SENATE

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

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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

MIRIAM RENEWS CALL TO SCRAP VFA

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, chair of the Senate foreign relations committee and the Legislative Oversight Committee on the VFA (LOVFA), renewed her call to scrap the RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), on the ground, among others, of “gross disparity” in the provisions on jurisdiction and custody.

“The failure to produce the body of Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton before the Olongapo city prosecutor is already an indication that the U.S. is not in good faith, a reflection of the lopsided attitude of the VFA,” she said. Continue reading

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