Press Release
November 1, 2006

Statement of Sen. Cayetano on JPEPA:
"Why not let the Senate scrutinize it?"

I reiterate that I am against any agreement that provides for the Philippines accepting waste products for the primary reason that we cannot even manage our own waste at this time--be it biodegradable waste that should be recycled, or toxic waste.

I express grave concern about this treaty, despite repeated assurances (by the Executive branch) that the provisions in question are not meant to open the door to foreign waste products.

I find shocking, to say the least, recent statements from the executive suggesting that JPEPA is already binding and therefore not subject to senate ratification.

If the best interest of the Filipinos is really in their heart, then why not let the senate scrutinize it?

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