Solon calls for scrapping of Mutual Defense Treaty in light of Spratlys dispute

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June 12, 2011

 

Reaction of Rep. Antonio Tinio to statement of United States Embassy press attaché Rebecca Thompson’s statement that “the US does not take sides in regional territorial disputes” —

“It’s deeply humiliating for Palace officials and Senators to repeatedly state in public that, if push comes to shove, the Philippine government expects the United States military to come to its aid in asserting our Spratlys claim versus China. Now a US Embassy spokesperson has shattered their long-held and deeply cherished illusions by flatly stating that the US will not involve itself in territorial disputes in the “South China Sea.” This statement makes it clear, once again, that there’s nothing “mutual” in the so-called Mutual Defense Treaty–the US will act in accordance with its own interests regardless of any delusions our ruling elite may have regarding “special friendship.” Continue reading “Solon calls for scrapping of Mutual Defense Treaty in light of Spratlys dispute”

Explanation of Vote against ARMM Election Postponement (HB 4146)

Explanation Of Vote Against House Bill 4146, An Act Providing For The Synchronization Of The Elections And The Term Of Office Of The Elective Officials Of The Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao (Armm) With Those Of The National And Other Local Officials, Amending For The Purpose Republic Act No. 9333, Entitled “An Act Fixing The Date For Regular Elections For Elective Officials Of The Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao”, And For Other Purposes

Rep. Antonio L. Tinio
ACT Teachers Party-List

ACT Teachers Party-List votes “no” to House Bill 4146 for the following reasons:

1. House Bill 4146 is offensive to the 1987 Constitution and the Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

First, the Constitution assures the people of ARMM local autonomy, by express provision in Section 2 of Article X and by the assurance of regular elections. But while proponents use the terms “resetting” or “synchronization” of elections, the bill will actually provide for the cancellation of elections scheduled in August 2011.

HB 4146, by providing for the appointment by Malacañang of “officers-in-charge” to take over the posts vacated by incumbent elected officials of ARMM whose terms shall have ended, does tremendous violence to the whole democratic process of election of officials to executive and legislative posts outlined and mandated in the ARMM Organic Act (R.A. 6734 as amended by R.A. 9054).

Furthermore, Article XVII of the ARMM Organic Act provides for the various ways by which amendments to said Act may be effected. Ultimately, ratification by the people in the ARMM through a plebiscite is required to make any amendment effective. Continue reading “Explanation of Vote against ARMM Election Postponement (HB 4146)”

Faculty unions endorse bill upgrading college professors’ salaries

Faculty associations and unions from various State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Luzon expressed their support for a bill upgrading the salaries of teaching personnel in public higher education institutions.

The Philippine National Confederation of Faculty Associations of SUCs (PNCFASUC)-Luzon endorsed House Bill 4523, filed by ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio, during its recently-concluded consultative training conference held in Subic, Zambales on May 2-4, 2011. Tinio held a dialogue with the faculty associations on the first day of the conference.

Fifty-three (53) delegates from 27 participating faculty unions and associations attended the conference. They came from SUCs in Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, La Union, Benguet, Kalinga, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bataan, Cavite, Rizal, Mindoro, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and the National Capital Region. The conference was led by PNCFASUC-Luzon President Evelyn Tria of Bataan Peninsula State University.

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May 9, 2011

Faculty associations and unions from various State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Luzon expressed their support for a bill upgrading the salaries of teaching personnel in public higher education institutions.

The Philippine National Confederation of Faculty Associations of SUCs (PNCFASUC)-Luzon endorsed House Bill 4523, filed by ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio, during its recently-concluded consultative training conference held in Subic, Zambales on May 2-4, 2011. Tinio held a dialogue with the faculty associations on the first day of the conference.

Fifty-three (53) delegates from 27 participating faculty unions and associations attended the conference. They came from SUCs in Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, La Union, Benguet, Kalinga, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bataan, Cavite, Rizal, Mindoro, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and the National Capital Region. The conference was led by PNCFASUC-Luzon President Evelyn Tria of Bataan Peninsula State University. Continue reading “Faculty unions endorse bill upgrading college professors’ salaries”