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Villar, Loren welcomed in rival’s bailiwick

February 17, 2010

ROXAS CITY–THE WOMEN WERE SIGHTED REACHING OUT TO HIM, ASKING FOR A KISS OR A HUG. SOME WERE CHANTING “MANNY! MANNY!” WHILE OTHERS SANG TO THE FAMILIAR TUNE OF HIS CAMPAIGN JINGLE.
This was the sight that greeted Sen. Manuel Villar, Jr., though he was no celebrity, when he arrived in this city together with his running mate Sen. Loren Legarda and the whole senatorial slate of the Nacionalista Party.
The province of Capiz is known to be the bailiwick […]

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Comelec allays fears on automated polls

February 16, 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES–IT’S ALL ABOUT FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Monday the poll body would just have to keep the presidential candidates informed about its preparations for the automated balloting in May.
Election Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said the concerns raised by the candidates at a forum were prompted by “a new way of voting and a new way of counting votes.”
“I guess the best way is just to inform them of what’s happening, the […]

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Loren Calls for Protection of Press, Mediamen

February 16, 2010

CRITICIZING THE COUNTRY’S POOR TRACK RECORD OF PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF JOURNALISTS, VICE PRESIDENTIABLE LOREN LEGARDA REASSURED THE COUNTRY’S MEDIA PRACTITIONERS OF HER SUPPORT FOR JOURNALISTS’ WELFARE BY PUSHING FOR BETTER COMPENSATION, BENEFITS AND HAZARD INSURANCE.
“We’ve been labeled by the world as the worst place for journalists–even worse than Iraq–and last November’s Maguindanao massacre was just one of the most gruesome criminal incidents our journalists faced in line of duty of keeping the country informed. Our media practitioners deserve […]

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Loren Urges Youth: Make Better Future for RP

February 16, 2010

“THIS COUNTRY’S FUTURE IS FOUNDED ON THE VISION, AMBITIONS AND HEROISM OF TODAY’S GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE,” THUS SAYS VICE-PRESIDENTIABLE LOREN LEGARDA IN HER MEETING WITH THE YOUTH OF CAVITE IN LAST WEEK’S CAMPAIGN RALLY.
“One of my core programs of governance is to give you, the Filipino youth, the voice and the avenue to exercise leadership and authority. I would like you to develop your sense of responsibility and hone them for you to become tomorrow’s leaders,” urged Legarda […]

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Loren Bats for Better Pay for RP’s Medical Practitioners

February 16, 2010

LAMENTING THE UNABATED MIGRATION OF FILIPINO HEALTH WORKERS AND THE LACK OF QUALITY HEALTHCARE ESPECIALLY IN THE GRASSROOTS, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY SAID THAT UNLESS DOCTORS AND NURSES ARE PROVIDED WITH COMPETITIVE REMUNERATIONS AND MORE HUMANE WORKING CONDITIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES, WE ARE AT RISK OF LOSING OUR MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS.
“The salaries of Filipino health workers abroad and here in the Philippines are worlds apart. Data in 2006 which considered the median payscale of 17 countries showed that doctors and […]

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Legarda calls for GMA to look in Morong 43’s plight

February 16, 2010

“IT’S TIME THAT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD START LOOKING INTO THE ALLEGATIONS OF TORTURE AND SEXUAL MOLESTATION OF 43 HEALTH WORKERS UNDER CUSTODY OF THE MILITARY FOR MORE THAN A WEEK NOW,” SEN. LOREN LEGARDA SAID IN A STATEMENT ON MONDAY. “SHE IS, AFTER ALL, THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF.”
“Due process must be applied, of course,” Legarda, a lieutenant colonel in Air Force Reserve Corps, said. “And that’s for both the volunteer workers, whom the military suspects of being members of the New […]

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Loren: Indigent Elderly Cannot Afford Delay

February 16, 2010

SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA TODAY URGED PRESIDENT GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO TO PRIORITIZE THE SIGNING OF THE EXPANDED SENIOR CITIZEN’S LAW, WHICH LOREN PRINCIPALLY AUTHORED AND USHERED INTO PASSAGE IN THE SENATE.
“It is not an excuse that she has a busy schedule,” said Loren, in reaction to Malacanang deputy spokesperson Gary Olivar’s statement yesterday that they are still waiting for a free spot in the President’s schedule after her legacy tours of super regions.
“Its signing into law is overdue. While […]

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Comelec allays fears on automated polls

February 16, 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES–IT’S ALL ABOUT FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Monday the poll body would just have to keep the presidential candidates informed about its preparations for the automated balloting in May.
Election Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said the concerns raised by the candidates at a forum were prompted by “a new way of voting and a new way of counting votes.”
“I guess the best way is just to inform them of what’s happening, the […]

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Chaos outside the CA gates

February 16, 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES—CHAOS ERUPTED OUTSIDE THE GATES OF THE COURT OF APPEALS AS THE 43 HEALTH WORKERS WERE HERDED ONTO ARMY BUSES AND DRIVEN BACK TO A MILITARY DETENTION FACILITY IN TANAY, RIZAL.
Supporters and relatives of the health workers rushed toward the gates of the appellate court to meet the exiting buses, in an apparent attempt to block their path.
Members of the Manila Police District Civil Disturbance Management (MPD-CDM), armed with shields and truncheons, pushed back the crowd to […]

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Villar accepts Aquino’s one-on-one debate challenge

February 16, 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES–THE CAMP OF SEN. MANUEL VILLAR ACCEPTED ON MONDAY AN INVITATION FROM SEN. BENIGNO AQUINO III TO HAVE A ONE-ON-ONE DEBATE, AFTER THE LIBERAL PARTY STANDARD-BEARER POSED THE CHALLENGE TO HIS PRIMARY RIVAL AT THE SIDELINES OF A PRESIDENTIAL FORUM.
Villar and former president Joseph Estrada were absent from the presidential debate of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) held Monday.
Villar was on the way home from Hong Kong where he attended an El Shaddai event, […]

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