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Any Palace attempt to force its BBL version in Senate will likely backfire—Sen. Marcos

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today warned the Palace against making any attempt to prod the Senate into rushing the passage of the Palace version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, saying it would likely backfire.

Marcos, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, issued the warning after the Palace floated the idea that President Benigno Aquino III is willing to meet with the senators to discuss the BBL.

According to Marcos, he and the other senators are wary over what happened in the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives, which abandoned its own version and swiftly passed a Palace version of BBL shortly after panel members met with the President. Read More…

Sen. Bongbong Marcos urges Malacanang to explore all diplomatic avenues to defuse West PH Sea tension

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Concerned over rising tension at the West Philippine Sea, Senator Bongbong Marcos today urged Malacañang to intensify efforts to explore all diplomatic avenues to find peaceful means to resolve our conflicting territorial claims with China over the area.

Last week, Chinese Navy sent a stern warning against a US spy plane monitoring aggressive Chinese reclamation activities in the area, asking it to leave their airspace. But the US said it would continue to defy China as their flight operations were done in international airspace.

Malacañang also took a tough stance, saying the Philippines will defy China’s claim over airspace in West Philippine Sea. The Philippine government is likewise seeking greater US support in connection with the West Philippine Sea territorial dispute. Read More…

Sen. Bongbong puzzled by the quick departure of BSM teacher

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Sen. Bongbong Marcos is puzzled by the quick departure from the country of the British School Manila (BSM) teacher who allegedly scolded for plagiarism the student who killed himself last February 6.

This developed on Tuesday during a public hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, presided over by its vice chairman, Sen. Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III, as Natalie Mann, the IB Coordinator of BSM, was found to have slipped out of the country just almost a month after Liam Joseph Madamba, one of the top graduating students of the school, jumped from the 6th floor of Dela Rosa carpark building on February 6 and died at the Makati Medical Center.

“Why did she leave…. why has she never taken the opportunity to explain the precise circumstances that happened? Up to this day, the family (of Madamba) cannot figure out what happen here and what seems to be rapid departure (of Mann) from the country does not help things at all,” Marcos said. Read More…

TRANSCRIPT: Interview with Joe Taruc over DZRH

Q: Mr. Senator magandang umaga po.

BBM: Magandang umaga Joe, magandang umaga sa mga nakikinig.

Q: Una po sa lahat Mr. Senator meron na po bang paanyaya para sa isang pagpupulong o pakikipag-pulong kay Pangulong Nonoy Aquino ukol dito sa BBL?

BBM: Wala pa naman. Ang sinabi lang nya ay handa sya kung sakali man ay kailangan syang makunsulta ng mga senador ukol dito sa BBL.Palagay ko naman, e nag-uusap-usap kami ng mga senador ay sabi namin siguro masyado pang maaga. At pagka napunta tayo sa sitwasyon na me deadlock ika nga, e hindi na kami makapag-decide at hindi kami makapag-decide sa kung anumang version, ay siguro yun ang panahon para magkaroon ng meeting sa Palasyo, kay Pangulo.

Pero syempre aware din kami, alam din namin yung nangyari sa mga congressman, kung ano yung nangyari nung pumunta sila sa Palasyo at mukhang nagbago lahat yung kanilang isip. Read More…

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