Lawmakers deny P100-M bribe offer to detain Governor Imee Marcos

UNTV News   •   July 19, 2017   •   5168


MANILA, Philippines — House Committee on Good Governance and Public Accountability chair Cong. Johnny Pimentel has denied the claims of Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos that lawmakers were offered P100 million to ensure that she will be detained at congress grounds.

Marcos made the statement in a local newspaper saying the “yellow” is funding the bribe to congressmen.

Pimentel said, this is a fabricated story and Marcos is just trying to twist facts to hide the anomaly and corruption behind the use of P66 million excise tax of the province.

Pimentel added, he will leave his post if Marcos can prove that her allegations are true.

“Kung very reliable iyon eh di sabihin niya kung sino iyon (If her [source] is very reliable, she should say who it is). Let us see how reliable is her source, mag-reresign ako (then I’ll resign). I will put my position on the line kung maprove niya (if she can prove it). Kalokohan iyang sinasabi niya (She’s talking nonsense),” said Cong. Johnny Pimentel.

The congressman also cleared the Liberal Party after Marcos tagged them into the issue.

“The Liberal Party has no party in this investigation whatsoever, this is the investigation of the House of Congress,” Pimentel added.

Majority Floor Leader Cong. Rudy Fariñas who called for the investigation described the matter as cheap and a desperate move by Marcos.

He said it was the lady governor who tagged the issue as pure politics, yet she is the one dragging political parties into the issue.

Marcos has yet to issue a new comment on the matter.

The House will resume its inquiry on July 25.  Marcos is being compelled to attend, and has been given a warning that she will be detained if she fails to show up. – Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue


Pangilinan asks public to support Robredo as she takes on drug war challenge

Robie de Guzman   •   November 7, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Francis Pangilinan called on Filipinos to support Vice President Leni Robredo as she takes on the task of co-chairing the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).

Pangilinan said Robredo is facing a dangerous challenge ahead and would need the public’s full support to succeed.

“Mapanganib ang kanyang hinaharap na pagsubok at naniniwala tayo na kapag buo ang suporta at pagkilos ng mamamayan sa magiging hakbang niya ay mas matitiyak ang kanyang tagumpay,” he said in a statement.

Robredo on Wednesday accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer for her to become co-chairperson of ICAD, in a bid to stop the killing of innocent lives under the administration’s war on drugs.

Pangilinan said the Liberal Party supported its chairperson’s decision although they are in doubt of Malacañang’s motive and sincerity about its offer.

“Bagamat hindi natin matiyak ang motibo at sinseridad ng Malacañang sa pag-alok sa nasabing pwesto, wala tayong duda sa sinseridad ng ating Bise Presidente sa kanyang layunin na hanapan ng tunay na solusyon ang problema sa iligal na droga sa bansa,” he said.

“Maliwanag ang naging pahayag ng ating Bise Pangulo na sa pagtanggap niya sa nasabing hamon ay tututulan nya ang araw-araw na patayan, papanagutin niya ang mga ninja cops, at hahabulin niya ang mga sindikato ng droga at mga kasabwat nito na nasa likod ng pagpapalusot ng tone-toneladang shabu sa BoC. Dahil dito, buo ang ating pagsuporta sa kanya,” he added.

He added that before Robredo’s announcement of her acceptance of the post, the party discussed and weighed its pros and cons.

“Pinag-usapan sa partido ang offer. Tinimbang ang mga pros at cons. At kahit alam ni VP Leni na maaaring patibong ito, tinanggap niya ang hamon. Mas matimbang sa kanya ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan na target ng madugong drug war,” he said.

Robredo’s camp initially expressed wariness on Duterte’s offer for her to co-lead the government’s war on drugs, even calling the appointment “meaningless,” and the post “problematic” and “non-existent.

But despite questions surrounding the offer, the vice president said she would accept the task and focus on what she can contribute to the anti-drug campaign.

House recommends using Laguna Lake as permanent source of domestic water

Maris Federez   •   August 28, 2019

Laguna de Bay is the largest lake in the Philippines located between the provinces of Laguna and Rizal. (Photoville International/Rogz Necesito Jr.)

Despite the rising water level in Angat Dam, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has expressed concern about the possibility of another water crisis next year.

The NWRB said that if Angat Dam fails to reach its normal operating level, Metro Manila might experience another shortage come dry season.

Because of this, Congressman Ruffy Biazon, during the House Committee on Metro Manila Development hearing on Wednesday (August 28), recommended the use of Laguna Lake as a permanent source of domestic water.

This aims to address the shortage of water supply in Metro Manila and its neighboring cities and provinces in case the water level in Angat Dam recedes anew.

“Kasi iilan lang yung nakikinabang doon eh. Pinagkakakitaan yung Laguna Lake hindi para sa paggamit ng ordinaryong mamayan kung hindi sa paggamit ng mga interes ng kumpanya,” Biazon said.

The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) agreed that this can be done, although they admit that they do not have the funding to conduct dredging in the lake.

They also cited the expense that will be incurred in treating and eliminating the saltwater from Manila Bay that gets combined to the water in the lake.

Add to this is the fast-increasing formation of algae which affects the quality of the water.

“Ang Laguna Lake kaya niyang i-supply ang requirement for domestic water supply as source of domestic water. Ang problema lang is more on the water quality,” said Engr. Emiterio Hernandez of the LLDA.

To date, Maynilad and Manila Water get a small percentage of water supply from Laguna Lake for their customers in Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, and Bulacan.

Meanwhile, water levels in several dams are continuously increasing due to the rains being experienced in the country.

As of 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, the water level in Angat Dam has reached 181.74 meters.

Ipo Dam water level, on the other hand, has gone up to 11.82 meters; while that of La Mesa Dam went up to 77.18. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

Tourism operations in Ilocos Norte to resume after storm onslaught

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 28, 2019

Several tourist destinations in Ilocos Norte will resume operations after tropical storm Ineng wreaked in the province last Friday (Aug 23).

The Ilocos Province Tourism announced on Wednesday (Aug 28) that several of their famous tourist destinations will be open on Thursday.

However, according to the Head of Tourism Office of Ilocos Norte Provincial Government Ianree Raquel, there will still be some tourist destinations that will remain closed.

“Bukas makakapag-operate na kami, business as usual. But definitely iyong ating Cape Bojeador lighthouse sa Burgos magsasara for a while. Ina-assess nang mabilisan kung ano ang gagawin (We will resume operations tomorrow, business as usual. But, definitely, our Cape Bjoeador lighthouse in Burgos will be closed for a while. We are still assessing what actions to be taken),” he said.

Meanwhile, power and water supply in the province have resumed.—AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)


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