Pag-trato ni Sen. Guingona kay Sec. De Lima, hindi nagustuhan ng Malacañan

admin   •   September 24, 2013   •   2454

(Left) Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Teofisto 'TG' Guingona III; (right) Department of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima (CREDITS: Official Facebook Fan Page of Senator TG Guingona)

(Left) Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Teofisto ‘TG’ Guingona III; (right) Department of Justice Sec. Leila De Lima (CREDITS: Official Facebook Fan Page of Senator TG Guingona)

MANILA, Philippines – Hindi naibigan ng Malacañan ang ginawang pag-trato ni Senator Teofisto Guingona III kay Justice Secretary Leila De Lima kaugnay ng pagkakasuspinde ng pagdinig ng Senado ukol sa pork barrel scam ngayong araw, Martes.

Ayon kay Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte, “A person like that goes there in good faith hindi naman po siguro dapat magiging ganun ang pagtrato sa kanya dahil humarap naman po ng mabuti at maayos ang kalihim natin ng hustisya.”

Ayon pa kay Valte, mas mabuting hintayin na lamang ang desisyon ng Ombudsman sa naturang isyu.

Dagdag pa ng kalihim, handa naman ang executive branch na sumuporta sa mga ginagawang imbestigasyon sa pork barrel scam.

“Siguro hindi na rin dapat magkaroon ng kwestyon yung nagiging kooperasyon na binigay po ng ehekutibo dun sa kanilang mga hearing, ngayon lang po dahil may niraise na posibleng issue ang Secretary of Justice.” (Nel Maribojoc / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Malacañang ensures no redactions of pertinent information on SALN of Cabinet officials

admin   •   September 27, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_092617_PCIJ SALN

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang did not deny that its records office made redactions or placed black markings on some of the information stated in the Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Networth (SALN) of the Cabinet members of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) questioned the matter recently.

PCIJ said it was an intensive redaction of pertinent information on the SALN submitted by the former and present Cabinet members as of December 31, 2016.

According to PCIJ report, from the 29 SALNs it investigated, 167 information was redacted, 28 SALNs gave concealed personal properties, 24 have redactions on the exact location of properties, while 23 SALNs did not show the cost of real properties.

Malacañang promised it will not redact pertinent information on the SALN aside from sensitive and personal information.

“And we learned also that four out of the six SALN repository agencies do redact the names of the unmarried minor children and the home address, then those will be redacted upon request.so the acquisition cost and the total net worth, the total assets, and the total liabilities will be disclosed,” said Presidential Communications Office Asec. Kris Ablan.

The National Privacy Commission pointed out that it is the right of the public to know the cost of the properties of public officials in accordance with transparency and important information must not conceal.

“The SALN law, for instance, what are the required fields? Real property, assets, liabilities, and net worth. Even if you look at these through the data privacy act, these are not sensitive personal information, therefore there is no restriction, hindrance, there’s no need to redact this information because they are information that is covered by the law,” said National Privacy Commission Deputy Commissioner Ivy Patdu.

The Palace has mentioned before that it has made redactions to protect the right to privacy of the government officials. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

Malacañang hopes for Congress’ approval of proposed budget for “all” gov’t agencies

admin   •   September 15, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang is still hopeful that Congress will approve its budget proposal for all government agencies despite the controversial pushing of P1,000 budget for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) by the Lower House.

Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Office of the President (OP) have submitted the more than P600-million fund for CHR.

The budget approval will also undergo various processes, thus the P1,000 CHR budget is not yet final.

“When the DBM and the OP submitted the budget to Congress of more than P600 million for CHR, it’s there. The MOOE (Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses), the personnel salaries, the projects, it’s all there. So that by itself, it’s in the proposed GAA (General Appropriations Act), is already symbolic that the Executive respects all of its branches, including its constitutional commissions’ budgets,” said Ablan. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

Constitutional commission has no power to amend the Constitution – Senator Drilon

admin   •   August 11, 2017

The constitutional commission has no power to amend the Constitution. Only Congress is authorized to do so through con-ass or a constitutional convention.

This was the statement of Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon on the issue of amending the Constitution as suggested by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The president wants to create a constitutional commission composed of 24 members because the chief executive believes, a constitutional convention will cost the government billions of pesos.

“Constitutional convention is costly. Now do not tell me, that the composition of that constitutional body would be wiser or be more honest, not protecting any or no vested interest,” said Pres. Duterte.

Drilon explained con-comm is only a recommendatory body and its recommendations will still undergo Congress’ debates.

But according to Malacañang, the leadership of Congress has already expressed support to the creation of a constitutional body who will draft the amendments.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said, “The president and leaders of Congress have expressed support for a constitutional commission to assist in drafting amendments and several groups have already been conducting research on/ for Federalism presidential and parliamentary system.”

The proposed amendment to the Constitution by a constituent assembly is now progressing in the Lower House.

Congress is likely to convene as Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) in 2018. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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