Malacañan, pinabulaan na ang mga kalaban lamang ng administrasyon ang sinasampahan ng mga kaso kaugnay ng pork barrel scam

admin   •   June 23, 2014   •   2641

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Pinabulananan ng Malacañan ang bintang na mga kalaban lamang ng administrasyong Aquino ang sinampahan ng kaso kaugnay sa pork barrel scam.

Ito’y matapos isyuhan ng warrant of arrest si Senator Jinggoy Estrada sa kasong plunder at graft kaugnay ng naturang scam.

Sinabi ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda na wala itong personalan at bahagi ito ng mandato ng Sandiganbayan.

“The issuance of this warrant is step forward in finding out truth which is fundamental and strengthening the trust of our people in our institution and processes we wish to reitterate we have said, as Sandiganbayan works fullfill its mandate we ask the Filipino people to remain vigilant througout this process,” saad ni Lacierda.

Pinabulaan rin ng kalihim ang isyu na ang oposisyon lamang ang sinampahan ng kaso kaugnay ng pork barrel scam.

Isa sa inihalimbawa ng palasyo si dating Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon na kilalang kaalyado ni Pangulong Aquino.

Kabilang si Biazon sa second batch na sinampahan ng reklamo ng Department of Justice (DOJ) sa Office of the Ombudsman noong November 2013.

“Pero hindi naman niyo narinig na nakapagsampa tayo ng kaso sa isang kaalyado ni Pangulong Aquino. Hindi naman ang tanging inaangal niyo yung paratang ang kalaban lang ang sinasampal, pero nasampahan na po natin ang isang kaalyado ni Pangulong Aquino,” pahayag pa ni Lacierda.

Samantala , nirerespeto naman ng Malakanyang ang pahayag ni Cavite Congresswoman Lani Mercado na hindi dadalo sa State of Nation Address (SONA) ni Pangulong Aquino sa susunod na buwan.

Ito ay dahil sa posibilidad na banggitin ng pangulo sa SONA ang pangalan ng kaniyang asawa na si Senator Bong Revilla Junior.

Ani Lacierda, “It is a national event. It is a constitutional mandated event and the president will deliver his State of the Nation Address regardless of the action of some public officials of some been affected by PDAF scam.”

Ayon sa kalihim, wala pa silang detalye kung ano ang mga magiging laman ng SONA ng pangulo sa Hulyo. (Nel Maribojoc / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Senate panel approves COA, Ombudsman proposed 2022 budget

Maris Federez   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate Committee on Finance on Tuesday approved the proposed budget of two constitutional bodies for 2022.

Senator Sonny Angara called the budget deliberation of the Commission on Audit and the Office of the Ombudsman the shortest so far for this year, as the panel gave its approval under 15 minutes of the hearing.

The committee hearing for COA’s proposed budget of P14.4 billion only took 10 minutes and was soon endorsed for the nod of the plenary.

“No questions on the part of the Chair. […] this is probably the shortest budget meeting of this 2022 budget,” Angara said during the hearing.

Indicated in COA’s proposed budget is its request for additional funds for personnel services for the third tranche of the pay adjustments under the salary standardization law for government employees.

COA also requested a budget increase for the construction of provincial satellite auditing offices and provision for the operational expenses of these branches.

“We have written a letter to the committee asking for additional budgetary support primarily on the MOOE (Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses) […] and possibly if the budget is flexible enough, maybe additional capital outlay,” said COA chairperson Michael Aguinaldo.

COA has, so far, completed the construction of 54 satellite offices, and 17 more under construction.

Meanwhile, it only took the Senate panel 13 minutes to finish the hearing of the P3.9 billion budget of the Office of the Ombudsman that was recommended by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Ombudsman Samuel Martires appealed for additional funding for its operational budget that was cut by almost half by the DBM.

“We’re not asking too much. If it will be hard for the Senate to give us the proposed budget for 2022, then we just would like to request that at least the budget that was given to us for 2021 be retained,” Martires said.

The Senate is currently on recess and is expected to resume on November 8 wherein senators are expected to start the deliberation of the national budget in the plenary. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Ex-DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman passes away at 68

Maris Federez   •   September 19, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Juliano-Soliman passed away Sunday morning, September 19. She was 68.

Soliman passed away at 7:32 am due to complications from renal and heart failure.

She was last seen in public at the necrological services of former President Benigno Aquino III last June.

Soliman held the position as DSWD chief twice: first during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the second, under the presidency of Aquino.

Prior to joining the government, Soliman was a known civic society leader and activist, being with various non-governmental organizations that take care of poor, underprivileged communities.

Soliman obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She earned her master’s degree in public administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Deployment of resident ombudsmen to graft-prone agencies to start this month — DOJ

Robie de Guzman   •   September 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The deployment of prosecutors and state auditors who will serve as resident ombudsmen to government agencies prone to corruption is expected to begin this month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Thursday.

This is after the DOJ, together with the Commission on Audit (COA) and the Office of the Ombudsman, signed a memorandum of agreement that would deputize DOJ prosecutors and COA auditors as resident ombudsmen.

Their tasks include the following:

  • Bring to host government agencies the Ombudsman’s frontline services by acting on complaints and reports against officials and employees of the said agencies
  • Serve as watchdogs and implementors or corruption prevention program
  • Monitor compliance with existing anti-graft laws and regulations

“The MOA synergizes the investigatory powers of the Office of the Ombudsman, DOJ, and COA in the implementation of anti-corruption measures, this aiding the OMB and the COA in carrying out their respective mandates while also serving as a mechanism for the DOJ to attain the objectives of the Task Force Against Corruption,” the DOJ said in a statement.

“The OMB, COA, and DOH shall jointly enter into agreements with partner agencies regarding the terms of deployment of the resident Ombudsmen, which is expected to start rolling this month,” it added.

This development comes after COA included in its report alleged “deficiencies” in the Department of Health’s use of COVID-19 funds.

The issue has prompted Congressional hearings on the utilization of DOH’s funds for COVID-19 response.


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