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One year after super typhoon Yolanda devastated parts of the country, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago has filed a bill to institutionalize the protection of children affected by natural disasters.

“Children are the most vulnerable in times of disaster. They are at higher risk of disease, abuse, and exploitation. They are place-oriented, and cannot cope well to changes that result from disaster,” said Santiago, who hails from the Yolanda-hit province of Iloilo. Continue reading

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago answers questions from the media before a speech at Trinity University of Asia, 6 November, 2014.


Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, a former agrarian reform secretary, said that the alleged hacienda belonging either to vice-president Jejomar Binay or his friend Antonio Tiu indicates illegality by its size alone.

“Whether the hacienda is 145 or 350 hectares, it is in violation of the agrarian reform law, which limits land ownership to only five hectares,” she said.

“The legality of the existence of an hacienda which, by definition, is a huge tract of land, is deeply suspicious, and may have involved the crimes of falsification of public documents, and of illegal conversion of agricultural land,” she said. Continue reading