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[ 2 Mar 2012 | No Comment ]

Three progressive lawmakers today assailed impeachment lead prosecutor Rep. Niel  Tupas for unilaterally dropping Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno as a vital witness in Article 7 and demanded that the prosecution continue to exert efforts to pave the way her appearance in Court to prove the partiality of Chief Justice Renato Corona to former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“We are not only disappointed, we are aghast. This is a treachery of previous unities in the prosecution to rest the case and, together with the dollar accounts in Article 2, make a reservation for Sereno’s testimony on Article 7,” said Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casino, Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus and Act Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio.

“We wonder who ordered Tupas to close the door for Sereno’s testimony. This is alarming and appears part of a series of acts to downplay Corona’s connection to GMA. When we filed the impeachment complaint, it was clear that Corona was being made to account for his partiality and subservience to Arroyo. And now that aspect of the case is being weakened by the lead prosecutor himself,” they said.

Last Tuesday, Tupas did not make reservation for Sereno when he manifested to rest the case despite a previous agreement to do so. And then yesterday, Wednesday, Tupas initiated but subsequently dropped the motion for a reservation on Article 7.

“May we remind our colleagues in the prosecution team that this case got broad support from our people because Corona acted as GMA’s lackey. If that is not strongly established through the testimonies of Sereno and others, then the public might lose interest in pursuing the case,” they said.

“No amount of incompetence can explain Tupas’ move. Is he getting orders from his higher ups to just focus on the articles that do not include GMA?” they asked.

We asked if the dropping of Sereno as vital witness to Corona’s partiality to Arroyo is related to the dropping of government’s motion to put Arroyo in ordinary jail and the latest dismissal of plunder charges against Arroyo?” they ended.


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[ 28 Feb 2012 | One Comment ]
Press Release:
Reference:  Ms. France Castro
Cellphone No. 09178502124
Financial Literacy is Fine But Give Us First The Dough, SG 15 For Teachers Now!
“We,teachers have  been called collectively as “taga-London” (to mean loan, dito at loan duon) for a good reason.  To be able to survive our families, we have resorted to borrowing money from different lending institutions because as the saying goes, “our take home pay, cannot take us home,” Ms France Castro, President of ACT-NCR Union said.
DepEd is missing the whole point. The order issued by Sec.Luistro  for the implementation of the P5,000 net-take home pay for teachers from the present P3000 does not address our basic problem- that our salaries are simply not enough to support a family.
The real value of the monthly pay of Teacher I  which comprises the majority of teachers cannot cope with the rising costs of basic commodities. This is the real problem, not our outlook on earning and spending as pointed out by DepEd.
Education Undersecretary for Plans and Programs Yolanda Quijano said that the department is set to embark on a program to teach financial literacy to public-school teachers to ensure that they are knowledgeable of  how to make both ends meet.
“Wow, making both ends meet needs more than teaching us financial literacy. Grant us first our demand for salary increases instead! That makes sense and a lot of difference. Besides, how can the slave-like pay of P3000 per session for contractual teachers support her and her family?” Ms France Castro pointed out.
“Maybe it is about time that DepEd must join us in our clamor to enact into a law House Bill 2142 (SG 15). This bill is the first bill filed by Representative Antonio Tinio of ACT Teachers Partylist and is gaining popular support in the House of Representatives. One hundred eighty (180) legislators have already co-sponsored the bill. ” Ms Castro elaborated.
Fellow teachers, join ACT-NCR Union’s mass dialogue with DBM on March 8, 2012, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 pm. Let us commemorate International Women’s Day with a difference. We will lobby for inclusion in the 2013 National Budget our proposed SG 15 for Teacher 1, and additional P6,000.00 increase for base pay of  non-teaching employees and all government workers.  Later, we will join the program of women led by GABRIELA at Mendiola.

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[ 27 Feb 2012 | 18 Comments ]

The Clothing Allowance is an annual allotment given to government employees, including public school teachers, for the purchase of the official uniforms required by their respective agencies. It is usually released in the first quarter of the year. ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio called  on the Department of Education to grant a P1,000 increase in the Clothing Allowance of public school teachers and other employees of the department.
In a letter to DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro, Tinio pointed out that the General Appropriations Act of 2012 (Republic Act 10155) authorizes government agencies to use their budget to provide their employees with a “uniform or clothing allowance” of not more than P5,000 each per annum. “This is one thousand pesos more than in previous years,”he noted.

“The increase in our clothing allowance is much needed, given the general increase in the cost of goods and services these days, Ms France Castro, Secretary-general of Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said.

In a recent dialogue led by ACT  with officials of DepEd -National Office, they assured  public school teachers that the P1,000 increase in clothing allowance will be granted. He clarified further that, teachers will initially receive the original P4,000 allotment. The increase of P1,000 will be given during the next school year (2012-2013). They will  also prepare a formal announcement regarding this  matter though a memorandum.

“The verbal assurance is a welcome note, but DepEd must issue the memorandum ASAP,” Ms France Castro pointed out. Secretary Luistro and his team can come up with the necessary funds from their appropriations as well as from savings. Our teachers and non-teaching personnel deserve a higher Clothing Allowance no less than the employees in other government agencies.”

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[ 24 Feb 2012 | No Comment ]


Nananawagan ang ACT Teachers Party sa mga mamamayan na kalampagin ang konsensya ni Chief Justice Renato C. Corona at kumbinsihin itong isiwalat ang buong katotohanan tungkol sa mga bagay na pilit niyang nililihim sa mga hukom ng Impeachment Court.

Ayon kay ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio, dapat ipaalaala ng mga taong bayan kay Corona na ipinagkakatiwala lamang sa kanya ang posisyon bilang Chief Justice at pinuno ng pinakamataas na korte sa bansa.  Wala siyang karapatang angkinin at manatili sa posisyon bilang Chief Justice kung makikitang hindi siya mapapagkatiwalaan.

Sa hinaba-haba ng paikot-ikot na diskusyon sa Impeachment Trial, makikita ang pag-ilag at pag-iwas ni Corona sa pagsisikap ng mga kinatawan ng taongbayan na maibunyag ang katotohanan.  Hindi man matukoy at maisiwalat ang mismong pakay ng pananaliksik, kitang-kita ng taong bayan ang pagharang, pagkubli, at paglilihim ni Corona.

Ang Korte Suprema ang inaasahan ng taongbayan na magbababa ng hatol sa mga may bahid ng kamalian at paglabag ng batas ng bansa.  Dahil dito, dapat marangal at malinis ang mga hukom na magbibigay ng hatol.

Kung marangal kang tao, dapat wala kang tinatago.  Kung malinis kang tao, dapat wala kang nililihim.

Bilang nangunguna’t namumunong hukom sa pinakamataas na korte ng bansa, dapat ang Chief Justice walang tinatago, walang nililihim.

Kahit anong liko-likong panga-ngatuwiran at panglilito ang gawin ng mga tagapagtanggol ni Corona, hindi nila maiiwasan ang simple’t payak na katanungan na taongbayan mismo ang magbibigay ng tugon: Karapatdapat pa bang Chief Justice si Renato C. Corona?

Paano magiging karapatdapat ang isang taong hindi mapapagkatiwalaan?  Paano magiging karapatdapat ang taong may nililihim?