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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

A question of conscience

“A CLEAR conscience fears no accusation.” But in the case of the Iloilo capitol under Arthur Defensor Sr., stonewalling and runaround is the name of the game. More than two weeks after former provincial administrator Manuel Mejorada asked capitol executives to show proof that Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds that were distributed in the middle […] The post A question of conscience appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News16 hr. 53 min. ago

Taylor Swift wins big at AMAs and encourages fans to vote

Taylor Swift kicked off her week with a rare political post on social media, and at the American Music Awards she continued the conversation by encouraging fans to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. Swift won four honors including artist of the year at the fan-voted show on Tuesday in Los Angeles, beating out Drake, [...] The post Taylor Swift wins big at AMAs and encourages fans to vote appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Brazil far-right candidate gains women voters, despite sexist remarks

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA — Luzia Amaral took a long hard look at Brazil’s presidential candidates, and eventually settled on far-right Jair Bolsonaro, viewing him as the only option to prevent the return of the leftist Workers Party (PT) in this weekend’s vote. Amaral is part of a growing number of women who opinion polls show have […] The post Brazil far-right candidate gains women voters, despite sexist remarks appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Brawner: zero casualty in Marawi’s barangay polls

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Sept) — Except for a few fistfights and misunderstandings and a few arrests for vote-buying, “not a single person was killed” in Saturday’s barangay elections in Marawi City, Col. Romeo Brawner, Deputy Commander of the Joint Task Force Ranao, said. He described the elections as “a big leap towards genuine […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

Man arrested for vote-buying in Marawi special barangay polls

A team from the Lanao del Sur provincial police was also placed under restrictive custody for firing guns to disperse an unruly crowd......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

DILG asks 16 Cagayan, Cordillera mayors to explain absence

The Department of the Interior and Local Government has issued show cause orders to 16 mayors from Cagayan Valley and the Cordillera Administrative Region, seeking explanation for their absence in their respective jurisdictions at the height of the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong last week......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Palace hands-off on vote-buying probe

By Jason Faustino Presidential spokesman Harry Roque yesterday said it is up to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to probe or not lawmakers and local government officials accused of meddling in the recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections. Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Martin Diño has claimed that at least 100 congressmen and 1,000 local […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

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