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‘Straight from the Horse’s Mouth’–Legarda on Roxas Admission of Offer

March 13, 2010

“YOU GOT IT STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH. MAR ROXAS HIMSELF ADMITS THAT HE DID ASK ME IF I WOULD WITHDRAW FROM THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL RACE AND SUPPORT HIM AND NOYNOY AQUINO. UNFORTUNATELY, HE REMEMBERS MAKING A QUERY, AS HE PUT IT, BUT NOT AN OFFER. HE’S GOT A CONVENIENTLY SELECTIVE MEMORY AND A TWISTED INTERPRETATION OF FACTS.”
NP-NPC-LDP vice presidential candidate Loren Legarda issued that statement on Friday after reading a front-page story in the Tribune titled “Roxas admits […]

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Loren On Poll Automation: Is There a Plan B?

March 12, 2010

NORTHERN SAMAR – CAMPAIGNING TODAY IN CALBAYOG, CATARMAN AND CATBALOGAN, NP-NPC-LDP VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LOREN LEGARDA SAID SHE IS WORRIED ABOUT POLL AUTOMATION, ESPECIALLY AS POWER OUTAGES ARE BECOMING WORSE HERE DESPITE GOVERNMENT EFFORTS. SHE URGED GOVERNMENT TO SET UP A CONTINGENCY PLAN TO PREVENT A FAILURE OF ELECTIONS.
Northern Samar has been experiencing brownouts for a year now. Of its 24 towns, only 16 are energized.
“To be honest, I am worried about the automation. First, brownouts are becoming […]

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Legarda: Declaration Of State Of Calamity Should Not Be Abused

March 12, 2010

NP-NPC-LDP VICE PRESIDENTIAL BET LOREN LEGARDA SUPPORTS THE DECLARATION OF A STATE OF CALAMITY IN MINDANAO, BUT REMAINS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ANY ABUSE OF POLITICAL POWER.
“I am for declaring a state of calamity in Mindanao if it will swiftly address the worsening power crisis in the region. But we should remain vigilant to prevent any abuse of power. President Arroyo should use this power to solve the energy crisis and to rescue the livelihood of farmers and fisherfolk,” […]

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Free, not cheaper, medicines for the poor– Loren

March 11, 2010

Free medicines for the poor, and substantial and sweeping drug price cuts for the rest.
Sen. Loren Legarda announced this advocacy after proclaiming that the much ballyhooed price reduction is “only good in television.”
Legarda said that in her political sorties all over the countries, she was swamped by complaints that prices of medicines, including the essential life-saving items, remain high despite the passage of Cheaper Medicine Act (RA 9502).
This is because the law is a watered-down version as […]

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Help For Drought-Hit Farmers

March 11, 2010

The government should take immediate steps to help the drought-stricken farmers, while making urgent repairs of irrigation and water impounding systems.
NP-NPC-LDP vice presidential candidate Loren Legarda, who chairs the Senate agriculture committee, said the government must make sure the farmers and their farmlands will survive the El Nino phenomenon with enough emergency funds through a cash transfer program.
Legarda said the government should also give free NFA (National Food Administration) rice to the families of the more hard-hit farmers […]

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Power Generation Should Be Prioritized by Next Administration – Legarda

March 11, 2010

“POWER GENERATION PROJECTS SHOULD BE ONE OF THE PRIORITIES OF THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION, ESPECIALLY IN AREAS THAT HAVE A LOT OF POTENTIAL FOR GROWTH,” NP-NPC-LDP VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LOREN LEGARDA SAID ON THURSDAY, A DAY BEFORE HER SCHEDULED FLIGHT TO CATARMAN, THE CAPITAL TOWN OF NORTHERN LEYTE.
Legarda visited such areas in Mindanao last week as part of her campaign, along with running mate Manny Villar. She was struck by the power crisis in the area, particularly the Caraga Region.

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Legarda Steadily Rises In Surveys

March 11, 2010

The poll results of NP-NPC-LDP vice presidential candidate Loren Legarda has been steadily improving with closest rival Mar Roxas’ lead having gone down by four percentage points compared to the SWS survey results in January.
In the Manila Standard Today (MST) survey, Legarda is similarly shown to be getting stronger and with a high conversion rate. She is at 28 percent.
“Kung titingnan ng mabuti, lamang pa rin ako sa masa—dahil isa ako sa kanila. Kami ni Senator Villar, galing […]

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Loren Warns Against Rise of Preventable Disease

March 10, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND DEMOGRAPHY, RENEWS HER CALL FOR A “MASSIVE AND SUSTAINED VACCINATION DRIVE” TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE AGAINST PREVENTABLE DISEASES, ESPECIALLY AS HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE CAUSING MORE PEOPLE TO BE PRONE TO DISEASE.
“The curative approach in medication is much more costly than the preventive approach. It must also be considered that many preventable diseases have lifelong consequences which range from hearing loss and speech defects to more severe ones such […]

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Roxas Tried to Broker Deal with Legarda to Get Her Out of VP Race

March 10, 2010

NP-NPC-LDP VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LOREN LEGARDA REVEALED ON WEDNESDAY THAT LP BET MAR ROXAS TRIED TO BROKER A DEAL THAT WOULD SEE HER WITHDRAWING FROM THE RACE.
In an interview on Wednesday with Mike Enriquez over DZBB’s Ikaw Na Ba?: The Vice-Presidentials Series, Legarda said the offer was made before the Senate adjourned in February.
“Back when I had yet to find my running mate, Mar tried to make an arrangement wit me ‘outside of the political process’,” she said.

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Next Administration Faces Food Crisis–Loren

March 10, 2010

NP-NPC-LDP VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LOREN LEGARDA WARNED THAT THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE WOULD BE A FOOD CRISIS, AND URGED THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (DA) TO IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENT MEASURES, INCLUDING THE RELEASE OF FUNDS, TO COUNTER THE DEVASTATION OF EL NINO ON THE COUNTRY’S AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES SECTOR.
“Unless we lay down a strategic plan and take immediate steps to counter the effects of El Nino on our agriculture sector, the biggest challenge that the next administration in June would […]

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