Malacañang, walang nakikitang dahilan upang gawing testigo si Pang. Aquino sa paglilitis sa kasong plunder ni Sen. Bong Revilla

admin   •   July 11, 2014   •   1681

Pangulong Benigno Aquino III (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines  — Interesado ang Malacañang na malaman kung papaano patutunayan ng kampo ni Senador Ramon Bong Revilla sa paglilitis sa kanya na hindi siya nakinabang sa perang galing sa pork barrel scam sa pamamagitan ng pagtestigo ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III at ilang miyembro ng gabinete.

“Itong nangyari kay Senator Bong Revilla, ang accusation sa kaniya nangyari noong 2007-2009 base sa special audit report. So ano ang relevance ni Pangulong Aquino dun sa 2007-2009, ano ang relevance ni Secretary De Lima kung ang mga nangyari that incidence occured prior to 2010,” pahayag ni Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Edwin Lacierda.

“For that particular reason, we are really interested in how President Aquino, the members of the cabinet, Secretary Leila De Lima will help in proving that Senator Revilla did not make money in the PDAF scam,” dagdag pa nito.

Ipinauubaya naman ng Malakañang sa Sandiganbayan ang pagresolba sa usapin na ito at kung may legal issue ang kahilingan ng kampo ni Senador Revilla na paupuin sa witness stand ang pangulo ng Pilipinas.

Samantala, kaugnay naman sa paglalabas ng DAP list projects, sinabi ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda na committed silang ilabas ang listahan ng mga proyektong pinondohan ng Disbursement Acceleration Program na sa kasalukuyan ay inaayos pa ng Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Dagdag pa ng kalihim, malaya naman na magsiyasat ang publiko sa bawat miyembro ng gabinete kung saan napunta ang pondo ng DAP.

Aniya, “we’re referring to the whole of the government you’re talking about 116 projects and by different cabinet department and the — were speaking what’s the status completion every issue of the project, this are all things we are collating but when you want to go through any specific individuals I would suggest you are free to do so they will more than glad to tell they have doing that.”

Patuloy ring naninindigan ang Malakañang na walang anumang criminal liability si DBM Secretary Butch Abad o sinoman sa mga miyembro ng gabinete na ginamit ang DAP fund sa implementasyon ng mga proyektong pakikinabangan ng mamamayan. (Nel Maribojoc / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

DBM says 95% of 2019 budget released as of September

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reported on Tuesday that it has released over 95% of the 2019 national budget as of September 30.

In a statement, the DBM said it has released P3.491 trillion of the P3.662 trillion for the 2019 obligation program, with P2.011 trillion allotment released to line departments.

“These include funds allocated for agencies in the Executive branch, Congress, the Judiciary, and other constitutional offices,” the department said.

The DBM added it also released special purpose funds (SPF) amounting to P317.882 billion.

SPFs are budgetary allocations in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) allotted for specific socio-economic purposes such as budgetary support to government corporations, allocation to local government units, contingent fund, miscellaneous personnel benefits fund, national disaster risk reduction and management fund, and pension and gratuity fund.

The department also reported that allotment releases for automatic appropriations, or appropriations programmed annually or for some other period prescribed by law, increased to P1.070 trillion.

These include the Internal Revenue Allotment of local government units, pension of ex-president/ex-president widows, net lending, interest payments, and tax expenditures fund/customs duties and taxes.

The DBM also released some P50.254 billion in payments for retirement and life insurance premium requirements. This is inclusive of P3.09 billion for additional requirements for newly-created or -filled positions in various agencies.

Likewise, the DBM reported it has released P25.043 billion from the continuing appropriations of the 2018 budget for line departments and releases from SPFs.

Continuing appropriations refer to appropriations available to support obligations for a specified purpose or project, such as multi-year construction projects which require the incurrence of obligations beyond one fiscal year. 

Some P40.481 billion have also been distributed in terms of unprogrammed or standby appropriations which authorize additional agency expenditures for priority programs and projects when revenue collections exceed the resource targets or when additional grants or foreign funds are generated.

Allotments for other automatic appropriations, amounting to P25.766 billion, have also been released, the DBM added.

The agency said the immediate release will “ensure that national government agencies are able to swiftly implement their programs and projects, such as the construction of new roads, schools, and hospitals, and the protection and promotion of the welfare of the poor and marginalized sectors, among others.”

The DBM, along with other agencies comprising the administration’s economic team, had to play catch up after the passage of the 2019 budget got stalled.

It can be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte only signed the budget in April this year after Congress failed to pass it on time over alleged illegal fund insertions.

The delayed passage of the budget was blamed for the slowdown in government spending and the country’s economic growth in the first six months of 2019.

Yulo, Petecio other athletes to meet with Duterte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2019

(L-R) Pole vaulter John Ernest Obiena, boxer Eumir Marcial, gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio

Filipino athletes including gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio will meet President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (October 16), according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

“They will be meeting with the President. They will have a courtesy call,” Panelo said during the press briefing on Tuesday (October 15).

Yulo has won the gold medal in the 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championship while Petecio clinched the gold in the Women’s World Boxing Championship featherweight division.

John Ernest Obiena, the first Filipino to qualify in the 2020 Olympics, will also meet the president. Boxer Eumir Marcial will also join the three athletes in the courtesy call on Wednesday.—AAC

Malacañang said it will respect SC ruling on Marcos electoral protest

Marje Pelayo   •   October 15, 2019

(L-R) Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Bongbong Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said it will abide by whatever the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) regarding the electoral protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.

“Whatever the decision of the court, we should abide by it,” noted Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

In 2016, Marcos accused Robredo of “massive cheating” in the 2016 elections.

He lost to Robredo by some 260,000 votes, but Robredo’s camp said her lead over Marcos grew by 15,000 votes after the initial recount.

On Tuesday (October 14), the PET ordered the release of a report on the initial recount of votes.

“Hayaan ninyo na sila (Let them be). We’ll just wait and let the parties argue their case in court and PET will have to render its decision,” he added. – MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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