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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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RESOLUTION

ENJOINING AND DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS, COMMITTEE ON BASIC EDUCATION AND CULTURE, AND THE COMMITTEE ON HIGHER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION TO JOINTLY CONDUCT AN INQUIRY IN AID OF LEGISLATION ON THE UNAUTHORIZED AND ILLEGAL ISSUANCE OF MEMORANDUM NO. 2022-0663 DATED AUGUST 9, 2022 BY THE KOMISYON SA WIKANG FILIPINO (KWF) BANNING FROM LIBRARIES AND SCHOOLS FIVE BOOKS IN FILIPINO FOR BEING “SUBVERSIVE” AND “ANTI-GOVERNMENT”.

The original arrangement this morning was that because “Minority Leader” Marcelino “Nonoy” Libanan was not yet ready to deliver his Counter SONA, I can proceed to deliver my Counter SONA this afternoon as I am already prepared to do so. But as the “Minority Leader” has decided to deliver his Counter SONA today, I was expecting that I would also be delivering my critique of President Marcos, Jr.’s State of the Nation Address after him. 

Since by tradition, the authentic opposition’s Counter SONA is delivered the day after the President delivers his SONA, I have decided to furnish the media and the Plenary Support Service of the House for the record, a copy of my Counter SONA.