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JUNE 12, 2015 A HOLIDAY: 117th PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY


JUNE 5 ---Filipinos from different parts of the country and those who are living in various countries worldwide is set to celebrated the 117th Philippine Independence Day celebration this coming June 12, 2015. The Philippine government already declared the Independence Day as a Regular Holiday based upon Proclamation No. 831 signed by Pres. Aquino.
Independence Day 2015  According to Philippine history, on June 12, 1898, General Emilio Aguinaldo, the leader of the Filipino revolutionary forces, publicly read the Act of the Declaration of Independence in Kawit, Cavite, that proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippines from the Spanish colonial rule. During the event, the Philippine National Flag was also unveiled and the performance of the “Marcha Filipina Magdalo,” which was later known as “Lupang Hinirang,” was showcased. READ MORE...

ALSO DOLE: June 12, 2015 Independence Day Holiday Pay Rules


JUNE 5 ---The Department of Labor and Employment through Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz advised the private sector employers to observe the pay rules on Independence Day this coming June 12, 2015, Friday. The Philippines will be celebrating the 117th Independence Day, one of the few Regular Holidays in the entire country.
Independence Day According to DOLE, the private sector employers should observe voluntary compliance with labor standards, particularly with payment of correct wages/salaries of employees who will report for work on June 12. Pres. Aquino already declared that June 12 is a Regular Holiday under the proclamation 831 of the chief executive dated July 17, 2014. DOLE Secretary Baldoz added further that proper observance of all holiday pay rules enhances decent work and builds productivity of employees because voluntary labor standards greatly contribute to social protection and competitiveness of business and industry, the DOLE Secretary stated. Here’s the Holiday Pay Rules for June 12, 2015: • If the employee did not work, he or she shall be paid 100 percent of his or her salary for that day. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Grace Poe Considers DNA Testing to Know Real Father


JUNE 5 ---Recently, the spotlight turned into Sen. Grace Poe’s life as she has received various encouragements and at the same time hits for the rooting plan to run for higher office in the 2016 elections. One was recalling she was an adopted daughter of late Fernando Poe Jr. Casting through the questions, Sen. Grace Poe earlier raised her consideration to offers for DNA testing to determine the identity of her biological father. Poe, speaking to reporters in Iloilo on Friday morning, said she already acquired more information supporting claims that a certain Edgardo Militar was her real father. The lady senator added that she was considering the offer of Militar’s children to submit themselves to DNA testing to determine her real parents. For her four-hour visit, she stopped over at Jaro Cathedral where she was abandoned when she was a baby. Poe also met Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: PH to submit 300-year-old map to UN in case vs China


JUNE 7 ---Full shot of the Murillo Velarde map. Photo courtesy of Vera Files
MANILA - The Philippine government will be submitting to the United Nations Tribunal on the Law of the Sea in The Hague this week an almost 300-year-old map of the Philippines showing the disputed Scarborough Shoal being part of Philippine territory as far back as three centuries ago.
The map debunks the so-called nine-dash-line China has been using as proof of its claim over the South China Sea. It also locates Scarborough shoal, then known as “Panacot,” also called “Panatag” by Filipinos, off the shores of Luzon, then known as Nueva Castilla. Scarborough shoal has been a source of conflict between the Philippines and China. The Jesuit priest Pedro Murillo Velarde had the map published in Manila in 1734. It surfaced in 2012 among the possessions of a British lord, who put it up for auction at Sotheby’s in London, where Filipino businessman Mel Velarde bid and got it for £170,500 ($266,869.46 or P12,014,463.09). The first certified true copy of the map has been reserved for Malacañang. Velarde will personally present it to President Aquino on June 12, the anniversary of Philippine independence. How Velarde, president and chief executive officer of Information Technology-based Now Corporation, acquired the map that had lain among the treasures of one of England’s most prominent families for more than 200 years is like something out of the movies. In fact, the wizard Harry Potter even makes a cameo appearance in the story. Velarde has yet to find out if he is related to the Jesuit priest, although a possible connection was one of the motives for his pursuit of the artifact. Velarde said Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio, a long time friend, suggested to him sometime in October last year to bid for the Murillo Velarde map. Velarde said Carpio’s convincing line was: “You know, man, you're a Velarde."  READ MORE...

ALSO: Cha-cha pressed to avert BBL crisis; Puno says constitutional change will also end political dynasties by Jenny F. Manongdo June 7, 2015


JUNE 7 ---CALL FOR NEW GOVERNMENT — Former Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno leads the launch of the ‘Bagong Sistema, Bagong Pag-asa’ campaign which calls for a system change in government in San Andres, Manila, yesterday. Puno is pushing for a constitutional convention with the aim of shifting to a federalist government that will give political flashpoints like Muslim Mindanao the option of self governance instead of autonomy or a separate state which is against the Constitution. (KJ Rosales)  Retired Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno yesterday called for constitutional change to end political dynasties and avert a looming crisis over flaws in the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The only way to end political dynasties is to change the Constitution, Puno said at the launching of “Bagong Sistema, Bagong Pag-asa (New System, New Hope),” a new movement seeking to change the country’s political system by revising the 1987 Charter, yesterday at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate, Manila. “We cannot eliminate political dynasties by relying on Congress to pass the necessary laws,” Puno told a crowd of almost 3,000 that attended a gathering of advocates of constitutional change at the sports complex and the thousands more gathered in at least 11 regions who watched him via Internet live streaming. “The elimination of political dynasties is one good reason for changing the 1987 Constitution,” added Puno, who is at the forefront of the movement to press President Aquino and Congress to call for a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) to propose changes to the Charter. “The only way to eliminate political dynasties is through the Constitution, by providing a self-executing provision that does not need any implementing law from Congress,” Puno added. Nearly 30 years after the 1987 Constitution took effect, which prohibits political dynasties “in accordance with law,” Congress has yet to pass any law to give flesh to the constitutional provision. READ MORE...

ALSO: FISH BE WITH YOU --Moalboal, Cebu


JUNE 8 ---Below the waves, they swarm around in motions of a dance, here and there, and suddenly everywhere. They are famous in the strait, especially in Moalboal, one of Cebu’s famous dive sites. The area is part of Tanon Strait, the largest marine protected area in the Philippines located between the islands of Cebu and Negros, and home to at least 14 species of whales, sea turtles, and dolphins. This picture is part of a photo exhibit at the Eastwood Atrium which will be hosted by Oceana Philippines on Monday, June 8, to mark World Oceans Day. PHOTO BY FERDINAND EDRALIN COURTESY OF OCEANA PHILIPPINES 
MOALBOAL CEBU: The island of Boracay maybe the most famous vacation destination in the Philippines, but one can find excellent beaches in the province of Cebu. For instance, the lovely White Beach in Moalboal Island can provide an excellent experience for tourists who want to frolic in the waves and sands of a tropical island. Let me give the reasons why you should spend one’s vacation at the White Beach in Moalboal Island. READ MORE...

ALSO: CoA flags P1.3-T hidden Noy admin debts


JUNE 8 ---DISCLOSURE RULES IN CHARTER BREACHED Even the government’s own Commission on Audit (CoA) is now accusing the Aquino administration of violating two provisions in the 1987 Constitution after it failed to divulge contingent liabilities, or potential state obligations, amounting to P1.3 trillion. Such contingent liabilities arise from state guaranties on commercial loans and subsidies to government institutions or projects. According to the findings of the CoA, the contingent liabilities under the Aquino administration include obligations the government has assumed for various build-operate-transfer or build-lease-transfer (BOT/BLT) projects which were undertaken through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme and liabilities assumed from government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) and government financial institutions (GFIs). Based on a recent CoA report, the undisclosed contingent liabilities reached P1,030,485,094,220.42 or P1.03 trillion broken down as coming from BOT/PPP projects estimated at $20.728 million or P920.284 billion; outstanding guarantees issued by ROP (Republic of the Philippines) and DBP (Development Bank of the Philippines) totaling P32.3 billion; and foreign borrowings of the private sector amounting to P77.8 billion, courtesy of Home Guaranty Corp. (HGC) and the Trade and Investment Development Corp. of the Philippines (Tidcorp). Auditors stated that the failure to disclose these liabilities is contrary to the policy of transparency stipulated in section 7, article III and section 28, article II of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Section 7, article III recognizes the “right of the people to information on matters of public concern,” including “access to official records …or documents pertaining to official acts, transactions or decisions.” Section 28, article II on the other hand mandates that the State should adopt a policy of “full public disclosure of all its transactions involving public interest.” Apparently, based on the findings of state auditors the government declared P470.81 billion only as its contingent liabilities consisting of P466.87 billion under “national government (NG) direct guarantee on GOCC loans” and P3.94 billion under “GFI guarantee assumed by central government. This was based on figures from the Debt Analysis and Monitoring Division (DMAD) of the Bureau of Treasury as of December 31, 2013. READ MORE...


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June 12, 2015 Holiday: 117th Philippine Independence Day (Theme)

MANILA, JUNE 8, 2015 (PHILNEWS.PH) by Ed Umbao on June 5, 2015 - Filipinos from different parts of the country and those who are living in various countries worldwide is set to celebrated the 117th Philippine Independence Day celebration this coming June 12, 2015. The Philippine government already declared the Independence Day as a Regular Holiday based upon Proclamation No. 831 signed by Pres. Aquino.

Independence Day 2015

According to Philippine history, on June 12, 1898, General Emilio Aguinaldo, the leader of the Filipino revolutionary forces, publicly read the Act of the Declaration of Independence in Kawit, Cavite, that proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippines from the Spanish colonial rule.

During the event, the Philippine National Flag was also unveiled and the performance of the “Marcha Filipina Magdalo,” which was later known as “Lupang Hinirang,” was showcased.

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The June 12, date of Independence was not recognized until August 4, 1964, when Pres. Diosdado Macapagal signed the Republic Act No. 4166, to designate the country’s Independence Day as June 12.

This year’s theme of the Philippine Independence Day celebration is “Kalayaan 2015: Tagumpay sa Pagbabagong Nasimulan, Abot Kamay na ng Bayan.”


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DOLE: June 12, 2015 Independence Day Holiday Pay Rules by Ed Umbao on June 5, 2015

The Department of Labor and Employment through Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz advised the private sector employers to observe the pay rules on Independence Day this coming June 12, 2015, Friday. The Philippines will be celebrating the 117th Independence Day, one of the few Regular Holidays in the entire country.

Independence Day

According to DOLE, the private sector employers should observe voluntary compliance with labor standards, particularly with payment of correct wages/salaries of employees who will report for work on June 12.

Pres. Aquino already declared that June 12 is a Regular Holiday under the proclamation 831 of the chief executive dated July 17, 2014.

DOLE Secretary Baldoz added further that proper observance of all holiday pay rules enhances decent work and builds productivity of employees because voluntary labor standards greatly contribute to social protection and competitiveness of business and industry, the DOLE Secretary stated.

Here’s the Holiday Pay Rules for June 12, 2015:

• If the employee did not work, he or she shall be paid 100 percent of his or her salary for that day.

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• If the employee worked, he or she shall be paid 200 percent of his/her regular salary for that day for the first eight hours. For work done in excess of eight hours (overtime work), the employee shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her hourly rate.

• If 12 June is the employee’s rest day and he or she still reported for work, he or she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her daily rate of 200 percent.

• If the employee worked more than eight hours on his or her rest day on 12 June, he or she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on the day.


INQUIRER

Grace Poe Considers DNA Testing to Know Real Father by JF Balagosa on June 5, 2015

Recently, the spotlight turned into Sen. Grace Poe’s life as she has received various encouragements and at the same time hits for the rooting plan to run for higher office in the 2016 elections.

One was recalling she was an adopted daughter of late Fernando Poe Jr.

Casting through the questions, Sen. Grace Poe earlier raised her consideration to offers for DNA testing to determine the identity of her biological father.

Poe, speaking to reporters in Iloilo on Friday morning, said she already acquired more information supporting claims that a certain Edgardo Militar was her real father.

The lady senator added that she was considering the offer of Militar’s children to submit themselves to DNA testing to determine her real parents.

For her four-hour visit, she stopped over at Jaro Cathedral where she was abandoned when she was a baby.

Poe also met Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.


TRIBUNE

CoA flags P1.3-T hidden Noy debts Written by Alvin Murcia Monday, 08 June 2015 00:00

DISCLOSURE RULES IN CHARTER BREACHED

Even the government’s own Commission on Audit (CoA) is now accusing the Aquino administration of violating two provisions in the 1987 Constitution after it failed to divulge contingent liabilities, or potential state obligations, amounting to P1.3 trillion.

Such contingent liabilities arise from state guaranties on commercial loans and subsidies to government institutions or projects.

According to the findings of the CoA, the contingent liabilities under the Aquino administration include obligations the government has assumed for various build-operate-transfer or build-lease-transfer (BOT/BLT) projects which were undertaken through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme and liabilities assumed from government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) and government financial institutions (GFIs).

Based on a recent CoA report, the undisclosed contingent liabilities reached P1,030,485,094,220.42 or P1.03 trillion broken down as coming from BOT/PPP projects estimated at $20.728 million or P920.284 billion; outstanding guarantees issued by ROP (Republic of the Philippines) and DBP (Development Bank of the Philippines) totaling P32.3 billion; and foreign borrowings of the private sector amounting to P77.8 billion, courtesy of Home Guaranty Corp. (HGC) and the Trade and Investment Development Corp. of the Philippines (Tidcorp).

Auditors stated that the failure to disclose these liabilities is contrary to the policy of transparency stipulated in section 7, article III and section 28, article II of the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Section 7, article III recognizes the “right of the people to information on matters of public concern,” including “access to official records …or documents pertaining to official acts, transactions or decisions.”

Section 28, article II on the other hand mandates that the State should adopt a policy of “full public disclosure of all its transactions involving public interest.” Apparently, based on the findings of state auditors the government declared P470.81 billion only as its contingent liabilities consisting of P466.87 billion under “national government (NG) direct guarantee on GOCC loans” and P3.94 billion under “GFI guarantee assumed by central government.

This was based on figures from the Debt Analysis and Monitoring Division (DMAD) of the Bureau of Treasury as of December 31, 2013.

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According to COA, the figures did not include BOT/BLT projects and lacks complete information as to the total number or amount of projects and the chief of DMAD said the reason for non-inclusion was that they are not aware of the right person or agency compiling all the BOT/BLT projects and no data were provided by the DOF (Department of Finance) as well.

However, the explanation was deemed inaccurate by auditors since the BTr did not even submit such a request with the DOF to obtain the data.

Long list of guaranties

Among the big ticket BOT/BLT projects listed by the COA with the biggest project costs were:

--38 power projects (27 completed and 11 ongoing) by the National Power Corp. and Philippine National Oil Corporation-Energy Development Corporation totaling $8.701 billion;

--10 transport and road projects totaling $3.503 billion, including MRT Line 7 ($1.235 billion); Daang Hari-SLEX Link ($43.5 million), and the Tarlac-La Union Toll Expressway Project ($35 million); five water supply projects by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, Bohol Provincial Government, National Irrigation Administration, Clark Development Corp. and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority with a combined value of $7.839 billion;

---seven information technology (IT) projects with a total cost of $1.577 billion including database infrastructure and automation of the National Statistics Office, Land Registration Authority and the Bureau of Immigration ($1.5 billion); database infrastructure by the Land Transportation Office ($75 million); and various IT projects by the local governments of Pampanga, Malabon City, and Koronadal City ($1.92 million); and nine property development projects by the local governments of Bocaue, Cagayan de Oro City, Quezon City, Mandaluyong City; Philippine National Railways, National Housing Authority, and the Department of Tourism ($449.86 million);

---and the Talisay City Hall building project ($4 million). Auditors particularly raised concerns on the practices of the HGC and Tidcorp noting both can extend “unlimited guarantees” on loans by the private sector.

Only last April 10, the Office of the Ombudsman filed graft charges before the Sandiganbayan against former Tidcorp executive vice-president Rolando Alonzo and account officer Teresita Co for approving an anomalous loan guarantee facility worth P4.23 billion to bulk grain trader World Granary Inc (WGI) in December 2003.

The COA however said it was informed by the BTr that they are not monitoring loans drawn by the private sector.


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