P-Noy, binuweltahan ang mga bumabatikos sa taas-pasahe ng MRT at LRT
admin • January 9, 2015 • 2908
MANILA, Philippines – Inulan ng kabi-kabilang batikos ang ginawang pagtaas sa pasahe ng Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) sa MRT at LRT sa unang linggo ng 2015.
Kaliwa’t kanang protesta ang isinagawa sa kalsada, habang apat na petisyon ang hinain sa Korte Suprema upang kuwestyunin ito.
Ilang senador rin ang nagpahayag ng kanilang opinyon ukol sa isyu.
Ayon kay Senador Sergio Osmeña III, vice-chairman ng Senate Committee on Public Services, hindi naging transparent ang ginawang pagtataas sa pasahe.
Aniya, “Very questionable sapagkat hindi transparent po. Sana sinabi na nila in advance. Number 1, sana nag-conduct sila ng hearing. The senate would have been willing to help the public in obtaining information in order that the DOTC would be able to justify the fare hike.”
Sinabi naman ni Senador BongBong Marcos na wala sa tiyempo ang pagpapatupad ng nasabing fare hike.
“Siguro naman maliwanag na ang timing is wrong… “I don’t know who decided this but it was very-very poor decision.”
Una nang nagpayahag ng batikos sina Senators, Grace Poe, Jinggoy Estrada, Alan Peter Cayetano at Nancy Binay sa taas-pasahe sa mga mass transit system.
Sagot naman ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III sa isyu, makatwiran lamang ang taas-pasahe, at sa isang nakikinabang ay dapat pa aniyang dagdagan ang kanilang ibinibayad.
Ipinaliwanag rin ng pangulo na sa kabila ng fare hike ay magbibigay pa rin ng subsidiya ang pamahalaan.
Tinawag rin ng pangulo na pagpapa-cute lamang ang ginagawa ng mga kritiko dahil puro ingay lamang ang ginagawa ng mga ito at wala namang naitutulong.
Una nang sinabi ni Sen. JV Ejercito na maghahain siya ng resolusyon sa pagbabalik-sesyon ng senado upang mapag-usapan ang isyu.
Ayon naman kay Senador Osmeña, ipauubaya na nito kay Senador Grace Poe ang pagpapatawag ng pagdinig ukol sa MRT at LRT fare hike. (Bryan De Paz / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Nancy Binay has called on the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) to review its existing policies which allow retirees as young as 35 years old to stay in the country.
In a statement, Binay said the PRA should revisit its policies, do a background check and implement a stricter vetting process “to lessen the probability of foreign nationals exploiting the special resident retiree visas (SRRV).”
“It’s high time to review the policy na 35 years old ka lang ay pwede ka na mag-retire dito sa Pilipinas kasi ang kailangan lang po ng magre-retire ay either mag-deposit siya ng US$50,000 sa bangko, or bumili ng condo unit worth P2.5 million at pwede nang mag-retire dito,” she said.
Binay issued the call after some senators expressed alarm upon learning in a Senate hearing that foreigners aged 35 years old and above are eligible for the SRRV.
It was also revealed during the hearing that Chinese nationals are among the top foreign retirees in the country.
Binay also hit the “seemingly relaxed national security policy” on allowing Chinese nationals who are 35 years old, which she says falls in the bracket of the so-called “soldier’s age.”
“Siguro dapat dagdagan din ang security measure at baka dapat higpitan ang vetting process ng mga tatanggapin natin regardless of nationality,” she said.
She also said that she finds the PRA’s age limit concerning and noted how foreigners can exploit this to work in the country without going through the proper channels.
“Alam naman natin at 35 years old malakas pa po ang katawan niyan. Lalong-lalo po mayroon tayong problema ngayon na kung saan may issue tayo na apparently ang mga kababayan natin ay nagkakaroon ng job displacement pagdating dito sa pagpasok ng mga Chinese nationals sa ating bansa,” she said.
“Pwede (ang mga yan ay) nagtatrabaho sa POGO, or pwede rin po baka nandiyan sila sa Divisoria. Kaya nga po magandang tingnan at pag-aralan kasi baka kumbaga ginagamit nila itong paraan to circumvent the law na hindi sila puwedeng mag-trabaho dito,” she added
Data from the PRA showed there are a total of 70,520 foreign retirees in the Philippines. Of this number, Chinese nationals comprise the highest number of foreign retirees or about 40%.
This is followed by Korean retirees at around 14,000, and Indian nationals at about 6,000.
MANILA, Philippines – Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano reminded Speaker Lord Allan Velasco to honor his word to retain leadership positions in the House of Representatives after the transition of powers.
In a Facebook live on Wednesday afternoon, Cayetano called on Velasco to fulfill his “word of honor” of not implementing any changes in committee chairmanships and leadership positions in the lower chamber.
“Sabi mo sa akin Palabra de Honor, de Palabra de Honor din sa side niyo dahil malinaw na malinaw na sinabi ng ating Pangulo that he doesn’t want disruptions so walang palitan ng kahit sinong chairmanship at leadership sa Kongreso,” he said.
Cayetano made the remark after Velasco replaced the chairpersons of two House committees, which he said should not be the case under their term-sharing deal.
Oriental Mindoro 1st District Representative Salvador Leachon was elected as Senior Deputy Speaker, replacing Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte who was named chairman of the accounts committee.
The accounts committee was previously held by Cavite 8th District Representative Abraham Tolentino.
1-Pacman Party-list Representative Michael Romero was elected Deputy Speaker, replacing Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Raymund Villafuerte, who is a close ally of Cayetano.
Quezon Representative Angelina Tan was also named chairman of committee on health, replacing Guimaras Representative Lucille Nava.
Cayetano also claimed that some allies of Velasco are talking congressmen out of their positions, and are even taking their offices.
“There are now some of your people na gustong mang bengga talking to some of our people na magpalit na lang, umalis na lang. Pati Kwarto kinukuha,” he said.
“Let’s not do that, let’s all focus sa budget and as I promised you, kahit tingnan ninyo ‘yung text ko sa ating mga taga-suporta, ‘Please support the new leadership, please get the budget passed,’” he added.
Velasco has yet to comment on Cayetano’s statement.
The term-sharing deal between Cayetano and Velasco was brokered by President Rodrigo Duterte himself in 2019. The deal appeared to have been fulfilled when Velasco was elected as speaker in a remote session on Monday.
His election was ratified at the Batasang Pambansa Complex on Tuesday. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)
MANILA, Philippines – Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano has tendered his irrevocable resignation as speaker of the House of Representatives following the election of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco.
As House lawmakers ratified Velasco’s election to the top post, Cayetano said he is stepping down from the post to avoid any more division and squabble among legislators.
“Verbally, I am tendering my irrevocable resignation as the speaker of the House of the Republic of the Philippines,” Cayetano said on Facebook live.
“At 3 p.m., elect your new speaker and pass the budget… Walang maneuvers at political tactics na mangyayari diyan,” he added.
Cayetano’s move follows President Rodrigo Duterte’s reminder to lawmakers to resolve the speakership issue, and to pass the 2021 national budget on time.
Velasco’s assumption of the chamber’s top post ended weeks of leadership tug-of-war with Cayetano, and enforced the term-sharing agreement between the two rivals that was brokered by the president in 2019.
Under the term-sharing deal, Cayetano would serve as House Speaker for the first 15 months or until October 2020 while Velasco will take over the position for the remaining 21 months of the term.
Cayetano claimed he decided to give way to Velasco to ensure the passage of the P4.5-trillion General Appropriations Bill.
He said that based on his meetings with Duterte, he understood that he was going to turn over the top post once the budget bill has been approved.
“So Mr. President if I made a mistake, mali ang reading ko, misunderstood ko na gusto mong ituloy at tapusin ko ang budget, ako’y humihingi ng paumanhin. Hindi ko intensyon, never na hindi ka sundin,” he said.
Cayetano also urged Velasco to keep his word to retain the appointed House deputy speakers and committee chairpersons. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)
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