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Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said the amendments to the law on the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) should be in place before the lapse of its six-month extension period on June 30.

The minority will present a number of amendments to the rules of the Senate committee of the whole during its third meeting today to ensure that Sen. Manuel Villar’s right to due process is not impaired when it investigates the ethics complaint against him.

Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today called on the Senate and House of Representatives to work for the early approval of the package of amendments to the law on the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program so that the final version of the measure can be passed on May 15 and sent to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for signing into law before the sine die adjournment on June 5.

The Senate has complimented firemen for their “efficient and professional response” in quickly putting out a fire that broke out at a handicraft shop, which prevented it from spreading out to nearby buildings and saved properties and lives.

The minority bloc is seeking the adoption of certain amendments to the rules of the Senate committee of the whole before it proceeds with the investigation of the complaint against Sen. Manuel Villar.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said the refusal of investigation witness Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada to post bail after a Manila Regional Trial Court ordered his arrest was intended to prove that he is being subjected to harassment by the Arroyo administration which has redied a total of 16 charges against him in reprisal for his role in exposing the fraudulent $329 million national broadband network-ZTE project.

It means she is unable to enforce the law through the AFP and the PNP. She has to bribe other people to implement the law. By asking congressmen to contribute funds, she is slyly passing the buck to Congress for a job that belongs to her.

Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today expressed the hope that Senator Manuel Villar can be persuaded to cooperate with the probe of the complaint against him with the decision of the majority senators to transfer such task from the ethics committee to the Senate committee of the whole.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today deplored that the quest for justice of the family of abduction victim Jonas Burgos has not yielded concrete results in the courts even after they availed of the extraordinary writ of amparo crafted by Chief Justice Reynaldo Puno.

Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today cautioned the majority in the Senate against preempting the proposals of the minority bloc to resolve the flaws in the ethics committee probe of the complaint against Sen. Manuel Villar.


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