[ 15 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]

Tweet News Release August 15, 2014 Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (0920-9220817)   Legislator questions proposed P6,000 budget for 441 employees of National Printing Office ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio has questioned Malacañang’s proposal to provide a mere P6,000 annual budget for the 441 employees of the National Printing Office (NPO). At yesterday’s House Committee on Appropriations hearing on the proposed 2015 budget of the Presidential Communication Operations Office and it’s attached agencies, Tinio pointed out that the National Printing Office will have a staff of 441 personnel in 2015. “These are all regular national government …

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[ 29 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]

“We decided to walk out of the fifth SONA of President Aquino because we know that he would just utter lies to further defend the unconstitutional and illegal DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) as well as again try to fool the Filipino people…We have had enough of his promises and lies.  It is now time to impeach the president who has further pushed our countrymen into increasing poverty.”  -Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan

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Wonder where public funds for salary increases went?  Most of the DAP are from funds supposedly for salaries and benefits of government employees most of whom are public school teachers and non-teaching personnel, which the Aquino administration later dispensed for its allies in the form or bribes and pet projects.

Wonder where public funds for salary increases went? Most of the DAP are from funds supposedly for salaries and benefits of government employees most of whom are public school teachers and non-teaching personnel, which the Aquino administration later dispensed for its allies in the form or bribes and pet projects.

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Makabayan Congressmen and Congresswomen join the protests at Commonwealth Avenue.  The true state of the nation: inadequate salaries and benefits, deprivation of social services, high prices of basic commodities.

 

 

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[ 15 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
PRESS STATEMENT
14 July 2014
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (0920-9220817) 
ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on President Aquino’s nationally-televised speech in defense of DAP

This is the height of President Aquino’s hubris.  The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that he usurped the Congressional power of the purse through the DAP.  In so publicly and brazenly repudiating the key arguments of the ruling, he seems intent on usurping the Supreme Court’s exclusive role as final arbiter on matters of law as well.  President Aquino’s defiance of the Supreme Court constitutes nothing less than what the Constitution refers to as betrayal of public trust, specifically a tyrannical abuse of power, a clear ground for impeachment.

Ironically, the son and heir of the icons of the anti-dictatorship struggle, Ninoy and Cory, is acting like a full-fledged tyrant, having been found to have usurped Congressional power and now challenging the authority of the Supreme Court.

These actions make him unfit to continue in office.  #

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[ 4 Jun 2014 | No Comment ]

The true abandonment

The Philippine Daily Inquirer 4 June 2014 Editorial

(Read full editorial here: http://opinion.inquirer.net/75280/the-true-abandonment)

‘It seemed that in the DepEd’s view, taking to the streets to call for an increase in pay was tantamount to neglecting the millions of schoolchildren nationwide.  “Let us draw the line at abandoning our children,” it intoned.  “As educators and civil servants, let us always keep the interests of our learners in mind.”

‘That is an unfortunate, if not insulting, statement.  Teachers, especially the public-school variety, are among the most patient, docile people around.  They toil in the most parsimonious conditions, their classrooms, school supplies and general campus facilities the perennial poor relations of vastly better-funded private schools.  They are obliged to manage classes whose volumes are beyond the viable norm, yet they soldier on.  During elections they do double-duty as vote-counters—a perilous task that puts them in the crosshairs of violent competition among political factions—and even have to wait to be compensated for it.

‘And, since 2009, their entry-level pay has been pegged at P18,549—lower even than what fresh graduates initially get in the call-center industry.  That last salary adjustment five years ago raised the teachers’ pay by P6,523, but here’s the cruel catch: It wasn’t given in one go, but in four tranches over four years, from 2009 to 2012.  The adjustment mandated by law as due the public school teachers took years to implement, and the paltry sum still had to be broken down into nearly negligible installments.

‘Which other profession is subjected to indignities like this?  Perhaps other government employees endure the same excruciatingly slow improvements in work benefits, but as opposed to, say, clerks in a mayor’s office, teachers surely deserve greater attention because of the unique work they do:  Their wellbeing translates directly to the wellbeing of the children under their care.  They can’t teach kids properly without proper training on their own, or adequate school facilities, or enough remuneration to sustain them in mind and body.  Certainly they can’t be expected to be motivated to do their jobs well, never mind excel, if their pay remains shockingly low.

How much wage increase are the teachers seeking this time? From P18,549 to P25,000.  Is that too high a figure for such a consequential job as teaching the hope of the motherland? The 1991 Congressional Commission on Education pegged the minimum monthly salary that teachers should be receiving at even a higher figure—P28,000.

‘Malacañang’s response to the teachers’ petition for a pay increase is quite hard to take.  “There was no fund identified as source of the salary hike they are waiting for,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.  The same administration that coughed up billions of pesos under a curious mechanism called the Disbursement Acceleration Program now pleads penury when it comes to sparing a few million pesos for the welfare of some 550,000 hard-up public school teachers across the country.’

 

May pera sa pork at korupsyon, pero wala sa edukasyon!

Increase salaries of public school teachers and non-teaching personnel!  P25,000 minimum monthly salary for teachers, P15,000 for non-teaching personnel!

ENACT HOUSE BILL 245 NOW!

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[ 16 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE

15 November 2013

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

 

Nine years after the Luisita massacre

PNoy still denies justice, land to tillers while overpaying kin

 

Aanhin pa ang lupaing hacienda kung pinatay ko na ang magsasaka?—With nine years after the Hacienda Luisita massacre, it appears that President Benigno Aquino, whose family owns the 6,435-hectare plantation, holds on to this variation of a Filipino saying.

ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio noted that the Cojuangco-Aquino clan continues to deny justice from the martyrs of the Hacienda Luisita massacre even as it denies the land’s distribution to its tillers, its rightful owners, refusing them their source of income and even their lives.

Tinio said the farmers cannot exercise actual and effective ownership, citing reports of heavy presence of armed guards and military under the clan’s control, who gave eviction letters to hundreds of beneficiaries, and continue to cordon off areas long worked on by farmers, harass them, prevent them from planting rice and vegetables, and even occupy several huts.

This belies the recent proud announcement of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) that it has completed the hacienda’s distribution in all 10 barangays covering the estate.

Tinio also cited the killing of Dennis dela Cruz, a member of Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (AMBALA), who was found dead from blows to the head inside the group’s farm hut last November 3.  Days prior to the murder, he was repeatedly threatened by TADECO guards to leave the hut.

“Wala pa ring hustisya para sa mga martir ng Luisita,” said Tinio.  “Magsasampung taon na matapos patayin sila at dahasin ang kanilang mga pamilya at kasama ay di pa rin ginagawad ang lupang matagal nang dapat ay sa kanila.”

“Sa bawat araw na itinatanggi ang lupa sa mga manggagawang-bukid ay nagpapatuloy ang pagpatay ng angkan ng presidente sa mga tunay na may-ari ng asyenda.”

Tinio added that his administration further benefitted his clan when his DAR overpaid Hacienda Luisita Incorporated P167.47 million as interest, representing the value of matured Land Bank bonds from 1989 to 1999.

Tinio filed House Resolution 466 to probe the overpayment, saying it has no legal basis since compensation has no bond component if landowner is paid fully in cash, and is grossly disadvantageous to taxpayers.

Said the Resolution, “the overpayment by DAR further aggravates the injustice against the farmers who have been deprived of ownership of Hacienda Luisita lands for decades.  They have been impoverished, exploited and oppressed while the Cojuangcos enjoyed the economic benefits accruing from their unlawful retention of ownership and control of Hacienda Luisita.”

The overpayment is another proof that public funds continue to enrich private entities under Aquino’s administration, said Tinio.  “Ang pagbibigay niya sa kanyang angkan ng P167.47 milyon mula sa pera ng mamamayan ay walang pinagkaiba sa paghugot niya ng bilyones mula sa pondo ng serbisyo-publiko para sa kanyang DAP, o sa P10 bilyong PDAF scam ni Napoles at mga kakutsaba nito.”

Along with the free and immediate distribution of the hacienda, justice for Luisita’s martyrs demands that Aquino order a refund of the overpayment, Tinio added.

“Ang panawagan ng mamamayan ukol sa pork ay ang pagbabalik sa pampublikong kaban ng mga perang kinulimbat para sa pampribadong interes at panagutin ang mga nagpakasasa sa pera ng bayan.  Hindi ligtas ang pangulo sa panawagang ito, lalo na sa usapin ng hasyenda ng kanyang pamilya.”

“Kung niya tutuparin ang mga panawagang ito karapat-dapat din sa kanya ang taguring ‘presidente ng mga asendero’ bukod sa ‘pork barrel king’.

On November 16, 2004, the Cojuangco-Aquino clan, through the Tarlac police and military, riddled with bullets a picket protesting its retrenchment of 327 farm workers, including union officers, killing seven and injuring 121 others, 32 from gunshot wounds. ###