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Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today expressed concern that a congressional move to exempt lands newly planted with sugarcane or coconut from the coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program would defeat the purpose of CARP since it will greatly reduce the land areas that can be distributed to tenant-farmers.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said Malacañang and its legislative allies should stop riding on the proposal for a federal system of government to pursue their hidden agenda behind the move to amend the Constitution.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today expressed disappointment over the decision of Speaker Prospero Nograles to back the approval of an administration-sponsored resolution that will enable the House of Representatives to unilaterally amend the Constitution and adopt a unicameral parliamentary system of government even without the participation of the Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. yesterday slammed local government and police officials of Taguig City over the “brazen” March 19 kidnapping of two boys in broad daylight at a checkpoint on C-5 road.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said the off-and-on move of Malacanang and its legislative lackeys to revive Charter Change is an exercise in futility because the means with which they are pushing for it is unconstitutional.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today urged organizations of farmers to formulate and submit to Congress their proposals to cure the flaws and weaknesses of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform program and to make it truly responsive to their needs.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said the allegation of impropriety against Chief Justice Reynato Puno being aired in the media is patently unfair to him in the absence of any iota of proof, and which is tantamount to a hearsay or rumor mongering.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today lauded the choice of Atty. Fernando T. Rafanan as chairman of the Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) of the Commission on Elections that will conduct the public bidding for the Pll.3 billion poll automation project.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said the Philippines is merely asserting its legitimate right to claim the Kalayaan Islands and Scarborough Shoal by enacting the new Archipelagic Baselines Law and it is prepared to defend its position before in the proper venue, the United Nations.

The share of local government units (LGUs) from internal revenue taxes being collected by the national government has climbed to P249 billion this year, from P210 billion last year, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) said today.


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