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14 March 2014
Reference:  ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio joined teachers and non-teaching personnel in basic and higher education in a march from Morayta to Mendiola to demand higher salaries for workers in the education sector.  The protest action coincides with the budget preparation phase, during which DepEd and CHED along with the other agencies draft their proposed 2015 budgets.

The education workers demand for a minimum monthly salaries of P25,000 for teachers in basic education, P26,878 (Salary Grade 16) for faculty in SUCs, and an additional P6,000 …

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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. ###

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“Dapat alisin na ang pork barrel dahil pati ang basic social services ay nakabatay sa patronage, sa pagpanig ng isang tao sa isang pulitiko. Ang karapatan ng bawat Pilipino sa kalusugan, edukasyon, at iba pa ay napupulitika.”

Created through a DBM circular, the DAP is formed from funds withheld and then declared as savings to be used for projects and programs (some not included in the budget) pursuant to the discretion of the President.

“Pinapakita ng DAP na kaya ng Presidente na makalikha ng malaking pork mula sa regular budget at ipamudmod ito sa mga kaalyado niya. Biktima ang mga pasyente, ang buong taumbayan, sa sistemang ito ng pagkakamal ng pondo ng bayan para kumita at manatili sa kapangyarihan.”

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MANILA, Philippines — The proposed P2.268-trillion 2014 national budget has no provision to increase the salaries of government employees because this would “entail huge money.”

Nevertheless, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said the government would still study the impact of a pay raise to the country’s coffers.

“Provisions for increases in salary of government workers are not provided. We need to assess, study what has been the impact (of wage hikes) and determine if another round is needed because it would entail huge money,” Abad told lawmakers Wednesday at the start of the budget hearing at the House of Representatives.

Responding to questions from ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio, Abad said personnel services, which include state employees’ salary, already constitute a huge chunk of the budget.

Pressing his point, Tinio pointed to a study by the National Economic Development Authority on the impact of the Salary Standardization Law, which found it good for the economy because it lowered unemployment, generated new jobs and increased the consumption power of people, among others.

Earlier, Camarines Sur Representative Rolando Andaya Jr. proposed the enactment of the “Salary Standardization Law IV” to allow the government to project and determine future wage increases.

Andaya said the study can be done by the House appropriations committee, which can look into the “forward estimate of government finances in the next three to five years, so we will be able to know if there is a budget space for future salary adjustments.”

The first version of the SSL was enacted in 1989, the second in 1994, and SSL III in 2009.

The fourth and the last installment of SSL III was given to government employees in 2012.

This year will be the first year since 2006 that state employees will not get any pay hike.

In 2006, state workers were granted a P1,000 across-the-board wage increase, followed by a 10-percent increase in 2007 and 2008, before the four-installment SSL III took effect on July 2009.

The Department of Budget and Management estimated in 2008 that the full implementation of SSL III would cost P128 billion a year, Andaya said

 

Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/68127/no-wage-hike-for-govt-workers-in-proposed-2014-budget

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The alleged pork barrel scam on Wednesday cast a dark cloud over the House of Representatives, which began deliberations on the proposed P2.268-trillion national budget for next year.

Caught in the eye of the storm was Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, who walked members of the committee on appropriations through highlights of the administration’s new “performance-informed budget.”

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio confronted Abad over the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in the proposed national budget, including a purported P400-million “pork barrel” for the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda). The pork barrel is officially called PDAF.

During the budget hearing, Tinio asked Abad if the administration was in favor of keeping or abolishing the pork barrel, saying “retaining PDAF at this point would be incompatible with (the administration’s) daang matuwid (straight path).”

Abad later turned the tables on the militant congressman and told the committee: “Ultimately, the decision on whether or not to abolish or continue on with the PDAF rests with you, with the House of Representatives. So, I think it’s better for us to await the wisdom of this chamber and proceed accordingly, Mr. Chairman.”

Taking his cue from Aquino, Abad added: “The President, he feels that the greater majority of legislators, who have been using their PDAF rather prudently and well, should not be punished for the possible infraction committed by some.”

Tinio also questioned an alleged pork barrel allocation for Neda, which was included in the proposed national budget under “special purpose funds.”

Turning to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, he said: “Congratulations, Mr. Balisacan. You now have a P400-million pork barrel.”

Balisacan’s face registered no reaction, but he later explained that the amount was intended for “feasibility studies” to be presented to “different funding agencies.”

Abad told reporters it was “unfair” to label the allocation as pork barrel, noting that the government was unable “to put together feasibility studies that can guide and implement those big projects.”

The head of the appropriations committee, Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab, was earlier implicated in the alleged pork barrel scam. But he maintained that the allegation would not affect his committee’s deliberations on the budget.

“My conscience is clear and I know not a single centavo was lost. All projects were implemented. I’ll present [all documents] in the proper forum,” Ungab told reporters during a break in the budget presentation.

“[The PDAF scandal] looms over the discussion and people are awaiting the results of the investigation. Subsequent to that, the executive, through the President, as well as Congress will take action [based on] those findings,” Abad said in a separate interview.

Five senators and 23 members of the House have been reported to have funneled P10 billion of their PDAF in 10 years to a network of bogus nongovernment organizations reportedly set up by Janet Lim-Napoles. The National Bureau of Investigation is looking into the alleged scam in which lawmakers reportedly pocketed up to 60 percent of the public funds.

Aquino’s pork barrel

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares called attention to President Aquino’s own pork barrel, citing a Department of Budget Management (DBM) circular that supposedly allowed Malacañang to “realign” unspent PDAF for projects, including those “not even considered in the (national) budget.”

“The other issue here is why focus on Congress? There is a presidential pork barrel,” Colmenares said in a press conference.

Colmenares and other members of the militant Makabayan bloc earlier filed a measure seeking to abolish the entire pork barrel system. Stung by criticism for accepting PDAF allocations in the past, the bloc promised not to touch its pork barrel this year.

Based on DBM documents, five former and current Makabayan members of the House received at least P481 million in combined PDAF since Aquino took office in 2010.

Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/461037/lawmakers-grill-abad-on-pork-in-budget#ixzz2bMdttp4u