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Show proof of vote buying, DILG pressed

The ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) will investigate its members who committed electioneering and other violations of the election law during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls on Monday. But the party president, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) must provide evidence against the officials. "If the DILG gives us the evidence, [we will investigate]. We have no feedback as of now," Pimentel told reporters on Tuesday. Opposition lawmakers in the House of Representatives also challenged the DILG to substantiate the claim of Undersecretary Martin Dio that congressmen...Keep on reading: Show proof of vote buying, DILG pressed.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMay 16th, 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

PNP, Comelec seek proof of vote-buying

ONLY eight cases of alleged vote-buying were reported to police in Western Visayas amid numerous claims circulating in the mainstream and social media. These incidents are now under investigation by the Commission on Elections 6 (Comelec-6) and the PNP. Superintendent Joem Malong, Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) spokesperson, said not one person was caught in […] The post PNP, Comelec seek proof of vote-buying appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Concepcion mayor dares DILG to prove illegal drugs insinuation

CLARK FREEPORT – Mayor Andres Lacson of Concepcion, in Tarlac, on Friday challenged the Department of Interior and Local Government, specifically the National Police Commission, to show persuasive proof that he is into illegal drugs trade, as he vowed to step down once this is proven. The names of Lacson and Camiling, Tarlac mayor Erlon […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

Game-changing imports who raised the bar in the PBA

Imports are considered not only crowd drawers that invite national attention to the PBA. They are also game changers who raised the bar of play in the pioneering Asian pro cage league, with their incredible skills, breathtaking court wizardry, huge scoring might, and of course fantastic flights of fancy. Through the years, we’ve anticipated only the best from them, and definitely there are a few of them who really made their mark with their names etched in the annals of the league. One of them is Ginebra import Justin Brownlee, who bagged the PBA Best Import Award recently. Not flashy or flamboyant, Brownlee just gets the job done, leading Ginebra to the 2016 and 2017 Governors Cup, and just recently the 2018 Commissioners Cup. Aside from Brownlee, who were the other imports in PBA history that made a huge impact in the league and in the consciousness of this basketball-crazy nation? Here are some of the greatest imports ever to play in the country. 1. Cyrus Mann Cyrus Mann is remembered as one of the first prolific imports that played in the PBA, donning the Crispa Redmanizers jersey during its Grand Slam year in 1976 up to 1979. He provided that imposing presence in the paint with his 6’10” frame and was a monster off the boards, including those killer moves in the paint scoring at will against opponents. 2. Byron “Snake” Jones Memorable for his versatility and workhorse attitude, Byron “Snake” Jones was a journeyman, playing for three different teams in the PBA and leading two of them to championships. He played for the Toyota Comets in the PBA’s maiden season and won the First and Second Conference crowns and then went on to play for the U-Tex Wranglers and help them in bagging their first-ever title in the PBA Open Conference in 1978. He would then end his PBA journey with the Crispa Redmanizers in 1981. 3. Andy Fields Considered the first “resident import” in the league, Andy Fields has been called back frequently to play for his lone PBA team Toyota in his entire stint in the PBA. A feared shotblocker, midrange shooter, and rebounder, Fields led Toyota to three PBA championships, including the 1979 Invitationals, 1981 and 1982 Open Conference titles. 4. Norman Black Norman Black is simply called the import that gives his all in each game, one who was frequently labeled as “Mr. 100%.” He started his PBA career with the Teflin Polyesters in 1981, then began his connection with the San Miguel franchise in 1982 as its main workhorse and scorer, who would guide the Beermen to its second franchise title in the Invitationals the same year. He would then serve as import for Great Taste the next year, played again for the SMC franchise in 1985 under Magnolia Quench Plus, then suited briefly for Alaska in 1986. After returning to San Miguel in 1987, Black would then become a playing coach and eventually a coach who engineered its first Grand Slam in 1989. 5. Billy Ray Bates Billy Ray Bates is considered by many as the “best ever” who would fascinate everyone with monster dunks from the charity stripe years before Michael Jordan. Not only would he run rings around defenders, Bates would soar up, up away to score, and score without letup, hence the title “The Black Superman.” His debut stint with Crispa in its second Grand Slam year in 1983 was astounding and remarkable, as his unstoppable incursions, aerial shows, and powerful slams made him unforgettable to this day. Three years later, he would bring his greatness to Ginebra San Miguel and bag the 1986 Open Conference crown, which was the then-Palanca franchise’s first title. 6. Michael Hackett Loyal and dedicated, Michael Hackett is the gentle giant opponents feared. He is considered one of the most dominant forces in PBA history, who would just power his way through defenders at the paint and score at will. Playing for Ginebra San Miguel, Hackett is best remembered for being the first PBA player to score over a hundred points, 103 points to be exact, in a match against Great Taste in the 1985 Open Conference, wherein he won Best Import honors. In the next year, Hackett and fellow import great Billy Ray Bates collaborated to lead Ginebra to the 1986 Open Conference title.   7. Bobby Parks For most coaches, the late Bobby Parks was seen as the greatest not only due to the fact that he is the most decorated with seven Best Import awards, but also being the most hard working and coachable import ever. A gallant scoring machine yet a silent operator, Parks showed a wide variety of moves in his lane incursions in his prime that would leave defenders helpless, ending in mind-boggling baskets. Apart from his individual skills, Parks really completes his mission, giving championships to San Miguel Beer in the 1987 Reinforced Conference, and then Shell as its resident import with two titles, the 1990 and 1992 First Conference plums.      8. Tony Harris He might not be that much of an obedient trooper, but Tony Harris and his brand of play was simply breathtaking. As Coach Yeng Guiao decided during his time as coach of the Swift Mighty Meaties that they must let him be and ordered his court lieutenants to just pass the ball to him and make him simply wield his magic. And he did leave everyone in awe with his speed, agility, and power to score over all defenders thrown at him, hence the monicker “The Hurricane.” Proof of his incredible abilities is scoring 105 points, the single game scoring record that holds to this day, against Ginebra in the 1992 Reinforced Conference, wherein he would single-handedly cop the title for Swift. 9. Sean Chambers You could be charmed by his beaming smile when you meet him off the court, but when you meet him on-court, prepare for the worst beating. Though he’s not the heavy scorer type of an import PBA fans are accustomed to, Alaska’s “resident import” shows his class and might as a team player. He worked for the Milkmen in 13 seasons, giving them titles 6 times, yet only won the Best Import plum once—in the Reinforced Conference of Alaska’s Grand Slam year in 1996. The memory of what these imports brought to the league continues to delight true PBA fans through the years. And we see their legacy in such players as Justin Brownlee, who continue to show the example, the standard for other foreign players setting foot in the country to follow.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Cayetano urged to show proof of diplomatic protest vs China

Vice President Leni Robredo's camp has challenged Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to release the "50 to 100 diplomatic protests" he claimed the government has filed against China in the last two years. "Kung gusto talaga ni Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano na magkaroon ang publiko ng "tamang impormasyon" tungkol sa panghihimasok ng Tsina sa West Philippine Sea, simulan niya sa paglabas ng "50 to 100 diplomatic protests" na sinampa daw ng DFA laban sa Tsina," Robredo spokesperson Atty. Barry Gutierrez said in a statement on Tuesday. (If Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano wants the public to have the correct information on China's actions in the West Philippine Sea, he will re...Keep on reading: Cayetano urged to show proof of diplomatic protest vs China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

‘Coup’ steals SONA show

Majority of House members vote to replace Alvarez with ex-President Macapagal-Arroyo, row delays Duterte SONA TEN minutes before the traditional 4 o’clock State of the Nation Address (SONA), solons seated former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as Speaker of the House. About 182 members of the House of Representatives….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

PBA: Balkman inspired SMB to this Finals appearance

San Miguel is yet again in the Finals, this time in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. While the Beermen were heavily favored to do so even before the conference began, their spot in the championship round was far from a sure thing – especially after they lost three games in a row early on. “We’re very thankful dahil we were able to catch up at the right time,” head coach Leo Austria said on Sunday, just minutes after he and his boys finished off Alaska, 3-1, in the best-of-five semifinals series. “At 0-3, everybody was so scared and talagang worried about our situation.” The defending champions dropped all of their games up against Meralco, Rain or Shine, and Alaska to start the conference. As it turns out, however, they were merely missing the right reinforcement. Enter Renaldo Balkman, the franchise’s prodigal son, who took over for Troy Gillenwater, ineffective and uninspiring in the first two games. “It (just to happened) na we changed our import and the players started to become inspired because of what he showed in the first game against Alaska,” coach Leo said. In his first game, Balkman had 32 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, and three steals, but still saw San Miguel lose, 105-103. Nonetheless, that immediate impact was more than enough proof for the rest of the Beermen that they have found their missing piece. “Kahit natalo kami, the players, the locals, if they see na there’s somebody who could help the team, everybody will try to do their best to help,” their always amiable mentor said. From there, they have gone on an 11-3 tear en route to a second straight Finals appearance in the Commissioner’s Cup. The Puerto Rican reinforcement is only relishing another shot at a title – just months after winning the Asean Basketball League championship. “I’m really blessed, man. I just won one and to try to come back and win another one right now, that’s my goal,” he said. Along with that, he wants nothing more than to keep proving his worth. “Until now, I wanna show I still got it and I (can) keep playing. I got a lot left in my tank,” he shared. He then continued, “Age is nothing but a number, believe that.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Duterte: Show me proof God exists, I’ll resign

Show me your selfie with God and I will resign immediately......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Duterte: Show me proof that God exists and I’ll resign

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday vowed to immediately resign if Christians can prove that their God exists......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Duterte: Show me proof that God exists and I& apos;ll resign - Philippine Star

Duterte: Show me proof that God exists and I'll resign - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Tacloban’s ‘ALNO

Insights.xlr8 At 83, Sevillano T. Baldesco Jr. is a superhero out to make the world a better place. He tackles varied issues – from the mundane to the momentous – affecting Filipinos especially in Leyte. From vote-buying and PUV routes, to erecting a grandiose statue of Christ similar to that….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Houston s Harden wins NBA MVP over James and Davis

By Beth Harris, Associated Press SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — James Harden of the Houston Rockets was voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, beating out four-time winner LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans at the NBA Awards on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Harden joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals in a season. He led the league in scoring, three-pointers and 50-point games with four while helping the Rockets to an NBA-leading 65 wins. James didn’t attend the show in Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport amid speculation about his future. He has until Friday (Saturday, PHL time) to tell the Cavaliers if he will pick up his $35.6 million option for next season or opt for free agency. Harden, who is from Los Angeles, led his mother on stage before he accepted the trophy from Commissioner Adam Silver. “I’m not going to get emotional,” he said from behind dark sunglasses. “She’s my backbone in good times and bad times.” Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers won Rookie of the Year. The guard averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, joining Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only rookies to post those numbers in a season. Simmons helped Philadelphia to a 52-30 record, including ending the season with a 16-game winning streak. He beat out finalists Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Jayson Tatum of Boston. Guard Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers earned Most Improved Player. He averaged 23.1 points in his first season with the Pacers while nabbing his first All-Star berth. He also led the league in steals for the first time. The Defensive Player of the Year went to center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz. He was the leading vote-getter for the league’s All-Defensive first team while anchoring a Jazz defense that ranked second in the NBA in defensive rating. Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers took Sixth Man honors. The guard became the first player to average at least 20 points for the first time in his 13th season or later. He led the league in fourth-quarter points and scoring average. Williams kissed his two young daughters on his way to the stage after becoming the Clippers’ third winner in the last five years. Dwane Casey was chosen Coach of the Year for his work with the Toronto Raptors, who fired him last month. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons. “Can’t look in the rear view mirror,” Casey said backstage. “Winston Churchill said success is measured by failure, failure, and then come back with enthusiasm, and that’s what I’ve done.” Casey led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time in franchise history after winning a team-record 59 games. Casey coached the East in the All-Star Game for the first time. Casey won over Quin Snyder of Utah and Brad Stevens of Boston. Robertson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from presenters Charles Barkley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. After Barkley mentioned last year’s recipient Bill Russell, Boston’s Hall of Fame center flipped his middle finger in Barkley’s direction. Robertson is the career leader in triple-doubles and was the first player to average one for a season. His antitrust case against the NBA also ushered in free agency for players, which Robertson said was his most important assist. Backstage, Robertson commended the activism of today’s players, although he wondered why more white athletes aren’t speaking out. “The only thing that really bothers me is where are the white athletes when this is happening?” he said. “This is not a black athlete problem. You see injustice in the world. It’s all around.” Robertson went on to say he hopes “the whites and the blacks get together, even with the football,” a reference to NFL players who have taken a knee or sat in silence during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

DILG urges barangay captains to vote for reform-oriented Liga ng mga Barangay leaders

DILG urges barangay captains to vote for reform-oriented Liga ng mga Barangay leaders.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolstandardRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

3x3WC: Standhardinger after early World Cup exit: 'I honestly felt that we were better'

BOCAUE, Bulacan --- While the last win against Russia was nice, Christian Standhardinger couldn't help but feel a little frustrated with the way Gilas Pilipinas fared in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup. After Monday's games, the Philippines just missed a spot in the quarterfinals, failing to advance after being one game short. Gilas finished with a 2-2 record in Pool C and the two teams that moved on were Canada (4-0) and Mongolia (3-1). Canada and Mongolia were the two teams that beat Gilas Pilipinas by a combined five points. And Standhardinger, regardless of the Philippines' seeding heading into the tournament, feels like his team was the better one compared to the two that actually advanced. "I think it’s a little bitter for me, it’s bitter. I’m happy that we won two games, but we should’ve won against Canada, and we should’ve won against Mongolia," Standhardinger said. "I felt like when you play the game you feel better or not better. I honestly felt that we were better but it was just the lack of experience and that’s why we didn’t win those games," he added. With less than a month of preparation, Gilas Pilipinas sure proved that they can compete with the best of them in the 3x3 game. Proof is the fact that the Philippines' two wins came at the expense of no. 3 Russia and no. 6 Brazil. Gilas was seeded 19th out of 20 teams in the World Cup. "As frustrating as how the loss against Mongolia is, let’s put it into perspective. If we beat the [6th]-ranked team in the world, which was against Brazil, I hope I’m not wrong, and we beat the 3rd-ranked team in the world and this is our first tournament. if this is not clear for everybody, how much promise we have as a team for the next tournaments, with more practices under our belt. We only had 11 practices," Standhardinger said. "It’s obvious to see how much promise there is practicing 11 times and competing unexperienced, we beat the number [6] ranked team in the world, beating the number 3 in the world by a high margin and Brazil could’ve been even higher. I’m just excited and pumped for the future to be honest with you as frustrating it is to have lost those two games, to not be able to show the Filipino fans the four victories in a row," he added. With all that promise, Standhardinger hopes that this current Gilas 3x3 team can stay together and continue playing. "Now that we have those experiences, I obviously hope that we stay together and we can make some history with these 3x3 games," he said. "I don’t know what else to say. Of course we’ll try to do our all but I hope that all of the organizations involved will give us the opportunity to stick together and I think we showed great promise. You saw what this guy [Roger Pogoy] did with the two-pointers. Amazing. He’s made for this physicality, he’s made for 3x3, Troy is made for 3x3 and nobody can stop Stanley. So i think we have a great team," Standhardinger added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Haven’t read a book lately? Blame Netflix, says study

Are you all caught up on your favorite Netflix show, but that novel on your nightstand is gathering dust? You're far from alone, according to a German study released Thursday decrying a "dramatic" decline in book readership as more time is spent online. The number of people buying books in Germany plummeted by nearly 18 percent between 2013 and 2017, the study commissioned by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association found. The drop was even steeper at 24 to 37 percent among those aged 20 to 50--- the same age group that now spends more than three hours a day on the internet. "There's growing social pressure to constantly react and be tuned in so you don...Keep on reading: Haven’t read a book lately? Blame Netflix, says study.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

CJ’s psych test result of 4 grade confirmed, rules call for her disqualification

Finally, after previous newspaper reports stated that then candidate for the position of Supreme Court chief justice, Lourdes Sereno, then a junior associate justice, obtained a low grade of 4, the second lowest grade, with 1 as the highest and five the lowest. This low grade was the result of her psycological and psychiatric tests, a prerequisite of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for every candidate for judiciary posts.These reports have finally been confirmed by a former clerk of court in the Supreme Court Wednesday admitted before the House committee on justice that Chief Justice Sereno obtained the second lowest grade in her psychological test, which under the JBC rules, she should have been disqualified for the top position in the High Court.It has not been explained by the JBC why, despite her low marks and disqualification for the post, Sereno’s name landed in the JBC list that was submitted by then President Benigo Aquino.Aquino also appointed Sereno first from a JBC list, despite her having no bench experience.Aquino did not pick any of the senior SC justices for the top post. Instead, he picked Sereno, then already a junior associate justice who would serve in the SC for at least 20 years.It was speculated then that President Aquino wanted Sereno as Chief Justice, for him to be protected by the incumbent justice.Sereno’s voting record in the SC mainly favored Aquino’s cases while he was president.Lately, her vote still favors Aquino, although hers is always a minority vote.Vidal almost failed to testifyFormer SC clerk of court Vidal almost failed to testify as the hearing dragged until late Wednesday night.It was only after Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte called the attention of the panel chair that Vidal had not yet been asked any questions.At that point, panel chair, Mindoro Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali asked Vidal regarding the results of Sereno’s psychological test.Although pointing to Sereno as having received the second lowest grade, Vidal, who was also the ex-offico secretary of the JBC at that time being the SC clerk of court then, said there were others who also got ratings of 4.She however said she could no longer recall their identities.This only means that no other candidate for the High Court’s top post made it to the JBC list submitted to Aquino save for Sereno.It will be recalled that the JBC refused to provide the justice panel with the results of the psychological and psychiatric tests of Sereno. Impeachment complainant lawyer Larry Gadon said Vidal’s testimony was a big boost to his case against Sereno as the JBC had earlier rejected his request for copies of psych exam report of the chief justice, citing confidentiality of records under its rules.In his complaint, lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon said Sereno failed the psychological exam administered by the JBC and under the existing JBC policy, ‘an applicant to any position in the judiciary with a grade of 4 is unfit for the job,’” his complaint stated.There quickly went Sereno’s defense, with the usual claim that such does not constitute an impeachable offense.Everything to Sereno and her defense team is not an impeachable offense, whether she failed to file her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALNs) for 17 years or whether she hired an IT consultant with at first a P100,000 a month negotiated contract, after which, Sereno’s consultant had her pay increased which meant revisions in the contract which pay went on without passing through the usual route.Macasaet’s fees had increased from P100,000 per month during her first six-month contract to over P252,000 per month after it was renewed.The head of the SC’s Management Information Systems Office testified that the continued renewal of the contract of the IT consultant hired by Sereno raised a red flag.IT consultant Helen Macasaet’s six-month contract was renewed for over four years, which enabled her to earn roughly P11 million in total.The point in all this establishes that indeed, Sereno is unfit for the job of chief justice, as she has been found to be breaking too many rules and does things without the nod of the other justices.Sereno claims that all the charges raised by Gadon are not impeachable offenses. A reported psychologically unfit Chief Justice is to be retained in her post and for the next 15 to 20 years or so.The two doctors will be attending the next session.At the same time, Gadon lauded the House panel’s directive to the BIR to probe on Sereno’s possible tax liabilities. “The action of the Justice committee directing the BIR to investigate the tax payments and tax compliance of Sereno is living proof of the principle that the law should apply to all , even to the highest magistrate of the land,” said Gadon.Gadon also cited the case of Sereno’s IT consultant whose contract was renewed without bidding despite changes in the terms of reference and increase of the amount of more than double the original contract. “It turned out also that the legal staff of Sereno had the whim and caprices of determining the amount of the increase and the renewals in violation of procurement laws,” Gadon said.“Worse these violations and anomalies were done with the express approval of Sereno,” he stressed.“Even worse , it turned out that the IT consultant was allowed to work at some point without the contract having been signed yet!” the lawyer said.Gadon stressed that Sereno had violated all known procedures of procurement. The head of the SC’s Management Information Systems Office testified that the continued renewal of the contract of the IT consultant hired by Sereno raised a red flag.IT consultant Macasaet’s six-month contract was renewed for over four years, which enabled her to earn roughly P11 million in total......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Restaurant Row (05/31/18)

Discount at Dusit Thani FROM JUNE 1 to 30, get a discount as much as your age when you dine at The Pantry. Just show proof of age and avail of your discount on the total bill amount up to a maximum of 50%. Note that senior citizens are entitled to VAT exemption on top of the discount; that when dining in a group, the highest discount will apply but will not exceed 50%; and the promo is available Mondays through Sundays and includes Sunday brunch. The post Restaurant Row (05/31/18) appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Solon accused of vote buying wants Diño summoned - Inquirer.net

Solon accused of vote buying wants Diño summoned - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Solon: Identify vote-buyers in bgy, SK polls

A HOUSE leader has sought to summon Interior Undersecretary Martin Diño in a congressional hearing to identify the 100 congressmen whom he accused of vote-buying and other election-related offenses during the last barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. In a privilege speech, Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu questioned….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Smokey Robinson woos Congress for music law reform

Singers, songwriters and engineers whose lifelong devotion to music has not always been adequately rewarded got a boost Tuesday when Motown icon Smokey Robinson pressed their case to Congress for greater copyright protection. The United States Senate is mulling a sweeping overhaul of music copyright law that would reform the way songwriters and musicians get compensated for their work in the digital age, as streaming services have supplanted traditional ways of buying and listening to music. The Music Modernization Act (MMA) unanimously passed the House of Representatives last month, giving it momentum, and rare consensus in bitterly divided Washington, as it heads to the Senat...Keep on reading: Smokey Robinson woos Congress for music law reform.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018