Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I have the honor to report to the Senate Committee Report No. 127 containing House Bill no. 4427 which seeks to create an additional Legislative District in the province of Cebu to be known as the Seventh Legislative District.
The province of Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines. While the highly urbanized city of Cebu which is the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas is not under provincial supervision, it is often grouped with the province, together with the two (2) other highly urbanized cities of Lapu-lapu and Mandaue for geographical and statistical purposes.
With many beautiful islands, white sand beaches, luxury hotels and resorts, diving locations and heritage sites, high domestic and foreign tourists arrivals have fueled the tourism industry of Cebu. It consistently gets a big share of tourist arrivals in the Philippines and has become the tourist gateway to central and southern Philippines. The province also hosts various national and international conferences every year.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, today pushed for objective and more realistic standards in determining the income classification of local government units (LGU’s).
During the hearing on Senate Bill 2664, or “An Act Institutionalizing the Income Classification of Provinces, Cities, and Municipalities, and for Other Purposes”, Marcos noted that using absolute numbers as sole basis for reclassification of LGU’s renders it meaningless over time.
“At the rate we’re going, given another couple of years, the income classification becomes meaningless. Sooner or later a very large percentage of LGU’s will be in the first class bracket because of inflation, increasing IRA (Internal Revenue Allotment), local collections and other factors,” Marcos noted.
Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, today, it is my honor, as Chairman of the Committee on Local Government, to sponsor Committee Report no. 125 containing House Bill no. 4769 which seeks to convert the municipality of General Trias into a component city.
The Municipality of General Trias, which is historically known as San Francisco de Malabon, is currently a first class municipality in the province of Cavite.
From an agriculture-based locality, it has evolved into a progressive municipality with a steady growth of industry and real estate development.
Aside from the registered residential subdivisions comprising the Municipality, General Trias likewise hosts eight (8) relocation/resettlement projects intended for incoming residents displaced from various areas.
Sen. Bongbong: We had just concluded a hearing in which we had as resource persons the peace council the group that was organized by the President, to bring their views on the different aspects of the BBL, the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
The four subjects as delineated by the peace council were on constitutionality, were on patrimony and the economy, were on peace and human security, and finally, social justice.
This is similar actually, merong mga parallels dun sa paghati-hati namin dun sa mga subjects sa amin. But merong mga ibang tanong na nag-ooverlap sa ibat-ibang subjects. But anyway, I think very useful ang naging diskusyon.
The first comment that I would like to make is to see that kami nga ay nagpapasalamat sa peace council dahil kitang-kita natin na ang peace council ay kinikilala na may kakulangan ang BBL at merong mga bagay na kailangang palitan o ipaliwanag ng mabuti. And that has been the view of both Houses of Congress.
A copy of the full report of the Citizens’ Peace Council on the Bangsamoro Basic Law as turned over to the Senate on Tuesday, 5 May 2015.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said his panel will tackle the report of the so-called “Citizen’s Peace Council” at the resumption of their hearing on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) today, May 5.
“We want to look closer into the findings and recommendations of the peace council, particular those that would help in our task of crafting a version of the BBL that would ensure peace in Muslim Mindanao,” Marcos said.
Prior to the hearing the peace council will formally submit its report to Marcos and Senate President Franklin Drilon.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today called for a review of the law on anti-trafficking in persons and the performance of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT).
“The case of Mary Jane Veloso serves as a rude awakening for all of us that despite our efforts much remains to be done to combat all forms of human trafficking,” Marcos said.
Convicted for bringing in over 2 kilos of heroin in Indonesia, Veloso was due for execution along with eight other foreigners Tuesday but got a last-minute reprieve to allow her to testify against a “perpetrator suspected of human trafficking”.
Ako at ang aking buong pamilya ay bumabati sa manggagawang Pilipino sa buong mundo sa okasyong ito ng pandaigdigang pagdiriwang ng “Araw ng Paggawa.”
Ang manggagawang Pilipino ay kabahagi sa paghubog ng kasaysayan at pangunahing sektor na pumapanday ng kaunlaran ng ating bansa.
Mula sa unang obrero na dinadakila bilang bayani sa katauhan ni Gat Andres Bonifacio hanggang sa mga overseas Filipino workers na mga bagong bayani, tunay na hindi matatawaran ang inyong ambag sa ebolusyon ng ating lahi.
Let us all, as Filipinos and one nation, express to the highest possible degree and with all humility our heartfelt gratitude to the Indonesian government for sparing the life of Mary Jane Veloso, albeit temporarily.
The temporary reprieve of Mary Jane only shows that the Indonesians hold the preservation of innocent life supreme over and above strong conviction against illegal drugs.
I fully support Indonesia’s relentless campaign against illegal drugs syndicates and I believe that Mary Jane is an innocent victim of their illegal activities.
I am calling on our government to reciprocate and prove to the Indonesians that Mary Jane is innocent by arresting and putting behind bars the people who used her in their illegal trade.
Again, I would like to thank the Indonesian government and its people.
The final Senate draft of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be embedded with provisions promoting the development of tribal groups that will be put under the jurisdiction of the autonomous Bangsamoro authority.
This developed as Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. assured the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), or indigenous cultural communities, that the BBL will safeguard IPs’ interests and “won’t let you down” as he is now preparing inputs in the form of provisions protecting their rights, promoting their welfare, and preserving their culture and territories.
“The final Senate version of the BBL won’t let you (IPs) down. The all-inclusive peace process that I envision, in which the BBL is a major component, is not complete if the IPs are left out,” Marcos said.