Tag: Press Statement

Statement on Congress voting on Cha-Cha separately

I respect the opinions and role of my colleagues from the House of Representatives but I believe that they are mistaken in their interpretation of the Constitution. The power to propose amendments to the Constitution was given not to a unicameral body, but to a bicameral body – which is what we have today —…
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Statement on soldiers killed in operation vs Maute terrorists in Munai, Lanao Del Norte

I commiserate with the Armed Forces of the Philippines on the loss of six valiant men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Their unwavering commitment to safeguarding our nation cost them dearly and we honor their memory with utmost respect and gratitude. In this somber moment, I extend our deepest condolences…
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Statement on the Senate taking the lead in Charter Change deliberations

It is worth noting that the Senate has heeded the President’s earlier call to be at the forefront of crafting proposed Charter changes, specifically on the economic provisions in the Constitution, preserving the bicameral nature of the legislation. This was even before the “word war” between the two Chambers escalated. By taking the lead in…
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Statement on kasambahay Elvie Vergara on winning her inital case vs her former employers

I am heartened by the news that the Department of Justice is set to issue a resolution favoring Silveria “Elvie” Vergara, the brave and resilient domestic worker who suffered years of horrific abuse and torture at the hands of her former employers. This is a long overdue justice for Elvie, who endured unimaginable pain and…
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Statement on the Sandiganbayan decision

STATEMENT OF SENATOR JINGGOY EJERCITO ESTRADA ON THE SANDIGANBAYAN DECISION After more than a decade, I am more than grateful to have been acquitted of the plunder charges. This exoneration not only impacts my personal and political life but also that of my family as well.  Noon pa man ay paulit-ulit ko ng sinasabi na…
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Statement of Usec. Janella Ejercito Estrada (on the acquittal of Sen. Jinggoy)

STATEMENT OF USEC. JANELLA EJERCITO ESTRADA The acquittal of my father, Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada in the plunder case has lifted a heavy burden that we, as a family, have carried for far too long. This legal battle has tested my family’s resilience but our unwavering strength and determination in proving his innocence have been…
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On CA confirmation proceedings of newly appointed Finance Sec. Ralph Recto

There is a traditional parliamentary courtesy accorded to former colleagues in Congress when they are subjected to confirmation process. By and large, it ensures the appointee a smooth-sailing confirmation process at the Commission on Appointments.  However, as a member of a collegial body, I can only speak for myself. I cannot predict the proceedings or…
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Statement on CCG firing water cannon vs PH vessels in Ayungin Shoal and Scarborough Shoal

We strongly urge the Chinese government to respect international law, exercise restraint, and cease all actions that jeopardize the peace and security of the region. The Philippines has consistently advocated for peaceful and diplomatic solutions to disputes, and we call on all parties involved to engage in meaningful dialogue to address the root causes of…
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On the MSU-Marawi blast

We are appalled and outraged by the barbaric act of terror at Mindanao State University that occurred this morning. This heinous crime has no justification and must be strongly condemned by all. Ang ganitong klase ng paghahasik ng karahasan kung kailan isinasagawa pa naman ang Mindanao Week of Peace at bilang paghihiganti diumano ng isang…
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Senators laud granting of amnesty to rebels, revival of peace talks

(MANILA BULLETIN) Senators lauded the recent move of President Marcos to issue an executive order and several proclamations that grant amnesty to rebels and insurgents. In a statement, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada said that the agreement to resume the peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) was a major…
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