Sevilla, aminadong may “tara” system sa BOC

admin   •   January 22, 2014   •   3049

Si BOC Commissioner John Philip Sevilla sa Senate hearing ng Committee on Agriculture and Food nitong Miyerkules, January 22, 2014 kaugnay sa rice smuggling sa bansa. (UNTV News)

Si BOC Commissioner John Philip Sevilla sa Senate hearing ng Committee on Agriculture and Food nitong Miyerkules, January 22, 2014 kaugnay sa rice smuggling sa bansa. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Inamin ni Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner John Philip Sevilla sa Senate hearing ng Committee on Agriculture and Food ang pagsunod ng kawanihan sa tinatawag na “tara” system.

Kilala ang ‘tara’ system sa pagbibigay ng grease money, payroll o padulas sa mga shipment.

Pinasimulan ni Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile ang nasabing isyu sa isinasagawang pagdinig ng Senado kaugnay sa rice smuggling nitong Miyerkules.

Aminado si Sevilla na mahirap baguhin o alisin ang ‘tara’ system sa BOC.

Samantala, meron man o walang General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), sinabi ng BOC na tanging ang National Food Authority o NFA lamang ang pwedeng mag-import ng bigas.

Nakasaad ito sa Presidential Decree 4 at Republic Act 7178 o ang Agricultural Tariffication Act.

Kasunod ito ng sinabing polisiya ni Senator Cynthia Villar na “kapag walang import permit, automatic ay rice smuggling na yan.”

Sinabi ni Sevilla na may application form ang mga importer bago makapag-angkat ng bigas. Kinakailangang makumpleto muna ang requirements na hinihingi lalo na ang mga dokumento sa BOC na nagsasabing bayad na ang kanilang taripa.

Paliwanag ni Sevilla, minsan ay wala nang import permit, hindi pa nakakapagbayad ng taripa, kung kaya’t malinaw na may nagaganap na smuggling. (Bianca Dava / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Roxas tells Enrile: Public office ban is for those facing plunder charges

Robie de Guzman   •   September 19, 2019

Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas

MANILA, Philippines – Former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday twitted former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, saying those accused of plunder or stealing from government coffers should be the ones banned from seeking or holding public office.

“Ahem. Yung dapat barred from public service at makulong, yung may kaso ng plunder,” Roxas said in a Twitter post.

Roxas’ remark was an apparent response to Enrile’s statement that Roxas and detained Senator Leila de Lima should be “disqualified forever from holding public office” for the mess brought about by the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) they drafted for the Republic Act 10592 or the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

READ: Enrile wants De Lima, Roxas perpetually barred from public office for GCTA mess

Enrile earlier blamed Roxas and De Lima, then Justice Secretary, for the irregularities in the implementation of the law which led to the questionable release of 1,914 heinous crimes convicts since its enactment in 2013.

“They should be disqualified forever from holding public office. Sila ang may kasalanan sila ang gumawa eh the people below them are being guided of what they did,” Enrile said in a media interview at the Senate on Wednesday.

The former lawmaker said the law clearly states that convicts involved in heinous crimes are among those excluded from availing of the early release rule based on good conduct credits.

Enrile said the IRR crafted by De Lima and Roxas, which supposedly added heinous crime convicts as GCTA beneficiaries, was “unconstitutional and void ab initio (from the beginning).”

But according to Roxas, the IRR faithfully reflects the RA 10592 and the Revised Penal Code, stressing that each provision corresponds to specific parts and paragraphs of the statute particularly on exclusion of inmates convicted of heinous crimes.

“Allegations that the IRR has strayed from the law on which it is based are unquestionably unfounded,” Roxas explained in a letter responding to the Ombudsman’s request on the matter.

Roxas cited Rule 4, Section 6 of the law’s IRR on provisional release while under preventive imprisonment, which states that: “Whenever an accused has undergone preventive imprisonment for a period equal to the imposable maximum imprisonment of the offense charged to which he may be sentenced and his case is not yet decided, he shall be released immediately without prejudice to the continuation of the trial thereof or the proceeding on appeal, if the same is under review, except for the following: ‘recidivist, habitual delinquent, escapee, person charged with heinous crimes’.”

Enrile, 95, is facing a P172-million plunder charge before the Anti-Graft court in relation to the P10 billion pork barrel scam which involved businesswoman Janet Napoles and other public officials.

He is currently out of prison after the Supreme Court granted him temporary liberty in 2015 for humanitarian reasons.  

Enrile wants De Lima, Roxas perpetually barred from public office for GCTA mess

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2019

Former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Senator Leila de Lima

MANILA, Philippines – Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Wednesday said that detained Senator Leila de Lima and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas should be perpetually barred from seeking public office for the alleged confusion created by the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) they crafted for the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

Enrile blamed De Lima and Roxas for the irregularities in the implementation of the law which led to the questionable release of 1,914 heinous crimes convicts.

“They should be disqualified forever from holding public office,” the former lawmaker said when asked by reporters at the Senate about the possible liability of De Lima and Roxas over the mess.

The former senator said the Republic Act 10592, which expanded the GCTA given to inmates, clearly states that convicts involved in heinous crimes are among those excluded from availing of the early release rule based on good conduct credits.

Enrile said the IRR crafted by De Lima and Roxas, which supposedly added heinous crime convicts as GCTA beneficiaries, was “unconstitutional and void ab initio (from the beginning).”

Enrile was the Senate president when the GCTA law was approved in 2013.

“Sila ang may kasalanan sila ang gumawa eh the people below them are being guided by what they did,” he said.

The 95-year old former lawmaker said heinous convicts wrongly released under the GCTA law who continue to refuse to surrender to authorities could now be hunted since they are not supposed to be released in the first place.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier set a 15-day deadline for these convicts to surrender for investigation and recomputation of their good conduct credits.

The ultimatum, which Duterte issued on Sept. 4, will lapse on Sept. 19 (Thursday).

The president earlier warned GCTA-freed heinous criminals who remain at large will be treated as fugitives from justice if they failed to comply with the order. He also pushed through with his plan to offer P1 million bounty for the capture of each heinous crime convicts.

The Office of the Ombudsman earlier asked De Lima and Roxas to explain or clarify in writing the implementing rules they drafted for the law as part of their ongoing investigation on the matter.

But De Lima said the Ombudsman has no jurisdiction or authority over her as a sitting senator, citing Section 21 of the Ombudsman Act of 1989.

She also said she has no official capacity to reply to the Ombudsman’s query on the GCTA issue as she is no longer the Secretary of Justice.

“[I] would like to clarify that I am no longer the Secretary of Justice. I am now a Senator of the Republic. I cannot in my official capacity as a Senator reply to a query that exclusively pertains to official business of the Department of Justice whose present Secretary is Menardo Guevarra,” De Lima said in a statement.

READ: De Lima says Ombudsman request for explanation on GCTA rules ‘highly irregular’

Guevarra, however, refused to blame any body about the mess, saying they already revised the law’s implementing rules to specifically state who among the convicts are ineligible from availing GCTA grants.

“We at the DOJ won’t dwell on things that had come to pass, much less waste our time on an unproductive blame game. The revised IRR reflects our best interpretation of RA 10592 as it was actually crafted, finalized, and signed,” he said in a statement. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Grace Casin)

Villar family, VP Robredo cast vote in bailiwicks

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2019


Vice President Leni Robredo (center) | Courtesy : PVI-PRESS/ Rodel Acuvera Luminares

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Cynthia Villar on Monday morning cast her vote in Las Piñas City along with her husband, former Senator Manny Villar.

The Villar couple voted around 9 a.m. at their assigned voting precinct in Las Piñas Science BF Resort in Talon 2.

They were wearing orange, their family’s signature political campaign color.

Accompanying them were their children, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Paulo, and Camille, who is gunning for a congressional seat.

(Upper photo L-R) Senator Cynthia Villar with her husband, former Senator Manny Villar. (Lower photo L-R) congressional candidate, Camille Villar, Paulo Villar and Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar Courtesy : PVI – PRESS / Rey Calinawan Vercide

Cynthia Villar, who is seeking reelection, has been topping political survey polls before the elections. In the recent Pulse Asia pre-election survey, she enjoyed a solo lead edging out Senator Grace Poe.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo also voted in her bailiwick in Naga, Camarines Sur on Monday morning.

She arrived at 9:52 a.m. in her designated polling precinct in Tabuco Central School Cluster 112 together with her two daughters, Tricia and Aika.

No special treatment was given to the Robredos who fell in line outside of the polling precinct as they waited for their turn to cast their votes.

After successfully casting her vote around 10:42 a.m., Robredo briefly talked to reporters where she admitted that she feels nervous for this midterm elections.

She also described the opposition slate’s bid to win the polls as “an uphill battle.”

“Napaka-uphill nung battle pero in the last several weeks nakita namin ‘yung passion ng mga volunteers, ano ‘yun unrivaled,” she said.

“Parang pinakahuli kong nakita ‘yung ganun na passion nung 1986 pa kahit noong pagtakbo ko noong 2016 kahit marami kaming volunteers iba yung passion ngayon. Parang kabado para sa bansa hindi naman for the individual candidates we are supporting,” she added.

Robredo has been campaigning for the opposition slate “Otso Diretso.” But of the eight senatorial bets, only Senator Bam Aquino was able to enter the so-called “winning circle.”

Aquino got in 9th to 15th place in the latest Pulse Asia Pulso ng Bayan Pre-Electoral Nationwide Survey on the May 2019 Senatorial and Party-List Elections.

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