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[ 25 Aug 2016 | No Comment ]

NEWS RELEASE
25 August 2016
Reference: ACT TEACHERS Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio, 09209220817
Makabayan, the bloc of progressive party-lists in the Lower House has filed House Resolution 259 to start a probe into the reported killings and vigilante murders occurring amid the strengthened campaign against illegal drugs.
The resolution was filed by ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio and Rep. France L. Castro, Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi A. de Jesus, BAYAN MUNA Party-List Rep. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate, Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene D. Brosas, ANAKPAWIS Party-List Rep. Ariel Casilao and KABATAAN Party-List Rep. Sarah Jane L. Elago.
Entitled Resolution Urging the House of Representatives to Oppose the Use of Extrajudicial Killings by Law Enforcement Agencies Amid Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s Intensified Campaign to End the Illegal Drug Trade, and to Investigate, in Aid of Legislation, Mounting Complaints of Alleged Drug-Related Extrajudicial Killings and Vigilante Killings, HR 259 states that “complaints are mounting that an alarming number of extrajudicial killings and vigilante executions are taking place and not the official police line of “nanlaban kaya napatay.”
The resolution laments that “ringleaders of drug cartels, big-time drug lords, and their protectors in government have so far escaped the heightened anti-drug campaign, as only small-fry dealers and victim users have been targeted in these killing,” which cites a compilation by a major newspaper of 684 drug-related and vigilante executions (as of August 22).  Other reports estimate these killings to have reached around 1,800.
“There should be no compromise on the necessity to rid the country of crime and narcotics; an intensified campaign against illegal drugs is laudable and, in fact, long-overdue…This relentless campaign must, nonetheless, be waged with the highest regard for the protection of life and respect for human rights; its methods must be conducted in such ways that will spare casualties among innocents, and accord due process to suspects…Instituting safeguards are vital to prevent the anti-drug and anti-crime campaigns from being discredited as a result of due process and human rights violations.” ###

Full text of HR 259: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3_hmbcsQfo_TnB6cnlHZ2o4ZFk/view?usp=sharing

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[ 4 Feb 2016 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE

4 February 2016

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)

Tinio blasts Trillanes for failure to pass pay hike bill as Congress goes on break

 

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio is laying the blame squarely on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for the failure of Congress to pass the proposed law granting a new round of salary increases for state workers before it went on a four-month long recess yesterday.

 

Tinio blasted Trillanes for leaving the country in the midst of a deadlock between the chambers of Congress on the final version of the pay hike bill and as the legislature was counting down the days before going on an extended break due to the upcoming national and local elections.

 

Trillanes reportedly left for the United States “on official mission” last week.

 

Tinio pointed out that Trillanes is the chairperson of the Senate Civil Service Committee in charge of the proposed new Salary Standardization Law (SSL 4), and as such, headed the Senate delegation to the Bicameral Conference Committee tasked with reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.

 

“What sort of elected official goes on a trip abroad in the middle of contentious bicameral talks, making it virtually impossible for Congress to pass the bill before the recess? This is gross dereliction of duty on his part. His twisted priorities and self-indulgence means that 1.5 million government employees will not receive the salary hikes and bonuses that they desperately need,” said Tinio. “SSL 4 would have provided pay hikes from January onwards. As it stands, Congress can only work on final approval of SSL 4 when it resumes session on May 23. In the meantime, public sector employees get nothing, thanks to the good Senator.”

 

The bicameral conference between the two chambers of Congress was deadlocked after the Senate panel led by Trillanes insisted on a provision that would index the pension of military retirees to the salary increases provided in SSL 4. The House panel objected because of lack of funding. The Senate proposal would cost taxpayers an additional P18 billion for the first year of implementation. “The responsible thing to do would have been to settle the issue before leaving. But as far as Senator Trillanes is concerned, it appears that a so-called ‘international forum’ in the United States is more important than addressing the day-to-day needs of the country’s civil servants, who last received a salary adjustment in 2012.”

 

Tinio noted that P58 billion has been set aside in the 2016 national budget for salary increases and bonuses and incentives of the country’s 1.5 million government employees. However, the increases cannot be implemented without the enactment of SSL 4.

 

Tinio also criticized Senate President Franklin Drilon for authorizing Trillanes’ departure and failing to resolve the impasse before the recess. “Is the Senate a collegial body where rule by majority prevails, or is it an exclusive club where the welfare of millions of Filipinos can be held hostage by the whims of one Senator?” ###

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[ 4 Feb 2016 | No Comment ]

Republic of the Philippines
Congress of the Philippines
Metro Manila

Sixteenth Congress

Third Regular Session

Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-seventh day of July, two thousand fifteen.

[REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10743]

AN ACT DECLARING THE FIFTH DAY OF OCTOBER OF EVERY YEAR AS THE NATIONAL TEACHERS’ DAY

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

SECTION 1. National Teachers’ Day.The fifth day of October of every year is hereby declared as the “National Teachers’ Day”.

To ensure a meaningful observance of this special working holiday, all heads of government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned and -controlled corporations especially those that are directly dealing with the teachers, including local government units, and employers in the private sector, shall encourage and afford sufficient time and opportunities for their employees to engage and participate in any activity conducted within the premises of their offices or establishments in celebration of the “National Teachers’ Day”.

SEC. 2. Lead Agency. – Pursuant to the observance of the National Teachers’ Day, the annual program of activities shall be prepared and implemented with the Department of Education as the lead agency.

SEC. 3. Effectivity. – This Act shall take effect fifteen 15 days after its complete publication in theOfficial Gazette or in at least two (2) newspapers of general circulation, whichever comes earlier.

Approved,

(Sgd.) FELICIANO BELMONTE JR.
Speaker of the House
of Representatives
(Sgd.) FRANKLIN M. DRILON
President of the Senate

Senate Bill No. 510, which was approved by the Senate on May 18, 2015, was adopted by the House of Representatives as an amendment to House Bill No. 4148 on November 25, 2015.

(Sgd.) MARILYN B. BARUA-YAP
Secretary General
House of Representatives
(Sgd.) OSCAR G. YABES
Secretary of the Senate

Approved: JAN 29 2016

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
President of the Philippines

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[ 14 Jan 2016 | No Comment ]
PRESS RELEASE
14 January 2016
Reference:  ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)
 
Pres. Aquino has denied desperately needed relief to two million SSS pensioners, many of whom receive as little as P1,200 per month.
The convenient bugbear of reduced actuarial life cannot be used to justify the veto because there’s more than enough time to implement measures that would improve the revenues of SSS.
We urge our colleagues in Congress to stand with the pensioners and override the President’s veto. ###