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While Obama’s invitation to GMA to visit him in the White House on July 28 is good for her publicity-wise, it won't change her self-serving style of governance. I think that not even St. Peter's invitation for her to visit the Pearly Gates would save her from the dissatisfaction and disgust that the people feel for her.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today expressed elation over the release of Red Cross volunteer Eugenio Vagni even as he urged military and police authorities to intensify its pursuit operations against the Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu and Basilan.

UNIOIL should be praised for setting a precedent for other oil companies when it cut down prices substantially for gasoline, diesel and kerosene.

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.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today dared President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to clarify the status of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno in view of the talk of the town that he is on the way out.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today stressed the urgency of amending the Overseas Absentee Voting Act (Republic Act 9189) to entice Filipinos abroad to avail of their right to vote for the political leaders in the homeland.

What I recall of Cory is she is a straight-talker as a politician. What she has said, that’s it. She is a very honest person and completely reliable. I can say without her at the presidency, the Local Government Code, which I sponsored, would never have come to pass because the Code diminishes the powers of the presidency to the extent that those powers are devolved to the local government officials.

It is obvious that the response of government is very weak and utterly unconvincing. Of course, we do not expect solutions overnight, but what is important is the government must send the message that it is on top of the situation. It is running after the culprits and soon there will be people behind bars because they are running after the bombers without any respite.

The ancestral domain thing for the Moros can be threshed out under a federal form of government. There is no other way of doing it. But this will need a constitutional amendment. Otherwise, you will dangle the same thing which has been rejected by them. The danger is, at some future time, another group will say we are not MILF.

Any effort to bring in the moral support of the Organization of Islamic Conference is a step in the right direction. Among the Muslim countries, I would suggest that we seek the help of Indonesia. Indonesia has always been a friend of the Philippines in that respect.


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