I would like to appeal, as a peace-loving citizen, to everybody to refrain from issuing statements that would foment hate and cause violent actions as a result of what happened in Maguindao.
It is always wise to stay calm and exercise sobriety especially at this time when the elusive peace in Mindanao is within reach.
While I understand the strong indignation amongst our people, our judgment on who is to blame should be based on facts and truth, which we, at this time, do not possess.
Pending the availability of facts surrounding the violent incident, I am holding in abeyance any judgment. Neither will I issue a conclusion pointing fingers at anybody. I hope everybody will exercise the same prudence.
I am calling for a probe on the incident to be jointly conducted by the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front using and applying the mechanism duly agreed upon under the ceasefire agreement.
By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Manila Standard
The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading House Bill No. 3917 separating Biñan City from the first legislative district of the province of Laguna to form the lone legislative district of Biñan.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., chair of the committee on local governments, sponsored the measure with acting Senate Minority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Gregorio Honasan II, and Nancy Binay as co-sponsors.
House Bill No. 3917 was approved with 15 affirmative votes, and zero negative vote. Sotto, however, abstained from voting on the measure.
Marcos said a census on population and housing by the Philippine Statistics Authority in 2010 placed the number of residents in the city of Biñan to 283,396.
“The noted increase in the population of the city of Biñan which now exceeds the 250,000 population threshold for a city to be entitled to one legislative district, the city deserves its own seat in the House of Representatives,” Marcos said.
When signed into law, the bill will separate the City of Biñan – which has a population of 283,396 as of 2010 – from the first legislative district of Laguna.
By Michael Bueza | Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Monday, January 26, approved on 3rd and final reading a bill creating the lone congressional district of the city of Biñan in Laguna.
Voting 15-0, the Senate approved House Bill 3917, which seeks to amend the Charter of the City of Biñan by separating the city from the first legislative district of Laguna. Acting Senate Minority Leader Vicente Sotto III abstained from voting.
Laguna’s first legislative district is currently composed of the cities of Biñan, San Pedro, and Santa Rosa.
The bill was sponsored on the floor by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, chairman of the Senate committee on local governments, and co-sponsored by senators Sotto, Aquilino Pimentel III, Gregorio Honasan II, and Nancy Binay.
Due to the increase in the population of the city of Biñan, among others, it “deserves its own seat in the House of Representatives,” Marcos said.
Sen. Bongbong: I think there were some questions as to what the status is of the hearings of the BBL. Well, it was with great surprise and much concern that we heard of the news of the killing of 27 policemen who were conducting a raid..
Q: 50 na po, official po sa www.interaksyon…
Sen. Bongbong: So what is the number now? Last night was 30 and then this morning was 27.
Q: Walang official pa sir, sa military. Walang official sir…
Sen. Bongbong: Yun na nga mukhang hindi maliwanag, but in any case-
Q: 50 na po according to the PNP.
Sen. Bongbong: That’s even more horrifying. It’s now 50. The count is speculative but never mind. It just makes it a more horrific piece of news, na ngayon naging 50 na sinasabi. And that’s a very large number of people to have been killed and it seems there are no survivors. Again, the intelligence information is still very unclear, the actual situation on the ground is hindi maliwanag. So with this in mind, immediately the security question as to how we will conduct the hearings, in the proposed hearings in Jolo and Zamboanga immediately comes into question. So until we have clarified, I have asked that we suspend all the hearings on BBM in the South because the security situation has not yet been assessed.
But other scheduled hearings under the committee of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago focusing on the constitutionality of the proposed law pushes through.
By Angela Casauay | Rappler
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Following the clash between special police forces and Muslim rebels in Maguindanao, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong Marcos Jr on Monday, January 26, suspended “indefinitely” hearings on the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law under his committee scheduled in Mindanao.
A related hearing focusing on the constitutionality of the measure led by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, head of the Senate committee on constitutional amendments, pushed through Monday.
Marcos is handling the main committee tackling the law but Santiago is also leading her own hearings to tackle the legality of the measure.
Marcos was scheduled to hold hearings in Jolo and Zamboanga next week. Meanwhile, another hearing under his committee set for Tuesday, January 27, will push through.
By Amita Legaspi | GMA News Online
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., chair of the Senate committee on local government, on Monday suspended the discussions and hearings related to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law as he condemned the use of violence by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front against forces of the Philippine National Police on Sunday.
On Sunday, at least 30 members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) were killed in an ambush by members of the MILF in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao. The PNP personnel were on the trail of suspected international terrorists believed to be hiding inside one of the camps of the Moro rebel group.
As of Monday morning, the number of SAF fatalies had risen to 50, according to Senior Superintendent Noel Armilla, director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
In suspending the hearings, Marcos said: “I decided to suspend indefinitely all discussions and hearings related to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law until this is clarified.”
“We cannot, in conscience, proceed with these hearings while a cloud of serious doubt hangs over the security situation in the south. A peace agreement cannot be legislated under the threat of such extreme violence. Violence has no room in a civilized society,” he added.