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The President must act immediately on this shameful example of warlordism in Maguindanao.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. today expressed apprehension that the government may be forced anew to run on a reenacted budget next year due to the delay in Congress deliberations on the Pl.5 trillion general appropriations act for fiscal year 2010.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today warned that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will remain inutile in dealing with human rights violations in member-countries unless the organization gives itself greater leeway in discharging such important role.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today asked Malacañang and the Department of Budget and Management to account for funds earmarked for projects identified and supported by opposition lawmakers under the annual national budgets but were withheld over the past several years.

Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee report on the National Broadband Network-ZTE scandal is not yet final and still subject to revision by members of the committee.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today pressed for the devolution of public works to local government units (LGUs) inorder to prevent delays in the construction or repair of public infrastructures which could be detrimental to the welfare of local communities.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today assailed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for issuing an environmental clearance certificate (ECC) to a foreign mining venture in Mindoro island in a water-shed area in total disregard of the strong objections of the provincial folk against their activities due to its potentially harmful effects on agriculture and human health.

The Office of Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q Pimentel, Jr in cooperation with Mrs Lourdes Pimentel’s Buhay Isang Awit Foundation, Inc. will hold the ninth Art for Change contest this November 20, 2009 at the Ground Floor, Orosa Atrium, Pedro Gil Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today called for the expansion of areas of cooperation between the Philippines and Taiwan without disrupting the one-China policy.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today agreed on the need for legislation to upgrade the safety standards on the manufacture and distribution of cylinders used for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) but stressed that this should not discriminate against independent or small players in the industry nor impose an unnecessary financial burden on households by requiring them to pay for new cylinders to replace old ones.


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