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Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today called on media practitioners opposed to the right to reply bill to reassess their position on this legislation since this will ultimately benefit them and enhance the journalistic profession.

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA -- Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today urged the government to now consider the adoption of a federal system to address the incessant Muslim insurgency as it strives to revive dormant peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Countries with right of reply law have been found by the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders to be “havens for peace” for journalists and the communities to which they are cater.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said members of a college fraternity who walked and ran naked at University Belt broke the country’s anti-obscenity law for which they may be held liable and sanctioned.

Members of the Pasay City Police were reprimanded by senators yesterday for blocking a group of farmers from the Visayas from proceeding to the Senate to witness floor deliberations on the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said he will propose that any person who has already been accorded the right to reply by the mass media over an objectionable story or commentary could not sue for libel anymore over the same item.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said it would be premature and irresponsible to say that the right to reply bill faces presidential veto while the bill is still being crafted and debated by Congress.

Several senators have declared that Congress should go ahead with the passage of the bill granting the right to reply despite the strong objections from media practitioners who feel it will unduly interfere on their editorial judgment on what to print or broadcast.

Senate Minority Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today proposed takeover of the fire service by the local government units (LGUs) and the dismantling of the government-sponsored national firefighting organization.

“If the press has the right to offend or to mortify, the people should have the right to reply.”


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