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Proposed P16K minimum wage for gov’t employees pushed in Congress

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

The House Bill No. 7196 seeks the increase of the monthly minimum wage of gov’t employees and nurses to P16,000.

MANILA, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc has filed a bill in Congress that seeks to increase the salaries of government employees and nurses.

The House Bill No. 7196 seeks the increase of the monthly minimum wage of said workers to P16,000.

The Makabayan bloc explained that Congress should prioritize their proposal after it doubled the salaries of soldiers and policemen.

The left-leaning lawmakers argued that raising the minimum wage is reasonable due to the increase in the prices of commodities and services as a result of the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Makabayan solons urge Pres. Duterte to oust Sec. Aguirre

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018

The Makabayan congressmen challenging President Rodrigo Duterte to oust Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre

MANILA, Philippines — Makabayan congressmen challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to oust Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre if he is serious in his war against illegal drugs.

This after the Department of Justice (DOJ) National Prosecution Service (NPS) dismissed the drug cases against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, Peter Co and other known drug lords.

According to the militant lawmakers, if the President fails to hold Aguirre responsible in this case, it will be a clear indication that his war on drugs is fake and he only targets the small-time drug pushers and users.

“Unang-una dapat makita natin na sibakin ang secretary of justice na responsable sa kalokohang ito,” said ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio.

(First, we need to see the justice secretary fired because he is the one responsible here.)

The House minority also noted that this is not the first time that the DOJ downgraded big cases.

Case in point is that of the two Bureau of Customs (BOC) commissioners who allegedly accepted a bribe to free two Chinese nationals.

The case was downgraded from non-bailable plunder to graft.

Another is the dismissal of the case of suspected ISIS recruits Er Haytan Abdulamin and his Filipina live-in partner.

“Marami nang Cabinet secretaries na palpak ang presidente. Dapat magbawas na siya,” said Minority Floor Leader Rep. Danilo Suarez.

(Many of the President’s Cabinet secretaries are ineffective. The President has to let some of them go.)

Meanwhile, in his Twitter post Tueday night, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque quoted the President as saying that if Espinosa and Lim will be acquitted the President will put Aguirre in their stead.

Roque added that the Chief Executive will also use his power to revise the dismissal of the drug charges.  — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP’s subpoena power may pose threat – Makabayan bloc

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

(L-R) ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio and PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc of the lower house of Congress believes the number of human rights violations in the country may rise due to the subpoena powers given to the Philippine National Police.

“Our primary concern is that it will result into the abuse of human rights and civil liberties of the people,” ACTS Teachers Party List Representative Antonio Tinio said.

A group of lawyers, the National Union of People’s Lawyer (NUPL), shares the same view on the matter.

“It will open the opportunity to unlawful and illegal search, arrest and seizure of properties,” said NUPL president, Atty. Edre Olalia.

Tinio also raised alarm that the government might also soon give similar powers to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The Makabayan bloc said it is open to question the new law, but noted it will study first its possible violations of the Constitution.

On the other hand, PNP Chief Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa vowed that the police will not abuse the use of such powers.

He added that the subpoena powers will greatly help the PNP in investigating cases as it will speed up the release of required documents or persons.

PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos, initially revealed that anyone who ignores the subpoena of the PNP can be detained.

“It can be considered as contempt of higher court, meaning RTC (Regional Trial Court). It’s not only a contemptuous act against the MTC (Municipal/Metropolitan Trial Court), meaning you can be incarcerated for up to 30 days,” said Orsos. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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P200 cash grant enough to mitigate TRAIN Law effects

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

A DSWD official explains the Unconditional Cash Transfer Program

MANILA, Philippines — The government has allocated more than P24-billion for assistance to about 10 million households that will be affected by the price increase of primary goods due to the implementation of Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law this year.

Four point three billion pesos of the total budget has already been released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for the 1.8 million families who are current beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Each beneficiary will receive the P200 subsidy per month.

According to DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno, the said subsidy is enough to support the poor families who may be affected by the increase of primary goods because of the implementation of the tax reform law.

The cash grants subsidy will be implemented for three years.

At the year 2019 and 2020, the unconditional cash grant will increase to P300.

According to DSWD, the cash grant will be distributed in a lump sum.

The agency targets to complete the distribution of cash grants in the first quarter of the year. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue



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