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Sen. Loren Legarda’s Explanation of Her Vote to Uphold the SC TRO on CJ Corona’s Dollar Accounts

February 13, 2012

MR. PRESIDENT, IT IS MY FIRM BELIEF THAT THE SENATE HAS THE SOLE JURISDICTION OVER THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL. THAT WE HAVE NO QUESTION. HOWEVER, REGARDING THE LAW COVERING FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS, WE MUST RESPECT AND IMPLEMENT THE LAW, UNLESS AND UNTIL WE AMEND IT.
This action of the Senate, of the majority, does not at all give the Supreme Court jurisdiction over the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court. We are simply following the law, which this institution created.
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Legarda: Amid Political Turmoil, Let Us Not Forget the Needs of Disaster Victims

February 13, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY REMINDED THE COUNTRY’S LEADERS TO ENSURE THAT, APART FROM DOING THEIR DUTY TO PROTECT THE GOVERNMENT AND MAINTAIN BALANCE AMONG ITS INSTITUTIONS, THEY ARE PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE NEEDS OF FILIPINOS, ESPECIALLY THOSE AFFECTED BY RECENT DISASTERS.
“While the three main branches of government are mandated to ensure balance among them and immediately resolve issues that would be detrimental to the institution, we have a more urgent duty to fulfill today particularly to the victims […]

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Legarda to Barangay Officials: Translate National Policies into Concrete Actions for the People

February 12, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA CALLED ON BARANGAY OFFICIALS TO BE FRONTLINERS IN GENUINE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT AS THE SENATE WORKS ON SEVERAL MEASURES THAT WOULD FURTHER EMPOWER COMMUNITY LEADERS.
Legarda made the statement as she presented her legislative initiatives before the members of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas during its 2nd General Assembly.
“We have pending laws in the Senate that seek what is rightful and just to our barangay officials and to the communities where they serve. Through these […]

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Support Myanmar Reforms – Legarda

February 12, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA WELCOMED THE “NEW ROADMAP” IN PHILIPPINE-MYANMAR RELATIONS, AND SAID THE CONTINUING REFORMS IN MYANMAR DESERVE NOTHING LESS THAN THE COUNTRY’S FULL ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT.
In December last year, Senator Legarda called for “support to the constructive reform efforts in Myanmar”. Legarda, who chairs the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, was the first Philippine official who visited Daw Aung San Suu Kyi after she was released from house arrest in November 2010.
“Myanmar has taken great strides in […]

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Legarda to Gov’t on Catastrophic Earthquakes: We Must Prepare for the Big One

February 11, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY STRESSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST MAKE THE NECESSARY PREPARATIONS TO AVERT A DEVASTATING DISASTER SHOULD A STRONG EARTHQUAKE, LIKE THE RECENT 6.9-MAGNITUDE TEMBLOR IN NEGROS ORIENTAL, STRIKE AGAIN.
Legarda reminded the government about the facts and recommendations contained in the Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS) conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency in 2004.
The study revealed that a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Metro Manila would cause the destruction of 40% of the residential […]

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Legarda Addresses Southeast and South Asian Leaders in Climate Change Adaptation Conference

February 10, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY ENJOINED GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FROM SOUTHEAST AND SOUTH ASIA TO DOUBLE AND EXPEDITE EFFORTS ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR) AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION (CCA), STRESSING THAT ASIA PACIFIC IS MORE AFFECTED BY NATURAL HAZARDS THAN OTHER REGIONS.
The Senator made the call during the Training Workshop for National and Local Governments in Southeast Asia and South Asia on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, which was organized by ICLEI, an organization of local governments committed to make environmental […]

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Training Workshop for National and Local Governments in Southeast Asia and South Asia on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

February 10, 2012

I am pleased to be part of this Training Workshop for National and Local Governments in Southeast Asia and South Asia on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.
ICLEI is a laudable organization of local governments. It is a trailblazer in its effort to make environmental sustainability a central part of the development process. And allow me to congratulate you for successfully organizing this important initiative.
National and local leaders across the globe increasingly realize that developments practices have not been […]

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Legarda Bats for Safer Schools to Shield Children from Disasters

February 9, 2012

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO PRIORITIZE THE RETROFITTING OF SCHOOLS AND OTHER CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO CREATE A SAFER ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN AND TO SHIELD THEM FROM DISASTERS.
Legarda noted that as of 6:00 am February 9, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has recorded 26 fatalities in the earthquake that struck Negros and Cebu. Of this number, three persons died after they were hit by school walls in Negros Oriental, while others were […]

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Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas 4th National Executive Board Meeting and 2nd General Assembly

February 9, 2012

Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas
4th National Executive Board Meeting and 2nd General Assembly
Heritage Hotel, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila
9 February 2012
Allow me to thank you for inviting me to deliver a message for this important assembly.
As national and local government leaders, we have the moral responsibility to usher and achieve genuine development for the country and our communities. But as leaders closest to the people, much is expected from barangay officials because you have […]

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Legarda Reiterates Call for Community Preparedness, Safe Structures Against Earthquakes

February 7, 2012

FOLLOWING A STRONG TEMBLOR THAT HIT SEVERAL PARTS OF VISAYAS, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY EXPRESSED SYMPATHY TO THOSE AFFECTED BY THE DISASTER AS SHE RENEWED HER CALL FOR EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS BY BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CITIZENS.
On Monday, the provinces of Cebu and Kalibo experienced an Intensity IV (moderately strong) tremor, while Iloilo and Negros were hit by an Intensity V (strong) earthquake. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Intensity V earthquakes can cause damages […]

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