Senate declares ceasefire

MANILA, Philippines – After a vicious word war between allies and foes of Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. early this week in connection with the C-5 road controversy, senators have agreed on a ceasefire to give way to last-minute work on priority legislative measures.

Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri clarified the majority was not trying to delay the vote on the Committee of the Whole report recommending censure for Villar but was only trying to save a day to pass priority bills on second and third reading and ratify those that had been approved by the bicameral conference committees.

Sen. Joker Arroyo, meanwhile, took advantage of the lull in the plenary battle to remind his colleagues – including Villar’s critics – that they had approved the controversial P200-million insertion four times during the deliberations on the 2009 budget.

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