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P-NOY ENDORSES MAR FOR PRESIDENT


JULY 31 ---President Benigno Aquino III formally anoints Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, his fellow Liberal Party members, at Club Filipino in San Juan City on Friday, July 31, 2015. RTVM/Official Gazette
- President Benigno Aquino III on Friday officially anointed Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as the presidential candidate of the Liberal Party. Roxas was endorsed at the historic Club Filipino in San Juan City during an event dubbed as "A Gathering of Friends" attended by leaders of political parties, representatives from civil society and organizations, and national and local government officials. In his speech, Aquino vouched for the competence of Roxas, saying he is capable of continuing the "Daang Matuwid." "Dun na po tayo sa siguradong itutuloy ang 'Daang Matuwid.' At ang paniwala ko po ang taong ito, walang iba kundi si Mar Roxas," the president said. Aquino said he is sure Roxas "owes no debt of gratitude to any other" and "has no interest other than country before self." Aquino kept showering praises on Roxas, citing his past accomplishments such as bringing the business process outsourcing industry to the Philippines. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mar accepts Noy endorsement, vows to expand 'Daang Matuwid'


JULY 31 --Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II greets members and supporters of the Liberal Party after being endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III for president in 2016. Twitter.com/Abigail Valte
After being officially endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III as the standard bearer of the Liberal Party (LP) in the 20116 polls, Mar Roxas on Friday accepted the challenge to continue the administration's "Daang Matuwid" (straight path) principle.
In his acceptance speech, Roxas, an interior and local government secretary, said that the president's endorsement is like a passing the challenge of continuing the principles of his family, 'country first before self.' "Ako si Mar Roxas, tinatanggap ko ang hamon ng ating mga boss na ituloy at palawakin ang laban ng daang matuwid," an emotional Roxas said before the crowd of LP supporters and close friends at the historic Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City. Roxas is the son of the former Sen. Gerry Roxas and grandson of the late former President Manuel Roxas.READ MORE...

ALSO UNA: Aquino's endorsement of Mar won't be enough


JULY 30 --Vice President Jejomar Binay, President Benigno Aquino III and Mar Roxas, Liberal Party's 'presumptive' standard bearer in the 2016 polls during an event. Malacañang Photo Bureau/file
President Benigno Aquino III's endorsement of Mar Roxas will not be enough to improve the standing of the Interior and Local Government Secretary in the presidential surveys, an official of the opposition bloc United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said.
UNA Secretary General JV Bautista said that while a sitting President's anointment of a successor is a factor during elections, it might not be sufficient to salvage Roxas's poor showing in the polls. "The incumbent president's endorsement will always be a factor in our elections. In fact, it may be the only thing that Mar Roxas can hold on to," Bautista said in a text message to Philstar.com. READ MORE...PLUS, INSERT INFO FORMER PRESIDENT MANUEL ROXAS, 1946.......

ALSO: Grace Poe vows to support 'Daang Matuwid'


JULY 31 --Sen. Grace Poe has not yet announced her plans for the 2016 national elections. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, File
MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Grace Poe on Friday vowed to support the "Daang Matuwid" or straight path of President Benigno Aquino III. "I assure President Aquino that I will continue to walk the Daang Matuwid, because I believe it will be made more meaningful if more people continue the journey, wherever they may be and in whatever role they play," Poe said in a statement. The senator issued the statement following Aquino's endorsement of Roxas as the presidential candidate of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) for the 2016 national elections. Poe recognized the decision of Roxas "to offer himself as a possible president." "I am hopeful that the 2016 election campaign will be one of open discussion of issues and proposed programs of government that will build on what President Aquino has started," the senator added. Poe also expressed her gratitude to Aquino for considering to be one of his possible successors. READ MORE...

ALSO LIVE FEED: President Aquino's 2016 endorsement


JULY 31 --Follow Philstar.com’s coverage of President Benigno Aquino III’s endorsement of the Liberal Party's standard bearer.
The president is expected to announce the party's official presidential candidate and reveal the party's lineup for the 2016 elections. The event starts at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 31, 2015 in Club Filipino, San Juan City. We will be featuring updates with photos, videos and more. READ, WATCH MORE....

ALSO Palace: No lump sums in 2015 budget for Roxas’ poll kitty


AUUST 2 --ROXAS
The Palace yesterday was quick to deny allegations of lump sums in the budget being used for the elections next year. Malacanang said President Aquino assured that no public funds would be used for campaigning for 2016, even for Roxas.
“We have seen that in 2013. This is not the first election the administration has been involved with. We saw the President’s stands but he ensured that government resources won’t be used. We know the law and we follow it,” deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said. She likewise hit the opposition camp for accusing the administration of using billions of government funds to back up Roxas. Valte also challenged the opposition, saying “let’s look at the details… We are ready to answer those allegations especially if it is not right to throw it.”
This came after Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s accusations that the 2015 budget is riddled with lump sum and discretionary appropriations, which he likened to the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) tagged as “pork funds.” The PDAF and the DAP were consequently struck down by the Supreme Court (SC) in whole and in part, respectively. Former National Treasurer Leonor Briones, head convener of budget watchdog Social Watch Philippines, also noted that there are lump sum items in the budget for the 2016 poll year, which she noted as the administrations election budget next year. She said there was a notable increase of about P60 billion in the lump-sum items in the budget bill, which presents no specific details. Briones said it presents a threat that such would be national spending funds designed as election budget. Valte defended the administration’s budget saying it has sought to disaggregate the budget to the point of having lesser lump-sum discretionary funds to erase doubt on the possibility of misspending it. “It doesn’t mean that it is lump-sum it is already bad like as they want to see. Let us open it... Let us look at what it contains… We tried to disaggregate as much of the lump sums that there are. Let us compare lump-sums in 2010 to that of now, there is a big percentage that it has already went down,” Valte said. The allegations sent a ripple-effect, casting further fear among the public on the misuse of government funds as Roxas is yet to quit from his post. While it was customary for a sitting Cabinet secretary to quit his post in the intention of running for a following election, Roxas is to remain as head of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).READ MORE...

ALSO: Rebuilding not enough; U.N. report: Yolanda survivors still vulnerable 2 years after storm


AUGUST 1 --A family uses the tarpaulin/shelter kit from World Vision as temporary roof and walls to the house badly damaged by typhoon Yolanda. PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER LETE / WORLD VISION PHILIPPINES
UN report: ‘Yolanda’ survivors still vulnerable 2 years after storm The Philippines has not done enough to rebuild after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), as thousands remain in shanties without power or water for nearly two years, a United Nations representative said Saturday.Many storm survivors in Eastern Visayas have had to endure relocating to evacuation camps up to three times since Yolanda struck in 2013, and the sub-standard housing leaves them vulnerable to future typhoons, said Chaloka Beyani, UN special rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons.
“While the government is to be commended in terms of its immediate responses, its attention to ensuring sustainable durable solutions for IDPs (internally displaced persons) remains inadequate to date,” Beyani said in a statement posted on the UN website.Beyani was in the Philippines in late July to check on the government’s handling of people displaced by Yolanda and by fighting between the military and Muslim rebels in the south.Aside from falling short of safety standards, the wood-and-tin “bunkhouses” also leave women and girls vulnerable to sexual abuse and early pregnancy, Beyani said.READ MORE...


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PNoy endorses Mar for president


President Benigno Aquino III formally anoints Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, his fellow Liberal Party members, at Club Filipino in San Juan City on Friday, July 31, 2015. RTVM/Official Gazette

MANILA, AUGUST 1, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Louis Bacani - President Benigno Aquino III on Friday officially anointed Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as the presidential candidate of the Liberal Party.

Roxas was endorsed at the historic Club Filipino in San Juan City during an event dubbed as "A Gathering of Friends" attended by leaders of political parties, representatives from civil society and organizations, and national and local government officials.

In his speech, Aquino vouched for the competence of Roxas, saying he is capable of continuing the "Daang Matuwid."

"Dun na po tayo sa siguradong itutuloy ang 'Daang Matuwid.' At ang paniwala ko po ang taong ito, walang iba kundi si Mar Roxas," the president said.

Aquino said he is sure Roxas "owes no debt of gratitude to any other" and "has no interest other than country before self."

Aquino kept showering praises on Roxas, citing his past accomplishments such as bringing the business process outsourcing industry to the Philippines.

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The president also cited Roxas's work as interior and local government secretary, particularly in times of disasters such as the Bohol earthquake, Typhoon Yolanda and the Zamboanga siege in 2013.

"In my experience, I know that, whatever orders are given Mar, he will not leave until the situation is stable," Aquino said. "I know that everything is in good hands and that he does not need to wait for orders, just to ensure that all needs are met."

Aquino urged Filipinos to support Roxas in the 2016 elections, saying the latter will "fully break the system of patronage" and will not lead the country back to corruption and poverty.

"Let us examine what candidates have done; the longer their experience, the better, because it is in their experience that we will see evidence of their being true and excellent partners along the Straight Path," Aquino said.

"It is clear who, of all the choices, deserves to be our next leader," he added.

Aquino endorsed Roxas days after his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) wherein he lavished praises on the latter.

While Aquino has officially chosen Roxas as his preferred successor, he still did not name the vice presidential candidate of the Liberal Party.

'You can't put a good man down' In his SONA, Aquino described Roxas as a "good man" whom the "enemies of the Daang Matuwid" have tried but failed to bring down.

"Because you count, because your words matter, they have continued to do their best to put you down. Through their constant attacks on your character, your critics themselves have proven that they are afraid of your integrity, skill, and ability to do the job," Aquino told Roxas.

"It's only because they have nothing to boast of that they're trying to bring you down. Mar, you are proving: You can’t put a good man down," the president added.

As he again reminded the nation to continue treading the straight path after 2016, Aquino also urged Roxas to trust Filipinos that they will support him.

"Just as my mother and father had faith, so too should you have faith that our countrymen know who truly puts country before self," Aquino said.

Low ratings While his ratings have improved, Roxas is still behind his rival, Vice President Jejomar Binay, in the latest Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS) surveys on voters' preference for president.

In the Pulse Asia survey released on June 18, Roxas only got 10-percent support from Filipinos and tied with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada presidential candidates in fourth place.

Sen. Grace Poe topped the survey with 30 percent, finally surpassing Binay who had 22 percent. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ranked third with 15 percent.

In the SWS survey released also on June 18, Roxas's score went up from 15 percent to 21 percent but he still trailed behind Binay, 34 percent; and Poe, 42 percent.

In another survey that revealed 16 politicians who were considered by voters for vice president, Roxas ranked second with 12 percent behind Poe, who had 21 percent.

Recognizing that Roxas's survey ratings remain low, Aquino said on Friday that the Liberal Party needs to do work harder to make their standard-bearer more popular.

"If his numbers are low at this point in time, it only means that we need to do even more to make him known to all," Aquino said.

Roxas has long been considered as the presumptive standard-bearer of the Liberal Party for the 2016 polls since he was Aquino's running mate in 2010.

He initially declared his intention to run for president in 2010 but he decided to give way for Aquino's candidacy.

Roxas eventually lost the vice presidential race to Binay, then the Makati mayor, by just about 700,000 votes.

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FLASHBACK PHOTO POSTED ONLINE
SEPTEMBER 21, 2009


Manuel “Mar” Roxas II officially declared his vice-presidential bid in 2010, formally teaming up with Liberal Party standard bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

FLASHBACK AQUINO-BINAY INAUGURAL
JUNE 30, 2010


PHILSTAR

Mar accepts Noy endorsement, vows to expand 'Daang Matuwid' By Dennis Carcamo (philstar.com) | Updated July 31, 2015 - 1:03pm 2 116 googleplus0 0


Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II greets members and supporters of the Liberal Party after being endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III for president in 2016. Twitter.com/Abigail Valte

MANILA, Philippines - After being officially endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III as the standard bearer of the Liberal Party (LP) in the 20116 polls, Mar Roxas on Friday accepted the challenge to continue the administration's "Daang Matuwid" (straight path) principle.

In his acceptance speech, Roxas, an interior and local government secretary, said that the president's endorsement is like a passing the challenge of continuing the principles of his family, 'country first before self.'

"Ako si Mar Roxas, tinatanggap ko ang hamon ng ating mga boss na ituloy at palawakin ang laban ng daang matuwid," an emotional Roxas said before the crowd of LP supporters and close friends at the historic Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City.

Roxas is the son of the former Sen. Gerry Roxas and grandson of the late former President Manuel Roxas.

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In accepting the president's endorsement, Roxas also vowed not to sway from the 'straight path' governing principle of the Aquino administration.

"Sumusumpa ako ngayon 'di ko dudumihan pangalan nila at lalong 'di ko dudumihan ang pangalan po n'yo... mga boss, hindi ko sasayangin ang tiwala n'yo," he said.

Roxas also praised the president, considered by his supporters as the 'father of daang matuwid', for inspiring the Filipinos and instituting reforms in government policies.

"I've never met a president who was able to inspire so much confidence... pinakita mo ang makamit gamit ang political will," he said.

In 2009, Roxas sacrificed his political career and gave way to Aquino to be the LP standard bearer for the 2010 presidential derby.

Roxas lost to Jejomar Binay in the vice presidential post in 2010.

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ROXAS, FOR PRESIDENT GAVE WAY TO AQUINO FOR PRESIDENT


Left to right: Vice president Binay, President Aquino, DILG Sec. Roxas

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PHILSTAR

UNA: Aquino's endorsement of Mar won't be enough By Dennis Carcamo (philstar.com) | Updated July 30, 2015 - 1:27pm 3 254 googleplus1 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay, President Benigno Aquino III and Mar Roxas, Liberal Party's 'presumptive' standard bearer in the 2016 polls during an event. Malacañang Photo Bureau/file

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III's endorsement of Mar Roxas will not be enough to improve the standing of the Interior and Local Government Secretary in the presidential surveys, an official of the opposition bloc United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said.

UNA Secretary General JV Bautista said that while a sitting President's anointment of a successor is a factor during elections, it might not be sufficient to salvage Roxas's poor showing in the polls.

"The incumbent president's endorsement will always be a factor in our elections. In fact, it may be the only thing that Mar Roxas can hold on to," Bautista said in a text message to Philstar.com.

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"However, because of the dismal record of the present government in improving our people's lives, the endorsement will not be enough to make Mar Roxas win," he added.

President Aquino is expected to endorse Roxas as the standard bearer of the Liberal Party tomorrow at a gathering in San Juan City.

Bautista said UNA's standard bearer, Vice President Jejomar Binay, is unfazed by the president's endorsement and ready to take on Roxas in the 2016 presidential election.

Bautista said a win by Binay in next year's polls will erase doubt that the vice president did not beat Roxas in the last 2010 vice presidential election.

"He (Roxas) has been behind all the demolition jobs against VP Binay, although none of the charges has been proven. So, once and for all, let us have the ultimate showdown since Mar has been contesting the results of 2010," he said.

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5th President of the Philippines 3rd President of the Commonwealth, 1st president of the Third Republic. Prior to the Philippine national elections of 1946, at the height of the last Commonwealth elections, Senate President Manuel Roxas and his friends left from the Nacionalista Party and formed the Liberal Party. Roxas became their candidate for President and Elpidio Quirino for Vice-President. The Nacionalistas, on the other hand, had Osmeña for President and Senator Eulogio Rodriguez for Vice-President. Roxas had the staunch support of General MacArthur. Osmeña refused to campaign, saying that the Filipino people knew his reputation. On April 23, 1946, Roxas won 54 percent of the vote, and the Liberal Party won a majority in the legislature.

His administration was marred by graft and corruption; moreover, the abuses of the provincial military police contributed to the rise of the left-wing (Huk) movement in the countryside. His heavy-handed attempts to crush the Huks led to widespread peasant disaffection. The good record of Roxas administration was marred by two failures: the failure to curb graft and corruption in the government, as evidenced by the Surplus War Property scandal, the Chinese immigration scandal and the School supplies scandal; and the failure to check and stop the communist Hukbalahap movement.

Manuel Roxas did not finish his full four-year term. On the morning of April 15, 1948 Roxas delivered a speech before the United States Thirteenth Air Force. After the speech, he felt dizzy and was brought to the residence of Major General E.L. Eubank at Clark Field, Pampanga. He died later that night of a heart attack. Roxas' term as President is thus the third shortest, lasting one year, ten months, and 18 days. On April 17, 1948, two days after Roxas' death, Vice-President Elpidio Quirino took the oath of office as President of the Philippines. END OF INSERT. FROM WIKIPEDIA.


PHILSTAR

Grace Poe vows to support 'Daang Matuwid' By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated July 31, 2015 - 12:39pm 45 1194 googleplus0 0


Sen. Grace Poe has not yet announced her plans for the 2016 national elections. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, File

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Grace Poe on Friday vowed to support the "Daang Matuwid" or straight path of President Benigno Aquino III.

"I assure President Aquino that I will continue to walk the Daang Matuwid, because I believe it will be made more meaningful if more people continue the journey, wherever they may be and in whatever role they play," Poe said in a statement.

The senator issued the statement following Aquino's endorsement of Roxas as the presidential candidate of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) for the 2016 national elections.

Poe recognized the decision of Roxas "to offer himself as a possible president."

"I am hopeful that the 2016 election campaign will be one of open discussion of issues and proposed programs of government that will build on what President Aquino has started," the senator added.

Poe also expressed her gratitude to Aquino for considering to be one of his possible successors.

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"I see this as an acknowledgement of my efforts in our shared desire to improve the lives of all Filipinos," Poe said.

The president had earlier met with Roxas, Poe and Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero" to discuss their plans for the 2016 polls.

The senator admitted that the president wanted her to run as the vice president of Roxas during the said meetings. However, Poe has not yet announced her decision regarding the 2016 race.

Meanwhile, the LP remains hopeful that Poe would consider teaming up with Roxas for the upcoming national elections.

Poe currently tops the latest vice presidential and presidential preference polls while Roxas ranks either third or fourth in the presidential surveys.


PHILSTAR

LIVE FEED: President Aquino's 2016 endorsement By PhilstarLIVE (philstar.com) | Updated July 31, 2015 - 9:30am 49 881 googleplus6


In this March 2014 photo, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III converses with Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II during the oathtaking of the new officers of the Leagues of Local Government Units at the Maynila Ballroom of the Manila Hotel in One Rizal Park, Manila City. Malacañang Photo Bureau/Benhur Arcayan, file

MANILA, Philippines – Follow Philstar.com’s coverage of President Benigno Aquino III’s endorsement of the Liberal Party's standard bearer.

The president is expected to announce the party's official presidential candidate and reveal the party's lineup for the 2016 elections.

The event starts at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 31, 2015 in Club Filipino, San Juan City. We will be featuring updates with photos, videos and more.

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TRIBUNE

Palace: No lump sums in 2015 budget for Roxas’ poll kitty Written by Joshua L. Labonera Sunday, 02 August 2015 00:00


ROXAS

The Palace yesterday was quick to deny allegations of lump sums in the budget being used for the elections next year.

Malacanang said President Aquino assured that no public funds would be used for campaigning for 2016, even for Roxas.

“We have seen that in 2013. This is not the first election the administration has been involved with. We saw the President’s stands but he ensured that government resources won’t be used. We know the law and we follow it,” deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said.

She likewise hit the opposition camp for accusing the administration of using billions of government funds to back up Roxas.

Valte also challenged the opposition, saying “let’s look at the details… We are ready to answer those allegations especially if it is not right to throw it.”

This came after Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s accusations that the 2015 budget is riddled with lump sum and discretionary appropriations, which he likened to the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) tagged as “pork funds.”

The PDAF and the DAP were consequently struck down by the Supreme Court (SC) in whole and in part, respectively.

Former National Treasurer Leonor Briones, head convener of budget watchdog Social Watch Philippines, also noted that there are lump sum items in the budget for the 2016 poll year, which she noted as the administrations election budget next year.

She said there was a notable increase of about P60 billion in the lump-sum items in the budget bill, which presents no specific details.

Briones said it presents a threat that such would be national spending funds designed as election budget.

Valte defended the administration’s budget saying it has sought to disaggregate the budget to the point of having lesser lump-sum discretionary funds to erase doubt on the possibility of misspending it.

“It doesn’t mean that it is lump-sum it is already bad like as they want to see. Let us open it... Let us look at what it contains… We tried to disaggregate as much of the lump sums that there are. Let us compare lump-sums in 2010 to that of now, there is a big percentage that it has already went down,” Valte said.

The allegations sent a ripple-effect, casting further fear among the public on the misuse of government funds as Roxas is yet to quit from his post.

While it was customary for a sitting Cabinet secretary to quit his post in the intention of running for a following election, Roxas is to remain as head of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

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However, Valte said critics or the public need not to ask whether Roxas will quit because he knows he should and is only staying to ensure that the transition of post would be effective so as not to disrupt delivery of public services.

“Of course that is a given. He will not stay in office to be accused of using his position… It is already in his plan. It doesn’t need to be passed… That’s what Secretary Roxas is concerned about. That’s why he assures there’s a good transition,” she said.

Asked on whether there are officials already eyed to replace him, the Palace official said, “There are names being floated but we have no confirmation yet.”

The identification of lump sums or what is commonly known as pork barrel in the 2015 pre-election year budget seems to grow as the allocations to more agencies are reviewed, based on the findings of the team of Lacson which has thus far tagged as much as P700 billion or more than a fourth of the P2.6 trillion state appropriations this year as discretionary funds.

The identified pork was almost double than the P424 billion that Lacson and his team initially said as having been inserted in the budget which went to senators and members of the House of Representatives.

Lacson said the lump sums which have characteristics similar to PDAF or the pooled money under DAP.


COLOMA: Contrary to the claim of former senator Panfilo Lacson, Malacañang on Thursday insisted there is no pork barrel in the 2016 budget.  ABS-CBN News "Palace insists no pork in 2016 budget By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News Posted at 07/30/2015 4:48 PM | Updated as of 07/30/2015 4:55 PM

Lacson said the bigger lump sums in the 2015 budget were found in Department of Social Welfare and Development with P102.6 billion; Department of Education with P80.7 billion; Department of Interior and Local Government with P80.7 billion; Department of Health with P75.4 billion; Department of National Defense, with P66.4 billion; Department of Agriculture with P29.9 billion; Department of Public Works and Highways with P11.4 billion; Department of Transportation and Communications with P11.4 billion; Department of Environment and Natural Resources with P6.1 billion; National Irrigation Authority with P13 billion; and the Philippine National Police with P6.7 billion.

Lacson said he plans to file a petition for prohibition with the Supreme Court on the provisions in the 2015 budget that revived the pork barrel system.

Lacson said the 2015 budget has provisions similar to the main act that the SC ruled as illegal or the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) Circular 541.

The DAP, which Malacañang calls an economic stimulus program and which supposedly sought to speed up public spending, was funded through savings declared by departments and agencies even prior to the end of a fiscal year or derived from pooling unobligated allotments and withdrawing unreleased appropriations or applying the savings and unprogrammed funds to augment existing programs, activities or projects (PAPs).

Lacson said the 2015 budget has provisions that allowed agencies to realign funds on a certain quarter or month of the year.

University of the Philippines (UP) law professor Harry Roque said that while he expected the Aquino administration to resurrect the PDAF and DAP eventually, “what we did not expect is that they would do so immediately after the Supreme Court had declared both the PDAF and DAP as being unconstitutional.”

In a talk before accountants, Lacson unveiled the resurrection of both PDAF and the DAP.

Lacson also identified the resurrection of PDAF in the form of the so-called Unified Accounts Code Structure or UACS.

“Recently, the government rolled out reforms in our public financial management.

The government adopted, starting last year, the so-called Unified Accounts Code Structure or the UACS, a single classification system for all our government financial processes—from budgeting to cash management to accounting and audit,” Lacson said.

“UACS calls for transparency and accountability, or so they claim. As my team and I randomly analyze this coding system, say, of the National Irrigation Administration, we discovered that there were some codes missing. To our surprise, such ‘missing codes’ were utilized to insert some projects during the budget deliberation in the House of Representatives. We likewise discovered that, in the budget of the said agency alone, there is a total lump sum amounting to P11.3 billion,” Lacson said.

“The issue on the (alleged) PDAF (in the budget) is just secondary as the main issue here is the revival of (Budget Circular 541), which brought about the DAP that was declared unconstitutional by the SC. The revival of the Budget Circular 541 could pave the way or reverse of the DAP,” Lacson said.

“It’s a work in progress now. We’re studying (the GAA) and I do not want to leave any provision that is constitutionally infirmed left behind or not included in the petition,” he said.

“We want to make sure that we have all the evidence once we file the petition for prohibition in questioning the constitutionality of certain provisions,” he added.

Both Senators Sergio Osmena III and Francis “Chiz” Escudero affirmed the findings of Lacson but Escudero said the lump sums in the budget were temporary.

Nonetheless, both allies of Aquino countered Budget Sec. Florencio Abad’s assertion that Lacson merely misinterpreted the discretionary items in the 2015 budget.

“I did not realize it immediately, the P400 (plus) billion. But I did took notice of the lump sum (appropriations) in various agencies which made me realize that these were pork,” Osmena said.


MANILA TIMES

Rebuilding not enough; U.N. report: Yolanda survivors still vulnerable 2 years after storm August 1, 2015 10:02 pm


A family uses the tarpaulin/shelter kit from World Vision as temporary roof and walls to the house badly damaged by typhoon Yolanda. PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER LETE / WORLD VISION PHILIPPINES

UN report: ‘Yolanda’ survivors still vulnerable 2 years after storm

The Philippines has not done enough to rebuild after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), as thousands remain in shanties without power or water for nearly two years, a United Nations representative said Saturday.

Many storm survivors in Eastern Visayas have had to endure relocating to evacuation camps up to three times since Yolanda struck in 2013, and the sub-standard housing leaves them vulnerable to future typhoons, said Chaloka Beyani, UN special rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons.

“While the government is to be commended in terms of its immediate responses, its attention to ensuring sustainable durable solutions for IDPs (internally displaced persons) remains inadequate to date,” Beyani said in a statement posted on the UN website.Beyani was in the Philippines in late July to check on the government’s handling of people displaced by Yolanda and by fighting between the military and Muslim rebels in the south.

Aside from falling short of safety standards, the wood-and-tin “bunkhouses” also leave women and girls vulnerable to sexual abuse and early pregnancy, Beyani said.

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Chaloka Beyani

The box-like shanties also rob the storm survivors of their “privacy and dignity” as they struggle to rebuild their lives, he said.

Yolanda, the most powerful storm ever recorded to hit land, wiped out entire communities and left 7,350 dead or missing when it struck the impoverished central islands in November 2013.

Roughly 2,000 families remain in the bunkhouses as well as in palm-thatch temporary homes, said Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman.

The government aims to move 70 percent of the 2,000 into permanent concrete homes by year-end, she said.

Constraints

“We are aware of the need to fast-track the permanent shelters, but there are constraints,” Soliman said.

Soliman said the lack of power and running water in some areas was due to local governments’ unpaid utility bills.

An increase in land prices also delayed the construction of permanent homes as land owners cashed in on government demand, she said.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has budgeted 160 billion pesos ($3.6 billion) to rebuild after Yolanda, considered as one of the major tests of his six-year term that will end in June next year.

The Philippines is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries, at risk from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and an average 20 typhoons yearly.AFP

3 Responses to Rebuilding not enough
john says:
August 2, 2015 at 6:55 am
Recently , in Mahaplag Leyte ( over 0ne and a half years since Yolanda ) amounts of 5000 pesos was distributed to assist families to rebuild. WHAT CAN YU DO WITH 5000 PESOS ????? Just what has happened to the vast amount of money donated by other countries is an interesting question !!!!!!!
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emilio says:
August 2, 2015 at 3:29 am
this is pathetic and unacceptable. the Philippine government is an animal they do not act like Christians. that’s why the people are suffering. they vote all these crooks and let them steal scot free.
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I Remember... says:
August 2, 2015 at 1:41 am
Soliman… just go back to sleep with the Yellow Crooks that took all the cash. Idiotic remarks you have…
NO EXCUSES. The job is not done! Resign if you have decency.
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