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Bongbong: LGU is special to me

VICE presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday vowed to continue to be the voice of local government, saying his heart will always belong to local and barangay leaders from whose ranks he started his political career.

In his meeting with local leaders in Daangbantayan in Cebu, Marcos said no matter what position he holds in government, local government always holds a special place in his heart.

PH senator: Good luck, Grace!

THE more aspirants for the presidency, the better for our country. The bigger the field, the more choices for us. Better to have a surplus of aspirants than a shortage.
Senator Ralph Recto prepared this statement a few hours before Sen. Grace Poe made public her intention to seek the Philippine presidency.
Poe, daughter of the late Philippine movie King Fernando Poe Jr., stressed in her speech at the Alumni Building of the University of the Philippines Wednesday night that she’s seeking the highest office in the land to put into reality her father’s dream for the Filipino people.
“Let’s unite and move together against all ills, especially at this very challenging time for our country,” Poe told her audience, mostly students coming from different colleges and universities in Metro Manila.

PH senator to colleagues: Set aside politics

WITH barely a year left before the 2016 elections, Philippine Senate President Franklin Drilon on Monday enjoined his colleagues “to set aside political interests and instead focus their time and resources on thinking of solutions to the nation’s pressing problems.”
In his speech during the opening of the third and last Regular Session of the 16th Congress, Drilon stressed the need for the Senate to continue implementing meaningful reforms and pursuing good governance.
He emphasized how these reforms “rake in huge dividends in improving the life of Juan Dela Cruz (ordinary Filipino), strengthening the economy, creating a stable political system, and providing social protection to our citizens.”

Marcos: Stop talking about BBL deadline!

WITH more problem areas cropping up at each hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, Philippine Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday said it’s time Malacanang stop talking about deadlines for its passage.
Marcos, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government tacking the BBL, said he hasn’t heard any sufficient justification on the constant refrain coming from the Palace urging Congress to pass BBL before the legislature adjourns on June 11.
“The more we study it the more complicated it turns out. And that is the nature of what we are trying to do. And we do not shirk from the responsibility of taking us through the details, the historical perspectives and the different agreements that have been arrived at in many many years of negotiation after the fighting,” Marcos said.

Will Filipino sentiment influence BBL?

THE Philippine government hopes that the public sentiment favoring a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Mindanao would influence Congress to pass the Bangasamoro Basic Law (BBL), a Palace official has said.
“The sentiment shared by the respondents in the recent SWS (Social Weather Stations) survey on the importance of forging ahead with the peace process reflects the deep commitment of the Aquino administration’s aspirations for a long-term solution to end the conflict in Mindanao,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. told reporters during Tuesday’s press briefing in Malacañang.

BBL in Philippines faces challenges

PHILIPPINE Senator Chiz Escudero on Tuesday asked the Senate Committee on Local Government for a thorough review of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to ensure that the legislation could withstand any legal challenge once the bill is passed.
“I have been asking Senator (Bongbong) Marcos, as chairman of the Committee on Local Government, to discuss that provision with the stakeholders. The problem is that the OPAPP (Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines) is fighting through press releases,” Escudero said.

Phl senator: Sacred cows included

AFTER five hearings and five executive sessions, Philippine Senator Grace Poe on Monday said her committee will release on Tuesday its own investigation into the infamous January 25 Mamasapano Massacre that left 44 police commandos dead.
Poe stressed that even “sacred cows” could be included once majority of the lawmakers sign the document, the findings of which are almost similar to the Philippine National Police Board of Inquiry (PNP BOI) Report.
In Malacanang Palace, meanwhile, an official said the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) remain committed to the peace process and will continue to work to strengthen mutual trust.
“What we know is that both sides continue to work on confidence-building measures and on seeing to it that an acceptable Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may be enacted by Congress within the time frame set by the leadership of both houses,” Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said on Monday.

Philippines retains peace panel

PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino III will not change the composition of the government’s peace negotiating team despite a lawmaker’s call to replace the administration’s peace adviser and chief negotiator for peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a Palace official on Thursday said.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, in a privilege speech on Wednesday, called on the President to change the members of the peace panel because of their apparent bias towards the MILF.
In a press briefing in Malacañang, Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., however, said the President has no plan to replace members of the peace panel.

Phl president dared on massacre issue

PHILIPPINE Senator JV Ejercito on Tuesday dared President Benigno Aquino III to take heed of the owning up of mistakes by former United States President Ronald Reagan, who apologized to his people for the US secret sale of arms in Iran 28 years ago, to bring swift closure to bereaved relatives and the nation over the death of 44 commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
Ejercito issued this challenge a day after President Aquino absolved himself and blamed Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) ex-Chief Getulio Napeñas for the bloody massacre of 44 elite policemen in Maguindanao last January 25.

Former Phl president seeks UN help

FORMER Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has filed a case at the United Nations Human Rights Council regarding the alleged violation of her rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCOR).
The petition was filed by international human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin-Clooney, who is married to Hollywood actor George Clooney.
According to reports, Clooney said the Philippine government has violated ICCPR’s Articles 9, 14, 19 and 25 when Arroyo was placed in detention at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City despite her medical condition and political status.
Clooney, a London-based Lebanese-British lawyer, said Arroyo must be given temporary release so she could seek medical treatment abroad.
The Philippine government on Tuesday reiterated it has yet to receive notification regarding the petition filed at the United Nations by Arroyo’s international lawyer.
“We have yet to receive a formal notice on the reported case filed by Ms. Amal Alamuddin-Clooney before the United Nations. The government will respond accordingly, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the Solicitor General, once we shall have received the requisite notice,” Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said.
Secretary Coloma was commenting on reports that international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has sought the intervention of the UN Human Rights Council regarding the alleged violation of Arroyo’s rights under the ICCPR.
Meanwhile, Rep. Neri Colmenares of the nationalist bloc on Tuesday asked Clooney to step into the infamous Maguindanao Massacre that killed 58 people, including 31 members of the Philippine media.
Colmenares said he believes the international lawyer could boost the early resolution of the case that involved a powerful clan of politicians in Southern Philippines.