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DU30 FIRED ALL POLITICAL APPOINTEES IN GOVT
[TOO MANY CORRUPTION COMPLAINTS: Duterte said while he hates dismissing public employees, he had to do it because of several complaints of corrupt practices and that he cannot attend to each of the cases brought before him. “If I go there everyday, I would not have time to be President and sit there and make crucial decisions for the country. So I will declare all the position (vacant), there are the assistant. There’s always a deputy or even the first clerk, they can take over until such time I decide whether I will dispose of you or not,” he said. He said he has a commitment to give the Filipino people a clean government and “it would maybe, along the way, cost the employment of some who are really the corrupt.”]
[RELATED: Business groups on Rody’s first 50 days - So far, so good]


AUGUST 22 -Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the mass dismissal will not derail government services. “If these officials are going to be kicked out, it’s not going to be a problem. We have competent deputies, career officers and a lot of better government employees to deliver the government’s services to the people,” Andanar said. Meanwhile, Andanar said that he has already acted swiftly on the protest made by anonymous employees within Malacañang over alleged inhumane labor practices.
 President Duterte fired all political appointees in government yesterday citing the pervasive corrupt practices in public offices as he said that the dismissal order takes effect today. “I would like to issue a warning that on Monday (today), I would declare all positions in the government...If you are there because of a presidential appointment, I will declare all your positions all throughout the country vacant,” Duterte said in a pre-dawn news conference in Davao City. “All, even numbering thousands, consider yourself in the crucible of the truth about corruption. If you are there to commit corruption, day in and day out, please stay out,” he said. Most of those in the bureaucracy, particularly those in the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) failed to measure to his standards against corruption, Duterte said. “LTO, regulatory bodies, be prepared to be assigned in Jolo and in Basilan. You will deserve the ambiance, enjoy the environment, you have only yourself to blame for being corrupt,” Duterte said. “I do not want to give the slightest headache to my fellow human beings. Until now, in my provincial visits, I still hear corruption being committed by people, especially in the regulatory agencies,” he added. Duterte said he will summon the heads of the LTFRB and the LTO, whom he appointed, to Malacañang today. Duterte, however, said the termination order does not include members of his cabinet and career officers. Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the mass dismissal will not derail government services. “If these officials are going to be kicked out, it’s not going to be a problem. We have competent deputies, career officers and a lot of better government employees to deliver the government’s services to the people,” Andanar said. Meanwhile, Andanar said that he has already acted swiftly on the protest made by anonymous employees within Malacañang over alleged inhumane labor practices. READ MORE...RELATED,
Business groups on Rody’s first 50 days: So far, so good...

ALSO: Duterte threatens to take PH out of UN
[Duterte said the UN special rapporteurs broke protocol when they aired a statement criticizing his administration.
“You do not just throw that kind of allegations or statement without even coming here,” he said, “You’re just relying on the reports of newspapers and tabloids. That’s what you do.”]
[RELATED: Threat must not be taken seriously, say 2 senators]


AUGUST 21 -President Duterte on Sunday threatened to withdraw the country’s membership in the United Nations (UN) amid calls from rights experts to put an end to extrajudicial killings. Duterte hit the UN’s supposed meddling in the state affairs when special rapporteurs from the intergovernmental body welcomed the challenge to look into the rising death toll attributed to the administration’s intensified war against illegal drugs. READ: Duterte hits ‘stupid’ UN criticism of PH anti-drug campaign “Maybe we just have to decide to separate from the United Nations,” Duterte said in an early morning press conference in Davao City. “Kung ganyan kayo kabastos eh umalis na kami diyan sa inyo,” he added. (If you are that rude, we might just as well leave.) Duterte said the UN special rapporteurs broke protocol when they aired a statement criticizing his administration. “You do not just throw that kind of allegations or statement without even coming here,” he said, “You’re just relying on the reports of newspapers and tabloids. That’s what you do.”
READ MORE...WATCH DU30 ON VIDEO SLAMS U.N... RELATED, Threat must not be taken seriously, say 2 senators...

ALSO:
VP streamlines housing procedures from 27 requirements to just nine



AUGUST 21 -Vice President (VP) and Housing Czar Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo has cut down to nine the number of requirements for socialized housing projects from the original 27 documents.
This will make it easier for communities and homeowners associations to submit their documents for the Community Mortgage Program. The CMP is under the Social Housing Finance Corp. (SHFC), one of the shelter agencies of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), which Robredo heads. “We want to make our services more efficient so we can scale up the number of families we can serve,” said Robredo. Ana Oliveros, president of SHFC, said it is the housing agency that will “procure several documents from government agencies and local government units on behalf of the communities.” Both Robredo and Oliveros signed the rules on the reduced number of requirements in Naga last Thursday. These rules aim to help prevent communities from being subjected to the payment of illegal “facilitation fees.” “Ultimately, our goal is to streamline all processes and processing time will be reduced to 15 to 30 days,” Robredo said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Guidelines on accessing gov’t records out today
[PH gov’t website getting a makeover to ensure it is free of 'divisive politics']


AUGUST 21 -The government will release today a manual on procedures, processing and requests for access to information in all offices under the executive branch. Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Martin Andanar said the government has completed the People’s Freedom of Information (FOI) manual and will distribute it to all government offices this week. The creation of the people’s FOI manual was in line with Executive Order No. 2 signed by President Duterte giving greater public access to official records and documents within the executive branch. “We were assigned by Executive Secretary to craft the FOI manual template and the manual template is complete. It was finalized last Friday,” Andanar said over government radio. “By Monday, we will send it to various agencies,” he added. Under EO 2, the People’s FOI Manual must contain the location and contact information of the offices where the public can obtain information or submit requests; the person or office responsible for receiving requests; and, procedure for filing and processing of the request. READ MORE... RELATED, PH gov’t website getting a makeover...

ALSO: 3 ‘IS sympathizers’ killed in Sarangani military ops


AUGUST 22 -Three members of a terrorist group identifying themselves with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or IS) were killed during a clash with government forces in Sarangani province Saturday afternoon. Capt. Rhyan Batchar, spokesman for the Army’s 10th Infantry Division (ID), said the counter-terrorism operation was conducted by combined elements of the Army’s 1002nd Brigade and local police against the Ansar Al Khilafah Philippines (AKP), led by Mohammad Jaafar Sabiwang Maguid, alias Tokboy. A firefight ensued around 5 p.m. along Sitio Lebe, Barangay Daliao in Maasim town – resulting in the killing of three unidentified terrorists whose bodies were recovered from the encounter site. Also recovered were one Carbine rifle, an M-79 grenade launcher, a rifle scope, a black flag with ISIS logo and an empty ammunition for M-203. According to Batchar, local residents reported the presence of Maguid’s group in the area, including foreign-looking individuals. “The populace in the said area disclosed to the authorities the presence of alias Tokboy’s AKP group which has more or less 17 members. The populace furthered that among the sighted group were some unidentified foreign nationals,” he said. There was no reported casualty on the government side. read more...

ALSO: Ninoy still inspires, will always be relevant – Noy
[RELATED TARMAC RITES: ‘Best tribute to Ninoy is support for Duterte's war on drugs’ - Marcos opposiitonist Heherson Alvares]


AUGUST 22 -Former president Benigno Aquino III visits the tomb of his parents as he leads family, friends and supporters in commemorating the 33rd death anniversary of former senator Benigno Aquino Jr. at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City yesterday. MIGUEL DE GUZMAN
MANILA, Philippines – There was no fanfare on the part of his family, but the death of former senator and democracy icon Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was remembered by Filipinos in various ways and some did it with fun to celebrate what he had done for the country. His only son and namesake, ex-president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who led his family in offering prayers for Ninoy at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City expressed belief that his father’s famous words: “The Filipino is worth dying for,” would always be relevant. Aquino’s former officials and other relatives, friends and supporters also joined in commemorating the 33rd death anniversary of Ninoy, who was assassinated on Aug. 21, 1983 upon return from exile from the United States after years of fighting the Marcos dictatorship. According to the former president, his father remains an inspiration especially during difficult times. He has also been saying when he was president that Filipinos must not take for granted the many freedoms that they were enjoying now. “Maybe if we go back to all the hardships he had to go through and which he went through… he did not lose faith in God and our fellowmen,” Aquino said, adding his father was vindicated in what he was fighting for when three years after his assassination or in 1986, a peaceful revolution occurred – something that the world did not think was possible to happen. Aquino said what he had to experience would be small compared to what his father and late mother, Corazon or “Cory”, also an ex-president, and other Filipinos had to deal with. And because of this, “I say if they were able to cope with the trials maybe we could do the same,” Aquino said. READ MORE...RELATED TARMAC RITES,
 ‘Best tribute to Ninoy is support for Duterte's war on drugs’ - Marcos opposiitonist Heherson Alvares...


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Duterte fired all political appointees in govt


Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the mass dismissal will not derail government services. “If these officials are going to be kicked out, it’s not going to be a problem. We have competent deputies, career officers and a lot of better government employees to deliver the government’s services to the people,” Andanar said. Meanwhile, Andanar said that he has already acted swiftly on the protest made by anonymous employees within Malacañang over alleged inhumane labor practices.

MANILA, AUGUST 22, 2016 (TRIBUNE) Written by Ted Tuvera Monday, 22 August 2016 00:00 - President Duterte fired all political appointees in government yesterday citing the pervasive corrupt practices in public offices as he said that the dismissal order takes effect today.

“I would like to issue a warning that on Monday (today), I would declare all positions in the government...If you are there because of a presidential appointment, I will declare all your positions all throughout the country vacant,” Duterte said in a pre-dawn news conference in Davao City.

“All, even numbering thousands, consider yourself in the crucible of the truth about corruption. If you are there to commit corruption, day in and day out, please stay out,” he said.

Most of those in the bureaucracy, particularly those in the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) failed to measure to his standards against corruption, Duterte said.

“LTO, regulatory bodies, be prepared to be assigned in Jolo and in Basilan. You will deserve the ambiance, enjoy the environment, you have only yourself to blame for being corrupt,” Duterte said.

“I do not want to give the slightest headache to my fellow human beings. Until now, in my provincial visits, I still hear corruption being committed by people, especially in the regulatory agencies,” he added.

Duterte said he will summon the heads of the LTFRB and the LTO, whom he appointed, to Malacañang today.

Duterte, however, said the termination order does not include members of his cabinet and career officers.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the mass dismissal will not derail government services.

“If these officials are going to be kicked out, it’s not going to be a problem. We have competent deputies, career officers and a lot of better government employees to deliver the government’s services to the people,” Andanar said.

Meanwhile, Andanar said that he has already acted swiftly on the protest made by anonymous employees within Malacañang over alleged inhumane labor practices.

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Last Friday, through an open letter to members of the Malacañang Press Corps, an employee of the National Information Bureau and the Presidential News Desk narrated how they are being harassed by their higher-ups under Andanar.

Declared vacant are all the positions occupied by presidential appointees down to the regional level.

Too many corruption complaints



Duterte said while he hates dismissing public employees, he had to do it because of several complaints of corrupt practices and that he cannot attend to each of the cases brought before him.

“If I go there everyday, I would not have time to be President and sit there and make crucial decisions for the country. So I will declare all the position (vacant), there are the assistant. There’s always a deputy or even the first clerk, they can take over until such time I decide whether I will dispose of you or not,” he said.

He said he has a commitment to give the Filipino people a clean government and “it would maybe, along the way, cost the employment of some who are really the corrupt.”

“If I go there once, twice, and still I hear about complaints, and if you are a presidential appointee, meaning to say I appoint you or you were appointed by the previous president, the appointing authority has the power to appoint and the power to dismiss, without any reason, except loss of confidence in your ability to deliver your mandate,” he emphasized.

Last Friday, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra announced the resignation of LTFRB XI Director Benjamin Go and the filing of retirement by LTFRB XI Administrative Officer Edgar Violan after a spot audit conducted nationwide of all LTFRB
 transactions showing several case folders with alleged questionable franchise issuance and which were brought to Manila for further investigation.

Delgra together with board member lawyer Aileen Lizada-Lopez met with officials and employees of LTFRB XI on August 11 followed by a reshuffling of employees and directors once he completes consultation and meetings in all regional offices on September.

Delgra, who was among the first appointees of the Duterte administration had been instructed by President Duterte to rid the agency of corruption. Delgra said there is an ongoing investigation within LTFRB nationwide.

Lopez said a nationwide review of the agency’s work showed there are spurious decisions made by some LTFRB officials.
While she did not refer to any particular regional office, Lopez said one regional office in Luzon would collect as high as P200,000 for one franchise.

Delgra said even former regional directors have alliances in fixing activities that despite incomplete documents, some operators hold franchises.

“We break the butter” referring to alleged SOPs for processing of franchising and other documents.

 
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FULL PRESSCON INTERVIEW: President Rodrigo Duterte (August 21, Davao City) CNN Philippines CNN Philippines Published on Aug 20, 2016 President Rodrigo Duterte faced the media in the wee hours of Sunday in Davao City. The President talked about his war on drugs and corruption – and also revealed pieces of evidence linking Sen. Leila de Lima to the drug trade. He also ordered all appointive government posts vacant starting tomorrow, in line with his campaign for a clean government.

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Business groups on Rody’s first 50 days: So far, so good By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 22, 2016 - 12:00am 0 62 googleplus0 0


Business groups polled by The STAR have given the President and his team a passing grade for their initial 50 days in office, except for some concerns raised regarding their observance of due process. Paulo Alcazaren

MANILA, Philippines – The country is now more than halfway through the Duterte administration’s first 100 days and the business community so far likes what it is seeing.

Business groups polled by The STAR have given the President and his team a passing grade for their initial 50 days in office, except for some concerns raised regarding their observance of due process.

“So far so good for the Duterte administration. I will give a grade of eight with 10 as the highest,” Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) president Perry Pe said.

“We like what we see. Hopefully he will stay the course,” Employers Confederation of the Philippines president Donald Dee said.

For Pe, among the things his group liked the most are the focus on infrastructure spending, bold moves toward foreign direct investment and ease of doing business, move to get federalism and tax reform going, as well as peace initiatives with militant groups, and campaign against criminality.

“However, we want a little more ASEAN initiative (and also) more government compassion with regard to the name and shame campaign, and more recognition of at least the procedural due process aspect,” Pe said.

As one of the largest and most influential business groups in the country, the MAP earlier submitted its wish list for the Duterte administration in its first 100 days in office.

The wish list included short-term, medium-term, and long-term solutions to Metro Manila’s traffic and transportation problems; simplification of the tax system; and speeding up of infrastructure development.

The Makati Business Club, meanwhile, declined to give its assessment of the current administration’s first 50-day performance yet, saying the period is still too short.

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), for its part, lauded the Duterte administration for its efforts during its first 50 days in fulfilling its promise to eradicate the drug trade throughout the country.

In a statement over the weekend, PCCI president George Barcelon said the peace and order situation as perceived by the citizenry added optimism and confidence for the business community to expand their operations.

Barcelon cited the on-time submission of the first Duterte budget to Congress and the issuance of an executive order on Freedom of Information as early indications of the new administration’s commitment to stability and predictability of business policies.

“The government budget signaled what the business community could expect as opportunities given the government’s advocacies for tax reform and for construction of more quality infrastructures,” Barcelon said.

“These indicators would guide businessmen in making decisions for trade and investments projects that create more jobs, raise incomes and spread the benefits of economic growth to as many Filipinos as possible,” he added.

The foreign business community shared the same positive sentiments as their local counterparts.

EUROPEN CHAMBER

European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) president Guenter Taus said his group is pleased to see that the President’s economic team acted way ahead of the inauguration of Duterte with a 10-point economic agenda agreed upon in Davao.

“Reflecting back upon the first 50 days of the new government, we can see that the administration is willing and working with the various chambers, and hard in creating change,” Taus said.

“We are happy with the way the budget is being prepared with appropriations in those sectors that will drive investments and employment, infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism,” ECCP senior advocacy adviser Henry Schumacher added.

Compared to the previous administration, Schumacher said ECCP is convinced that public-private partnership projects will be implemented without delay under the current government leaders.

“However, still much to be done, such as in traffic and public transportation. But we have to be fair and simply give government more time in order to fulfill their many difficult tasks. The ECCP is in close touch with the administration in supporting them wherever and whenever they need business to come and work hand in hand with government to expedite change,” Taus said.


INQUIRER

Duterte threatens to take PH out of UN SHARES: 20.1K VIEW COMMENTS By: Anthony Q. Esguerra @AEsguerraINQ INQUIRER.net 07:23 AM August 21st, 2016

President Duterte on Sunday threatened to withdraw the country’s membership in the United Nations (UN) amid calls from rights experts to put an end to extrajudicial killings.

Duterte hit the UN’s supposed meddling in the state affairs when special rapporteurs from the intergovernmental body welcomed the challenge to look into the rising death toll attributed to the administration’s intensified war against illegal drugs.

READ: Duterte hits ‘stupid’ UN criticism of PH anti-drug campaign

“Maybe we just have to decide to separate from the United Nations,” Duterte said in an early morning press conference in Davao City.

“Kung ganyan kayo kabastos eh umalis na kami diyan sa inyo,” he added. (If you are that rude, we might just as well leave.)

Duterte said the UN special rapporteurs broke protocol when they aired a statement criticizing his administration.

“You do not just throw that kind of allegations or statement without even coming here,” he said, “You’re just relying on the reports of newspapers and tabloids. That’s what you do.”

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Reminding the UN that he was not just a mayor anymore, the Chief Executive demanded to see the rapporteur in the Philippines or somewhere else.

“Let them talk to me and let them face me with hard facts,” he added.

Earlier, presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the government did not extend any invitation to any third-party observer, adding that “the drug situation is being responsibly addressed by Philippine authorities.”

Duterte said the “inutile” UN, which could not end wars and maintain peace among its members, had not done any good for the Philippines.

“So take us out of your organization. You have done nothing. Where were you here the last time? Never. Except to criticize,” he said.

“When have you done a good deed to my country?”

The UN, he said, should refund the country’s financial contribution “so we can go out.”

“I can build so many rehabilitation centers with that amount,” he said.

He brought out the possibility of forming a new intergovernmental organization with China and African countries./rga

 
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WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR THE WORLD, MR UNITED NATIONS? Duterte says UN listening to 'intrigues' against him INQUIRER.net INQUIRER.net  Published on Aug 21, 2016 President Duterte on Sunday threatened to withdraw the country’s membership in the United Nations (UN) amid calls from rights experts to put an end to extrajudicial killings.

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Threat must not be taken seriously, say 2 senators SHARES: 920 VIEW COMMENTS By: Tarra Quismundo @TarraINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:23 AM August 22nd, 2016



WAS IT JUST another one of the President’s impetuous statements?

At least two senators think so, saying President Duterte’s threat to withdraw the Philippines from the United Nations should not be taken too seriously.

“I don’t take it seriously. We are one of [the United Nations’] founding members,” Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto said on Sunday.

The United Nations was founded on Oct. 24, 1945. The Philippines was one of the 51 founding members of the world body.

A Filipino diplomat, Carlos P. Romulo, served as president of the Fourth Session of the United Nations General Assembly and as chair of the UN Security Council from 1949 to 1950.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said he believed Mr. Duterte knew that leaving the United Nations would be detrimental to the Philippines.

“He is a very intelligent man. Leaving the UN will throw our nation back to the Stone Age. He knows very well that being an isolationist country is not in the best interest of the Filipino people,” he said on Sunday.

UN help

The United Nations has played a key role in international response to disasters in the Philippines, including mobilizing global resources to bring aid to areas of the country devastated by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) in 2013, looking after people displaced by conflict and funding programs for the benefit of children.

“I haven’t seen the actual press conference, but knowing the President, this is probably one of his off-the-cuff remarks to state his point,” Gatchalian said, adding that the context of Mr. Duterte’s statement must be considered.

Sen. Richard Gordon had a more serious take on Mr. Duterte’s latest tirade against the United Nations, saying it was the President’s way of telling the world body not to judge him too quickly and to respect his sovereign exercise of authority.

“As far as I’m concerned, to me it’s a notice to the UN: ‘Don’t be too quick to judge your partners,’” Gordon said by phone on Sunday.

“It’s his way of telling the UN, ‘Hey, I’m doing my work here. I need your help. I don’t need your criticism,’” he said.

Gordon said Mr. Duterte was “just giving [the criticism back to the United Nations] in spades.”

“As much as you’re quick to attack me, I will be quick also to say maybe I don’t need you anymore,” Gordon said.

Global approach

He said the United Nations may just instead take a look at how to stop the transnational spread of illegal drugs, and advise governments in origin countries to do something about it.

Gordon again urged the Duterte administration to issue a note verbale to China and demand an explanation, as much of the drugs that reach the Philippines come from the mainland.

He said he would write Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. to take such a step.


Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto and Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian FILE PHOTOS

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Mr. Duterte’s defeated vice presidential running mate, defended the President’s statement, saying it was just the way Mr. Duterte communicated.

“I’ve always explained the way the President communicates. He always uses argumentum ad absurdum, where you bring the argument to the absurd,” Cayetano said.

UN chief’s criticism

“I cannot speak for him, but my interpretation of what he said, that we should just leave [the United Nations], means that if you (UN officials) cannot be fair, the UN officials and you cannot see what we’re doing to keep the people peaceful and give them security, what is the organizations for?” he said.

Cayetano cited UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s criticism of Mr. Duterte’s statement in June that corrupt journalists were legitimate targets of assassination as an “apparent endorsement of extrajudicial killings, which is illegal and a breach of fundamental rights and freedoms.”

Ban’s criticism was “out of order” and did not represent the sense of the United Nations, Cayetano said.

He said Ban and the UN human rights rapporteurs were “not the [United Nations].”

Only a resolution passed by the UN General Assembly constitutes the sense of the organization in its entirety, he said.


MANILA BULLETIN

VP streamlines housing procedures from 27 requirements to just nine by Raymund F. Antonio August 21, 2016 Share27 Tweet5 Share1 Email2 Share83


Vice President (VP) and Housing Czar Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo has cut down to nine the number of requirements for socialized housing projects from the original 27 documents.

This will make it easier for communities and homeowners associations to submit their documents for the Community Mortgage Program.

The CMP is under the Social Housing Finance Corp. (SHFC), one of the shelter agencies of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), which Robredo heads.

“We want to make our services more efficient so we can scale up the number of families we can serve,” said Robredo.

Ana Oliveros, president of SHFC, said it is the housing agency that will “procure several documents from government agencies and local government units on behalf of the communities.”

Both Robredo and Oliveros signed the rules on the reduced number of requirements in Naga last Thursday.

These rules aim to help prevent communities from being subjected to the payment of illegal “facilitation fees.”

“Ultimately, our goal is to streamline all processes and processing time will be reduced to 15 to 30 days,” Robredo said.

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Socialized housing projects have been delayed due to conflicting registrations of homeowners associations in the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board. (HLURB).

The processing of documents in housing takes as long as two years because of red tape.

Beneficiaries of housing programs had to absent themselves from work or their livelihoods and incur additional travel expenses for the processing of capital gains tax exemptions (CGTE).

Under the proposed agreements, HLURB is developing an online integrated database for the registration of homeowners while BIR will decentralize the processing of CGTE applications.

HLURB is also working with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to come up with a harmonized land use plan that will eliminate the need for communities to get another level of clearance from DAR to convert agricultural to residential lands for on-site projects.

SHFC will also coordinate with the Land Registration Authority (LRA) to facilitate the issuance of the titles covering community-housing projects.


MANILA BULLETIN

Guidelines on accessing gov’t records out today by Genalyn Kabiling August 21, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share1



The government will release today a manual on procedures, processing and requests for access to information in all offices under the executive branch.

Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Martin Andanar said the government has completed the People’s Freedom of Information (FOI) manual and will distribute it to all government offices this week.

The creation of the people’s FOI manual was in line with Executive Order No. 2 signed by President Duterte giving greater public access to official records and documents within the executive branch.

“We were assigned by Executive Secretary to craft the FOI manual template and the manual template is complete. It was finalized last Friday,” Andanar said over government radio.

“By Monday, we will send it to various agencies,” he added.

Under EO 2, the People’s FOI Manual must contain the location and contact information of the offices where the public can obtain information or submit requests; the person or office responsible for receiving requests; and, procedure for filing and processing of the request.

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It must also include the standard forms for requests and proper acknowledgment of requests; process for disposition of requests; procedure for administrative appeal of denial for access to information; and schedule of applicable fees.

The list of information exempted from public disclosure, however, has yet to be finalized.

Andanar said the Department of Justice and the Office of the Solicitor General are expected to submit the inventory of exceptions by August 29.

Afterwards, Andanar said the implementing rules of the FOI EO are expected to be completed by November.

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PH gov’t website getting a makeover by Genalyn Kabiling August 21, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0


Martin Andanar (mb.com.ph)

The official website of the Philippine government is getting a slight makeover to ensure it would be free of “divisive politics.”

Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Martin Andanar said the Official Gazette will return to its original mandate as the official repository of government documents and speeches.

The Official Gazette, the country’s official journal, went online at the start of the Aquino administration in 2010.

“We observed that the online version of Official Gazette has already deviated from its mandate. It has become a lifestyle magazine of some sorts, politicizing most of what is supposed to be factual, disallowing proper context to every historical piece and laws,” Andanar said in a statement.

“Hence, the Official Gazette online version remains, but this time, as what it is supposed to be: the official repository of government documents and speeches. We will make sure that every piece of history has a context. We will make sure, that the Official Gazette is devoid of divisive politics,” he added.

Andanar encouraged the public to visit the Official Gazette at www.facebook.com/govph and www.twitter.com/govph.

The website www.gov.ph seen as Gazette newspaper, on the other hand, would now become the Philippine Government Portal, a one-stop shop for all government e-services, according to Andanar.

“This will also serve as the guide for Filipino and non-Filipino citizens whenever they need to know something like transportation means, Pag-IBIG and SSS applications, passport appointments, among others,” he said.

The print edition of the Official Gazette would also continue to be circulated, Andanar said.

All Republic Acts, executive and administrative orders, and circulars are circulated in accordance with the prescriptions of the legislature, he added.

All social media communications of the President’s programs and initiatives, on the other hand, shall be posted Facebook and Twitter by the Presidential Communications, according to Andanar.

Andanar said they also created a new online platform for “ Laging Handa,” the crisis communication center of the Philippines.

“We aim to consolidate all updates from all agencies in one page, including all government efforts to manage the situations,” said Andanar about the sites www.gov.ph/laginghanda, www.facebook.com/LagingHandaPHL , and www.twitter.com/LagingHandaPH .


TRIBUNE

3 ‘IS sympathizers’ killed in Sarangani military ops Written by Mario J. Mallari Monday, 22 August 2016 00:00



Three members of a terrorist group identifying themselves with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or IS) were killed during a clash with government forces in Sarangani province Saturday afternoon.

Capt. Rhyan Batchar, spokesman for the Army’s 10th Infantry Division (ID), said the counter-terrorism operation was conducted by combined elements of the Army’s 1002nd Brigade and local police against the Ansar Al Khilafah Philippines (AKP), led by Mohammad Jaafar Sabiwang Maguid, alias Tokboy. A firefight ensued around 5 p.m. along Sitio Lebe, Barangay Daliao in Maasim town – resulting in the killing of three unidentified terrorists whose bodies were recovered from the encounter site.

Also recovered were one Carbine rifle, an M-79 grenade launcher, a rifle scope, a black flag with ISIS logo and an empty ammunition for M-203.

According to Batchar, local residents reported the presence of Maguid’s group in the area, including foreign-looking individuals.

“The populace in the said area disclosed to the authorities the presence of alias Tokboy’s AKP group which has more or less 17 members. The populace furthered that among the sighted group were some unidentified foreign nationals,” he said.

There was no reported casualty on the government side.

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Brig. Gen. Ronald Villanueva, 1002nd Brigade commander, said the operation was in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to address the terrorist threat in the country.

“The President is serious in dealing with ISIS or Daesh that is trying to enter our country. This is the reason the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and the PNP (Philippine National Police) jointly conducted this counter-terrorism operation to eliminate this threat that endangers the safety and well-being of the residents of Maasim and the neighboring municipalities of Sarangani province,” said Villanueva.

Duterte has earlier warned that if not address now, the country would be facing ISIS presence within seven years.
Villanueva cited the efforts of local populace for the information leading to the neutralization of the terrorists in Barangay Daliao.

The military has maintained that there is yet no validation of ISIS presence in the Philippines but admitted there are groups that wanted to identify themselves with the Daesh, among these were AKP and the Abu Sayyaf.

This despite persistent reports and video’s showing ISIS recognition of ASG’s Isnilon Hapilon as its emir or leader in southern Philippines.


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Ninoy still inspires, will always be relevant – Noy By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 22, 2016 - 12:00am 0 4 googleplus0 0


Former president Benigno Aquino III visits the tomb of his parents as he leads family, friends and supporters in commemorating the 33rd death anniversary of former senator Benigno Aquino Jr. at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City yesterday. MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

MANILA, Philippines – There was no fanfare on the part of his family, but the death of former senator and democracy icon Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was remembered by Filipinos in various ways and some did it with fun to celebrate what he had done for the country.

His only son and namesake, ex-president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who led his family in offering prayers for Ninoy at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City expressed belief that his father’s famous words: “The Filipino is worth dying for,” would always be relevant.

Aquino’s former officials and other relatives, friends and supporters also joined in commemorating the 33rd death anniversary of Ninoy, who was assassinated on Aug. 21, 1983 upon return from exile from the United States after years of fighting the Marcos dictatorship.

According to the former president, his father remains an inspiration especially during difficult times. He has also been saying when he was president that Filipinos must not take for granted the many freedoms that they were enjoying now.

“Maybe if we go back to all the hardships he had to go through and which he went through… he did not lose faith in God and our fellowmen,” Aquino said, adding his father was vindicated in what he was fighting for when three years after his assassination or in 1986, a peaceful revolution occurred – something that the world did not think was possible to happen.

Aquino said what he had to experience would be small compared to what his father and late mother, Corazon or “Cory”, also an ex-president, and other Filipinos had to deal with. And because of this, “I say if they were able to cope with the trials maybe we could do the same,” Aquino said.

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Aquino stressed he has high hopes for the country’s future despite challenges, noting the economic growth in the past six years that could be a good foundation for the current administration to provide a better life for the people.

Aquino said everything would boil down to the people as Filipinos would always try to excel in various fields given the right opportunities.

“The Filipinos’ abilities will shine. So maybe the issue must be how to maximize the opportunity for every Filipino,” Aquino said.

NOY TO BE QUIET FOR A YEAR ON PRESIDENT DUTERTE

Aquino declined to comment on President Duterte’s actions, saying he promised that he would be quiet for a year to give his successor time to “get used to the job,” which he could attest was never easy based on personal experience.

Understanding what Duterte needs to do, Aquino said it would be best to help the current president without necessarily giving him unsolicited advice.

Aquino said the “stress and pressure” on Duterte would be lessened if he would have at least a year for learning curve.

When asked about his former justice secretary and now Sen. Leila de Lima, Aquino said it would be best to avoid fighting and straying from the real issues.

“…hopefully there will be presentation of proof and evidence. The system, as provided by our laws, is there to make all those who committed wrongdoings responsible and to find out the truth,” Aquino said.

Duterte accused De Lima of having an illicit affair with her married driver and bodyguard, who allegedly collected protection money from convicted drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison.

De Lima denied the allegations, saying she was willing to resign and be shot if the charges against her would be proven true.

Tie a yellow ribbon

On social media, Filipinos made sure Ninoy was not forgotten by posting photos and videos of him and his iconic eyeglasses with accompanying messages.

Twitter user Jozy Acosta posted a photo of Ninoy’s funeral and said: “People who deserve a hero’s burial get one without having to ask #NinoyTRUEhero #rememberingNinoy,” apparently referring to the current debate on whether the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos should be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Various groups opposed the decision of Duterte to have Marcos buried at the heroes’ cemetery, saying the late dictator was no hero. The Supreme Court will decide on the matter.

As in any democracy, there were also unpleasant messages about Ninoy but a majority highlighted his contributions to the country’s freedom.

The ASEAN or Association of Southeast Asian Nations also remembered Ninoy through a tweet about his death anniversary along with government officials like Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Francis Pangilinan and organizations such UST Engineering SC, which tweeted: “May his words remind us that we are a strong nation if we are united with one cause. Happy Ninoy Aquino Day!”

SM City Masinag chose to make it fun and tweeted a poster stating: “On Aug. 21, wear your yellow shirt and get a free upsize on your Blizzard from regular to medium.” It was a promotional stint for Dairy Queen and the Blizzard offered were in different flavors.

Tragic return

The Ninoy Aquino Movement (NAM) again spearheaded this year’s commemoration of the martyrdom of Ninoy at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 tarmac where he was shot to death upon returning from the US via Taipei.

Former senator Heherson Alvarez, founding chairman of the NAM, said the 33rd death anniversary of Ninoy’s martyrdom was more significant this year considering that this would be the first under the Duterte administration.

Alvarez and other members of NAM, including relatives and friends, held a memorial mass at the NAIA tarmac led by NAIA chaplain Modesto Teston.

Alvarez noted the selflessness and patriotism of Ninoy in making sacrifices for the country.

He said Duterte must be also be cited for his determination to rid the country of the illegal drug problem.

Around 8:30 a.m., the group held a wreath laying at the Terminal 1 departure area followed by a mass at the tarmac and then proceeded to the NAIA Terminal 3 departure area, where the bronze bust of Ninoy was located, for a simple ceremony and photo opportunity. - With Rudy Santos

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‘Best tribute to Ninoy is support for war on drugs’ SHARES: 201 VIEW COMMENTS By: Jocelyn R. Uy @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:33 AM August 22nd, 2016


TARMAC RITES Former Sen. Heherson Alvarez, one of the leaders of the opposition to the Marcos dictatorship, and members of the August Twenty-One Movement commemorate the 33rd death anniversary of former Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. with a floral offering and a Mass at Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 1. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

THE MARTYRDOM of Benigno Aquino Jr. 33 years ago on Sunday was remembered with a floral offering, a serenade of his favorite song “Impossible Dream” and a call for Filipinos to support President Duterte’s war on drugs and corruption as the “best way” to pay tribute to the late opposition leader.


Mr. Heherson Alvarez

Ninoy Aquino Movement (NAM) founding chair Heherson Alvarez drew a parallel between the late Aquino’s “sense of high-mindedness and selfless patriotism” and Mr. Duterte’s determination to root out illegal drugs and large-scale corruption in the country.

A known anti-Marcos freedom fighter during the martial law years, Alvarez said Aquino’s love of country was the same that now empowered the “sagacious spirit” of the new President.

“Perhaps, we can best pay tribute to Ninoy by supporting this initiative as a beacon for change,” he said in a speech during the observance of Ninoy Aquino Day at Terminal 1 of the international airport that has been named after the martyred opposition leader.

The NAM holds a yearly commemoration of Aquino’s assassination near the site where he was shot dead on his return on Aug. 21, 1983, from three years of self-exile in the United States.

Following Aquino’s death, which paved the way for the return of democracy to the Philippines, NAM was organized by opposition members who were also exiled overseas but continued to resist the martial law regime.

Awardees

For this year’s commemoration, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at a granite marker at the departure area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport, followed by a Mass for Aquino near the spot where he was gunned down and the awarding of the Ninoy Aquino Medal of Valor to key figures who helped restore democracy in the country.

Flowers were also laid on the metal marker where Aquino fell on the tarmac.

The awardees for this year were former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation.

“We honor these men and institutions who distinctly and courageously fought for the freedom of the Filipino people, and strengthen that long struggle for Philippine democracy,” Alvarez said.

Performances

Pimentel was not present at the awarding. His wife, Bing, accepted the medal on his behalf.

Former Sen. Joey Lina sang the “Impossible Dream,” while the Lakbay Himig Choir, composed of musicians with disabilities, sang patriotic songs like “Bayan Ko,” “Magkaisa” and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon.”

Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, representing the Earthsavers Unesco Dream Center, read “Burning the Candle of My Life,” a poem written by Aquino.

Martyrdom

A former senator, Alvarez noted that this year’s observance of the martyrdom of Aquino was more significant as it was a first under the new administration.

“The burdens of the presidency to move our nation forward remain formidable and challenging and any President will always have his share of critics. However, we must be united to advance our common vision—the vision of a free people working to strengthen the abiding principles of tolerance, social justice and inclusive growth with adherence to human rights,” he said.

“Akin to Ninoy’s statement that ‘the Filipino is worth dying for,’ President Duterte has put his life on the line through his crusade of preventing our country [from] becoming a [narcostate], thus safeguarding the future of our youth,” he said.

Crackdown on drugs

Mr. Duterte’s crackdown on illegal drugs has driven hundreds of thousands of users and pushers to surrender to authorities and at the same time spawned extrajudicial killings, which human rights advocates and critics said brought back memories of abuses under martial law.

When asked how he would reconcile this with his call for support to Mr. Duterte’s initiatives as tribute to Aquino, who fought the atrocities of martial law, Alvarez replied: “There will be a lot of accusations thrown at you if you are doing something big.”

“But he (Mr. Duterte) also said this should be investigated but he would not back down from his fight against illegal drugs,” he said.

NAM’s yearly observance of Aquino’s martyrdom was held in collaboration with airport authorities, the August 21 Movement, Spirit of Edsa Foundation, Chino Roces Foundation and the Philippine ITI-Earthsavers Unesco Dream Center.


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