Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) is asking the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to look into the planned demolition of the Philippine Ambassador’s Residence in Fujimi-Chiyoda-Ku (Kudan), Tokyo, Japan – acknowledged as the crown jewel of the country’s foreign service.

It is the National Disaster Coordinating Council that is made as the lead agency to handle the appropriations we are talking about. I speak very candidly, Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr. is the candidate of the administration for the presidency. He is the head of the NDCC, and you put P12 billion in his hands. What will people think about that. I am expressing this matter very candidly because, otherwise a very good bill can be derailed by misimpressions that are being created in the minds of the people.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. (PDP-Laban) today backed the clamor of governors and mayors for an increase in the share of local government units in the national taxes, from the present 40 percent to 50 percent, to enable them to cope with the mounting costs of rendering services that have been devolved to them.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today challenged his colleagues in Congress to muster the resolve to approve the bill imposing a total ban on commercial logging to save what is left of the country’s forests and prevent an ecological disaster more destructive than what was wrought by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said any new rice importation that may be approved by the government due to the palay crop losses caused by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng should comply with bidding and other procurement requirements under the law to prevent any irregularity.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today assailed the strict but deceptive policy of insurance companies not to indemnify owners of motor vehicles damaged or destroyed by typhoons even if these are covered by a comprehensive insurance plan for which they have paid higher premium fees.

The Senate and House of Representatives should jointly study the proposal to construct a permanent building of Congress and should consult architects and building authorities on the issue.

The proposal to hold a Constitutional Convention after the May 2010 elections can be an acceptable compromise after the failure of the administration-backed moves to change the system of government through a Constituent Assembly and a people’s initiative, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today said the September 10 ruling of the Supreme Court upholding the legality of the P7.2 billion poll automation contract should convince lawmakers that there is no need for a new presidential succession law supposedly intended to avoid a leadership vacuum in case of a failure of the 2010 elections.

The process of child adoption in the country will be made simpler and shorter under the “Alternative Child Care Code of 2009” drawn up by Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. under Senate Bill 3440.

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