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[ 10 Sep 2013 | One Comment ]

PRESS STATEMENT
10 September 2013
Reference: ACT TEACHERS Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

A legislator is questioning the claim made by the Inekon Group stating that it held no talks with any member of the family of President Benigno Aquino III in connection with a contract to supply rail cars to the Metro Rail Transit Line-3 (MRT-3).

Responding to news reports linking the President’s eldest sister Maria Elena “Ballsy” Cruz and her husband Eldon to Inekon’s failed bid, the Czech firm recently issued a statement to “categorically deny that any discussions on any business aspect of its proposal to DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) and MRT3 took place with any member of President Aquino’s family,” adding that “any news report linking any member of that family to any project of the company is simply untrue in its content and malicious in its intent.”

However, ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio pointed out that the DOTC has confirmed that a relative of the President did play a role in brokering the initial bid of Inekon for the MRT-3 Expansion Project.

Tinio cited a letter to DOTC Undersecretary Rene K. Limcaoco dated April 24, 2012, in which the representative of Inekon Group, Yorgos Psinakis, prefaces his proposal in behalf of Inekon by mentioning the role of a certain Jorge Lichauco in opening lines of communication: “I was encouraged to send you this communication by Mr. Jorge Lichauco who has been gracious enough to bring this matter to your attention.” Psinakis then proceeded to outline Inekon’s proposal for the refurbishment of the MRT-3’s 73 existing rail cars, design and manufacture of 79 new vehicles, with provision for financing from the Czech State Export Bank.

Lichauco is the President’s first cousin, being the son of Maria Aurora “Maur” Aquino-Lichauco, who is the eldest sister of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. Limcaoco oversees the bids and awards committee for the MRT-3 contract.

Tinio was provided a copy of the letter by Undersecretary Limcaoco himself following his request during the latter’s budget hearing at the House of Representatives last September 2.

“It’s clear that, contrary to their pronouncement, Inekon has in fact had dealings with a relative of President Aquino, who appears to have actively lobbied in their behalf with the DOTC,” said Tinio.

“As a private citizen, what business does the President’s cousin have dealing with DOTC officials and a foreign supplier bidding for a multi-billion peso government contract?” asked the party-list representative. “We urge Mr. Lichauco to make a full disclosure to the public of the role he has played in Inekon’s bid for the MRT-3 contract.”

Tinio noted that the Makabayan bloc has filed a resolution calling for an investigation into Inekon’s controversial bid. #

[Please see attached copy of letter from Inekon representative Yorgos Psinakis with cover letter from DOTC Undersecretary Rene Limcaoco.]

Inekon to DOTC

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[ 30 Aug 2013 | No Comment ]

PRESS STATEMENT

29 August 2013

Reference: ACT TEACHERS Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

As a member of the Makabayan coalition of progressive partylist, I strongly condemn the arrogant and disparaging remarks uttered by Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda against the Makabayan bloc.

Lacierda’s statement reveals the utter disrespect of the Office of the President not just for the 7 legislators that make up Makabayan, but more importantly, for the millions of poor, marginalized, and underrepresented Filipinos who voted for us in the recent elections and who have been voting for us since progressives first participated in partylist elections in 2001. His sweeping dismissal of the views expressed by the Makabayan representatives reveals the contempt the Palace holds for the genuine interest of millions of workers, peasants, women, professionals, youth, and other marginalized sectors to whom we strive to give a voice in Congress.

I condemn his intolerance for dissenting views, which is totally unacceptable coming from the Spokesperson of thr President of a putatively democratic republic.

In behalf of the constituents of Makabayan, I demand an apology from Mr. Lacierda and expect to hear it personally from him during the upcoming budget hearings. #

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[ 29 Aug 2013 | No Comment ]

PRESS STATEMENT

29 August 2013

Reference: ACT TEACHERS Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

ACT TEACHERS Rep. Antonio Tinio on the surrender of Janet Lim-Napoles to government custody:

It’s a positive development that Janet Lim-Napoles is now in government custody. At least she no longer remains at large like countless other high-profile individuals charged with high crimes. We demand that government file plunder charges against her as soon as possible as one of the principals in the P10-billion pork barrel scam. Nothing less will do – no turning state witness, no special treatment.

It’s unfortunate that Malacañang chose to turn the surrender of Napoles to Pres. Aquino into a spectacle obviously intended to benefit the 2016 presidential bid of DILG Sec. Mar Roxas. With the Napoles surrender colored by politics,  can we still expect the whole truth from her, or a partial and piecemeal testimony designed for the selective demolition of the administration’s political rivals while sparing its allies?

We urge the public to continue to be vigilant in the pursuit of full accountability and justice for all those involved in the pork barrel scam, and to continue the struggle for the total abolition of the pork barrel system. ###

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[ 27 Aug 2013 | No Comment ]

PRESS STATEMENT

23 August 2013

Reference: ACT TEACHERS Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

 

PNoy’s declaration that it’s time to abolish the PDAF is obviously timed to take the steam out of the massive anti-pork protests on Monday.  We have yet to see the details of the President’s proposal, but based on his statements to the media, it could be the case of the same dog with a different collar, meaning a reformed PDAF with a different name.  Furthermore, he limited his statements to the PDAF, making no mention whatsoever regarding the abolition of the far larger presidential pork.  For these reasons, we urge the public to remain vigilant, come out in full force on Monday, and continue to fight for the thorough dismantling of the pork barrel system.