Pangulong Aquino, binigyang diin ang mga posibleng masamang epekto sa naging desisyon ng Korte Suprema na unconstitutional ang DAP

admin   •   July 15, 2014   •   5592

Si Pangulong Benigno Aquino III (center) kasama ang ilang business group at World Bank official delegation sa pagpupulong na ginanap kaninang umaga sa sa Malacañang (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Sumentro sa isyu ng Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) ang  laman ng talumpati ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III  sa pagpupulong kaninang umaga kasama ang mga business group at World Bank official delegation sa Malacañang.

Ayon kay Pangulong Aquino, dahil na rin sa DAP, sa nakalipas na tatlong taon ng kaniyang panunungkulan umabot sa 6.3 percent ang gross domestic product growth ng Pilipinas, mula sa 4.5 percent average growth mula taong 2000 hanggang 2009.

Ngunit dahil sa naging desisyon ng Korte Suprema sa DAP, sinabi ng pangulo na malaki ang magiging epekto nito sa mga proyekto at programa ng pamahalaan.

“They say for the country lift it up to poverty. It is necessary to have a growth rate consistent at 7% or more. We are getting there, unfortunately, the effects of the Supreme Court decision run the risk, putting our countries development in a state of paralysis or worse, reversing the massive progress we have already made. This is not acceptable.”

Sa kabila nito, nilinaw ng pangulo na wala siyang anumang sama ng loob sa Korte Suprema.

“I bear no grudge or ill will against the Supreme Court. That is not why we consistently express our opposition to their ruling or why we have decided to file motion for reconsideration, in pursuing this course of action, we subscribe to the long held belief that public office is the public trust.

Tiniyak naman ni Pangulong Aquino na handa niyang ipasiyasat sa Commission on Audit ang 116 DAP list projects na inilabas ng Department of Budget and Management.

Nagkakahalaga ng mahigit 144 billion pesos ang inilaang  pondo para sa iba’t ibang proyekto at programa ng pamahalaan na nasa ilalim ng DAP.

“Only a minimal portion of DAP releases have any issue and reassured commission on audit will ensure if there are was any abuse or misuse of this funds then those responsible will held to account”, pahayag ng pangulo.

Samantala, sa dayalogo ng pangulo sa delegasyon ng World Bank, pinuri ng World Bank president si Pangulong Aquino dahil sa mga  programa ng administrasyong Aquino.

“The imperative of an effective governance in ending poverty, President Aquino this issue that you have placed the heart of your political agenda. It is the theme that inspires the practitioners, scholars, business leaders and citizens gathered here today”, saad ni World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim. (Nel Maribojoc, UNTV News)

Duterte to visit areas affected by ‘Auring’—Palace

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte is set to visit areas affected by the onslaught of tropical depression Auring, Malacañang announced on Tuesday (February 23).

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles in an online briefing said the President wants to see firsthand the damage wrought by Auring and the situation of displaced residents. Duterte will visit the affected areas in the Caraga region accompanied by several members of the Cabinet.

Nograles reported that financial aid has already been given to the residents. He further assured that additional relief assistance will also be provided.

As of February 22, the number of families affected by Auring has reached 28,009. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Oral arguments on Anti-Terrorism Law suspended, to resume on March 2

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The oral arguments on the Anti-Terrorism Law has been moved to March 2.

In an advisory, the Supreme Court announced that several justices are undergoing self-quarantine as a safety precaution against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to a source, one of the justices tested positive for COVID-19.

The en banc session set for Tuesday (February 23) is also suspended.

Meanwhile, petitioners want to raise new developments to the SC regarding their request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the Anti-Terrorism Bill.

One of the petitioners’ lawyers, Atty. Edcel Lagman said they want to include the alleged ‘red-tagging’ of one of the generals of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“For the first time in history petitioners and their counsel before this honorable court are seriously threatened with persecution under the challenged statute by no less than military general who is part of the state enforcing the controverted ATA,” he said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Marcos can still appeal PET decision on poll protest vs Robredo — CJ Peralta

Robie de Guzman   •   February 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. can still file a motion for reconsideration on the decision of the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), on his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said.

Peralta said Marcos may still appeal the decision as part of his legal remedies.

The camp of Marcos earlier said it has yet to decide on whether to file a motion pending the release of the copy of the ruling.

Peralta said the copy of the decision has yet to become available for the public as they are still awaiting other magistrates to submit their written opinions on the matter.

“We are still waiting for the others who might explain their votes because if it is in the result the effect is that those who voted in the result should have explain their votes that’s the rule,” the chief justice told reporters.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously junked the election protest filed by Marcos against Robredo over the results of the 2016 vice presidential race.

The SC said seven of the 15 justices present during the meeting “fully concurred” in the dismissal while the rest “concurred” in the result.

Peralta has refused to elaborate on the reasons for the dismissal citing confidentiality of court deliberations.

“That I cannot divulge, the deliberation is confidential. What can I only say is that as usual there was deliberation, there were debates, there were several opinions raised but eventually as what the chief justice usually does is to call for a vote and that what happened,” he said.

When asked about the possible effect on the protest should Marcos push through with his plan to run for public office in the 2022 elections, Peralta replied with: “That’s another question. That’s not tackled in our deliberation.”

“If he wants to run then that’s his choice. As to whether or not that will abandon his protest, that’s another thing,” he added. RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

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