Genuine peace a fitting tribute to SAF 44

THREE years ago, a botched police operation claimed the lives of 44 members of the PNP Special Action Forces (SAF) and muddled an already complicated Mindanao peace process. I urge the nation to remember the heroism of the men and women who risked their lives in order to make our lives more safe and secure. Let us renew our commitment to bring justice and comfort to the family and loved ones of those who sacrificed their lives. Coincidentally, today also marks the start of the Senate heari...
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THE 2018 BUDGET IS A “BUDGET FOR THE FUTURE”—SEN JV EJERCITO

Senator JV Ejercito said yesterday that the 2018 budget signed by President Rodrigo Duterte is a “budget for the future.” President Duterte signed the P3.8-trillion 2018 national budget into law as well as the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill that provides tax relief to low-income taxpayers and raises P130 billion in revenues. “This is a budget that lays the foundation for the country’s sustained progress,” explains Ejercito, who was present during the signi...
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SEN. JV EJERCITO SEEKS CREATION OF TASK FORCE ON DENGVAXIA

I am proposing the creation of a task force that will conduct a thorough, comprehensive, and all angle investigation on the dengue vaccine issue. I am recommending that the task force should be composed of representatives from the Department of Health, World Health Organization, Philippine Medical Association and medical societies, academe, and noted medical and health experts. I have filed Senate Resolution 557 directing the proper committee to conduct an inquiry into the dengue i...
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JV EJERCITO: ANTI-DRUG WAR SHOULD SHIFT FOCUS ON SHIPMENTS FROM CHINA

THE campaign against illegal drugs should shift high gear by focusing on the sourced drug shipments - whether in raw or finished product forms - which from all indications come from China, and intercept them before reaching our shores. I believe we can never win the war against illegal drugs as long as our fight is confined to the streets killing small narcotics retailers, pushers, and drug addicts. This strategy will only pile up body bags. Sana naman makakita na tayo ng mga BIG FIS...
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SEN. JV EJERCITO ON THE MURDER OF 14-YR. OLD REYNALDO DE GUZMAN

I am numbed by the cold-blooded murder of Reynaldo de Guzman. Inflicting thirty stab wounds that led to a slow death for the 14-year old kid is VERY SICKENING! Three consecutive killings of minors in a few weeks time and obviously through execution-style is ENOUGH! We will not allow the war against illegal drugs be exploited by butchers and monsters. We will not allow these culprits to be left unpunished! I reiterate that the war on drugs strategy, Oplan Double Barrel, needs to be re...
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JV asks DOH: Look into the ‘mental health crisis’ in evacuation centers

I am calling on the Department of Health (DOH) to act swiftly and attend to the reported "mental health crisis" in evacuation centers temporarily housing residents displaced by the ongoing war in Marawi City. The DOH should immediately dispatch a team of mental health experts to the evacuation centers, where cases of mental disorder among the evacuees were suspected. While I hope this mental health issue is a false alarm, what's important is that we look into this matter, provide the n...
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MANIFESTATION OF SUPPORT OF SENATOR JV EJERCITO ON PROPOSED SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 457

RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON MARAWI CITY REHABILITATION I would like to manifest my support to Proposed Senate Resolution No. 457 entitled "Resolution creating a Special Committee on Marawi City Rehabilitation" introduced by our Senate President. I agree with the rationale presented by our Senate President in his proposal to create a Special Committee on Marawi City Rehabilitation. In fact, Mr. President, for the same reason, I filed Senate Resolution No. 428, entitled, R...
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