Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today urged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to strictly implement the statutory ban on quarrying and mining along seashores and to impose sanctions on individuals and companies engaged in this pernicious activity.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today asked the Senate to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, into the reported sanctions imposed by the Asian Development Bank against 41 firms and 38 individuals for corruption involving bank-financed activities.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today urged the committee on agrarian reform to summon two officers from the Pasay City Police who allegedly ordered a team of police officers to block a contingent of farmers from the Visayas from coming to the Senate last Monday to appeal to the senators for the passage of a bill that would address the inadequacies of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

The World Bank has evidence of collusion among construction firms that participated in the bidding of WB-funded road projects in the country which prompted it to ban three Filipino and four foreign contractors, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) said today.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today assailed Malacañang for ordering law enforcers to violently disperse farmers who were peacefully rallying on Mendiola Street instead of allowing them to air their legitimate grievances directly before President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

The 92-hectare Hacienda Bacan in Isabela, Negros Occidental, owned by the family of First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, is not covered by the suspension of land acquisition under Joint Congressional Resolution l9 which extended the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) by six months.

Contractual and casual employees who have rendered at least five years of service in the government and with good performance record may be granted civil service eligibility to qualify them for permanent appointment if a bill filed by Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) is enacted into law.

Believe it or not. In this time and age, not a single municipal trial court is operating in the l8 municipalities of Sulu.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today urged the government to ask the United States military for the use of its intelligence and surveillance equipment in tracking down and rescuing the Red Cross workers being held captive by Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Sulu.

I think we are now beginning to see the inquisition-type report that was formulated by the World Bank, meaning to say they came up with a blanket denunciation that there are anomalies. And yet they do not want us to act officially on that report. I think that is so unfair, to say the least of the World Bank.

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