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Aquino: Diokno slamming door on teachers pay raise is insensitive, heartless — Partido Liberal senators

January 12, 2018. The statement of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that a salary increase for public school teachers was not a priority at this time was insensitive, if not heartless, Partido Liberal senators said Thursday. “It’s not certainly the way to treat our public school teachers, who have been seeking… Source link link: Aquino: Diokno slamming door on teachers' pay raise is insensitive, heartless — Partido Liberal senators.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerJan 13th, 2018

LP senators slam Diokno

LIBERAL Party Senators blasted Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno for being insensitive and heartless when he said that the salary increase for public school teachers is not a priority. “It’s not certainly the way to treat our public school teachers, who have been seeking government’s help for higher salaries and additional….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

LP senators slam Diokno for remarks vs. teachers’ pay hike

Three senators from the Liberal Party on Friday slammed Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s comment that a pay raise for teachers was “not a priority at this time” as “insensitive, if not heartless.” Source link link: LP senators slam Diokno for remarks vs. teachers’ pay hike.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Aquino: Liberal Senators dismayed by DOJ clearing BOC in P6.4-billion shabu smuggling

November 23, 2017. Partido Liberal senators expressed dismay over the Department of Justice’s decision to clear several former Bureau of Customs officials over the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu last May. “Kapag kakampi pinalulusot at iyong mga maliliit at mahihina lang ang hinahabol (Allies are allowed to… Source link link: Aquino: Liberal Senators dismayed by DOJ clearing BOC in P6.4-billion shabu smuggling.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

Bam, Kiko condemn killing of university president

Two Liberal Party senators "strongly condemned" on Sunday the "senseless killing" of Cagayan de Oro state university president Ricardo Rotoras. "We strongly condemn the senseless killing of university president Dr. Ricardo Rotoras," Sen. Bam Aquino and Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan said in a joint statement. Aquino, assistant minority leader, and Pangilinan said they both worked closely with Rotoras for the passage of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act as president of Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges. The act, which was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 3, 2017, gives access to "quality tertiary education by providing ...Keep on reading: Bam, Kiko condemn killing of university president.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2017

Pangilinan: Partido Liberal Senators: Accountable ba ka mo? Sue Faeldon, revgov plotters

December 1, 2017. If the Duterte government is serious about accountability, it should also pursue those behind the push for a revolutionary government and the entry of P6.4-billion worth of shabu into the country. This was the collective sentiment of Partido Liberal senators, saying the Duterte government should… Source link link: Pangilinan: Partido Liberal Senators: Accountable ba 'ka mo? Sue Faeldon, revgov plotters.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 1st, 2017

SEC decision vs Rappler a loss for dissenting voices, free speech – senators

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Senators on Monday, January 15, questioned the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commisson (SEC) revoking the registration of news organization Rappler for allegedly violating the Constitution and the Anti-Dummy Law. Opposition senators slammed the move, with Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV saying "the shutdown of Rappler ........»»

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Senators ask Palace to pick pro-quality education, ‘pro-student’ new CHEd chair

"Higher education has lost a dependable ally with the resignation of CHEd (Commission on Higher Education) Chairperson Patricia Licuanan," Senator Bam Aquino said on Monday.   "As former chairman of the Committee on Education, we can attest to her dedication to improve access to quality education as we worked closely to pass the free college law," Aquino further said in a statement.   He then thanked Licuanan for her "immeasurable service to Filipino students and for all her help in crafting the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act."   "At the same time, we call on Malacaang to appoint an immediate replacement with the ability and the will t...Keep on reading: Senators ask Palace to pick pro-quality education, ‘pro-student’ new CHEd chair.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Teachers also deservea pay increase

I have always thought that Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno was one of President Duterte’s smart, honest, and hardworking cabinet members and for the most pa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Roque clarifies statement on wage increase

THE announcement that President Rodrigo had ordered the doubling of salaries of public school teachers was “speculative,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque admitted yesterday. Roque’s statement comes after Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said the spokesman made a mistake in making such a claim since it was not discussed during a Cabinet….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Palace assures teachers on pay hike

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is a “promise keeper.” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this assurance yesterday to allay fears of public school teachers in connection with the pronouncement of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that doubling the salary of teachers was “costly” and was “not a priority” of this administration at this….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Diokno hit over teachers’ pay raise

MANILA, Philippines — An official of a teachers’ organization yesterday slammed Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno following his statement that the increase in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Spokesman allays teachers’ fears

Duterte keeps promise President Rodrigo Duterte is a promise keeper. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this assurance yesterday to allay fears of public school teachers in connection with the pronouncement of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that doubling the salary of teachers was “costly” and was “not a priority” of this….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

For saying wage hike ‘not a priority,’ DBM’s Diokno dubbed ‘Teachers’ Enemy '1’

For saying salary increases for public school teachers are “not our priority this time,” Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno was dubbed “Teachers’ Enemy #1.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

ACT Teachers group calls Diokno teacher s enemy '1

MANILA, Philippines – ACT Teachers Representative France Castro on Thursday, January 11, called Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno “teacher’s enemy #1” following his take on President Rodrigo Duterte’s desire to increase the salaries of the country’s public school teachers. “He consistently opposed proposals for the increase of benefits and salaries of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

LP senators to lead Senate hearing on charter change

THE SENATE will continue its inquiry on charter change, tagged as a legislative priority by the Duterte administration, on the resumption of Congress next week. It happens that this hearing will be conducted by leaders of the opposition Liberal Party (LP), headed in the Senate by Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon. Mr. Drilon, however, has […] The post LP senators to lead Senate hearing on charter change appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Diokno: Doubling public school teachers’ pay ‘not a priority’

Despite the President's promise to double the pay of public school teachers, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno saidWednesdayit would take a backseat to more pressing programs needed to be funded, including the ambitious "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure rollout.   Diokno said in a press conference that for the 600,000 public school teachers, the government may have to shell out half a trillion pesos if plans to double their salaries push through.   "That is not our priority at this time. Our priority is the 'Build, Build, Build" and social protection. I think we have to study that very carefully," Diokno said.   Under "Build, Build, Build," the gove...Keep on reading: Diokno: Doubling public school teachers’ pay ‘not a priority’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Seoul: North Korea to send delegation to Olympics in South

By Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea agreed Tuesday to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, Seoul officials said, as the bitter rivals sat for rare talks at the border to discuss how to cooperate in the Olympics and improve their long-strained ties. The Koreas' first talks in two years were arranged after North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un recently made an abrupt push for improved ties with South Korea after a year of elevated tensions with the outside world over his expanding nuclear and missile programs. Critics say Kim may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington in a bid to weaken international pressure and sanctions on the North. During the talks, the North Korean delegation said it would send an Olympic delegation, which includes officials, athletes, cheerleaders, journalists and others, South Korea's Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung told reporters, according to media footage from the border village of Panmunjom, the venue for the talks. The South Korean delegation, for its part, proposed North Korea send a big delegation and conduct a joint march during the Feb. 9-25 Game's opening and closing ceremonies, Chun, one of the five South Korean negotiators, said. He said South Korea also suggested resuming temporary reunions of families separated by war and offering military talks designed to reduce animosities in frontline areas. South Korea also stressed the need to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Chun said. North Korea responded by saying the two Koreas must try to promote peace and reconciliation through dialogue, he said. The two sides were to continue their negotiations later Tuesday at Panmunjom, the only place on the tense border where North and South Korean soldiers are just feet away from each other. A North Korean soldier late last year defected to the South across Panmunjom amid a hail of bullets fired by his comrades. He was hit five times but survived. The meeting began with an amicable atmosphere Tuesday morning, with chief North Korean delegate Ri Son Gwon saying he hopes the talks would give "a New Year's first gift — precious results (of the talks) to the Korean nation." Ri's South Korean counterpart, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, said he also hopes they would come up with a "good gift" for people in both Koreas. The overall prospect for the negotiations was still unclear. The two Koreas have a long history of ending key talks without any agreement and failing to follow through with rapprochement accords. An agreement on the North's Olympic participation had been widely expected before the talks began, but the Koreas remain sharply at odds over how to improve their overall ties. North Korea is expected to demand rewards in return for South Korea's offer for family reunions and military talks, like Seoul halting propaganda broadcasts and scaling back or halting military drills with the U.S., observers say. Suspension of the military drills would be unacceptable for Seoul because that would seriously undermine the alliance with its chief ally the United States, which wants to put more pressures on Pyongyang. The North views the drills as a rehearsal for a northward invasion. President Donald Trump on Saturday expressed hope for some progress from the talks and said he was open to talking with Kim himself. But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley later said the U.S. administration isn't changing its conditions regarding talks with North Korea, saying Kim would first need to stop weapons testing for a "significant amount of time." In his New Year's Day address, Kim said there is an urgent need to improve inter-Korean ties and that he is willing to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Games. He urged Seoul to halt the military drills with the U.S. and said he has a "nuclear button" to launch missiles at any target in the United States. South Korean liberal President Moon Jae-in, who favors dialogue as a way to defuse the North Korean nuclear standoff, welcomed Kim's outreach and proposed talks at Panmunjom. Kim quickly accepted. "As President Moon has said, the improvement of relations between North and South Korea cannot advance separately from resolving North Korea's nuclear program," Brian Hook, a chief adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, told reporters in a conference call late Monday Washington time. "And so, we remain focused on our global pressure campaign. That campaign is designed to bring Kim Jong Un to the table for meaningful negations." The Trump administration agreed last week to delay springtime military drills with South Korea until after the Games. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted the delay was a practical necessity to accommodate the Olympics, not a political gesture. Trump and Kim traded bellicose warlike rhetoric and even crude insults last year, as the North conducted it sixth and most powerful nuclear detonation and three tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The International Olympic Committee said Monday it has "kept the door open" for North Korea to take part in the Games. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the registration deadline has been extended and that the Switzerland-based committee supports North Korean athletes in the qualification process, while respecting U.N. sanctions against North Korea......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Faeldon’s appointment a defeat of justice
: LP senators

More senators have weighed in on the appointment of resigned Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon to the Office of Civil Defense, with the Liberal Party members calling it "a defeat of justice.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Gov’t all set to hike pay for soldiers, cops

THE government is all set to implement the increase in the base pay of military and other uniformed personnel come January 1, 2018. Government is expected to spend P60 billion for the raise, budget chief Ben Diokno said. “This is a very costly promise. We are willing to invest in….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

Senate Oks joint resolution raising pay for AFP men, MUPs

            The Senate has approved on third and final reading a joint resolution that would raise the pay of military and the uniformed personnel (MUP) in government starting next year.     Twenty senators approved late Wednesday night Senate Joint Resolution No. 11.     The measure must be approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives before it is transmitted to President     Once enacted into law, the pay Police Officer 1 and those with equivalent rank, for instance, would be raised n by 100 percent.  ...Keep on reading: Senate Oks joint resolution raising pay for AFP men, MUPs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017