DBM, DA, treasury officials take witness stand in Revilla plunder trial

UNTV News   •   June 22, 2017   •   3900


According to the lawyers of former senator Bong Revilla, their client was not able to attend Thursday’s trial on his plunder case because Revilla was confined in the hospital on Wednesday due to high blood pressure.

Nonetheless, the proceeding went as scheduled.

The chief administrator of the Records Division of the Department of Budget and Management was the first to take the witness stand.

Specifically, the prosecution presented to the witness the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) of Revilla, which the latter confirmed as authentic.

Next was the supervising administrative officer of the Department of Agriculture who also confirmed that the SARO was authentic

The last witness who took the stand was the chief treasury operation officer of the Bureau of Treasury.

The defense lawyer for Senator Revilla cross examined the official and proved that no such money from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) was received by Revilla

“Its up to them to prove that indeed there was something that was received.  As of now of course there are three witnesses. Thus far there is nothing to show that the good senator received anything from the government,” Revilla’s lawyer Atty. Ramon Esguerra said.

But according to the prosecution, lead prosecutor Atty. Jofferson Toribio said, “No that is different, the two things are different. He requested it to be released. Of course the witness will not know whether the amount, any amount of that went to Senator Revilla. They wouldn’t know it. But the fact is Revilla request it, he released it. So Sen. Revilla is the one who triggered it.”

The prosecution has already presented three witnesses out of the 50 from their side, while the defense is preparing 69 witnesses for the plunder trial.

The court has scheduled the next hearing on June 29.

The prosecution is set to present as witness the investigator of the fact finding on Revilla’s case and some beneficiaries of Revilla’s PDAF. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News and Rescue

No food shortage in Odette-hit areas — Dar

Maris Federez   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has assured that the country has sufficient food supply despite the damage caused by Typhoon Odette to the agricultural sector.

Based on DA data, more than 68,000 farmers and fishers were affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in parts of the Visayas and Mindanao.

Around 300,000 hectares of farmland were destroyed and large portions of fisheries were affected.

The coconut and rice industries have also greatly suffered.

“Ang total damage and losses sa agriculture natin sa bansa ay umabot na po ng almost P6 billion pesos, still counting,” said DA Secretary William Dar.

Despite this turn of events, however, Dar assured that there will be no shortage of food supply.

“We do not have a big problem in terms of rice. Rice is so much available in most of the areas. But, of course, there are those areas that are slightly affected because of logistics,” he said.

Meanwhile, the department allotted Php2.9 billion to procure and distribute seeds for sowing and fishing boats.

This is to assist farmers and fisherfolks to get back on their feet and start anew. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)

Panukalang batas na mag-aalis ng expiration sa mga civil registry document, inisponsoran na sa Senado

Maris Federez   •   December 16, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Inisponsoran na sa plenaryo ng Senado ang panukalang batas na magtatanggal sa expiration ng mga civil registry document.

Isasalang sa mga darating na pagdinig ang naturang panukala na iniisponsoran ni Senador Bong Revilla.

Sa ilalim ng Senate Bill 2450, ipagbabawal na ang paghingi ng bagong kopya ng birth certificate, death certificate at marriage certificate sa mga transaksyon, maliban na lamang kung hindi na mabasa ang dokumento o may mga pagbabagong kailangang ilagay.

Giit ng mga senador, may mga ahensya ng gobyerno pa rin kasi at mga pribadong kumpanya ang nagre-require ng mga naturang certificate na inisyu sa nakaraang anim na buwan.

Sa oras na maging batas, mababawasan na anila ang gastos at mapapadali ang paghahanap ng trabaho ng mga Pilipino. —/mbmf (mula sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Presyo ng baboy, posible pang tumaas habang papalapit ang holiday season – DA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Tumaas ang presyo ng karne ng baboy sa ilang pamilihan sa Metro Manila.

Sa ulat ni Aileen Cerrudo sa UNTV C-News, sinasabing umaabot sa P20 hanggang P60 ang presyo ng karne ng baboy.

Sa Mega Q Mart, nasa P420 ang presyo ng kada kilo ng liempo, P350-P360 naman ang halaga ng kada kilo ng kasim.

Sa Commonwealth Market, hanggang P320 ang halaga ng liempo at nasa P360 naman ang kasim.

Nasa P390 ang presyo ng kada kilo ng liempo habang nasa P300 to P340 ang presyo ng kasim sa Malabon Central Market.

Sa Munoz at Guadalupe Market naman, umiikot sa P360 hanggang P380 ang kada kilo ng liempo habang nasa P320 at P330 naman ang kasim.

Ayon sa Department of Agriculture (DA), ito ay bunsod ng kakulangan pa rin sa supply ng baboy dahil sa epekto ng African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

Ayon sa DA, posible pang tumaas ang presyo ng baboy sa pagsapit ng buwan ng Disyembre dahil sa inaasahang pagtaas ng demand kaugnay ng holiday season.


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