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Dear Mr. President by Pink

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I just saw a video on Facebook, E PLURIBUS UNUM: Noynoy Aquino produced by the Tromans Production. The video used Pink’s Dear Mr. President but instead of Mr. President it is replaced with Mrs. President to put it into a Philippine context. Follow the link to watch E PLURIBUS UNUM http://ow.ly/ptm2

I included in this post the video of Pink with the Indigo Girls performing the song.

Music has an amazing way of transcending all boundaries and contexts. It was performed 2 years ago to paint a picture for the American people about their government with George W. Bush at the helm.

And now through E PLURIBUS UNUM http://ow.ly/ptm2 it’s being used to deliver a point about our current Philippine government and to show us that we have a choice.

Dear Mr. President
Pinkk feat. the Indigo Girls

Dear Mr. President,
Come take a walk with me.
Let’s pretend we’re just two people and
You’re not better than me.
I’d like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly.

What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street?
Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep?
What do you feel when you look in the mirror?
Are you proud?

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Can you even look me in the eye
And tell me why?

Dear Mr. President,
Were you a lonely boy?
Are you a lonely boy?
Are you a lonely boy?
How can you say
No child is left behind?
We’re not dumb and we’re not blind.
They’re all sitting in your cells
While you pave the road to hell.

What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away?
And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?
I can only imagine what the first lady has to say
You’ve come a long way from whiskey and cocaine.

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Can you even look me in the eye?

Let me tell you ’bout hard work
Minimum wage with a baby on the way
Let me tell you ’bout hard work
Rebuilding your house after the bombs took them away
Let me tell you ’bout hard work
Building a bed out of a cardboard box
Let me tell you ’bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work
You don’t know nothing ’bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work
Oh

How do you sleep at night?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Dear Mr. President,
You’d never take a walk with me.
Would you?

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September 15, 2009 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

This is our Generation, this is our Legacy.

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It is our time.

I am a state of mind, an aspiration, an ideology.
I am a concept that is made tangible to elicit a reaction, a response, a movement.
I am an abstract that is made real to inspire, to light fires, to feed your senses.
I am a value that is brought to life, to pry open your eyes and cure your apathy.

This is our generation, this is our legacy.

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September 15, 2009 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

Full Text Of Sen. Mar Roxas’ Statement: Country Above Self

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Taken from Fernando Gagelonia

Full Text Of Sen. Mar Roxas’ Statement: Country Above Self

Country above self. Bayan bago ang sarili.

Iyan ang habilin ng aking lolo, President Manuel Roxas.

Our nation is in trouble. Leadership is bankrupt. Institutions are in disarray. People are hungry.

Noynoy Aquino and I share the same outrage over the mess we are all in, the same way we share the solution—clean, honest, selfless public service.

Marami at matindi ang mga problema ng bansa. Kailangan nating ayusin. Matindi ang kalaban. We need a determined force for good far stronger than the festering evil around us.

We need to fight just as our own fathers fought dictatorship, and just as both died believing that good will conquer evil.

Noynoy and I want to make a difference, but we also know that we need to unite to achieve what we want.

I am the President of the Liberal Party.

It is within my power to preside over a potentially divisive process or to make the party a bridge for the forces of change.

I choose to lead unity, not division. Bilang pinuno ng aking Partido, magdedesisyon ako.

Mahal ko ang Partido Liberal.

My grandfather founded it.

My father led it during the most difficult times of Martial Law. Sa harap ng peligro, sa kabila ng napakaraming tukso—hindi siya sumuko.

He inspired me—to stay the course, to fight the good fight, to pass the test of true character.

To believe.

Over the weekend, Noynoy and I had many long conversations… Masinsinang usapan.

We agreed: Let us forget about ourselves for a moment.

This is not about us, this is about our people and our country.

This is about our common dream. The dream of our parents.
But let us not remain a country of dreamers. Tama na ang pangarap. Gawin na natin, ngayon.

Today, I am announcing my support for the candidacy of Noynoy Aquino for President in 2010.
Noy has made it clear to me that he wants to carry the torch of leadership.

The passing of our beloved former President Aquino has reawakened a passion among us.

I acknowledge this as fuel to bring us to the realization of our dream: Good will triumph over evil.

Ito na ang pinakamabigat na desisyon sa buhay ko. Maniwala man kayo o hindi, ginagawa ko ito para sa bayan, para sa inyo.

I do this for unity in support of change. And if that means that somebody must make the sacrifice, it must be me.

Ako na.

To you Noy, I say: I began the campaign to sow the seeds para sa pagbabago at reporma.

You must now be the one to grow them in the arena of leadership.

Hindi kami maghihiwalay ni Noy. I will stand with him.
At sa aking mga kababayan, sa mga nagtiwala sa akin: Mahal na mahal ko po kayo.

Mahal na mahal ko po ang ating bayan. Hindi rin tayo maghihiwalay. Itutuloy natin ang pagbabago sa ating bansa. Itutuloy natin ang laban para sa reporma!

Kay Noy, at sa aking mga kababayan: Country above self! Bayan bago sarili!
Hindi ko kayo pababayaan! Lalaban tayo!

Taken from Fernando Gagelonia

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September 13, 2009 at 1:22 am Leave a comment

LIHAM NI NINOY KAY NOYNOY

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Taken from www.juancountry.com

LIHAM NI NINOY KAY NOYNOY

August 25, 1973

Fort Bonifacio

11:30pm

Mr. Benigno S. Aquino III

P E R S O N A L

My dearest Son:

One of these days , when you have completed your studies I am sure you will have the opportunity to visit many countries. And in your travels you will witness a bullfight.

In Spanish bullfighting as you know, a man – the matador – is pitted against an angry bull.

The man goads the bull to extreme anger and madness. Then a moment comes when the bull, maddened, bleeding and covered with darts, feeling his last moment has come, stops rushing about and grimly turns his face on the man with the scarlet “muleta” and sword. The Spaniards call this “the moment of truth.” This is the climax of the bullfight.

This afternoon, I have arrived at my own moment of truth. After a lengthy conference with my lawyers, Senators Jovito R. Salonga and Lorenzo M. Tanada I made a very crucial and vital decision that will surely affect all our lives: mommie’s, your sisters’, yours and all our loved ones as well as mine.

I have decided not to participate in the proceedings of the Military Commission assigned to try the charges filed against me by the army prosecution staff. As you know, I’ve been charged with illegal possession of firearms, violation of RA 1700 otherwise known as the “Anti-Subversion Act” and murder.

You are still too young to grasp the full impact of my decision. Briefly: by not participating in the proceedings, I will not be represented by counsel, the prosecution will present its witnesses without any cross examinations, I will not put up any defense, I will remain passive and quiet through the entire trial and I will merely await the verdict. Inasmuch as it will be a completely one-sided affair, I suppose it is reasonable to expect the maximum penalty will be given to me. I expect to be sentenced to imprisonment the rest of my natural life, or possibly be sent to stand before a firing squad. By adopting the course of action I decided upon this afternoon, I have literally decided to walk into the very jaws of death.

You may ask: why did you do it?

Son, my decision is an act of conscience. It is an act of protest against the structures of injustice that have been imposed upon our hapless countrymen. Futile and puny, as it will surely appear to many, it is my last act of defiance against tyranny and dictatorship.

You are my only son. You carry my name and the name of my father. I have no material wealth to leave you. I never had time to make money while I was in the hire of our people.

For this I am very sorry. I had hopes of building a little nest egg for you. I bought a ranch in Masbate in the hope that after ten or fifteen years, the coconut trees I planted there would be yielding enough to assure you a modest but comfortable existence.

Unfortunately, I had to sell all our properties as I fought battle after political battle as a beleaguered member of the opposition. And after the last battle, I had more obligations than assets.

The only valuable asset I can bequeath to you now is the name you carry. I have tried my best during my years of public service to keep that name untarnished and respected, unmarked by sorry compromises for expediency. I now pass it on to you, as good, I pray, as when my father, your grandfather passed it on to me.

I prepared a statement which I intend to read before the military commission on Monday at the opening of my trial. I hope the commission members will be understanding and kind enough to allow me to read my statement into the record. This may well be my first and only participation in the entire proceedings.

In this statement, I said: Some people suggested that I beg for mercy from the present powers that be. Son, this I cannot do in conscience. I would rather die on my feet with honor, than live on bended knees in shame.

Your great grandfather, Gen. Servilliano Aquino was twice condemned to death by both the Spaniards and the American colonizers. Fortunately, he survived both by a twist of fate.

Your grandfather, my father was also imprisoned by the Americans because he loved his people more than the Americans who colonized us. He was finally vindicated. Our ancestors have shared the pains, the sorrows and the anguish of Mother Filipinas when she was in bondage.

It is a rare privilege for me to join the Motherland in the dark dungeon where she was led back by one of her own sons whom she lavished with love and glory.

I ended my statement thus: I have chosen to follow my conscience and accept the tyrant’s revenge.

It takes little effort to stop a tyrant. I have no doubt in the ultimate victory of right over wrong, of evil over good, in the awakening of the Filipino.

Forgive me for passing unto your young shoulders the great responsibility for our family. I trust you will love your mother and your sisters and lavish them with the care and protection I would have given them.

I was barely fifteen years old when my father died. His death was my most traumatic experience. I loved and hero-worshipped him so much, I wanted to join him in his grave when he passed away. But as in all sorrows, eventually they are washed away by the rains of time.

In the coming years, I hope you will study very hard so that you will have a solid foundation on which to build your future. I may no longer be around to give you my fatherly advice. I have asked many of your uncles to help you along should the need arise and I pray you will have the humility to drink from their fountain of experiences.

Look after your two younger sisters with understanding and affection. Viel and Krissy will need your umbrella of protection for a long time. Krissy is still very young and fate has been most unkind to both of us. Our parting came too soon. Please make up for me. Take care of her as I would have taken care of her with patience and warm affection.

Finally, stand by your mother as she stood beside me through the buffeting winds of crisis and uncertainties firm and resolute and uncowed. I pray to God, you inherit her indomitable spirit and her rare brand of silent courage.

I had hopes of introducing you to my friends, showing you the world and guide you through the maze of survival. I am afraid, you will now have to go it alone without your guide.

The only advice I can give you: Live with honor and follow your conscience.

There is no greater nation on earth than our Motherland. No greater people than our own. Serve them with all your heart, with all your might and with all your strength.

Son, the ball is now in your hands.

Lovingly,

Dad

Taken from www.juancountry.com

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September 12, 2009 at 1:02 am Leave a comment

Sen. Noynoy Aquino Declares He is Running For President

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Taken from Fernando Gagelonia

Sen. Noynoy Aquino Declares He is Running For President

Mga kapatid, mga kababayan:

Apatnapung (40) na araw na ang nakakalipas mula noong namatay ang ating ina. Noong araw na iyon, maraming tanong ang bumabalot sa ating isipan.

Unang una na nga ho doon, nawala ang haligi ng aming pamilya pinuno. Masaabi namin, nawala ang tanglaw sa aming dapat tahakin. Tanong na, paano natin itutuloy ang laban?

Ito ay may kaakibat na rin na tanong: Gusto pa ba ng tao na ituloy natin ang laban? Ang sagot po ay nakuha na rin natin sa taong bayan.

Doon po sa kanyang burol, doon po sa kanyang libing, pinakita natin na walang kaduda-duda na talagang nagnananais nang muli ang ating bayan na maibalik na ang ganap na demokrasya at tunay na kalayaan.

Nakita natin ang pagbabalik ng pagmamahal sa bawat isa at handang magsakripisyo para sa ika-bubuti ng nakararami. Maraming boses ang narinig sa mga sumunod na mga araw pagkatapos ng libing ng ating ina.

Habang ako ay naglalakad papunta sa puntod ng aking mga magulang, mayroon akong nakasamang isang tao at sinabi, “Noy, Presidente na tayo.”

Tiningnan ko ang mukha niya at tila mukha nga siyang seyoso.

Kaya’t biniro ko nalang ng sagot, at sabi ko, “Alam mo napaka-hirap atang sumunod kay Ginang Arroyo.”

Sinabi niya, “Kung meron ba kaming 1 million signatures, pwede ka na?”

Para maiwasan ang kanyang tanong, biniro ko nalang at sinabi ko, “50 million lang ang bilang ng tao noong panahon ng EDSA. Ngayon 95 million na.” Sumagot siya, “Eh, Kung 2 million pwede na kaya?”

Di ko siya masyado sineryoso noon.

Mayroong nag-text sa aking na isang manunulat at sinasabi niya na parang isang de ja vu at nakita na niya ito noong 1986. Ako po ay nagpasalamat na lang at baka hanggang nandyan nalang.

Ngunit, dumami ng dumami (ng dumami) ang mga boses. Mayroong nagsusumamo, mayroong nagagalit at nagsabing, “Sana dalawin ka na ng nanay at tatay mo pagpinalampas mo ang pagkakataon na ito.”

Sa dami ng boses na iyon ako ay nagtungo na sa kumbento ng Carmelite sa Zamboanga.

Sila po na talagang katahimikan ang hinahanap, at sa pagdating ko, tila nawala iyon — at ako ay humihingi ng paumanhin sa kanila.

Tama ang payo ng kapatid kong si Pinky, at pakiusap pumunta ako doon para magretreat.

Pag pasok ko sa kumbentong iyon tila natahimik yung mga boses (na nag-uudyok sa akin tumakbo). Sa dami ng mga boses ay hindi ko na alam kung sino ang pakikinggan.

Aaminin ko sa inyo may bahagi ng kalooban ko na parang ayaw ko ng lumabas sa kumbentong iyon.

Doon nag-umpisa ang maraming kalinawan sa dapat nating pag-isipan.

May nagsabi sa akin na kung tama ang desisyon mo madali nalang ang lahat ng dapat mong tahakin.

Isa ho doon, may pangulo kami sa aming Partido, (ang partido namin) ay inilahad at minungkahi na siya ang manguna sa ating bansa. At tayo po ay tinawag sa isang pagpupulong. At sa pagpupulong iyon, inihanda ko na ang sarili ko sa kung anong debate o mungkahi na ating maririnig.

Ngunit, ang nakita ko po doon ang isang tao na tunay na naglilingkod sa bayan. Ang isang tao na inuuna ang kapakanan ng bansa bago ang kanyang sarili.

Talagang kakaiba ang ginawa ni Mar Roxas, lalo na kung ikukumpara natin sa mga pinuno ng ating bansa. Sarili nila ang kanilang inuuna.

Noong tayo po ay nakabalik na, pagkatapos makabuluhang (retreat) pagpunta sa Carmelite. Marami pa rin tayong nakausap.

Bibigyan ko ho kayo ng tatlong halimbawa ng aking mga nakausap.

Dalawa po dito ay kabataan. Sa katunayan po ay Grade 5. (pareho)

Isa po sa kanila ay isang batang lalaki na nakilala ko po sa tindahan ng mga CD.

Nilapitan ako at tinanong, “Hindi po ba kayo si Noynoy Aquino?”

Ang sabi ko ay, “Oo.”

Ang sabi naman niya ay, “Nasaan po si Kris?”

Ang sagot ko, “Nasa The Buzz, nagtatrabaho. Di ka ba nanonood noon?”

Sinundan niya ako ng sinundan sa tindahan. Ini-interview ako. Mga tanong na, Saan ako nakatira? May sasakyan ba ako?

Pinaka-importante doon sa aming dialogo, tinanong ko siya, “Ano ba ang ambisyon mo sa buhay?”

Ang sinagot niya ay, “Gusto ko maging singer.” At ang sinabi ko, “Kaya ka pala nandito ka sa tindahang ito.”

Kaya’t tinanong ko, “Sino ang paborito mong singer?”

Tinuro po niya ang isang bagong mangaawit, kinakanta sa istilong rap ang mga awitin pero mayroong social dimension. Ang kanta na napakinggan ko ay mayroong isang tao na sumakay ng isang jeep at nakita lahat ng kabulukan sa lipunan, sa dulo ang pakisuap noong tao ay “Ibaba nyo ako sa jeep na ito!”

Bilib ka nga naman sa batang ito. Kahit bata pa lamang siya, mulat na at marunong pumili ng maka-buluhang tugtugin.

Yung isa naman, nagkataon ay Grade 5 din. Ito naman sa Tarlac sa isang restaurant.

Itinuro niya ako sa kanyang mga magulang at kami ay nagkaroon ng picture taking session. Babalikan ko nga kasi gusto niya ng solo picture, dahil siya lang po ang hindi naka-solo picture.

Tinanong niya ako, “Tatakbo na ho ba kayo?”

Bilib taaga ako sa batang ito, grade 5 pa lang ngunit mulat na. Ang sinagot ko naman ay, “Hindi mo naman ako iboboto. Ikakampanya mo ba ako?” Sabi niya, “Kinakampanya ko na po kayo.”

Siguro ho, dito tayo sa pinakasimple.

Mayroon isang tauhan ng customs na nakausap ang ating isang kasamahan (Na matagal na tayong inuudyok tumakbo.) Tinanong niya, “Tatakbo na ba?” Ang sagot naman ng ating kasamahan ay, “Tatakbo na nga!” At ang sinabi ng taga-customs ay, “Salamat!”

Tinanong siya kung bakit siya nagpapasalamat. At ang kanyang sinabi ay, “Salamat naman at pwede na po muling mangarap.”

Noong ako’y bata pa, itinuro sa akin ng aming guro. Isang heswita, na tila kailangang makausap ni Fr. Manoling at Fr. Arevalo.

Sinabi po nila na ang pinaka-malaking kasalanan ay ang pagkawala ng pag-asa.

Dahil mayroon Diyos na nagmamahal sa atin, at parang sinasabi natin na tina-talikuran tayo ng Diyos kung mawalan ng pag-asa. Tila, ito ang pinakamalaking kasalanan.

Libre ang mangarap. Nakakagimbal na nasa wastong isip na at sinasabi na “sa wakas pwedeng ng muling mangarap.” Pati ba mangarap di na pwede sa kasalukuyan?

Matagal ko ng napag-isipan at tila kailangan na nga ho magdiklara sa araw na ito.

Tinatanggap ko ang hiling ng sambayanan.

Tinatanggap ko na rin po ang bilin, habilin at tagubilin ng aking mga magulang.

Tinatanggap ko ang responsibilidad na ituloy ang laban para sa bayan.

Tinatanggap ko ang hamong mamuno sa labang ito.

Bayang Pilipinas, tatakbo po ako sa pagka-Pangulo sa darating na halalan.

Itutuloy po natin ang laban. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

Nawa’y pagpalain tayo ng Poong Maykapal.

Maraming, maraming salamat po.

Taken from Fernando Gagelonia

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September 10, 2009 at 7:37 am Leave a comment

SENATOR BENIGNO “NOYNOY” S. AQUINO III ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN PUBLIC SERVICE

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I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter over the world wide web about Noynoy Aquino’s bid for the presidential post.

Does Noynoy have the political experience and credentials? What bills has he passed? Does Noynoy have enough support nationally to run an effective presidential campaign?

There are views that think he was pushed into his 09.09.09 declaration, that he is not a willing candidate, and for that why vote for someone who doesn’t want to be the president in the first place? Others believe that his appeal can only be attributed to his iconic parents and that it would dissipate in the heat of a presidential run.

To put these Noynoy sentiments into one cohesive idea, let’s take a tweet from Twitter: “That’s how desperate we Pinoys are. Credentials takes a back seat over integrity and good character. If only we can have both.”

Noynoy Aquino is our generation’s catalyst. He is our rallying point. Indeed, he is the product of icons, can you blame him that? His mother as well was an unwilling candidate, but they both see what is at risk.

I am not desperate. I am hopeful. This is our generation, we are the hammers that will forge our legacy, we look beyond 2010.

It is our time.

This will be my mantra:
I am a state of mind, an aspiration, an ideology.
I am a concept that is made tangible to elicit a reaction, a response, a movement.
I am an abstract that is made real to inspire, to light fires, to feed your senses.
I am a value that is brought to life, to pry open your eyes and cure your apathy.

This is our generation, this is our legacy.

Information below provided by Mai Mislang. Thank you Mai!

SENATOR BENIGNO “NOYNOY” S. AQUINO III ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN PUBLIC SERVICE

Senator Noynoy Aquino is vigilant in his pursuit of truth, justice and freedom, the fundamental principles that make democracy work in this country that his parents had likewise fought hard to restore. His commitment to preserve, strengthen and continue their legacy is evident in his accomplishments.

I. Positions held
Chairman, Committee on Local Government
Co-chair, Committee on Justice and Human Rights

II. Committee Membership
• Accounts
• Economic Affairs
• Education, Arts and Culture
• Environment and Natural Resources
• Government Corporations and Public Enterprises
• Justice and Human Rights
• National Defense and Security
• Peace, Reunification and Reconciliation
• Public Works
• Trade and Commerce
• Urban Planning, Housing and Development
• Ways and Means
• Youth, Women and Family Relations

III. Senate Bills
Senate Bill No. 1370 – an act granting an annual productivity incentive to all workers in the private sector, establishing mechanisms for its implementation, and for other purposes

Senate Bill No. 1719 – an act limiting the re-appointment of presidential nominees by-passed by the Commission on Appointments (CA)

Senate Bill No. 1710 – an act banning the re-appointment of a regular member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) who has already served the full term

Senate Bill No. 2035 – an act requiring the regular maintenance and preservation of all public infrastructures, establishing mechanisms for its implementation and for other purposes

Senate Bill No. 2036 – an act increasing the penalties for non-compliance of the prescribed increases and adjustments in the wage rates of workers, amending for the purpose Republic Act No. 6727

Senate Bill 2159 – an act adopting the doctrine of superior responsibility to all actions involving military personnel, members of the Philippine National Police and other civilians involved in law enforcement

Senate Bill 2160 – an act amending Section 4 of RA 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act to further restrict exemptions to the requirement of public bidding

Senate Bill 2978 – an act amending the DILG Act to further clarify the relationship between local chief executives and their respective local police chiefs

Senate Bill 3121 – the Budget Impoundment Control Act, which seeks to strengthen legislative oversight over executive spending

IV. Senate Resolutions
Senate Resolution No. 190 – investigating the exercise and implementation of the powers of local chief executives under Republic Act 7160 otherwise known as the “Local Government Code of 1991” in relation to Republic Act 6975 known as the “Philippine National Police (PNP) Law”
and Republic Act 8551 known as “The PNP Reform and Reorganization Act of 1998”

Senate Resolution No. 205 – investigating the bomb explosion at the House of Representatives, condemning in the strongest possible terms the recent bombing at the House of Representatives, extending sympathies to the victims and calling on authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation into this incident

Senate Resolution No. 229 – directing the appropriate Senate committees to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the circumstances leading to the arrest and ‘processing’ of journalists and media personalities after the Manila Peninsula standoff on 29 November 2007

V. Fiscalizer
The responsibilities of a senator go beyond the drafting of legislation or the creation of policies. As a true representative of the people, Senator Aquino has consistently voiced his concerns on several issues, drawing attention to the anomalies in our current administration.

2009 General Appropriations Act (GAA)
By vigorously examining the General Appropriations Act for 2009 submitted by the Executive, Senator Aquino was able to propose key amendments to the 2009 GAA that seek to tighten congressional oversight on the executive’s use of public funds.

Champion of Human Rights and People’s Participation
At the heart of all legislative and policy-making initiatives is the development and welfare of the people. Senator Aquino has sought the proper relocation of informal settlers and the delineation of authority of parties involved in demolitions such as the MMDA. The bill amending the UDHA is currently underway.

Through his privilege speeches, Senator Aquino has drawn attention to the plight of desaparecidos and victims of extra-judicial killings. He introduced substantial amendments to the Cooperative Code to make it more responsive to the needs of the marginalized sector for which the code was enacted. They are meant to strengthen the cooperative movement by providing for transparent measures for members and officers of cooperatives.

He is also part of the bicameral debates on the Anti-Torture Act.

Accountability to the People
Senator Aquino actively participated in the hearings that investigated a number of reported scandals involving the alleged misuse of public funds, such as the ZTE-NBN deal, the Euro Generals and the Fertilizer Fund scam. These hearings brought to light the need for increased transparency and accountability in the disbursal of taxpayers’ money.

Integrity of the Senate
The series of scandals that stain the reputation of our government has also challenged the Senate of the Philippines as an institution. The recent attempts to amend the Constitution, for instance, have compelled our Senators, including Senator Aquino, to firmly assert their defiant stand on this issue.

Energy Sector
Senator Aquino has been vigilant in the hearings regarding the sale of TRANSCO and PNOC-EDC. Much of his time and energy was spent on the EPIRA and TRANSCO amendments, questioning the sale of revenue-generating assets prior to the privatization of key government corporations. Senator Aquino sought clarification as to whether the sales of these assets were part of a long-term energy development plan or not to ensure that the long-term impact of losing these assets have been considered prior to their sales.

National Integrity
Senator Aquino voted “NO” to the controversial JPEPA because he believed that the Filipino people deserved a better negotiated and mutually beneficial treaty.

VI. Institution builder
Last but not least, Senator Aquino has dedicated his life in public service to strengthening our democratic institutions. Principal among these is his commitment to a genuine party system in the Philippines, as reflected in his membership in and strong commitment to the Liberal Party.

• Executive Vice President, December 18, 2007 to present
• Vice Chairman, March 17, 2006 to December 17, 2007
• Secretary General, 2004 to March 16, 2006
• Vice-Pres. for Luzon, 2002-2004
• Secretary General, 1999-2002
• Chairman of the Board, Central Luzon Congressional Caucus

VII. Accomplishments as three-term member of the House of
Representatives:

A. Positions held

Deputy Speaker, 13th Congress

B. Committee Membership

13th Congress
• Banks & Financial Intermediaries
• Energy
• Export Promotion
• Public Order & Safety

12th Congress
• Civil, Political & Human Rights
• Good Government
• Inter-Parliamentary Relations & Diplomacy
• Public Order & Security

11th Congress
• Agriculture
• Appropriations
• Banks & Financial Intermediaries
• Civil, Political & Human Rights (Vice-Chairman)
• Natural Resources
• Peoples’ Participation
• Public Order & Security
• Suffrage and Electoral Reforms
• Trade & Industry
• Transportation & Communications

C. Priority Bills
• House Bill No. 4251 – granting annual productivity incentives to all workers in the private sector

• House Bill No. 4397 – strengthening the regulatory power of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to effectively enforce consumer laws

• House Bill No. 4252 – increasing the penalties for non-compliance of the prescribed increases and adjustments in the wage rates of workers

• House Bill No. 3616 – extending the reglementary period for the educational qualification for PNP members

• House Bill No. 1842 – providing for the codification of criminal laws

D. Resolutions
• House Resolution No. 65 – inquiry in aid of legislation into the policies and processes of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in granting rate increases to electric utilities

• House Resolution No. 788 – creating a select Congressional
Oversight Committee on intelligence funds to check and study the use of intelligence funds by government agencies to ensure that funds allocated therefore are utilized for the purpose they are intended

E. Other legislation
a. Introduced an amendment in the General Appropriations Act requiring public bidding in the purchase of petroleum, oil and lubricant products for the Department of National Defense

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