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MAR ROXAS SUBMITS TRUCKLOADS OF SOCE FILES
[RELATED: Comelec execs up in arms vs Bautista]


JUNE 22 -In this June 13 photo posted on his Facebook account, defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas is seen on a road trip as he tours the country after the grueling election campaign. Roxas's team submits his delayed camapaign expenditure report to the Commision on Elections on Wednesday. Roxas staff/Released
After two weeks of delay, the camp of losing president candidate Manuel Roxas II on Wednesday turned over his Statement on Contributions and Expenses to the Commission on Elections, showing P478 million in total campaign expenses. Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez, spokesperson for the LP-lead administration coalition during the campaign, submitted Roxas' SOCE with 50 boxes of supporting documents mounted on a truck parked in front of the Comelec building in Intramuros, Manila. Gutierrez said Roxas's biggest contributor was his mother, Judy Roxas, who handed him P90 million. His uncle, Araneta Group CEO Jorge Araneta, meanwhile, contributed P70 million while Maria Fores gave P60 million. View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow Bilang Pilipino @BilangPilipino SOCE | RT @halili_maricel: Cong. Gutierrez says Mar Roxas spent P18M during campaign from his own pocket 11:19 PM - 21 Jun 2016 Retweets likes While Roxas himself shelled out P18 million, his aunt Ruby donated P10 million. His cousin, celebrated chef Margarita Fores, gave P7 million. READ MORE...RELATED, Comelec execs up in arms vs Bautista...

ALSO: Robredo to hold ‘simple’ inauguration at QC Reception House
[ALSO: JV Ejercito, others ordered arrested over guns bought with calamity funds]


JUNE 23 -In this May 30, 2016 photo, Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. raise the hands of vice president-elect Leni Robredo with her daughters Jessica Marie, Janine Patricia and Jillian Therese joining them during proclamation rites at the session hall of the House of Representatives. AP/Bullit Marquez The camp of Vice President-elect Leni Robredo on Thursday announced that her inauguration will also be held on June 30 at the Quezon City Reception House. Boyet Dy, the head of Robredo's transition team, said they picked the QC Reception House in New Manila which will serve as Robredo's office since President-elect Rodrigo Duterte preferred a separate inauguration in Malacañang where he will also hold office. The mansion, formerly called the "Boracay Mansion," was supposedly owned by former president and current Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. “Gagawin natin ang inaugural sa Quezon City Reception House na siyang magiging opisyal na opisina ng ating pangalawang pangulo,” Dy said in a press briefing. “Simple lang ang magiging seremonya ngunit mananatiling angkop sa okasyon,” he added. Robredo will take her oath of office before Ronaldo Coner, captain of the "smallest, farthest and poorest" barangay, Punta Tarawal Calabanga in Camarines Sur. READ MORE... ALSO, .JV Ejercito, others ordered arrested over guns bought with calamity funds ...

ALSO: (TECHNOLOGY) Duterte names ex-schoolmate Rodolfo Salalima DICT head [RELATED: Tan retained as national treasurer under Duterte]


JUNE 22 -Rodolfo A. Salalima, PHOTO FROM GLOBE DAVAO CITY, Philippines—President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has named a former schoolmate and an expert in the telecommunications field head of the newly formed Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). In a statement released on Wednesday, telecommunications giant Globe announced that lawyer Rodolfo A. Salalima was picked by Duterte to head the DICT, “which is mandated to formulate and implement policies that will promote the development and use of ICT in the country.” INQUIRER.net has sought the confirmation from Duterte’s camp about the appointment but has not responded as of posting time. Salalima previously served as a Senior Vice President for Corporate and Regulatory Affairs of Globe until 2008. He is currently the President of the Philippine Chamber of Telecommunications Operators, Inc. (PCTO) and a Board Director of the Telecoms Infrastructure Corporation of the Philippines (TELICPHIL). In 2011, he was tapped Asia Pacific Representative and Vice Chairman of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council Working Group for the Amendment of the ITU Constitution and Convention based in Geneva, Switzerland. READ MORE...RELATED,
Tan retained as national treasurer under Duterte...

ALSO: (SPORTS) Butch Ramirez accepts PSC chair post
[RELATED: SPORTS DEVPT FUND: Ramirez asked to hound Pagcor on 5 percent share]


JUNE 23 -William “Butch” Ramirez. 
Former Philippine Sports Commission chair William “Butch’’ Ramirez is back to continue his legacy in the government sports agency. Ramirez, who sat as PSC chair from 2005 to 2009, confirmed Wednesday that he has accepted the offer of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the country’s sports development programs. As the comebacking chair of the sports-funding commission, Ramirez vowed to revive the institute of sports and expand the regional training centers in the provinces, projects discontinued by his successors after he stepped down seven years ago. “There’s an instruction from the President that we have to go to the provinces and the communities to identify more talents,’’ said Ramirez, who is set to take over the chores of outgoing chair Richie Garcia on July 1. He will meet with Garcia at the PSC administration office on June 28 to discuss the transition as instructed by incoming Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. According to Ramirez, Presidential special assistant Christopher “Bong’’ Go would formally announce the rest of the PSC board members prior to Duterte’s oath-taking on June 30 with basketball legend Ramon Fernandez as one of the commissioners. READ MORE...RELATED,
SPORTS DEVPT FUND: Ramirez asked to hound Pagcor on 5 percent share...

ALSO: Duterte signs P38B deal to develop Davao City’s coastline
[RELATED: Duterte blasts critics of his killing policy]


JUNE 22 -President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File) President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
DAVAO CITY – Outgoing Mayor Rodrigo Duterte signed a P38-billion joint venture agreement (JVA) with property developer Mega Harbour Port Development Inc. that would change the landscape of this city’s coastline, with the creation of four artificial islands with a land area of 200 hectares.
Duterte, who will be assuming the presidency on June 30, signed the JVA Tuesday together with Mega Harbour president Victor Songco, just minutes before the President-elect addressed businessmen at the Sulong Pilpinas business forum at the SMX Convention Center here. Under the JVA, Harbour Port will undertake the four-island project that will include the construction of an international port, industrial and commercial components, and a government center. One of the islands will have a land area of 75 hectares for an international port and five hectores for a government center that will eventually be turned over to the Davao City local government. A central business district and shopping complex will comprise around 39 hectares. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte blasts critics of his killing policy...RELATED2,


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Mar Roxas submits truckload of SOCE files


In this June 13 photo posted on his Facebook account, defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas is seen on a road trip as he tours the country after the grueling election campaign. Roxas's team submits his delayed camapaign expenditure report to the Commision on Elections on Wednesday. Roxas staff/Released

MANILA, JUNE 27, 2016 (PHILSTAR) Updated June 22, 2016 - 12:17pm - After two weeks of delay, the camp of losing president candidate Manuel Roxas II on Wednesday turned over his Statement on Contributions and Expenses to the Commission on Elections, showing P478 million in total campaign expenses.

Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez, spokesperson for the LP-lead administration coalition during the campaign, submitted Roxas' SOCE with 50 boxes of supporting documents mounted on a truck parked in front of the Comelec building in Intramuros, Manila.

Gutierrez said Roxas's biggest contributor was his mother, Judy Roxas, who handed him P90 million.

His uncle, Araneta Group CEO Jorge Araneta, meanwhile, contributed P70 million while Maria Fores gave P60 million.


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Cong. Gutierrez says Mar Roxas spent P18M during campaign from his own pocket 11:19 PM - 21 Jun 2016 Retweets likes

While Roxas himself shelled out P18 million, his aunt Ruby donated P10 million. His cousin, celebrated chef Margarita Fores, gave P7 million.

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Gutierrez said 83 percent of Roxas's campaign expenditure went to television advertisements.

Roxas and his colleagues in the Liberal Party on June 16 asked the Comelec to extend the original June 8 deadline to submit the SOCE to June 30.

The en banc decision to grant the motion prompted the resignation of Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim from the poll body's campaign finance office on Tuesday. He had recommended against accepting the late submissions. Camille Diola, based on reports by Bilang Pilipino

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Comelec execs up in arms vs Bautista By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 25, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


In an eight-page memorandum dated June 3, the commissioners asked Bautista to shed light on 17 issues before and after the elections, including the hacking of the Comelec website, alteration of the script in the transparency server and his statement on the postponement of this October’s barangay and youth elections. AP/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - All six Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioners have accused Chairman Andres Bautista of “failure of leadership” over his alleged inaction and pronouncements on issues concerning the May 9 polls.

In an eight-page memorandum dated June 3, the commissioners asked Bautista to shed light on 17 issues before and after the elections, including the hacking of the Comelec website, alteration of the script in the transparency server and his statement on the postponement of this October’s barangay and youth elections.

“At the outset and with all due respect, the commissioners constitute the majority of the commission en banc, express our position of a failure of leadership of the Comelec,” they said.

Commissioners Christian Robert Lim, Rowena Guanzon, Al Parreño, Luie Tito Guia, Sheriff Abas and Arthur Lim, who made a note that he signed with a “heavy heart,” signed the memorandum.

Arthur Lim noted that the memorandum is still “subject to validation of certain material facts and observance of due process and mutual courtesy.” Parreño, Guia and Abas joined him.

The commissioners stressed that they came up with the memorandum “because of your (Bautista) request to reduce our concerns in writing, in lieu of discussing the grave concerns of the commissioners face-to-face.”

Bautista, for his part, maintained that the success of the recent elections disproved the accusation of failed leadership.

“I find the phrase ironic after the May 2016 elections which most believe was the fastest, most organized and successful elections in Philippine history. Was the holding of nationwide presidential debates after 24 years also a manifestation of a failure of leadership?” he texted from Japan.

He also criticized the commissioners for leaking the memorandum to the media last Thursday, the day he left for a vacation with his son.

Bautista said the issues were “old news” and that he has prepared a reply that was shown to many of them.

Christian Lim said in a chance interview that they just wanted Bautista to explain and not to resign from his post. He added that the “majority of them still voted to give him the benefit of the doubt.”

“Maybe, all we wanted are improvements in the commission,” Lim added.

All the issues

The commissioners hit Bautista for his unilateral declaration of postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections scheduled in October; delay in the payment of teachers’ allowances; failure to immediately resolve the issue on Comelec website hacking; delay in the deliveries of manuals for the Board of Election Inspectors; and dismissal of the issue on the alteration of the script for the transparency server.

“The Comelec en banc is a collegial body, yet the chairman, in media interviews, made an assertion to have the barangay and SK elections postponed notwithstanding the fact that the commission en banc was never consulted on the matter,” they added.

This pronouncement, they claimed, “places the entire organization in bad light as being lazy” to conduct the synchronized polls even if there is sufficient budget left in the agency’s 2016 allocation.

They added that when the script of the transparency server being used by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) for its quick count was altered, Bautista had “proceeded to dismiss (it) as merely cosmetic.”

In effect, they claimed, it was “already an exoneration without the proper investigation.”

According to the commissioners, Bautista also insinuated “public distrust” in the poll body when it failed to explain to the public “the legitimate concerns of the members of the commission who voted against mall voting” as they added that the poll chief “kept them in the dark as to the memorandum of agreements” signed by Bautista on voting inside malls.

Arlene Magtibay, senior vice president and general manager for commercial centers division of Robinsons Land Corp., earlier sent Comelec a letter “demanding payment for damages for election paraphernalia” they had prepared for the aborted mall elections. – With Evelyn Macairan


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Robredo to hold ‘simple’ inauguration at QC Reception House By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated June 23, 2016 - 12:14pm 4 204 googleplus0 1


In this May 30, 2016 photo, Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. raise the hands of vice president-elect Leni Robredo with her daughters Jessica Marie, Janine Patricia and Jillian Therese joining them during proclamation rites at the session hall of the House of Representatives. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Vice President-elect Leni Robredo on Thursday announced that her inauguration will also be held on June 30 at the Quezon City Reception House.

Boyet Dy, the head of Robredo's transition team, said they picked the QC Reception House in New Manila which will serve as Robredo's office since President-elect Rodrigo Duterte preferred a separate inauguration in Malacañang where he will also hold office.

The mansion, formerly called the "Boracay Mansion," was supposedly owned by former president and current Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

“Gagawin natin ang inaugural sa Quezon City Reception House na siyang magiging opisyal na opisina ng ating pangalawang pangulo,” Dy said in a press briefing.

“Simple lang ang magiging seremonya ngunit mananatiling angkop sa okasyon,” he added.

Robredo will take her oath of office before Ronaldo Coner, captain of the "smallest, farthest and poorest" barangay, Punta Tarawal Calabanga in Camarines Sur.

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Dy apologized since there will only be 300 guests invited to the inauguration which will start at 9:30 a.m. He added that a “thank you” celebration for Robredo’s supporters will follow at the QC Memorial Circle in the afternoon.

“Dahil limitado ang espasyo sa venue, humihingi kami ng paumanhin sapagkat nasa tatlong daang bisita lang ang inaasahang makakadalo sa nasabing okasyon. Dahil dito minarapat naming magkaroon ng isang pasasalamat si VP Leni sa Quezon City Memorial Circle sa hapon din ng June 30,” Dy said.

According to Dy, the guests will be composed of members from all sectors of society especially from the “laylayan ng lipunan.”

On June 15, Bong Go, Duterte's executive assistant said the separate inauguration will benefit Robredo since it will not restrict the guests whom she wished to be invited to the oath-taking ceremony.

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JV Ejercito, others ordered arrested over guns bought with calamity funds (philstar.com) | Updated June 22, 2016 - 1:22pm 1 11 googleplus0 0


Sen. Ejercito faces a separate graft charge over the purchase of high-powered guns with calamity funds at the Sandiganbayan's 5th Division. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, file

MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court has found probable cause to try Sen. Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito and other San Juan City officials for technical malversation over an allegedly anomalous purchase of high-powered guns with calamity funds.

Aside from Ejercito, who was San Juan mayor when the purchase was made in 2008, the court also found probable cause to try former Vice Mayor Leonardo Celles and Sangguniang Panglusod members Angelino Mendoza, Rolando Bernardo, Domingo Sese, Francisco Zamora, Dante Santiago, Grace Perdines, Francis Keith Peralta, Eduardo Soriano, Jannah Ejercito-Surla and Joseph Christopher Torralba for the same crime.

"Let [warrants] of arrest be issued against all the accused," the Sandiganbayan's 6th Division said in a resolution promulgated Monday.

The case stems from the purchase of 20 submachine guns with P2.1 million in calamity funds while the city was not under a state of calamity. Prosecutors said the purchase was done without bidding and that submachine guns are not among the items that calamity funds can be used to buy.

The members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan were charged for passing an ordinance that allowed the purchase of the guns with calamity funds while Ejercito, as mayor, approved the purchase.

RELATED: JV Ejercito pleads not guilty to graft raps

In a statement sent to and shared online by ABS-CBN's Carolyn Bonquin, Ejercito said he is optimistic that he will be acquitted of the charges.

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"I want trial to start right away. We will not cause any delay as i want to clear my name as soon as possible," he also said.

Vice Mayor Francis Zamora, who was a councilor at the time of the purchase, meanwhile said the council members cannot be charged with technical malversation because they are not "accountable officers". He explained the council did not hold the money for the guns nor disburse it for the purchase.

The court, in its resolution, said that similar arguments are "but matters of defense that are best addressed during the trial of this case."

The Sandiganbayan's 5th Division also earlier ordered Ejercito arrested for graft over the same purchase. He posted P30,000 bail in that case. — Jonathan de Santos


INQUIRER

Duterte names ex-schoolmate Rodolfo Salalima DICT head By: Nestor Corrales @NCorralesINQ
INQUIRER.net 06:09 PM June 22nd, 2016


Rodolfo A. Salalima, PHOTO FROM GLOBE

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has named a former schoolmate and an expert in the telecommunications field head of the newly formed Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

In a statement released on Wednesday, telecommunications giant Globe announced that lawyer Rodolfo A. Salalima was picked by Duterte to head the DICT, “which is mandated to formulate and implement policies that will promote the development and use of ICT in the country.”

INQUIRER.net has sought the confirmation from Duterte’s camp about the appointment but has not responded as of posting time.

Salalima previously served as a Senior Vice President for Corporate and Regulatory Affairs of Globe until 2008.

He is currently the President of the Philippine Chamber of Telecommunications Operators, Inc. (PCTO) and a Board Director of the Telecoms Infrastructure Corporation of the Philippines (TELICPHIL).

In 2011, he was tapped Asia Pacific Representative and Vice Chairman of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council Working Group for the Amendment of the ITU Constitution and Convention based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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He started his career in the ICT as Board Director and Corporate and Chief Counsel of Radio Communications of the Philippines (RCPI) and as Vice President and Head of Legal and Human Relations of International Communications Corporation (renamed Bayantel).

In 2015, Salalima authored the book “Telecommunications in the Information Revolution,” a treatise and law book on the national policy on telecommunications published by the UP Law Center.

Salalima is a magna cum laude graduate in Philosophy and Bachelor of Laws cum laude graduate from San Beda College in Manila. RAM

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Tan retained as national treasurer under Duterte By Prinz Magtulis (philstar.com) | Updated June 23, 2016 - 3:17pm 2 283 googleplus0 0


Incoming Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez says National Treasurer Roberto Tan was instrumental in seeing interest rates on government debts drop. File photo

Davao City — National Treasurer Roberto Tan will keep his post under the Duterte administration, the incoming Finance chief said.

"No plans at the moment to make any change," Finance Secretary-designate Carlos Dominguez said in an e-mail.

He said this when he was asked if he will keep Tan, 60, on his current post as earlier suggested.

Dominguez had indicated Tan to be doing well as treasurer, overseeing the Philippines's innovative debt issuances under the outgoing government.

Among others, he managed the maiden global peso bond offering in 2011, considered a first in Southeast Asia as debt issued in local currency but settled in dollars.

A total of $1 billion was awarded during that offer.

He was also instrumental in seeing interest rates on government debts drop as the Philippines achieved investment grade status.

For instance, the 25-year US dollar bonds issued last February fetched a record-low average rate of 3.7 percent. The government sold $2 billion.

As of the first quarter, the weighted average interest rate of the National Government's debt was at 5.11 percent, another low on record.

"That (re-appointment) is a confirmation they are doing the right things," said Jonathan Ravelas, chief market strategist at BDO Unibank Inc.

"Good for the Treasurer and the markets," he added.


INQUIRER

Butch Ramirez accepts PSC chair post By: June Navarro @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer
06:51 PM June 22nd, 2016


William “Butch” Ramirez.

Former Philippine Sports Commission chair William “Butch’’ Ramirez is back to continue his legacy in the government sports agency.

Ramirez, who sat as PSC chair from 2005 to 2009, confirmed Wednesday that he has accepted the offer of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the country’s sports development programs.

As the comebacking chair of the sports-funding commission, Ramirez vowed to revive the institute of sports and expand the regional training centers in the provinces, projects discontinued by his successors after he stepped down seven years ago.

“There’s an instruction from the President that we have to go to the provinces and the communities to identify more talents,’’ said Ramirez, who is set to take over the chores of outgoing chair Richie Garcia on July 1.

He will meet with Garcia at the PSC administration office on June 28 to discuss the transition as instructed by incoming Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

According to Ramirez, Presidential special assistant Christopher “Bong’’ Go would formally announce the rest of the PSC board members prior to Duterte’s oath-taking on June 30 with basketball legend Ramon Fernandez as one of the commissioners.

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“We will visit the PSC on Tuesday so we can discuss important matters like the Olympics and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, and at the same time set the new direction of the new administration,’’ said Ramirez.

During his term, Ramirez was the chief architect of the country’s first overall title in the Southeast Asian Games in 2005 Manila and was also credited for the impressive output of four gold medals by the national athletes in the 2006 Doha Asian Games.

He served as the Philippine chef de mission on both tournaments. Ramirez is the only two-time chair of the agency since the PSC was created in 1990.

“I’m not going to the (Rio de Janeiro) Olympics. I’ll focus on the SEA Games preparation apart from the institute of sports and regional training centers,’’ said Ramirez.

He initially begged off from regaining his post due to the administrative cases filed against him after his term.

“But sports is the closest thing to my heart. I’ll face these charges because it’s part of the democratic process,’’ said Ramirez.

 “But it will not stop us from achieving our goals in sports,” he added.

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SPORTS DEVPT FUND: Ramirez asked to hound Pagcor on 5 percent share Written by Julius Manicad Saturday, 25 June 2016 00:00

If he would have his way, outgoing Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Ricardo “Ritchie” Garcia would rather have the agency he’s leaving soon chase its full five percent share from the Pagcor’s gross revenue.

Saying his failure to collect their share from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) remains his biggest frustration, saying the amount could fund the country’s chase for Olympic glory, among others.

Garcia, the longest serving chairman of the government sports agency, yesterday said he will personally ask incoming PSC chief William “Butch” Ramirez to collect their full share from the gross income of Pagcor as stated in the Republic Act 6847 or the law that created the PSC in 1990.

The PSC has not claimed around P10 billion from its national sports development fund that could have financed the athletes’ training and participation in major international tournaments — since Pagcor reduced its remittance to just 2.13 percent in 1993 since the term of President Ramos.

Pagcor officials claimed that the reduction was caused by their deduction of government share, taxes and other subsidies. Only after these have been deducted that the Pagcor computed the PSC’s five percent share, which Garcia said is faulty.

Garcia said Ramirez should fight for the PSC’s share in order to properly run the PSC and finance its programs, including the grassroots projects, international trainings, the Philippine Sports Institute and the establishment of a modern training center.

“I will ask him to get our full five percent share from Pagcor and continue our plan of building a modern training center for our athletes,” said Garcia, who was part of the PSC board of commissioners when Ramirez was the PSC chairman from 2005 to 2009.

“That is my frustration. That’s why I will ask incoming chairman Ramirez to implement it during his term not just for the agency, but also for the athletes as well.”

Ramirez, however, has his own troubles with Pagcor and the Ombudsman.

PAGCOR FUND MISUSE


DECEMBER 17, 2013 PHOTO:  Efraim-Genuino-in-trouble-with-Ph-government - The Philippines’ Commission on Audit has come down hard on ex Pagcor CEO Efraim Genuino over what it deemed as mis-using government funds to buy, of all things, movie tickets. Genuino, together with eight former Pagcor officials, have been ordered by the COA to return Php26.7 million, money the group used to buy 89,000 tickets for the movie “Baler” back in 2008.

Ramirez, together with former Pagcor chairman Efraim Genuino, was charged with multiple graft for allegedly spending P37 million of public funds to pay for the training venue of swimmers for the London Olympics from 2007 to 2009.

The Office of the Ombudsman said the release of Pagcor fund was “in all violation of pertinent laws or government auditing and accounting rules and regulations” because the fund went straight to the Trace Aquatic Center owned by Genuino’s family.

Also accused was Philippine Amateur Swimming Association (Pasa) president Mark Joseph.

The case was already filed at the Sandiganbayan third division, headed by Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang. Genuino already posted P90,000 bail for his temporary liberty two weeks ago.

Ramirez’s appointment, however, could directly affect the outcome of the investigation of Sandiganbayan since he will be heading the same agency that got embroiled in controversy.

Sources said the Ombudsman could issue a preventive suspension against Ramirez while an investigation is ongoing.

“It’s either he declines the appointment out of delicadeza or the Ombudsman issues a preventive suspension right away,” said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Ramirez said he was supposed to decline the appointment, but no less than incoming President Duterte was said to have called him about his designation.

“How can I say no to the President,” said Ramirez, adding that he will face his charges while serving as head of the government sports agency. “Sports is the closest thing to my heart. I will face these charges because it’s part of the democratic process.”

Aside from Ramirez, also set to be appointed as sports commissioners is PBA legend Ramon Fernandez.

Sportswriter Charles Maxey of Sunstar Davao is also being mentioned as a possible appointee to the powerful PSC board.

[William "Butch" Ramirez (born 1951 or 1952) is a Filipino sportsman. Ramirez is the incoming Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman under the President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's administration, and will replace Richie Garcia in the position.

Ramirez is the only chairman of the government sports funding arm who served for two terms, first from 2005 to 2009 under former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and second is from 2016 onwards under President Duterte. FROM WIKIPEDIA]


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Duterte signs P38B deal to develop Davao City’s coastline by Yas D. Ocampo June 22, 2016 Share8 Tweet1 Share1 Email1 Share108


President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File) President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

DAVAO CITY – Outgoing Mayor Rodrigo Duterte signed a P38-billion joint venture agreement (JVA) with property developer Mega Harbour Port Development Inc. that would change the landscape of this city’s coastline, with the creation of four artificial islands with a land area of 200 hectares.

Duterte, who will be assuming the presidency on June 30, signed the JVA Tuesday together with Mega Harbour president Victor Songco, just minutes before the President-elect addressed businessmen at the Sulong Pilpinas business forum at the SMX Convention Center here.

Under the JVA, Harbour Port will undertake the four-island project that will include the construction of an international port, industrial and commercial components, and a government center.

One of the islands will have a land area of 75 hectares for an international port and five hectores for a government center that will eventually be turned over to the Davao City local government.

A central business district and shopping complex will comprise around 39 hectares.

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Around 60 hectares of the reclaimed land will be allocated for residential and tourist centers, while around 41 hectares will be allocated for the development of townships.

The developer will allot P1.1 billion for the redevelopment of the slum areas along the coastlines, specifically the creation of access roads, breakwaters, and floodgates, stretching across kilometers of coastline densely populated by informal settlements.

The City Council, in previously granting Duterte to sign on behalf of the city, had particularly made as a condition that no informal settler-family would be displaced because of the project.

The JVA will now have to be forwarded to the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), which will recommend the next steps to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

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Duterte blasts critics of his killing policy Written by Ted Tuvera Saturday, 25 June 2016 00:00



Despite drawing flak for his anti-crime directives that resonate shoot-to-kill orders, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his determination to kill suspected criminal and drug syndicates.

In his speech yesterday in Davao City, Duterte said criminal law does not deter criminals from doing crimes but death penalty “as a form of retribution” is the most effective as far as he’s concerned.

Lashing out anew on his critics with regards to his killing policy

“If we implement death penalty, criminals will be horrified. How can it succeed if it is rarely done? But I will do it and hang them,” the long-time Davao City mayor known as the ‘Punisher’ emphasized.

He also told policemen who were there in his speech that they should expect a pay hike under his watch, especially if they can kill criminals at once.

“If you encounter a criminal, ask him to surrender. But if it’s a hopeless case, go ahead, shoot first,” Duterte said.

“Do not be afraid to do your job and do not die. You die first, poor you. If you kill a criminal, I will give you a medal,” he added.

The incoming president was already warned by no less than human rights observers from the United Nations.

Duterte gained a notorious reputation for allegedly tolerating the vigilante Davao Death Squad (DDS) that has been victimizing alleged drug peddlers and criminals over the period of Duterte’s reign as Davao City mayor.

Duterte also assailed the government’s failure to address the drug situation in the country.

“How can you call this gov’t functioning if there is drug manufacturing and distribution inside prison?” he said.

“Drugs has reduced humans into a bestial stage. That’s what my critics fail to understand,” Duterte added.

Meanwhile, youth group Anakbayan expressed concern over the recent spate of summary killings and mass arrest of petty criminals days before incoming President Duterte’s inauguration, saying this may prove detrimental to the war against drugs he promised during the elections.

“We believe that Duterte’s campaign against dangerous drugs and crime is a boon to the poor who are everyday victimized by criminal syndicates. But focusing on small-time criminals may be a way of diverting our attention from the big crime lords,” said Anakbayan Secretary General Einstein Recedes.

The youth leader said that eliminating crime, especially the lucrative dangerous drugs trade, in 3 to 6 months would require going after big fish who may include scrupulous military and police generals and corrupt government officials who serve as protectors and associates of organized crime.

“Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs drive should get the big fish. He must do what the outgoing administration has not done by weeding out the drug lords, crime bosses, and their protectors in government, military, and police,” Recedes emphasized.


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