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

admin   •   September 24, 2013   •   2715

(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)

Valte explains ‘overpriced’ PPE procured by Aquino admin

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Former deputy spokesperson of the Aquino administration, Abigail Valte, on Friday (September 3) explained the previous administration’s acquisition of personal protective equipment (PPE) in 2016.

This is amid Presidential Harry Roque Jr.’s statement that the PPE sets procured during the Aquino administration were more expensive despite not having any pandemic and did not go under proper bidding.

In a Facebook post, Valte said that the procurement dated June 23, 2016, underwent proper bidding and the PPE sets are not a regular kind as they also include hazmat suits. The purchase order also included specifications and warranties.

The 3,750 PPE sets that cost P3,864 each included goggles, gloves, plastic shoe covers, coveralls, surgical gloves, N95 face masks, surgical masks, and head caps.

“I heard people are looking for the specs of the PPE sets procured via PO dated June 23, 2016, so here you go. Note that I intentionally cropped the signatories out of Page 3 to avoid exposing their signatures to fraudsters,” she said.

A Senate investigation is currently ongoing for the Duterte administration’s procurement of allegedly overpriced PPE sets. -AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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

admin   •   September 27, 2017


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 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


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