Archive for November, 2013
By Venus May H. Sarmiento
URBIZTONDO, Pangasinan, Nov 28 (PIA) – Tension filled this small town on Wednesday morning as elements of the National Bureau of Investigation raided the house of the municipal mayor which resulted to the town chief’s arrest.
Mayor Ernesto Balolong Jr, who is on his second term as mayor of Urbiztondo was handcuffed and arrested based on four search warrants issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Bernelito Fernandez Jr. of Quezon City.
The raid yielded 12 long high-powered firearms, eight short firearms and hundreds of ammunition.
Balolong said he has done nothing wrong and insisted that all his guns are licensed.
“Lahat ng baril ko lisensyado, hindi ko alam bakit dadalhin pa ako sa (Camp) Crame, kumpleto naman ng papeles,” (All my guns are licensed, I don’t know why they have to bring me to (Camp) Crame. My papers are complete), he said. (more…)
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
ROSALES – With the recent scraping by the Supreme Court of the Priority Development Assistant Fund (PDAF) of members of congress, the chairman of Abono Party List group called on the national government to lower the P1.253 Trillion goal it tasked the Bureau of Internal Revenue this year.
Engineer Rosendo So said this would give relief to the taxpayers.
He explained that the SC’s declaration that the PDAF, including the remaining P24.70 million this year, was illegal the government should slacken the pressure on revenue district offices all over the country so they would not squeeze taxpayers to cough up more taxes.
A big part of the tax goes to the PDAF.
“Without the pork (slang name of the PDAF) the one that will benefit from it will be the taxpayers,” So said in the vernacular.
The tax goal of the BIR this year is P1.25 trillion while the goal of the tax agency this year in Region-1 is P9 billion, according to BIR Region 1 Director Arnel Guballa.
Without the “pork”, So cited the following congressional projects and programs that will be affected: Free medical missions among the indigents, scholarship for poor college but deserving students, construction of needed school buildings, and necessary farm-to-market roads. (more…)
By Venus May H. Sarmiento
DAGUPAN CITY, NOV 28 (PIA) – No government funds will be spent for the forthcoming Dagupan City Fiesta this December.
This was disclosed by Hermano Mayor Liberato ‘Ope’ Reyna, president of the Dagupan City People’s Council, the official federation of the non-government organizations (NGOs) in the city.
“Even with no government funds and austerity measures will be observed, we will make sure the fiesta will be festive,” Reyna said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency office Thursday.
Reyna said he wants this year’s fiesta to be cause-oriented pointing out that three fun run activities will be staged and proceeds of all these will be donated to victims of super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas.
Hosting a grand and big event without any fund assistance from the local government is a most difficult task since the initial activities in organization, mobilization and coordination require financial resources, Reyna said. (more…)
The Supreme Court has finally spoken. The Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) popularly known as “pork barrel ” was declared unconstitutional with a vote of 14-0. One magistrate abstained because his son is at present a member of the House of Representatives
With its declaration as unconstitutional, solons in the two houses of chambers could no longer be greased with the “fatty pork ” which, since year 2000, had become allegedly a bedrock of corruption.
Had the misuse of the PDAF by certain senators, congressman and a certain Janet Lim –Napoles not exposed, solons will still be using it for their personal interests. That is the case of the PDAF being used as front to amass wealth without considering that the funds should be for projects that will benefit the Filipinos. PDAF was used in the “fertilizer scam” through bogus non-government organizations (NGOs ). The taxpayers were duped of their hard earned money. The farmers, the intended beneficiaries, were deprived of projects that are supposed to alleviate their living conditions.
‘ Pork barrel’
There are now varied reactions from Filipinos, both here and abroad after the Supreme Court ruled that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is unconstitutional. For several months now after the PDAF scam was exposed by Benhur Luy against Janet Lim-Napoles, social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. were flooded with negative reactions from netizens.
The Filipinos, after all are one when their rights have been violated. Just like, we are also one in providing comfort and compassion to the victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda that battered the Visayan provinces. The “pork barrel ” scam that amounted to almost P 10-billion is too much to bear for the Filipinos, especially the local taxpayers and the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).The fleecing of the funds of that magnitude is even worse than the earthquake that rocked the province of Bohol. (more…)
by Virgilio Sar. Maganes
URDANETA CITY -Employees in this city have all the reasons to be happy because all business employers in the city are required to secure a clearance from the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pag-ibig Fund before a Mayor’s permit be granted to them.
This was one of the provisions of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by the city government represented by City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio “Bobom ” E. Perez IV and HDMF represented by Lilia M.Anguluan, Area head for Regions I, II and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
The MOA signing was held last November 19 at the City Hall’s Audio -Visual Room, which was witnessed by Vice Mayor Franco Del Prado Sr., Councilors Antonio Perez, Fernando Almendarez, Hero Sumera, Jesus Basco, Blesildo Sumera ,Peter Jason Agsalud, HDMF Head of this city Meriam N. Pamittan and department heads of city government. (more…)