Citizenship issue ni Sen. Grace Poe, dapat resolbahin sa Korte Suprema — ex-lawmaker

admin   •   August 10, 2015   •   12293

FILE PHOTO: Si Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares kasama ang Pangulong Aquino at ang Team PNOY sa isang campaign rally sa Cebu. (JAMES VERCIDE / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Kung ang isang dating mambabatas ang tatanungin, walang duda ang pagka-Pilipino ni Sen. Grace Poe dahil inampon siya ng mag-asawang Fernando Poe Jr. at Susan Roces.

Ngunit ibang usapan na umano kung siya ba ay isang natural born Filipino citizen.

Sa ilalim ng Saligang Batas, kailangang ipanganak ng mga magulang na Pilipino upang maituring na isang natural-born Filipino citizen.

Isang foundling ang senadora, na nakuha ng mag-asawang Poe sa isang simbahan sa Iloilo noong 1968 at hanggang sa ngayon ay hindi pa tukoy kung sino ang tunay niyang magulang.

Walang sinasabi ang Saligang Batas kung natural-born Filipino citizen ba ang isang sanggol na natagpuan sa Pilipinas.

Kayat para kay dating Negros Oriental Congressman Jacinto Paras, dapat magkaroon ng desisyon sa usaping ito ang Korte Suprema.

“Tingin ko, it will be the Supreme Court that will really rule into the issues raised here kasi questions of law ito eh,” ani former Negros Oriental Rep. Paras.

Kinuwestyon ang pagkamamamayan ni Sen. Grace Poe sa Senate Electoral Tribunal at hiniling na matanggal ito sa pwesto.

Giit ng petitioner na si Rizalito David, hindi natural born Filipino citizen ang senadora kayat hindi ito kwalipikado na maging senador o pangulo ng bansa.

Hiling niyang maresolba agad ang kanyang petisyon lalo’t dalawang buwan na lamang ang nalalabi bago maghain ng kandidatura ang mga nagnanais tumakbo sa national elections sa susunod na taon.

Ani David, “Napaka-importanteng bagay po nito dapat bigyan kaagad ng panahon dahil malapit na rin naman yung filing ng certificate of candidacy sa mga nagnanais tumakbo sa susunod na eleksyon sa 2016.”

Posibleng i-akyat din umano siya sa Korte Suprema ang usapin depende sa magiging desisyon dito ng SET.

“We reserved all the right na magtungo sa Korte Suprema para once and for all maresolba na ito at magkaroon na ng jurisprudence para kung mayroon mang mga similar cases na mangyayari in the future, mayroon na tayong pagbabasehan,” dagdag pa ng petitioner.

Una namang sinabi ni Poe na may hawak siyang mga dokumento na magpapatunay na siya ay ipinanganak na isang Pilipino. (RODERIC MENDOZA / UNTV News)

Senate panel sets probe on water franchises for Sept. 1

Robie de Guzman   •   August 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A Senate panel is set to tackle this week the franchise applications of concessionaires, Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Company.

The Senate committee on public services will conduct the virtual inquiry on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

“It is the goal of our committee to ensure that the franchise applicants will indeed put the welfare of our people first,” Senator Grace Poe, who chairs the committee, said in a statement.

The senator earlier assured that the bills will go through a fine-tooth comb and challenged the applicants not only to provide access to safe and clean water, but also root out the inconvenience of constant water interruptions.

Citing 2013 and 2016 studies, Poe said the Asian Development Bank has rated the country’s water security at the bottom quarter out of 48 Asia-Pacific countries, with poor governance as the main cause, not water scarcity.

Currently, 15 million Filipinos still do not have access to water while more than 55 people die every day from water-related causes, she added.

“Now more than ever, access to safe and affordable water is basic and crucial in our fight to douse the risks and perils of the unseen virus,” Poe said.

Maynilad Water services the west zone area of Metro Manila and the province of Cavite while Manila Water maintains the waterworks and sewerage system in the east zone and the province of Rizal.

Among the guests invited to the hearing are some officials from the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, Manila Water, Maynilad, Philippine Competition Commission, Department of Justice, and some representatives from consumer groups.

Senate seeks probe on alleged DOH mismanagement of P67-B COVID-19 fund

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate wants to look into the alleged mismanagement of funds of the Department of Health (DOH) allotted for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response.

After the recent assessment of the Commission on Audit (COA), senators are seeking to investigate the deficiencies on the DOH’s P67.32 billion COVID-19 budget.

COA attributed the said deficiencies to the health department’s non-compliance with pertinent laws and regulations, including the use of funds not for the intended purpose.

Senator Grace Poe said this proves to be counter-beneficial to the government’s efforts to curb the spread of the disease at a crucial time.

“These funds were provided to strengthen the agency’s health resources in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the implementation deficiencies denied our countrymen their right to health at a time when it is most needed,” she said.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the Senate should “particularly look into the P3.97 billion worth of contracts and projects with procedural deficiencies in the procurement process and lacking documentation.”

“It is imperative that we examine closely the DOH’s use of billions of pesos in COVID-19 response funds given the findings of the COA and the corruption allegations that hounded the agency’s procurement of various COVID-19 equipment and supplies,” Drilon said.

Drilon said DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III’s ineptitude is sabotaging the government’s response to the pandemic.

“While we see a shortage of beds, PPEs, ventilators, oxygen tanks, the DOH incurred P24.64 billion in unobligated funds that could have augmented our medical resources and paid on time the risk allowance of our medical frontliners,” Drilon said.

Meanwhile, Senator Risa Hontiveros said the country needs commitment and competence from the DOH leadership to ensure every peso budgeted and allocated would save lives.

“Given the COA findings, the DOH seems to be depriving thousands of Filipinos of healthcare services in the face of national emergency and it is nothing short of criminal,” she said. AAC

Poe calls on PhilHealth, DBM to expedite release of funds to hospitals, health workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Grace Poe has called on the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to expedite the release of funds to hospitals and health workers.

“With COVID-19 cases on the rise again, our hospitals must be adequately staffed and stocked with the needed supplies. They can only do so if they themselves aren’t bleeding. We ought not to exacerbate an already tenuous situation by demoralizing our medical frontliners,” Poe said.

There were also reports from medical workers that they hardly felt the billions of pesos allocated for frontliners under the Bayanihan 1 and 2. There were also medical workers who have yet to receive their special risk allowance.

“We must do our utmost for the health sector and ensure that our medical frontliners and hospitals are paid to enable them to look after the sick and save lives. For as long as this isn’t done, our situation will just drag on,” Poe reiterated.

She said that calls on these two agencies for the timely release of funds needed to combat the pandemic have been repeatedly made by various institutions.

The government should also provide enough assistance in the next two weeks so the public wouldn’t need to go out of their homes and risk contracting the disease or being accosted by the police.

“People will not insist on going out if they can put food on the table. They wouldn’t have to go out if their needs are met,” Poe said. -AAC


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