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CBCP: AQUINO ALSO TO BLAME FOR LAUNDERING OF $81-M CYBERHEIST


MARCH 16 -PNoy's Malacanan logo --THE Aquino Administration is to be blamed for the laundering of $81 million because of its propensity to open casinos and support for gambling, according to a Catholic Church leader. Batangas Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Permanent Committee on Public Affairs (CBCP-PCPA), on Wednesday said that because of the proliferation of casinos, the Philippines has become the favorite spot to launder money derived from drugs, heists and other illegal sources. “That’s the label of the [Aquino] administration. Casinos that were denied entry in the past were allowed by this administration,” Arguelles noted over Church-run Radyo Veritas. “That is why there are issues of money laundering because of the absence of transparency in casinos. Some people may be dealing in illegal activities through the casinos, which is immoral. Gambling is immoral, it is the source of illegal transactions,” the prelate said. At least six casinos, including the City of Dreams, Midas and Solaire, are being investigated by the Senate in connection with the money-laundering scandal. Anti-gambling advocate Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz called on the CBCP leadership to come up with an official statement on the involvement of casinos on money-laundering. Cruz is the founder of the group Anti-Gambling Crusader and a former president of the CBCP. He said gambling is evil, thus it is important to warn the public against its bad effects. READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace defends Noy’s political alliances


MARCH 20 -Aquino, who was in Urdaneta City on Monday, expressed doubts on the NPC’s solid support for presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe and her runningmate Sen. Francis Escudero, after party members showed up in their rally. Philstar.com/File
MANILA, Philippines – Malacańang justified yesterday the political alliances of the administration and the ruling Liberal Party for this year’s elections following President Aquino’s visit to Pangasinan where Gov. Amado Espino Jr. used to be LP’s rival from the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and to Pampanga where the governor, Lilia Pineda, was a known ally of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Arroyo had been accused of corruption and Pineda had long been implicated in jueteng operations. Aquino, who was in Urdaneta City on Monday, expressed doubts on the NPC’s solid support for presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe and her runningmate Sen. Francis Escudero, after party members showed up in their rally. Espino ran against LP’s Hernani Braganza in the province in 2013, prompting a bitter rivalry between the LP and the NPC. Espino won overwhelmingly. Espino’s son will run for governor against NPC’s Mark Cojuangco. The elder Espino is challenging Cojuangco’s wife Kimi for fifth district representative. The De Venecias of Pangasinan, staunch allies of Arroyo, are also now supporting the Daang Matuwid Coalition. READ MORE...

ALSO: REPORT FROM WASHINGTON - A dangerous showdown looming with China


MARCH 18 -by DAVID IGNATIUS
WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is moving toward what could be a dangerous showdown with China over the South China Sea. The confrontation has been building for the past three years, as China has constructed artificial islands off its southern coast and installed missiles and radar in disputed waters, despite US warnings. It could come to a head this spring, when an arbitration panel in The Hague is expected to rule that China is making “excessive” claims about its maritime sovereignty. What makes this dispute so explosive is that it pits an American president who needs to affirm his credibility as a strong leader against a risk-taking Chinese president who has shown disregard for US military power and who faces potent political enemies at home. “This isn’t Pearl Harbor but if people on all sides aren’t careful, it could be ‘The Guns of August,’” says Kurt Campbell, former assistant secretary of state for Asia, referring to the chain of miscalculation that led to World War I. The administration, he says, is facing “another red line moment where it has to figure out how to carry through on past warnings.” What troubles the White House is that President Obama thought he was assured by President Xi Jinping in Washington last September that China would act with restraint in the South China Sea. “China does not intend to pursue militarization,” Xi said publicly in the Rose Garden. China’s recent moves appear to contradict these assurances. Administration officials point to China’s installation of surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island in the Paracel chain in February, and its recent installation of military radar systems on Cuarteron Reef, one of the artificial islands it has created hundreds of miles from its coast. Obama cautioned in November against such provocative actions, telling an Asia-Pacific economic summit: “We agree on the need for bold steps to lower tensions, including pledging to halt further reclamation, new construction, and militarization of disputed areas in the South China Sea.”
China has largely ignored such warnings, and the administration’s problem now is how to assure Southeast Asian allies that it’s not passive about the Chinese threat, while avoiding open military conflict. The US-China breach could widen when Obama and Xi meet March 31 at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. READ MORE...

ALSO: Roxas told to account for unliquidated P7-b fund transfer


MARCH 18 -Manuel Roxas II
THE opposition United Nationalist Alliance demanded that administration standard bearer Manuel Roxas II account for P7 billion in unliquidated fund transfers, including cash advances for foreign travel and typhoon rehabilitation funds that were incurred while he was Interior and Local Government secretary. Citing a 2014 Commission on Audit report, UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan said the fund transfers also covered projects such as the Provision of Potable Water program (Salintubig), Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana), Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB), Rehabilitation Assistance on Yolanda (RAY), and the Public Transport Assistance Program (PTAP). “This is an indication that the DILG failed to monitor the implementation of the projects,” Ilagan said, quoting the CoA report. “The receivables accounts accumulated to a huge amount of P7.040 billion because management failed to monitor the liquidations of the fund transfers and submission of the corresponding financial reports contrary to CoA Circular No. 94-013,” the audit agency said in its report. Aside from the unliquidated fund transfers, the same report revealed that some P17 million in cash advances also remain unliquidated, Ilagan said. In its 2013 annual financial report, CoA said the DILG under Roxas accrued P1.1 billion in unliquidated cash advances “granted for local and foreign travels and for special purpose/time-bound undertakings.”  “Mar Roxas’ track record as secretary of the Interior and secretary of Transportation and Communications speaks volumes of his executive abilities,” Ilagan said. “They even took on projects for which they had no technical knowledge, and now they are having a hard time monitoring these and liquidating the advances,” Ilagan said in Filipino. Ilagan said if Vice President Jejomar Binay became president, the administration would focus on the proper implementation and monitoring of government projects and programs. “When investors see that projects are properly implemented, this will help attract more capital, generate more jobs, and provide additional revenues to enable the state to take better care of our poor and marginalized countrymen,” he said. “The Vice President has vowed to appoint people with proven track record and experience to Cabinet positions so that they can hit the ground running and there will be no more learning curve,” he added. READ MORE...RELATED...CoA
unearths P7-billion unliquidated fund transfers under Mar’s DILG...

ALSO: Bongbong - I never said Marcos rule was a golden age


MARCH 10 -BONGBONG GENERAL SANTOS CITY - Vice-presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said he never claimed that his father's rule was a "golden age" for the Philippines. This, after hundreds of faculty members of Ateneo de Manila University accused Marcos, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, of historical revisionism. "I never made that statement. Can I correct everybody? I never made that statement. And the first time I heard that statement was from the President. So I don't know the premise of their statement...I don't know why they attributed it to me. I have never used the phrase 'golden age' in any way shape or form. Hindi ko sinabi 'yon. So I dont know why sinasabi na ako nagsabi nun. As far as I know, it came from the New York Times, not from me," Marcos said. READ: 'Marcos rule not the golden age' Over 400 faculty members and formators of the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) have taken a stand against the historical revisionism of the martial law era, saying they will continue to share the stories of human rights atrocities committed during that period. READ: Ateneo faculty takes stand vs historical revisionism of martial law "We vow as teachers and formators to continue to tell the stories of the brutality and corruption of the Marcos family, regime, and closest allies," their statement read. "For as long as we remember and share these stories, we believe that future generations of Filipinos will learn the lessons of the years of struggle leading to the overthrow of the dictatorship during those historic days of the People Power Revolution in 1986," they added. READ: Life under Marcos: A fact-check READ MORE...

ALSO: 54% of Pinoys say quality of life unchanged under Noy – poll


MARCH 20 -The survey, conducted on March 16, showed that more than half of the 766 respondents said their lives remained the same. Philstar.com/File
Fifty-four percent, or more than half of the population, said that the quality of their lives remained unchanged during the tenure of President Aquino, a mobile survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and TV5 Bilang Pilipino showed.
The survey, conducted on March 16, showed that more than half of the 766 respondents said their lives remained the same. Meanwhile, 36 percent said their quality of life became better as compared with the administration of President Arroyo, while six percent said it got worse. Four percent answered they do not know. The survey had a sampling error margin of plus or minus four percent. The same survey showed a “neutral” satisfaction rate on the government’s response in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. Eleven percent of the respondents said they were very satisfied, while 31 percent were somewhat satisfied. READ MORE...


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CBCP: Aquino also to blame for laundering of $81-M cyberheist

MANILA, MARCH 21, 2016 (MANILA TIMES) March 16, 2016 10:11 pm by WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL AND NEIL A. ALCOBER, REPORTERS - THE Aquino Administration is to be blamed for the laundering of $81 million because of its propensity to open casinos and support for gambling, according to a Catholic Church leader.

Batangas Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Permanent Committee on Public Affairs (CBCP-PCPA), on Wednesday said that because of the proliferation of casinos, the Philippines has become the favorite spot to launder money derived from drugs, heists and other illegal sources.

“That’s the label of the [Aquino] administration. Casinos that were denied entry in the past were allowed by this administration,” Arguelles noted over Church-run Radyo Veritas.

“That is why there are issues of money laundering because of the absence of transparency in casinos. Some people may be dealing in illegal activities through the casinos, which is immoral. Gambling is immoral, it is the source of illegal transactions,” the prelate said.

At least six casinos, including the City of Dreams, Midas and Solaire, are being investigated by the Senate in connection with the money-laundering scandal.

Anti-gambling advocate Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz called on the CBCP leadership to come up with an official statement on the involvement of casinos on money-laundering.

Cruz is the founder of the group Anti-Gambling Crusader and a former president of the CBCP.

He said gambling is evil, thus it is important to warn the public against its bad effects.

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Any form of gambling, Cruz noted, is not desirable because it creates a culture that seriously erodes the moral value of the people.

There are at least 40 casinos in the country.

Pope Francis had reminded Catholic priests not to accept donations that come from casinos and other illicit activities.

Include casinos



Sen. Miriam Defensor -Santiago also on Wednesday vowed that she will certify as urgent a bill expanding the coverage of the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) to include casinos if she becomes President.

Santiago, who is running under the People’s Reform Party, said the $81- million fiasco highlights the urgent need to require casinos to report questionable deals to the Anti-Money Laundering Council.

“If the casino sector remains outside of the coverage of AMLA, the Philippines risks becoming the world’s money laundering capital,” the senator added.

Santiago said the AMLA amendment is necessary for the Philippines to keep out of the blacklist of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global body against money laundering and terrorist financing.

The senator also vowed to match the lobby from the casino sector with political will.

“Filipinos should elect a President who will not bow to the whims of big business, to the detriment of public interest,” Santiago said.


PHILSTAR

Palace defends Noy’s political alliances By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 20, 2016 - 12:00am 1 4 googleplus0 0


Aquino, who was in Urdaneta City on Monday, expressed doubts on the NPC’s solid support for presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe and her runningmate Sen. Francis Escudero, after party members showed up in their rally. Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines – Malacańang justified yesterday the political alliances of the administration and the ruling Liberal Party for this year’s elections following President Aquino’s visit to Pangasinan where Gov. Amado Espino Jr. used to be LP’s rival from the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and to Pampanga where the governor, Lilia Pineda, was a known ally of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Arroyo had been accused of corruption and Pineda had long been implicated in jueteng operations.

Aquino, who was in Urdaneta City on Monday, expressed doubts on the NPC’s solid support for presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe and her runningmate Sen. Francis Escudero, after party members showed up in their rally.

Espino ran against LP’s Hernani Braganza in the province in 2013, prompting a bitter rivalry between the LP and the NPC. Espino won overwhelmingly.

Espino’s son will run for governor against NPC’s Mark Cojuangco. The elder Espino is challenging Cojuangco’s wife Kimi for fifth district representative.

The De Venecias of Pangasinan, staunch allies of Arroyo, are also now supporting the Daang Matuwid Coalition.

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In San Fernando City on Thursday, Aquino met with Pineda and other local officials who expressed support for the administration candidates.

Pineda told reporters she sought permission from Arroyo, her close friend, to freely choose who to back in this year’s elections since they saw for themselves the developments in the province under Aquino’s term.

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III said over radio dzRB Pineda had long been supportive of the Aquino administration and even gave a testimonial during the last State of the Nation Address.

Pineda said this was because even if she was not an administration ally, the national government continued to implement programs and projects in her province.

“If I recall correctly, and you can check the transcript of the SONA, she was pointing out how the programs of the administration really worked to ease the burden of the provincial government,” Quezon said.


MANILA STANDARD

A dangerous showdown looming with China March 16, 2016 8:13 pm David Ignatius


by DAVID IGNATIUS

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is moving toward what could be a dangerous showdown with China over the South China Sea.

The confrontation has been building for the past three years, as China has constructed artificial islands off its southern coast and installed missiles and radar in disputed waters, despite US warnings. It could come to a head this spring, when an arbitration panel in The Hague is expected to rule that China is making “excessive” claims about its maritime sovereignty.

What makes this dispute so explosive is that it pits an American president who needs to affirm his credibility as a strong leader against a risk-taking Chinese president who has shown disregard for US military power and who faces potent political enemies at home.


Kurt Campbell - 18th Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs WIKIPEDIA

“This isn’t Pearl Harbor but if people on all sides aren’t careful, it could be ‘The Guns of August,’” says Kurt Campbell, former assistant secretary of state for Asia, referring to the chain of miscalculation that led to World War I. The administration, he says, is facing “another red line moment where it has to figure out how to carry through on past warnings.”

What troubles the White House is that President Obama thought he was assured by President Xi Jinping in Washington last September that China would act with restraint in the South China Sea. “China does not intend to pursue militarization,” Xi said publicly in the Rose Garden.

China’s recent moves appear to contradict these assurances. Administration officials point to China’s installation of surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island in the Paracel chain in February, and its recent installation of military radar systems on Cuarteron Reef, one of the artificial islands it has created hundreds of miles from its coast.

Obama cautioned in November against such provocative actions, telling an Asia-Pacific economic summit: “We agree on the need for bold steps to lower tensions, including pledging to halt further reclamation, new construction, and militarization of disputed areas in the South China Sea.”

China has largely ignored such warnings, and the administration’s problem now is how to assure Southeast Asian allies that it’s not passive about the Chinese threat, while avoiding open military conflict. The US-China breach could widen when Obama and Xi meet March 31 at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

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One trigger for escalation could be China’s response to the forthcoming ruling by the arbitration panel in The Hague in a case brought by the Philippines in 2013.

The Philippines argued that China was making an “excessive claim” to nearly all the South China Sea by asserting what it calls the “nine-dash line,” based on old maps and claims.

The panel will probably issue its ruling in April or May, and Campbell and other knowledgeable experts predict that it will carefully validate the Philippine position.

What will China do next? Beijing has denounced such arbitration of its maritime claims, and some US officials believe it may respond to an unfavorable ruling by declaring an air-defense identification zone, or “ADIZ,” in the South China Sea — in effect banning flights there without Chinese permission.

This would present a new and dangerous provocation for Washington.

The Pentagon argues that the US should immediately challenge any air-defense identification zone claim by flying US military planes into the area. That’s what happened in November 2013 when B-52s immediately challenged an ADIZ declared by China in the East China Sea. Because this overflight had previously been scheduled, the Pentagon didn’t have to ask White House approval; Pentagon officials fear that if such permission had been required, it would have been denied.

This time, the White House has an intense interagency planning process underway to prepare for the looming confrontation.

Options include an aggressive tit-for-tat strategy, in which the US would help countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam build artificial islands of their own in disputed waters. The Philippines effectively took such a step in 1999 when it deliberately grounded a large vessel on a shoal in the Spratly Islands; it has recently resupplied that vessel, while US drones patrolled overhead.

Campbell contends that the wisest course for the United States would be to work with other Southeast Asian nations to challenge Chinese claims. This might include planes and ships from Australia, Singapore, India and European countries, for example.

“You don’t want the Chinese to lose face,” says Campbell. “But you want their leadership to understand that if they continue along this path, they risk spiraling the relationship into a very negative place.”

(c) 2016, WASHINGTON POST WRITERS GROUP


MANILA STANDARD

Account for P7-b fund, Roxas told posted March 18, 2016 at 12:01 am by Christine Atienza and Vito Barcelo


Manuel Roxas II

THE opposition United Nationalist Alliance demanded that administration standard bearer Manuel Roxas II account for P7 billion in unliquidated fund transfers, including cash advances for foreign travel and typhoon rehabilitation funds that were incurred while he was Interior and Local Government secretary.

Citing a 2014 Commission on Audit report, UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan said the fund transfers also covered projects such as the Provision of Potable Water program (Salintubig), Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana), Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB), Rehabilitation Assistance on Yolanda (RAY), and the Public Transport Assistance Program (PTAP).

“This is an indication that the DILG failed to monitor the implementation of the projects,” Ilagan said, quoting the CoA report.

“The receivables accounts accumulated to a huge amount of P7.040 billion because management failed to monitor the liquidations of the fund transfers and submission of the corresponding financial reports contrary to CoA Circular No. 94-013,” the audit agency said in its report.

Aside from the unliquidated fund transfers, the same report revealed that some P17 million in cash advances also remain unliquidated, Ilagan said.

In its 2013 annual financial report, CoA said the DILG under Roxas accrued P1.1 billion in unliquidated cash advances “granted for local and foreign travels and for special purpose/time-bound undertakings.”

“Mar Roxas’ track record as secretary of the Interior and secretary of Transportation and Communications speaks volumes of his executive abilities,” Ilagan said.

“They even took on projects for which they had no technical knowledge, and now they are having a hard time monitoring these and liquidating the advances,” Ilagan said in Filipino.

Ilagan said if Vice President Jejomar Binay became president, the administration would focus on the proper implementation and monitoring of government projects and programs.

“When investors see that projects are properly implemented, this will help attract more capital, generate more jobs, and provide additional revenues to enable the state to take better care of our poor and marginalized countrymen,” he said.

“The Vice President has vowed to appoint people with proven track record and experience to Cabinet positions so that they can hit the ground running and there will be no more learning curve,” he added.

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Of the P17 million in unliquidated cash advances, P5.54 million were from the DILG’s Central Office, which also houses the Office of the Secretary, the CoA report said.

“We recommended and management [DILG] agreed to require the immediate liquidation and settlement of all the cash advances and initiate the filing of criminal and administrative charges against the accountable officers with unliquidated cash advances granted before Dec. 31, 2011,” CoA auditors said.

“The unliquidated cash advances of Roxas’ DILG in 2013 represented 10.85 percent of the total P10.14 billion unliquidated that year,” Ilagan said.

The Roxas camp played down the UNA demand.

“The entire amount has been downloaded to individual LGUs mainly as financial assistance for various BUB projects, and rehabilitation and reconstruction projects such as Bohol Earthquake Assistance and Recovery Assistance for Yolanda,” Rep. Barry Gutierrez, a Roxas spokesman, told The Standard.

“Responsibility for liquidation is with now the LGUs. Many projects are still being implemented and have thus not been liquidated. All these funds are fully accounted for and the entire process is completely transparent,” he added. With John Paolo Bencito

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CoA unearths P7-billion unliquidated fund transfers under Mar’s DILG Written by Charlie V. Manalo Friday, 18 March 2016 00:00

“Mar” Roxas has been demanding Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay to explain the billions of pesos allegedly obtained for the Makati Buildings I and II in kickbacks.

His political foes, including Rodrigo Duterte and his tag along VP bet, Alan Cayateno, who have pounced on the outdated and false report of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) as reported in the Inquirer for two days running, alleging that the Binay funds were transferred to alleged dummies and even used Philrem, the same remittance firm used in the money laundering scam in the the Bangladesh central bank cyber heist of $81 million fund transfers to the RCBC. (See banner story.)

But the Liberal Party spokesman and Binay’s other political foes, have not said anything about the Commission on Audit (CoA) on the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) during Roxas’ term.

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has chided former DILG Secretary and Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Roxas after the latest annual audit report of the CoA uncovered fund transfers during Roxas’ term amounting to a whopping ?7.040 billion that remain unliquidated “due to non-monitoring of liquidations and submission of financial reports.”

The unliquidated fund transfers covered such projects as the Provision of Potable Water program (Salintubig), Payapa at Masaganang Pamayana (Pamana), Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB), Rehabilitation Assistance on Yolanda (RAY), and the Public Transport Assistance Program (PTAP).

“This is an indication that the DILG failed to monitor the implementation of the projects,” the report said.



“The Receivables accounts accumulated to a huge amount of P7.040 billion because management failed to monitor the liquidations of the fund transfers and submission of the corresponding financial reports contrary to CoA Circular No. 94-013,” CoA further noted.

Aside from the unliquidated fund transfers, some P17 million in cash advances also remains unliquidated, the same report revealed.

In its 2013 Annual Financial Report, CoA said Roxas’ DILG also accrued a whopping P1.1 billion in unliquidated cash advances “granted for local and foreign travels and for special purpose/time-bound undertakings.”

“Mar Roxas’ track record as Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Transportation and Communication speaks volumes of his executive abilities,” UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan said.

“Even in projects where he and the DILG have no technical expertise, DILG, they get the projects. Now, they have difficulty in monitoring and liquidating,” he said.

Ilagan said a Binay presidency will focus on the proper implementation and monitoring of government projects and programs.

“When investors see that projects are properly implemented, this will help attract more capital, generate more jobs, and provide additional revenues to enable the state to take better care of our poor and marginalized countrymen,” he said.

“The Vice President has vowed to appoint people with proven track record and experience to cabinet positions so that they can hit the ground running and there will be no more learning curve,” he added.

CoA said its Circular No. 94-013 provides that within 10 days after the end of each month/end of the agreed period for the Project, the Implementing Agency (IA) shall submit the Report of Checks Issued (RCI) and the Report of Disbursement (RD) to report the utilization of the funds approved by the Head of IA.

“The Source Agency (SA) shall draw a JEV (Journal Entry Voucher) to take up the reports and the IA shall return to the SA any unused balance upon completion of the project,” the report added.

CoA also noted in its 2014 audit report that “cash advances granted to officers and employees totaling ?17.097 million were not liquidated within the prescribed period, contrary to CoA Circular Nos. 2012-001 and 2012-004.”

Of the P17 million, P5.54 million was from the DILG’s Central Office, which also houses the Office of the Secretary.

“We recommended and Management agreed to require the immediate liquidation and settlement of all the cash advances and initiate the filing of criminal and administrative charges against the Accountable Officers (AOs) with unliquidated cash advances granted before December 31, 2011 pursuant to CoA Circular No. 2012-004,” the CoA auditors said in the report.

The unliquidated cash advances of Roxas’ DILG in 2013 represented 10.85 percent of the total P10.14 billion unliquidated that year.


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Bongbong: I never said Marcos rule was a golden age ABS-CBN News Posted at 09 Mar 2016 09:09 PM | Updated as of 10 Mar 2016 08:47 AM Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on LinkedIn


BONGBONG

GENERAL SANTOS CITY - Vice-presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said he never claimed that his father's rule was a "golden age" for the Philippines.

This, after hundreds of faculty members of Ateneo de Manila University accused Marcos, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, of historical revisionism.

"I never made that statement. Can I correct everybody? I never made that statement. And the first time I heard that statement was from the President. So I don't know the premise of their statement...I don't know why they attributed it to me. I have never used the phrase 'golden age' in any way shape or form. Hindi ko sinabi 'yon. So I dont know why sinasabi na ako nagsabi nun. As far as I know, it came from the New York Times, not from me," Marcos said.

READ: 'Marcos rule not the golden age'

Over 400 faculty members and formators of the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) have taken a stand against the historical revisionism of the martial law era, saying they will continue to share the stories of human rights atrocities committed during that period.

READ: Ateneo faculty takes stand vs historical revisionism of martial law

"We vow as teachers and formators to continue to tell the stories of the brutality and corruption of the Marcos family, regime, and closest allies," their statement read.

"For as long as we remember and share these stories, we believe that future generations of Filipinos will learn the lessons of the years of struggle leading to the overthrow of the dictatorship during those historic days of the People Power Revolution in 1986," they added.

READ: Life under Marcos: A fact-check

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The faculty members and formators issued the statement after Marcos Jr. said that it would be better if historians will be the ones to tell the people what really happened during the martial law period.

READ: Bongbong admits bias on martial law: Let historians speak

READ: EDSA veteran tells Bongbong: Stop justifying Martial Law

LIFE UNDER MARCOS

The Marcos family has long been dogged by accusations the dictator oversaw massive human rights abuses and plundered billions of dollars from state coffers until a famous "people power" revolt toppled him from power in 1986.

Human rights groups say tens of thousands endured torture and imprisonment during the elder Marcos's 20-year rule, and the government estimates the family plundered $10 billion from state coffers.

The government estimates Marcos and his family stole $10 billion from the already desperately-poor country during his rule.

But after the Marcos patriarch died in exile in Hawaii in 1989, the family returned to the country in 1991 and began a successful political comeback, culminating in Bongbong Marcos getting elected to the Senate in 2010.

The younger Marcos has been criticized for refusing to apologize for the injustices committed during his father's dictatorship.

READ: Bongbong on Marcos era: What am I to say sorry for?

The 58-year-old, an incumbent senator, denies his family stole from government coffers and insists his father's rule was one of peace and progress.

The family's flamboyant matriarch, former first lady Imelda Marcos -- who was famously found to have amassed hundreds of pairs of shoes while her husband was in power -- has made no secret of her desire for her son to become president.

Marcos Jnr is trumpeting his father's infrastructure achievements to a young electorate that has no first-hand experience of the brutality of martial law. With Chai Tabunaway, ABS-CBN NEWS Socsksargen; and Agence France-Presse

PANOORIN: Paano ang pamumuhay noong Martial Law?


PHILSTAR

54% of Pinoys say quality of life unchanged under Noy – poll By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 20, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


The survey, conducted on March 16, showed that more than half of the 766 respondents said their lives remained the same. Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines – Fifty-four percent, or more than half of the population, said that the quality of their lives remained unchanged during the tenure of President Aquino, a mobile survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and TV5 Bilang Pilipino showed.

The survey, conducted on March 16, showed that more than half of the 766 respondents said their lives remained the same.

Meanwhile, 36 percent said their quality of life became better as compared with the administration of President Arroyo, while six percent said it got worse. Four percent answered they do not know.

The survey had a sampling error margin of plus or minus four percent.

The same survey showed a “neutral” satisfaction rate on the government’s response in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

Eleven percent of the respondents said they were very satisfied, while 31 percent were somewhat satisfied.

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Twenty percent were undecided, while 17 percent and 20 percent were somewhat dissatisfied and very dissatisfied, respectively.

“This gives a net satisfaction score of four percent (the difference of 41 percent satisfied and 37 percent dissatisfied), classified by SWS as neutral,” said the survey firm.

The SWS-Bilang Pilipino is a pioneering project to rapidly survey opinions from a random national sample of voters, deliberately equipped with mobile phones.

A sample of 1,200 validated voters was invited to be a part of the panel of respondents, who received the questions through mobile phones.

Clean, honest service Another mobile survey conducted by SWS and TV5 Bilang Pilipino on March 15 showed 59 percent of respondents agreeing that the daang matuwid (straight path) policy of President Aquino is about clean and honest service of the government.

The survey – which had 755 respondents and a margin of error of plus or minus four percent – revealed that 21 percent disagreed with the statement, while 19 percent were undecided.

“This gives a net agreement score of 38, classified by SWS as strong,” read the results released yesterday.

The same survey showed that 55 percent selected Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II when asked who among the presidential bets is being promoted as a candidate for daang matuwid.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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