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EULOGY FOR REP. RAUL VELOSO DEL MAR

(delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman on 26 November 2020)

Representative Raul Veloso Del Mar and I, among many others, were neophytes in the 8th Congress which convened on July 27, 1987, a little over a year after the EDSA I People Power Revolution. That was three decades and three years or 33 years ago.

When the current 18th Congress convened on July 22, 2019, 32 lears later, Raul and I were among the 10 survivors of the 8th Congress who were elected to the current Congress.

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LAGMAN UNDERSCORES LESSONS FROM TRUMP’S DECISIVE DEFEAT

There are universal verities which we can learn from the decisive defeat of President Donald Trump:
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Re: Department of Disaster Resilience

When the bill proposing the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience was deliberated on during the 17 th Congress, I consistently opposed its passage and voted against it on third and final...
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Updates on Typhoon Rolly

Contrary to initial reports, there are no fatalities in the Municipalities of Tiwi and Malinao in the First District of Albay as a result of Supertyphoon Rolly. There are also no casualties or...
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LAGMAN: NO COMMUNICATION IN ALBAY’S 1ST DISTRICT RAVAGED BY TYPHOON ROLLY

Five (5) of the six (6) local government units (LGUs) of the First District of Albay are inaccessible by all forms of communications after they were ravaged by super typhoon Rolly on November 1,...
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LAGMAN: RED-TAGGING LEGISLATORS, CELEBRITIES JUSTIFIES TRO AGAINST ANTI-TERRORISM LAW

The relentless yet unfounded red-tagging of cause-oriented legislators and progressive celebrities is another major reason for the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping...
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On General Appropriations Bill (GAB)

Due to time constraints, the limited timetable set in the President’s call for a short four-day special session for the House to consider and approve the General Appropriations Bill (GAB) without...
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DISGRUNTLED MAJORITY MEMBERS CAN’T STRENGTHEN TRUE MINORITY

Independent opposition Rep. Edcel C. Lagman said that “the disgruntled majority members who are identified with the ousted leadership cannot strengthen the authentic minority in the House of...
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I fully recognize the ratification in plenary session of the election of Rep. Lord Allan Velsaco...

I fully recognize the ratification in plenary session of the election of Rep. Lord Allan Velsaco as Speaker of the House of Representatives with an overwhelming mandate. Even as I remain a member of...
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LAGMAN: VELASCO MUST BE ELECTED SPEAKER IN PLENARY SESSION, NOT BY RUMP ASSEMBLY

Although I am steadfast in my position that the term-sharing agreement which President Rodrigo Duterte brokered between then Representatives Alan Peter Cayetano and Lord Alan Velasco or what is also...
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LAGMAN: MORE SESSION DAYS FOR BUDGET BILL’S APPROVAL NEEDED

Although the four-day special session of the Congress from October 13 to 16, 2020 called by President Rodrigo Duterte is welcome as it is needed to resume consideration of the national budget, the...
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Reaction to the President calling Congress to a special session

President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for the Congress to hold special sessions from October 13 to 16, 2020 to resume deliberations on the 2021 national budget is a rebuke of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano...
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LAGMAN: DUTERTE MUST ENFORCE NOW THE 15-21 TERM-SHARING DEAL HE BROKERED

The crippling impasse in the acrimonious contest for the Speakership is inevitably and ultimately traceable to President Rodrigo Duterte’s having brokered in July 2019 a term-sharing agreement...
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GONZALEZ MISTAKEN IN DEFENDING CAYETANO’S BUDGET RAILROADING

Deputy Speaker Neptali Gonzalez II is grossly mistaken in his defense of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano’s causing the: Unprecedented and premature termination of the plenary deliberations on the 2021...
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LAGMAN BREAKS SILENCE ON HOUSE ROW, URGES UPHOLDING OF TERM-SHARING DEAL

As a member of the independent opposition, I have tried not to meddle in the intramurals of the majority coalition on the Speakership row. But I cannot anymore remain silent as a Member of the House...
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The suspension of the sessions of the House of Representatives...

The suspension of the sessions of the House of Representatives starting in the afternoon of Tuesday, October 6, 2020, up to November 15, 2020 or a period of 40 days, without the prior consent of the...
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The abrupt termination of the plenary deliberations on the 2021 General Appropriations Bill (GAB)...

The abrupt termination of the plenary deliberations on the 2021 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) and the premature approval on second reading of the GAB upon the twin motions of Speaker Alan Peter...
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LAGMAN: I HAVE NO PARTICIPATION IN THE NEP FOR INFRA PROJECTS IN MY DISTRICT

In response to the disclosure of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano that my Congressional District (First District of Albay) has among the biggest allocations for infrastructure projects for 2021, may I...
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LAGMAN: RISING BIRTH RATE DUE ALSO TO FAILURE IN IMPLEMENTING RH LAW

The ballooning birth rate consequent to the lockdowns is also an indictment of the Duterte administration’s failure to adequately provide family planning services and access to contraceptives during...
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LAGMAN: THE ‘MONSTER OF MORONG’ MUST NOT HAUNT FILIPINOS ANEW

The projected revival and operation of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) falls under the scheme of revising Philippine history by deodorizing and denying the corruption and greed...
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MANIFESTATION ON FISCAL AUTONOMY

(By: Rep. Edcel C. Lagman, 30 September 2020) Mr. Speaker and Distinguished Sponsor: The Constitution grants fiscal autonomy to the Judiciary as well as to the Office of the Ombudsman, the...
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LAGMAN URGES DUTERTE TO TRANSLATE RHETORIC INTO ENFORCEABLE ACTION

I hope it is not a dud, a valiant but empty rhetoric. This is the apprehension of opposition Rep. Edcel C. Lagman about President Rodrigo Duterte’s assertion of Philippine sovereign rights in the...
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LAGMAN: DUTERTE’S BELATED ASSERTION OF SOVEREIGN RIGHTS IN WPS NEEDS ENFORCEMENT

The assertion by President Rodrigo Duterte in a pre-recorded maiden speech before the United Nations General Assembly upholding the country’s sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), also...
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Humans of Pinas: Rep. Edcel C. Lagman's Martial Law Story

"My heart tells me not to be a masochist by sharing the harrowing and painful experience of my family during Martial Law. But my mind asserts that I should speak out and disseminate the truth for...
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LAGMAN: DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION HIDING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

Neither braggadocio nor self-serving claims of sovereign independence can hide the dismal human rights record of the Duterte administration. Human rights violations are global concerns which...
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