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CA decision over automotive case threatens jobs July 7, 2005

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AKBAYAN Party-List Representative Etta Rosales today expressed frustration over the Court of Appeals decision denying an appeal on its February ruling that reversed a 2002 ban on the importation of used vehicles.

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DOH should step in to avoid further deaths from cosmetic procedures July 7, 2005

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AKBAYAN Party-List Representative Etta Rosales today raised alarm over the reported death of yet another person after undergoing unsafe and unregulated cosmetic procedure.

“This time it’s even worse, a private individual with no medical license whatsoever was able to perform an unsafe operation on a hapless victim to enhance his breasts,” Rosales declared, recounting reports over a person named Ronaldo Aguilar Jr., dying from complications after availing the services for breast enhancement procedure “from a call center agent and a student, which necessarily raises the question – how did these individuals get their hands on collagen and the necessary implant tools for the sloppy operations in the first place?” asked Rosales.

“An inquiry with the DOH revealed that out of so many surgical clinics in the country, only those operated by Dr. Vicky Belo are licensed,” Rosales revealed. “It is scary to think how many people are going under the knife every day under the care of surgeons whose operations are not licensed in the first place,” she explained.

Aguilar Jr., experienced complications on June 26 and died five days later, according to news reports.

“While a Congressional inquiry into this matter, as embodied in House Resolution 802 which I authored, is pending, I would implore the DOH to step in and take immediate steps to regulate the industry so as to dissuade consumers from availing of elective cosmetic procedures for beauty enhancement,” said Rosales.

“There should be wider information dissemination over the dangers of undergoing such operations, a moratorium should be in place and stiffer penalties should be imposed on unscrupulous individuals trying to profit from such a dangerous enterprise,” added Rosales. “I am afraid that the DOH has been remiss as far as this duty is concerned,” she said.

PRESS RELEASE
DOH kailangan nang kumilos para matigil ang mga peligrosong operasyon sa pagpapaganda
July 6, 2005

Nagpahayag ng pagkabahala si AKBAYAN Party-List Rep. Etta Rosales ngayon ukol sa naulat na pagkamatay na naman ng isang indibidwal matapos sumailalim sa ‘breast enhacement procedure’ na ikinamatay nito noong katapusan ng Hunyo.

“Nahuli man ang mga suspek na nagsagawa ng operasyon, di pa rin maiwasang maitanong kung paano sila nakakuha ng collagen na ginamit sa operasyon, at ng mga instrumentong ginagamit sa operasyon? Kailangan ng mas mahigpit na pagbabawal mula sa DOH kung gayon,” sabi ni Rosales.

“Nakakatakot isipin kung gaano kadami nang mga tao ang sumasailalim sa mga operasyong pampaganda gayong sa dinami ng mga klinikang nagsasagawa ng mga operasyong ito, iyong mga kay Dr. Vicky Belo lamang ang may lisensya,” pagdedeklara ni Rosales.

“Habang hinihintay natin ang pagdinig sa Kongreso sa industriyang ito na nakapaloob sa Resolution 802 na ako ang may-akda, pinakikiusapan ko ang DOH na higpitan na ang mga operasyong tulad nito upang mapigil ang mga interesado pa na sumailalim pa sa ganitong mga operasyon,” ani Rosales. “Dapat magsagawa sila ng malawakang information drive para malaman ng mga tao ang mga posibleng panganib ng mga cosmetic surgery, dapat munang ipatigil ang ganitong mga operasyon habang wala pang batas na sumasakop sa kanila at mas mabibigat na parusa ang dapat ipataw sa mga nagsasagawa ng mga operasyon ng walang lisensya,” ayon kay Rosales.

AKBAYAN solon presses for public playing of Gloriagate tapes July 1, 2005

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AKBAYAN Party-List Representative Etta Rosales today expressed fear over possible moves to stop the House inquiry on the Gloriagate scandal saying, “too many questions have been left unanswered, more questions have been raised.”

“If the House as a body sincerely wants to ferret out the truth, then it has to play the Gloriagate tapes in public, in full view of citizens to hear them for themselves to judge the veracity of the tapes,” said Rosales.

She added that “arguments have been made to let the tapes be played privately so that Atty. Alan Paguia could vouch for its authenticity. But an invited legal luminary, Dean Valdez, has already said that playing them is justified as a constitutionally-mandated official investigation in aid of legislation that may prevail over the statutory limitations imposed by RA 4200.”

“A failure to play the tapes in public would be an insult on so many levels,” Rosales declared. “For one, it would be a slap in the face of the principle of separation of powers, since it would obviously be in deference to the President’s wishy-washy confession on TV the other night,” said Rosales.

“On another level, it would be an insult on the right of the general public to information and the right to know,” the lady solon elaborated.

According to Rosales, it would be a grave disservice to the public if the investigation were to be stopped because of a looming impasse over the tapes. “If my fellow legislators believe that there is nothing to hide, then there should be nothing to fear from the playing of the tapes,” Rosales advised. “since it is on CD, I don’t think the quality of recording has been affected, thus the authenticity question seems dilatory and need not take too much of the body’s time at this point.”

For Rosales the botomline is “Play the tapes. No matter what. The issue is far from resolved, and this is probably the most important step to take towards the resolution of this scandal.”