandardtoday Tuesday, February 25, 2020 12:21:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The (provisional) authority must not be in an administrative nature that can be withdrawn at any time because of its implications to press freedom,” External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, February 24, 2020 7:53:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Solicitor General ) : “I filed this resolution in order to give Congress time to review. It is not for ABS-CBN, it is for Congress to have time to review the very serious allegations raised by the Solicitor General in the Supreme Court, which cannot be tackled in the remaining time,” “Congress has only seven session days and by the time we come back [from recess] in May, the franchise has already expired,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, February 21, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Of course there is this view but you are taking the risk that the Supreme Court will rule otherwise as it has ruled in some cases,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, February 21, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I am just saying that I do not want to risk the livelihood of 11,000 ABS-CBN employees on a theory that ABS-CBN and its 11,000 workers can continue after March 30 without a franchise,” “I say that if trying to save the jobs of 11,000 employees is politics, then I admit I am playing politics. I do not think that’s the motive. I think we should not attribute motives to fellow legislators,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, February 21, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “We are having our hearings in aid of legislation to assist us as on how to act on a particular matter in the exercise of our oversight functions. As decided by the Supreme Court, no court has the authority to prohibit the committee from requiring respondent to appear and testify before it,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, February 21, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "If the Supreme Court does not act on anything, does not define the constitutional rights of Senate, it stays as it is," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, February 20, 2020 11:28:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “It is our firm belief that if treaties and international agreements the President entered into cannot be valid without the approval of the Senate, the termination of, or withdrawal from, the same should only be effective with the concurrence of the Senate,” External link

manilatimes Monday, February 17, 2020 5:29:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “On March 30, 2020, more than 11,000 families will go home jobless and millions of viewers will be affected if we do not act on this resolution immediately, I therefore urge for the immediate passage of this resolution,” External link

manilatimes Monday, February 17, 2020 5:29:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about William Hussey ) : "The ruling on the VFA, or even the ruling on the ICC for that matter, will set the rule or will set the standard," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, February 17, 2020 3:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Solicitor General ) : "It is almost certain that on April 1, 2020, the Solicitor General will question the continued operation of ABS-CBN with the expiration of the franchise," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, February 17, 2020 12:15:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "There is a view in Congress that the franchise can continue to exist until June 30 of 2022, but there is no final judgment on that by the Supreme Court," "When the Supreme Court will say that the franchise can continue up to June of 2022, well, good. But if not, we will have problems," External link

abs-cbnnews Monday, February 17, 2020 12:15:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “If the VFA is terminated, the EDCA (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement) cannot stand alone, because the basis of the EDCA is the VFA, and if the VFA is terminated, the EDCA cannot be effective,” “If the VFA and EDCA are no longer effective, then the MDT would be inutile and would serve no purpose,” External link

manilatimes Wednesday, February 12, 2020 12:15:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The basis of the EDCA is the VFA, and if the VFA is terminated, the EDCA cannot be effective. If the VFA and EDCA are no longer effective, then the MDT would be inutile and would serve no purpose,” External link

pna Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:47:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “If between now and March, Congress decides to hear the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN — all these issues raised by SolGen Calida in his quo warranto petition can be taken up during the hearing,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:06:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon saying : “If we’re going to help the bamboo industry, we should indicate what we’re going to give” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, February 4, 2020 7:20:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “You may not be caught today or tomorrow but, certainly, the law will catch up with you and send you behind bars,” “The justice system may be slow but no one can escape from it,” External link

thestandard-ph Friday, January 17, 2020 9:30:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “From a legal standpoint, it is difficult to make a case on the 58th victim, if the intention is to reopen the trial,” External link

tribuneonline Friday, December 20, 2019 8:56:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “If the House of Representatives would insist on passing Cha-Cha, make it a point to include their return address because the Senate and the Filipino people will not accept it,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, December 16, 2019 11:07:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Our counterparts in the lower house have the fighting spirit of a Filipino athlete. I do not want to dampen their spirit, but their Cha-Cha is doomed,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, December 16, 2019 11:07:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Apparently, the message was lost on the members of the House of Representatives. I had said it before and I will say it once more, Cha-Cha is dead,” External link

thestandard-ph Monday, December 16, 2019 11:07:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Rodrigo Duterte ) : “the program was a ‘dismal failure’ because only nine of 75 flagship projects have been completed three years into the six-year term of the Duterte administration” External link

bworldcom Friday, December 6, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “I did not in any manner participate in the drafting of the concession agreement,” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, December 4, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon warned : “existing and binding contracts cannot simply be classified as onerous and canceled” External link

thestandard-ph Wednesday, December 4, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Hence, I reject Mr. Romero's unfounded accusations. Mr. Romero should refrain from issuing irresponsible and baseless statements,” External link

pna Monday, November 25, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Do you realise that at one million (pesos) per classroom, we can construct 50 classrooms? In other words, we did away with 50 classrooms in exchange for one ‘kaldero’,” External link

nst Friday, November 22, 2019 12:35:00 PM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “Remember that we, in this budget this year, we have a deficit of 624 billion for which we have to borrow in order to finance that deficit at an interest [rate] of I don’t know how much,” External link

JakartaPost Friday, November 22, 2019 7:35:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : "We are incurring a loan here. Inutang natin ito from a Malaysian bank payable in 5-years time at P2.2 billion per year so a total of P11 billion," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, November 21, 2019 11:07:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said ( about Nicanor Faeldon ) : "That is a policy issue which Congress decided under the Constitution. Faeldon has no business saying or trying to substitute his judgement with that of Congress," External link

abs-cbnnews Thursday, November 21, 2019 5:01:00 AM EAT

Franklin Drilon said : “The policy issue is do we have to spend P9.5 billion facilities when in fact we could have spend P1.2-B to refurbish Rizal Memorial Coliseum?” External link

abs-cbnnews Tuesday, November 19, 2019 5:32:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
leader4.46%EN12/12/201712/12/2017
senator13.71%EN11/20/201720/11/2017
liberal party president0.11%EN09/21/201721/09/2017
sen0.78%EN08/10/201710/08/2017
chairman0.45%EN07/21/201721/07/2017
vice-president0.11%EN02/25/201725/02/2017
president76.92%EN01/20/201720/01/2017
committee chairman0.11%EN12/08/201608/12/2016
lawyer0.11%EN08/11/201611/08/2016
senador0.22%PT05/30/201630/05/2016
president2.90%SA09/10/201410/09/2014
senador0.11%ES07/08/200508/07/2005
Names Lang Count
Franklin DrilonEN68.30%
Franklin DrilonTL15.15%
Franklin DrilonEU15.15%
Franklin DrilonSA1.00%
Franklin DrilonPT0.40%
Franklin DrilonFR0.00%


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