We are one with the Filipino people, who have chosen us as their representatives, in expressing our outrage over the scandalous revelations in the Napoles investigation and the COA special audit. There can be no excuses for this kind of abuse, and the appropriate steps must be taken to make accountable those involved and to ensure that this travesty will not be repeated.

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Currently, the NTC supervises and regulates Radio and TV Broadcast Stations, Cable TV, and Pay Television, as well as public communications services including the management of the radio spectrum. The Bill will greatly expand NTC’s jurisdiction into “other multi-media infrastructure and services” as well as over “program, content, and application providers in such infrastructure and services.”

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In a country where a culture of fear and impunity reigns, especially during the election season, private armies are the norm. Constitutionally prohibited, private armies and other groups not recognized by any duly constituted authority ought to be dismantled. However, no legislation has yet been enacted to penalize private armies and other armed groups. Enter House Bill No. 22 introduced by MAGDALO Party List Represerntatives Francisco Acedillo and Gary Alejano in the 16th Congress which aims to dismantle and penalize such armed entities.

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In what appears to be a step towards the nuclear option in the country, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago filed Senate Bill No. 580 mandating an immediate validation process of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant to determine its operability pursuant to internationally accepted nuclear power industry norms.

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SAGIP Rep. Erlinda M. Santiago seeks to abolish political dynasties in HB 837 or the Anti-Political Dynasty Act. Rep. Santiago said that the political clannish framework of the Philippines continues to reign and disregards Article II, Sec. 26 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution: “The State shall guarantee equal access to public service and prohibit political dynasty as may be defined by law”.

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On CORRUPTION - The one issue that is right now, and always, in our people's minds in corruption, and of course the issue's tipping point, the Janet Lim Napoles scandal. Whatever the real numbers are --- ten billion, perhaps less, perhaps more? --- we cannot and must not sweep away this scam into oblivion. We cannot allow this. For this reason, let me put this on public notice: the Minority is filling a resolution to investigate this criminal plunder --- for that is what it is --- that us destroying the trust that our legislative should enjoy from our people.

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