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28 FEBRUARY–Despite the recent Supreme Court decision declaring all forms of pork–and the formal and informal practices in accessing it–unconstitutional, pork is still cooked and served among the President and legislators. Rep. Tinio today gave a presentation on how pork still exists contrary to peddled opinion by the Aquino administration.
The presentation detailed how P14.6 billion of presidential pork was created a few days after the SC decision was issued, through the enactment of R.A. 10634, or the Supplemental Budget 2013. Said law added P11.2 billion to the Calamity Fund and P4.4 billion to DSWD’s Quick Response Fund, both under the 2013 budget. Congress enacted the P14.6-billion augmentation as a huge lump sum under the discretion of the President, without the benefit of an itemized proposal or details on what projects will be funded, as per required by law.
The presentation also revealed where the barrels of illicit pork for Members of the House and Senators are hidden in the 2014 budget. Rep. Tinio detailed some of the formal and informal practices in accessing either “House Pork” or “Senate Pork.”
Other speakers at the forum were former National Treasurer Leonor “Liling” Briones and BAYAN Secretary General Renato Reyes, Jr., who gave briefs on the 2014 budget and on the Disbursement Acceleration Program, respectively.
Click here for the presentation.
Read InterAksyon.com‘s “PORK ALIVE & KICKING? Solons told to go paperless when requesting for projects”
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December 28, 2013
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (0920-9220817)
We are aghast and dismayed at the statement made by Department of Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla urging Meralco to appeal the 60-day TRO issued by the Supreme Court.
Petilla made the call reportedly due to concerns that Meralco will have to resort to borrowing to pay their energy suppliers, the interest on which would be passed on to consumers.
Such line of reasoning reveals that Petilla himself considers the rate increase to be legitimate and above board, when it is in fact the subject of an ongoing investigation by the DOE. Petilla has therefore preempted his own investigation and exposed it as a sham with a predetermined conclusion.
Furthermore, Petilla is preempting the Supreme Court itself, which is yet to rule on the petitions questioning the constitutionality of the unprecedented rate hike.
With this statement, Petilla has revealed his true colors as an apologist for Meralco and the handful of players that dominate the power industry. For millions of ordinary Filipino consumers already reeling from some of the highest power rates in the world, this is the last thing they need.#
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ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio sent the following communication to Department of Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro today following concerns raised by public school teachers in Tacloban City and Leyte province that the 6-month moratorium on loan payments of members to Government Financial Institutions such as GSIS and Pag-IBIG had not been implemented for their November and December salaries:
Dear Sec. Luistro,
Teachers of the Tacloban City Division and Leyte Division have brought it to my attention that the 6-month moratorium of Government Financial Institutions on loan payments for their members in areas worst-hit by Typhoon Yolanda, as provided for in Malacañang’s Memorandum Circular No. 59, dated Nov. 26, 2013, has not been implemented for their November and December salaries.
Specifically, monthly loan payments to GSIS and Pag-IBIG are apparently still being deducted.
For its part, even before the issuance of the Memorandum Circular, GSIS announced that:
The pension fund is granting a six-month loan moratorium on all outstanding loans of its hardest-hit members to enable them to use the deferred payments on their GSIS loans for rebuilding their homes and other urgent needs.
Loans covered under the moratorium include consolidated loans, housing loans, policy loans, and eCash Advances. The loan moratorium will be extended from November 2013 to April 2014. The payment for existing loans of members will thus resume in May next year. [http://www.gsis.gov.ph/news.
I understand that implementing the said moratorium may require additional administrative work and the overcoming of technical constraints. However, it is clear that the moratorium will indeed provide urgently-needed relief to thousands of Deped teachers and employees in the calamity-stricken areas. Needless to say, the moratorium should include not just Eastern Visayas but all other areas badly-hit by Typhoon Yolanda.
I hope that your office can ensure implementation of the said moratorium at the soonest possible time.
Para sa guro, kawani, at bayan,
Rep. Antonio L. Tinio