Cynthia Villar ready for Senate duties

  • Philippines calls on ASEAN to urge China to halt land reclamation

    Philippines calls on ASEAN to urge China to halt land reclamation

    Reuters
    Philippines calls on ASEAN to urge China to halt land reclamation

    The Philippines called on its Southeast Asian neighbours to unite in urging China to halt reclamation of land in the South China Sea, but the call failed to raise widespread support ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas. Its claims overlap with those of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in filling in land in contested territory …

  • Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea

    Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea

    Associated Press
    Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Philippines on Sunday urged its fellow Southeast Asian countries to take immediate steps to halt land reclamation by China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, warning that failure to do so will see Beijing take "de facto control" of the area. …

  • Philippines urges Southeast Asia to rally to halt China reclamation in …

    Philippines urges Southeast Asia to rally to halt China reclamation in …

    Reuters
    Philippines urges Southeast Asia to rally to halt China reclamation in …

    The Philippines on Sunday called on neighbouring Southeast Asian nations to push for an immediate halt to China's reclamation in the disputed South China Sea ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas, with overlapping claims from Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested …

  • Nigeria recalls diplomats from South Africa over attacks

    Nigeria recalls diplomats from South Africa over attacks

    Associated Press
    Nigeria recalls diplomats from South Africa over attacks

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is recalling its top diplomats in South Africa because of "ongoing xenophobia targeting foreigners," said a government statement. …

  • Scared to stay inside, Nepal quake victims treated in car park

    Scared to stay inside, Nepal quake victims treated in car park

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    Scared to stay inside, Nepal quake victims treated in car park

    Nepalese doctors set up makeshift operating theatres in a hospital car park Sunday as they worked round the clock to treat the wounded from a monster quake that has also left morgues overflowing with bodies. As disaster officials said nearly 6,000 people were injured in Saturday's 7.8 magnitude quake, medics in the impoverished Himalayan nation told how they had been unable to save some of the most grievously wounded. Samir Acharya, a doctor at Annapurna Neurological Hospital, described how …

Unlike Senator-elect Nancy Binay, the wife of former Senate President Manuel “Manny” Villar is not feeling nervous about reporting for work in the Senate come July.
 
Former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar said she does not feel intimidated by veteran senators like Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
 
“I was in congress for nine years so more or less I have an idea (how work is going to be in the Senate) and I’m married to a senator. Alam ko din kung anong gingawa nila dun),” Villar said.
 
At the sidelines of her proclamation on Saturday evening, Villar said she is confident she can debate with Enrile and Santiago if needed so she can push for her advocacies.
 
She vowed to re-file the bills that her husband failed to pass in Senate like the legislation pushing for the creation of Department for Overseas Filipino Workers in the 16th Congress.
 
“I will push for aking Hanep Buhay. And of course, we were going to ask the farmers to make sure effective ang legislation sa agriculture and fisheries, modernization act, yung incentive to small, micro and medium enterprises at tsaka yung incentives to industries that will be labor-intensive para sa employment,” Villar said.
 
Villar, who consistently ranked 5th to 7th during the senatorial surveys during the campaign period, said she was glad to be proclaimed as senator even if she was only able to place 10th in the senatorial count. 

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  • Philippines calls on ASEAN to urge China to halt land reclamation
    Philippines calls on ASEAN to urge China to halt land reclamation

    The Philippines called on its Southeast Asian neighbours to unite in urging China to halt reclamation of land in the South China Sea, but the call failed to raise widespread support ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas. Its claims overlap with those of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in filling in land in contested territory …

  • Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions
    Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions

    Indonesia on Sunday signalled it was determined to push ahead with the execution of eight foreign drug convicts, despite a growing wave of global condemnation led by United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon. Authorities on Saturday gave formal notice to the eight -- from Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and the Philippines -- that they would be executed by firing squad imminently, along with an Indonesian prisoner. The group have been moved to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan, where …

  • Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea
    Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Philippines on Sunday urged its fellow Southeast Asian countries to take immediate steps to halt land reclamation by China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, warning that failure to do so will see Beijing take "de facto control" of the area. …

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