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Fariñas elevates House minority woes to SC

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Ilocos Norte Representative Rudy Fariñas

MANILA, Philippines – Ilocos Norte Representative Rudy Fariñas on Wednesday (September 12) filed a petition in Supreme Court (SC) questioning the retention of Quezon 3rd District Representative Danilo  Suarez as the House minority leader.

Fariñas argued that the Suarez should no longer be holding the position as he was among the front runners of electing Pampanga Representative Gloria Arroyo as House Speaker.

According to House rules, any congressman who votes for the winning House speaker automatically becomes part of the majority bloc.

Aside from Suarez, also respondent to the complaint are House Speaker Gloria Arroyo and House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr.

Meanwhile, Suarez leaves it to his legal team to answer the filed petition.

“I have my lawyers to answer on that but that’s their right. Sanay naman ako na nadadala sa Supreme Court sa minority leadership issue. All of these are not new to me,” Suarez said. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo

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SC permanently bans cutting of trees in Baguio City

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2019

Kennon Road in Baguio City

The Supreme Court has released its decision on Wednesday (April 10) to make permanent the temporary restraining order it issued on March 24, 2015 that restricted the cutting of trees along Luneta Hill for the expansion of a mall in the city.

“The permanent status of the temporary restraining order is without prejudice to the filing of an application of environmental compliance certificate in accordance with existing laws and regulations,” said SC Public Information Office Chief Atty. Brian Keith Hosaka.

The petitioners against the cutting of the trees in the city, however, were not satisfied with the Supreme Court’s decision, saying that the number of trees they were fighting for to save has now dwindled into half.

Glo Abaeo, former President of Cordillera Global Network said over a phone interview that it was a bittersweet victory for them, “because after 7 years ng ipinaglalaban namin, may magandang resulta pero ayun nga naputol na iyong karamihan ng kahoy doon. So from 182, na pinoprotesta namin noon I think 100 or more na yata ang naputol [because after 7 years that we have been fighting, we got good results, but still, many trees had been cut down. So from 182 that we are proresting (to be protected), I think 100 or more were cut down].”

Karlo Altomonte, Spokesperson of Save 182, on the other hand, said, “too late ang lumabas na desisyon. Pero napigilan sana natin yung panggagahasa sa kalikasan ng baguio kung umaksyion ang local government [the decision came too late. But we could have prevented the ravaging of the natural resources of Baguio (City) had the local government acted against it].”

In 2018, the Baguio City Local Government released the guidelines on issuing permits to business establishments about cutting trees.

The guidelines said exceptions on the ban to cut trees include trees that will put establishments and passers-by in danger, such as trees that have been rendered weak by infestation and trees that are already dead.  – Maris Federez (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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Petition seeking wage increase for gov’t workers filed at SC

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2019

 House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr files a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to compel Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to implement the fourth tranche of salary increase for government workers.

MANILA, Philippines – House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. filed a petition at the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday (January 14) asking the high tribunal to order Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to implement the fourth tranche of salary increase for government workers.

“Huwag niyang gagawing dahilan ang reenacted budget dahil mayroon namang mga alituntunin na nakapaloob sa kaniyang departamento na para ibigay ito,” Andaya said.

“Nakakahiya naman na iyong bayad sa daang bilyong utang natin nababayaran natin kahit walang bagong budget. Ito pa kayang katiting lang,” he added.

According to Andaya, the P40 billion needed fund can be spliced from the P75 billion miscellaneous personnel benefits fund (MPBF).

Meanwhile, Diokno welcomed Andaya’s petition.

He said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is preparing its comments on the filed petition.

However, Diokno insisted that the reason for the delay in the salary increase was mainly because of the delays in the passage of the 2019 national budget.

“We welcome the petition of mandamus filed by Rep. Andaya at the Supreme Court, so that this issue will be settled once and for all,” Diokno said.

“Mayroon pong tinatawag na diskresyon o constitutional prerogative ang Kongreso kung kailan niya ipapasa ang budget. Hindi po iyan sa dikta ni Sec. Diokno pero siya meron siyang legal duty. Wala siyang diskresyon,” Andaya argued. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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Imelda Marcos to appeal Sandiganbayan’s guilty verdict to SC

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Imelda Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – Former first lady now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos is determined to bring Sandiganbayan’s guilty verdict to the Supreme Court (SC).

Marcos said they have already advised Sandiganbayan Fifth Division of her plan and have request the anti-graft court to send her records to the SC.

In November 9, the Sandiganbayan sentenced Marcos of up to 13 years in jail for each count of graft but she was set free after the anti-graft court allowed her bail amounting to P150,000. – UNTV News and Rescue

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