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MIRIAM: PROTECT CHILDREN DURING EMERGENCIES

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.

MIRIAM: DAR SHOULD GET BINAY ‘PROPERTY’

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

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MIRIAM URGES BANKS TO EXPOSE DUMMIES

Amidst the corruption scandal involving Vice President Jejomar Binay and his alleged dummies, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago today said that banks should be required to undertake measures to prevent money laundering of ill-gotten wealth by corrupt government officials and their dummies.

“To conceal and prevent recovery of assets illegally obtained, corrupt government officials use their relatives and close associates to act as nominees, dummies, or fronts. These dummies then form corporate entities and open bank accounts in their own name. However, the corporations and the bank accounts are actually beneficially held or controlled by the corrupt official,” the senator said. Continue reading

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MIRIAM, AKBAYAN PARTY-LIST FILE JOINT RESOLUTION TO TERMINATE VFA

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Legislative Oversight Committee on the Visiting Forces Agreement (LOVFA), and AKBAYAN Party-List Rep. Walden Bello today filed a joint resolution to terminate the VFA.

The joint resolution also directed Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario to serve the notice of termination of the VFA to the United States.

Aside from the inequity of the VFA on the jurisdiction and custody over U.S. servicemen who have committed crimes in our country, Santiago also called for its termination due to its unfavorable effect to the country’s sovereignty, environment, and human rights record. Continue reading

Photo from the Senate Public Relations and Information Bureau/Joseph Vidal

MIRIAM LAMBASTS VIP TREATMENT OF PEMBERTON

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, said that the U.S. has “engineered sham Philippine custody over Pemberton,” after presiding over a hearing on the VFA and the Pemberton case.

“He arrived by helicopter, protected from accusing eyes. He is detained in an air-conditioned facility. Outside his door are American guards. Outside the facility are Philippine soldiers. The mere physical arrangement indicates that he is being guarded against his Filipino critics,” she said. Continue reading