Team PNOY, handang handa na sa proclamation rally bukas

admin   •   February 11, 2013   •   3290

Liberal Party Spokespersons Quezon 4th District Lorenzo 'Erin' R. Tañada III and Marikina 2nd District Rep. Romero 'Miro' Quimbo (UNTV News)

Liberal Party Spokespersons Quezon 4th District Lorenzo ‘Erin’ Tañada III and Marikina 2nd District Rep. Romero ‘Miro’ Quimbo (UNTV News)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — All systems go na ang Partido Liberal sa kanilang isasagawang proclamation rally sa Plaza Miranda bukas. Ito ay kasabay ng pagsisimula ng campaign period.  

Ayon kay LP Spokesperson Congressman Lorenzo ‘Erin‘ R. Tañada III, gagawin ang LP proclamation rally sa Plaza Miranda bilang isang makasaysayang lugar sa Partido Liberal.

“Plaza Miranda, has been known to be the bed rock of and struggled during the Marcos administration… handa po ang Team PNoy sa pagsisimula po ng senatorial campaign bukas.”  

Personal na pangungunahan ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III ang proclamation rally ng Team PNoy bukas.

Tiniyak ng tagapagsalita ng Liberal Party na kumpleto ang kanilang mga senatorial candidate sa nasabing proclamation rally.

Personal na ii-endorso ng Pangulo ang 12 kanidato ng LP at bibigyan ng pagkakataon na magsalita sa loob ng 6-8 minutes ang bawat isa.

Samantala, ayon kay Congressman Miro Quimbo isa rin sa mga tagapagsalita ng LP pagkatapos ng proclamation rally bukas   makakasama pa rin nila sa campaign sorties sa iba’t-ibang lugar ang kanilang mga kandidato.

Lalo na ang 3 common candidate nila ng UNA Coalition na sina Senator Loren Legarda, Senator Chiz Escudero at Grace Poe-Llamanzares.

“May usapan ba o paalalahanan ba kasi there has really been a specific agreement in so far as tomorrow as well as the rest of the election is concerned.”

Ayon kay Quimbo ang LP candidates ang nakikita nilang may kakayanang ipagpatuloy ang good governance na inumpisahan ni Pangulo Aquino.

Ang mensahe ng Pangulo sa ‘tuwid na daan’ ay panibagong pakikipaglaban sa panibagong yugto sa bagong demokrasya.”

Inaasahan na dadaluhan ang proclamation rally ng 8,000 miyembro ng Team PNoy at mga taga-suporta. (GRACE CASIN, UNTV News)

Loren Legarda, Chiz Escudero eye Senate comeback in 2022

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Antique Representative and House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda has formally declared her bid to return to the Senate as she filed her certificate of candidacy in the 2022 national elections.

Legarda filed her COC around 8 a.m. on Friday when the period for the COC filing started.

She will be seeking national post under the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

In a statement, Legarda expressed confidence that her political experiences will be able to help in solving the climate crisis, pandemic and other issues hounding the country.

Aside from Legarda, Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero also formalized his plan to seek a comeback to the upper chamber.

Escudero’s COC was filed by his lawyer George Garcia.

He is also running under the banner of Nationalist People’s Coalition.

Escudero served as senator from 2007 to 2019 before winning the gubernatorial seat in the previous election.

Senate panel sets probe on water franchises for Sept. 1

Robie de Guzman   •   August 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A Senate panel is set to tackle this week the franchise applications of concessionaires, Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Company.

The Senate committee on public services will conduct the virtual inquiry on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

“It is the goal of our committee to ensure that the franchise applicants will indeed put the welfare of our people first,” Senator Grace Poe, who chairs the committee, said in a statement.

The senator earlier assured that the bills will go through a fine-tooth comb and challenged the applicants not only to provide access to safe and clean water, but also root out the inconvenience of constant water interruptions.

Citing 2013 and 2016 studies, Poe said the Asian Development Bank has rated the country’s water security at the bottom quarter out of 48 Asia-Pacific countries, with poor governance as the main cause, not water scarcity.

Currently, 15 million Filipinos still do not have access to water while more than 55 people die every day from water-related causes, she added.

“Now more than ever, access to safe and affordable water is basic and crucial in our fight to douse the risks and perils of the unseen virus,” Poe said.

Maynilad Water services the west zone area of Metro Manila and the province of Cavite while Manila Water maintains the waterworks and sewerage system in the east zone and the province of Rizal.

Among the guests invited to the hearing are some officials from the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, Manila Water, Maynilad, Philippine Competition Commission, Department of Justice, and some representatives from consumer groups.

Senate seeks probe on alleged DOH mismanagement of P67-B COVID-19 fund

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate wants to look into the alleged mismanagement of funds of the Department of Health (DOH) allotted for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response.

After the recent assessment of the Commission on Audit (COA), senators are seeking to investigate the deficiencies on the DOH’s P67.32 billion COVID-19 budget.

COA attributed the said deficiencies to the health department’s non-compliance with pertinent laws and regulations, including the use of funds not for the intended purpose.

Senator Grace Poe said this proves to be counter-beneficial to the government’s efforts to curb the spread of the disease at a crucial time.

“These funds were provided to strengthen the agency’s health resources in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the implementation deficiencies denied our countrymen their right to health at a time when it is most needed,” she said.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the Senate should “particularly look into the P3.97 billion worth of contracts and projects with procedural deficiencies in the procurement process and lacking documentation.”

“It is imperative that we examine closely the DOH’s use of billions of pesos in COVID-19 response funds given the findings of the COA and the corruption allegations that hounded the agency’s procurement of various COVID-19 equipment and supplies,” Drilon said.

Drilon said DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III’s ineptitude is sabotaging the government’s response to the pandemic.

“While we see a shortage of beds, PPEs, ventilators, oxygen tanks, the DOH incurred P24.64 billion in unobligated funds that could have augmented our medical resources and paid on time the risk allowance of our medical frontliners,” Drilon said.

Meanwhile, Senator Risa Hontiveros said the country needs commitment and competence from the DOH leadership to ensure every peso budgeted and allocated would save lives.

“Given the COA findings, the DOH seems to be depriving thousands of Filipinos of healthcare services in the face of national emergency and it is nothing short of criminal,” she said. AAC

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