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[ 8 Dec 2016 | No Comment ]
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PRESS RELEASE
07 December 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio (0920-922-0817) and Rep. France Castro (0920-969-8457)
 
ACT Teachers Party-List Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro scored the naming of Lieutenant General Eduardo Año as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), saying that President Duterte should take a second look at Año’s long record of human rights violations and reconsider the appointment.
“The Army under Año’s command was responsible for various human rights violations, including the Paquibato massacre in June 2014 which killed three indigenous peoples (IPs) and the pouring in of battalions in Mindanao which caused widespread displacement of IPs,” said Tinio.  “When he signed Año’s appointment papers, the President might as well have signed the death warrant for the search for justice and accountability for these human rights violations.”
Año is also linked to the enforced disappearance of farmer-activist Jonas Burgos who was taken by armed men under his command, among them then-Army Lt. Harry Baliaga.
“Año’s appointment implies that human rights violators and those who allow them are rewarded with higher ranks rather than jail time.  His appointment is a huge mockery to human rights, which is unfortunate since we would be celebrating the International Human Rights Day in a few days,” said Castro.  “Appointing Año as AFP chief is to pardon grave human rights violations.  It is a slap on the face of victims their families and supporters whose outcries for justice remain unanswered.”
“We urge President Duterte to reconsider this appointment and to reassess his recent decisions involving the military and their implications.  The government should uphold, protect and defend the fundamental human rights of Filipinos, especially the marginalized and oppressed,” the solons ended. ###

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[ 19 Oct 2016 | No Comment ]
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PRESS RELEASE
19 October 2016
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (09209220817)
ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on the violent dispersal of Lumad and Moro rallyists at the US Embassy:
We strongly condemn the brutal dispersal of thousands of  Moro and indigenous people holding a peaceful demonstration in front of the US Embassy this morning. Manila Police District officers, led by Col. Marcelino Pedrozo, Jr., used tear gas and truncheons as the demonstrators were about to end their program. More than 50 have been injured, including some lumad who were run over by a police vehicle.
The lumad have traveled from Mindanao to raise awareness of their plight, particularly the militarization of their communities as mining and logging interests attempt to displace them from their lands. Tragically, the Manila police have welcomed them with similar brutality.
We call for an immediate investigation into this incident and for the responsible police officials to be held accountable. ###

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[ 29 Sep 2016 | No Comment ]
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photo_2016-09-29_21-30-40Rep. Castro: “Sa bahagi ng ACT Teachers Party-List, tingin namin na ang panukala ng DOF na tax reform ay anti-teacher, anti-people. Tatanggalan nito ng VAT exemption unang-una ay ang mga senior citizen at mga PWD kaya mariin naming tinututulan ang panukalang ito. Isa pa, tama si Speaker na walang binanggit na solusyon sa inefficiency sa tax collection.”

Rep. Zarate: “Tayo sa Bayan Muna, author ng HB333, ay mariing tumututol sa panukala ng DOF. Napaka-arbitrary ng pagdedesisyon na kumikita ng bababa sa P250,000 lamang ang exempted sa pagbubuwis. Saan nagmumula ang posisyong ito? Samantalang ang cost of living ng isang pamilya (sa loob ng isang taon) ay mahigit P300,000 na. Bilang karagdagan pa, sa pakete ng DOF, binabaan nga nila ang income tax pero nag-impose naman ng excise tax. Matagal nang pinag-uusapan ang added tax sa sigarilyo, inumin pero huwag sa diesel at gasolina dahil domino effect ang mangyayari ‘pag nadagdagan ang diesel ng P6. Cascade effect yan sa mamamayan. Read more…

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[ 22 Sep 2016 | No Comment ]
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DBCC TINIO
During the budget briefing of the Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) on the 2017 National Budget Rep. Antonio Tinio interpellates Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on salary increase for government employees. Sec. Diokno stated that salary increase higher than the four-year adjustment under the Aquino administration’s Executive Order 201 for government employees is “too ambitious.” While we
welcome the inclusion of the second installment for salary increases in the 2017 budget, we maintain that government employees deserve much, much more than the paltry hikes that EO 201 gives, especially for low- and middle-level employees who will be granted increases of only 11% to 22% over four years.

DBM also stated that they intend to lower income tax which will in effect raise the take home pay of government employees. Rep. Tinio welcomes the openness to lower income tax but warns against hiking VAT and excise tax.

DBCC CastroRep. France Castro interpellated Budget Undersecretary Laura Pascua on government employees benefits such as Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) and Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) incentives.

The lawmaker urged Usec. Pascua to rechannel P16.7B PBB funds to salary increase of government employees since such system creates an atmosphere of competition among employees instead of harmonious cooperation towards providing quality public service to the people. DBM agreed to give reports assessing PBB’s role in improving the efficiency of government agencies and agreed to review guidelines in granting PBB.

Also, Rep. Castro insisted DBM to allocate a different funding for CNA incentives to be given to employees, hence there will be sufficient budget for such expenses in MOOE (though it is not always enough in such institutions’ expenditures). The lawmaker insisted that it is an immoral act to acquire CNA incentives from the savings in the MOOE like in schools. DBM promised that they will consider Rep. Castro’s suggestion.

 

Please click the link below for the video of said deliberation.

Rep. Tinio on DBCC-https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1104978472904246/

Rep. Castro on DBCC-https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1105994542802639/

 

You may also click the following links below on the issues raised by Rep. Tinio and Castro during their interpellation:

Rep. Tinio’s interpellation on the different agency

DEPED Budget—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1117925268276233/

CHED—->https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1113352925400134/

DSWD—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1126917480710345/

DND—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1127715710630522/

PCOO—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1126972984038128/

DILG—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1114888945246532/

COA—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1121892641212829/

DOH—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1121226854612741/

JUDICIARY—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1121010621301031/

CHR—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1109306449138115/

CSC—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1107951185940308/

 

Rep. Castro’s interpellation on the different agency

DEPED—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1119016284833798/

DSWD—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1117712801630813/

DOJ—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1114795861922507/

COMELEC—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1113001132101980/