What to do with the budget

December 5, 2009

Vice – Chairperson, Sub-Committee D
Committee on Finance
Mr. President, as Vice-Chairperson for Senate Finance Sub-committee D, I have the honor and privilege to co-sponsor and report for the consideration of this august chamber, the proposed budget of the departments and agencies within the coverage of the sub-committee. These are the Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Health, the Office of Muslim Affairs, and the National Youth Commission.
The 1.54-trillion budget for next year was […]

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Ceremonial Lighting of the Tree of Hope

December 4, 2009

Una sa lahat, nais ko kayong batiing lahat ng Magandang Gabi.
Isang malaking karangalan ang maimbita sa okasyong ito.
Masaya ako at napili ninyo akong maging kasama sa gabing ito para buksan ang Tree of Hope ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela.
Alam ko na ito ay naging tradisyon niyo tuwing sasapit ang pasko.
Noong 2004 ay inilawan ninyo ang Tree of Hope para sa mga taga ng Kasarival at Harv na naakpektuhan ng Northrail project.
Binuksan ulit ninyo ang Tree of […]

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Manila Overseas Press Club forum

November 26, 2009

Good evening. As always, I am happy to be in the company of the press, having spent some of the most fulfilling and exciting years of my life in the media.
I am one with the Manila Overseas Press Club in the belief that journalism can become an instrument of social change and good government, and of promoting democratic principles, international understanding and national welfare. I would like to commend the MOPC for carrying on the legacy of freedom of […]

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Greening of the Philippines: Issues and Concerns

November 17, 2009

9th Philippine Society for the Study of Nature
I think we all agree that after Ondoy and Pepeng, Filipinos are not the same anymore. The people are more than ever conscious of the impact of climate change. We all have our own stories from our families, if not from our own experience with Ondoy or Pepeng. The lesson is simple. If we do not do protect the environment, our lives will just get harder and harder as weather conditions get […]

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Official Announcement as Vice-Presidential Candidate

November 17, 2009

Today, I officially declare my candidacy as vice president in the May 2010 elections.
I am running in tandem with Nacionalista Party’s Sen. Manny Villar as the presidential standard-bearer.
While I remain a loyal member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition and I thank them for their solid and generous support, I have decided to team up with Manny Villar and the Nacionalista Party because we share many things in common.
We share the same vision of a nation where there […]

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