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SSS squabble cited as reason behind non-renewal of term of top execs

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will not tolerate squabble in the board of Social Security System (SSS).

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said that this is the reason why the president did not extend the term of Amado Valdez as chairman, and Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña as commissioner of SSS.

Both served on a hold-over capacity and their term expired on June 30, 2017.

“I think the president wants them replaced because he thinks SSS will be more efficient if there is no squabble among the board [members] of SSS,” said Roque. — UNTV News & Rescue



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SolGen: Ombudsman Morales concealed the result of Trillanes’ plunder complaint against Pres. Duterte

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018


The ombudsman completed the Trillanes vs Duterte plunder complaint investigation in November 2017 but informed the solicitor general about it only on February 12.

MANILA, Philippines — Government allies accused Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales of concealing the investigation she conducted in connection with the plunder complaint filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV against President Rodrigo Duterte.

The ombudsman completed the said investigation in November of last year but informed the solicitor general about it only on February 12.

With this, the Office of the Solicitor General is studying the possible charges it could file against Morales.

The plunder complaint stemmed from the alleged hidden wealth of the president.

“This will be another case probably before the Supreme Court and I will be the one to argue it,” said Calida.

“Remember the president is the chief executive anyone who doesn’t agree with him should go to court and we will meet him there,” he added.

Calida claims that he would not have learned of the said decision had he not written a letter to the ombudsman last Friday to know the status of the complaint.

Based on the reply of Overall Deputy Ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang on Monday, the complaint was already “case closed and terminated” on November 29 of last year.

According to Calida, the president has the right to know the status of the complaint.

“It should be noted that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales inhibited herself from this matter. It concerns the integrity of the president of the Philippines. She should explain first why she kept this from the public,” said the solicitor general.

With this development, Calida believes the Senate has no reason to investigate the allegations against the president.

In response, opposition members Senator Antonio Trillanes said, “Bakit sila nagpapanic? Bakit ayaw nilang mapahiya ako and most of all bakit ayaw pirmahan ni Duterte yung waiver, ayaw niyang tanggapin ang hamon ko. Pirmahan niya yung waiver, kapag mali ako, magreresign ako,” said Trillanes.

(Why are they panicking? Why don’t they want to embarrass me? And most of all why did President Duterte did not want to sign the waiver. He does not want to accept my challenge. He should sign my waiver. If I’m wrong, I will resign.)

While Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano said, “I am confident that the ombudsman would find out and prove that indeed the bank account and transaction records of Duterte are true and correct — it’s just a matter of time.”

Ombudsman Morales has yet to comment on the matter. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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China, PHL to meet in Manila on maritime dispute in the South China Sea

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

FILE-PHOTO – President Rodrigo Duterte meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on May 15, 2017.

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has confirmed Tuesday’s meeting of high-ranking Chinese and Philippine officials for the second Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (BCM) in Manila.

BCM is the platform where both countries will discuss issues on the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.

The delegation will be led by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou and Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo.

“The second meeting of this Philippine – China Bilateral Consultative Mechanism on the South China Sea will be held here in Manila tomorrow Feb. 13, 2018,” said the presidential spokesperson, Secretary Harry Roque.

The official said that the bilateral meeting is the proof that the Duterte administration is doing something about the issue.

However, Malacañang clarified that the government will not file a new protest to China on its alleged almost finished militarization in the South China Sea.

Roque said that the Philippines has existing protests filed before China and these are expected to be discussed at the meeting on Tuesday.

The Philippine government has consistently filed protests and even during the term of President Duterte, we have filed protests,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue


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SSS still finalizing distribution of 3% increase in contribution between employers and employees

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018


SSS chair Amado Valdez said they want to assure that the contribution hike will be fair.

MANILA, Philippines – The Social Security System is still determining the measures in distributing the possible 3% increase in contribution, which is supposed to take effect in April.

SSS Chairman Amado Valdez said they want to assure that the contribution hike will be fair for both the employers and employees.

But Valdez emphasized that while they are thinking of balance between employers and employees, they will make sure that this will not cause too much load on the side of the employers.

Currently, employers are shouldering 2/3 of the monthly contribution of members in SSS, while employees are paying 1/3 of it.

Meanwhile, the Social Security Committee is set to release their decision, on the case involving 4 officials of SSS, allegedly involved in stocks trading.

These officials include SSS Executive Vice President for Investment Rizaldy Capulong, Vice President for Equities Investment Division Reginald Candelaria, Equities Product Development Head Ernesto Francisco Jr. and Actuarial and Risk Management Division Chief George Ongkeko.

As of now, Capulong and Francisco are still on floating status, while Candelaria and Ongkeko have already filed their resignation.

Valdez, however, assures that despite their filing of resignation, the two officials will still be held liable once proven guilty.

“Papaaprubahan pa kung merong misconduct or wala (It is still up for approval whether or not there was misconduct).  Ang dulo niyan ngayon, at our level, parang prima facie case lang (In the end, at our level, it seems like a prima facie case only,” Valdez said. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue


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