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As I See It Loren on abuses of pawnshops

January 22, 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES–THE TALK OF THE TOWN’S SOCIAL CIRCLES ARE THE WEALTHY MATRONS WHO LOST THEIR PRIZED JEWELRY AND FAMILY HEIRLOOMS TO A SWEET-TALKING FORMER AIDE OF A PROMINENT SOCIALITE. IT SEEMS THAT THE AIDE PERSUADED THE MATRONS TO LET HER SELL THEIR JEWELRY AT A BIG PROFIT. SHE LEFT WITH THEM PERSONAL CHECKS AS GUARANTEE. AFTER THE SALE, SHE PAID THE OWNER, GOT BACK HER PERSONAL CHECK, AND SPLIT THE PROFIT.
Everything went well, until her checks began bouncing. When […]

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Loren defends self

January 22, 2010

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – SEN. LOREN LEGARDA DEFENDED HERSELF YESTERDAY OVER CRITICISMS THAT SHE IS A POLITICAL TURNCOAT FOR SHIFTING LOYALTIES FROM ONE POLITICAL PARTY TO ANOTHER.
Legarda took a potshot at her rival, Sen. Manuel Roxas II, whom she said initially became a Cabinet secretary under former President Joseph Estrada, later on under the Arroyo administration, then joined calls for President Arroyo to resign.
Apparently irked by insinuations from her detractors that she is a political turncoat, Legarda explained she […]

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Loren warns against midnight fire sales

January 22, 2010

SEN. LOREN LEGARDA YESTERDAY WARNED AGAINST “MIDNIGHT FIRE SALES” BY THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTIES AMOUNTING TO BILLIONS OF PESOS.
Loren said that the Arroyo administration should stop efforts to sell prime government assets, such as the Food Terminal Inc., “to avoid suspicions that these transactions could be midnight fire sales at giveaway prices and made to support dubious political purposes.”
Loren issued the warning after Finance Secretary Margarito Teves announced that the government was targeting to sell three “big […]

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Gear up for possible water crisis – Loren

January 21, 2010

AFTER THE MANILA WATER CO. WARNED RECENTLY THAT WATER LEVELS HAVE DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE ANGAT DAM WITH THE EL NINO PHENOMENON SHOWING EARLY SIGNS, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA CALLED ON THE DENR AND THE DA TO INTENSIFY EFFORTS FOR THE REHABILITATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PROTECTION OF WATERSHEDS.
“Government must now pursue urgent measures, including comprehensive watershed management, enhancement of irrigation efficiency, introduction of low water use crops and efficient farming practices, recycling of water and improvement of monitoring and forecasting systems […]

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Loren lauds Cebu tourism

January 21, 2010

SEN. LOREN LEGARDA TODAY LAUDED CEBU’S TOURISM PROGRAM AS ONE THAT SHOULD BE EMULATED BY OTHER REGIONS AND PROVINCES IN THE COUNTRY TO STIMULATE TOURISM AS A MEANS FOR RAISING LOCAL INCOMES AND ATTRACTING INVESTMENTS.
Loren made the observation while participating in the Suroy Suroy Sugbu, consisting of a tour of Cebu’s historical, cultural and natural attraction sites of interest to domestic and foreign tourists.
Loren said that the tour, led by Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia, was “very educational, culturally […]

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Sinulog draws 8M people and politicians, too

January 21, 2010

CEBU CITY- FOR A FESTIVAL CREATED TO RIVAL OTHER FESTIVALS AROUND THE COUNTRY, THE SINULOG FESTIVAL HAS COME A LONG WAY THIS YEAR AS IT ATTRACTED UP TO 8 MILLION PEOPLE ON SUNDAY, ACCORDING TO POLICE.
Police made the crowd estimate, saying the figure included the number of people who were on the parade route, spectators inside the Cebu City Sports Center grandstand and the Basilica del Sto. Niño Pilgrim Center.
“It was record-breaking,” said Vice Mayor Michael Rama, Sinulog […]

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Lack of support for agriculture cause of RP hunger – Legarda

January 21, 2010

IN LIGHT OF THE INCREASING HUNGER RATE IN THE COUNTRY, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA EMPHASIZED THE NEED FOR STRONGER SUPPORT FOR OUR COUNTRY’S AGRICULTURE TO AVERT A POSSIBLE FOOD CRISIS AND COMBAT HUNGER IN THE PHILIPPINES.
“The Social Weather Stations showed that there is an increase of 24 percent of Filipinos who suffer from hunger. This means that 4.4 million households or approximately 20 million Filipinos did not have enough to eat in the past year. To me, this is both […]

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Loren hails passage of expanded senior citizens act

January 20, 2010

“AS THE PRINCIPAL AUTHOR OF THIS BILL, I AM JUSTIFIABLY HAPPY THAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SEEN IT FIT TO PASS THIS IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION,” SAID LOREN.
“As the principal author of this bill, I am justifiably happy that my colleagues have seen it fit to pass this important piece of legislation,” said Loren.
“Our senior citizens deserve more than what they are getting under the existing Senior Citizens Act. The Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2009 gives them a […]

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I’ll help achieve peace in Mindanao – Loren

January 19, 2010

AMID OPTIMISM BY MALACAÑANG THAT A PEACE AGREEMENT WITH THE MORO ISLAMIC LIBERATION FRONT CAN STILL BE SIGNED BEFORE PRESIDENT ARROYO’S TERM EXPIRES IN JUNE, SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA HAS EXPRESSED STRONG RESERVATIONS OVER THE PROSPECT OF AN EARLY RESOLUTION OF THE MINDANAO CONFLICT AND WANTS THE NEXT ADMINISTRATIONS TO SPEED UP THE PEACE PROCESS.
“While I welcome the resumption of formal peace talks in Kuala Lumpur between the government and the two sides, I seriously doubt whether they can come […]

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Improve agriculture to curb hunger – Loren

January 19, 2010

THE GOVERNMENT MUST ACCELERATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF AGRICULTURE IN ORDER TO STOP AND REVERSE THE SPREAD OF HUNGER AMONG FILIPINOS, SAID SEN. LOREN LEGARDA, CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOOD AND AGRICULTURE.
She blamed graft and corruption and inefficiency for the failure of the government to properly implement laws promoting agriculture, such as the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA).
Loren cited reports of the Commission on Audit that indicate “that a lot of graft happens during the implementation […]

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