Osmena warns the electorate during a campaign
sortie in Pampanga in voting for candidates with "cosmetic-type" popularity. He
was referring to Lim and De Venecia who were banking on the "magic" of their
Enrile has called for the scrapping of the
antiquated libel laws and the exemption of media practitioners exposing graft and
corruption from prosecution. "Public officials ought to be subjected to total
scrutiny through the media, so that their acts would be exposed to the public view,"
Pimentel on Abu Sayyaf - He said the
government should conduct peace talks with ideologically inclined Abu Sayyaf members who
wish to return to the folds of the law but must continue its iron-fist approach toward
members of the group who are plain bandits or terrorists. He assailed the Presidents
wholesale policy of rejecting peace negotiations with the Abu Sayyaf , saying this is a
myopic approach that could only exacerbate the peace and order problem in the
Sulu-Basilan-Tawi-Tawi-Zamboanga areas where the extremist group is operating.
Torres for building more water reservoirs -
He said unless the govt construct more dams, the country
will continue to
suffer from an undending severe water shortage. He also pointed out that, possessed with
the necessary technology and expertise, Filipino workers have built dams in Indonesia and
other countires and there is no reason why the govt cannot construct as many dams as
necessary to complement the overworked La Mesa and Angat dams.
Legarda: Rural air system a must - She said
44 million Filipinos or 68% of the entire population have no access to the regular
domestic service of PAL and other local carriers. The govt must come up with a
deliberate plan to upgrade some of the countrys 219 rural airports
Abadia says SEZ to spur growth - He is
confident that the economic meltdown in the Asia-Pacific region will not stop the expected
economic surge in Southern Philippines. One of the main reasons is the peace and order in
the region, which is one of the major accomplishments of the administration. The formation
of four new special economic zones (SEZs) in Mindanao once operational will trigger
the influx of fresh foreign investments in the region.