PACC creates task force to conduct lifestyle checks on gov’t personnel

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 27, 2021   •   276

MANILA, Philippines — In line with the national government’s intensified efforts to fight corruption in the country, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has created Task Force on Lifestyle Check.

PACC Chairman Greco Belgica said the task force will focus on officials who are always reported to be involved in anomalies but there are no documents or evidence that can prove such allegations.

Belgica said through lifestyle checks, the agency will be able to determine inconsistencies in their wealth or if there are any undeclared properties.

Ganyan po ang korapsyon, talagang tagong-tago iyan (That’s how corruption works, it is very discreet). However, by looking at their bank accounts, their properties, their SALN [Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth]—kung ang kanilang gastos at ari-arian ay hindi commensurate sa kanilang kinikita sila po ay pwedeng kasuhan (and if their expenses and properties do not commensurate with their income, they can be held accountable),he said.

The PACC is also coordinating with local authorities and other government agencies in validating reports of anomalies or corruption in various government agencies around the country.

Belgica reminds government officials and personnel to declare their properties with honesty. He reiterated that unexplained wealth is a violation of the law.

“Living beyond your means that you cannot explain and yet you are spending like a billionaire, millionaire that is highly questionable,” he said. AAC

Duterte vows justice for Absalon cousins killed in Masbate blast — Palace

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to seek justice for football player Keith Absalon and his cousin Nolven who were killed by a landmine blast in Masbate City on Sunday (June 6).

In a virtual press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the President has heard the plea of the victims’ families.

“Nangako ang Pangulo na masusi itong iimbestigahan at pagbabayaran ang may mga sala,” he said.

(The President vowed to thoroughly investigate the incident and hold the perpetrators  accountable)

“Pwede pong hulihin, litisin at parusahan ang mga taong gumamit ng pasabog na ito kahit saang parte ng daigdig because what they did po was a crime against the international community. Mariin namin itong kinukundena,” Roque added.

(Those who use landmines can be can be arrested, put on trial, and punished in any part of the world because what they did  was a crime against the international community. We deeply condemn the act.)

The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) on Tuesday took responsibility for the incident and expressed their remorse “over the untimely and unnecessary deaths.”

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported that Keith and Nolven also sustained gunshot wounds.

Based on the necropsy report of the City Health Office in Masbate City, Keith also sustained a gunshot wound on the right eye while Nolven sustained a gunshot wound on the right shoulder blade and on the left lateral distal thigh. AAC

 

 

 

Duterte, Xi call for ‘win-win’ cooperation on 46th anniversary of PH-China ties

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping both call for a “win-win” cooperation in commemoration of the 46th anniversary of Philippine-China relations.

The Philippine President expressed his gratitude for  China’s assistance to the Philippines in the face of challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Philippine-China economic ties are of course the dynamic force that will continue to drive or bilateral relations forward,” Duterte told Xi in a statement.

“I am confident that my Administration’s Build Build Build program together with the Belt and Road Initiative, will reap long-term benefits for our peoples,” he added.

Meanwhile, in a letter addressed to Duterte, the Chinese president acknowledged that in recent years, with concerted efforts of both sides, Philippine- China relations have remained “healthy and stable.”

“I attach great significance to the development of China-Philippines relations, and stand ready to work with you in guiding our bilateral relations to move forward in a sustained and steady manner, so as to achieve greater win-win results and mutual benefits,” Xi said. AAC

 

DepEd to procure laptops for 68,500 personnel; assures enough assistance for educators

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) assures it will provide enough assistance to teachers as well as students amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

DepEd Usec. Annalyn Sevilla, during a public briefing on Thursday (May 20), said the department, through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), will procure laptops for 68,500 personnel. The allocated budget for the laptop procurement is P2.4 billion, covered under the Bayanihan to Recover as One or Bayanihan 2 Law.

The department will also allot P1.2 billion for mobile or internet load. Sevilla hopes this assistance will be distributed by June.

Sevilla said the department is also waiting for the passage of the Bayanihan to Arise as One or Bayanihan 3 Law to provide more help to educators and students amid the pandemic.

“Tayo po ay naghihintay ng susunod pa sa Bayanihan 3 Law para sa iba pang financial assistance,” she said.

(We are waiting for the Bayanihan 3 Law for other financial assistance.)

The DepEd official reported that under the Bayanihan 2 Law,  the department has received P4.3 billion budget for financial assistance.

DepEd also allotted P200 million for DepEd TV, P50 million for DepEd radio, and P150 million for self-learning modules.

Around P300 million budget will be used for students’ subsidies and allowances. -AAC

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