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COA: 10 GOVT OWNED CORPs (GOCCs) FAILED TO REMIT BILLIONS IN DIVIDENDS TO THE TREASURY (BTr) IN 2015 AND PREVIOUS YEARS
(The COA ordered the GOCCs to remit their dues to the BTr.)
[ALSO ON TAX REFORM: Gov't to shield poor from wider consumption tax]


OCTOBER 31 -In an annual financial report released recently, the Commission on Audit (COA) ordered the agencies to comply with Republic Act 7656 or the GOCC Dividend Law.
At least 10 government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) owe the government billions in dividends not remitted to the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) in 2015 and in previous years. In an annual financial report released recently, the Commission on Audit (COA) ordered the agencies to comply with Republic Act 7656 or the GOCC Dividend Law. The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. ranks first among GOCCs that failed to remit dividends to the government with P27.28 billion. READ MORE...ALSO ON TAX REFORM:
Gov't to shield poor from wider consumption tax...

ALSO: Comelec now preparing for 2019 polls
ALSO: More airports to be constructed under Duterte admin]


NOVEMBER 1 -Based on Resolution No. 10167 dated Oct. 28, the Comelec had set the resumption of voters’ registration for overseas absentee voting on December 1. Philstar.com/File Photo
Barely six months after the May 9 general elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is preparing for the midterm polls on May 13, 2019. Based on Resolution No. 10167 dated Oct. 28, the Comelec had set the resumption of voters’ registration for overseas absentee voting on Dec. 1. “The Commission fixes the registration period for overseas voting from Dec. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2018,” stated the resolution. The resolution, promulgated Oct. 25, shows that for OAV, the voter registration shall be from Dec. 4, 2017 to Dec. 30, 2017; and Jan. 2, 2018 to Sept. 29, 2018. READ MORE...ALSO,
More airports to be constructed under Duterte admin...

ALSO:
Public Utility professional drivers to undergo mandatory exam
[ALSO: Senate to start Cha-cha debates next year]


NOVEMBER 1 -To keep roads safe, professional drivers or drivers of public utility vehicles (PUV) – including those employed by companies – will have to undergo mandatory qualifying examinations. To keep roads safe, professional drivers or drivers of public utility vehicles (PUV) – including those employed by companies – will have to undergo mandatory qualifying examinations. The requirement will be a key provision in the proposed Traffic Crisis Act and the possible grant by the House committee on transportation of emergency powers to President Duterte. Reps. Gus Tambunting, Alfred Vargas and Winnie Castelo and House Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu said it’s time for the government to address the problems brought about by unqualified and abusive PUV drivers. READ MORE...RELATED, Senate to start Cha-cha debates next year...

ALSO: Palace keeps silent amid killing of NARCO Mayor Espinosa in jail
[RELATED: Lacson - Mayor Espinosa’s slay a ‘clear case of extrajudicial killing’]


NOVEMBER 4 -Police chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa presents Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. to the press. PNP PIO/Released, File photo
Malacańang on Saturday offered no response to the report that Albuerra town Mayor Rolando Espinosa was killed after a shootout with police. “Right now it’s really under investigation so wala po tayong actual na komentaryo patungkol diyan," said Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella over government-run radio dzRB. Espinosa was killed by police after he and another detainee named Raul Yap allegedly resisted arrest on Saturday early morning. READ: Narco-mayor Espinosa killed in jail Based on reports, operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of Region 8 tried to serve a warrant for the mayor in connection with illegal possession of firearms inside his cell. READ MORE...RELATED, Lacson: Mayor Espinosa’s slay a ‘clear case of extrajudicial killing’...

ALSO: ‘White House’ of Iloilo Mayor linked to illegal drug trafficking now object of Ombudsman Visayas scrutiny
[RELATED REPORTED MARCH 2016: Iloilo mayor faces raps over unexplained wealth]


NOVEMBER 1 -HOUSE WITH A VIEW The controversial house of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog on the bank of the scenic Iloilo River is being investigated by the Ombudsman. —NESTOR P. BURGOS JR.
ILOILO CITY—Promenaders would hardly miss the so-called White House on the edge of the scenic Iloilo River Esplanade, now the object of scrutiny by investigators looking at the assets of its owner, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, who has been accused of involvement in the illegal drug trade. The three-story structure at Barangay Tap-oc in Molo District lies along the kilometer-long prime recreational area for walking, jogging, open-air dining and venue for water sports. Photos of the White House have gone viral online since President Duterte identified Mabilog as among the officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs. READ MORE...RELATED, Iloilo mayor faces raps over unexplained wealth...


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COA: 10 GOCCs failed to remit billions in dividends


In an annual financial report released recently, the Commission on Audit (COA) ordered the agencies to comply with Republic Act 7656 or the GOCC Dividend Law.

MANILA, NOVEMBER 7, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Michael Punongbayan November 1, 2016 - At least 10 government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) owe the government billions in dividends not remitted to the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) in 2015 and in previous years.

In an annual financial report released recently, the Commission on Audit (COA) ordered the agencies to comply with Republic Act 7656 or the GOCC Dividend Law.

The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. ranks first among GOCCs that failed to remit dividends to the government with P27.28 billion.

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The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. is second with P23.82 billion, followed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. with P15.40 billion and Philippine Sugar Corp. with P441.26 million.

State auditors said the Local Water Utilities Administration owes the government P343.19 million, the Philippine Postal Corp. P356.4 million, Philippine Rice Research Institute P82.27 million and the National Food Authority P6.48 million.

The Civil Aviation of the Philippines and the Philippine Aerospace Development Corp. have unpaid dividends of undetermined amounts.

The COA ordered the GOCCs to remit their dues to the BTr.

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TAX REFORM: Gov't to shield poor from wider consumption tax ABS-CBN News Posted at Nov 01 2016 05:14 PM


UNDERSECRETARY KARL KENDRICK CHUA Senior Country Economist, World Bank (Manila)

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to expand consumption taxes is not anti-poor, the Department of Finance said Tuesday.
The poor will continue to receive subsidies while senior citizens will still enjoy value added tax exemptions on raw food, medicine and education, said undersecretary and chief economist Karl Kendrick Chua.

Duterte's tax reform plan calls for the lifting of VAT exemptions and imposing new levies on petroleum and sugary drinks while lowering personal income taxes for middle-income earners to 25 percent from 32 percent. Tax rates for the ultra-rich or those who earn more than P5 million annually will be raised to 35 percent.

"Rather than being anti-poor, the tax reform plan will actually correct the injustice of only a few enjoying the benefits of growth," Chua said in a statement.

"Our primary goal here is to give everyone a better chance of building a more stable future by equalizing opportunities for all through the adoption of a simpler, fairer and more efficient tax system," he said.

Duterte promised to lower income taxes during the campaign and reiterated this during his first State of the Nation Address in July.
The current 32-percent income tax is the highest in Southeast Asia and has been seen as a turnoff for investors.


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Comelec now preparing for 2019 polls By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 1, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Based on Resolution No. 10167 dated Oct. 28, the Comelec had set the resumption of voters’ registration for overseas absentee voting on December 1. Philstar.com/File Photo

MANILA, Philippines - Barely six months after the May 9 general elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is preparing for the midterm polls on May 13, 2019.

Based on Resolution No. 10167 dated Oct. 28, the Comelec had set the resumption of voters’ registration for overseas absentee voting on Dec. 1.

“The Commission fixes the registration period for overseas voting from Dec. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2018,” stated the resolution.

The resolution, promulgated Oct. 25, shows that for OAV, the voter registration shall be from Dec. 4, 2017 to Dec. 30, 2017; and Jan. 2, 2018 to Sept. 29, 2018.

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Qualified to sign up as overseas voters are all citizens of the Philippines, who are abroad or will be abroad during the 30-day voting period; at least 18 years old on election day; and are not otherwise disqualified by law.

In Comelec Resolution No. 10166, on the other hand, the poll body had set the voters’ registration for local voters from Nov. 7, 2016 to April 29, 2017, from Mondays to Saturdays.

Records showed there were 54.36 million voters in the May 9 elections, including 1.37 million Filipinos abroad.

The Comelec had decided to resume the voters’ registration after the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls, which were supposed to be conducted yesterday, were moved to October 2017.

Women voters

To allow more women to register as voters, the Comelec has urged local governments to open their respective day care centers when voter registration resumes on Nov. 7.

In Resolution No. 10166, the Comelec said they want more women to participate in the elections so they hope that day care centers would be operational on this day.

“In the conduct of registration, the Election Officers (EO) shall encourage the LGUs, through the Gender and Development Focal Point System Office, to open their day care centers during registration days, at no cost to the Commission,” the Comelec said.

The poll body had also ordered the EOs to assist women carrying small children when they come to register.

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More airports to be constructed under Duterte admin Staff Report Published: November 2, 2016


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Considering the Duterte administration’s focus on infrastructure development, experts say that airport construction in the country is expected to pick up between 2019 and 2022.

“We expect airport construction to pick up following a slowdown over the past several years, as the Duterte government focuses on infrastructure development outside of the Metro Manila region and as strong passenger growth places capacity pressures on existing facilities,” Fitch-owned BMI Research said in an industry analysis released.

BMI said it forecasts growth in the Philippines’ airports segment to pick up between 2019 and 2022 as construction begins on a number of upcoming projects, and expects real growth in the segment to average 4.9 percent over the same period.

This is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of several proposed airport projects, his promise to reform and speed up public-private partnership (PPP) program timelines, and improved relations with China, all of which will help projects overcome limitations in the Philippines’ institutional capacity, it added.

Meanwhile, ten infrastructure projects are up for the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said last month.

These include the North-South Railway Project, the Metro Manila Bus Rapid Transit, and the Bicol International Airport Project, the NEDA said in a statement.


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Professional drivers to undergo mandatory exam By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 1, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


To keep roads safe, professional drivers or drivers of public utility vehicles (PUV) – including those employed by companies – will have to undergo mandatory qualifying examinations.

MANILA, Philippines - To keep roads safe, professional drivers or drivers of public utility vehicles (PUV) – including those employed by companies – will have to undergo mandatory qualifying examinations.

The requirement will be a key provision in the proposed Traffic Crisis Act and the possible grant by the House committee on transportation of emergency powers to President Duterte.

Reps. Gus Tambunting, Alfred Vargas and Winnie Castelo and House Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu said it’s time for the government to address the problems brought about by unqualified and abusive PUV drivers.

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Accidents and traffic congestion are mostly caused by undisciplined drivers.

Under the proposed setup, professional drivers will have to undergo mandatory written and practical examinations for free.

The removal of old and dilapidated vehicles from the streets may be included in the President’s emergency powers and the

Land Transportation Office will test the roadworthiness of all public vehicles.

“We have to crack the whip on these erring drivers, many of whom we suspect can hardly understand traffic symbols and have been lording it over our main thoroughfares, endangering the lives of the public,” Vargas said.

Castelo, chairman of the House committee on Metro Manila development, said the traffic situation has been affecting the people’s economic activity and has become a national crisis that needs immediate and long-term solutions.

Abu said the issue of public safety is being taken lightly by the continued presence of old and dilapidated vehicles on the road.

“We have to guarantee that only roadworthy vehicles can ply the roads and only qualified drivers are permitted to drive,” he said.

Tambunting, chairman of the House committee on games and amusement, said issues concerning drivers’ competency and vehicle’s roadworthiness should be prioritized under the proposed measure.

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Senate to start Cha-cha debates next year By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 1, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said he sees the chamber starting discussions on Charter change, particularly on proposals for a shift to a federal form of government, early next year.

MANILA, Philippines - Senators will heed President Duterte’s call for speedier action on proposals to amend the Constitution to pave the way for a federal form of government, but will oppose any attempt to abolish the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said he sees the chamber starting discussions on Charter change, particularly on proposals for a shift to a federal form of government, early next year.

He said he expects his colleagues to engage one another in heated debates on the issue.

“What we can do is to either pass a resolution convening a constituent assembly (con-ass) or pass a law for a constitutional convention (con-con),” Sotto said in a telephone interview.

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Duterte on Saturday said he is willing to step down from office as soon as the federal form of government is in place. He said such a form of government would allow regions to grow faster.

“I give you my word, if the framework is already there, I will resign to give way to the new president,” Duterte said.

Under a con-ass both the Senate and the House of Representatives convene as one body to write amendments to the Constitution. This mode is cheaper and is more convenient for proposing amendments.

A con-con is composed of elected delegates representing congressional districts and various sectors who will convene as a separate body to write the amendments.

The con-con is expected to cost billions and its life will depend on how long the delegates will take to finish their work. Supporters, however, believe the con-con is less susceptible to influence by political parties.

There are several bills pending before the Senate committee on constitutional amendments, chaired by Sen. Franklin Drilon, on Charter change.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III is also pushing for the federal system but has vowed to defend the chamber from moves to have it abolished.

He stressed the Senate would remain a “political firmament” even in a federal Philippines.

“I assure you that although I am very happy to be remembered as the Centennial Senate President, I do not want to be remembered as the last Senate President,” Pimentel said in his speech at the 100th anniversary celebration of the chamber last month.

Sotto said the con-ass resolution could be easily approved in the Senate if it would be stated in the measure that both chambers of Congress would be voting separately once the body is convened.

The Constitution is silent on whether the Senate and the House should vote separately or jointly in a con-ass. Senators fear congressmen, who number nearly 300, would outvote them.

There are proposals in the House for a federal-parliamentary form of government where there will only be one legislature. “The bicameral system is appropriate for our country,” Sotto said.

Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito said a federal form of government must be clearly explained to Filipinos since it is a new idea for them. “If ever, massive information campaign has to start now,” Ejercito said.

For Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, amending the Constitution to set the stage for federalism should be done through con-con.

“There is definitely less resistance to, and more support for, a constitutional convention in the House as well as in the Senate. If we want Charter reforms to succeed, we have to do it right. We have to learn the lessons of the past,” Atienza said.

“The people are entitled to elect a new set of representatives to propose improvements to the Constitution,” Atienza, who is also the senior deputy minority leader of the House opposition bloc, pointed out.

“We in Congress were not specifically selected by the people to tamper with and mess around with the Constitution. We were chosen as district and party-list representatives mainly to pass laws,” he pointed out.

Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia has moved for a con-ass through a resolution filed with the House committee on constitutional amendments. Reps. Albee Benitez of Negros Occidental and Vicente Veloso of Leyte endorsed the resolution.

The committee led by southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado approved the resolution last Oct. 19 after a 32-7 vote with three abstentions.

“The results of the voting show that the committee approves the concurrent resolution calling Congress as a constituent assembly for purposes of revising the Constitution,” Mercado announced. – With Delon Porcalla


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Palace keeps silent amid killing of Mayor Espinosa By Kristine Daguno-Bersamina (philstar.com) | Updated November 5, 2016 - 4:09pm 31 197 googleplus1 0


Police chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa presents Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. to the press. PNP PIO/Released, File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Malacańang on Saturday offered no response to the report that Albuerra town Mayor Rolando Espinosa was killed after a shootout with police.

“Right now it’s really under investigation so wala po tayong actual na komentaryo patungkol diyan," said Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella over government-run radio dzRB.

Espinosa was killed by police after he and another detainee named Raul Yap allegedly resisted arrest on Saturday early morning.

READ: Narco-mayor Espinosa killed in jail

Based on reports, operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of Region 8 tried to serve a warrant for the mayor in connection with illegal possession of firearms inside his cell.

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An anti-crime watchdog has called for an investigation of the circumstances of the killings, wondering how the slain mayor and the other inmate got hold of guns and what prompted them to clash with several policemen while in detention.

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Last week, police killed another town mayor, Samsudin Dimaukom, and nine of his men allegedly in a gunbattle in Makilala town in North Cotabato.

READ: Maguindanao mayor on 'narco list' killed in police shootout

Espinosa and Dimaukom were among more than 160 officials named publicly by Duterte in August as part of a shame campaign.

His son, Ronald "Kerwin" Espinosa Jr., an alleged drug lord, was arrested in the United Arab Emirates' capital city of Abu Dhabi last month.

After being linked by Duterte to illegal drugs, Espinosa surrendered to the national police chief in August in a nationally televised event. He was later released but was arrested last month after being indicted on drug and illegal possession of firearm charges.

Police estimate that more than 3,600 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed since Duterte took office on June 30. Many of those killed in the initial months of the crackdown were poor drug suspects, and police said "high-value targets," including mayors and drug lords, would be their next target in a new phase of the crackdown that was launched last week.

The unprecedented crackdown and killings have helped considerably ease crimes, but U.S. officials led by President Barack Obama and other western governments, along with human rights watchdogs, have been alarmed and called for an end to the killings. One human rights advocate has called the killings under Duterte a "human rights calamity."

Duterte has lashed out at Obama and other critics, saying he was dealing with a pandemic that has afflicted politics, corrupted even generals and threatened to turn the country into what he describes as a "narco state" similar to some Latin American countries. - with reports from the Associated Press

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Lacson: Mayor Espinosa’s slay a ‘clear case of extrajudicial killing’ SENATOR SEEKS REVIVAL OF EJK PROBE By: Tarra Quismundo / @TarraINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:22 PM November 05, 2016


Senator Panfilo Lacson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES

MANILA, Philippines— Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson is keen to call for a resumption of the just concluded Senate inquiry into the spate of drug-related deaths following Saturday’s killing of drug suspect Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., who was said to have fought back police while being served an arrest warrant at a Leyte jail.

Lacson said he would discuss with Senate justice and human rights committee chair Richard Gordon the possibility of resuming the investigation as he called Espinosa’s killing “a clear case of EJK (extrajudicial killing).”

READ: Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa killed in ‘firefight’ inside jail


Rolando Espinosa Sr.. JULLIANE LOVE DE JESUS/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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“I think that incident is the biggest challenge to the credibility of the PNP that could affect even the other operations involving drug suspects killed under similarly suspicious circumstances,” said Lacson, a former national police chief.

“I will discuss the possibility of resuming the EJK investigation with Sen Gordon and focus on the Espinosa killing when session resumes on Monday,” he said.

Lacson, chair of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, co-led the inquiry which wrapped up last month. Gordon is expected to finalize the committee report at the resumption of the session this week.

READ: Senate panel set to clear Duterte on extrajudicial killings

Lacson said his “primary interest” in seeking to revive the probe “is the possible cover up for bigger personalities as motive.”

The lawmaker just could not believe what he described “a very bad script,” that is the official version of how Espinosa had died.

“I can’t understand for the life of me how a prisoner inside a prison cell could even think of fighting back at police officers serving a warrant for his arrest,” said Lacson.

He also cast doubt on why officers of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, instead of a court sheriff, were sent to serve the warrant on Espinosa “since he was detained anyway,” or why it had to be sent personally “when they could simply coordinate with the [jail] warden.”

Lacson also noted that the prisoner sharing Espinosa’s cell was also killed, “therefore no witness could testify.”

“Now, I dare them to answer these questions and more in order to convince me to believe their story,” he said in response to a request for comment.


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OMBUDSMAN’S FACT-FINDING INVESTIGATION:
‘White House’ of Mayor linked to illegal drug trafficking now object of scrutiny
By: Nestor P. Burgos Jr. / @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:25 AM November 01, 2016 H


HOUSE WITH A VIEW The controversial house of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog on the bank of the scenic Iloilo River is being investigated by the Ombudsman. —NESTOR P. BURGOS JR.

ILOILO CITY—Promenaders would hardly miss the so-called White House on the edge of the scenic Iloilo River Esplanade, now the object of scrutiny by investigators looking at the assets of its owner, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, who has been accused of involvement in the illegal drug trade.

The three-story structure at Barangay Tap-oc in Molo District lies along the kilometer-long prime recreational area for walking, jogging, open-air dining and venue for water sports.

Photos of the White House have gone viral online since President Duterte identified Mabilog as among the officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs.

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Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog. FACEBOOK

The mayor has repeatedly denied the allegation. But his inclusion on the drug list has heightened curiosity and focus on the source of his wealth and assets.

His house was cited in the criminal and administrative complaints filed by former provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada in the Office of the Ombudsman and the Office of the President against the mayor for alleged unexplained wealth and plunder.

FACT FINDING INVESTIGATION

The Ombudsman Visayas is conducting a fact-finding investigation on the house based on Mejorada’s complaint.

P50 million? Mejorada, a longtime critic of Mabilog, claimed that the cost of the house could reach P50 million based on its size and features.

On Oct. 25, the mayor and his wife, Marivic, opened their house for the first time to reporters.

Marivic said the house, constructed over three years, cost P7.9 million. It is among the properties declared in Mabilog’s 2015 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

“We wanted you to see for yourself and know the truth,” Marivic said.

She said she and her husband earlier ignored negative posts on social media about their house “because we know and are comfortable with the truth.”

But they decided to invite reporters after relatives abroad told them about the viral social media posts.

House plan

The house sits on a 200-square-meter lot within the family compound. The first floor is an open hall with its back wall facing the river and adjacent to the promenade.

The master bedroom, living area and kitchen are on the second floor, which opens to two terraces, one facing the river. The third floor has two bedrooms with a common bathroom for their 21-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.

“We only have a P10-million view,” Marivic said in belying allegations on the cost of the house.

Mabilog has insisted that his assets were accumulated from his earnings as a businessman and that of Marivic, who was employed for 21 years, rising to become vice president for finance and comptroller of Terracom Geotechnique, a geodetic engineering firm based in Calgary, Canada. She retired in December 2014.

“We saved for this house and this is among the fruits of our labor,” Marivic said.

But Mejorada alleged that the house cost much more than what Mabilog had declared and beyond the means of the couple.

High-end

Citing data from a tax declaration covering the property, Mejorada said the house had a floor area of 555.51 square meters with a market value of P5,551,070 and assessed value of P2,775,540.

But he said the construction costs, including those for mechanical and electrical fixtures, could be P35 million.

The estimated cost of a detached high-end house ranges from P53,900 per sqm to P63,150 per sqm, he said, citing Construction Cost Handbook for the Philippines (2015).

He said the cost could be higher, claiming that the glass windows were supplied by Kenneth & Mock, which specializes in top-of-the-line windows and doors.

The installation cost of the glass windows is estimated to be between P5 million and P7 million, he said.

Mejorada served as campaign manager and spokesperson of businessman Rommel Ynion whom Mabilog defeated in the 2013 mayoral election.

In his 2015 SALN, Mabilog declared a net worth of P64,670,405.75—up from his declared net worth of P62,149,312.74 for 2014.

Lifestyle check

A lifestyle check on Mabilog conducted by the Ombudsman noted that the mayor’s net worth as indicated in his SALN increased from P7,379,576,30 in 2004 to P9,711,868.28 in 2005. It increased to P16,515,195 in 2006 and reached P44,454,432.30 in 2007.

Mabilog served as city councilor from 2004 to 2007 and vice mayor from 2007 to 2010. He was elected mayor in 2010, reelected in 2013, and is serving his third term, which ends in 2019.

The Ombudsman reported that Mabilog had an annual salary of P281,064 as city councilor, P321,540 as vice mayor and P564,743 as mayor.

Mabilog has said his increased net worth was a result of business earnings as marketing director of Airtropolis Philippines, a custom brokerage firm, and interests in Pan Pacific Food Services.

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RELATED EARLIER REPORT FROM THE INQUIRER

Iloilo mayor faces raps over unexplained wealth By: Nestor P. Burgos Jr. / @inquirerdotnet
Inquirer Visayas / 02:01 AM March 14, 2016


Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog

ILOILO CITY—The Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas has approved the filing of charges against this city’s mayor for unexplained wealth, noting his net worth had nearly tripled in just one year when he was vice mayor.

In a 16-page report, the Ombudsman-Visayas recommended the filing of criminal charges against Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, an ally of the administration, after a lifestyle check indicated possible violations of Republic Act No. 1379 or the Unexplained Wealth Act.

The report alleged Mabilog had accumulated assets manifestly out of proportion to his lawful income as vice mayor.

Reached for comment, Mabilog referred the Inquirer to his lawyer, Joenar Pueblo, who denied the charges.

“We have all the documents which we will submit to the Ombudsman to show that the increase in (Mabilog’s) net worth is justifiable,” ť Pueblo said.

The Ombudsman-Visayas said Mabilog’s net worth as indicated in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) increased from P7.37 million in 2004 to P9.711 million in 2005. It rose to P16.51 million in 2006 and spiked to P44.45 million in 2007.

HOUSE AND LOT IN CANADA

Pueblo said the sharp increase in Mabilog’s assets from 2006 to 2007 was due to the purchase of a house and lot in Canada by his wife, Ma. Victoria, who worked there.

“The property was purchased through a bank loan,”ť Pueblo said.

In his SALN from 2004 to 2007, Mabilog declared that he was marketing director of Airtropolis Phils., a customs brokerage firm, while his wife was comptroller at Terracon Geotechnique, a geodetic engineering firm in Calgary, Canada.

In his 2006 and 2007 SALN, Mabilog declared he was also chair of Pan Pacific Food Services.

The Ombudsman’s report was submitted on March 10, 2014, by investigator Theodore Banderado and approved by Paul Elmer Clemente, Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas, on Nov. 12, 2015.

Former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada, who filed the complaint against Mabilog on Nov. 16, 2011, received a copy of the report on March 11.

Mejorada said in a statement that a forfeiture case for the confiscation of unexplained wealth had also been filed against Mabilog.

Mabilog served as city councilor from 2004 to 2007 and vice mayor from 2007 to 2010.

He was elected mayor in 2010 and is serving his second term. He is seeking a third term in May.


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