Bongbong Marcos – Like Australia, Philippines must rally vs Islamophobia — Bongbong Marcos

by Marlon Purificacion |

politicscomphThe Philippines should emulate Australia in showing solidarity with the country’s Muslim population with the #illridewithyou movement, according to Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“Let’s all take a cue from Australia, a nation coming together against Islamophobia. We have Muslim brothers and sisters too. #illridewithyou,” Marcos tweeted.
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Improved disaster preparedness and response before, during and after typhoon Ruby

Good afternoon, Mr. President and my dear colleagues.

Mr. President, I have stood many times here in the past year to draw attention to our shortcomings in our response to the grave national emergency situation presented to us by supertyphoon Yolanda in November 2013.

One year after, based on all the efforts of government that we have seen implemented before, during and after typhoon Ruby—which was of an initial magnitude that portended catastrophe of a scale similar to Yolanda—it is a with a great deal of satisfaction and relief that I rise to speak of our response to Typhoon Ruby.

From the evacuation efforts—observed by the United Nations as “one of the largest peacetime evacuations in history”—to the pre-positioning of goods, equipment and security and law enforcement personnel, to the coordination between the national and local governments of services and information, to the parallel efforts of the private sector and even international agencies and offices, we can say with pride that we have done a much better job this time.

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The Daily Tribute – Senate panel also sees Charter breach in BBL

By Angie M. Rosales | The Daily Tribute

TribuneThe Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) containing provisions which are largely unconstitutional was bolstered yesterday by Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos as he cited the same basis the Supreme Court used in declaring the memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain (MoA-AD) as being present in the bill.

Marcos, chairman of the Senate committee on local government which oversees the deliberations of the measure that will pave the way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro political entity also seconded the contention aired by House counterparts.

The House ad hoc committee on BBL also expressed belief that some provisions in the proposed law to create the substate may be deemed unconstitutional. Read More…

NDRRMC Officials to be Called by the Senate on Ruby

Sen. Bongbong, leading the Senate prayer before the start of the day's session. 15 Dec 2014

“The Young senator from Ilocos wants to know from government how best to institutionalise disaster and relief response both national and local”

Though more than 150,000 Filipinos are still living in relief and evacuation centers throughout the Visayas created as a relief response against Typhoon Ruby, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. wants to call officials of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in a bid to institutionalize disaster response and relief of the government.

In his privilege speech today at the Senate, Sen. Bongbong introduced Senate resolution number 1056 which seeks to institutionalize disaster and relief response protocols both in the national as well as local levels. Though Marcos cited the recent successful evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people prior to the onslaught of Typhoon Ruby, the young senator from the Ilocos still sees the need to fine-tune the council’s response systems to be able to prevent the loss of lives.

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InterAksyon – Issues of constitutionality could hamper Bangsamoro Basic Law passage – Marcos

By Ernie Reyes |

InterAksyon_featured_imageMANILA, Philippines — Questions of constitutionality are likely to hamper the swift passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said.

“There are so many (questions on constitutionality). For example, the ground that the Supreme Court used in MOA-AD, kung bakit naging (why it became) unconstitutional,” Marcos said in an interview Monday night.

The MOA-AD, or Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain, was a pact signed by the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 2008.

After it was shot down by the high court, fighting broke out between the MILF and government forces that lasted almost a year. Read More…

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