Pagsusumite ngayong araw ng draft Bangsamoro Basic Law sa Office of the President, hindi natuloy

admin   •   August 18, 2014   •   2400

Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Ipinahayag kahapon ni Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. na ayon sa roadmap at timetable, ngayon dapat ang takdang araw upang ibigay ng peace panels ang draft ng Bangsamoro Basic Law kay Pangulong Aquino III.

Ngunit, base sa ipinadalang mensahe ni Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles, hindi pa kayang maisumite ngayong araw ang draft sa pangulo.

Dagdag pa nito, posibleng sa kalagitnaan pa ng linggong ito maisusumite ang balangkas ng Bangsamoro Basic Law. Hindi naman nabanggit ni Deles ang dahilan nito.

Bagaman nauurong ang target na deadline sa pagbuo ng draft, ayon kay Sec. Coloma, determinado ang pangulo na makumpleto ang prosesong pangkapayapaan sa Bangsamoro.

Ito ay upang ganap na maitatag ang Bangsamoro Transitional Assembly at maisabay sa 2016 national elections ang paghahalal sa mga opisyal ng Bangsamoro political entity.

Ipinahayag din ni Sec. Coloma sa panayam na dapat sa unang quarter ng 2015, mailuklok ang bubuo ng Bangsamoro Transitional Assembly kung maipapasa ang Bangsamoro Basic Law sa kongreso.

Naniniwala ang administrasyong Aquino na kapag nakumpleto ang prosesong pangkapayapaan sa Bangsamoro, magkakaroon na ng pangmatagalang estabilidad at kaunlaran sa Mindanao. (Rosalie Coz, UNTV News)


Senate questions contract service hiring of PCOO amid suspicion of hiring ‘trolls’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Senators on Thursday (September 16) questioned the contact service hiring of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) amid suspicion of hiring “trolls”.

During the Senate budget hearing of the PCOO, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon demanded records of 1,479 contractual employees of the Palace’s communications group, 375 of which work at PCOO. The senator suspects that the existence of these contractual employees could be “trolls”.

PCOO Undersecretary Kris Ablan confirmed they had hired 375 employees with a “contract of service” status with a budget of P76 million.

Drilon found that “odd” considering that the PCOO has huge vacancies in their plantilla positions. Only 2,107 out of 3,883 plantilla positions have been filled up.

Ito ang mga troll? (Are these the trolls?)” Drilon asked.

Wala pong troll diyan (There are no trolls there),” Ablan responded.

Ablan added that they continue to fill the plantilla positions this year by absorbing contract employees.

“Right now we are reducing the number of contract of service by absorbing many of our contract of service as regular plantilla. But items are still open for filling up,” he said.

Drilon asked for proof that the 1,479 temporary hires are “legitimate and existing” and not “ghost employees”, specifically the 375 employees in the PCOO that were flagged by Commission on Audit (COA). He asked PCOO to submit their records, including their names, addresses and job description. The committee also asked for the employees’ daily time record.

Ablan said they would comply but would have to seek the opinion of their legal office if the addresses can be provided, citing the Data Privacy Act.

In response, Drilon said the information they are requesting are public records.

“Don’t invoke any confidentiality here, because these are public funds and these are subject to audit and if these are subject to audit, these are subject to scrutiny by the branch of the government who is holding the purse,” the senator said.

He also asked the PCOO to submit a draft bill against “troll farms”. Last July, 12 senators filed a resolution aiming to investigate the allegations on using public funds for troll farms. Troll farm is a term used for a group of individuals that spread disinformation online. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)


PH Supreme Court orders flags in courthouses at half-mast to honor Aquino

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered courthouses across the country to lower all flags at half-staff to honor the late former President Benigno Aquino III.

“The Supreme Court of the Philippines orders all flags in courthouses nationwide be flown at half-mast beginning today in view of the passing of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III,” the SC Public Information Office said.

Three of the 14 incumbent SC justices – Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa – were appointed by Aquino when he served as the country’s president from 2010 to 2016.

Aquino passed away Thursday morning at the age of 61.

His family said Aquino died “peacefully in his sleep” at 6:30 a.m. from renal disease secondary to diabetes.

PH military flags fly at half-mast for former President Noynoy Aquino

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — All flags in military camps across the country will be flown at half-mast in honor of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

In a video message on Thursday, AFP Spokesperson Marine Major General Edgard Arevalo said the Philippine military is one with the nation in grieving the death of Aquino.

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines joins the Filipino nation as it grieves for the death of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III,” Arevalo said.

“As your soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines, reservists and civilian human resource unite in prayer with our kababayans, all the national flags in military camps across the country will be flown at half-mast to show our gesture of mourning for the death of a former chief executive and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he added.

The former chief executive passed away on Thursday morning after he succumbed to renal disease secondary to diabetes. He was 61 years old.

The Department of National Defense earlier remembered Aquino as a leader who recognized the importance of upgrading the Philippine military’s capability.

It was during Aquino’s time when the AFP started its modernization program.

“President Aquino advocated the strengthening of our defense and security capabilities to support national development,” the DND said.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the Aquino clan during this difficult time,” it added.


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