DBM Sec. Butch Abad, pinahaharap sa pagdinig ng senado sa July 21 upang magpaliwanag sa isyu ng DAP

admin   •   July 11, 2014   •   2787

Department of Budget ang Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio Butch Abad (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Sunod-sunod ang panawagan na ilabas na ang Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) list upang malaman kung nagamit ng tama ang salapi ng bayan.

Sa July 21, nakatakda na ang pagdinig ng senate committee on finance ukol sa kontrobersyal na DAP.

Pinatatawag ng komite si Budget Secretary Florencio Abad upang ipaliwanag ang DAP na idineklarang unconstitutional ng Korte Suprema.

Pinasusumite kay Abad ang kumpletong listahan ng mga pinagkagastusan ng DAP gaya ng proyekto, purpose nito at halaga ng ni-release na pondo.

“It’s not even in the SAROs. Walang banggit ang dap sa GAA, wala ring banggit ang DAP sa SARO, so saan malalaman ang DAP? Wala namang dokumentong nakakarating sa senado o sa kongreso kaugnay ng DAP”, pahayag ni Committee on Finance Chairman at Senador Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

Nais ni Senador Chiz Escudero na klaruhin ni Abad ang lumabas na ulat na ang kabuuang halaga ng pondo sa ilalim ng DAP ay aabot ng 372 billion pesos. Hindi ito tumutugma sa listahan na naunang iniulat sa komite ng kalihim na aabot ng 200 billion pesos.

“Tina-tally namin yung mga amounts. Hindi tumutugma doon sa inilabas ng DBM na yon. Yung nasubmit din namin, doon sa Committee on Finance, hindi rin nagta-tally doon sa nasubmit nila, so hindi ko alam kung saan galing yung mga amounts na yon. Pinagpapaliwanag pa namin ang DBM.

“Yung na-submit nila, hindi pa rin tumutugma, dahil yung lumabas sa diyaryo 372, ang total na binigay sa amin ay over 200 billion lamang.”

Ayon kay Senador Escudero papasok na sa budget season ang kongreso ngayong taon kaya’t nais tiyakin ng Finance Committee na ang susunod na national budget na aaprubahan ay naaayon sa Supreme Court decision ukol sa DAP. (Bryan De Paz, UNTV News)

Supreme Court issues TRO vs COMELEC’s decision to cancel Senate bet’s COC

Robie de Guzman   •   January 20, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Commission on Election’s (COMELEC) decision to declare as a nuisance and cancel the certificate of candidacy of a senatorial aspirant.

In a document posted by the SC Public Information Office on Twitter, the high court granted the petition of Norman Cordero Marquez, assailing the poll body’s decision to cancel his candidacy for the May 2022 elections.

The SC said the petition appears to be sufficient in form and substance.

Considering the allegations contained, the issues raised and the arguments adduced in the petition, the court said it has required the COMELEC to comment on the petition within a non-extendible period of 10 days from notice.

“Now, therefore, respondent COMELEC is hereby required to comment on the petition within a non-extendible period of 10 days from notice hereof,” the document read.

“Meanwhile, a temporary restraining order is issued, effective immediately and continuing until further orders this court,” it added.

Supreme Court moves Bar exams to February

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday announced that the Bar examinations have been rescheduled to February 4 (Friday) and February 6 (Sunday).

The SC said this is in consideration for those who may not be able to push through with the exams due to the current COVID-19 situation.

The Bar exams were originally scheduled for January 23 to 25, 2022.

In a Bar bulletin, the SC said a total of 8,546 Bar examinees have reported that some of them have tested positive for COVID-19, living with COVID patients, or under quarantine due to direct contact.

The high court also said that 16 of the 31 teams that will be deployed will be “critically understaffed” if the current schedule were maintained.

“Considering these numbers, as well as the projections of the Court’s expert consultants on the progress of this current COVID-19 surge, the Supreme Court En Banc has unanimously decided that the Bar examinations be rescheduled to February 4, 2022, Friday; and February 6, 2022, Sunday,” the SC said.

Bar exams chairperson, SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, has urged Bar examinees to strictly undergo quarantine by January 20.

Bar takers who have concerns that are not within the competence of the SC’s help desks are advised to contact the SC via BarChairLeonen@gmail.com.

“Be patient. Take a few days off to regain your composure and then continue with your preparations. Soon, those who have the determination, tenacity, and resilience to overcome these challenges will become great lawyers who will serve our people well,” he said.

Leonen also expressed gratitude to local government units as well as schools that will host the command center and serve as local testing centers.

Work suspension in Supreme Court offices extended until January 8

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) has announced that work in its offices will remain suspended until January 8, amid rising cases of COVID-9 among its personnel.

In Memorandum Order 3-2022 released on Wednesday, the SC said this is to pave the way for massive antigen testing of its personnel and allow further contact tracing on other employees who had close contacts with those infected with COVID-19.

Citing the report from the Medical and Dental Services, the SC said that the administration of antigen testing on all court personnel, as well as employees of service providers, has not yet been completed and that there is a high positivity rate among those already tested.

Personnel of the Office of the Bar Chair and Office of the Bar Confidant who are involved in the 2020/2021 bar examinations, Office of the Administrative Services-SC, MDS, and Receiving Section of the Judicial Records Office who are involved in e-filing, are still required to report on-site, the court said.

The court said it will deploy buses to ferry said personnel.

In a separate memorandum, the SC Office of the Court Administrator also announced a two-day work suspension from January 6 to January 7 in all the first and second level courts in the National Capital Region due to the increasing number of judges and court personnel contracting the virus.

The work suspension will allow the further disinfection of court premises and conduct of contact tracing and testing among the court personnel.

Due to the work suspension, the period of filing of all pleadings and other court submissions that would fall on the said days will also be extended.

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