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[ 9 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]

To all ACT Teachers and Alliance of Concerned Teachers members and concerned citizens,

Our Yolanda-stricken kababayans are in dire need of the following items: rice, cooking oil, salt, sugar, mongo, dried fish, biscuits, and sardines.  You can drop them at the National Headquarters of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Mines cor. Dipolog Streets, Barangay Vasra, Quezon City (4539116 or 4262238).  For pick-up of donations, please contact Zeni (09174998608 09198198903) or Kris (09155719601).  Task Force BALSA ACT is also calling for volunteers to help with the repacking goods.

Waray bayaay ha aton mga kababayan!  Damo nga salamat!

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[ 8 Nov 2013 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE

6 November 2013

Reference: ACT TEACHERS Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

 

The fundamental issues at stake in these new revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and others regarding US spying activities from its embassy in Manila are the protection of the rights of Filipino citizens and the assertion of national sovereignty.

 

Even if one accepts that an imperial power such as the United States conducts surveillance on its putative allies as par for the course, questions still need to be answered.

 

What is our government doing to ensure that the right to privacy of communication and correspondence of citizens is being protected? Is the US Embassy violating existing laws such as the Anti-Wiretapping Act and the E-Commerce Law, particularly the prohibitions on hacking and unauthorized access to data? If yes, what is our government going to do about it?

 

Neither should the implications on national sovereignty be belittled or ignored. It is disingenuous to claim that the Philippines and its government is an “open book” when a Freedom of Information Bill cannot even be enacted into law. Intelligence-gathering by the US on the official as well as personal communications of our top government officials, will obviously compromise national interest, rendering the government even more vulnerable to intervention, manipulation, or destabilization.

 

The lack of a strenuous response by officials of the Aquino administration, as well as its allies in Congress, is in stark contrast to the flurry of diplomatic protests by governments reacting to the new revelations of US spying activities worldwide. In recent days, the governments of Indonesia and Malaysia, for instance, have summoned US ambassadors to explain the allegations of spying.

 

Our government should do no less. Malacañang should summon the US Ambassador to explain and Congress should investigate. If the House National Defense and Security Committee is unwilling to do it, then it falls on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to do its part in upholding the rights and interests of Filipino citizens.

 

This takes on added urgency given that the newly designated US Ambassador to the Philippines, Philip Goldberg, has a deep background in intelligence, having been Assistant Secretary of the US State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Furthermore, in 2008, as US Ambassador to Bolivia, Goldberg was expelled by the Bolivian government for his alleged involvement in destabilization activities. #

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[ 30 Oct 2013 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE
30 October 2013
Reference: ACT TEACHERS Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

President Aquino’s message rehashed some statements previously articulated by Malacañang regarding the PDAF scam, the DAP, and the President’s Social Fund. His main message, asking everyone to focus on the prosecution of those who stole from PDAF, is gratuitous, at best. The public has no intention whatsoever of letting the PDAF plunderers off the hook. This in no way precludes anyone from questioning the DAP. Contrary to what the President would have us believe, these are not mutually exclusive.
At worst, the President’s message indicates Aquino’s continuing refusal to acknowledge that there are valid Constitutional and legal questions regarding his possible abuse of Presidential powers over appropriations through the DAP. Furthermore, his depiction of Congress as an institution incapable of providing supplemental appropriations in response to emergency situations, thereby justifying Presidential pork, betrays the President’s utter lack of respect for a co-equal branch of government and a cavalier attitude to basic Constitutional tenets. Ultimately, Aquino’s speech boiled down to an assertion of moral exceptionalism, a vigorous defense of Presidential pork, and a repudiation of the public clamor for its abolition. #

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[ 8 Oct 2013 | No Comment ]

“Hindi totoo ang sinasabi ng Malacanang na pang-distract lamang ng iilan mula sa PDAF ang isyu ng Disbursement Acceleration Program o isang porma ng presidential pork. Sa katunayan, lalong pinapatibay ng lumabas na anomalya ngukol sa DAP ang panawagan nating buwagin ang buong sistema ng pork barrel, congressional man o presidential…Pagkakataon ngayon ng Korte Suprema na makapag-ambag ng malaki sa usapin ng abolisyon ng congressional pork, ngunit lagpas sa PDAF ang isyu na tinatalakay ng Korte ngayon. Laban natin ngayon ang pagbuwag sa buong sistema ng pulitika ng pamamadrino o patronage politics.”