Breaking News as of May 2012
Statement of Sen. Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, on the Departure of the Panamanian Diplomat Accused of Rape
"It is regrettable that the Panamanian government did not heed the Philippine government's request to waive the immunity of Mr. Erick Shcks. A more honorable way of addressing the accusations would have been for Mr. Shcks, the man accused of rape of a Filipina, to face his accuser and answer the allegations here in our country. Mr. Shcks did not only abuse the hospitality of our country by refusing to answer for the allegations against him, he disrespected our laws and the rights of the person he is alleged to have violated. Declaring him Persona Non Grata is a recourse our country is allowed to take under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR). I just hope that on his return to his country, the Panamanian government would initiate its own investigation of Mr. Shcks and the allegations against him. We expect that of a country that shares our belief in the respect for human rights. Much as we have an international law on diplomatic relations, I remind all concerned that we are equally bound by a higher international lawâ€”the respect for human rights.
May 14, 2012
Legarda: Oslob, A Model for Preservation of Nature and Culture
Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities, lauded the government and the people of the municipality of Oslob in the province of Cebu for their efforts in preserving their rich cultural heritage and abundant natural resources.
May 13, 2012
Legarda Leads Approval of Three Int'l Treaties
Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today announced that the Senate has officially approved, by its concurrence to the executive ratification of, three treatiesâ€”the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with the People's Republic of China (PROC), the MLAT with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the Consular Agreement with PROC.
May 08, 2012