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Sotto: No need to railroad federalism efforts after Bangsamoro Organic Law approval

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2018




FILE PHOTO: Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III


MANILA, Philippines — The proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law hurdles the scrutiny of the bicameral conference committee following the reconciliation of all its sensitive and contentious provisions on Wednesday (July 18).

And with the expected enactment of the proposal, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that the Congress will no longer need to railroad the efforts for the shift to federalism.

During a weekly press briefing at the Senate, Sotto noted that the proposed organic law could be a good test case to see if a federal type of government would work in the country.

“Magandang experimental itong Bangsamoro Organic Act. Dito makikita natin kaya hindi natin kailangang apurahin yung federalism,” Sotto said.

The measure seeking to create a Bangsamoro entity that aims to help attain lasting peace in Mindanao is expected to be ratified by the Congress on July 23.

President Duterte is expected to sign the bill into law on the same day when he delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Sotto added that in the two years of the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Act, the public would be able to weigh in if it is effective or not.

He said that the Congress can always repeal the law if it fails to cease the hostilities. But if it turns out positive, it would not be hard to push for charter change.

Sotto admitted that for now, he is not keen to push for the immediate passage of the proposed federal charter as it contains issues that need to be thoroughly scrutinized.

These include the proposed political party system, putting up of a democracy fund and the anti-political dynasty.

“Maraming debatable issues pa,” said the Senate president.

The Senate leader plans to call for a caucus after the SONA on Monday (July 23) to get his fellow senators’ take on the proposed constitutional revisions. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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ASec. Mocha gets PCOO memo after controversial fed video

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson (left) with blogger, Drew Olivar in their controversial video on Federalism (Image grabbed from Mocha Uson official FB page)


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) confirmed on Thursday (September 6) the issuance of a memorandum to Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson for uploading a reprehensible video on federalism.

During a budget deliberation of the House Committee on Appropriations earlier, ASec. Marie Banaag revealed that right after the PCOO received complaints through government hotline 8888 regarding the controversial video, the PCOO immediately notified Uson and ordered her to explain.

ASec. Banaag added that the memo is a reminder to Uson that as a public servant, specifically a public official, she is bound by the provisions of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

“Ang tanggapan ni USec. Lorraine Badoy na siyang namumuo sa gender and development ng PCOO ay nag-issue ng memorandum kay ASec. Mocha Uson to remind her sa lahat ng pino-post niya and to remind her doon sa provision ng R.A. 6713…Ito ang first official reminder na ipinatanggap po ng opisina ng PCOO through USec. Badoy sa ASec. Mocha. Ang sinasabi po namin dito, hindi kami nanunuod lang sa nangyayari. Nakikinig din po kami at may ginagawa po ang aming opisina,” Banaag explained.

She also confirmed that the PCOO already completed its fact-finding investigation as to the root of the matter which it submitted to the Office of the Executive Secretary.

The official clarified, however, that the PCOO is not in the position to apprehend or sanction Uson as she is a presidential appointee which means she is directly under the Office of the President. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo

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GIS EXCLUSIVE: Mocha Uson claims federalism video used to shadow election fraud probe

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018



Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – For the first time since their controversial video together, Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and blogger Drew Olivar appeared on a live interview on Wednesday (August 22) to clarify their side of the story.

Uson claimed that critics of the administration only used their video to divert attention from the then ongoing Senate probe on alleged 2016 election fraud.

“Kasi ganito po ang nangyari. Hindi ba mayroong Senate hearing on electoral fraud? Thursday po iyong video namin. Pinakaunang hearing nina Atty. Glenn Chong, parang Monday ata iyon, hindi pinansin ng media. Kaya nga po nagrereklamo iyong ating mga kababayan (kung) bakit hindi kinover ng media…Pakiramdam namin ginamit itong isyu na ito upang pagtakpan,” argued Uson.

Uson and Olivar remained unapologetic though they acknowledged the negative impact of their actions.

“If you want me to apologize, I will because I know that you are a true person. Pero hindi ako mag-aapologize lang dahil hindi ninyo ako gusto,” said Uson.

“Hindi ako magso-sorry sa ginawa ko dahil naniniwala ako na ang sorry ay nakakapagpagaan lang iyan ng loob pero hindi nakakapagtama ng mali. Kaya kung mali man iyon, sige itatama ko. Pero hindi ako magso-sorry,” said Olivar.

The controversial duo stressed that their intentions were never to disrespect the idea of federalism. They even hit back against their critics.

“Wala kaming intensyon na bastusin ang federalism. Wala kaming intensyon na bastusin ang saligang batas,” ASec. Mocha explained.

“Hindi malaswa ang ginawa ko. Kayo lang ang nag-iisip ng malaswa. Kayo ang malaswa,” Olivar maintained.

When asked if their video helped in the promotion of federalism, the two believe they somehow called the attention of the public to delve into the real essence of the idea which the Duterte administration is primarily advocating.

“May malaking pagbabago. Talagang nagising ang mga tao. After ng video namin, may nakikita ako na mayroon nang gumagawa ng explanation nila, sa mga post nila, na nagse-share ng mga insights nila,” Olivar said referring to the comments he received  on social media.

“Nag-iisip kami ng paraan kung paano mapag-uusapan (ang pederalismo). Dahil sa video, pumatok siya at napag-usapan,” Uson explained. –

To keep the interest of the public, the duo plans to create a shortfilm about federalism as their own way of supporting the government’s campaign. – Mai Bermudez / Marje Pelayo

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Fiscal risks of federalism delays cha-cha

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018


QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Senate has maintained that deliberations on the proposed federal charter will not be rushed despite calls from the Lower House to fast track discussions.

According to Senate committee on constitutional amendments chairman Francis Pangilinan, there are several questions to be addressed in the campaign for charter change.

These include the warnings of the Duterte administration’s economic managers on the possible threats of federalism on the country’s economy.

“Hindi biro ang usapin ng charter change na dapat magkaroon na ng charter change dahil baka ang maging resulta nito ay man-made calamity, both political and economic disaster,” said Pangilinan.

At the Senate hearing on Wednesday, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez cited the possible fiscal risks of implementing the proposed federal charter.

He said country’s investment-grade credit ratings of the country which allows the country to borrow money with lower interest rates “will go to hell” if the proposed shift to a federal government pushes through.

According to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), a total of P120 billion is needed by the government to make the shift.

Due to the issues raised, senators urge for more serious discussions on the matter.

“Bakit hindi na lang after May 2019 na mag-ConCon para magkaroon ng separate na halalan para mabusisi ng husto ang revision ng ating Saligang Batas,” said Pangilinan.

Until now, senators have yet to decide on how to amend or revise the Constitution despite its progress in the lower chamber. — Nel Maribojoc

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