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thursday, january 11, 2018
EDITOR RICKY s. TORRE

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NATIONWIDE ROUND-UP Senator seeks inquiry on ‘anomalous Cordillera
disbursements’ of Malampaya funds Administrative Region
Contaminated water downs
“President Duterte, I Lawmaker Sherwin T. Gatchalian has called for a
Senate investigation into what he called “anomalous 56 in Benguet village
wholeheartedly ask for your help disbursements” worth billions of pesos of Malampaya Fifty-six residents of a village
funds under the past two administrations. “These in Atok, Benguet were rushed
to let me testify against Christina funds were meant to finance the development of to hospital during the first week
Sergio in the Philippines so that I energy resources. Their usage for other purposes, and
without following the clear procedural requirements
of the year in what was initially
suspected to be a case of mass
can reveal the truth and those who concerning their disbursement, is a serious cause food poisoning but which health Photo tweet by News5AKSYON and courtesy of Christopher “Bong” Go/DZRH
for concern that must be looked into by the govern- officials later attributed to con-
are at fault will be punished. I know ment,” said the senator, who also chairs the Senate taminated water used for cooking.
Cordillera Administrative Region

that you are against drugs and committee on energy. In a statement, Mr. Gatchalian — interaksyon.com Godfather
said he had filed on Tuesday Senate Resolution No. >> See full story on https://goo.gl/ President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday stood as godfather
you want to bring down the drug 579, directing the appropriate Senate committee to Zw7Km2 to the wedding of P/Dir. Gregorio Pimentel and Social Welfare
conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the release
syndicates for the betterment of of the Malampaya funds. He said the funds’ release by
Assistant Secretary Michelle Ortega in Baguio City.

our country and the safety of our the Department of Budget and Management (DBM)
without complete documentary requirements violates
youth. But how can you eradicate all Presidential Decree No. 910 Series of 1976, Executive National Capital Region: Makati
Mayor Abby Binay cites 2-digit increase in 2017 revenues
that has connections with drugs?... Order No. 683 Series of 2007, DBM-DOE-DOF Joint
Circular No. 3 Series of 2008, and other relevant laws Makati City had a remarkable increase in its total revenue collections last year
President Duterte, the preservation and rules and regulations as specified in the Com- amounting to P16.97 billion, which is 12% more than in 2016 and 116% of revenue
mission on Audit’s Special Report No. 2017-04. The target, Makati Mayor Mar-len Abigail Binay said in her State of the City Address before
of my life is in your hands. I do not Malampaya fund is the government’s profit share from Rotarians on Tuesday. “We have reason to be jubilant about the two-digit increase
lose hope that I will achieve justice the exploitation of natural gas resources in the Cama-
go-Malampaya reservoir under Service Contract 38. Mr.
because based on official records, the city has only posted one-digit year-on-year
increases for the past 12 years,” said the mayor, who cited the business tax as the
because God is with me in this Gatchalian placed the accrued profit from operations top revenue source at P8.22 billion, followed by real property tax at P6.22 billion. Ms.
at P173.28 billion from January 2002 until June 2013. Binay also cited accomplishments for the city and its residents in the fields of public
battle. And never will I claim the The funds were collected by the Department of Energy health, education, and public safety and order, among other areas of public service.
crime I did not commit.” and managed by the Bureau of the Treasury for the
exploration and development of energy resources. In
— Excerpts from Mary Jane Veloso’s 2007, the DBM was authorized to release money from Western Visayas: Aklan
the fund according to certain guidelines. However, a DoT, DENR chiefs conduct aerial survey over Boracay
statement in Filipino on her 32nd Commission on Audit special report issued in 2017 re- The Department of Tourism (DoT) and the Department of
birthday, Jan 10. vealed that Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have embarked
and Notices of Cash Allocations (NCAs) were issued on a joint effort to save Boracay island. DoT Secretary Wanda
with incomplete documentary requirements, Mr. Tulfo-Teo and DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu took off on an
Gatchalian said. The anomaly includes the lack aerial survey of the world-renowned island and later presided
BoC chief orders creation of anti-corruption unit of project proposals, requests for funds from over a meeting, including the island’s tourism stakeholders,
Customs chief Isidro S. Lapeña has ordered the creation of the the implementing agencies, proof of DBM to address pressing concerns on offshore pollu-
Interim Internal Affairs and Integrity Unit (IIAIU), the Bureau of evaluation, or approval by the President, tion brought about by waste disposal. She said
Customs (BoC) said in a statement on Wednesday. The said unit’s he added. As of May 21, 2012, a total a list of over 100 establishment violators will be
functions, according to a Dec. 29, 2017, memorandum issued of P38.8 billion of public funds has disclosed soon while Mr. Cimatu vowed to con-
by Mr. Lapeña, are as follows: investigate complaints against been released by DBM to various duct an individual inspection of their sewer facili-
BoC personnel, receive and gather evidence in support of an nongovernment agencies, ties. Mr. Cimatu, for his part, said he has called
open investigation; conduct motu propio investigation on in- government-owned and the attention of Malay Mayor Ciceron Cawaling
cidents where evidence in the prosecution of smuggling cases controlled corporations, regarding the worsening garbage problem. Mr.
was compromised, tampered with, obliterated, or lost while in and the provincial Cawaling, along with Aklan Governor Florencio
the custody of customs personnel; conduct lifestyle checks on government of Miraflores, have urged the Duterte administra-
said personnel; evaluate or recommend the filing of appropri- Palawan, the tion to provide more funds. “We appeal to both
ate criminal cases against BoC personnel before the court as senator said. Secretaries to adopt Boracay,” Mr. Miraflores
evidence warrants and assist in the prosecution of the case; and — Victor V. urged the visiting Cabinet officials. Ms. Teo and
undertake liaison work, coordination, and provide assistance to Saulon Mr. Cimatu disclosed that an executive order ill
the Office of the Ombudsman, National Anti-Corruption Commis- be submitted to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to
sion of the Office of the President, and Revenue Integrity Protec- address the problems besetting Boracay.
tion Service of the Department of Finance. The IIAIU is headed
by the commissioner and composed of one attorney, two special
investigators, and three administrative staff. All reports will be
submitted monthly to the commissioner.

Mimaropa
Senator: Don’t forget public schools in free Wi-Fi rollout Reyes’s detention sought anew for graft
Don’t forget our public schools and state universities and State prosecutors on Wednesday filed an Davao Region
colleges (SUCs). Senator Paolo Benigno Aguirre Aquino IV in urgent omnibus motion before the Sandigan- Transmission of Malacañang document needed
a statement issued this call as the government prepares the bayan to cancel the bail and rearrest former before new vice-mayor can take oath
rollout of Republic Act (RA) 10929 or the Free Internet Access Palawan governor Mario Joel T. Reyes. “It is The Sangguniang Panlungsod secretary marked resigned
Program in Public Places, of which he is principal sponsor most respectfully prayed of the Honorable vice-mayor Paolo Z. Duterte as “still on vacation leave”
and co-author. “Magagamit din ito ng ating mga guro para Court that this motion be granted and that: as the roll was called Tuesday, the first regular session for
mapabuti ang kanilang mga sistema ng pagtuturo,” he added. accused Reyes’s bail be canceled; and accused ARMM: Lanao del Sur the year. However, Councilor Bernard E. Al-ag is expected
(Our teachers can avail themselves of this to develop their Reyes be immediately committed to prison in US allocates additional P330M in funding to take his oath of office as vice-mayor anytime this week
system of teaching.) RA 10929 provides free Internet access in view of his conviction for violation of Section for Marawi, surrounding areas  depending on the receipt by the Department of Interior and
all national and local government offices, public schools, public 3(e) of RA (Republic Act) 3019,” the petition, The US government, through the United States Local Government (DILG) XI of the necessary document
transport terminals, public hospitals and public libraries. In penned by Deputy Special Prosecutor Omar Agency for International Development (USAID), has from Malacañang. “The document which shows that Presi-
addition, the law contains provisions for the faster processing L. Sagdal, reads. On Aug. 29, 2017, Sandigan- allocated an additional P330 million ($6.6 million) dent Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the resignation (of Vice-
of permits for Internet infrastructure, which is designed to fast- bayan found Mr. Reyes guilty of graft for “giv- to support vulnerable populations affected by the Mayor Paolo Duterte) is already in transit and is expected
track the improvement in the country’s internet backbone. ing unwarranted benefits, preference and ad- conflict in Marawi City and surrounding areas. The today or tomorrow,” Mr. Al-ag said during Tuesday’s regular
vantage” to Olympic Mines and Development US Embassy in a statement said this assistance will session which he presided over still as acting vice-mayor.
Corp. On the other hand, the Court of Appeals provide opportunities for young women and men Mr. Al-ag said he already talked with Mayor Sara Duterte-
Marcos claims ‘obvious bias’ by PET justice (CA) on Jan. 4 ordered the release of Mr. to enhance job skills and attain livelihoods, helping Carpio about the transition after Mr. Duterte’s resignation.
Former senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. in a statement on Reyes, who was implicated in the 2011 murder stimulate the economy. These new funds will also Section 44 of the Local Government Code (LGC) provides
Wednesday decried the “obvious bias” of Supreme Court As- of journalist and environmentalist Gerardo help vulnerable populations strengthen positive that in case of a permanent vacancy in the office of the
sociate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, the ponente of his election V. Ortega, after finding no probable cause to engagement within their communities.  This brings vice-mayor, the highest ranking Sanggunian member, in this
protest pending before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), issue a warrant for his arrest. — Minde Nyl R. the total USAID contribution to recovery and reha- case Mr. Al-ag, shall become the vice-mayor who will serve
against him and in favor of Maria Leonor G. Robredo, the sena- dela Cruz bilitation of Marawi and surrounding areas to over P1 only the unexpired term of his predecessor. “A permanent
tor’s rival in the 2016 vice-presidential race. “It has now become billion ($20.9 million). vacancy arises when an elective local official fills a higher
fairly obvious that his resolutions are biased against me and vacant office, refuses to assume office, fails to qualify, dies,
biased in favor my oppositor,” Mr. Marcos said at the Kapihan sa is removed from office, voluntarily resigns, or is otherwise
Manila Bay forum on Wednesday. Mr. Caguioa, Mr. Marcos noted Mindanao permanently incapacitated to discharge the functions of
in his statement, was appointed by Ateneo classmate former Oral arguments on martial law extension set his office.” Mr. Al-ag also cited the Code which provides
president Benigno S.C. Aquino III. The former senator enumer- The Supreme Court en banc scheduled on Jan. 16 and 17 oral arguments on the that when such vacancy arises in a chartered and highly
ated some of the orders issued by Mr. Caguioa “which showed consolidated petitions questioning the legality of the re-extension of martial law urbanized city like Davao, only the President can appoint a
his one-sidedness in favor of Robredo,” citing that as early as and suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus. Two similar petitions replacement. Section 45 that when automatic succession
April 2017, the PET gave him only two working days, right during filed separately by opposition lawmakers led by Albay Rep. Edcel C. Lagman on does not apply, the vacancy shall be filled by “the President,
the Holy Week, to pay his initial P36 million protest fee. Ms. Ro- Dec. 27, 2017 and by the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) on Jan. 4 were through the Executive Secretary, in the case of the Sang-
bredo, on the other hand, did not to pay on the deadline set by also ordered consolidated. The Supreme Court also directed the Office of the Solic- guniang Panlalawigan and the Sangguniang Panlungsod of
the PET but Mr. Caguioa gave her an extension, Mr. Marcos said, itor-General to submit its comment on the petition filed by NUPL on Jan. 13 and for highly urbanized cities and independent component cities.”
adding that Ms. Robredo “has still not managed to fully com- the petitioners to submit their respective memorandum on Jan. 20. — MNDC — Carmencita A. Carillo
plete the payment of her deposit.” Mr. Marcos also said he found
it “strange that Romeo Macalintal, lead counsel of his opponent,
kept issuing unsolicited advise that he should run for a Senate
position in 2019 and forego his election protest.” Davao Region
Suspension of SSI has implications on BPO industry, says official 
DAVAO CITY — Suspending the company whose 37 employees died in a fire just two days before Christmas here will result in about P97 million in lost salaries in the informa-
Gov’t ordered to respond in Dengvaxia case tion technology-business process management industry, an industry association official said. “That is why we have to find a way to enable (Research Now) SSI to resume
The Supreme Court en banc ordered to comment within 10 operations,” said lawyer Samuel R. Matunog, president of Information and Communication Technology Davao, on Monday in reference to the company’s impending suspen-
days the respondents on the petition for mandamus filed last sion of operations. Mr. Matunog’s reaction came about after the Philippine Economic Zone Authority announced it was suspending the company. Thirty-seven of its employ-
Dec. 22, 2017, by Gabriela Women’s party and the parents of ees perished following a fire that razed down the NCCC Mall on Dec. 23 last year. Mr. Matunog said his association is urging the government to lift the suspension order as the
the children inoculated with the controversial Dengvaxia vac- company, which started its operations in the city in 2008 as a market researcher using telephone interview services, has started looking for a new location for its operations
cine. Named respondents were Department of Health (DoH) so that its 500 employees could resume their jobs. The company said it is planning to resume operations within the next two months in another cite in the city so that its
Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, DoH National Center for employees can return to work. The company announced that even when the employees have not gone back to work, they continue to receive their salaries as it is also “ex-
Disease Prevention and Control Program Director Lyndon L. ploring (other) avenues to provide them with employment.” It added that it has continued to “reimburse employees for personal effects that were destroyed in the fire. As
Lee Suy, Food and Drug Administration Director-General Nela assistance to the victims’ families, it said it has raised about $115,000 in funds. This developed as a city councilor proposed that companies set up photo luminescent paints
Charade G. Puno, Education Secretary Leonor M. Briones, and on hallways and fire exits as part of the mechanism to help employees get out of burning buildings. Councilor Maria Belen S. Acosta, head of the public safety committee
former Interior Department officer-in-charge Catalino S. Cuy. of the local legislative body, said other countries have used the glow-in-the-dark paint “to guide persons to emergency exits and other possible means of egress especially
— MNDC when the power goes out.” — Carmelito Q. Francisco