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Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today said the abrupt adjournment of the Senate session on Feb. 3 due to lack of quorum should be blamed on the Senate leadership more than anything else.

Our problem was hindi nakikinig ang mayorya sa amin. Last Monday (February l), I made a proposal that we should have a caucus so that majority and minority could discuss which bills could be passed without too much debate, or without any debate for that matter. And what report could be considered after discussion, including of course the C-5 controversy. Hindi nila pinakinggan iyon. Narinig ko ang majority leader supported it, but somehow doon sa itaas hindi na.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today said the minority senators are ready to debate and vote on the committee report on the C-5 road issue involving Sen. Manuel Villar.

The minority bloc of senators is standing by its position that Sen. Manuel Villar should be cleared of the charges against him in connection with the C-5 road extension project as embodied in a resolution originally signed by 12 senators, Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today said.

Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today urged the leaders of Congress to ensure the approval of the bill granting automatic civil service eligibility to state workers with a minimum of five years of service before they go into election recess.

GENEVA Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr., was elected President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians on the first day of its meetings at the IPU Headquarters in Geneva from January 19 to 21, 2010.

Insurance companies should be compulsorily required to indemnify owners of motor vehicles that have been damaged or destroyed by floods, landslides, earthquake and other natural disasters.

The Senate committee of the whole did not follow rules. It was done by biased members reflecting the dissenting view not binding to the senators who had cleared Villar completely.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today urged Commission on Elections Chairman Jose Melo to make good on his pledge to ground field election officials who were implicated in rigging the results of the 2004 and 2007 elections.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today asked law enforcement authorities and the Commission on Elections to account for election documents that were discovered and confiscated from the premises of the Ampatuan mansions in Maguindanao during the week-long martial law period to determine whether election laws were violated and whether certain persons can be held liable.


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