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HOUSE QUORUM WOES, NOT SENATORS, DOOMED BBL - BONGBONG MARCOS


MARCH 14 -BONGBONG MARCOS -Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday said President Benigno Aquino III was "barking up the wrong tree” when he blamed two senators for Congress’ failure to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Before Congress adjourned on February 5, both the Senate and the House of Representatives leaderships admitted that the BBL, which seeks to create a new autonomous political entity in the Mindanao, could no longer be passed under the Aquino administration. Marcos, the chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said Aquino should not pin the blame on the two senators as it was the House that failed to transmit its version of the bill to the Senate. He said that under the Congress rules, a bill of local application, such as the BBL, must first be approved by the House before the Senate can vote on its version. “Ang nangyari, ayaw naman ng mga Kongresista (sa BBL). Kaya hindi sinisiputan kapag tinatawag sa BBL, walang quorum kaya hindi natapos. Walang na-transmit, ‘ika nga, sa Senado,” Marcos said in a radio interview. Marcos said that the Malacañang-proposed BBL was flawed from the very beginning as there were supposedly some unconstitutional provisions. He said this prompted him to file a substitute version of the bill. “Talaga namang ang lahat ay ayaw ng BBL na pinipilit ng Palasyo. Ito’y unconstitutional at bukod pa roon ay hindi naman para sa kapayapaan sa Muslim Mindanao kaya’t maraming kumokontra,” Marcos said. “Kaya kami nag-file ng substitute bill na sa palagay ko ay tama, constitutional at inclusive sa lahat ng stakeholder sa Mindanao. Isinama ang lahat ng mga komentaryo ng lahat ng mga stakeholder para maging mas matagumpay ang Basic Law on Bangsamoro Autonomous Region,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: CEBU CCTN INTERVIEW - Marcos shuns mudslinging


MARCH 19 -MARCOS --
Cebu City: Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Saturday said that he will not be provoked to engage in mudslinging, saying such acts will not help solve the country’s problems. In an interview over Cebu Catholic Television Network (CCTN) here, the senator from Ilocos Norte said that instead of reacting to the tirades of his opponents, he will continue to present his platform rather than destroy his political rivals. “Will mudslinging create one more job? Will insulting somebody else, trying to put them dow,n help feed a child? None of these things are useful, none of these things achieve anything except more disunity, more polarization,” he stressed. “I would not be goaded or somehow baited to be part of the mudslinging or part of the insults that are going back and forth. I just see that there is no place because when I talk to people, ordinary Filipino citizens, they don’t ask me about what a bad person the other person is. What they ask me is what can you do to help me,” he added. Marcos said attacks against candidates will stop after the elections so that the elected leaders can begin fulfilling their duties to serve the people. The senator urged all political leaders to set aside their own interests and put the interest of the people first. “Let us remind our leaders that they must attend to the needs of the people who they have sworn to serve. Their oath is to help the people, to sacrifice our own personal interest for that of the country, for that of the citizenry. And we seem to have forgotten it. Politics have put walls between and among us. We quarrel non-stop that’s why we have nowhere to go,” he said. “We Filipinos are loving people. We have so much respect to our elders, to our neighbors. We lift our fingers to help each other. That is the Filipino culture we should support and show to each other,” he said. FRULL REPORT

ALSO: Foreign leaders respect Philippines’s good governance – Noy


MARCH 16 -President Aquino Philstar.com/File
It only took the administration of President Aquino for foreign leaders to respect the Philippines – which used to be the “Sick Man of Asia” – after the government laid out the principles of good governance, according to the interior secretary.
Speaking before governors during a meeting of the League of Provinces at the Century Park Hotel in Manila yesterday, Aquino said he could relate to the anecdote shared by Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento on how foreign leaders treated Filipinos shabbily. “There was a time when state leaders would even treat us like we were beggars. Now they are asking me how I was able to spur our growth and economy,” he said. “And I told them: good governance is good economics,” he added. Sarmiento told the President the story of foreign immigration agents doubting the purpose of his travel. Aquino said he experienced the same thing, and on the national level, unlike Sarmiento who was a former mayor in Samar province. “And I told Mel, we are in the same situation.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Noy commits more funds to LGUs to bump up Mar
['But today, due to good governance, there is for instance a modern weather monitoring system', the President said, adding that the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) stand ready to aid communities whenever there is an approaching weather disturbance. Aquino appealed to the governors to support the administration’s candidates so that improvements under his reform agenda could continue.]


MARCH 16 -Malacañang has approved for 2016 spending the new P6.5 billion annual local road incentive for provinces after a lobby mounted by Gov. Edgar Chatto with full support from his fellow governors’ across the country. The huge fund to rehabilitate roads in Bohol and other priority provinces in its first implementing year is now included in the National Expenditure Program (NEP) as required for spending authority from Congress. Department of Budget and Management Sec. Florencio Abad turned over an NEP copy to the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) in its 6th General Assembly at the Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center in Pasig City on Tuesday. FROM THE BOHOL CHRONICLE ONLINE President Aquino tried to shore up the flagging chances of his anointed, LP standard bearer Mar Roxas, as he showered local government excutives with promises of more funds at yesterday’s 7th League of Provinces of the Philippines General Assembly. He stressed the need to continue his Daang Matuwid agenda in his speech. Aquino said the country’s bureaucracy has been reformed, benefitting local government units (LGUs) across the country regardless of their leaders’ political affiliation. He noted that in the past, especially during the financial crisis in the late 1990s, local governments could hardly fund projects they wanted to implement. There was scarcity of money to finance basic services, such as health care, infrastructure and social welfare, he said. But today, due to good governance, there is for instance a modern weather monitoring system, the President said, adding that the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) stand ready to aid communities whenever there is an approaching weather disturbance. Aquino appealed to the governors to support the administration’s candidates so that improvements under his reform agenda could continue. READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace cool on proposal to ease bank secrecy law


MARCH 19 -MANOLO QUEZON
The Palace is not backing proposals to ease the country’s bank secrecy law despite the laundering in the country of $81 million stolen from the Bangladesh Central Bank. President Communications Undersecretary Manolo Quezon 3rd said that the recommendations of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on the easing of bank secrecy laws have yet to be finalized with Philippine and foreign authorities and the Senate has yet to finish its investigation of the fund heist. “The recommendations from the Bangko Sentral are not very specific at the moment. They just mention that the rules should be stricter. The Aquino Administration and our lawmakers, of course, will wait for the specific recommendations,” Quezon said in a radio interview.
Under the Philippine Bank Secrecy law, bank account holders have absolute right to secrecy as to the details of their deposits in Philippine Peso. Bank account details can only be revealed if there is a written permission from the depositor; in cases of impeachment; upon order of a competent court in bribery or dereliction of duty cases of public officials or unexplained wealth such as plunder; and in cases where the money is the subject matter of litigation. But if the deposits are in foreign currency, the right of bank account holders to secrecy is absolute under the Philippine Foreign Currency deposit law. READ MORE...


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House quorum woes, not senators, doomed BBL —Bongbong Marcos


BONGBONG MARCOS

MANILA, MARCH 21, 2016 (GMA NEWS NETWORK)  Published March 14, 2016 9:49pm By ELIZABETH MARCELO - Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday said President Benigno Aquino III was "barking up the wrong tree” when he blamed two senators for Congress’ failure to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Before Congress adjourned on February 5, both the Senate and the House of Representatives leaderships admitted that the BBL, which seeks to create a new autonomous political entity in the Mindanao, could no longer be passed under the Aquino administration.

Marcos, the chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said Aquino should not pin the blame on the two senators as it was the House that failed to transmit its version of the bill to the Senate.

He said that under the Congress rules, a bill of local application, such as the BBL, must first be approved by the House before the Senate can vote on its version.

“Ang nangyari, ayaw naman ng mga Kongresista (sa BBL). Kaya hindi sinisiputan kapag tinatawag sa BBL, walang quorum kaya hindi natapos. Walang na-transmit, ‘ika nga, sa Senado,” Marcos said in a radio interview.

Marcos said that the Malacañang-proposed BBL was flawed from the very beginning as there were supposedly some unconstitutional provisions. He said this prompted him to file a substitute version of the bill.


Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Sunday admitted that he was concerned about low attendance numbers impeding the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the House of Representatives. The 291-member chamber is in the middle of the period of interpellation of the draft BBL, centerpiece of a peace agreement between the Aquino administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that would create a substate to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Work on the proposed Bangsamoro charter was stalled following the massacre of 44 police commandos on a mission on Jan. 25 to take out international terrorists in an MILF-controlled territory in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province, which sparked national outrage. INQUIRER NEWS INFO AUGUST 17, 2015

“Talaga namang ang lahat ay ayaw ng BBL na pinipilit ng Palasyo. Ito’y unconstitutional at bukod pa roon ay hindi naman para sa kapayapaan sa Muslim Mindanao kaya’t maraming kumokontra,” Marcos said.

“Kaya kami nag-file ng substitute bill na sa palagay ko ay tama, constitutional at inclusive sa lahat ng stakeholder sa Mindanao. Isinama ang lahat ng mga komentaryo ng lahat ng mga stakeholder para maging mas matagumpay ang Basic Law on Bangsamoro Autonomous Region,” he added.

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Marcos was reacting to Aquino’s recent statement apparently directed against him and Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile.

Without naming names, Aquino, in a speech during the graduation rites of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 2016 in Baguio City last Sunday, scored two senators for supposedly blocking the administration’s efforts to achieve peace in Mindanao.

"Ang dalawang miyembrong ito ng Senado, naiwan na lang sa 'ayaw,' nang walang nilalatag na mas mainam na solusyon. Kayo na po ang humusga kung sino sa 'min ang nagkulang," Aquino said.

Aquino had earlier criticized the two senators for allegedly “conniving” to kill the BBL.

It was Marcos' committee on local governments, which conducted hearings on the BBL.

He had earlier blocked the original version of the controversial measure and instead authored and sponsored a substitute bill titled Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR).

Enrile was the last senator to interpellate the bill's sponsor, Marcos, in the plenary. —NB, GMA News


MANILA TIMES

Marcos shuns mudslinging March 19, 2016 10:27 pm by JAIME R. PILAPIL, REPORTER


MARCOS

Cebu City: Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Saturday said that he will not be provoked to engage in mudslinging, saying such acts will not help solve the country’s problems.

In an interview over Cebu Catholic Television Network (CCTN) here, the senator from Ilocos Norte said that instead of reacting to the tirades of his opponents, he will continue to present his platform rather than destroy his political rivals.

“Will mudslinging create one more job? Will insulting somebody else, trying to put them dow,n help feed a child? None of these things are useful, none of these things achieve anything except more disunity, more polarization,” he stressed.

“I would not be goaded or somehow baited to be part of the mudslinging or part of the insults that are going back and forth. I just see that there is no place because when I talk to people, ordinary Filipino citizens, they don’t ask me about what a bad person the other person is. What they ask me is what can you do to help me,” he added.

Marcos said attacks against candidates will stop after the elections so that the elected leaders can begin fulfilling their duties to serve the people.

The senator urged all political leaders to set aside their own interests and put the interest of the people first.

“Let us remind our leaders that they must attend to the needs of the people who they have sworn to serve. Their oath is to help the people, to sacrifice our own personal interest for that of the country, for that of the citizenry. And we seem to have forgotten it. Politics have put walls between and among us. We quarrel non-stop that’s why we have nowhere to go,” he said.

“We Filipinos are loving people. We have so much respect to our elders, to our neighbors. We lift our fingers to help each other. That is the Filipino culture we should support and show to each other,” he said.


PHILSTAR

Foreign leaders respect Philippines’s good governance – Noy By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 16, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


President Aquino Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines – It only took the administration of President Aquino for foreign leaders to respect the Philippines – which used to be the “Sick Man of Asia” – after the government laid out the principles of good governance, according to the interior secretary.

Speaking before governors during a meeting of the League of Provinces at the Century Park Hotel in Manila yesterday, Aquino said he could relate to the anecdote shared by Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento on how foreign leaders treated Filipinos shabbily.

“There was a time when state leaders would even treat us like we were beggars. Now they are asking me how I was able to spur our growth and economy,” he said.

“And I told them: good governance is good economics,” he added.

Sarmiento told the President the story of foreign immigration agents doubting the purpose of his travel.

Aquino said he experienced the same thing, and on the national level, unlike Sarmiento who was a former mayor in Samar province. “And I told Mel, we are in the same situation.”

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Sarmiento cracked a joke that when he was still a local chief executive, he envied other local officials from other countries that every time they are invited to a conference abroad they easily pass the immigration process.

His foreign counterparts had always been “welcomed,” but when his turn at the immigration desk came, the agent would always look at his passport, visa and match this with his face, repeat the process, then check the watch list.

Sarmiento also recalled the final common query: “What is the purpose of your visit?” to which he would reply, “I was invited to this conference.”

The immigration agent would then make a follow up: “Do you have proof?”

He would then be forced to go over his files and show the official invitation.

Sarmiento also vividly remembers how the 100 pieces of business cards he brought remained intact, as nobody would exchange cards with him, probably out of fear he might solicit for fire trucks or ambulance.

In the same meeting with the governors, Aquino reminded local executives that the government does not need to make promises since they have delivered much in terms of massive infrastructure projects across the country.

Aquino endorsed the candidacy of Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II before the governors.

He asked the governors to help Roxas continue the daang matuwid policy of his administration.

Aquino said he endorsed Roxas and his runningmate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo because he can personally guarantee that both will continue the reforms he initiated in government.


TRIBUNE

Noy commits more funds to LGUs to bump up Mar Written by Gerry Baldo Wednesday, 16 March 2016 00:00


Malacañang has approved for 2016 spending the new P6.5 billion annual local road incentive for provinces after a lobby mounted by Gov. Edgar Chatto with full support from his fellow governors’ across the country. The huge fund to rehabilitate roads in Bohol and other priority provinces in its first implementing year is now included in the National Expenditure Program (NEP) as required for spending authority from Congress. Department of Budget and Management Sec. Florencio Abad turned over an NEP copy to the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) in its 6th General Assembly at the Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center in Pasig City on Tuesday. FROM THE BOHOL CHRONICLE

President Aquino tried to shore up the flagging chances of his anointed, LP standard bearer Mar Roxas, as he showered local government excutives with promises of more funds at yesterday’s 7th League of Provinces of the Philippines General Assembly.

He stressed the need to continue his Daang Matuwid agenda in his speech.

Aquino said the country’s bureaucracy has been reformed, benefitting local government units (LGUs) across the country regardless of their leaders’ political affiliation.

He noted that in the past, especially during the financial crisis in the late 1990s, local governments could hardly fund projects they wanted to implement.

There was scarcity of money to finance basic services, such as health care, infrastructure and social welfare, he said.



But today, due to good governance, there is for instance a modern weather monitoring system, the President said, adding that the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) stand ready to aid communities whenever there is an approaching weather disturbance.

Aquino appealed to the governors to support the administration’s candidates so that improvements under his reform agenda could continue.

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Among the topics discussed during Tuesday’s general assembly was the implementation of the Kongkreto at Ayos na Lansangan at Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran (Kalsada) program.

Provincial governments have received P6.5 billion through performance-based direct downloads to local governments that meet governance standards and social development benchmarks, and have established monitoring and evaluation mechanism.

The Kalsada program is part of the Local Government Support Fund, jointly implemented by the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Department of Budget and Management in cooperation with the DPWH.

Binay focuses on seniors


FROM RAPPLER.COM

United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) presidential bet Vice President Jejomar Binay vowed to increase the benefits senior citizens receive to improve their welfare in a Binay administration.

“We have attended to all the needs of the Makati City residents. This is why the benefits of senior citizens in Makati City should be enjoyed by all senior citizens in the country,” he said in a speech in Sudipen, La Union.

Binay previously said that he will improve, continue and expand the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), noting that senior citizens aged 60-64 should be included in the program and health services should also be provided to the beneficiaries.

The expansion of the 4Ps is part of the four priority programs that Binay will implement during his first year in office, which includes abolishing income taxes for workers earning P30,000 a month or less.

Free books, uniforms, and school supplies for public school students and free healthcare for the poor are also part of the priority programs.

Also present during the sortie were UNA senatorial candidates former Special Action Force director Getulio Napeñas and Parañaque councilor Alma Moreno.

The group’s motorcade also went through San Fernando City; the towns of San Juan, Bacnotan, Luna, Baloan and Bangar in La Union; the municipalities of Tagudin, Sta. Cruz, Sta. Lucia and Candon City in Ilocos Sur.

NPC backing for Poe ‘intact’



The endorsement and support of the Nationalist People’s Coalition for Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero is still intact, party spokesman Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga said yesterday.

Enverga, reacting to a statement by President Aquino that he does not believe that the NPC has endorsed Poe and Escudero as the presidential and vice presidential candidate of the party, saying that the NPC remains behind the candidacies of the two senators.

“The party endorsement of Grace and Chiz still stands,” Enverga said in a text message to House reporters.

He said that the presence of NPC members in the LP campaign is being done as a courtesy to the president.

“As due courtesy to the president, we advised our members to join him whenever he would visit their respective localities. Only as show of courtesy and not support for the administration,” Enverga said.

Cebu Rep. Ace Durano, campaign manager of Team Galing at Puso said that ony 90percent of the NPC members support Poe and Escudero.

“There really is 10 percent who are still not convinced to support Grace and Chiz,” Durano said even as he added that the 90 percent is already a big boost to the campaign of PGP.

Poe shared the view of Enverga and Durano. She said that in the course of their campaign LP members also welcomed them.
“In our sorties there are also LP members who meet with us. And it’s but natural because they are candidates,” Poe said.

Sta. Rosa City Councilor Tess Aala, who is now running for vice mayor, said they have a whole slate of NPC members who are in support of the Poe-Escudero tandem.


MANILA TIMES

Palace cool on proposal to ease bank secrecy law March 19, 2016 10:28 pm by LLANESCA T. PANTI, REPORTER


MANOLO QUEZON

The Palace is not backing proposals to ease the country’s bank secrecy law despite the laundering in the country of $81 million stolen from the Bangladesh Central Bank.

President Communications Undersecretary Manolo Quezon 3rd said that the recommendations of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on the easing of bank secrecy laws have yet to be finalized with Philippine and foreign authorities and the Senate has yet to finish its investigation of the fund heist.

“The recommendations from the Bangko Sentral are not very specific at the moment. They just mention that the rules should be stricter. The Aquino Administration and our lawmakers, of course, will wait for the specific recommendations,” Quezon said in a radio interview.

Under the Philippine Bank Secrecy law, bank account holders have absolute right to secrecy as to the details of their deposits in Philippine Peso. Bank account details can only be revealed if there is a written permission from the depositor; in cases of impeachment; upon order of a competent court in bribery or dereliction of duty cases of public officials or unexplained wealth such as plunder; and in cases where the money is the subject matter of litigation.

But if the deposits are in foreign currency, the right of bank account holders to secrecy is absolute under the Philippine Foreign Currency deposit law.

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Quezon, however, conceded that the country’s bank secrecy law should be amended to address money laundering,
 considering that even Switzerland, a country that valued the privacy of its bank account holders for the longest time, is also mulling easing its bank secrecy laws by 2017.

“So far, there is a good example here which is Switzerland. They are very strict in protecting the account holders and their deposits. If we are going to follow their stance, I’m sure our lawmakers, the Department of Finance, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the BSP will be studying this closely and we’ll learn something from their processes,” Quezon pointed out.

“I do think if there’s one real concern, it would be the security or safety of account holders and bearing that in mind, I’m sure there will be proper safeguards for that,” the Palace official added.

On March 11, 2016, the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) Secretariat filed a complaint against four holders of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation accounts where the stolen $81 million was deposited. Complaints were also filed against Maia Santos-Deguito, the branch manager of RCBC Jupiter Branch in Makati City.

The four account holders, however, were just named John Does since it was found that the identify documents used to open the four accounts were fictitious.

On March 15, the Court of Appeals issued a freeze order on those four RCBC accounts upon the request of the AMLC.


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