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Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today assailed Malacañang and the Department of Budget and Management for withholding the release of funds for an 11 year old convention center project in Cagayan de Oro City, resulting in the delay in its completion and an increase in construction cost.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today said the government should not allow a leadership vacuum in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao by following the order of succession in the absence of Governor Zaldy Ampatuan who was placed under military custody for his alleged involvement in the massacre of 57 civilians in Maguindanao.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. expressed concern today that the approval of the proposed Pl.5 trillion national budget for fiscal year 2010 would be delayed further because Congress will have to shift its attention to the review of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s martial law declaration in Maguindanao.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today urged the Comelec to take custody of the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia reportedly confiscated along with a cache of firearms and ammunition by military units that raided the Ampatuan mansions recently.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today dared President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to suspend Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan and other members of his clan to prove that she can muster the political will to punish perpetrators of the massacre of 57 innocent civilians in their turf regardless of her political or personal ties with them.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today urged the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) to hasten the resolution of the protest filed by his son, lawyer Aquilino “Koko” III against Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri in connection with the fraud-ridden 2007 senatorial election.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today urged the government to throw the book at the Ampatuans for their involvement in the massacre of more than 60 innocent individuals by filing murder charges against them and immediately suspending them from their government posts.

Lawyer Gwendolyn “Gwen” Pimentel, will run for senator under the Nacionalista Party to address the problem of the lack of Mindanao representation in the 24-man Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today dared President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to prove that the state of emergency she imposed in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat is not just for show by taking quick and decisive action against the suspected perpetrators of the carnage in Maguindanao.

(On whether President Arroyo has the political will to go against the Ampatuans) Unfortunately, the President never had any political will except in instances which favors her. But this time, I think the magnitude of the offense is so horrible, that you can probably call it as a crime that calls to the heavens for vengeance.


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