Tag: Press Statement

On foreign-made movies and tv shows

Kaugnay sa aking pahayag kahapon sa mga foreign-made shows, my statement stems from the frustration that while we are only too eager and willing to celebrate South Korea’s entertainment industry, we have sadly allowed our own to deteriorate because of the lack of support from the moviegoing public. I wish that the zealousness of our…
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On petition challenging RA 11935

I am confident that the Supreme Court will immediately act on the petition. I will not argue with the merits of the case or the lack of it. I will defer to the wisdom of our justices. But as one of the proponents of the law postponing this year’s barangay elections, this much I can…
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On the PNP’s home visits to journalists

The PNP has a lot of explaining to do.  If the purpose of “home visits” of their personnel to the journalists’ residence is to ensure that there are no “threats” to their lives, why are they not in their proper uniform? Why was there no coordination with the local officials and media company/outlet with which…
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On the signing into law postponing the December 2022 Barangay and SK elections

I’m pleased to learn about it. Now, with all hands on deck, our national officials down to those in the smallest unit of our government can proceed without letup on the needed work to steer our country’s full recovery from the pandemic. Unahin muna natin ang pagbangon ng ekonomiya natin bago ang pagsasagawa muli ng…
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On the signing into law of SIM Registration Act

The Philippines will now be among the growing number of countries mandating SIM registration, landmark legislation envisioned to deter cybercrime, and other electronic communication-aided criminal activities. At a time of rapid digital adoption driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s imperative to have laws that are more attuned to the times and the needs of society…
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On PBBM’s first 100 days

Mahirap sukatin ang kapasidad ng isang pangulo na sinusuong ang maraming problema ng bansa – nagtataasang presyo ng langis at bilihin, mataas na unemployment rate, bumubulusok na halaga ng dolyar sa peso at nagpapatuloy na pandemya — sa loob lamang ng 100 na araw. But so far, he has been focusing on important matters. On…
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On drug tests for celebrities, actors

Drug tests as a pre-requisite to employment should not be limited to celebrities and actors. It should not be discriminatory. And such proposed drug testing before any work engagements should be encompassing and should not prejudice certain sectors in our society especially if we want to ensure a drug-free workplace. Insofar as those in the…
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Statement on the VISA cancellation of 48,782 POGO workers

The move of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) is aligned with my earlier pronouncement urging for a crackdown on illegal or unlicensed offshore gaming operations in the country. There are no economic gains whatsoever in the continuing stay of unlicensed POGOs and their workers insofar as the government is concerned.  It would be unfair, to…
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Statement on the death of five rescuers

It’s unfortunate to hear that the casualties of Typhoon Karding happen to be personnel of the provincial disaster risk reduction and management office (PDRRMO) conducting rescue missions. Physical hazards are more prevalent and dangerous in doing their job than others. In times of disaster, we need our first responders to be well-equipped and well-trained. This…
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Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada on US-China tension over Taiwan

The reported tension in the region is something to be concerned about, especially considering how close we are geographically with Taiwan and the thousands of Filipinos residing and working there. I do hope that the situation will not worsen nor escalate into something more serious, as any confrontation between two major powers could be devastating…
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