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Earth Day

I am so proud to wear the Philippine map on my face for Earth Day. It was way back in 1970 when Earth Day began. A full forty-four years ago, 20 million Americans rallied for the protection of the environment. Today, more than 150 countries and over a billion people celebrate Earth Day the world […]

Victory in the Supreme Court: Reproductive Health Law is Constitutional

By a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court declared the Reproductive Health Law as constitutional. This is the final victory of a long-fought battle – one that lasted almost two decades and several Congresses – to provide Filipinos with a most basic right: the right to reproductive health. Today, this gives us the green light to […]

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 […]

On the Road on Two Wheels

In celebration of carless day, I had mapped out two ways of getting to my office in Pasay City from Alabang sans a car. The first is using different modes of public transportation plus my feet. This would entail: Walking from my house to the main street of our village which would take about five […]

Parliamentarians Meeting (Part 2 of my Ethiopia trip)

I never thought I would find myself in Ethiopia. But then again I never imagined I would be a senator. So, here I am a senator representing the Philippines and presiding over the meetings of women parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). I was elected President last year in South Africa and as such, travel […]

Solar Power, Mushrooms and Clean Water in Cagayan de Oro

During my trip to Cagayan de Oro a few months ago, I visited the CEPALCO Solar Power Plant, the largest solar power plant in Southeast Asia. It currently serves 900 households in the area. I was surprised how simple it all seemed. As you can see in the pictures, it is simply a large number […]

What Have You Done Today to Make You Feel Proud?

This is a refrain from a song in my ipod shuffle, which I hear a couple of times a week when I’m out biking or running. I often ponder on that song and wonder what I have done to make, not only myself proud, but my parents, and the people around me? I wonder if […]