PDAF does not end with the Supreme Court Ruling

The November 19, 2013 decision of the Supreme Court declaring the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel as unconstitutional is a victory of, for and by the Filipino people. This landmark decision is a testament of our commitment to eradicate corruption in public service – a proof that the Filipinos have a new-found courage to demand accountability and transparency from the public officials in its highest order.

But the call for good governance does not end with the Supreme Court Ruling!

The wheels of justice should continue running. Many of the public officers, lawmakers, and even private individuals involved in the Pork Barrel scam are still at large and are yet to face prosecution. Lest we forget, the dissolution of the PDAF system does not mean the obliteration of their administrative, civil and criminal liabilities under existing laws. According to recent reports, around 70 names have already been included as involved in the controversy. They should also face prosecution for plunder, graft and corruption and/or malversation of public funds, as the case may be ; and if proven guilty, should suffer the corresponding consequences.

“Dura lex sed lex,” – the law may be harsh but it is the law. It should excuse no one, not even the most powerful and influential because all persons are equal before the law. The probe into the pork barrel issue has shown that stealing people’s money in the government has been happening for many years already involving many of those we call leaders of the country and certainly more are yet to be uncovered in the days to come. In order to completely liberate the Filipinos from this nightmare, there should be a thorough, efficient and truthful investigation of everyone involved in this most celebrated scam of the decade. An offense committed a long time ago is still an offense committed, nonetheless.

The billions of pesos stolen from the people should have been used to improve government services. With this amount, 25,000 school buildings could have been built for school children. It could have been utilized for a prompt disaster response and relief operations. The money could have been used to stock 823 Million cans of sardines, 1.59 million packs of instant noodles and 370 million kilos of well-milled NFA rice that can be brought immediately to the people in Tacloban, Bohol, Zamboanga, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and other areas that were hit by calamities. Infrastructure rehabilitation in Bohol, moreover, after being hit by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake, could have been more realistic given the money that went to their greed.

Our country is hailed to have beautifully written laws. Our constitution is one of the world’s explicit constitutions ever conceived. With all these glory, our country remains to belong at the bottom bracket of the world’s progressive states and at the top bracket of the most corrupt governments. Laws, indeed, are not enough. Enforcement of the laws still matter and will have greater tangible effect. This is something that this government lacks. Prosecute the criminals!

All these efforts to materialize transparency and accountability are towards an end – good governance. We get the government that we deserve and we should, altogether, work to get a government that fits our needs. Essential for good governance is transparency and accountability, giving the ability for the citizens to participate in the affairs of the government. We are in a democracy after all. The abolition of the pork barrel system serves as a threshold toward that goal.
Hence, the Ateneo Public Interest and Legal Advocacy (APILA) Center, continues to call for:

Speedy prosecution and disposition of cases for plunder, graft and corruption and malversation of public funds, not only of those implicated in the PDAF scam but all public officials who steal from people’s money;
Transparency by enacting and approving the Freedom of Information Bill. It will engender the right of the citizens to have access to public records and information thereby giving life to the aphorism that public office is a public trust; and
Call for political and moral reform in governance. Public servants should heed the call of the common good.

It has been 100 days on December 6 since Janet Lim Napoles surrendered to the President of the Republic of the Philiipines. Has anyone been brought to justice? ### (Ces Clarion)

AdDU gears up for May elections through Blue Vote 2013

The 2013 Philippines General Election is a mideterm election for the Congress and for elected officials of the local government units and it will be held on May 13, 2013. In total, there will be 18,022 national and local positions decided.

There will be elected 12 senators, 229 members of the house of representatives, 80 governors and vice governors, 766 members of the provincial boards , 138 city mayors andvice mayors, 1,532 members of the city councils, 1,496 municipal mayors and municipal vice mayors, and 11,972 members of the municipal council. Party list representatives will also be elected.

Ateneo de Davao University, consistent with its mission to “promote social justice, gender equality, good governance, the creation of wealth and its equitable distribution,” shall embark on an electoral engagement for its own community and for the communities it serves. This shall be called the, “BLUE VOTE 2013.”

The over-all goal of Blue Vote 2013 is the promotion of a free, honest, peaceful, credible and transparent election. Specifically, this project hopes to:
1. name AdDU’s agenda for the 2013 elections;
2. educate and lead the AdDU community and vulnerable communities to a discernment on the 2013 elections, both as to its intrinsic and extrinsic merits;
3. capacitate selected faculty, staff and student leaders in facilitating political education programs both for the AdDU community and the vulnerable communities;
4. establish a political trait and senatorial quick polls among qualified voters in AdDU;
5. carry out a multi-media advocacy campaign to banner AdDU’s election agenda as well as a monitoring mechanism to keep the communities abreast about the election developments; and
6. Ensure commitment from candidates to the AdDU agenda and exact accountability once elected to public office.

LEVELS OF ENGAGEMENT The Blue Vote 2013 shall proceed in two levels. The levels nonetheless should not be construed to imply hierarchy. While they may be carried out independently, there are lines that are crossable. These components can apply to either the community within AdDU orthe communities outside AdDU.

Level 1 concentrates on preparing our community/ies for their participation in the upcoming elections. This looks into the “self” in relation to understanding his/her freedom of suffrage and its implications to the socio-political environment of the country and Mindanao. Level 1 shall include a] communal reflection, b] facilitator’s training, c]political education, and d] electoral fora.

Level 2 is characterized by active involvement – an action enamored by self-reflection. From level 1, our community/ies is/are now moved to a conscious decision to effect changes. There are several receptacles for this needed action, namely a] multi-media campaign and advocacy, b] volunteer work, c]networking and linkaging, and d] “paniningil.”

COMPONENTS OF BLUE VOTE 2013

A. Communal Reflection (On Electoral Agenda)
The AdDU Community together with its partner communities will be invited to reflect on the value of the Philippine Elections. One’s connectedness with the elections will be established in order to raise the personal stake of every member of the community/ies on engaged citizenship. This will also be linked with revisiting the University’s vision-mission in order to effectively articulate AdDU’s agenda for the 2013 election. General themes will be named but specific issues shall be identified as well to form the base of AdDU’s election advocacy. However, individual freedom on particular issues must be respected by any institutional position that may be formulated.

This can take the form of reflection session series with the key stakeholders within and outside the University. The sessions involving the internal stakeholders may be led by Arrupe Office and those involving external stakeholders may be led by ARCLG.

This will be undertaken in January 19, 2012.

B. Facilitators’ Training (EDSA and Pinoy Big Voter)
A Facilitators’ Training will be conducted to capacitate our would-be political education facilitators in carrying out our PolEd sessions. This will be coordinated with the Simbahang Lingkod Bayan, secretariat of the national network called Task Force 2013, a multi-sectoral network of organizations, to which AdDU through SJSA belongs.

The Arrupe Office with its Electoral Discernment for Social Apostles (EDSA) module together with the Pinoy Big Voter (training module) of SLB, a training will be given to selected faculty, staff and student leaders of Ateneo de Davao. They may come from the disciplines of Political Science, Theology, Political Science, CWTS-NSTP, FYDP, Mass Communications and Computer Studies. The student leaders may come from the officers of Samahan Central Board, CCO and GACP as recommended by the OSA. A total of 150 facilitators is expected to be trained tentatively on January 23, 2013, 8:00am – 5:00 pm. at J301.

This may be led by the Arrupe Office in partnership with the Political Science Department.

C. Political Education Series (Conscientization)
A series of political education sessions in preparation for the May 2013 election will be undertaken. The aim of the PolEd is to conscientisize the participants in their duty, obligations and rights as Filipinos vis-à-vis the elections.

This will benefit the members of the Ateneo Community and the community partners of the University. The modules will include but not limited to the following: election situation in the Philippines and Mindanao, concepts of engaged citizenship and empowerment, Social teachings of the Church, the Automated elections, AdDU’s election agenda and traits of a good leader among others. The module will be inspired by the EDSA and Pinoy Big Voter manual. However, this will be retro-fitted according to AdDU’s agenda through the leadership of Arrupe Office.

The PolEd sessions will be facilitated by the trained facilitators during the Facilitators’ Training.

A similar session series will be given to identified vulnerable groups like indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, youth, elderly, IDPs, detainees, OFWs and others. The PolEd sessions outside the university may be spearheaded by the ARCLG.

The target period for the series shall be from February until April of 2013. The schedule shall be arranged by the respective lead offices/centers.

D. Electoral Fora
In order to give our community sufficient basis in choosing their candidates, three rounds of electoral forum shall be conducted. One coordinated forum each for the senatoriables, party list and the local positions (including the congressional representatives).

These will be staged during the campaign period in April. Tentatively, it is proposed that the Senatoriables Round is on March 8, the Party List Round is on April 12 and the Local Officials on April 19.

No other forum for any candidates shall be held outside the identified schedules. The lead for each forum may be the Samahan Central Board or any of the Campus Clubs through the supervision of OSA.

AdDU’s election agenda will be presented in every forum for the consideration of the candidates. Commitment to the agenda will also be secured to ensure accountability in the future once elected.

E. Multi-media Campaigns
AdDU’s election advocacy shall use a multi-media approach. It shall utilize the traditional forms like prints, broadcast through press releases and press conferences. The new media shall also be maximized like facebook and twitter.

A site shall be devoted for the online election advocacy. This will be developed through the leadership of the Computer Studies Department. The site or webpage shall bear the name Blue Vote 2013, a template that may be changed every election year. It is envisioned to have the following features:
1. News links for elections updates
2. Commentaries, opinions and/or blogs with discussion platforms;
3. Videos for elections campaigns of AdDU (e.g. vote for envi champs)
4. Political Map of candidates’ profiles, positions on issues and personal and professional backgrounds for comparison; and
5. Mobile-internet convergence technology for citizens journalism with direct link to a major TV network.

It is with great hope that this is established in time for Blue Vote launching in January/February of 2013.

F. Networking and Linkaging
UCEAC shall endeavor to forge linkages with election networks that will include the Archdiocese of Davao, a TV network, legal community and others.

G. Electoral Polls
Through the leadership and coordination of URC, an election survey shall be administered in tandem with the Computer Studies Department for the automation technology.

The survey may cover trends in key positions (top 12 senators, congressional representatives, mayor, vice mayor, top 8 city councilors and party list representative), as well as character traits of good leaders. If feasible, the survey may also articulate the issues which AdDU sees important for the candidates to take on.

The results may be available around March 2013 in time for the political education series and the rounds of electoral forum.

H. Volunteer Work
AdDU shall also prepare a pool of volunteers should the need arises to watch and monitor the counting and/or canvassing of votes during the election day. This may come from the Samahan Central Board, CCO or GACP. The pool of volunteers will be led by the Samahan Central Board.

I. “Paniningil” The commitments of the candidates, especially those who won the elections will be revisited by June 2013. A “Paniningil” campaign shall be rolled out to ensure that the elected officials will keep their promises. ARCLG in partnership with Samahan Central Board may take the lead.

Cynthia Villar

Biography:

She was born on July 29, 1950, and a daughter of Dr. Filemon Celestino Aguilar a great man who is widely acknowledged for building Las Piñas with five siblings, namely Vergel “Nene” A. Aguilar, Elizabeth Aguilar Masangkay, Filemon Jr., Alexander and Christian Aguilar.

Like her husband, Cynthia says her family came from humble beginnings.

Cynthia’s paternal grandmother was a betel nut vendor who was able to send all 9 children to college.

One of her sons, Filemon (Cynthia’s father), later became Las Piñas mayor in 1987. The Aguilar clan has ruled Las Piñas for over 20 years.

Cynthia A. Villar earned her degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines, which recently recognized her as one of its Distinguished Alumni. She completed her Masters in Business Administration at the New York University.

She practiced as a financial analyst and college professor until she married Former House Speaker and Senate President Manny Villar in 1975. She then helped her husband in various entrepreneurial ventures, eventually making Vista Land the biggest homebuilder in the Philippines. She managed a private development bank from 1989 to 1998.

In 2001, Cynthia Villar won in a landslide victory as Representative of Las Piñas to the Philippine house of representative. Where she remain for 3 terms lasting 9 years. She has always been unanimously elected as president of the Lady Legislators of the 12th, 13th and 14th Congress, leading the way in initiating activities aimed at advancing and protecting the welfare of women, children and family. From 2004 to 2010 she has been Chairwoman of Committee on Higher & Technical Education of the House of Representatives.

Villar’s social and civic concerns are wide and varied. In 1992, she founded and has chaired the Villar Foundation, which has won various awards for its tree-planting program “Pagtatanim Para saKinabukasan”, “SagipBukas” a school based movement for a drug-free Las Piñas, and “Manpower on Wheels,” a mobile livelihood program providing training in employable skills.

A staunch advocate for environmental conservation and preservation, She and Senator Villar launched the Las Piɦas-Zapote River System Rehabilitation Program in 2002 which was selected by the Dubai International Award and United Nations Human Settlements Programme for Best Practice in 2006 for its outstanding contribution towards improving the living environment. Again in March 24, 2009, the program won the Oikos Global Case Writing Competition sponsored by OIKOS FOUNDATION Switzerland for the sustainable Livelihood Program developed out of river wastes. On November 14, 2009, the program won the Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice in London, UK.

The most recent recognition for the river rehabilitation program is the United Nations Best Water Management Practices Award in Celebration of the Water for Life Decade held in Zaragosa, Spain in March 2011.

Cynthia Villar served as chairperson of the Congressional Spouses Foundation from 1998 to 2000 and during her term built 11 regional centers for women who have fallen victim to abuse. She served as president of the Senate Spouses Foundation, Inc., from August 2006 to December 2008, during which the Foundation raised twenty five million pesos for the rehabilitation of charity wards at the Philippine General Hospital.

She is currently the managing director of the Villar Foundation.

With all her achievements and awards, she still considers her family her most cherished treasure in her well-raised children as her glory: Paolo and Mark are graduates of the Wharton School of Finance- University of Pennsylvania, while only-daughter Camille is a Business Management graduate at the Ateneo de Manila University. Paolo now is the Chief Executive Officer of their publicly – listed housing company Vista Land, while Camille is the Chief Operating Officer of Vista Land’s upscale housing subsidiary Brittany Corporation. Mark is a member of the Philippine House of Representatives of the Lone District of Las Piñas City. They are all role models of hard work and perseverance no matter what one’s station in life may be.

(http://www.facebook.com/Mrs.Cynthia.Villar/info)

(http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/02/15/10/lifestyle-rep-cynthia-villar) accessed on February 2, 2013

Positions held:

Before she has stepped in her political career being a Former congresswoman of Las Pinas, she had first grounded her political life from holding several positions in some companies. She has started from a low position in Philippine Shares Corp. on the years 1970-1971, and then became an instructor of Far Eastern University in the years 1972-1974. She also became Vice president and Director of Household Finance Corporation in the years 1977-1988, Treasurer of Capitol Development Bank in the years 1989-1990, and just a year she became president of the same bank up to 1998.

Cynthia Villar won in a landslide victory in 2001 as Representative of Las Piñas in the Philippines’ House of Representatives, where she completed three terms or nine years of service until 2010.

Throughout her stint as congresswoman, she was also elected as president of the Association of Lady Legislators. She initiated and implemented activities aimed at advancing and protecting the welfare of women, children and family.

She was also appointed as Chairwoman of Committee on Higher & Technical Education of the House of Representatives from 2004 to 2010.

 

(http://i-site.ph/Databases/Congress/13thHouse/personal/villar-personal.html)

(http://www.cynthiavillar.com.ph/?page_id=10) accessed on February 2, 2013

Legislations passed:

Among the key achievements of Congresswoman Villar are as follows:

  • Authored and worked for the passage of numerous worthy legislations promoting the welfare of women, children, and family
    RA 9298 – Anti-trafficking in Persons Act of 2003  RA 9262 – Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004 RA 9231 – Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor & Affording Stronger Protection for the Working Child of 2003
    RA 9255 – An Act Providing Legitimate Children may use the Surname of their father, amending for the Purpose Article 176 of the Family code in 2004 RA 9344    -    Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006
    RA 9257    -    Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2003
    RA 9710    -    Magna Carta of Women
    RA 9994    -    Comprehensive Senior Citizens Act (COSCA) of 2009
  • Authored and lead the passage of 28 bills on higher or technical education, aimed at improving the quality or accessibility of education nationwide, which include, among others:
  • RA 9500 – The University of the Philippines Charter of 2008; and
    RA 9647 – Philippine Normal University (PNU) Modernization Act of 2009
  • Worked for the passage of these other key legislations:
    RA 9442 – Granting Other Privileges and Incentives to Persons with Disablity Act of 2007
    RA 9451 – An Act establishing the Las Piñas National  Science High School, 2007
    RA 9240 – An Act converting the Las Piñas District Hospital into Las PIñas Medical Center in 2004
    RA 9211 – Tabacco Regulation Act of 2003 RA 9177 – Eid’ulFitr Holiday Act of 2002
    RA 9174 – Balikbayan Act of 2002 RA 9178 – Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) Act of 2002 RA 9175 – Chain Saw Act of 2002

(http://www.cynthiavillar.com.ph/?page_id=10) accessed on February 2, 2013

Issues and scandals:

  • The issue on C-5 extension controversy has indirectly addressed to Cynthia Villar, as his husband senator Manny Villar authored such project. Apparently this infrastructure would pass to their Real Estate properties that connect Las Pinas to Paranaque.
  • Her early TV adds before the official campaign period scheduled by the COMELEC also makes her controversial as her “Hanep na ang buhay” commercial airs to the television.
  • Political dynasty also was included in the list. Her husband sen. Manny Villar is a senator, his brother Vergel Aguilar is the mayor of Las Pinas, and her, being the representative.

(information are from Mano-mano- a program of Studio 23 hosted by Anthony Taberna.)

Her platform:

            Among other elements in her platform, Cynthia is pushing for livelihood opportunities for the poor. Lately, she has been traveling around the country, providing orientation and training (and even machinery and materials) to groups of women who want to organize small businesses. “I don’t give money,” she declares, “because I would rather give people the skills and know-how to earn for themselves and their families.”

She also has shared the same platform as she was adopted by the MAKABAYAN party list which includes: 1.       The Lowering of prices of oil products, water, power and other basic commodities and services by introducing reforms on taxation and pricing policies;

2.      Pushing for genuine agrarian reform; pro-people mining policies and environmental protection; equitable minimum wage and salary adjustments in the public and private sectors, subsidy for farmers and fisherfolk, and incentives for micro and small-medium enterprises;

3.      Increasing budgetary allocations for essential social services such as education, health and  housing  and reviewing the automatic appropriation for foreign-debt servicing to channel more public funds for social services and job-creation;

4.      Asserting national sovereignty and the people’s interest by thoroughly reviewing to rectify unequal bilateral treaties and agreements with the IMF-WB-WTO triad and the VFA and upholding our territorial and EEZ claims in the West Philippine Sea;

5.      Working for the passage of the Freedom of Information and Whistleblowers Act, and opposing special treatment in handling criminal cases against Gloria Arroyo and other former officials;

6.      Seeking an end to extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances of activists and journalists; amnesty to all political prisoners similar with military rebels;

7.      Repealing or amending the Cybercrime law and decriminalizing libel; and

8.     Urging the immediate release of detained NDFP consultants and other JASIG-protected persons and pushing for the resumption of peace talks between the GPH and the NDFP.

(http://davaotoday.com/main/2012/11/08/makabayan-coalition-adopts-five-senatoriables/) accessed on February 4, 2013

Her stand about the following issues:

  • Anti-discrimination Bill

Cynthia Villar was a Lady Legislator who’s been expressively supporting the Anti-discrimination Bill. In fact she is a co-author of the Magna Carta for women, which recognizes the need for a comprehensive and integrated national policy that will serve as a framework in promoting women’s equality and development. Anti-Abuse of Women in Intimate Relationship, which seeks to fill in the lack of specific legislation that appropriately covers violence against women in intimate relationships including marriage, cohabitation, or intimacy, addressing the physical, psychological, emotional, sexual and financial abuse within these relationships. Anti-Discrimination of Women in Employment; and d. Magna Carta of Women in Rural Development, which recognizes the need to protect and advance the rights women in the farming and fisheries sector, the rural informal sector, and the rural manufacturing sector as well as community workers.

(http://cynthiavillar.com.ph/sp-legislator.html) accessed on February 3, 2013

  • Freedon on Information Bill

In an interview with reporters, Mrs. Villar also vowed to support the freedom of information (FOI) bill if she wins in the 2013 senatorial elections.

“I am supportive of the FOI bill,” she told reporters.

 

(http://www.sunstar.com.ph/breaking-news/2012/10/02/villar-s-wife-nothing-wrong-early-tv-ads-245917) accessed on February 3, 2013

 

  • Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro (FAB)

Cynthia Villar supported the framework agreement between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front that was signed in Malacañang on Monday.

Villar said the deal, which seeks to create a Bangsamoro entity, could hopefully give lasting peace in whole Mindanao.

“It’s just a framework anyway that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm),” she said.

(http://www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/local-news/2012/10/16/villar-backs-bangsamoro-framework-agreement-248266) accessed on February 3 2013

  • Divorce bill

She said she is not for Divorce and same thing to RH Bill, because she is a member of Couples For Christ (CFC), and they are against it. She is taking the stand of the CF

(http://www.philstar.com/sunday-life/128925/are-you-or-against-divorce) accessed on February 4, 2013

  • Mining

Having been adopted by the MAKABAYAN partylist, Cynthia Villar also has shared the same advocacy regarding their stand on mining, in fact they would Push for genuine agrarian reform; pro-people mining policies and environmental protection; equitable minimum wage and salary adjustments in the public and private sectors, subsidy for farmers and fisherfolk, and incentives for micro and small-medium enterprises.

(http://davaotoday.com/main/2012/11/08/makabayan-coalition-adopts-five-senatoriables/) accessed on February 4, 2013

  • Internally Displaced persons Bill (IDP)

Since from the start of her foundation, Cynthia Villar has been supportive to internally displaced persons, in fact she expressed optimism that providing livelihood skills, especially to those affected by typhoon Pablo in Davao Region, would help them land a job and rebuild their lives.

(http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/business/2013/02/03/empower-poor-through-livelihood-villar-urges-266307) accessed on February 4, 2013

Edward S. Hagedorn

Edward S. Hagedorn was born on October 12, 1946 in Parañaque, Rizal. His parents were Alexander Hagedorn and the former Gliceria Solon. He is married to Maria Elena Marcelo and the couple have two children, Eva Christie S. Hagedorn and Elroy John S. Hagedorn.

 

Mayor Hagedorn completed his education from St. Andrew’s School of Parañaque, San Sebastian College – Recoletos and from the University of the East in the City of Manila.

 

When Hagedorn was elected as Mayor of Puerto Princesa City in 1992, he also served as an Assemblyman of the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development (SPCD), a body created during the term of President Corazon C. Aquino which was tasked to oversee the establishment of an autonomous region for Muslims in Mindanao and it included Palawan island.

 

He also served simultaneously as mayor and as a Representative of the League of Cities of the Philippines for Region IV and member of National Executive Board of Boy Scout of the Philippines.

Under his leadership, Puerto Princesa was transformed into one of the more famous eco-tourism destinations in the Philippines. The city is also a global model for environment protection, elevating the city into the Hall of Fame as the Philippines “cleanest and greenest” component city and winning several global recognition and awards in the process.

Edward Hagedorn finished his three consecutive terms as mayor of Puerto Princesa on June 30, 2001. But on November 12, 2002, upon the landmark decision of the Supreme Court of the Philippines qualifying him to serve a fresh term, he sit as mayor again after winning in a special election called by majority of Barangay Officials on September 24, 2002. Observers classed it, the most remarkable Edward Hagedorn victory so far.

Based on the Philippine Constitution of 1987, Hagedorn was prohibited from running for a third three year term on January 30, 2001 but after an election recall led by Puerto Princesa’s Barangay leaders against the incumbent mayor who replaced Hagedorn, the Supreme Court of the Philippines on November 12, 2002 issued a landmark decision allowing Hagedorn to run again as mayor of the city. He sit as mayor again after winning in a special election on September 24, 2002. Observers classed it, the most remarkable Edward Hagedorn victory so far.

But Edward humbly posted streamers saying, “Such sweet victory was only made possible through your support and prayers. A million thanks!”

On September 2005, Hagedorn was appointed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the “anti-jueteng czar”, charged to oversee the government’s efforts to clamp down on the proliferation of the illegal two-numbers gambling. Hagedorn was given the task of creating a legalized and government form of jueteng called Small Town Lottery or STL.

Right now, the City Government of Puerto Princesa is busy executing economic development programs and the man leading its direction is Mayor Edward Solon Hagedorn.

It was on October 3, 2012 (Wednesday), when the ‘GREEN’ Mayor launched his Senate bid as he filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila. At the same time, Hagedorn said he will be running as an independent senatorial candidate.

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PERSONAL

Place of Birth: Parañaque, Rizal

Date of Birth: October 12, 1946

Spouse: Maria Elena Marcelo

Children: Eva Christie S. Hagedorn

Elroy John S. Hagedorn

EDUCATION

 

  • St. Andrew’s School of Parañaque

 

  • San Sebastian College – Recoletos

 

  • University of the East – Manila

 

 

GOVERNMENT POSITIONS

 

  • Elected as Mayor of Puerto Princesa City in 1992

 

  • ·       Served as an Assemblyman of the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development (SPCD) in 1992

 

  • Former Chairman and Secretary-General of the League of Cities of the Philippines

 

  • Member of National Executive Board of Boy Scout of the Philippines

 

  •  Finished three consecutive terms as mayor of Puerto Princesa on June 30, 2001

 

  • ·       Re-elected  as mayor of Puerto Princesa City on September 24, 2002 (after winning in a special election called by majority of Barangay Officials)

 

  • Appointed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the “anti-jueteng czar” on September 2005; Chairman of the Anti-jueteng Task Force

 

  • Incumbent Mayor of the city government of Puerto Princesa up to present

AWARDS

 

Major Awards (with the city government of Puerto Princesa):

  • Earth Day Award, 1993
  • “Hoy! Gising” Award, 1993
  • Best Local Government Unit Award, 1994
  • Macli-ing Dulag Environmental Achievement Award, 1994
  • Gantimpalang Panglingkod (GALING-POOK) Award for Bantay Puerto Program, 1994
  • Award of Excellence: Cleanest and Greenest Component City of the Philippines, 1994
  • Best Tourist Destination, 1994
  • Peace Award, 1995
  • Commerce and Conscience Award, 1995
  • Cleanest Inland Body of Water, Region IV, 1995
  • Nutrition Green Banner Award, 1995
  • Award of Excellence: Cleanest and Greenest Component City of the Philippines, 1995
  • Most Outstanding Performer of the Year, 1996
  • Best City Police Station, 1996
  • Best Local Government Unit, 1996
  • Management Awards of Asia (for Development Management), 1996
  • Gawad Pamana ng Lahi (Heritage Award), 1996
  • Likas-Yaman Awards for Environmental Execellence, 1996
  • Gantimpalang Panglingkod (GALING-POOK) Awards (1996) for: The Oplan Linis Program; The City Satellite Hospitals; and The City Satellite Libraries
  • Most Active Proponent of Coastal Clean-up, 1996
  • Hall of Fame Award (Regional Clean and Green), 1996
  • Award of Execellence: Cleanest and Greenest Component City of the Philippines, 1996
  • Most Distinguished Alumnus (San Sebastian College-Recoletos), 1997
  • Global 500 Roll of Honour Award (UNEP), 1997
  • Gantimpalang Panglingkod (GALING-POOK) Award for Carabao and Tractor Pool, 1997
  • Hall of Fame Award (AIM), 1997

 

n  Plus countless other Plaques of Appreciation and Recognition

 

 

 

 

AGENDA (for 2013 Senatorial Elections):

 

 

  1. Enact a law with a stiffer penalty against those who failed to implement the laws

 

  1. Strengthen the environmental laws of the country

 

  1. Laws needed by the LGUs (local government unit) so that they could be more effective in the delivery of basic services

 

  1. Push for the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI)

 

  1. A more stringent and encompassing Anti-Money Laundering Act

 

  1. A more decisive Reproductive Rights Law

 

  1. A progressive Sin Tax Reform Law that treats all ‘sins’ equally and uniformly.”

 

STANDS

  1. Mining:

 

Mayor Hagedorn remarked that Palawan, including Puerto Princesa is geared towards tourism and business investment but definitely not for mining purposes.

 

The ‘Green’ Mayor stands firm on his “no mining principle” and believes that the center of good governance is sustainable development and environmental protection.

 

 

  1. FOI (Freedom of Information Bill):

 

Mayor Hagedorn implied the need to push for the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI) which he included in his agenda for the 2013 Senatorial elections.

 

 

  1. Women:

 

Having Mayor Hagedorn as their leader, one of the greatest strengths of Puerto Princesa is the people’s sense of community involvement and equal opportunities. Every club and civic organization was represented at the festival; Girl and Boy Scouts, the JCs, Lions, Rotary, Women’s League, sports teams, and soldiers both male and female.

  1. IDP (Internally Displaced Person) Bill

 

N/A. No official statements yet published / recorded.

 

  1. FAB (Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro)

 

N/A. No official statements yet published / recorded.

 

 

 

ISSUES/SCANDALS

 

 

  • The controversy of Mayor Edward Hagedorn who received criticism for the P23-M helicopter, then unused, that he bought using public funds, according to Newsbreak.

 

  • In 2001, newsbreak reported that Hagedorn would then leave behind “traffic-plagued and potholed streets.” “Despite nearly a billion pesos in the city’s annual budget, basic services leave much to be desired,” the report added.

 

  • With his reputation, nevertheless, Hagedorn’s name surfaced in previous national elections. In 2008, he was reportedly the preferred vice presidential running mate of then Metro Manila Development Authority chair Bayani Fernando, who eventually withdrew his presidential bid.

 

  • In 1998, the opposition courted Hagedorn, when he was hugely popular for his environment-centered leadership, to run for senator. But Hagedorn refused because he “found the cost of running a national campaign prohibitive.”

 

  • Mayor Edward Hagedorn has also been allegedly implicated in the killing of another journalist—Fernando “Dong” Batul.  CMFR found that “Hagedorn, who has been the subject of Batul’s criticisms, was suspected as being the brains behind the killing. Hagedorn however immediately denied involvement in the murder and even offered a P2-million bounty to anyone who can give information on the killers before Golifardo’s arrest.

 

 

 

 

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Backgrounder Format:

Mitos Magsaysay

Biography:

Maria Milagros “Mitos” Habana Magsaysay was born on January 4, 1964. She was married to Jesus Vicente “JV” Magsaysay and a mother of 6 kids.

Mitos Magsaysay graduated from University of the Philippines with a degree of BS Business Administration.

She is a member and a Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives for 3 terms. She was voted “Most Outstanding Congressman” for 5 consecutive years 2004-2009, 2011 the Emeritus Hall of Fame Awardee.

She is known as Congresswoman Libre. For the last 9 years, she has provided the following everyday:

  • Free Medical and Dental Check Ups
  • Free doctors and dentists
  • Free medicines from babies to senior citizens
  • Free maintenance medicines for diabetes, arthritis, and hypertension to all senior citizens
  • Free tooth extraction
  • Free TB and Primary complex medication good for 9 months
  • Free diagnostic laboratory: urinalysis, fecalysis, blood chemistry, sugar and cholesterol tests, ECG
  • Free drug test laboratory accredited by LTO
  • Free scholarships for tertiary education and skills training
  • Free high school assistance to cover PTCA fees
  • Free grade school assistance to cover PTCA fees

She is very active and vocal legislator in the House of Representatives (HOR) especially on bills, issues, and laws that affect the citizenry.

Slogan:

“Libreng Pagamutan, para healthy Kayo”,
“Scholarship at Skills Training, para Magka-trabaho Kayo”
“Kay MITOS, Kayo ang UNA!”

Source:  (http://www.facebook.com/mitoshmagsaysay) official page; Accessed on February 4, 2013 | 11:23AM

Position held:

First District of Zambales Representative, 2004 to present

Source:http://www.philstar.com/election-2013/2012/12/20/888222/maria-milagros-mitos-habana-magsaysay; Accessed on February 4, 2013 | 12:36PM

Legislations:

                  House Measures Sponsored/Authored (35)

  • HB01605
    AN ACT FIXING THE SPECIFIC LIMITS OF FOREST LANDS AND ALIENABLE AND DISPOSABLE LANDS WITHIN THE PROVINCE OF ZAMBALES
    Status: Substituted by HB04974
  • HB01606
    AN ACT ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER IN OLONGAPO CITY, ZAMBALES AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
    Status: Pending with the Committee on SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY since 2010-08-02
  • HB01607
    AN ACT PROVIDING THAT THE SCHEDULE OF FAIR MARKET VALUES OF REAL PROPERTY SHALL BE PREPARED BY THE LOCAL ASSESSMENT COUNCIL AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE OF 1991
    Status: Pending with the Committee on LOCAL GOVERNMENT since 2010-08-02
  • HB01608
    AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 4136, ARTICLE III, SECTION 14.-ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION.- A PROPERLY NUMBERED CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION SHALL BE ISSUED FOR EACH SEPARATE MOTOR VEHICLE AFTER DUE INSPECTION AND PAYMENT OF CORRESPONDING REGISTRATION FEES, AS AMENDED
    Status: Pending with the Committee on TRANSPORTATION since 2010-08-02
  • HB01609
    AN ACT REQUIRING THE PAYMENT OF FILING FEES FOR COMPLAINTS CHARGING VIOLATIONS OF BATAS PAMBANSA BLG. 22, AS AMENDED, FILED WITH THE PROSECUTION OFFICES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Status: Pending with the Committee on REVISION OF LAWS since 2010-08-02
  • HB01610 AN ACT CREATING A NATIONAL STUDENT LOAN BOARD TO IMPLEMENT A NATIONAL STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM FOR THE POOR, DEFINING ITS IMPLEMENTING GUIDELINES, RULES AND REGULATIONS AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
    Status: Under deliberation by the Mother Committee on 2010-11-10
  • HB01611
    AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6435, CHANGING THE NAME OF SAN MARCELINO EMERGENCY HOSPITAL (MAYOR LEOPOLDO F. RABANES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL) IN SAN MARCELINO ZAMBALES, TO MIGUELA P. MAGSAYSAY HOSPITAL
    Status:
  • HB01612
    AN ACT FURTHER AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7875, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “AN ACT INSTITUTING A NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR ALL FILIPINOS AND ESTABLISHING THE PHILIPPINE HEALTH INSURANCE CORPORATION FOR THE PURPOSE”
    Status: Substituted by HB06048
  • HB01613
    AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM FOR THE ACQUISITION OF SCHOOL SITES AND THE CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE, REHABILITATION, AND REPAIR OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS IN THE PUBLIC ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Status: Pending with the Committee on BASIC EDUCATION AND CULTURE since 2010-08-02
  • HB04974
    AN ACT FIXING THE SPECIFIC LIMITS OF FOREST LANDS IN THE PROVINCE OF ZAMBALES
    Status: Approved by the House on 2011-08-22, transmitted to on 2011-08-25 and received by the Senate on 2011-08-25
  • HB05531
    AN ACT CREATING FOUR ADDITIONAL BRANCHES OF THE REGIONAL TRIAL COURT IN THE THIRD JUDICIAL REGION TO BE STATIONED AT THE CITY OF OLONGAPO, PROVINCE OF ZAMBALES, FURTHER AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE BATAS PAMBANSA BILANG 129, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “THE JUDICIARY REORGANIZATION ACT OF 1980,” AS AMENDED, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
    Status: Approved on Third Reading on 2013-02-04
  • HB06550
    AN ACT GRANTING THE OLONGAPO ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION COMPANY, INC. A FRANCHISE TO CONSTRUCT, INSTALL, ESTABLISH, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN A DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF ELECTRIC POWER TO THE END-USERS IN THE CITY OF OLONGAPO AND ITS SUBURBS
    Status: Passed by the Senate without amendments on 2012-12-17
  • HR00086
    A RESOLUTION URGING THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY TO LOOK INTO THE VARIOUS ISSUES AS LAID DOWN HEREINBELOW AFFECTING THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION ON RENEWABLE ENERGY
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on ENERGY since 2010-08-23)
  • HR00087
    RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO SEEK FOR THE CLARIFICATION AND DEFINITION OF THE POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ANTI-SMUGGLING GROUP (PASG) VIS-A-VIS THE BUREAU OF CUSTOMS (BOC)
    Status: Pending with the Committee on WAYS AND MEANS since 2010-08-02
  • HR00088
    RESOLUTION COMMENDING THE JUNIOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM OF THE INTERNATIONAL LITTLE LEAGUE ASSOCIATION OF MANILA (ILLAM) FOR BEING THE 2007 ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL JUNIOR CHAMPIONS AND RUNNER-UP TO THE JUNIOR LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
    Status: Adopted as Resolution No. HR00008 on 2010-08-10
  • HR00171
    RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO IMMEDIATELY INVESTIGATE THE TRUE STATE OF THE RICE SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY AND FOR CONGRESS TO FIND URGENT SOLUTION TO AVERT THE CRISIS IF ANY AND RECOMMEND FOR THE PROSECUTION OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE CONTROVERSY ALLEGEDLY OVER THE OVERIMPORTATION PURPORTEDLY MADE BY THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION OR THE APPOINTEES OF THE NEW ADMINISTRATION WHO MAY BE FALSELY CREATING AN ISSUE IN THE PUBLIC THAT THERE IS OVER SUPPLY OF RICE WHEN THERE IS NONE, AND TO DETERMINE THE PROPER SANCTIONS AGAINST THE CULPRITS
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on AGRICULTURE AND FOOD since 2010-09-01)
  • HR00205
    RESOLUTION URGING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THRU THE COMMITTEE ON GOOD GOVERNMENT JOINT WITH THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS TO IMMEDIATELY CONDUCT AN INQUIRY IN AID OF LEGISLATION INTO THE ISSUES THAT SURROUND THE ANOMALOUS INCIDENTS CONCERNING THE METROPOLITAN WATERWORKS AND SEWERAGE SYSTEM (MWSS), SPECIFICALLY THE ALLEGED EXCESSIVE COMPENSATION OF THE DIRECTORS AND OFFICIALS, THE ATTEMPT OF THE NEW DPWH SECRETARY TO TAKEOVER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MWSS WHEN HIS ASSUMING SAID POSITION IS FOUND TO BE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST, HIS ALLEDE ATTEMPT TO HAVE AN APPROVAL FROM THE MWSS TO OPERATE THE CONCESSION IN PAGCOR CITY WHEN HE WAS STILL THE MANAGER OF THE PRIVATE WATER COMPANY, MAYNILAD, WHERE SUCH DEALINGS WAS CONSIDERED A MIDNIGHT DEAL AND ALSO TO DETERMINE THE BOUNDARIES OF EACH CONCESSIONAIRE, WHERE ALLEGATIONS OF OVERLAPPING WAS RAISED IN A NEWS REPORT IN A DAILY NEWSPAPER AND FINALLY TO FIND OUT IF THESE OFFICIALS HAVE COMMITTED GRAFT AND CORRUPTION IN THE COURSE OF PERFORMING THEIR DUTIES
    Status: Adopted Measure Acted Upon on 2011-09-09
  • HR00378
    A RESOLUTION URGING THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION IN AID OF LEGISLATION INTO THE UNDERIMPLEMENTATION AND NON-IMPLEMENTATION BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THE DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT, THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION AND THE COMMISSION ON AUDIT OF THE WELFARE PROVISIONS OF RA 4670, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “THE MAGNA CARTA FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS OF 1996
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on BASIC EDUCATION AND CULTURE, HIGHER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION since 2010-09-22)
  • HR00396
    RESOLUTION URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT TO EFFECT THE PAYROLL RESTORATION OF THE OVER AND ABOVE ALLOWANCES OF AFFECTED PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS AND RETROACTIVE PAYMENT OF THE SAME IN THE FORM OF DAA DIFFERENTIALS PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 OF RA 6758 AND SUPREME COURT RULINGS
    Status: Pending with the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS since 2010-09-20
  • HR00397
    RESOLUTION URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT TO RAISE THE BENCHMARK SALARY OF PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS FROM SALARY GRADE 11 TO 19 TO REFLECT THE PHILOSOPHY, PRINCIPLES AND OBJECTIVES OF THE SALARY STANDARDIZATION LAW III, REPUBLIC ACT 4670 AND THE 1987 PHILIPPINES CONSTITUTION
    Status: Pending with the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS since 2010-09-20
  • HR00478
    RESOLUTION URGING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THRU THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION TOGETHER WITH THE COMMITTEE ON GOOD GOVERNMENT TO IMMEDIATELY CONDUCT AN INQUIRY IN AID OF LEGISLATION INTO THE ISSUES THAT SURROUND THE ANOMALOUS GRANT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS (DOTC) AND THE LAND TRANSPORTATION OFFICE (LTO) TO A CERTAIN COMPANY, TO SUPPLY DRIVERS’ LICENSES TO BE ISSUED TO DRIVERS FOR A FEE WITHOUT A CONTRACT AND IN CLEAR VIOLATION OF LAW. FURTHER, THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND THE COMMITTEE ON GOOD GOVERNMENT SHOULD ALSO LOOK INTO THE CULPABILITY OF THOSE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE PREPARATION OF THE TERMS OF REFERENCE AND BID DOCUMENTS WHICH WERE ALLEGED TO FAVOR A CERTAIN BIDDER TO THE EXCLUSION OF OTHER BIDDERS AND TO DETERMINE IF THERE IS A WAY WHERE DOTC AND LTO CAN PROCURE LICENSES AT A CHEAPER MEANS AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY AT THE SAME TIME, AND LASTLY, TO FIND OUT IF HOW MUCH HAS THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT BEEN SUBSIDIZING THE LAND TRANSPORTATION FOR THE PROCUREMENT OF LICENSES FOR SO MANY YEARS
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on TRANSPORTATION since 2010-11-23)
  • HR00709
RESOLUTION URGING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO INQUIRE INTO THE POSSIBLE ANOMALIES BY OFFICIALS OF THE BUREAU OF CUSTOMS IN CONNIVANCE WITH THE MANUFACTURERS AND DISTRIBUTORS OF IMPORTED VEHICLES WHICH WERE EITHER ASSEMBLED HERE IN THE COUNTRY OR COMPLETELY IMPORTED FOR CAUSING THE UNDERVALUATION OF TAXES AND DUTIES ASSESSED ON SAID VEHICLES IN THE PERIOD 2007 TILL THE PRESENT THEREBY RESULTING IN BILLIONS OF PESOS IN LOST REVENUES FOR THE GOVERNMENT
Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on WAYS AND MEANS since 2011-01-17)

  • HR00718 RESOLUTION URGING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO INQUIRE INTO THE POSSIBLE ANOMALIES BY OFFICIALS OF THE PHILIPPINE AMUSEMENT AND GAMING CORPORATION (PAGCOR) IN CONNIVANCE WITH OWNERS, SHAREHOLDERS AND MANAGERS OF HOTELS, AMUSEMENT CENTERS AND SIMILAR ESTABLISHMENTS FOR ENTERING INTO CONTRACTS TO OPERATE CASINOS WHEREBY PAGCOR ABDICATED ITS OBLIGATION AND DUTY UNDER THE LAW AND ONLY PLAYS A MINOR ROLE BY ENTRUSTING OR GRANTING THE CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT OF THE OPERATION OF SAID CASINOS TO THE SAID ESTABLISHMENTS, THAT SUCH AN ARRANGEMENT VIOLATES THE PURPOSE AND SPIRIT OF THE LAW THAT CREATED PAGCOR, WHICH PROVIDES THAT PAGCOR MAY OPERATE A CASINO IN JOINT VENTURE WITH OTHERS OR MAY RECEIVE INVESTMENT FROM OTHERS TO PUT UP A CASINO, HOWEVER, MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF SUCH CASINOS WILL REMAIN WITH PAGCOR
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on GAMES AND AMUSEMENTS since 2011-01-24)
  • HR00893
    RESOLUTION URGING HIS EXCELLENCY BENIGNO SIMEON C. AQUINO III TO LIFT THE DEPLOYMENT BAN IN AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ AND LEBANON
    Status: Scheduled for first meeting/hearing on 2011-08-24
  • HR00950
    RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON LAND AND TRANSPORTATION TO HOLD AN INQUIRY ON THE 2011 TOLL RATE INCREASE ON THE ROLL RATES AT NLEX AND SCTEX
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES AND PRIVATIZATION, TRANSPORTATION since 2011-03-07)
  • HR01103
    RESOLUTION URGING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THROUGH THE COMMITTEE ON GOOD GOVERNMENT AND COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS TO INQUIRE INTO THE ANOMALOUS TRANSACTION ENTERED INTO BETWEEN THE OFFICIALS OF IBC 13 AND OFFICIALS OF THE JOINT VENTURE OF RII BUILDERS INC./PRIMESTATE VENTURES INC. WHEREBY A POSSIBLE CONNIVANCE EXIST AMONG THESE OFFICIALS OF THESE CORPORATIONS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DEFRAUDING THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH IBC 13. THAT IBC 13 OFFICIALS ENTERED INTO THE ILLEGAL TRANSACTION DESPITE BEING ALREADY CAUTIONED BY THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNMENT CORPORATE COUNSEL (OGCC) THAT THE TRANSACTION DID NOT COMPLY WITH THE NEDA JOINT VENTURE GUIDELINES
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on GOOD GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY since 2011-05-25)
  • HR01627
    RESOLUTION URGING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO REVIEW THE 1998 OIL DEREGULATION LAW FOR POSSIBLE AMENDMENTS
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on ENERGY since 2012-01-17)
  • HR01628
    RESOLUTION URGING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO INVESTIGATE THE PANTAWID PASADA CARDS DISTRIBUTED TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DRIVERS THAT WERE EMPTY
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on TRANSPORTATION since 0000-00-00)
  • HR01643
    RESOLUTION URGING THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO IMMEDIATELY CONDUCT AN INQUIRY IN AID OF LEGISLATION INTO THE ISSUES THAT SURROUND THE UNABATED SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES OF PILIPINAS SHELL (PSPC) AND THE LATTER’S FAILURE TO PAY THE APPROPRIATE TAXES AND DUTIES AMOUNTING TO SEVERAL BILLIONS OF PESOS TO THE GOVERNMENT AND TO LOOK INTO THE FAILURE OF CUSTOMS AND BIR OFFICIALS TO TAKE ACTION AND NECESSARY STEPS TO RUN AFTER PILIPINAS SHELL THEREBY CAUSING PREJUDICE AND UNDUE INJURY TO GOVERNMENT IN NOT ABLE TO COLLECT THIS MUCH NEEDED REVENUE. TO FURTHER INVESTIGATE IF OFFENSES AND VIOLATIONS OF LAW WERE COMMITTED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND HIS SUBORDINATES, THE BIR AND OTHER PUBLIC OFFICIALS IN NOT TAKING ACTION TO CURB SMUGGLING AND COLLECT THE PROPER TAXES DUE TO GOVERNMENT
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on WAYS AND MEANS since 2012-01-17)
  • HR02436
    RESOLUTION URGING CONGRESS TO IMMEDIATELY INVESTIGATE THE GROSS MISMANAGEMENT OF THE POWER DEBT OF OLONGAPO CITY RESULTING TO A STAGGERING AMOUNT OF 2,300,000,000 BILLION PESOS AS OF THE YEAR 2010
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on GOOD GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY since 2012-08-28)
  • PS00066
    HOSTAGE-TAKING INCIDENT IN LUNETA
    Status: Pending First Reading (Filed last 2010-09-08)
  • PS00082
    CALLED FOR THE RESUMPTION OF THE IMPEACHMENT CASE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST OMBUDSMAN GUTIERREZ
    Status: Pending with the Committee on JUSTICE since 2010-09-28
  • PS00128 SHELTER FOR THE POOR
    Status: Pending First Reading (Filed last 2010-12-06)
  • PS00271
    REACTION TO STATEMENTS MADE AGAINST HER BY SEC. CARANDANG PUBLISHED IN A NEWSPAPER
    Status: Consigned to the Archives on 2011-08-16
  • PS00351
    EXPRESSED HER SENTIMENTS ON THE IMPEACHMENT OF CJ RENATO CORONA
    Status: Pending with the Committee on JUSTICE since 2012-01-17

House Measures Co-Authored (79)

  • HB00023 [Journal #64]
    AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A MAGNA CARTA OF THE POOR
    Principal Author: DEL MAR, RACHEL MARGUERITE BORROMEO
    Status: Substituted by HB04484
  • HB00093 [Journal #30]
    AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN AND ENHANCE THE USE OF ENGLISH AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IN PHILIPPINE SCHOOLS
    Principal Author: GULLAS, EDUARDO RIVERA
    Status: Under deliberation by the Mother Committee on 2010-09-07
  • HB00095 [Journal #48]
    AN ACT PROVIDING INCENTIVES TO ALL BARANGAY OFFICIALS, INCLUDING BARANGAY TANODS AND MEMBERS OF THE LUPONG TAGAPAMAYAPA, AND BARANGAY EMPLOYEES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: GULLAS, EDUARDO RIVERA
    Status: Pending with the Committee on LOCAL GOVERNMENT since 2010-07-27
  • HB00098
    AN ACT DEFINING AND PENALIZING ENFORCED OR INVOLUNTARY DISAPPEARANCE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: LAGMAN, EDCEL CASTELAR
    Status: REPUBLIC ACT (RA10353) enacted on 2012-12-21
  • HB00111 [Journal #10]
    AN ACT REQUIRING ALL GOVERNMENT-ISSUED IDENTIFICATION CARDS, CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES TO INCLUDE A PORTION INDICATING THE BLOOD TYPE OF THE HOLDER THEREOF AND PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION THEREOF
    Principal Author: GONZALES, NEPTALI II MEDINA
    Status: Substituted by HB06154
  • HB00848 [Journal #5]
    AN ACT TO INSTITUTIONALIZE THE CONDITIONAL CASH SUBSIDY PROGRAM OF THE GOVERNMENT AND PROVIDING FUNDS THEREFOR
    Principal Author: CALIMBAS-VILLAROSA, MA. AMELITA A.
    Status: Under deliberation by the Mother Committee on 2012-06-29
  • HB00914 [Journal #63]
    AN ACT PROHIBITING ALL CORPORAL PUNISHMENT AND ALL OTHER FORMS OF HUMILIATING OR DEGRADING PUNISHMENT OF CHILDREN AND PROMOTING POSITIVE AND NON-VIOLENT DISCIPLINE OF CHILDREN, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: YAP, SUSAN A.
    Status: Substituted by HB04455
  • HB01082 [Journal #63]
    AN ACT PROHIBITING ALL CORPORAL PUNISHMENT AND ALL OTHER FORMS OF HUMILIATING OR DEGRADING PUNISHMENT OF CHILDREN AND PROMOTING POSITIVE AND NON-VIOLENT DISCIPLINE OF CHILDREN, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: HERRERA-DY, BERNADETTE RAMIREZ
    Status: Substituted by HB04455
  • HB01291 [Journal #31]
    AN ACT MANDATING AN IMMEDIATE VALIDATION PROCESS WHICH SATISFIES INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY NORMS TO DETERMINE THE BATAAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT’S OPERABILITY CULMINATING IN EITHER THE IMMEDIATE REHABILITATION, CERTIFICATION AND COMMERCIAL OPERATION OR, THE IMMEDIATE PERMANENT CLOSURE AND SALVAGE VALUE RECOVERY, OF THE BATAAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: COJUANGCO, KIMI S.
    Status: Referred to Stakeholders on 2010-09-07
  • HB02142 [Journal #19]
    AN ACT UPGRADING THE MINIMUM SALARY GRADE OF PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS FROM SALARY GRADE 11 TO 15
    Principal Author: TINIO, ANTONIO L.
    Status: Referred to Stakeholders on 2010-09-20
  • HB02521 [Journal #2]
    AN ACT AMENDING SECTIONS 3 AND 31 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6657, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS COMPREHENSIVE AGRARIAN REFORM LAW OF 1988, AS AMENDED
    Principal Author: MARIANO, RAFAEL V.
    Status: Pending with the Committee on AGRARIAN REFORM since 2010-08-23
  • HB03046 [Journal #65]
    AN ACT DEFINING AND PENALIZING THE CRIME OF ENFORCED OR INVOLUNTARY DISAPPEARANCE
    Principal Author: COLMENARES, NERI
    Status: Consolidated into HB00098
  • HB03332 [Journal #51]
    AN ACT INCREASING THE EXCISE TAX RATES IMPOSED ON ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTIONS 141, 142, 143, 144 AND 145 OF THE NATIONAL INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1997, AS AMENDED
    Principal Author: SINGSON, ERIC JR. GACULA
    Status: Consolidated into HB05727
  • HB03391 [Journal #53]
    AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8972 OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE SOLO PARENTS WELFARE ACT OF 2000 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: LOPEZ, CAROL JANE. B.
    Status: Substituted by HB06184
  • HB03952 [Journal #72]
    AN ACT RECOGNIZING SPOUSAL VIOLENCE, INFIDELITY AND ABANDONMENT AS PRESUMPTIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL INCAPACITY CONSTITUTING A GROUND FOR THE ANNULMENT OF MARRIAGE AMENDING ARTICLE 36 OF THE FAMILY CODE FOR THAT PURPOSE
    Principal Author: COLMENARES, NERI
    Status: Pending with the Committee on REVISION OF LAWS since 2011-01-24
  • HB03962
    AN ACT AMENDING R.A. 6949, “AN ACT TO DECLARE MARCH EIGHT OF EVERY YEAR AS A WORKING SPECIAL HOLIDAY TO BE KNOWN AS NATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY”, TO MAKE THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY A NON-WORKING HOLIDAY
    Principal Author: ILAGAN, LUZVIMINDA C.
    Status: Approved by the House on 2012-03-05, transmitted to on 2012-03-08 and received by the Senate on 2012-03-08
  • HB03976
    AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR CONDUCT OF BUSINESS AND THE SAFE OPERATIONS OF THE LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS (LPG) INDUSTRY, DEFINE AND PENALIZE CERTAIN ACTS
    Principal Author: TY, ARNEL U.
    Status: Substituted by HB05052
  • HB04039 [Journal #3]
    AN ACT ACCELERATING CENTRAL LUZON REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NUMBER 7227 OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE ‘”BASES CONVERSION AND DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1992, EXPANDING THE ALLOCATION OF ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES FROM THE REVENUES FROM THE SALE, LEASE, JOINT-VENTURE AGREEMENTS AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS INVOLVING MILITARY BASES AND RESERVATIONS, ALLOCATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: LAZATIN, CARMELO FELICIANO
    Status: Pending with the Committee on BASES CONVERSION since 2011-01-31
  • HB04069
    AN ACT RECONFIGURING THE DISPOSITION OF THE MONIES COLLECTED AND DELINEATING THE STATUS OF THE SPECIAL FUNDS, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 7 AND 8 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8794 OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE MOTOR VEHICLE USER’S CHARGE LAW AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: SUAREZ, DANILO ETORMA
    Status: Approved by the House on 2011-02-22, transmitted to on 2011-02-24 and received by the Senate on 2011-02-24
  • HB04215 [Journal #65]
    AN ACT CHANGING THE NAME OF MOUNT MANUNGGAL IN BARANGAY MAGSAYSAY, MUNICIPALITY OF BALAMBAN, PROVINCE OF CEBU, TO MOUNT RAMON F. MAGSAYSAY IN HONOR OF PRESIDENT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, A GREAT LEADER AND CHAMPION OF THE MASSES
    Principal Author: ALCOVER, PASTOR JR. M.
    Status: Pending with the Committee on LOCAL GOVERNMENT since 2011-02-23
  • HB04288 [Journal #63]
    AN ACT CREATING IN THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THE PLANTILLA POSITION OF GUIDANCE COUNSELOR IN EVERY PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
    Principal Author: ORTEGA, VICTOR FRANCISCO CAMPOS
    Status: Approved by the Committee on 2011-06-07
  • HB04455
    AN ACT PROMOTING POSITIVE AND NON-VIOLENT DISCIPLINE IN LIEU OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT OF CHILDREN AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
    Principal Author: YAP, SUSAN A.
    Status: Approved by the House on 2011-08-03, transmitted to on 2011-08-10 and received by the Senate on 2011-08-10
  • HB04484
    AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A MAGNA CARTA OF THE POOR
    Principal Author: DEL MAR, RACHEL MARGUERITE BORROMEO
    Status: House adopted SB03309 as an amendment to the house bill 2013-01-28
  • HB04539
    AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CREDIT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR OVERSEAS WORKERS
    Principal Author: ANGARA, JUAN EDGARDO MANALANG
    Status: Approved by the House on 2011-05-23, transmitted to on 2011-05-31 and received by the Senate on 2011-05-31
  • HB04565
    AN ACT CREATING A LOCAL HOUSING BOARD IN EVERY CITY AND FIRST TO THIRD CLASS MUNICIPALITY, PROVIDING FOR ITS POWERS AND DEFINING ITS DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: OLIVAREZ, EDWIN L.
    Status: Approved by the House on 2011-05-23, transmitted to on 2011-05-31 and received by the Senate on 2011-05-31
  • HB04578
    AN ACT PRESCRIBING THE MECHANISMS TO FACILITATE THE DISPOSITION OF GOVERNMENT-OWNED LANDS FOR SOCIALIZED HOUSING
    Principal Author: VIOLAGO, JOSEPH GILBERT FRANCISCO
    Status: Approved by the House on 2011-05-31, transmitted to on 2011-06-02 and received by the Senate on 2011-06-02
  • HB04660
    AN ACT TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN OF THE GOVERNMENT AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 21 OF REPUBLIC ACT 9165 OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE COMPREHENSIVE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT OF 2002
    Principal Author: BELMONTE, VICENTE JR. FLORENDO
    Status: Approved by the House on 2011-10-10, transmitted to on 2011-10-17 and received by the Senate on 2011-10-17
  • HB04667
    AN ACT CREATING THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY, DEFINING ITS POWERS AND FUNCTIONS, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: GOLEZ, ROILO SOLIS
    Status: Senate requested for a conference committee on 2012-03-07
  • HB04920 [Journal #17]
    AN ACT TO PROMOTE AND STRENGTHEN THE PHILIPPINE BAMBOO INDUSTRY, PRESCRIBING ITS SCIENTIFIC PROPAGATION, PROCESSING, UTILIZATION, AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AS A PRIORITY PROGRAM, AND ALLOCATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: GARIN, SHARON S.
    Status: Pending with the Committee on AGRICULTURE AND FOOD since 2011-07-27
  • HB05052
    AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR THE SAFE OPERATIONS OF THE LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS (LPG) INDUSTRY, PROVIDE ADDITIONAL POWERS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, DEFINE AND PENALIZE CERTAIN ACTS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: YAP, SUSAN A.
    Status: Measure reconsidered on 2011-09-12
  • HB05111 [Journal #26]
    AN ACT UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO TRAVEL AND GRANTING TO THE PROPER COURT THE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION TO ISSUE HOLD DEPARTURE ORDERS
    Principal Author: LAGMAN, EDCEL CASTELAR
    Status: Pending with the Committee on JUSTICE since 2011-08-16
  • HB05406 [Journal #37]
    AN ACT INSTITUTING A NATIONAL DAM SAFETY PROGRAM, ESTABLISHING THE NATIONAL DAM SAFETY AUTHORITY (NDSA), PENALIZING VIOLATIONS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: SY-ALVARADO, MA. VICTORIA R.
    Status: Pending with the Committee on GOVERNMENT ENTERPRISES AND PRIVATIZATION since 2011-10-12
  • HB05681

AN ACT AMENDING SECTIONS 10, 11, 22 AND 24 OF REPUBLIC ACT 776, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE CIVIL AERONAUTICS ACT OF THE PHILIPPINES, AS AMENDED
Principal Author: TEODORO, MARCELINO REYES
Status: Approved by the House on 2012-03-05, transmitted to on 2012-03-08 and received by the Senate on 2012-03-08

  • HB05682
    AN ACT FURTHER AMENDING PRESIDENTIAL DECREE (PD) 1869 AS AMENDED BY REPUBLIC ACT 9487, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE CHARTER OF THE PHILIPPINE AMUSEMENT AND GAMING CORPORATION (PAGCOR), AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: AGGABAO, GIORGIDI BUZA
    Status: Approved by the House on 2012-03-05, transmitted to on 2012-03-08 and received by the Senate on 2012-03-08
  • HB05801 [Journal #7]
    AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A MORE RESPONSIVE CIVIL REGISTRATION SYSTEM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: BATAOIL, LEOPOLDO NALUPA
    Status: Pending with the Committee on REVISION OF LAWS since 2012-05-16
  • HB05802 [Journal #7]
    AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE MAGNA CARTA FOR LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY PERSONNEL AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: BATAOIL, LEOPOLDO NALUPA
    Status: Pending with the Committee on JUSTICE since 2012-02-15
  • HB06048
    AN ACT PROVIDING FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES TO ALL FILIPINOS, FURTHER AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7875, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE ACT OF 1995″, AS AMENDED
    Principal Author: TEODORO, MARCELINO REYES
    Status: Passed by the Senate without amendments on 2013-02-04
  • HB06103 [Journal #2]
    AN ACT CREATING THE CENTRAL LUZON WATER COUNCIL AND PRESCRIBING ITS POWERS AND FUNCTIONS
    Principal Author: JOSON, JOSEFINA MANUEL
    Status: Pending with the Committee on NATIONAL DEFENSE AND SECURITY since 2012-05-14
  • HB06154
    AN ACT REQUIRING ALL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ISSUING IDENTIFICATION CARDS, CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES TO INDICATE THEREIN THE BLOOD TYPE OF THE HOLDER AND PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS THEREOF
    Principal Author: GONZALES, NEPTALI II MEDINA
    Status: Approved by the House on 2012-05-30, transmitted to on 2012-05-31 and received by the Senate on 2012-05-31
  • HB06184
    AN ACT GRANTING ADDITIONAL BENEFITS TO SOLO PARENTS AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8972, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE ‘SOLO PARENTS WELFARE ACT OF 2000′
    Principal Author: BONOAN-DAVID, MA. THERESA BRONDIAL
    Status: Approved by the House on 2012-06-04, transmitted to on 2012-06-06 and received by the Senate on 2012-06-06
  • HB06410
    AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7898, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE AFP MODERNIZATION ACT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: BIAZON, RODOLFO GASPAR
    Status: REPUBLIC ACT (RA10349) enacted on 2012-12-11
  • HB06567
    AN ACT PROVIDING ALL BARANGAY OFFICIALS, INCLUDING BARANGAY TANODS, MEMBERS OF THE LUPON NG TAGAPAMAYAPA, BARANGAY HEALTH WORKERS AND BARANGAY DAY CARE WORKERS, A LUMP SUM RETIREMENT PAY EQUIVALENT TO ONE (1) YEAR HONORARIUM, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 393 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7160 AS AMENDED, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE OF 1991
    Principal Author: SUAREZ, DANILO ETORMA
    Status: Approved by the House on 2012-10-09, transmitted to on 2012-10-11 and received by the Senate on 2012-10-11
  • HB06709
    AN ACT REQUIRING THE USE OF FILIPINO SIGN LANGUAGE INSETS FOR LOCAL NEWS PROGRAMS, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 22 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7277, AS AMENDED, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE ‘MAGNA CARTA FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES’
    Principal Author: CASIÑO, TEDDY A.
    Status: Approved by the House on 2012-12-03, transmitted to on 2012-12-05 and received by the Senate on 2012-12-05
  • HB06713
    AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN NATION-BUILDING THROUGH THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF A STRATEGIC VOLUNTEERISM BASED MULTI-SECTORAL PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FRAMEWORK IN ALL LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS AND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS IN THE COUNTRY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
    Principal Author: BELMONTE, FELICIANO JR. RACIMO
    Status: Approved by the House on 2012-12-19, transmitted to on 2013-01-10 and received by the Senate on 2013-01-10
  • HJR0016
    JOINT RESOLUTION EXTENDING THE LIFE OF THE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON DANGEROUS DRUGS, CONSTITUTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 95 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9165, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “COMPREHENSIVE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT OF 2002″
    Principal Author: BELMONTE, VICENTE JR. FLORENDO
    Status: REPUBLIC ACT (JR00004) enacted on 2012-08-30
  • HJR0033
    JOINT RESOLUTION AMENDING JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 02 EXPANDING THE COVERAGE OF THE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON THE VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT TO INCLUDE THE STATUS OF VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF AUSTRALIA
    Principal Author: BICHARA, AL FRANCIS DEL CASTILLO
    Status: Substituted by HJR0037
  • HJR0037
    JOINT RESOLUTION EXPANDING THE COVERAGE OF THE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO MONITOR AND OVERSEE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO INCLUDE OTHER DEFENSE AND STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENTS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES CONCURRED WITH BY THE SENATE, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 2
    Principal Author: BICHARA, AL FRANCIS DEL CASTILLO
    Status: Approved by the House on 2012-12-03, transmitted to on 2012-12-05 and received by the Senate on 2012-12-05
  • HR00055 [Journal #2]
    RESOLUTION EXPRESSING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO 96TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY ON JULY 27, 2010
    Principal Author: OLIVAREZ, EDWIN L.
    Status: Consolidated into HR00005
  • HR00062 [Journal #2]
    A RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE IGLESIA NI CRISTO ON THE OCCCASION OF ITS NINETY-SIXTH (96TH) ANNIVERSARY ON JULY 27,2010
    Principal Author: MARCOLETA, RODANTE D.
    Status: Consolidated into HR00005
  • HR00100 [Journal #2]
    RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE PROFOUND CONDOLENCE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THE DEMISE OF FORMER REPRESENTATIVE AND SENATOR, MAGNOLIA WELBORN-ANTONINO, LAST JULY 23, 201O
    Principal Author: ACHARON, PEDRO JR. BUSGANO
    Status: Adopted as Resolution No. HR00004 on 2010-07-27
  • HR00101 [Journal #2]
    RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE PROFOUND CONDOLENCE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THE DEMISE OF THE HONORABLE FLORENCIO L. VARGAS, MEMBER OF THE THIRTEENTH, FOURTEENTH AND FIFTEENTH CONGRESSES, REPRESENTING THE SECOND DISTRICT OF THE PROVINCE OF CAGAYAN
    Principal Author: BELMONTE, FELICIANO JR. RACIMO
    Status: Adopted as Resolution No. HR00005 on 2010-07-27
  • HR00138 [Journal #6]
    RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE PROFOUND CONDOLENCE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THE DEMISE OF MS. RAQUEL CHRISTINE GUMABAO, DAUGHTER OF HONORABLE ANA CRISTINA S. GO, REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECOND DISTRICT OF ISABELA
    Principal Author: BELMONTE, FELICIANO JR. RACIMO
    Status: Adopted as Resolution No. HR00006 on 2010-08-04
  • HR00215 [Journal #2]
    RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON AGRARIAN REFORM TO CONDUCT AN IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE “COMPROMISE AGREEMENT” ON THE AGRARIAN DISPUTE IN HACIENDA LUISITA TARLAC WIDELY SEEN AS A MANEUVER TO EVADE LAND DISTRIBUTION
    Principal Author: MARIANO, RAFAEL V.
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on AGRARIAN REFORM since 2010-09-07)
  • HR00237 [Journal #62]
    RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FOOD TO INVESTIGATE, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, THE FIELD TEST TRIALS AND ALLEGED EVENTUAL COMMERCIALIZATION OF BACILLUS THURINGIENSIS (BT) EGGPLANT IN VIEW OF REPUBLIC ACT THAT DISCOURAGES THE USE OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS ON ACCOUNT OF ITS ADVERSE IMPACT ON FOOD SAFETY, FOOD SECURITY, ENVIRONMENT AND BIODIVERSITY, AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION
    Principal Author: CASIÑO, TEDDY A.
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on AGRICULTURE AND FOOD since 2010-09-07)
  • HR00329 [Journal #17]
    RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES’ DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR THE PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN BECAUSE OF THE RECENT MASSIVE FLOODING THAT HAS INUNDATED THE COUNTRY
    Principal Author: BELMONTE, FELICIANO JR. RACIMO
    Status: Adopted as Resolution No. HR00018 on 2010-09-01
  • HR00534 [Journal #31]
    A RESOLUTION URGING THE HONORABLE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (DILG) AND THE HONORABLE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT COORDINATING COUNCIL (HUDCC) TO DIRECT ALL LOCAL CHIEF EXECUTIVES AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS TO IMMEDIATELY COMPLETE THE COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLAN OF THEIR RESPECTIVE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS OR, WHERE ONE ALREADY EXISTS, TO REVIEW AND UPDATE OR MODIFY THE SAME AS NECESSARY, AND TO ASSESS AND REVIEW SAID COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLAN EVERY TEN (10) YEARS FROM COMPLETION OR REVIEW THEREOF
    Principal Author: VALENCIA, RODOLFO GARONG
    Status: Adopted as Resolution No. HR00043 on 2010-11-09
  • HR00697
    COMMENDING THE TSUNEISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES CEBU INC. IN BUILDING THE BIGGEST SHIP IN THE PHILIPPINES AND PLACING THEIR FAITH IN THE ABILITY OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE AND FOR SUPPORTING THE GOVERNMENT IN MAPPING THE PATH TOWARDS THE BETTERMENT OF CEBU AND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY
    Principal Author: GARCIA, PABLO JOHN FIEL
    Status: Adopted as Resolution No. HR00108 on 2011-03-23
  • HR00770 [Journal #45]
    RESOLUTION COMMENDING AND CONGRATULATING THE HONORABLE JUAN EDGARDO “SONNY” M. ANGARA, REPRESENTATIVE OF THE LONE DISTRICT OF AURORA, FOR BEING ONE OF THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2010 TEN OUTSTANDING YOUNG MEN (TOYM) AWARD
    Principal Author: BELMONTE, FELICIANO JR. RACIMO
    Status: Adopted as Resolution No. HR00061 on 2010-12-14
  • HR00865 [Journal #50]
    RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING THE 78TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF THE LATE PRESIDENT CORAZON COJUANGCO AQUINO ON JANUARY 25, 2011
    Principal Author: BELMONTE, FELICIANO JR. RACIMO
    Status: Adopted as Resolution No. HR00074 on 2011-01-25
  • HR01005
    RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSEAS WORKERS’ AFFAIRS TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY IN AID OF LEGISLATION INTO THE STATUS OF CRIMINAL CASES INVOLVING OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (OFWs) IN HOST COUNTRIES AND THE ADEQUACY AND UTILIZATION OF FUNDING FOR ASSISTANCE TO NATIONALS AND LEGAL ASSISTANCE FUNDS, WITH A VIEW TO INSTITUTING REMEDIAL MEASURES AND REFORMS TO PROTECT OFWs FROM EXPLOITATION OF CRIMINAL SYNDICATES AND TO ENSURE THAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE ADEQUATELY SAFEGUARD
    Principal Author: LAGMAN, EDCEL CASTELAR
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS since 2011-03-07)
  • HR01070
    A RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO INVESTIGATE THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 23 OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE TOTAL LOGGING BAN
    Principal Author: PALMONES, ANGELO B.
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on NATURAL RESOURCES since 2011-05-25)
  • HR01100
    A RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL DEFENSE AND SECURITY TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE PREPAREDNESS OF THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AND THE NATIONAL DISASTER RISK REDUCTION MANAGEMENT COUNCIL (NDRRMC), IN ADDRESSING ALL KINDS OF DISASTER AND EMERGENCIES, WITH THE END VIEW OF ENSURING THE EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF REPUBLIC ACT 10121
    Principal Author: ROMUALDEZ, FERDINAND MARTIN GOMEZ
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on NATIONAL DEFENSE AND SECURITY since 2011-05-25)
  • HR01135
    A RESOLUTION URGING THE ADMINISTRATION OF PRESIDENT BENIGNO C. AQUINO III TO ALLOW THE BURIAL OF THE REMAINS OF FORMER PRESIDENT FERDINAND EDRALIN MARCOS AT THE LIBINGAN NG MGA BAYANI
    Principal Author: ESCUDERO, SALVADOR III HATOC
    Status: Pending with the Committee on BASIC EDUCATION AND CULTURE since 2011-03-23
  • HR01327
    RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE TO CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON ANOMALIES AND IRREGULARITIES COMMITTED WITHIN THE NEW BILIBID PRISON COMPOUND UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE BUREAU OF CORRECTIONS
    Principal Author: BATAOIL, LEOPOLDO NALUPA
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on JUSTICE since 2011-08-22)
  • HR01433
    RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES’ STRONGEST DISAPPROVAL OF THE PURCHASE AND USE BY PRESIDENT BENIGNO SIMEON AQUINO III OF A PORSCHE SPORTS CAR AMIDST THE INCREASING NUMBER OF POOR AND HUNGRY FILIPINOS, AND DIRECTING THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GOOD GOVERNMENT TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY WITH A VIEW TO ENACTING AN IMPLEMENTING LEGISLATION ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL PRESCRIPTION FOR PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES TO “LEAD MODEST LIVES”
    Principal Author: ALBANO, RODOLFO B.
    Status: Pending with the Committee on RULES since 2011-07-27
  • HR01599 [Journal #23]
    RESOLUTION CALLING FOR AN INVESTIGATION IN AID OF LEGISLATION BY THE APPROPRIATE HOUSE COMMITTEE REGARDING THE POSSIBLE COLLUSION OF CORRUPT PHILIPPINE AMUSEMENT AND GAMING CORPORATION (PAGCOR) OFFICIALS IN THE RECENT HEIST AND EVENTUAL ESCAPE OF THREE MEMBERS OF A FOREIGN GAMBLING SYNDICATE
    Principal Author: SUAREZ, DANILO ETORMA
    Status: Pending with the Committee on RULES since 2011-08-17
  • HR01617
    RESOLUTION URGING THE COMMITTEE ON GOOD GOVERNMENT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO CONDUCT AN IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION ON THE REPORTED ACTS OF HARASSMENT AND OPPRESSION ALLEGEDLY COMMITTED BY DEVELOPMENT BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES (DBP) CHAIRMAN JOSE NUÑEZ AND OTHER SENIOR OFFICIALS AND DIRECTORS IN CONNECTION WITH THE INVESTIGATION OF ALLEGED ‘BEHEST LOANS’ APPROVED AND GRANTED BY THE PREVIOUS DBP EXECUTIVES AND OFFICIALS
    Principal Author: LAGMAN, EDCEL CASTELAR
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on GOOD GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY since 2011-09-05)
  • HR01827 [Journal #23]
    A RESOLUTION URGING THE COMMITTEE ON GOOD GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY TO ASSUME JURISDICTION AND TAKE COGNIZANCE OF PRESIDENTIAL POLITICAL ADVISER RONALD LLAMAS’ OWNERSHIP OF AN AK-47 ASSAULT RIFLE AND ASSORTED FIREARMS AND DETERMINE HIS CULPABILITY AND THOSE OF HIS PERSONNEL
    Principal Author: LAGMAN, EDCEL CASTELAR
    Status: Pending with the Committee on RULES since 2011-11-14
  • HR01901
    RESOLUTION URGING THE COMMITTEE ON GOOD GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY TO IMMEDIATELY CONDUCT A CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRY ON THE BARRING OF FORMER PRESIDENT GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO AND FORMER FIRST GENTLEMAN MIGUEL ARROYO FROM TRAVELING ABROAD ON 15 NOVEMBER 2011 BY BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS UPON THE DIRECT ORDERS OF JUSTICE SECRETARY LEILA DE LIMA DESPITE THE SUPREME COURT’S ISSUANCE OF TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER (TRO) WHICH UPHOLDS THE FORMER FIRST COUPLE’S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO TRAVEL
    Principal Author: LAGMAN, EDCEL CASTELAR
    Status: Pending with the Committee on RULES since 2011-11-16
  • HR01964
    RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES URGING THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT TO PLACE FORMER PRESIDENT GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO (FPGMA) UNDER HOUSE ARREST
    Principal Author: LAGMAN, EDCEL CASTELAR
    Status: Pending with the Committee on JUSTICE since 2011-12-12
  • HR02083
    RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE PROFOUND CONDOLENCES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THE DEMISE OF THE HONORABLE IGNACIO T. ARROYO, JR.
    Principal Author: SUAREZ, DANILO ETORMA
    Status: Consolidated into HR02084
  • HR02084 [Journal #35]
    RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE PROFOUND CONDOLENCE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THE DEMISE OF THE HONORABLE IGNACIO T. ARROYO, REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
    Principal Author: BELMONTE, FELICIANO JR. RACIMO
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on since 2012-01-30)
  • HR02113
    RESOLUTION CALLING FOR AN INVESTIGATION IN AID OF LEGISLATION BY THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FOOD OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING THE NECESSITY OF IMPORTING “GALUNGGONG” AND ITS IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY
    Principal Author: SUAREZ, DANILO ETORMA
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on AGRICULTURE AND FOOD since 2012-05-07)
  • HR02136
    RESOLUTION CALLING FOR AN INVESTIGATION IN AID OF LEGISLATION BY THE APPROPRIATE COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING THE CIRCUMSTANCES BEHIND THE LEAKAGE OF BANK DOCUMENTS OF CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA
    Principal Author: SUAREZ, DANILO ETORMA
    Status: Pending with the Committee on RULES since 2012-02-15
  • HR02177
    RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE PROFOUND CONDOLENCES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO THE BEREAVED CONGRESSMAN FERDINAND MARTIN G. ROMUALDEZ OF THE 1ST DISTRICT OF LEYTE, CONGRESSWOMAN IMELDA R. MARCOS, 2ND DISTRICT OF ILOCOS NORTE AND THEIR FAMILY ON THE DEMISE OF AMBASSADOR BENJAMIN “KOKOY” T. ROMUALDEZ
    Principal Author: SUAREZ, DANILO ETORMA
    Status: Pending with the Committee on RULES since 2012-02-29
  • HR02458
    RESOLUTION COMMENDING COCA-COLA PHILIPPINES FOR ITS FREE DISTRIBUTION OF NUTRIJUICE AS A SUPPLEMENTARY FEEDING PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY AS PART OF ITS CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILTIY
    Principal Author: SUAREZ, DANILO ETORMA
    Status: Pending with the Committee on RULES since 2012-06-05
  • HR02663
    RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE PROFOUND CONDOLENCES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO THE DEMISE OF CONGRESSMAN SALVADOR H. ESCUDERO III OF THE 1ST DISTRICT OF SORSOGON AND HIS FAMILY
    Principal Author: SUAREZ, DANILO ETORMA
    Status: Consolidated into HR02661
  • HR02665
    RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE PROFOUND CONDOLENCES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO THE BEREAVED CONGRESSMAN EDCEL LAGMAN, 1ST DISTRICT OF ALBAY AND HIS FAMILY ON THE DEMISE OF CECILIA CASTELAR LAGMAN
    Principal Author: SUAREZ, DANILO ETORMA
    Status: Consolidated into HR02674
  • HR02884
    RESOLUTION CALLING FOR AN INVESTIGATION, IN AID OF LEGISLATION, ON THE ALLEGED ANOMALIES COMMITTED BY THE NATIONAL PRINTING OFFICE (NPO) IN AWARDING THE PRINTING OF ELECTION BALLOTS FOR THE UPCOMING 2013 MIDTERM ELECTIONS, TO A PRIVATE PRINTING COMPANY
    Principal Author: SUAREZ, DANILO ETORMA
    Status: Adopted Resolution (Pending with the committee on GOOD GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY since 2012-11-28)

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Platforms:

Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay pushes for countryside dev’t

TAGBILARAN CITY, Philippines – Full development of the countryside, coupled with the decentralization of the local government units must be done to decongest metro cities in the country and solve migration problems. This was the gist of the programs outlined this early by Zambales 1st district Rep. Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay once elected to the Senate in the 2013 polls. Mitos was in Bohol last Saturday as guest of honor in the foundation day of Baclayon, the oldest town in Bohol upon the invitation of Mayor Alvin Uy and local officials. She later held a press conference where she presented her platforms in the Senate.

The Senate hopeful, running under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), told the press that LGUs must be empowered first towards countryside development. Roads and bridges must be improved, water systems must be developed and resources for generation of power must be harnessed to attract investors into these places away from the metropolis, she said.

Mitos also said she would invest in education and information technology, citing manpower as the country’s most important asset. While having Filipinos work overseas may be a good opportunity, the government should pour more funds on education and training of the people to prepare them for investment instead in their respective provinces as a better option than leaving for work abroad.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/region/2012-11-22/870679/zambales-rep-mitos-magsaysay-pushes-countryside-dev%E2%80%99t; Accessed on 4th day of February 2013 | 1:34PM

 

Issues/ Scandals:

·       Zambales  Rep. Mitos Magsaysay ‘corners’ Sec. Ricky Carandang in House

 

By Cynthia D. Balana
Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:34 am | Friday, August 26th, 2011

’Twas the worst and best place to be for a former journalist. But it wasn’t prime time for Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang.

 

Zambales Rep. Milagros Magsaysay finally had a chance to corner Carandang following their word war in the media over the purchase of laptop computers and other equipment for his Malacañang staff.

 

Magsaysay on Thursday called Carandang, a former ABS-CBN anchor and reporter, a “spoiled brat, arrogant and immature” during a House committee hearing on the proposed budget of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

 

The most explosive episode came when she wondered whether Palace communicators like Carandang may have something to do with President Aquino’s falling numbers in opinion surveys. Even the President’s celebrity sister Kris once shared this view, she said.

 

To this, Carandang said somewhat nonchalantly: “Was that a rhetorical question or do you want me to answer that?”

 

“Don’t be arrogant! I’m warning you,” Magsaysay shot back. “You’re not in ABS-CBN (anymore). If before you had the temerity to insult elected members of the House when you were in ABS-CBN, sad to say you are on the other side of the shoe right now (sic) and you’re the one being questioned by legislators. If you’re going to be arrogant, don’t be in public service.”

 

“Didn’t I ask you what can you say? How can you be (so) arrogant to say that? You have a long way to go as far as maturity and wisdom are concerned. Your breed … has no place in public service,” she stressed.

 

Magsaysay went on to remind Carandang that congressmen got their mandate from the people, whereas “appointed official ka lang (you are only an appointee).”

 

“Ano karapatan mo maging arogante? Iwan mo pagiging spoiled brat mo sa bahay mo. Matuto ka maging humble! (What gave you the right to be arrogant? Leave your being a spoiled brat in your house. You should learn to be humble),” she said.

 

Source:http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/47861/zambales-rep-mitos-magsaysay%E2%80%98corners%E2%80%99-sec-ricky-carandang-in-house; Accessed on 4th day of February 2013 | 9:45PM

 

·       Mitos tells voters: Be cerebral, not emotional

BY ANGELA CASAUAY
POSTED ON 01/23/2013 4:29 PM | UPDATED 01/24/2013 6:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Zambales Rep Mitos Magsaysay has a piece of advice for Filipino voters: use your brains, not your emotions.

Magsaysay, who is running for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance, told reporters on Wednesday, January 23 that she hopes voters will not resort to an emotional vote like they did in 2010.

“I hope it will be a battle of problem solving, for voters to vote not based on emotions like in 2010, when majority of the population said the reason PNoy won was… [because] Cory died,” Magsaysay said in a mix of English and Filipino.

In 2010, President Benigno Aquino III became the standard bearer of the Liberal Party after the death of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino in 2009.

A study conducted by Gallup shows that the Philippines is the most emotional country in the world.

“I hope this time, mas maging cerebral yung mga botante in voting for their candidates, at yung mga issues na bumabalot sa bansa natin will be at the forefront, hindi yung emotional appeal ulit na kapag kandidato ka ng administrasyon gagamitin mo na naman yung so-called good will kunwari ni PNoy,” Magsaysay said.

(I hope this time, voters will be more cerebral in voting for their candidates and the issues confronting the nation, not the emotional appeal that if you’re a candidate of the administration, you will use the so-called goodwill of PNoy.)

Social Weather Stations survey released on Dec 28, 2012 showed that President Benigno Aquino III had a net satisfaction rating of 55%, down by 12 percentage points from 67% in August 2012. His ratings dipped from “excellent” to “very good,” according to the survey.

Magsaysay said most candidates were depending on the popularity of the President rather than on their own capabilities.

“We noticed that the other side is banking more on [PNoy's good will] instead of directly giving their opinions or solutions to the problems besetting our nation,” she said in Filipino. - Rappler.com

Source: http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections-2013/20283-mitos-tells-voters-be-cerebral,-not-emotional; Accessed on February 4, 2013 | 10:05PM

·       Magsaysay vs Magsaysay: It happened before

BY AYEE MACARAIG
POSTED ON 10/14/2012 12:58 PM | UPDATED 10/15/2012 11:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The 2013 senatorial election is not the first national contest pitting a Magsaysay against another Magsaysay.

In 1992, two Magsaysays sought the vice presidency. Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay Jr was the running mate of then presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago of the People’s Reform Party. His cousin, Vicente “Vic” Magsaysay, was in tandem with presidential bet former First Lady Imelda Marcos of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan.

The two Magsaysays lost to Joseph Estrada. Jun finished 4th while Vic ranked 6th.

In 2013, members of the clan made popular by the well-loved late President Ramon Magsaysay are again on opposing sides. This time, however, the voters can vote for both of them, given the multiple slots available in the position they are running for.

Former senator Jun, son of the late president, seeks a comeback under the ruling Liberal Party (LP). Vic’s daughter-in-law, Zambales Rep Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay, is running under the so-called “constructive opposition,” the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

Should voters decide to elect the two Magsaysays, it will be one of rare times when candidates with similar surnames ran for senator and both won.

Drop in Mitos’ ratings

Jun concedes that, unlike Mitos, he initially did not plan to run in 2013. After finishing his second Senate term in 2007, the 74-year-old Jun retired from politics and focused on running a dairy farm.

It was only when President Benigno Aquino III, Senator Franklin Drilon and other LP leaders prodded him that he decided to consider running again.

“In fairness to [Mitos], nauna siyang tumakbo (She decided to run for senator first). She’s been campaigning for two years. That’s the way it is,” Jun told reporters after filing his certificate of candidacy on October 5.

With Jun’s belated decision to join the senatorial race, speculation has been rife that the LP asked him to run to undermine Mitos’s candidacy. The 48-year-old Zambales representative is a member of the House minority and is one of the most vocal critics of the Aquino administration.

Mitos herself had the same suspicion back in June. She told the Inquirer: “I have not yet confirmed whether he is indeed running or not. What is confirmed is that the LP seems so desperate to beat me that they are trying to convince somebody out of retirement to run specifically against me. It speaks so much about their insecurity.”

Her uncle-in-law, though, denied this. Jun said he agreed to return to politics after the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona showed Aquino’s commitment to reform and the support the administration enjoys in Congress.

“So the speculation that I came back so the other person will not win is baseless because we can both win, we can both lose, or she wins and I lose, or she loses and I win. It’s the option of the voter,” the elder Magsaysay said.

Deliberate or not, Mitos’s survey ratings dropped after Jun Magsaysay declared his senatorial bid.

In May, Mitos’s rating climbed to 22-27 in a Pulse Asia survey, up from 26-42 in a poll done February 26 to March 9. Yet when former Sen Jun Magsaysay’s name was included in the September survey, she dropped to 24-33. In contrast, Jun immediately placed 12-16, within the so-called winning circle.

Bumaba kasi si Congresswoman Magsaysay because of the Jun Magsaysay factor eh (She went down because of the Jun Magsaysay factor),” said UNA Spokesperson JV Bautista. “When Jun Magsaysay entered the picture, I think that was probably purposely done to bring her down and she was brought down.”

Source:http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections-2013/14159-magsaysay-vs-magsaysay-it-happened-before; Accessed on February 4, 2013 | 10:19PM

  • Mitos on PNoy govt: It’s all hypocrisy

 

 

By David Dizon, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 06/19/2012 10:28 AM | Updated as of 06/19/2012 1:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 3) – Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay on Tuesday accused the Aquino administration of hypocrisy for vilifying former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo while continuing her policies.

Speaking to ANC’s Headstart, Magsaysay criticized Malacañang for withholding her pork barrel since 2011 because of her frequent tirades against President Aquino.

“It’s all hypocrisy. They bash the past administration for going against its political opponents by withholding the pork barrel but they are doing the same. They said they won’t do a Gloria, that they will release the pork barrel to majority and minority. I am living proof that they haven’t,” she told Headstart host Karen Davila.

Palace officials earlier admitted they did not release priority development assistance funds (PDAF) for Zambales directly to Magsaysay because she is against the Aquino administration’s policies. Budget Secretary Butch Abad said the funds are funneled through the local government units or national agencies.

Magsaysay said Abad has yet to give her documents on how the pork barrel was used and who benefited from it.

“I am that bold enough to say it in public because it’s true. That’s probably why a lot of people get afraid of me. They love me or hate me because I tell the truth.”

In the interview, the congresswoman criticized some members of President Aquino’s Cabinet who were once staunch allies of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Magsaysay said she is surprised that she is being branded by some Cabinet men as pro-Gloria when they also served in the Arroyo Cabinet. Among them are Budget Secretary Butch Abad, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and President Adviser on the Peace Process Ging Deles.

“All those people who criticize me for being pro-Gloria are those even closer to the former president than me. They even served under her Cabinet. They benefited so much as far as pork barrel and projects are concerned,” she said.

Magsaysay said many of her critics are members of President Aquino’s Liberal Party, which supported Mrs. Arroyo until the “Hello, Garci” wiretapping scandal in 2005.

“Let’s be frank, the LP were my allies and Gloria’s allies in the past administration. They were part of the majority in Congress and if you are part of the majority in Congress, that means you agree with the policies and programs of the administration because if you don’t agree with it, then you have to be in the minority,” he said.

Magsaysay has had several run-ins with members of President Aquino’s Cabinet in the past. She once described President Aquino as “the most amateur, stubborn, laid back, lazy, immature, and least knowledgeable president we ever had.”

She also described Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ricky Carandang as a “spoiled brat” during a budget hearing.

Corruption-free lawmaker

In the interview, the congresswoman lamented the proliferation of a culture of propaganda under the Aquino administration. She said many critics of President Aquino, including herself, are automatically labeled as pro-Arroyo when it is the job of the minority to be the government’s fiscalizer.

“In this administration, if you’re a critic they already brand you as pro-Gloria…When you are part of the minority of the House that means it’s your job to fiscalize the administration. You’re supposed to provide the check and balance. I didn’t imagine naman that this administration would be so onion-skinned,” she said.

She pointed out that she was never close to Mrs. Arroyo, noting that they were only professional allies. She also said she didn’t get a lot of projects under the Arroyo administration.

Magsaysay first joined the House of Representatives in 2004, the same year that Mrs. Arroyo got a 6-year mandate after defeating Fernando Poe Jr. for the presidency. The congresswoman said she joined Lakas-CMD of Mrs. Arroyo upon the invitation of Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr.

While in Congress, Magsaysay quickly distinguished herself as a hard worker. She was named outstanding congressman for 6 consecutive years and is set to receive another award this July.

Magsaysay prides herself for keeping a good name, and for not being linked to any irregularity under the Arroyo administration. Even former president Joseph Estrada, a critic of Mrs. Arroyo, defended Magsaysay as a congresswoman whose track record in Congress is untainted by corruption.

Magsaysay is set to run for senator in 2013 under the United Nationalist Alliance ticket.

No to Customs bribes

In the interview, Magsaysay revealed that she turned down bribes after she exposed alleged anomalies at the Bureau of Customs. Her exposé later led to the sacking of Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez to be replaced by new Customs chief Ruffy Biazon.

“Many influential people talked to me to go slow on [Customs] Commissioner Angelito Alvarez then and they offered me a lot of money…if I wanted anybody, if I wanted projects. I don’t want to say the (offer). That is where you are going to see that Mitos Magsaysay will not back down for those things. I would rather see myself through,” she said.

She also said she has always been “pro-issue” and would praise both President Aquino and Mrs. Arroyo if she approves of their actions. She said she is all for President Aquino’s anti-corruption drive and program for good governance.

“He’s after good governance. So am I. That is why I have maintained a life of good governance in my district. Even the Commission on Audit (COA) will tell you that they wrote 231 congressmen for questionable projects, if they really received their projects. I am not one of those congressmen written by the COA,” she said.

Magsaysay praised Aquino for setting the tone of simplicity in government. “That is how government officials should be. We should be mababang loob in our ways. Hindi naman maganda yung flashy yung politico,” she said.

Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/06/19/12/mitos-blasts-pnoy-cabinet-look-whos-talking; Accessed on February 4, 2013 | 10:25PM

·       Magsaysay to Drilon: Apologize to all married women

By Gil Cabacungan
Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:58 am | Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Zambales Representative Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay said Senator Franklin Drilon should apologize to all married women, including his own wife and sister-in-law, for implying that they were “fake” as well, after he had belittled her for not being a “real Magsaysay.”

“The remark of Senator Drilon [implying] a fake Magsaysay is an affront to all married women. It shows how low he regards his wife and sister-in-law. It smacks of discrimination and encourages families to regard women and mothers as unworthy to be part of their husband’s family,” said Magsaysay in a text message.

‘Real Magsaysay’

Magsaysay was reacting to Drilon’s recent announcement that the administration Liberal Party was fielding the “real Magsaysay”—former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr.—as a senatorial candidate in next year’s elections. Mitos Magsaysay herself is a candidate for senator of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance.

The congresswoman is a daughter-in-law of former Zambales Governor Vicente Magsaysay, Jun Magsaysay’s cousin.

Mitos said she was not asking Drilon for a personal apology since she knows he would not offer one because she belongs to the opposition.

“I think he should apologize to all women who use their husband’s names. If he stands by his statement, does that mean that Mrs. Drilon and all other women who use their husband’s names are fakes too?” she said.

Magsaysay said the Senate was big enough for two Magsaysays, pointing out that other families had more than one member serving at the same time, like Senators Alan Peter and Pia Cayetano.

Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/221585/magsaysay-demands-apology-from-drilon-over-%E2%80%98real-magsaysay%E2%80%99-remarks; Accessed on February 4, 2013 | 10:33PM

Stand/ Position:

 

  1. Divorce Bill

UH Hiritan 2013: Senatorial Edition round 2 (January 23, 2012)

PPCRV to Magsaysay: Panig ba kayo sa divorce bill?
Mitos on proposed Divorce Bill: Definitely against it. May mga batas tayo na pwedeng i-apply sa mga asawa kung sinasaktan ka.
Mitos on Divorce Bill: Mag-isip muna 100 times bago mag-plunge into marriage.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfivsQ2z_ts; Accessed on February 4, 2013 | 10:40PM

 

  1. Freedom of Information Bill

Jan 19, 2013 2:14pm HKT

 

ZAMBALES Rep. Mitos Magsaysay has pledged her support for the Freedom of Information Bill, one of the priority measures being pushed to give Filipinos, especially the media, access to public documents in a bid to make government transactions more transparent.

“There is only a bit of time left before Congress adjourns but there is still hope that this vital bill will be tackled in the House,” she said.

Magsaysay believes that the bill will deter officials from committing wrongdoing and hold them accountable for their actions. It will also give the public a chance to judge key issues based on actual merit and not hearsay.

Magsaysay also urged her fellow lawmakers to attend the remaining sessions of Congress to focus on the important bills that need their attention.

“If we have nothing to hide, we have nothing to fear,” she said.

“A public office is a public trust. As such, it is high time for this country to prove to the world that we mean business in terms of transparency and good governance. Talk alone is meaningless until we actually do something that backs up all of these statements. I think there is no stronger statement than the FOI bill.”

 

Source: http://www.remate.ph/2013/01/lady-solon-calls-on-colleagues-to-act-on-foi/; Accessed on February 4, 2013 | 11:03PM

  1. Mining

 

Based on the twitter page of Mitos Magsaysay

 

@mitosmagsaysay: A mining EO is useless if there is NO STRICT Enforcement of the law…like all other laws, becomes inutile w no enforcement & implement..

 

Source: https://twitter.com/mitosmagsaysay/status/222501321696215040; Accessed on February 4, 2013 | 11:20PM

  1. Internally Displaced People bill

Neutral

  1. Anti-discrimination bill

Neutral

  1. Framework Agreement of Bangsamoro

Neutral

  • No official stand about these bills.

Alan Peter Cayetano

Biography

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano was only 13 years old when he was first exposed to public service. His father, the late Senator Renato “Compañero” Cayetano, was then elected Assemblyman representing Taguig, Pateros and Muntinlupa.

Having been raised under the tutelage of his father, a lawyer and a devoted public servant, he took interest in political science and enrolled at the University of the Philippines in Diliman where he eventually ran and won as a university councilor in the student council. Then inspired by his father’s preeminent standing as a lawyer, student Alan decided to pursue a degree in Law at the Ateneo de Manila University where he graduated as Silver Medallist and with a Second Honourable Mention. He was later admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1998.                                                                                                                                                             Senator Alan Peter Cayetano

It was the late Senator Rene’s values, principles, and dedication to public service that further inspired the young Alan to follow in his father’s footsteps. Having had the privilege of seeing his father consulting, meeting, and working with people from all walks of life, it was not difficult for him to decide on a lifetime advocacy and career in public service.

Retrieve: 2/4/2013 from http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/cayetano_alanpeter_bio.asp.

Political History

v Held positions

  • Ø 15th Congress (July 2010 – present)
    • Senate Minority Floor Leader
      • Commended by the Senate through Resolutions 46 and 94 for his efforts as Minority Leader in championing the cause of orphaned, abandoned children and vulnerable workers and for his astute inputs in the deliberations of crucial legislation and resolutions
      • Actively participated in investigations pushing for the resolution of the alleged poll fraud cases of 2004 & 2007
  • Ex-Officio member of all standing committees

14th Congress (July 2007 – present)

  • Elected as the 8th Senator of the Republic of the Philippines
  • Chairman, Blue Ribbon / Committee on Accountability of Public Officers
    • Headed the investigation of the NBN-ZTE deal o Steered the continuation of the Fertilizer Scam investigation
    • Steered the continuation of the investigation of the Cash giving scandal in Malacanang
  • Chairman, Committee on Education, Culture and Arts
    • Passed RA 9500: University of the Philippines Charter Act of 2008
    • Initiated efforts to make educational loans and scholarships more responsive and easily accessible to deserving students
    • Sought more funding for basic and tertiary education
    • Fought for better compensation for public school teachers
  • Chairman, Committee on Mass Media and Information
    • Filed the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act which was approved on its 3rd reading and passed in the Senate during the 14th Congress

13th Congress (July 2004 –June 2007)

  • Re-elected Representative (3rd term) of the Lone District of uig-Pateros
  • Senior Deputy Minority Leader
  • Ex Officio member of all standing House committees
  • Spokesperson, Impeachment Team (2005 and 2006)

12th Congress (July 2001 – June 2004)

  • Re-elected Representative of the Lone District of Taguig-Pateros
  • Deputy Majority Leader
  • Vice-Chairman, Committee on Rules
  • Ex Officio member of all standing House committees

August 2001 – June 2003

  • Member, Board of Regents, Technological University of the Philippines
  • Member, Board of Regents, Polytechnic University of the Philippines

November 2001 – April 2003

  • Member, Judicial and Bar Council

11th Congress (June 1998 – June 2001)

  • Elected Representative of the Lone District of Taguig-Pateros
  • Assistant Majority Leader

Committee Membership

  • Member, Committee of Rules
  • Chairman, Oversight Committee on Bases Conversion
  • Vice-Chairman, Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms
  • Chairman, Sub-Committee on New Schools, Committee on Basic Education

Former Columnist, Compañero y Compañera (People’s Tonight)

1995 – 1998

  • Elected Vice-Mayor of the Municipality of Taguig, Metro Manila

1992 – 1995

  • Elected Number One Councilor, Municipality of Taguig
    (during that time, one of the Youngest Councilors in the Philippines)
  • Majority Floor Leader, Municipal Council, Taguig, Metro Manila

Officer and Member of Various Special Local Bodies:

Vice-Chairman People’s Law Enforcement Board
   
Member Municipal Peace and Order Council
   
Member Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council
  • Chairman and Member of Various Legislative Committees
  • Committee on Rules
  • Committee on Appropriations
  • Committee on Ways and Means
  • Committee on Franchise

1992 – 1993

  • Chairman, NCR Chapter of the National Movement of Young Legislators

1990

  • Elected Student Councilor, University Student Council, U.P. Diliman

­­Retrieve: 2/4/2013 from http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/cayetano_alanpeter_resume.asp.

v Legislation Passed

  • Anti-Camcording Act of 2009 (sponsor)
  • National Book Development Trust Fund Act (sponsor)
  • University of the Philippines Charter of 2007 (sponsor)
  • An Act Strengthening the Literary Coordinating Council (co-sponsor)
  • An Act Requiring Mandatory Basic Immunization Services Against Hepatitis-B for Infants (co-author)
  • Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2009 (co-author)
  • Magna Carta for Disabled Persons (co-author)

Retrieve: 2/4/2013 from http://www.rappler.com/re-electionists/12316-alan-peter-cayetano-everybody’s-critic

v Scandals/Issues

§   Enrile, Cayetano dig up personal dirt in word war.

-               A heated debate between Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile and Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano turned personal Tuesday when Enrile disclosed an unpaid P37 million debt by the minority leader’s late father after Cayetano accused Enrile of allowing an aide to act like a senator.

Retrieved: 2/5/2013 from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/345813/enrile-cayetano-dig-up-personal-dirt-in-word-war.

§  Gigi Reyes issues 2,600-word apology to Cayetano

- MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s now controversial chief of staff Jessica “Gigi” Reyes “profusely” apologized to Senate Minority Floor Leader Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday for labeling him as among “hypocrites” critical of her boss.

Retrieved: 2/5/2013 from http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/01/25/901001/gigi-reyes-issues-2600-word-apology-cayetano.

§

§   Cayetano slams Enrile’s ‘martial law tactics’ on cash gift to 18 senators

- Senate minority floor leader Alan Peter Cayetano Friday criticized Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s “martial law tactics” in giving P1.6 million cash to 18 senators, saying that this was meant to prevent a change in the Senate Presidency.

Retrieved: 2/5/2013 from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/339077/cayetano-slams-enriles-martial-law-tactics-on-cash-gift-to-18-senators.

v POLITICAL PLATFORM

Not yet released

Releasing date will be on February 12, 2013

 

STAND ON:

IDP Bill:

-       Neutral

FOI:

 Cayetano wants FOI passage fast-tracked

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday said there is a need to fast-track the passage of the Freedom of Information bill, saying a “clean president” or an honest administration are not enough to end corruption in government.

Cayetano also said he was giving the administration the “benefit of the doubt” for again not including the FOI bill among the priority measures endorsed by PresidentBenigno Aquino III to the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council meeting earlier this week.

“Kailangan pabilisin na ito (This needs to be fast-tracked),” Cayetano told a press briefing. “Ang magandang balita naman dito ay ang lahat nagkakasundo na importante ang FOI para na ma-inform ang tao sa kung ano ang nangyayari sa gobyerno at essential ito sa good governance para malabanan ang corruption (The good news is everyone agrees that the FOI is important in informing people about what is happening in government and is essential to good governance so we can fight corruption).”

Retrieve: 2/5/13 from http://hronlineph.com/2011/08/19/in-the-news-cayetano-wants-foi-passage-fast-tracked-interaksyon-com/.

Divorce Bill:

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano believes that the present laws can provide an unhappy couple other avenues to dissolve their marriage.

However, he admitted that this would not be accessible to the poor because they still have to hire a lawyer. He said he believes that divorce is not in the culture of Filipinos and it would ruin the family.

“If we are the only country in the world that has no divorce, maybe the rest of the world is wrong and we are right,” the minority leader added.

Retrieved: 2/5/13 from http://www.philstar.com/headlines/691488/rh-first-divorce-senators.

Mining:

Senator Alan Peter S. Cayetano, of the Philippine Senate and guest of honor for the occasion urged mining industry leaders to be true believers since he said these are the people that will fight for what they stand for.

In his speech, Cayetano criticized the media’s negative projection of the mining industry to the public and yet encouraged the mining community to fight on. “When you are right, you can boldly fight for it. Pag tama ka, ipaglaban mo. (If you are right, you will fight for it.) You don’t have the spirit of fear. True believers persevere, they patiently examine and explain why they are right and they fight back. Fight back not by hating those who criticize, not by hating those who spread lies and false information about the industry. They fight back by loving one’s country, by loving one’s people and by loving God’s creation. Fight back by patiently correcting the false information and the lies that are being spread. Fight back by evaluating the problem, seeking to solve it by attacking its root cause and not to go from battle to battle but seek to win the war.

The senator said it is okay for him if one is anti-mining and thinks that it is inherently wrong. But he added: “prove to me that really you’re anti-mining. Stop using products that are brought about by mining. Do we have computers, cellphones and microphones if we don’t have mining?” he asked.

“TVIRD was not exempted from these criticisms from the media and the anti-mining advocates even from the beginning,” said Mateo after the Cayetano’s speech.

“The recognition we get now as the leader in responsible mining in the country will speak for our perseverance in demonstrating responsible mining becoming a benchmark in the country,” Mateo added.

Retrieved: 2/5/13 from http://www.tviphilippines.com/aucourant.php

Anit-discrimination:

Neutral

FAB:

RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT TO THE 2012 FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT ON THE BANGSAMORO WITH THE MORO ISLAMIC LIBERATION FRONT (MILF) AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION, INCLUDING THE CREATION OF THE BANGSAMORO TRANSITION COMMISSION THROUGH EXECUTIVE ORDER 20.

 Retrieved: 2/4/2013 from http://www.senate.gov.ph/lis/bill_res.aspx?congress=15&q=SRN-922.

Loren Legarda

  • Biography:

Place of Birth: Marikina City

 

ADDRESS

Provincial: n/a

Metro Manila: LPL Towers, Legaspi St., Makati, Metro Manila

 

Civil Status: married

Spouse: J. Antonio Leviste                                                                                     

Position: Former Batangas provincial governor; currently investments governor

Office: Board of Investments

 

Family Background

Born on January 28, 1960 in Metro Manila, Lorna “Loren” Regina Bautista Legarda is the only daughter of Antonio Cabrera Legarda of Manila and San Pablo City, Laguna and of Bessie Gella Bautista of Metro Manila and Antique. She is the granddaughter of the late Jose P. Bautista, the editor-in-chief of the pre-Martial Law Manila Times.

Legarda married businessman and former Batangas governor Jose Antonio Leviste, but they eventually separated before the 2004 election campaign. They have two sons, Lorenzo Antonio and Lance Antonio.

Few people are aware of the fact that Legarda was married before she met Leviste. Her official biodata does not mention this fact and it is not certain whether her first marriage was legally dissolved. Antonio Leviste himself was married to his first wife Celia when he met Legarda. He converted to Islam in 1986 and married Legarda in Las Vegas in 1987 even if he had never attempted to dissolve his previous marriage. His conversion to Islam might have allowed him to marry Legarda although he said that he converted for spiritual purposes.

One cannot help but wonder about the legality of Legarda’s marriage to Leviste. Although the marriage is valid under Islam law, the same cannot be said under Philippine civil law. According to Article 71 of the old Civil Code (which was the law applicable during the time of their marriage), all marriages performed outside the Philippines in accordance with the laws in force in the country where they were performed, and valid there as such, shall also be valid in this country, except bigamous, polygamous or incestuous marriages as determined by Philippine law. Of course, the main point is that a subsequent marriage is bigamous unless the first and subsisting marriage has been legally dissolved.

This excerpt is taken from http://j102.wikidot.com/loren (Accessed: February 4, 2013)

 

Educational Attainment

 

ELEMENTARY

Level School Year Graduated
Elementary education, graduated valedictorian Assumption Convent, Herran 1973

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Level School Year Graduated
Secondary education Assumption Convent, San Lorenzo 1977

 

COLLEGE

Degree School Year Graduated
Broadcast Communications, graduated cum laude University of the Philippines 1981

 

HIGHER STUDIES

Degree School Year Graduated
Special Studies towards Professional Designation in Journalism University of California, Los Angeles, USA 1985
Master’s in National Security Administration National Defense College of the Philippines 1993

 

 

Career History

Position Office Years
Senator Philippine Senate 1998-present
Manager, program development News and Public Affairs, ABS-CBN 1998-present
Columnist Manila Bulletin 1993-present
News anchor/executive producer, “The Inside Story” ABS-CBN 1990-1998
News Anchor, “The World Tonight” ABS-CBN 1986-1998
Host/producer, “Pep Talk” ABS-CBN 1986-1990
Host, “Street Pulse” RPN 9 1986
Writer/producer Media office, Philippine Consulate, Los Angeles, California, USA 1985-1986
Host/producer/writer KSCI Channel 18, Los Angeles, California, USA 1985-1986
Host MBS 4 1985
News anchor/reporter, “Newswatch” RPN 9, Quezon City 1981-1985

 

 

Affiliations

Organization Position
Trees for Life Foundation President
Save our Seas Foundation Inc. President
Citizens Drugwatch Foundation Executive council member
International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Pi Member
OB Montessori Grassroots Leadership Foundation Member
UP Broadcasting Association Former president

 

Taken from:  http://i-site.ph/Databases/Congress/12thSenate/personal/legarda-leviste-personal.html (Accessed: February 4, 2013)

 

  • Legislations passed:

To provide a more secure environment for our people, Loren co-authored the following laws: the Anti Money Laundering Law (RA 9160), National Service Training Program (RA 9163), Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (RA 9165), and the Government Procurement Reform Act (RA 9184), among others.

Likewise, Loren championed the rights and welfare of Overseas Filipinos. Believing in our modern-day heroes, Loren pushed for the passage of the Overseas Absentee Voting Act (RA 9189), the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act (RA 9225) and the law providing for additional benefits and privileges to balikbayans (RA 9174).

 

She co-authored the Anti-Domestic Violence Act (RA 9262), Anti-Abuse of Women in Intimate Relationships Act (RA 9262), the Magna Carta for the Working Children (RA 9231) and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, which was passed into law as RA 9208.

Loren co-authored the following measures that were enacted into law: the Early Childhood Care and Development (RA 9890)

gros State College of Agriculture (RA 9141), National Apiculture Research, Training and Development Institute (RA 9151), Leyte State University (RA 9158), and the Cebu International School (RA 9190).

During her incumbency as Senator, she actively espoused for the passage of important environmental measures such as the Philippine Clean Air Act (RA 8749) and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (RA 9003).

Among her co-authored laws on environmental protection are: Mt. Kitanglad Range Protected Area (RA 8978), Batanes Group of Islands Protected Area (Ra 8991), and the Conservation and Protection of Wildlife Resources Act (RA 9147).

In the 14th Congress, Loren as Chair of the Economic Affairs Committee sponsored the amendments to the Magna Carta for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (RA 9501) to generate employment and economic activities and essentially spur growth in the countryside.

She co-authored the declaration of Eid´l Fitr as a national holiday (RA 9177) and likewise co-sponsored the declaration of June 30 of every year as the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day (RA 9187)

This excerpt is taken from http://www.lorenlegarda.com.ph/advocacies.php (accessed: February 3, 2013)

  • Issues/Scandals against Sen. Legarda:

Of course, a political figure as illustrious as Legarda is not without controversies. The biggest controversy that she ever faced was the 2004 election “fraud.” In 2003, she left the administration party Lakas to join the opposition Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP) as Fernando Poe, Jr.’s running mate. In the 2004 Philippine general elections, Legarda lost in the vice-presidential race to fellow ABS-CBN news anchor and Senator Noli De Castro by a very slim margin of 800,000 votes. This generated the allegations of massive cheating by De Castro and the administration. After her bid in the election, she filed an electoral protest before the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. She alleged that instead of changing the ballots at the precincts (which is difficult and time-consuming), the cheating was done on the election return, the summary of votes in the precincts.

Legarda (as well as other media–personalities-turned politicians) had also been questioned for “straddling between the Senate and the media”─ two institutions that should keep an eye on each other. In 2003, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) criticized her for crossing the line between media and politics. CMFR said that it is unethical for Legarda to continue being a broadcast journalist because of conflict of interest. Social Justice Society, a registered political party of lawyers and law professors, also raised the issue and even went to court to charge her of violating the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. In this provision, politicians like herself are forbidden to “engage in [the] private practice of their professions unless authorized by the Constitution or law, provided that such practices will not conflict or tend to conflict with official functions.” Instead of defending herself, however, Legarda responded by invoking the principle of separation of powers.

Legarda’s political rift with De Castro actually started even before the 2004 elections. In 2002, De Castro (who was then a senator) accused Legarda of credit-grabbing in the release of fellow broadcast journalist Arlyn dela Cruz from her abductors in Jolo, Sulu. On April 8, 2002, De Castro gave reporters an update on the kidnapping and said that he had been trying to get dela Cruz released through the help of his intermediary, Prof. Mashur Bin Ghalib Jundam. When dela Cruz was released on April 27, however, it was Legarda who accompanied the kidnapped reporter. De Castro said that she did not inform him that she had managed to secure dela Cruz’s release. Legarda was also reported to have facilitated the payment of the P2 million ransom to dela Cruz’s kidnappers.

The most unusual issue about Legarda was when Ador Mawanay, a witness in the Senate hearing against Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s alleged involvement in narco-politics, claimed that Legarda bought P9.9 million worth of smuggled Nokia 3210 phones from him. However, not even Legarda’s critics could accept Mawanay’s story. The Senate Sergeant-at-Arms detained Mawanay to make sure that he can prove his allegations against Legarda.

Legarda was also noted for her excellent performance as a senator-judge during the impeachment trial of former President Joseph Estrada. Her intelligence allowed her to surpass the other senators, most of whom were lawyers and more experienced politicians. What made her truly memorable during that time, however, was the moment when she cried on Sen. Franklin Drilon’s shoulder after Estrada-allied senator-judges (such as Tessie Aquino-Oreta, who was shown dancing with joy) refused to open the so-called second envelope believed to contain incriminating huge bank accounts of Estrada. The senators’ refusal to open the envelope started the second EDSA revolution that ousted Estrada.

On March 15, 2007, however, Legarda admitted that she regretted her participation in ousting former President Estrada during the curtailed impeachment trial. She said that the EDSA 2 might not have happened if the second envelope were opened. Legarda also said that when the next Congress decided to open the said envelope, it was found that it contained not Estrada’s account but the bank account of Jaime de Chavez. She further stated that nothing has changed since EDSA 2 and that this is the main reason other EDSA 2 personalities regretted participating in that historical event.

Taken from: http://j102.wikidot.com/loren (Accessed: February 4, 2013)

  • Platforms:

Economic Agenda if elected to Senate:

1. The Philippine Economy. We need to attract investments through incentives and better value-creation for companies investing in the Philippines.

“Without a substantial increase in foreign investments in our country, we will not be able to generate jobs for our countrymen.

“We need to give incentives to Filipinos who are returning home to invest and set up businesses in the Philippines. We need to give incentives to the SMEs for starting up enterprises and creating jobs for workers.”

 

Excerpt taken from: http://www.unlawyer.net/?p=844 (Accessed: February 4, 2013)

 

Senator Loren Legarda’s Political Platform

November 15, 2009

  1. Malinis at epektibong pamamahala na makatao at makabayan.
  2. Patas at pangmatagalang socio-economic development.
  3. Pangalagaan ang kalikasan at prayoridad sa climate change.
  4. Pahalagaan ang Kulturang Pilipino at karapatan ng katutubo.
  5. Makabuluhang kapayapaan sa Mindanao.
  6. Alagaan ang OFWs.

 

Taken from: http://www.scribd.com/doc/23347865/Legarda-Plataporma (Accessed: February 4, 2013)

 

  • Stands/Positions on certain issues:

 

  • FOI Bill

Legarda files Senate version of FOI bill

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Loren Legarda co-sponsored yesterday the People’s Ownership of Government Information (POGI) bill, the Senate’s version of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act which seeks to ensure honesty and transparency in government.

In her sponsorship speech for Senate Bill 3208, “An Act Fortifying the People’s Right of Ownership over Information Held by the People’s Government,” Legarda explained that the various controversies in the past decade have left citizens doubting the capability of the government to do its mandate of serving the best interest of the people.

“We have to remain faithful to the maxim that a ‘public office is a public trust’. Honesty, transparency and accountability must always be upheld to gain back the people’s confidence and faith in the bureaucracy,” Legarda said.

Legarda joined the calls for the passage of the measure.

“Given the tremendous import of this measure in securing the trust of the Filipino people in their government, I hope that this august chamber shall pass this in the swiftest possible time,” she added.

Legarda also recognized that there is certain information that “must be kept confidential, especially that which may compromise the nation’s security, jeopardize negotiations or diplomatic relations with other nations, and intrude privacy or endanger the life and safety of an individual.”

“We have covered these exceptions, and if such may cause the denial of access to information, the agency concerned is required to make the appropriate explanation,” said Legarda, a former TV newscaster.

Among the salient points of the measure is the compulsory disclosure, which shall be done by posting the needed documents on government websites for easy access, apart from providing documents upon personal requests of individuals.

Taken from: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2012/12/04/879863/legarda-files-senate-version-foi-bill (Accessed: February 4, 2013)

  • Divorce Bill:

“It is interesting to note that she has not mentioned any stand regarding divorce. It may be safe to assume that she cannot comment about it simply because she herself has been separated from her husband for years.”

Taken from: http://j102.wikidot.com/loren (Accessed: February 4, 2013)

 

  • Anti-Discrimination Bill:

Loren Legarda delivered a speech at the senate floor agreeing to the bill.

“We must strive to transform our society into an open-minded and sensitive community where no child is subjected to name-calling because of his distinct looks; we must build a nation where each individual’s beliefs and principles are respected and everyone is given equal opportunity to achieve his full potential as a person and as a Filipino citizen.

Mr. President, it is on this score that I call on the support of my colleagues in this august chamber for the measure I am sponsoring to provide a lasting and effective solution to the prevalent plague of discrimination”

This excerpt is taken from: http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2011/0511_legarda2.asp (Accessed: February 4, 2013)

  • Mining

Legarda seeks review of 1995 mining law

Saturday, September 10, 2011

SENATOR Loren Legarda is seeking a second look of the Republic Act 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, to suit the interests of affected indigenous peoples and host communities.

Legarda said the law needs revision so that issues on economic, social and environmental returns and safeguards will be addressed.

“We need to look if economic returns, especially to Indigenous Peoples (IP) are fit vis-à-vis the environmental effects,” Legarda said.

“We need also to look at the royalties derived from (mining operations). We must check the cost-benefit [of these],” said Legarda, who heads both the Senate Committee on Climate Change and Committee on Cultural Communities.

Among those present in the assembly are leaders and representatives from groups like: Isneg, Bago, Tingguian, Kankanaey, Iwak, Ibatan, Agta, Itawes, Tuwali, Gaddang, Bugkalot, Ayangan, Tiblac and Dumagats.

Tribal and indigenous peoples (IP) have been complaining of the economic and cultural dislocation, and minimal trickle-down-effect of mining operations all over the country, most of which are located along IP territories.

Despite the passage of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997, which restored the rights over IPs ancestral domains and recognized the need to preserve the cultural integrity of indigenous cultural communities, significant improvement in the communities’ socio-economic and cultural well-being is still wanting.

“Much is desired to ensure improved access to basic health services and education, sustainable development of ancestral lands and resources, economic empowerment, and development of traditional knowledge, skills and practices,” Legarda stressed.

Taken from: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2011/09/10/legarda-seeks-review-1995-mining-law-178516 (Accessed: February 4, 2013)

  • FAB (Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro)

Legarda on the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement:
Let Us Give Peace A Chance

Senator Loren Legarda today expressed hope that the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement will be an opportunity to achieve the long-elusive peace in Mindanao and called on all Filipinos to support this reform process.

“Let us give peace a chance. Let us explore all possibilities within the bounds of our national sovereignty to achieve the long-elusive peace in Mindanao,” she said.

Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Committee on Cultural Communities and a peace advocate who has successfully released captives from armed groups in the past, also stressed that change will not come overnight, “Ink on parchment cannot solve the problem. It will be a long and arduous process. Any peace agreement will not be successful without an economic package. And it’s not enough that resources are made available. Resources must be translated into jobs, livelihoods, food, education, healthcare, and welfare for the Bangsamoro people.”

She noted that massive development challenges and socio-economic costs of conflict in Mindanao remain to be addressed.

“Mindanao is home to 6 of the 10 poorest provinces and 17 of the 20 poorest municipalities in the country. Armed conflicts since the 1970s have cost at least 120,000 lives and in 2000-2001 alone, 985,412 persons have been displaced. The World Bank estimates that investment deflection not only from conflict-afflicted areas but from Mindanao as a whole increased the economic cost of the Mindanao conflict to more than $10 billion during the years 1975-2002,” Legarda explained.

“With these figures as a backdrop, the prospects for peace and prosperity in Mindanao should be welcomed by all Filipinos. We must grab this opportunity now as it may not come again and commit to the economic component of the peace agreement or it will fail again. Let us erase all doubts of the past. This chance may only happen in President Aquino’s time because of his desire for a sincere, clean, and honest governance,” she said.

“As a legislator, I will do my part in ensuring that the new legislation for the Bangsamoro people becomes an instrument by which we can finally achieve lasting and durable peace in Mindanao,” Legarda concluded.

Excerpt taken from: http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2012/1014_legarda2.asp (Accessed: February 4, 2013)

  • IDP (Internally-Displaced Person)

Loren Legarda introduced the bill which could be accessed and downloaded in PDF form at this link http://www.senate.gov.ph/lisdata/89047445!.pdf.

 

General contact information

  • URL: http://www.lorenlegarda.com.ph
  • Address: RM.209 2nd Flr., Senate of the Philippines, GSIS Bldg., Pasay City
  • City: Pasay City
  • Country: Philippines
  • Telephone: +63 8331332
  • Email: loren@lorenlegarda.com.ph

Information taken from: http://www.preventionweb.net/english/professional/contacts/v.php?id=7371 (Accessed: February 4, 2013)

Dick Gordon

Biography

Senator Dick Gordon’s track record in public service is one for the books.

As Mayor of Olongapo City, he brought order not only to the streets of his city but also to the lives of his people. Mayor Dick Gordon stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Olongapo, shoveling the ashfall, and recovering what was left of their lives. With him at the helm, they rebuilt their city and their lives, later becoming a model city for peace and order, health care, education, livelihood, and good governance.

After the US Military Base closed in November 1992, he inspired and empowered the local population and a fleet of young professionals from here and abroad, and turned Subic Bay into the country’s showcase for economic progress, bringing in billions in investments and creating almost 100,000 jobs. World leaders like Margaret Thatcher, Dr. Mahatir Mohammad, and U.S. President Bill Clinton came to Subic to see the miracle that was the great transformation – and they came away impressed. So with the 18 APEC head of economies during the 4th Leaders’ Summit held thereat.

While he was the author of the success that is the Subic Bay Freeport, a twist of events took him away, but in time brought him towards a call to serve more people, this time as Secretary of Tourism. He knew that tourism was the country’s ticket to development – the fastest way to progress. Through his “Wow Philippines” campaign, the country became well-known abroad, and tourists started coming. Despite the challenges of the times, with the removal from office of the sitting president, the SARS outbreak, the Oakwood mutiny, the Dos Palmas kidnapping, and numerous bombings, not to mention the global terrorism problem, Secretary Gordon kept tourism afloat. In doing so, he lived up to his mantra – “tourism means jobs; where tourism advances, poverty retreats.”

So great was his contribution to the tourism industry that its players begged him not to run for Senator in 2004. But the road has led him to the Philippine Senate, perhaps not the ideal place for a man of action, a man who wants to see results for the people now. Yet, he has distinguished himself as a prolific lawmaker, an advocate of legislation that seek to uplift our people and our country. He is the main author and advocate of an Automated Election System law. Through this system, Senator Gordon hopes to leave our people with elections that are clean, honest, fair, and credible. The Tourism Bill, signed into law recently, is also a result of Senator Gordon’s years of hard work advocating tourism development for our country. He is also the principal author of the Veterans Equity Law. And as Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee, he has shown that he is one who is never afraid to take a stand on any issue, firm but fair, serious and sincere.

Senator Gordon has held many positions, and succeeded beyond expectation at every single one of them. But I think that the job he loves the most is one that he has held for over forty years – his job as a volunteer of the Philippine National Red Cross. Today, he is its Chairman, and is a Governor of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, but his commitment and dedication to this organization and the work that it does goes far beyond title and position. In fact, in everything that he does, Senator Gordon goes beyond himself. We have seen him, above and beyond the call of duty, saving lives here in our own province as with Cabanatuan, Bulacan, Albay, Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Leyte, and Aurora, among many others throughout the years. Wherever there is a disaster or calamity, you can be sure that he is there, always first, always ready, always there often endangering his own life, defying his family, in order to alleviate other people’s suffering and uplift human dignity. And when the disaster is over, count on him to be there to help rebuild the community. In recent months, people have seen him in the news because of the Red Cross kidnapping crisis. People have seen him passionate, aggressive, sad, sometimes even angry. If he has appeared emotional, it is because he is a leader who truly cares – the captain of a ship who treats all of his men like they are his own children, because to him every life matters and is worthy of every effort, attention, compassion, and caring that he can give – no matter what anybody else says.

Senator Gordon is a leader with a vision for the future of his people, and a clear strategy to get them there. He is a leader who has made change, and change for the better. He has brought dignity and hope to his people and has motivated and inspired others to go in the right direction, and he, along with everybody, has sacrificed much to get there. In everything he has done, he has seen for his people a new country – a Bagumbayan. He has brought them out of the darkness and into the light. And now, he calls everyone to break free of their own limitations to chase after the horizon, to step into the light, grab hold of their own future, and finally build a nation that is enabled, ennobled and free. (The Biography of Richard “Dick” Gordon as cited from: http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/gordon_bio.asp on Feb. 4, 2013)

 

 

 

 

Political Background

Positions Held:

1966-1967, CORPORATE: Gordon was hired as Brand Manager for Procter and Gamble Philippines.

1971, CONSTITUTIONAL: He became the youngest delegate of the Constitutional Convention of the Philippines

1974-1975, CORPORATE: He became director for Kong Commercial Philippines, Inc.

1975-1979: After passing the bar, he worked in Angara Abello Concepcion Regala Cruz Law Offices (ACCRA) Law Office and eventually became Associate.

1980-1986, LOCAL POLITICS (MAYOR): Gordon won as mayor of Olongapo City. In 1986, Gordon and Joseph Estrada became two of the local executives who refused to vacate their positions after President Corazon Aquino reorganized the government. Gordon gave way for the Aquino appointed Officer-In-Charge after a formal written directive was issued from the Executive Secretary.

1987, NON-GOVERNMENT: Gordon was elected as governor of the Philippine National Red Cross, taking active roles in rescue, relief and rehabilitation during various disasters. He actively helped out during the 1990 earthquake in Cabanatuan, the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, the landslides in Aurora, Quezon, and Southern Leyte mudslide, as well as the PhilSports Arena stampede.

1988-1993, LOCAL POLITICS (MAYOR), ADMINISTRATION (SUBIC CHAIR): He won as mayor of Olongapo City again. During his term, he lobbied for the creation of a free port after the rejection of the Bases Treaty in 1991.

In 1993, a citizen questioned Gordon’s dual duty as mayor of Olongapo City and as chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). After the Supreme Court decided that Gordon must hold only one position, he vacated his position as Mayor and assumed SBMA chairmanship in full capacity.

2001-2004, CABINET:
Gordon served as tourism secretary under the Estrada and Arroyo administrations because of his experience as a former brand manager of Procter and Gamble Philippines and chairman of SBMA.

Gordon placed the Philippines in the international tourism map by actively marketing the Philippines in several tourism expositions and road shows with the “Wow Philippines” campaign. After 4 years of negative growth and in spite of threats of post 9-11 terrorism threats, local tourism arrival increased.

2004-2010, LEGISLATIVE: He won as senator and became the chairman of arious Senate committees—Tourism, Constitutional Amendments (13th Congress), Government Corporations and Public Enterprises, and the Commission on Appointments. He eventually headed the Blue Ribbon Committee (or the Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations) when Senator Juan Ponce Enrile assumed presidency of the Senate in 2008.

(The Positions Held of Richard Gordon as cited was copied from: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/botomo/05/13/09/profile-richard-dick-juico-gordon on Feb. 4, 2013)

Legislations Passed:

(Copied from: http://richardgordon.blogspot.com/ on Feb. 4, 2013)

13th and 14th Congress (2004-2010)

  1. I.               LAWS

 

Republic Act No. 9369

New Automated Elections System Law (author and sponsor)

· Renders the AES technology-neutral to allow Comelec to use the best available election technology with demonstrated capability

· We can use whatever technology is appropriate, secure, applicable and cost-effective.

· No more“dagdag-bawas” and wholesale cheating, with results simultaneously transmitted to the municipal/city, provincial, national Board of Canvassers so that in a few hours, all votes are counted

 

Republic Act No. 9499

Filipino World War II Veterans Pensions and Benefits Act of 2008 (author and sponsor)

· Allows Filipino veterans currently residing in the country to receive their pensions from both Manila and Washington

· Will benefit more than half of the estimated 16,000 surviving Filipino WWII veterans or their surviving spouses who stand to receive $9,000 if a Filipino citizen residing in the Philippines, or $15,000 if a US citizen under the US Economic Stimulus Bill of 2009.

 

Republic Act No. 9593

Tourism Act of 2008 (author & sponsor)

· Strengthens government tourism promotions by creating the Tourism Promotions Board

· Institutionalizes the regulation and accreditation of tourism services

· Grants income tax holiday and import duty exemptions for registered tourism industry enterprise zones

 

Republic Act No. 9728

Creating the Freeport Area of Bataan (sponsor)

· Aims to revive the ailing Mariveles Special Economic Zone, the country’s first Ecozone, through the creation of a Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB)

 

Republic Act No. 9803

Food Donation Act (author and sponsor)

· Protects all persons against civil or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging or condition of apparently wholesome food (clean excess food, not leftovers) that it donates in good faith for charitable purposes

· Not intended as a dole-out, the donation provides sustenance for the hungry as they train for livelihood and employment programs

· The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the law was signed on May 21, 2010, establishing the DSWD as the principal coordinating agency together with the PNRC as auxiliary for the implementation

· Donated food shall meet all quality and labeling standards as certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

 

Republic Act No. 9851

An Act Penalizing Violations of International Humanitarian Law (author and sponsor)

· Penalizes violations against international humanitarian law in compliance with the country’s treaty obligations under the Geneva Conventions of 1949

· Seeks to ensure protection of civilians and prisoners of war in times of armed conflict

· Ensures “no safe haven” for war criminals

 

Republic Act No. 9903

SSS Condonation Law (author and sponsor)

· Allows a one-time condonation program from payment of penalties for an estimated 287,631 private employers (2007) who are delinquent in the payment of the mandatory contributions, translating to a total delinquency of P14.6 Billion.

· Aggrieved workers who could not avail of loans and other benefits because their employers had not remitted their contributions have become members in good standing

· Employers shall pay downpayment of at least 5% of the total contribution delinquency and pay the remaining balance in equal monthly installment within a period of 48 months

 

 

Republic Act No. 10023

Extending Free Patent to Residential Lands (author and sponsor)

· Allows possessors of residential lands to have their land titled without need of a court decree, and reduces the possessory requirement from 30 years to just 10 years

· Because process is merely administrative, there shall be no need to hire the services of a lawyer

· To benefit the possessors of an estimated 7.8 million parcels of residential lands and facilitate buying and selling of lands

· To free up access to credit since titled land can be used as collateral in borrowing from banks and other financial institutions

· Increases the local government unit tax base for improved tax collection

 

Republic Act No. 10072

Philippine Red Cross Act

· Aimed at strengthening the ability of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to respond to humanitarian needs in times of armed conflicts, natural disasters, and other emergencies

· Affirms the country’s “conformity with the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their additional protocols, and the Statutes of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement,” as well as a confirmation of PRC’s stand as a “voluntary, independent and autonomous non-governmental society auxiliary to the authorities of the Republic of the Philippines in the humanitarian field.”

· Exempts PRC from real property taxes, direct and indirect taxes, duties and fees that will emerge from its operations and its exclusive importations and purchases

· Exempts PRC from donor’s tax, which amount shall be deductible from the donors’ gross income for income tax purposes

 

Republic Act No. 10073

Girl Scouts of the Philippines Charter

· Affirms the contribution of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines to the promotion of positive values, responsible citizenship, and volunteerism to young women

· Provides the institution with permanence and structure by recognizing the GSP as a juridical entity with perpetual succession and corporate powers, such as to acquire properties, receive funds and contributions, adopt a seal, and have offices across the country

 

Republic Act No. 10121

Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act(author and co-sponsor)

·Strengthens the Philippine disaster risk reduction and management system by providing for the national disaster risk reduction and management framework

·Helps local government units and communities to prepare for disasters, reduce risks and become more resilient in the face of calamities.

·Engages the participation of civil society, the private sector and volunteers in the government’s disaster risk reduction program

 

  1. BILLS AT INTERMEDIATE STAGE

Senate Bill No. 2590

Ninth Ray Bill (author and sponsor; pending in the House of Representatives)

· Increasing the number of rays of the sun on the Philippine flag from eight to nine to symbolize the community of Muslim leaders who defended our land and to inculcate in the minds and hearts of our people a just pride in their native Muslim brothers who sacrificed their lives for the country’s freedom.
Senate Bill No. 3570

Allowing Early Voting (author and sponsor; pending in the House of Representatives)

· Allows the conduct of early voting for qualified members of media, two weeks before the constitutionally-mandated election day.

 

Richard Gordon’s Stand on IDP’s

PRC Commits to Assist the IDPs in the Philippines

Recent reports show that, to date, the Philippines is ranked third among other Southeast Asian countries for having most of its people displaced by armed conflicts. And based on the United Nations’ records, the country has secured a spot in the top 40 nations all over the world where internal displacement is considered as a significant phenomenon.

Following this news, several newspapers revealed that few countries seemed to have responded to this rather alarming statistics—specifically Australia and United Kingdom (UK). Apparently, the two aforementioned countries reportedly raised an alarm among their citizens regarding unwarranted travel in the Philippines, particularly within the Mindanao region, where they presume terrorist attacks are imminent.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) stepped up in this situation by remaining as the key operational partner of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in line with its mission to assist and protect civilians displaced and affected by armed clashes within the country—primarily on the southern islands of Mindanao.

“It is part of the Philippine Red Cross’ humanitarian endeavor to promote and uphold the International Humanitarian Law in this country,” said PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon.

“In accordance to our primary mission of alleviating human suffering and uplifting human dignity, it is our mandate to provide our IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) with a cloak of protection against the risk posed by armed conflicts,” Gordon further elaborated.

In line with the measures that PRC is currently undertaking in view of this matter, on the other hand, Gordon added that “We [at PRC] constantly work in close coordination with the ICRC to further strengthen the assessment, distribution, monitoring and project planning capacities of our staff and volunteers within Mindanao area.”

(Source: http://www.redcross.org.ph/news/61 ; Feb.4, 2013)

I denounce all claim as for all the rights goes to the following sources.

SOURCES:

http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/gordon_resume.asp

http://richardgordon.blogspot.com/

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/botomo/05/13/09/profile-richard-dick-juico-gordon

http://www.redcross.org.ph/news/61

Chiz Escudero

Who is Chiz?

“Francis Joseph Guevara Escudero or Chiz was born on October 10, 1969, and studied at  the  University of the Philippines from kindergarten to college where he took up law. In 1994, he passed the Philippine Bar and went on to obtain a Masters degree in International and Comparative Law at Georgetown University in 1996.

As a practicing lawyer and teacher, he decided to enter politics in 1998 and was elected Representative of the 1st District of Sorsogon and was voted by his peers as Assistant Majority Floor Leader.

He was re-elected twice and was House Minority Floor Leader during his last term.

His name has national recall, and this was proven by the fact that he nearly topped the senatorial elections in 2007.

Today, he heads the Senate Committees on Justice and Human Rights, Joint Oversight Committees on Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Clean Air Act, and Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

This man’s meteoric rise into the nation’s consciousness as a leader has earned him several distinctions, including becoming a TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines) awardee in recognition of his selfless dedication as a youth leader.

He has not gone unnoticed; in 2007, he was the only Filipino named as Asia News Network’s Asia’s Idols. He has also been honored by the prestigious World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader of 2008 in recognition of his professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

Just when everyone is asking what more lies ahead for him, here he is consistently leading surveys as the most trusted official of the land with high approval ratings”( http://www.chizescudero.com/index.php/template , Feb.2,2013).

Career:

Senator, Senate of the Philippines, 2007 to present

Chairman, Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Chairman, Committee on Environment and Natural Resources

Chairman, Joint Oversight Committees on Ecological Solid Waste Management Act

Chairman, Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Clean Air Act

Representative, 1st District of Sorsogon, House of Representatives, 1998-2007

House Minority Floor Leader, 13th Congress

House Assistant Majority Floor Leader 11th Congress (July 1998 – Nov. 2000)

Commander, Philippine Navy Reserve Command

Partner, Escudero Marasigan Sta. Ana Vallente & Villareal Law Office, February 1995 – Present

(http://www.chizescudero.com/index.php/template/lorem-ipsum/contacts , Feb. 4, 2013).

Legislations passed in the senate:

28 (10 sponsored, 5 co-sponsored, 13 co-authored)

  • Clerical or Typographical Error and Change of First Name and Nickname (sponsor)
  • Subsidiary Imprisonment (sponsor)
  • An Act Decriminalizing Vagrancy (sponsor)
  • An Act Creating Five Additional Branches of the Regional Trial Court in Mandaluyong City (sponsor)
  • Philippine Red Cross Charter of 2009 (sponsor)
  • Holiday for the Observance of Eidul Adha (sponsor)
  • International Humanitarian Law (sponsor)
  • Legal Assistance Act of 2008 (sponsor)
  • Anti-Image Voyeurism Act of 2008 (sponsor)
  • Judiciary Retirement Benefits (sponsor)
  • An Act Strengthening the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (co-sponsor)
  • Revised Fire Code of the Philippines (co-sponsor)
  • Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2008 (co-sponsor)
  • Tourism Act of 2008 (co-sponsor)
  • Girl Scouts of the Philippines Charter of 2009 (co-sponsor)
  • Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012 (co-author)
  • An Act to Further Strengthen the Anti-Money Laundering Law (co-author)
  • Conferment of Civil Service Eligibility (co-author)
  • Electric Power Industry Reform (Lifeline Rate) (co-author)
  • Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2009 (co-author)
  • Philippine Coast Guard Law of 2009 (co-author)
  • Military Service Board (co-author)
  • Rent Control Act of 2009 (co-author)
  • Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (co-author)
  • Real Estate Service Act of the Philippines (co-author)
  • Climate Change Act of 2008 (co-author)
  • University of the Philippines Charter of 2007 (co-author)
  • Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2007 (co-author)

Source: http://www.rappler.com/re-electionists/12317-francis-joseph-chiz-escudero-torn-between-noy-bi , date retrieved: Feb. 4, 2013

 

Scandals/Issues:

*          “Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero III on Monday confirmed that his marriage with his wife Christine Elizabeth Flores has been annulled.

 

Escudero made the confirmation on Monday during the television show of host Kris Aquino “Kris TV” aired over ABS-CBN.”( http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/263838/lifestyle/people/senator-chiz-escudero-confirms-annulment, date retrieved: feb 5, 2013).

 

*For the past few years, Sen. Chiz had a quiet political life. But recently, He wowed the public when admitted that artist Heart Evangelista is his girlfriend. (source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/10/05/12/chiz-says-heart-his-girlfriend, date retrieved: feb. 5, 2013).

 

Platforms:

“ (1) Disenteng tirahan sa bawat Pilipino ayon sa programa ng Gawad Kalinga (GK), di lamang para sa mahihirap kundi pati na rin sa mga ordinaryong empleyado tulad ng mga guro, pulis, sundalo at iba pang mga kawani;

(2) Kabuhayan at sapat na pagkakakitaan batay sa sariling kakayahan ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino sa pamamagitan ng micro-finance, skills training, at pagbigay ng prayoridad sa sarili nating mamamayan at kababaihang entrepreneur;

(3) Pagkakataon ng kabataang Pilipino na makapag-aral at makapagtapos mula mababang paaralan hanggang sa kolehiyo sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng sapat na pondo sa mga state colleges at universities, kaagapay ang pagkilala sa mahalagang papel na ginagampanan ng pribadong sektor sa larangan ng edukasyon;

(4) Pagkilala sa karapatang makapagpagamot at gumaling sa anumang karamdaman lalung-lalo na ang mga mahihirap at mga may edad;

(5) Pagtatanggol sa karapatang pantao at pagsupil sa anumang uri ng diskriminasyon;

(6) Pangangalaga ng ating kalikasan sa pamamagitan ng wastong paggamit nito upang  matiyak na ang ating likas na yaman ay mapapakinabangan ng susunod pang mga henerasyon; at

(7) Isulong at ipaglaban kung anong naaayon sa batas upang makamtan ang katotohanan, katarungan, kalayaan, kapayapaan at pagkakaintindihan nating lahat.”

*source: ( http://www.chizescudero.com/index.php/the-senator , date retrieved: feb. 5, 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

Stand on controversial Bills (IDP, FOI, Divorce Bill, Mining, Anti-Discrimination, FAB)

            According the official website of the Senate, Sen. Chiz was one of the senators  who filed the Senate Bill no.3317 or the Internal Displacement Act of 2012, “an act protecting the rights of internally displaced persons, providing penalties for violations thereof and for other purposes” (http://www.senate.gov.ph/lis/bill_res.aspx?congress=15&q=SBN-3317, date retrieved: feb. 5, 2013).

Chiz stands pro towards the passing of the Freedom of Information Bill. In his speech during the 41st Anniversary Panagdadapuan Festival of Quirino, he said: “Kapag masinagan ng camera o recorder ang ginagawa o sinasabi ng sinumang opisyal ng pamahalaan, ito ang mabisang paraan para mabawasan kung hindi man tuluyang mawala ang korupsyon.”(http://www.pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?article=451347358703, date retrieved: feb. 5, 2013).

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero said he is against House Bill 1799 or “An Act Introducing Divorce in the Philippines,” filed by Gabriela Party-list Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emerenciana de Jesus. In an interview during the 113th celebration of Independence Day held at Bacolod City last June 12, 2011; Sen. Chiz said: “I am against the bill because, based on what I read in its provisions, it only hastens the divorce for couples…” (http://www.philstar.com/region/695692/sen-chiz-says-no-divorce, date retrieved: feb. 5, 2013).

In an article published in chizescudero.com, the senator’s official website;  it is cited that: “Senator Chiz Escudero urged Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari to heed the call for peace and help make the freshly signed Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro work….”( http://www.chizescudero.com/index.php/component/k2/itemlist/category/31-press-release?start=14, date retrieved: feb.5,2013). Enclosed also in that press release is the Senator’s Speech: “I am appealing to the sense of collective peace of former Governor Misuari. The path to peace has been an arduous and costly struggle for our brothers in Mindanao. This framework accord on Bangsamoro is a fresh start for all. I urge the esteemed leader to cooperate in working for our common goal of a lasting peace in Mindanao…” .

“Senators Francis Escudero and Antonio Trillanes IV filed Senate Bill 3133 (download a copy at http://www.senate.gov.ph/lisdata/1272410734!.pdf) that amends RA 9048 or the law that regulates the change of clerical errors in civil registry papers. The benefits of the bill, according to its proponents, include making it easier to correct errors in spelling, dates of birth and gender without having to go through expensive court proceedings.”( http://www.samarnews.com/news_clips19/news388.htm, date retrieved: feb.5,2013). This filing of bill angered many LGBT advocates at that time, questioning Sen. Chiz’s grandstanding that he is for LGBT rights.

“Opposition Sen. Chiz Escudero wants to amend the Mining Act so that provinces like Palawan could benefit from the minerals that are reaped from the extraction of natural resources in their areas. He made this position clear at the ANC’s “Face to Face” forum Tuesday morning.” (http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2009/1008_escudero1.asp, date retrieved: feb.5,2013). This was published by the official website of Senate of the Philippines last October 8, 2009, somehow showing Sen. Chiz’ support for amending the Mining Act and promoting responsible mining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography:

Chiz Escudero Official website.(n.d.).Retrieved from http://www.chizescudero.com/index.php/template

Chiz Escudero Official website.(n.d.).Retrieved from http://www.chizescudero.com/index.php/template/lorem-ipsum/contacts

http://www.rappler.com/re-electionists/12317-francis-joseph-chiz-escudero-torn-between-noy-bi

Chiz Escudero Official website.(n.d.).Retrieved from http://www.chizescudero.com/index.php/the-senator

Senate of the Philippines 15th Congress. (n.d). retrieved from http://www.senate.gov.ph/lis/bill_res.aspx?congress=15&q=SBN-3317

Philippine Information Agency. (n.d). Retrieved from http://www.pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?article=451347358703

Sen. Chiz says NO to divorce (June 14, 2011 – 12:00am) retrieved from

http://www.philstar.com/region/695692/sen-chiz-says-no-divorce

(http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2009/1008_escudero1.asp

http://www.samarnews.com/news_clips19/news388.htm

http://www.chizescudero.com/index.php/component/k2/itemlist/category/31-press-release?start=14

Koko Pimentel

Biography:

Date of Birth: January 20, 1964

Place of Birth: Cagayan de Oro City

Name of Parents: father: Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. of Cagayan de Oro City

Mother: Lourdes dela Llana Pimentel of Zambales

Status: Married

Spouse: Jewel May Colmenares Lobaton-Pimental

Names of children: Aquilino Martin Emmanuel L. Pimentel VI and Aqulino Justo L. Pimentel VII

Profession: Lawyer (Admitted to the Philippines Bar in 1991 and topped the 1990 bar Exams with a grade of 89.85%)

Occupations: Senator, Republic of the Philippines 2007-2013 Term (proclaimed August 11, 2011

Educational Background:

Elementary: Ateneo Grade School

High School: Ateneo High School

College: Bachelor of Science, Major in Mathematics, Atenedo de Manila University

Higher Studies: College of Law, Bachelor of Law, University of the Philippines

SCHOOLS ATTENDED (DEGREES EARNED)

University of the Philippines, College of Law
(Bachelor of Laws)
Member, UP Chess Team
1985 – 1990
Ateneo de Manila University, College of Arts and Sciences
(Bachelor of Science, Major in Mathematics)
Member, Ateneo Chess Team
1981 – 1985
Ateneo de Manila University: High School
Member, Ateneo Chess Team
1977 – 1981
Ateneo de Manila University, Claret School, Xavier University
(Ateneo de Cagayan): Elementary Education and Kindergarten
1969 – 1977
   

Source: http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/pimentel_koko_resume.asp (date retrieved: Feb. 4,2013)

Track Record:

1995-1998 – National Youth Commission

Since 1991—Practicing Lawyer Government Service: Commissioner representing Mindanao.

Political History:

Private Experiences:

Aquilino L. Pimentel III Law Office – January 1, 2005 to present

Co-anchor, Bantay OFW, DZXL 558 – April 2011 to present

Co-Anchor, Straight to the Point, DZXL 558 – March 1, 2011 to April 2011

Pimentel Pacuribot Law Offices – July 2002 to December 31, 2004

Pimentel Yusingco Pimentel Garcia Law Offices – 1998 to July 2002

Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. and Associates Law Office – 1992 to 1998

Source: http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/pimentel_koko_resume.asp (date retrieved: Feb. 4, 2013)

 

Public Experiences:

Senate of the Republic of the Philippines – August 11, 2011 to present

National youth Commission – 1995 to 1998

Office of the President Republic of the Philippines (Commissioner representing Mindanao)

Source: http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/pimentel_koko_resume.asp (date retrieved: Feb. 4, 2013)

Other Positions held:

Fellow, Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. Institute For Leadership and Governance – July 2010 to present

General Legal counsel, National Commuters Council of the Philippines – July 2010 to present

Legal resource Person, Catholic media network – Oct. 2006 to present

Legal Adviser, national Press Photographers – Sept. 2006 to present

Lecturer, How to Prepare for the Bar examinations – 1991 to present

Professor, UE College of Law – 2007-2010

Consultant, Office of Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. – Sept. 2002 to 2007

President, rotary club of Manila Bay – Ry 2005 to 2006

Professor, FEU, FFERN College of Business Administration and Legal Management – Jan. to April 2005

Director, United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) – 1998 to 2000

Trustee, UCPB Foundation, Inc. – 1998 to 2000

Commissioner, Preparaory Commission on Constitutional Reform – Sept. to Dec., 1999

Associate Legal Counsel, Junior Chamber International (JCI) – 1997 to 1998

Legal Counsel, JCI World Congress (Manila, Philippines) – 1998

Source: http://www.adnu.edu.ph/AdnuPagmatu2007/pimentela.htm (date retrieved: Feb. 4, 2013)

http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/pimentel_koko_resume.asp (date retrieved: Feb. 4, 2013)
Platform:

Mindanao, the youth, local governments, socio-civic groups, the poor

Source: http://www.adnu.edu.ph/AdnuPagmatu2007/pimentela.htm (date retrieved: Feb. 4, 2013)

Legislations:

Issues/Scandals:

KOKO Pimentel to remain PDP-Laban president

DESPITE his decision to run under the administration party’s senatorial ticket in the 2013 mid-term elections, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd will not be removed as president of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Byan (PDP-Laban).
Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is the also the titular head of PDP-Laban vehemently denied reports that Pimentel would be stripped of his position in the party because of his move to run under the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

“Hindi namin gawain yan [That is not our custom],” said Binay when asked to clarify reports that Pimentel might be removed as PDP-Laban president.

Binay’s PDP-Laban has coalesced with Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) of former president Joseph Estrada, forming the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

UNA, which has been projecting itself as a “constructive opposition” will contest the administration’s candidates in next year’s elections.

Pimentel decided to turn his back on UNA after it included his arch-nemesis, resigned Sen. Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri in its senatorial slate for the 2013 polls.

With Pimentel’s decision to run as a guest candidate of LP, Binay said, they will no longer meddle in the senator’s political plans.

“Bahala na siya [He is on his own],” the Vice President said.

At the same time, Binay said that PDP-Laban remains intact despite Pimentel’s decision.

“Wala naman kaming kailangang gawin. Andito pa kami sa PDP Laban. Buo naman kami [We do not need to do anything. We are still in PDP-Laban. We remain intact],” he added.

He also said that UNA has continuously discussing its activities to further strengthen the alliance adding that it is the party to beat in the 2013 elections.

Source: http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/news/nation/29805-koko-pimentel-to-remain-pdp-laban-president

 

Koko   Pimentel   leads by   257K;   winning   ‘I nevitable’

Was it truly a sacrifice, or he just knew what was coming?

Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri has drawn praise from both sides of the political fence for resigning his post as senator. But according to former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr., the father of Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III who has doggedly contested Zubiri’s victory in the 2007 senatorial race, he simply decided not to delay the inevitable.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who earlier served as Koko Pimentel’s election lawyer, said that while the majority praised Zubiri for resigning, “we should dig deeper (and) be more discerning about his real motives.”

She said Zubiri’s decision to quit was a “good political strategy.”

“Koko clearly won,” the elder Pimentel on Thursday told the Inquirer, pointing out that as of the last count of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), his lawyer-son was leading Zubiri by 257,000 votes.

“No way can Koko’s lead be overtaken anymore. Zubiri really lost,” the father said.

“The indications are that the SET will rule in favor of Koko Pimentel,” SET secretary Irene Guevarra said in an interview, citing Pimentel’s lead of “almost 200,000 votes.”

“He will be proclaimed senator,” Guevarra said.

Sen. Edgardo Angara, a member of the SET until last month, said the young Pimentel could formally assume office in mid-August.

“This process may take about two weeks. That’s an educated guess,” Angara said.

In 2007, Zubiri claimed a disputed victory with a slim lead of 18,000 votes.

On Thursday the Senate transmitted a letter informing the SET that Zubiri had “submitted his resignation as senator of the republic.”

Zubiri also withdrew his counterprotest at the tribunal, paving the way for it to issue its resolution on the main case, Koko Pimentel’s protest.

Palace ‘pressure’

A source familiar with Zubiri’s decision to step down claimed that months into President Aquino’s term, Zubiri began experiencing “subtle pressure” from administration officials, allegedly owing to his close association with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The source said Zubiri appeared to have drawn the Palace’s ire when he opposed its effort to postpone the elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

At the height of the Senate deliberations on the postponement, Zubiri was said to have met with Ronald Llamas, the President’s adviser on political affairs, and was greeted with: “Anong gusto mo? Mabilis o mabagal (How do you want it, quick or slow)?”

Llamas seemed to be referring to the resolution of Pimentel’s election protest against Zubiri at the SET, according to the source, who asked not to be named for lack of authority to speak on the matter in public.

“It was an unusual greeting and Migz was taken aback,” the source told the Inquirer. “Here was a Palace official talking in that manner to a senator, an elected official.”

The source said Zubiri’s camp interpreted the message as a veiled threat to force him to change his position on the ARMM elections. But the senator went on to deliver a strongly worded privilege speech against the postponement.

Recently, the source said, Zubiri got word that the Bureau of Internal Revenue was looking into his family’s businesses and properties in Bukidnon province, in a purported effort to build a possible tax evasion case.

“This is too much. They’re like the Mafia,” the source quoted Zubiri as saying.

‘Bygones’

Asked on Thursday about the alleged pressure from Malacañang, Zubiri said: “Let bygones be bygones. I’m a civilian now and I want to put everything behind me.”

“Absolutely,” he said when asked if he would cooperate with the joint inquiry of the Department of Justice and the Commission on Elections into the purported fraud in the 2004 and 2007 polls.

Zubiri maintained, however, that he had no firsthand information on whether Arroyo and members of her family had any involvement. He said he distanced himself from Arroyo’s ticket in the latter part of the 2007 elections.

But he added that he did not regret joining Arroyo’s senatorial lineup: “It was a decision I made. It was a risk I took.”

Llamas is currently in the United States. At press time, he had yet to respond to a request for comment from the Inquirer.

As Zubiri promised when he announced his resignation on Wednesday, his lawyer George Erwin M. Garcia formally moved to withdraw his counterprotest at the SET shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday.

Garcia said Zubiri’s camp would not object to Pimentel sitting in the Senate if he would be proclaimed winner by the SET.

“Whatever is the decision—for instance, Pimentel is proclaimed winner—we will definitely respect it and be the first to commend the tribunal,” Garcia told reporters. “If the tribunal rules that we won, we can’t go back anymore because we have resigned.”

With the filing of the motion to withdraw, Guevarra said the SET deemed Zubiri’s counterprotest terminated, and would proceed to issue a resolution on Pimentel’s protest in two weeks or a month.

“There’s no more hindrance for the tribunal to render its decision on the protest of Attorney Pimentel,” she said.

Had Zubiri not filed the motion to withdraw, the tribunal would have taken at least six more months to revise 8,000 ballots, receive evidence from both camps, and “appreciate ballots” in the counterprotest, Guevarra said.

“This expedited the process,” she said.

The SET wrapped up its proceedings on Pimentel’s protest before moving to do a recount of Zubiri’s votes after the latter filed a counterprotest.

“We actually finished revising all the ballots contested by Pimentel in his protest. On the basis of that, Pimentel having shown that his case has merits, the tribunal looked into Zubiri’s counterprotest. We finished the 25 percent, and went ahead with 75 percent of the counterprotest areas,” Guevarra said.

She said that at the time Zubiri filed his motion to withdraw, the tribunal was in the middle of revising ballots in 75 percent of the “counterprotest areas.”

The mere fact that the SET tackled Zubiri’s counterprotest showed that “there was merit in the main case,” Guevarra said, referring to Pimentel’s protest.

“Pimentel leads Zubiri by around 200,000 votes, more or less,” she said of the SET’s recount of 100 percent in the protest areas.

Guevarra said the tribunal was “relieved” that Zubiri had resigned and withdrawn his counterprotest.

“It’s the honorable thing to do,” she said of the resignation. “We were relieved in the sense that we didn’t have to continue the tedious process of collection and revision of ballots. Now we can render a decision on the main protest earlier than expected.”

1 more year

Zubiri’s lawyer, Garcia, said the motion to withdraw was consistent with his client’s announcement.

“We wanted to expedite everything,” the lawyer told reporters. “I wanted to make it clear to the Filipino nation that had Zubiri not resigned, or not withdrawn the counterprotest, the process would take one more year.”

Under SET rules, Zubiri may present evidence in the counterprotest for “one year” and Pimentel may do the same, Garcia said.

“That could have lasted up to January 2013. So with all due respect to what they’re saying that we resigned because of a forthcoming decision, that’s not true,” he said.

By withdrawing the counterprotest, Zubiri is waiving further participation in the SET proceedings, and manifesting that he has resigned as a senator, Garcia said.

“He’s now former Sen. Migz Zubiri,” his lawyer said.

Proclamation

Angara said that after Zubiri’s resignation and the withdrawal of his counterprotest, the SET will issue a resolution approving the withdrawal.

“Since there would no longer be any counterprotest, the protest of Mr. Pimentel would be upheld. After this resolution, it will go to the Commission on Elections, which will proclaim Mr. Pimentel as the winner,” he said.

Angara said that prior to Zubiri’s resignation, he had advised the latter “to do what he felt was right.”

“I actually admire his resolve, his commitment and his integrity. I don’t doubt that this has been a difficult week for him,” Angara said.

Sen. Gregorio Honasan, a member of the SET, said Zubiri’s resignation should be seen in the larger context of electoral reforms.

“Our gains here will be measured through electoral reforms—that, to me, is the crux of the matter,” he said.With a report from Nikko Dizon

Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/36539/koko-pimentel-leads-by-257k-winning-%E2%80%98inevitable%E2%80%99

 

 

 

 Stand or Position regarding:

Mining

Koko: Responsible mining key to sustainable dev’t in Mindanao

(The Philippine Star) | Updated September 8, 2012 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, citing mining as an economic driver, has expressed optimism on socio-economic progress in Mindanao “if the people rally behind the principles of sustainable development.”

Pimentel has been going around Mindanao and was in Butuan City recently to meet with local business leaders in the Caraga region.

“Mining may be allowed in the country provided that the best practices that foreign investors follow in their own land are also observed here,” he said.

Pimentel said foreign mining investors “should be responsible, able to protect the environment, assure us of fair returns, and pay reasonable taxes to the government.”

“All of these conditions lead to what we call sustainable development, which the Filipino people need, especially the people of Mindanao since they own the deposits,” he said.

Pimentel cited the mineral-rich Mindanao region with several existing and potentially world-class mining ventures, including the proposed $5.9-billion Tampakan copper-gold project in South Cotabato.

The Tampakan project is said to have the potential to contribute an additional 10.4 percent annually to the gross domestic product of Regions 11 and 12.

“But what I mean here is that these mining companies must protect the ecological balance before anything else,” Pimentel said.

He emphasized that mining ventures “must benefit the entire country and not the foreign investors alone.”

“This is what we call sustainable mining,” he said.

Pimentel also expressed optimism that Mindanao “can withstand the economic challenges it is facing with also sectors working together.”

“Together, we are strong. When we do the right thing together and never give up, we are sure to succeed,” he said.

“We have a deep pool of skilled human resources from a population of over 22 million people in Mindanao; this is our strength, our very own people,” he said.

“We have abundant, available, fertile lands perfectly suited for agro-industrial development,” he added.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/nation/2012/09/08/846448/koko-responsible-mining-key-sustainable-devt-mindanao

FAB (Bangsamoro)

Pimentel: Lots of work to do to create Bangsamoro Basic Law

By Matikas Santos
INQUIRER.net

1:53 pm | Monday, October 15th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The peace framework agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine Government was a historical change from their decades-long conflict that has kept the region from developing, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said.

“The moment the leadership and representatives of the MILF set foot in Malacañang, history is made. That alone symbolizes a sea-change in how both sides now regard each other,” Pimentel said in a statement released Monday, the day of the signing of the agreement.

“Now that both sides have agreed on a common roadmap, the hardest part is over,” he added.

Pimentel, however, pointed out that Congress will still have a lot of work to do to create the Bangsamoro Basic Law and to pass it in Congress.

The peace framework agreement calls of the creation of the Bangsamoro region that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It also involves the gradual disarmament of the 12,000-strong MILF until 2016.

The MILF has been fighting the government since the 1980s. The conflict has claimed thousands of lives with millions more displaced ever since. The violence has hampered socio-economic development in the region as well.

Pimentel, who is from Cagayan de Oro, also echoed the calls of many civil society groups and peace advocates to “give peace a chance”.

“Given the resistance of some quarters to the peace agreement, it is but appropriate that we ask all Filipinos to give peace a chance,” he said.

Pimentel also said that as chairman of the Senate committee on electoral reforms and people’s participation he will welcome the MILF’s intention of becoming a political party.

“The ultimate mandate is one obtained through democratic means, through the ballot, with the full support of their constituency,” he said

Pimentel described the signing as “a rare, historic event that would benefit all Filipinos, not just the people of Mindanao.”

 

Note: Koko Pimentel’s say or position about IDP Bill, Freedom of Information, Divorce Bill, and Anti-Discrimination Bill couldn’t be found in any internet sources.