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PUSH FOR ‘SINCERITY BILLS,’ MIRIAM TELLS 2016 BETS

Amid the early start of the election season, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Friday challenged those who have declared their intention to run for president in 2016 to push for the passage of at least three pending measures which she referred to as “sincerity bills.” Continue reading

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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