By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin
‘’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…
By Jefferson Antiporda | The Manila Times
Sen. 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…
To Doris, Dennis, Dinna, and other members of the family, deep condolences on the demise of Neal.
You lost a loving, caring and wise parent. All of us Filipinos lost a leading contributor–as a journalist–to building a nation whose people and leaders should respect and cherish facts, the truth, the Constitution and our Republic.
I will miss his column.
My family and I are praying for his eternal bliss.
Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has filed a resolution urging the Senate to launch a thorough investigation of the Canadian waste dumped on Philippine soil.
The senator, who is chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government and a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, is concerned how the foreign garbage ended up in the country.
“It is crucial to scrutinize the policy of the government in allowing the foreign-sourced trash into local landfills in order to assess and enhance viable mechanisms to protect our people from the health perils brought about by the gargantuan rubbish literally thrown into our backyard at the expense of our people,” said Marcos. Read More…
Reporter: When are you go coming out with it?
Sen. Bongbong: Probably next week with the re-cap.
Reporter: Sir you are expecting… since the president is pushing for the BBL, do you expect any… parang mga adverse sparks doon sa SONA?
Sen. Bongbong: Well, I’ll be surprised because the problems of the BBL did not come from congress. The problems of the BBL, whatever they may be, the delays that the BBL suffered were the delays that was not congress that cause those delays. So whatever you might say, delaying or that it was not properly attended to, we certainly do not feel alluded to because we have not stop working at congress for close to a year now. Read More…