Cynthia Villar ready for Senate duties

  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

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    Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace …

  • Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dis …

    Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dis …

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    Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dis …

    The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defence minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims. China said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew …

  • US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague

    US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague

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    US Marines testify at Philippines murder trial of colleague

    Four US Marines took the witness stand Tuesday at the murder trial of their comrade accused of killing a local transgender woman in the Philippines, lawyers who attended the closed-door proceedings said. The American servicemen were asked to testify on what the defendant, Private First Class Joseph Pemberton, had told them shortly after the October 24, 2014 killing, the lawyers said. "I think I may have killed a he or she," Lance Corporal Michael Rose told the court when asked what Pemberton …

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  • Poorest countries neglected by foreign aid donors: report

    Poorest countries neglected by foreign aid donors: report

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    Poorest countries neglected by foreign aid donors: report

    The world's poorest nations, the bulk of which are in sub-Saharan Africa, are receiving less than a third of development aid, and this support is waning, a non-governmental organisation founded by U2 frontman Bono said Tuesday. World leaders should target the most disadvantaged nations when they adopt a new set of goals to eradicate extreme poverty this September, the advocacy group ONE said in a statement. "We won't see an end to extreme poverty unless leaders shift focus to the poorest …

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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  • China breaks ground on lighthouse project in South China Sea

    China hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Tuesday, a move that is likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing's maritime ambitions. China's Ministry of Transport hosted the ceremony for the construction of two multi-functional lighthouses on Huayang Reef and Chigua Reef on the disputed Spratly islands, state news agency Xinhua said, defying calls from the United States and the …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Thai, Philippine indexes weak after trade data

    BANGKOK, May 26 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose in line with the rest of Asia on Tuesday but the Thai index pared early gains after weak trade data in April, while the Philippine benchmark ... …

  • Is your home on top of a faultline?
    Is your home on top of a faultline?

    The Philippine Institute of Volcanoly and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) recently issued an updated and high-resolution "atlas" of the East Valley Fault and West Valley Fault, two major faultlines that run through sections of Metro Manila. Metro Manila may be due for a 7.2-magnitude earthquake within this lifetime, say experts from the institute, among them PHIVOLCS director Dr. Renato Solidum, Jr. According to records, the last major earthquake caused by the West Valley Fault took place 357 years …

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