Mar 4, 2013

Let us rekindle our love for country

This was the call made by Sen. Manny Villar, president of the Nacionalista Party during the launch of the Young Nacionalistas at the historic Laurel House in Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City last Saturday.

Villar espoused patriotism among the young generation of Nacionalista members, stressing that it should continue to reign in the hearts of every Filipino. He noted that Filipinos would never experience true freedom if the country remains mired in poverty.

Villar believes that the establishment of the Young Nacionalista will give the youth the inspiration from the current leaders of the Nacionalista Party by working further for the fight for good governance and the eradication of poverty.

Villar said he is pleased that the Nacionalista Party continues to move forward as proven by the track record of its members who have been actively participating in worthwhile legislation in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Villar said the trust to the party can be seen in the wide number of candidates running for various posts around the country. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) had validated that the NP has fielded the biggest number of candidates running in the mid-term elections.

Martin Loon and Michael Manotoc, newly elected president and director general of the Young Nacionalista, respectively, took oath before Senator Manny Villar, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Saturday.

Martin Loon is an adoptive son of Marine Col. Ariel Querubin, while Michael Manotoc is one of the sons of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.

In return, Loon and Matonoc pledged that they will help propagate the Nacionalista Party's causes, and that they will encourage more and more of their countrymen to be more patriotic --similar to the vision, mission and goal of the Nacionalista Party.

Zamboanga Norte 2nd district Congressman Cesar Jalosjos, Davao Oriental 1st district congressmen Henry Dayanghirang, Nueva Vizcaya Congressman Carlos Padilla and former Marine Col. Ariel Querubin also attended the historic event.

Nov 1, 2012

No undue price increase for more goods during calamities-- Villar

Press Release
October 18, 2012

Sen. Manny Villar today said the expansion of the list of basic necessities under the law will ensure that more goods will be saved from price gouging during calamities.

Villar, in his capacity as chairman of the Committee on Trade and Commerce, sponsored yesterday the committee report on the bill amending RA 7581 or the Price Act.

Committee Report 444 recommended the inclusion of locally-manufactured noodles and bottled water in the list of basic necessities to protect consumers against undue price increases during calamity, emergency, widespread illegal price manipulation and other similar situations.

"Based on available data, the consumption of instant noodles in the country has risen steadily and in fact, has become a new staple of many poor Filipino families. The increase in popularity of instant noodles can be due to the fact that it is cheaper and easier to prepare than rice," Villar said in his sponsorship speech.

Villar also added that in the aftermath of the last five most disastrous storms and natural calamities (Ondoy, Pepeng, Milenyo, Pedring and habagat), instant noodles and bottled water have become two of the most in-demand and have the biggest tendency to be overpriced to the detriment of the citizens.

He said the prevalent public consumption of instant noodles and bottled water has placed it in the ranks of basic necessities such as rice, corn, bread, fish, pork, poultry, beef, etc. And even during relief operations in times of calamities and emergencies, these goods are the first ones to be distributed.

Villar noted that prices of goods tend to rise during periods of disasters but reminded businessmen and parties within the chain of distribution of consumer goods to "consider the interest of the public and heed the call to treat customers fairly during times of need."

Oct 7, 2012


Sen. Manny Villar, Nacionalista Party president, swears in Ilocos Sur Rep. Ryan Luis Singson as NP member. Witnessing the oath-taking are Cavite Rep. Boying Remulla, Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Las Pinas Rep. Mark Villar and Singson's wife and daughter.