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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 […]

Smoking Kills

The statistics… Tobacco use kills more than five million people per year. It is responsible for 1 in 10 adult deaths. Every eight seconds, someone dies because of smoking-related diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and heart diseases.[1] Among the five greatest risk factors for mortality, it is the single most preventable cause of death. […]

Senate's Launch of our Film Showing on the State of Maternal and Child Health

8 March 2011 Senate of the Philippines Film Showing on the State of Maternal and Child Health Last March, in  celebration  of Women’s month, my office and the Senate, in cooperation with Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity of UP Manila College of Medicine, hosted a  film showing on women’s lives. The films which include a documentary and short […]

An ordinary day in the Senate

  After being away from the senate because of the campaign and break, I find myself doing what I have been doing for 6 years… running down the hall of the 5 th floor, past the elevator to the stairwell to the 2nd floor. That’s where the session hall is. It’s faster that way. Plus […]

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 […]

A Mother's Search for her Missing Son

I have come to accept  that I will never see my son again in this lifetime. He died in my arms almost eight years ago. But Edith Burgos does not know the fate of her son. He is missing. What does a mother do, when her son has gone missing? If you were Edith, you […]

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 […]

Remember Possibilities…Phooey with Limitations

My eight year old daughter came home last week with a major decision to make – whether to run for student council Assistant Treasurer or not. Why was this decision so major? Well, she is currently class president and the rule in their school is, if you run and win a position in the student […]

My Seatmate…Senator Juan Flavier

Attending session is like going to class. We have a bell that rings reminding us that session is about to start. We start every Monday with a flag ceremony, every session day with a prayer. Right after that is attendance, when we are all scrambling to be on the floor to be sure we are […]