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(Speech delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman at the Center for Liberalism and Democracy’s Martial Law Forum at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani on 17 September 2022)

On the 50th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by the dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., it is vital that we understand why we commemorate the darkest years in Philippine history.

(Privilege Speech of Rep. Edcel C. Lagman on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, 30 August 2022)

Mr. Speaker, esteemed colleagues:

Yesterday we commemorated National Heroes Day to celebrate the great lives of Filipinos who courageously fought for justice, freedom, and democracy.

Since the online joint inquiry on the TV5/ABS-CBN agreement by the Committee on Legislative Franchises and the Committee on Trade and Industry starts at 2:00 PM today, I am releasing my letter dated 22 August 2022 to Speaker Martin G. Romualdez clarifying important issues on the subject inquiry. Attached is the said letter.

(Privilege Speech delivered by Rep. Edcel C. Lagman on August 15, 2022)

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