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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…

Sen. Marcos won’t mind a meeting Pnoy to discuss BBL; except if meant to press passage of Palace version

Sen. Bongbong Marcos today said he is willing to talk to anyone, including President Benigno Aquino III, for a genuine discussion on how to iron out the kinks in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to ensure it leads to lasting peace in Muslim Mindanao.

But count him out if it is merely meant to muscle the Senate into passing Malacanang’s version of BBL, Marcos stressed.

Malacanang earlier said the President is willing to meet with the senators to discuss BBL with them, as he had done before with members of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee.

“As I said before, if we are going to discuss with the President the various issues directly related to BBL, and if he has suggestions for us, we would certainly listen because his inputs are important,” said Marcos, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, in a radio interview.

“But it’s another matter entirely if it’s only for political manoeuvring, as what was done with the House of Representatives. Then, I don’t think I should be part of that; I don’t want to be involved in anything like that,” he added.

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TRANSCRIPT: Interview with Joel Zobel over DZBB

Q: Senator, magandang umaga. Si Joel Zobel sa DZBB.

BBM: Good morning Joel, magandang umaga sa iyo at magandang umaga sa mga nakikinig.

Q: Anong epekto nito sa tsansa nitong BBL sa Senado yung natuklasan ninyo kahapong MILF lang pala ang kinausap nila, wala palang nakausap na ibang mga sektor dyan sa Mindanao kaugnay ng BBL?

BBM: E ang kailangang gawin ay kausapin nating lahat ng tinatawag nating stakeholders. At yan ang aking hinahabol kaya’t nung nakaraang linggo ay MNLF ang kinausap natin at kahapon ay yung sultanates at mga IP. At sa susunod na linggo yung namang mga LGU chief executive, yung mga mayor saka yung mga  governor na apektado dito sa BBL. Kaya nagtataka lang kami kung bakit naging ganito na yun palang comprehensive agreement at saka yung framework agreement na pinirmahan at yung draft BBL ay wala palang..ang gumawa lang pala nito ay yung OPAPP lang at saka yung MILF, wala na silang kinausap na iba. Sana kasi kung ginawa nila yun, nakipag-kunsulta sila sa lahat ay siguro mabilis nang napasa itong BBL dahil nakita na lahat ng mga problema at naayos na kaagad. Read More…

Sponsorship Speech for the creation of two additional Legislative Districts in the Province of Batangas

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Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I have the honor to report to the Senate Committee Report No. 126, containing House Bill No. 3750 with amendments, which seeks to reapportion the Province of Batangas into six (6) Legislative districts.

The province of Batangas is one of the earliest provinces established by the Spaniards. It is a first-class province and one of the most popular tourist destinations near metro manila. It is home to the famous Taal volcano and Taal heritage town, a small picturesque town that has ancestral houses and structures dating back to the 19th century. The province also has many spectacular beaches and diving spots.

The province of Batangas is ranked fifth (5th) most populated province of the country, with a population count of 2,377,395 based on the 2010 census of population and housing issued by the Philippine statistics authority. Read More…

Radio interview with Kabayan Noli de Castro, DZMM

Kabayan: Ay kayo na lang daw ho ang pag-asa sa Senado pero mag-isa lang ho kayo papano yun kung ang mga kasama ninyo ay iba ang nasa isip? Ano ho ang akala ninyo ay iniisip ng inyong mga kasamahan dyan sa Senado? 

BBM: Ay sa palagay ko naman ay…kaya nga ay maraming nalungkot dun sa nangyari sa House of Representatives na akala natin maraming papalitan dun sa BBL at aayusin mabuti e ang nangyari bumalik lahat yung gustong palitan at nabalik halos dun sa original.

Kabayan: Nag-weekend lang nag-iba na?

BBM: Pero palagay ko, kasi lahat ng ating kapwa senadoryung mga nakakausap ko tungkol dito, ay sinasabi naman nila na gusto nilang isa-isahin, line by line, section by section. Tingnan natin. Sa ngayon ay ganun ang kanilang gustong gawin at sinasabi talaga na ayaw naming magpasa ng isang version na alam namin na unconstitutional. Kaya’t napakahirap naman kung meron na namang lilitaw na Palace version at ito’y pipilitin–kasi alam naman nating unconstitutional. Kaya nga nagtataka ako ako hinahamon daw ng Palasyo at nagsasabi na unconstitutional sa Supreme Court na lang. Ay yun na nga ang trabaho namin e, para hindi magkaroon ng ganong klaseng problema, inaayos nga namin. Pero nagtataka nga ako bakit ganun ang approach na ginagawa ng Palasyo. Read More…

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