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Statement of Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.

A bullet hole was found on Sunday afternoon in the glass panel of my office at the Sunset View tower Condominium in Roxas Boulevard.

Fortunately, the bullet did not penetrate the office because of a metal plate placed there for security purposes.

Upon my request the police are already investigating this incident. Until the result of the investigation is completed, it is best not to speculate. I’m hoping that this is just a stray bullet and not in any way related to my work in the Senate or to anything with political color.

In the meantime, I have directed my personal security staff to take the necessary security precautions.

ABS-CBN News – Substitute BBL out this week, Marcos says

By Ryan Chua | ABS-CBN News

Logo_ABSCBNnewsSenator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he will release his alternative measure to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) this week.

Marcos, who chairs the Senate local government committee, said there were delays in finishing the substitute bill because he had to consider inputs from other senators.

“We tried to incorporate as much of it as we can para lang mabigyan ang mga senador ng as many options as possible (to give senators as many options as possible),” he told reporters.

Marcos added that he wants to give senators a “full range of possibilities for the best remedies to the problems that we see in the draft BBL.” Read More…

Politiko – Bongbong says slow Internet connection should be a major election issue

Politiko

Politiko-logoTo make the Philippines keep up with global commerce, Senator Bongbong Marcos said the next administration should prioritize faster internet and reliable telecommunications to

Marcos said the country’s next leaders should adopt a mindset where telecommunications, especially the Internet, is part of the Philippines’ essential infrastructure.

In a press statement Saturday, the senator noted that telecommunications has made all economies a part of the global marketplace.

“It was five or six years ago when the volume of commerce conducted on the internet surpassed the volume of commerce conducted face to face in stores, in malls and all of our more traditional ways of buying and selling. That is something that we must immediately recognize,” he  said. Read More…

Manila Bulletin – Government should focus on agriculture as ASEAN Free Trade nears – Marcos

By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin

ManilaBulletinOnline‘’If the government is serious about helping the poor, it should focus its efforts on the agriculture sector,” Sen. Ferdinand ‘’Bongbong’’ R. Marcos Jr., chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Works and Local Government, said yesterday.

“We are now entering the full implementation of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) where each member countries committed to open their markets to each other and the first sector that would be hardest hit in the Philippines is agriculture,” he pointed out.

Stressing that the foundation of the Philippine economy is agriculture, Senator Marcos deplored that President Aquino in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday mentioned agriculture only once, and that was when he thanked Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Francis Pangilinan, chief of food security, along with the other members of his Cabinet for their efforts during his administration. Read More…

The Manila Times – ‘Improved’ BBL worth the wait– Marcos

By Jefferson Antiporda | The Manila Times

The-Manila-Times-NetSen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said the cooperation being shown by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in giving the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) more time to be studied and improved shows how serious the former rebel organization is in attaining peace in Mindanao.

Marcos, chairman of the Senate local government committee that earlier thumbed down the Malacañang version of the draft bill, said the amended measure would be worth the wait.
In his speech during the Asia CEO Forum, he said the Senate will pass a BBL that will adhere to intentions of a peace agreement signed by the Philippine government and the MILF and provisions under the 1987 Constitution.

The senator made the assurance after MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said they are open to changes in provisions of the draft BBL but that the changes should be made in accordance with the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). Read More…

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