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Drugs still out of reach of poor, despite Cheaper Medicines Law – Loren

February 20, 2010

THE CHEAPER MEDICINES LAW IS JUST A PIECE OF USELESS PAPER, AT LEAST FOR THE POOR FOR WHOM IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN ENACTED.
Nacionalista Party vice presidential candidate Loren Legarda saw this for herself during her campaign trip to Cebu on Friday.
“I talked to Emilia Pumawan at the Carbon Market in Cebu City,” Legarda recalled on her return to Manila on Saturday from her Visayas campaign with running mate Manny Villar. “She’s 76 and said: ‘Hindi totoo […]

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Total Log Ban To Prevent Landslides, Flooding—Loren

February 20, 2010

AFTER MEETING WITH ENVIRONMENT AND WEATHER EXPERTS, SEN. LOREN LEGARDA URGED CONGRESS TO ENACT A TOTAL LOG BAN FOR THE NEXT 25 YEARS TO SAVE THE COUNTRY FROM THE EFFECTS OF NATURAL CALAMITIES. LOREN SEEKS TO PROHIBIT LOGGING OPERATIONS OF ANY KIND IN ANY FOREST, TIMBER LAND, FOREST RESERVE OR WATERSHED THROUGH SENATE BILL 73.
“We have already seen the adverse effects of denuded forest lands to local and indigenous communities. We experienced tragic incidents of landslides and the worst […]

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‘Use Ondoy, Pepeng rehab funds to fight drought’ – Loren

February 19, 2010

THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO REHABILITATE THE COUNTRY’S IRRIGATION SYSTEM TO FIGHT AN IMPENDING DROUGHT CAUSED BY EL NIÑO, ACCORDING TO NACIONALISTA PARTY VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LOREN LEGARDA, WHO AIMS TO BE A “GREEN VP.”
Legarda made the proposal in answer to a reporter’s question at a press conference on Thursday morning at the Hotel del Rio in Iloilo City.
But does the country have funds for that?
“Yes, CONGRESS PASSED THE CALAMITY FUND, A SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET IN 2009 IN THE […]

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‘Focus on issues,’ Loren dares opponents

February 19, 2010

NACIONALISTA PARTY VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LOREN LEGARDA DARED HER OPPONENTS TO BE MEN ENOUGH TO REFRAIN FROM MUDSLINGING AND INSTEAD FOCUS ON THE ISSUES, SUCH AS EL NIÑO, WHICH THREATENS TO CAUSE DROUGHT THAT WOULD CUT THE COUNTRY’S FOOD SUPPLY.
“We need a Villar presidency because we need a builder, not a destroyer,” she told reporters at a press conference on Thursday morning at the Hotel del Rio in Iloilo City. “But his opponent, walang ginawa kundi manira (all he […]

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Loren says long-term comprehensive plan for El Niño mitigation essential

February 19, 2010

LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FOOD, TODAY CALLED FOR THE CRAFTING AND ADOPTION OF A LONG-TERMCOMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR EL NIÑO MITIGATION SAYING THAT IT IS ESSENTIAL TO THE COUNTRY’S SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC WELL-BEING.
“This long-term plan should include measures that are integrated in regular government programs directed to various sectors of the society,” Loren stressed.
Loren, who also chairs the Senate oversight committee on climate change, explained that El Niño, a quasi-periodic climatic event that […]

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Legarda: Where are El Niño funds?

February 19, 2010

BAROTAC NUEVO, ILOILO—NACIONALISTA PARTY (NP) VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LOREN LEGARDA THURSDAY TOOK MALACAÑANG TO TASK FOR FAILING TO PROMPTLY RELEASE EMERGENCY FUNDS FOR EL NIÑO UNDER THE 2010 GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT.
Legarda demanded the prompt release of the funds after talking with rice farmer Pio Bernardo while campaigning in this third-class municipality, a one-hour car trip from Iloilo City.
Bernardo complained to Legarda and NP standard-bearer Manuel Villar that the weather phenomenon had drastically reduced the palay harvest from the […]

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EDSA I not yours, Aquino, LP told

February 19, 2010

NO ONE—NOT EVEN THE AQUINO FAMILY AND THE LIBERAL PARTY (LP)—HOLDS A FRANCHISE TO THE HISTORICAL EVENT THAT WAS THE EDSA PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION, ACCORDING TO PARTY-LIST REP. SATUR OCAMPO.
“EDSA I is not yours,” Ocampo, who is running for the Senate under the Nacionalista Party (NP), told the rival LP as he insisted it could not take ownership of the revolt of the masses in February, 1986.
Ocampo told reporters at a campaign sortie in Aklan that the icon […]

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Josons of Nueva Ecija leaning toward Villar

February 19, 2010

NUEVA ECIJA, PHILIPPINES—-FORMER PRESIDENT JOSEPH ESTRADA, WHO WANTS TO RE-TAKE MALACAÑANG, WENT AROUND THIS VOTE-RICH PROVINCE NORTH OF MANILA ON THURSDAY TO THE CHEERS OF STAR-STRUCK VOTERS.
“Sino’ng presidente ang gustong halikan ni Ai-ai de las Alas?” Estrada’s political adviser Ernesto Maceda asked the crowd at the plaza of Muñoz City.
“Si Erap!” the crowd responded.
“Sino’ng presidente ang gustong halikan ni Mommy Dionisia?” he asked again.
“Si Erap!”
This warm welcome, however, doesn’t guarantee that Estrada will win Nueva […]

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NP camp warns LP not to exploit Edsa I rites for political gain

February 18, 2010

JUST WHEN NACIONALISTA PARTY (NP) FRONTRUNNERS CALL FOR TRADITIONAL FORM OF CAMPAIGNING, SOME OF THE PARTY’S SENATORIAL CANDIDATES YESTERDAY TOOK AN OFFENSIVE STANCE, TAKING A DIG AT THE LIBERAL PARTY (LP) WHICH IS SAID TO CASH IN ON THE COMING PEOPLE POWER I ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TO FURTHER BOOST ITS EDGE OVER RIVAL PARTIES.
Sen. Loren Legarda, NP’s guest candidate for the vice presidential post, made an appeal during a press conference in Capiz addressed to the LP to elevate the […]

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Loren Calls For Botika Ng Barangay, Urgent Health Reforms

February 18, 2010

IN RESPONSE TO THE AILING HEALTH OF MANY FILIPINOS ESPECIALLY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE AND THE SLOW RECOVERY FROM THE RECENT FINANCIAL CRISIS, SEN. LOREN LEGARDA PUSHED FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DRUGSTORES IN BARANGAYS. LOREN EMPHASIZED THAT HER PLATFORM OF GOVERNANCE IS TO EMPOWER FILIPINOS AT THE BARANGAY LEVEL.
“It is our moral obligation to protect and promote the people’s right to health and instill health consciousness among them. I am aiming for the government to provide adequate social services and […]

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