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Cabinet members who are running for elective posts were urged yesterday not to hang on to their posts by resorting to legal technicalities.

Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today sought a Senate probe of the complaints of customs brokers about alleged extortion activities by certain officials of the Bureau of Customs under the guise of election-related fund-raising drive.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV should be allowed to attend the sessions of the next Congress with half of his six-year term already gone and after being jailed for more than six years without being convicted of the criminal charges filed against him, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. said today.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today urged the judicial authorities concerned to speed up the resolution of the rebellion and coup d’etat charges against detained Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV so that he can fully discharge his legislative duties if cleared by the courts.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today urged the Arroyo government to study and consider the proposal of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for a federal system to supplant the autonomy set-up in Muslim Mindanao instead of reacting to it with disfavor.

(On whether Senate can take up C-5 report when it reconvenes on May 31)What I can say they can always try but it will be very difficult considering that by that time Congress will be convening as a canvassing board and there will be hardly time to do serious legislative related activities. They might desire to do that but we in the minority are prepared to rebut whatever they want to do and prevent any hasty ramming through of decisions that have no basis as far as we are concerned.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today opposed the reported moves by the authorities to replace Bai Nariman Ambolodto as officer-in-charge or acting governor of Maguindanao despite observations that she is doing well in her job.

The idea is flawed from conception. Her running from Congress, to my mind, is covered by the intent of the constitutional prohibition against the reelection of a sitting President.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today urged the Commission on Elections to reconsider its decision to reject the application of the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) as a citizens’ arm to watch over the conduct of the May 10 national and local elections.

A group of customs brokers has complained to Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) about the alleged extortion activities of certain unscrupulous officials in the Bureau of Customs.


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