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Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today urged the Commission on Elections to ascertain whether the Smartmatic International-Total Information Management (SI-TIM), winning consortium of the P7.2 billion poll automation project, will be able to deliver on time the 82,500 electronic voting machines that will be used in the 2010 national and local elections.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today pressed for the devolution of public works to local government units (LGUs) 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 pressed for the grant of a special package of incentives for judges assigned to Sulu to encourage them to hold office and conduct court hearings in the strife-torn province and to solve court vacancies.

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.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today advised the Arroyo government against engaging in any “midnight sale” of government assets during the remaining months of its term designed more to fatten the pockets of unscrupulous bureaucrats than to replenish and stabilize the public treasury.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today sought an explanation from the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic International-Total Information Management about two major hitches which could derail the automated national and local elections in 2010.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said the bill aimed at ensuring the safety of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or cooking gas should not discriminate against independent players.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said that Congress should assert its constitutional power over the purse by seeing to it that all state revenues are reported and reflected in the yearly national budget.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today urged the economic managers of the Arroyo government to seek a suspension of the payment of some, if not all, of the public debts instead of resorting to new borrowings to finance the costly rehabilitation of communities and rebuilding of public infrastructures destroyed by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today denounced the abduction of Irish priest Michael Sinnot by a suspected Muslim rebel “lost command” as he warned that this would only derail efforts to pursue the peace process.


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