I am not going there. The President may not be able to give us anything to cling our hope to for a better tomorrow for this nation after she had botched several other SONA messages in the past.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today urged the government to take the cudgels for the families of the 10 overseas Filipino workers who perished in a helicopter crash at a military facility in Afghanistan in the face of reports that an American insurance giant is offering them insurance benefits that are much less than they are legally entitled to.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today expressed doubts whether President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will come out with a state of the nation address that the Filipino people will believe in given her record of broken promises.

If Gen. Ibrado keeps his word, he will stand out head over heels over his colleagues in the AFP who apparently received golden parachutes after their retirement from the military to land sinecures in the civilian side of government.

If “GMA is better than other presidents” as the Star quotes the Senate President, how come the Star in the same issue headlined a story that “High-level corruption abounds in RP, according to Freedom House”. Freedom House is probably a US think tank. And this assessment coming shortly before the visit of GMA to the White House.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said Speaker Prospero Nograles is just trying to please and give false hope to Malacañang when he issued a statement that Charter Change is “back on track” and remains a priority of the House of Representatives even if he knows that the proposal is in a state of limbo.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said he finds no ground for the authorities to investigate Sulu Vice Gov. Lady Anne Sahidulla despite her questionable giving of P50,000 to the Abu Sayyaf to secure the release of International Committee of the Red Cross worker Eugenio Vagni.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today asked the Senate to inquire into the proposed joint venture agreement between a state firm and the San Miguel Group to implement the Laiban Dam project in view of allegations that certain terms and conditions are grossly disadvantageous to the government which may ultimately prejudice consumers.

The Abu Sayyaf is a bunch of extremists who are shunned even by their co-religionists because of their patently unIslamic ways that bank on kidnapping, mayhem and violence to intimidate, harass and kill those who stand on their way.

The country is the ‘least competitive’ among other Asian countries because of a variety of reasons, among which are: 1.) corruption is massive; 2.) law and order is in shambles; and 3.) active rebellion in Muslim Mindanao.

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