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Privilege Speech of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda On COVID-19 and Biodiversity Conservation

February 17, 2020

We are living our days in fear of even casual contact with each other. Events have been canceled, travel plans changed, the public’s attention consumed by a threat that the world has just woken up to: the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) — a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China in December last year.  The latest news reports indicated that the World Health Organization (WHO) has already given this virus an official name:  COVID-19.

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Privilege Speech: The Global Commission on Adaptation’s Flagship Report “Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience”

September 30, 2019

“People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

 

These are few of the gripping words spoken by the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, addressing the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday.

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Message: Capability Building on Innovative Leadership for Legislative Staff (CBILLS) Opening Ceremony

August 29, 2019

I am pleased to meet the hard-working people behind the great doors and offices of this Congress. Thank you for helping make our legislative sessions, hearings, and meetings faster, more convenient, and more productive.  I can tell that many of you, if not all, work tirelessly to get your job done.

 

However, being able to survive in this kind of environment is not enough reason to stop learning. The goal, as in everything, is to be the best at what you do. Especially because you are public servants, it is important that you continue learning and developing your knowledge, skills, and talents to serve the Filipino people.

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Valedictory Speech of Senator Loren Legarda

June 4, 2019

Valedictory Speech of Senator Loren Legarda
4 June 2019 | Senate of the Philippines
 
In 1998, I received my first mandate from the Filipino people as Senator of the Republic. By the end of this month, I will have completed my third term, for a total of 18 years in the Senate. It will be a coming-of-age.
 
My two decades of work as a journalist prepared me for the Senate, and my three terms in the Senate readied me for public service in […]

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Privilege Speech: On Illegal Wildlife Trade

October 10, 2018

Mr. President, distinguished colleagues,
I wish to call the attention of this Chamber, and the public, to the prevailing illegal wildlife trade, an issue that is both a national and international concern for the Philippines.
Since our membership to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1981, certain entities in our country have continued to partake in the wildlife crime. Nevertheless, we strived to uphold the goals of the Convention, which aims to protect […]

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Privilege Speech: The Economic Cost of Undernutrition in the Philippines

July 25, 2018

Privilege Speech of Senator Loren Legarda
“The Economic Cost of
Undernutrition in the Philippines”
25 July 2018 | Senate Session Hall
 
Mr. President, distinguished colleagues,
 
The Philippines has been showing an impressive performance in terms of economic growth. Our growth rate of more than 6% annually, which is one of the highest in Southeast Asia, the growing trust of investors as proven by the increasing inflow of investments in the country, and the upgrade in our credit rating by Fitch […]

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Ending Online Sexual Exploitation of Children

March 14, 2018

LOREN LEGARDA: Privilege Speech – Ending Online Sexual Exploitation of Children from Senator Loren Legarda
 
Privilege Speech of Senator Legarda
Ending Online Sexual Exploitation of Children
14 March 2018 | Senate Session Hall
 
Mr. President, distinguished colleagues,
 
This is not the first time that I spoke in the halls of this august chamber about this issue that I wish to bring to everyone’s attention once again.
 
Today, on women’s month, I rise as a woman and as a mother, to […]

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Privilege Speech on 2017 Int’l Day for Biodiversity

May 23, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda
Privilege Speech on 2017 Int’l Day for Biodiversity
23 May 2017 | Senate of the Philippines
 
Our biodiversity and the ecosystems that it helps function are essential to all forms of life on Earth.
 
The Philippines is very fortunate because not only is it one of the megadiverse countries, but it is also the center of the center of biodiversity, as proven in various expeditions where scientists and researchers have been able to discover new and endemic […]

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Privilege Speech on the Palarong Pambansa 2017

May 3, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda
Privilege Speech on the Palarong Pambansa 2017
3 May 2017 | Senate Session Hall
Mr. President,
The 60th Palarong Pambansa recently concluded in my home province, Antique, and I stand here today to express my gratitude to everyone involved and to commit my continuing support for sports development in our country.
I wish to congratulate all the participants—from the winning region, NCR and to all the student-athletes from all regions. It was a proud moment for me to see our young, talented […]

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Privilege Speech: Continue the Peace Talks

February 13, 2017

Senator Loren Legarda
Privilege Speech: Continue the Peace Talks
13 February 2017 | Senate Session Hall
Mr. President,
I wish to put on record my views on the peace negotiations between the Philippine Government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
I call on all parties to continue the peace talks. War is not an option. More death and suffering will be the result of the resumption of hostilities which neither the government nor the NFDP can win.
As someone who has been involved […]

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