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Farewell, seatmate

Last October 30, I lost a mentor. My former seatmate, mentor, and friend Senator Flavier passed away. I paid my respects, and for the last time, looked upon his smiling face. Today, we had the necrological service for the late Senator Flavier in the Senate. At the necrological services, listening to my colleagues deliver their […]

Legislative Agenda for 2014

On the first Saturday of the year, my amazing Senate legal team indulged me and let me buy them a cup of coffee each in exchange for working on a weekend. I wanted to take stock of where we were so we could start our year strong. It happened to be the birthday of my […]

The Woman who did not Run Fast Enough

In this blog and later in my book, both entitled “My Daily Race,” I wrote  an article identically entitled “Women Who Run.”  Here I talked about two kinds of women who run – the runner and the one who runs for political office. I continue to believe that women who run are an empowered group […]

A Sea of Purple

1 August 2011 Today I walked into a sea of purple in the Senate Session Hall. By this I mean the Senate Gallery was filled with supporters of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill which I sponsored last June and which Senator Miriam Defensor- Santiago is sponsoring today. I had the chance to briefly chat with […]

A Quiet Day in the Senate: Family Code Amendments and A1H1 Vaccination

September 9, 2010 Thursdays are usually quiet in the Senate. It is not a session day, but there are hearings in the morning and the afternoon. I had two things going on that day. One was the  hearing I chaired on the Committee on Women, Youth and Family Relations with respect to the amendment of […]

London Part I: Women Power thru Pinay OFWs and the Queens of England

After my conference in Geneva, I flew to London. I had requested the Philippine Embassy to set-up a dialogue with the Pinay OFWs, particularly the nurses. I have been working on our problem brought about the migration of our health professionals and knowing that we had a large number of nurses in the UK, I […]

IPU Meeting in Geneva 2009

Every October, Parliamentarians from all over the world meet in Geneva for the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference. I am currently the  President of the Women Parliamentarians and our  committee of women meets here once a year to take stock of our work and to prepare for the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians the next year (2010 […]

Government Employees Deserve a Better Deal

Our country is in the midst of a health and education crisis. We need to attract and retain the best in the profession. One way to do this is to pay them well. The Senate and the House each passed their own resolution, which are both referred to as the Salary Standardization Law 3 (SSL […]

What Everyone should know about Violence Against Women and Children

Violence comes in many forms. It is not just physical, like a black eye or a swollen face. Other forms of violence are less visible but equally painful and damaging. Incidents involving video-taping and the posting/circulating of such material  has brought about many questions as to what kind of abuse or violence is punishable. There […]

Women need not die from Cervical Cancer

Yesterday, I organized a forum on Cervical Cancer Prevention in the Senate together with Cervical Cancer Prevention Network (CECAP). The objective was to raise awareness about the causes of cervical cancer and how to prevent it.   We invited various NGOs and women representing different sectors of society to participate in the forum. Our speakers […]