22 Party-list Representatives, nanumpa na

admin   •   June 26, 2013   •   4296

Ang panunumpa ng mga ng bagong kinatawan para sa 22 partylist na nahalal nitong 2013 elections. (UNTV News)

Ang panunumpa ng 22 mga bagong kinatawan para sa 15 partylists na nahalal nitong 2013 elections. Ang iba pang mga nanalong partylist ay maari na ring makapanumpa sa sandaling maisumite na nila ang mga requirements gaya ng certificate of proclamation mula sa Commission in Elections. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Pinangunahan ni House Speaker Sonny Belmonte ang oath taking ng unang batch ng mga bagong Party-list Representatives kaninang umaga.

Dalawampu’t dalawa sa apatnapung party-list congressman ang dumalo sa oath taking matapos makapagpasa ng certificate of proclamation sa House of Secretary General.

Kabilang sa party-list congressman na nanumpa na sa pwesto ang mga ss:

  1. A-Teacher Partylist Representatives Mariano Piamonte and Julieta Cortuna;
  2. 1-Care Partylist Representatives Michael Angelo Rivera and Edgardo Masongsong;
  3. Aambis-Owa Partylist Representative Sharon Garin;
  4. Abakada Partylist Representative Jonathan dela Cruz;
  5. ABS Partylist Representative Catalina Leonen-Pizzaro;
  6. Agap Partylist Representatives Nicanor Briones and Rico Geron;
  7. An Waray Partylist Representative Neil Benedict Montejo;
  8. Ave Partylist Representative Eulogio “Amang” Magsaysay;
  9. Buhay Partylist Representatives Jose Lito Atienza and Irwin Tieng;
  10. Butil Partylist Representative Agapito Guanlao;
  11. Cibac Partylist Representatives Sherwin Tugna and Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales;
  12. Coop-Natco Partylist Representatives Cresente Paez and Anthony Bravo;
  13. Kalinga Partylist Representative Abigail Faye Ferriol;
  14. Magdalo Partylist Representatives Gary Alejano and Francisco Ashley Acedillo; and
  15. OFW Partylist Representative Juan Johnny Revilla.

Maaari pa namang makapanumpa ang iba pang party-list representatives sa sandaling maisumite na nila ang mga requirements gaya ng certificate of proclamation mula sa Commission in Elections.

Magdaraos naman ng universal oath taking ang lahat ng 16th congress representatives sa July 22.

Samantala, pinayuhan ni House Speaker Sonny Belmonte ang mga bagong mambabatas na makiisa sa mga aktibidades na laging dumalo sa sesyon sa kamara. (Grace Casin / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Lawmaker expresses dismay over House hearing on COVID-19 supplies anomaly

Maris Federez   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A lawmaker on Thursday expressed his disappointment on how the hearing on the alleged anomalous procurement of COVID-19 supplies from Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation has turned out.

House Deputy Speaker and Buhay Partylist Representative Lito Atienza said he is ashamed at the turn of events of the investigation of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability, especially on the matter concerning Pharmally.

“Ako ay miyembro ng Kongreso. Pero tatapatin kita, maraming ginagawa sa Kongreso ikinahihiya ko. Masama lamang na magresign. Lumipat ka na, pero hindi ako natutuwa sa mga nangyayari sa Kongreso. Tama ka. Parang gusto nilang iabswelto ang Pharmally,” Atienza said.

Atienza was referring to how the committee handled the hearing and the stance of the committee chairman that seemed to be defending the pharmaceutical company.

“Malayo na ang imbestigasyon ng Senado. Makikialam kayo sasabihin niyo wala naman palang kasalanan. Sino nagsabi? Kayo? Ano ang pagbabasehan niyo diyan? ‘Yung sinabi ng kalaban, yung sinabi ng akusado na ginagamit niyong pruweba? Anong klaseng imbestigasyon yan?” Atienza required.

Diwa Partylist Representative Michael Aglipay who chairs the panel did not give his comment on Atienza’s allegation.

He, however, gave his assurance during the committee’s October 4 hearing that they will be issuing a fair and truthful committee report on the investigation.

“As chairman, I’m always for the truth, nothing else. If there is evidence to pin down the officials of the government, then we shall strongly recommend charges against them before the appropriate courts and tribunals. We will decide swiftly where the evidence takes us. Rest assured our committee report will be fair and based on evidence,” Aglipay said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Solon bats for immediate enactment of safe public, online spaces bill

Robie de Guzman   •   March 31, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — A lawmaker has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately sign into law a bill seeking to penalize gender-based harassment on streets, public and online spaces.

The proposed “Safe Street, Public and Online spaces Act” is awaiting the President’s signature after it was ratified by the Congressional Bicameral Conference Committee last February 6, 2019.

House Deputy Speaker and AAMBIS-OWA Party-list Rep. Sharon Garin in a statement, sought the immediate enactment of the proposal to penalize acts that invade a victim’s sense of personal safety on the streets and in public and online spaces.

“The campaign against sexual harassment should not only be limited to the celebration of the International Women’s Month and that all Filipinos, in their own capacity, can contribute to making this country a place that upholds the culture of respect,” she said.

Under the proposed bill, gender-based street and public spaces harassment includes cat-calling, wolf-whistling, unwanted invitations, misogynistic and sexist slurs, persistent uninvited comments or gestures on a person’s appearance, relentless requests for personal details, statements of sexual comments or suggestions, or any advances, whether physical or verbal, that is unwanted and has threatened one’s personal space and physical safety.

Street harassment is defined as acts of harassment done in schools, churches, restaurants, malls, public washrooms, bars, internet shops, public markets, transportation terminals, public utility vehicles, sidewalks, or alleys, among others.

Online sexual harassment includes the use of information and communications technology to intimidate and terrorize victims through psychological, and emotional threats, as well as unwanted sexual and sexist comments online.

Those who commit gender-based street and public spaces harassment will be punished with imprisonment, a fine of P10,000 up to P500,000, or a community service inclusive of attendance to a Gender Sensitivity Seminar by the Philippine National Police (PNP), depending on the gravity and frequency of the crime.

Garin, the bill’s co-author, stressed the proposed law is not only focused on women as it is “anchored on the principles of respect and equality, and shall benefit all Filipinos regardless of gender and/or gender orientation.”

The lawmaker underscored the need to expedite the signing of the bill to provide ample time for the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and other accredited women’s groups to prepare the national campaign for the public awareness of the proposed Act.

The bill provides that Metro Manila enforcers and the local unit enforcers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for other provinces shall be deputized as Anti-Sexual Harassment Enforcers (A-SHE) to apprehend harassers and enforce the law provided that they have undergone Gender Sensitivity Training.

The PCW, DILG, and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) shall be in-charge in the oversight of the law and shall formulate policies necessary for the measure’s implementation. – Robie de Guzman

Roxas, Sueno to possibly face plunder and graft cases over Rosenbauer firetruck deals

admin   •   April 21, 2017

MANILA – A lawyer for former ABAKADA partylist Congressman Jonathan Dela Cruz bared that they are preparing plunder and graft charges against officials involved in the Rosenbauer fire truck deals.

Among those who are likely to face charges are former DILG Secretaries Mar Roxas and Ismael Sueno.

“We are just gathering some more documents which I have already initiated,” Atty. Leo Romero said.

In June last year, Dela Cruz filed a petition with the supreme court to nullify two supply contracts entered by DILG and BFP with Austrian company Rosenbauer.

The contracts are worth over 3 billion pesos for 152 fire trucks.

The Aquino administration obtained a loan from the Austrian government to finance the deals.

But Dela Cruz claimed the contracts are defective since there was no bidding, and congress did not allocate funds for it.

It is also one of the reasons for the dismissal of Sueno who visited Austria in January.

This is despite the advice of DILG Legal Office not to proceed with the contract while a case is pending before the Supreme Court.

“Precisely, Secretary Sueno was unceremoniously dismissed from his position due to some anomalies which the President validated to be true,” Romero added.

Dela Cruz cited this incident in asking the high court once more to stop the implementation of the deal.

“I hope the Supreme Court will resolve the motion with immediate dispatch considering the magnitude of the issues involved,” said Romero. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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