Mar Roxas on JPEPA

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 | posted in , , , | 0 comments


Senate hearings soon

Efren Danao reports in “Agreement’s fate depends on how well government allays fears of concerned sectors” that the senators are taking the ratification of JPEPA very seriously. He tells us that Committee on Foreign Relations Chairwoman Sen. Miriam Santiago will begin public hearings on the JPEPA next week.

Sen. Mar Roxas, chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade and Commerce, will be active in these public hearings.

Only a week ago, Roxas reminded Malacañang that he and his colleagues would scrutinize all the details of the JPEPA weigh the comments of all affected sectors.
My vote, as well as that of my colleagues, for or against JPEPA, will not solely depend on the text of the 974-page treaty but more important on how the government intends to address perceived threats or losses,” he said.

On the perceived threat of toxic waste entering the country, Roxas senator said the government must give “a clear statement” that Republic Act 6969—the law regulating toxic and hazardous waste—will not be superseded by the pact.



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