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Senate asked to probe of economic implications of shift to federalism

SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian has filed a resolution urging his colleagues to look into the economic implications of the proposed shift to a federal system of government. The post Senate asked to probe of economic implications of shift to federalism appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource: bworldonline bworldonlineAug 10th, 2018

Senate asked to probe of economic implications of shift to federalism

SENATOR Sherwin T. Gatchalian has filed a resolution urging his colleagues to look into the economic implications of the proposed shift to a federal system of government. The post Senate asked to probe of economic implications of shift to federalism appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Show data to support BBL’s ‘awesome’ fiscal powers—Recto

Saying that the “law is in the details,” Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto yesterday pressed the government to submit “the economic fine print” that will underpin the proposed Bangsamoro government’s fiscal autonomy.In a request coursed through Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Recto sought “facts and figures that will bolster the financial feasibility” of the Bangsamoro self-ruled homeland.Recto said the submission of these will clarify ambiguities in the provisions in Bangsamoro Basic Law bill, and “hasten its passage in the Senate.””Like any bill, if you scratch the surface of a provision of the BBL, you will find the price tag underneath,” Recto said.Among the data Recto has requested are “national revenue collections in ARMM since its creation to the present, as well as budget utilization of ARMM, including relevant financial statements, from the time it was created.”Included in the request are “budget allocations and subsidies lodged in different national government agencies, earmarked and off-budget revenue sources.”“The purpose is to find out if past allocations to ARMM were at levels sufficient to meet the imperatives of growth, because if these are historically lacking, then we are properly informed not to commit the same mistakes with the future Bangasamoro government,” Recto said. In his letter to Zubiri, Recto also sought additional data on the formula used in computing and allocating the proposed Annual Block Grants, “funds which are to be automatically appropriated and released by the national government.” For 2019, the Block Grant is pegged at P72 billion. “What then is the revenue basis used in setting this amount?” Recto said.Recto likewise requested “elaboration” on the nature of the Special Development Fund, or SDF, which has been pegged at P100 billion for 20 years, P10 billion of which shall be given by the national government the year following the ratification of the BBL.“What is the basis for the SDF? What are examples of projects to be funded by this?” Recto said.He also asked for the “negative list of projects or programs” which cannot be funded by the block grant or by the SDF.Recto also requested for social and economic indicators at all levels of the present ARMM, and “programs that will result in better socio-economic numbers.”He said that BBL proponents in the executive branch should also submit a comparative matrix between Republic Act 6734 (ARMM Organic Act), Republic Act 9054 (Amended ARMM Organic Act), and the BBL.“A side-by-side tale of tapes, comparing past, current models, and the future one would help us create the best BBL which will encapsulate all our dreams and visions for a peaceful, progressive South,” Recto said.The senator reiterated his support “for a constitutionally-compliant, fiscally-responsible, grassroots-accepted organic law for the autonomous region.”Speaker: PDP to campaign vs poll bets against federalismSpeaker Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday said the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) will actively campaign against candidates for senator and other elective positions in the 2019 elections who are opposed to a federal system of government.Speaking before over 3,000 new members of the PDP at the Datu Lipus Makapandong Cultural Center, Alvarez urged the people in the province to support the advocacy of President Duterte and the PDP for a shift to a federal system of government, which he said would open up the development potential of the provinces and the regions.“I have one request, please don’t vote for candidates, particularly for senator, who are opposing federalism,” Alvarez told the new PDP members composed practically of the entire local officials of the province led by Agusan Del Sur Gov. Edward Adolph Plaza, 2nd District rep. Evelyn Mellana and 1st District Rep. Maria Valentina Plaza.With the mass oath-taking, the province of Agusan del Sur became the newest addition to the PDP country.In interview with the local media after the event, Alvarez explained his call against anti-federalism candidates.Alvarez said the ruling party was pushing for federalism to ensure inclusive development, particularly of the poor and neglected areas of the country.Alvarez said it was also time to elevate the political maturity of the nation by focusing the campaign on issues instead of the old practice of politics based solely on popularity or personality.He dared the senatorial hopefuls for the 2019 elections to make a clear stand on the issue of federalism.Alvarez said that if a candidate was opposed to federalism then he was clearly against the interest of provinces and regions.Accompanying Alvarez in the event were Davao City 1st District Rep. Karlo Nograles and Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Rep. Reynaldo Umali, whom the Speaker said would be included in the senatorial slate of the administration party for the 2019 senatorial contest.Earlier, Alvarez said that among the benefits of federalism was that the regions or states would retain the lion’s share of the taxes, instead of having to make do with the meager share the central government was currently sending back to the provinces.He said it was crucial to achieve a shift to a federal system of government within the term of President Duterte, who was the only presidential candidate in the 2016 elections who pushed for a federal system of government.Kimberly Otaza, 26, municipal councilor of Loreto, Agusan Del Sur, who was among the new PDP members, said she fully embraces the idea of federalism.Another new PDP member, 45-year old Duric Gavino, a barangay kagawad of Brgy. Poblacion, Prosperidad town of the province, also expressed support for a shift to a new form of government.Gavino added that he was thankful that President Duterte and the PDP are pushing for a shift to a federal form of government.“So, we thank the President. We support federalism.” he stressed.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Gov’t officials opposing federalism just need more info, says Pimentel

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III on Saturday said government officials against federalism would "need more information" on the proposed shift of government. He made this comment after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and other economic managers earlier told the Senate finance committee that federalism might damage the momentum of the country's economy. "Ang nakukuha ko naman sa sinasabi nila is they need more information. Kailangan lang nila ng karagdagang impormasyon," Pimentel, president of the ruling party pushing for federalism, told DWIZ. [What I'm getting from their remarks is they need more information. They just need more information.] READ: Economic managers cite r...Keep on reading: Gov’t officials opposing federalism just need more info, says Pimentel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Economic managers warn of federalism rush s fiscal risks

Two of the Philippines’ economic managers warned against rushing into the planned shift to a federal form of government, which some say could have negative implications for the country’s public finances......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Trillanes, Calida asked to comment on Senate probe of SolGen& apos;s family firm - INQUIRER.net

Trillanes, Calida asked to comment on Senate probe of SolGen's family firm - INQUIRER.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

De Lima ‘disappointed’ over senators’ rejection of IPU’s recommendations

"I view with disappointment the harsh reactions of my colleagues." This was Sen. Leila de Lima's reply to Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Panfilo Lacson's dismissal of the call of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) for the Senate to probe political persecutions in the country. The IPU's Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians asked the Senate to investigate the human rights violations of the Duterte administration against Senators De Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV. Lacson said the IPU must show respect for the country's legislative and judicial processes. READ: Palace, admin allies denounce IPU 'meddling' Meanwhile, Sotto questioned the IPU's request,...Keep on reading: De Lima ‘disappointed’ over senators’ rejection of IPU’s recommendations.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 24th, 2018

De Lima seeks Senate probe into Michael Yang’s alleged appointment

SENATOR Leila M. de Lima wants a Senate committee to look into the appointment of foreign nationals in public office after Chinese national Michael Yang identified himself as the President’s economic adviser......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

De Lima: Probe Michael Yang role in Duterte administration

  Senator Leila De Lima has questioned the appointment of a Chinese national in the Duterte administration and sought an investigation on the selection of foreign nationals to government posts.   The detained lawmaker filed Senate Resolution No. 922, urging inquiry on the appointment of Michael Yang or Yang Hong Ming, who identifies himself as President Rodrigo Duterte's economic adviser.   De Lima also wants to know through the investigation the extent of Yang's engagement in government, citing the likelihood of him having access to sensitive State information.   "The independence of the State from foreign control necessitates that the questi...Keep on reading: De Lima: Probe Michael Yang role in Duterte administration.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Ex-ConCom spokesman seeks Senate seat

President Rodrigo Duterte’s chosen spokesman for his Consultative Committee on the shift to federalism said on Tuesday that he would be seeking a seat at the Senate......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Go ready for Senate probe

Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go yesterday asked Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to start “as soon as possible” the Senate hearing on the alleged “billions of pesos” worth of projects that his family’s firms bagged in Davao City. “Kahit bukas agad pwede akong sumalang sa Senado, para naman… Source link link: Go ready for Senate probe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Fitch unit: Duterte allies likely to win Senate control

Next year’s mid-term elections could allow President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies to take control of the Senate and facilitate a shift to federalism, a Fitch unit said. This would also provide a boost to the policymaking process but at the same time weaken the country’s system of checks and balances, Fitch Fitch Solutions Macro Research said [...] The post Fitch unit: Duterte allies likely to win Senate control appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

NEDA pitches roadmap for federalism shift

  MANILA, Philippines – The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) made public the agency’s proposal on how to shift to a federal form of government. In a statement, NEDA proposed that the shift should be carried out in 5 phases spanning 15 years ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

NEDA: Federalism shift to cost P253B

Shifting to a federal form of government will incur additional public expenditures of as high as P253 billion during the first year of implementation, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has estimated. The bulk comprises incremental costs ranging from P156.693 billion to P243.502 billion, NEDA figures presented by Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon during an Economic [...] The post NEDA: Federalism shift to cost P253B appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

Economic managers to meet on economic impact of federal shift

ECONOMIC MANAGERS of President Rodrigo R. Duterte will meet this week to assess economic implications of the planned shift to a federal system of government in order to come up with a uniform position on this issue. The post Economic managers to meet on economic impact of federal shift appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

Duterte to sell federalism to cool senators

DESPITE the “dead in the water” comments on federalism in the Senate, Senator Aquilino Koko Pimentel III said that no less than President Duterte himself will appeal to members of the majority in the Senate to consider the proposed shift to a federal government. Pimentel maintained his optimism on the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

Not the right time for a federal shift

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno, head of President Duterte’s Consultative Committee (ConCom), appears to believe that political dynasties and the economic elite are behind the move opposing the ConCom’s draft constitution that calls for the shift of the present unitary system to Federalism. He, and presumably his commissioners, point to the entrenched political […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

SC urged: Stop Senate probe on Calida’s firm

Solicitor General Jose Calida and his family have asked the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order that would prevent the conduct of a legislative inquiry on their alleged conflict of interest stemming from the security service contracts between several government agencies and their family-owned Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Solgen asks SC to stop Senate probe into security agency

Solicitor General Jose Calida and his family have asked the Supreme Court for a halt order on a Senate inquiry into the alleged conflict of interest in his ownership of a security agency that has government contracts......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

More business groups back economic managers call to weigh cost of federalism

Several business groups joined the call of Philippine economic managers for fiscal prudence, more dialogues and a well-considered approach in the proposed shift to federalism......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

DU30 welcomes public inputs on Federalism shift

President Rodrigo Duterte “welcomes” inputs from all members of society including the business community, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said yesterday amid concerns of the economic impact of the shift to Federalism. Business groups on Sunday raised concerns on “ambiguous provisions” in the division of revenues and expenditures between the federal….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018