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Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today warned that retired Army Gen. Jovito Palparan will end up being a liability to the anti-illegal drug campaign by assigning the latter to either the Dangerous Drugs Board or Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as he rejected a Malacañang justification that giving Palparan this role will serve as some kind of a scare tactic against drug traffickers and pushers.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said he supported the final version of the bill delineating the country’s archipelagic baselines because the committee on foreign relations, chaired by Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, adopted the compromise that the Kalayaan Islands and Scarborough shall remain subject to the sovereignty and territorial claim of the Republic of the Philippines.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today called for a Senate inquiry into the circumstances behind the ouster of Enrique Agana as chief of the National Printing Office (NPO) and his replacement by retired Admiral Tirso Danga.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today questioned the propriety of appointing retired Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, former armed forces chief-of-staff, as head of the Presidential Management Staff.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today dared the Arroyo administration to pursue the criminal prosecution of retired Army Gen. Jovito Palparan for his alleged involvement in extra-judicial killings and disappearances of political activists, instead of resurrecting his career and tapping his services in the campaign against illegal drugs.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today urged student organizations to question before courts the legality of the mandatory drug test on students in both public and private schools imposed by the Arroyo government.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said he does not think it is proper for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to assume the role as anti-drug czar, even on a temporary capacity, because there are so many other pressing problems of the country that needs her attention and action.

Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency need not go on leave. They did not cause the unjust dismissal of the drug charges. Asking them to go on leave was a ploy to divert attention from the Alabang Boys.

Congress is being asked by a senior parliamentarian to adopt a legislative check on the power of the President to reappoint bypassed Cabinet members and other presidential appointees with the intention of preventing the abuse of such power.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today called for the declaration of a state of calamity in areas of Northern Mindanao that were ravaged by last week’s heavy flood to facilitate the release of government assistance to the victims.


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