Thursday, June 21, 2007

Mar Roxas disowns anti-PGMA and Corona e-mail

Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas II disowned Wednesday an email accusing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of corrupting the judiciary by appointing the wife of Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona to a juicy post. At the same time, Roxas asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to examine the email from, which his media relations officer Jennifer Bugarin branded as "fabricated." (GMANews.TV)

Monday, June 11, 2007

Roxas blasted the House for the non-ratification of the Cheaper Medicines Bill

Sen. Manuel Roxas II, chairman of the Senate trade and industry committee, blasted the House for the non-ratification of the Cheaper Medicines Bill. President Arroyo turned down calls for a special session of Congress to enable lawmakers to pass the pending cheap medicines bill.

Interesting insight also from Ram Maxey.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Put people’s needs first


“For the next Congress to be more productive and cohesive, I strongly urge the administration not to equate politics with obstruction, or all opposing views with attempts to destabilize those in power. Rather, let us begin a national dialogue on how politics can scale up our modest economic gains, how we can spread out our still limited progress, how we can deepen and sustain our competitive advantages as a nation.”

“With so many problems confronting our country, there is certainly room for consensus and consultations, for critical thinking and constructive partnerships. Our goal in the 14th Congress should be to put people’s needs first; and to reflect this in how we approach the budget, draft legislation, and prioritize our work in the different committees. For this to succeed, the executive branch must also forego its own biases, and learn to reach out to the new Senate.”

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Pay the teachers

Senator Mar Roxas urged the Department of Finance to immediately order the release of payments to thousands of public school teachers who rendered poll duty in the May elections.

Roxas issued his call upon verifying that a huge number of teachers have yet to be fully compensated for their service. The Teachers’ Organization for the Philippine Public Sector, a member organization of the Public Services Labor Independent Confederation informed the senator that several of their members have yet to receive the P3,000 honorarium plus P300 transportation allowance promised them by the government. (Yehey! News)