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[ 13 May 2015 | No Comment ]

 

 

DAPAT MANAGOT—Sa kabila nang pag-iwas ng bagong COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista na pag-usapan ang mga pagkukulang ng dating pamunuan sa naganap na automated election noong 2010 at 2013, iginiit ni ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio sa Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms at sa harap ng commissioners ng COMELEC na dapat may managot sa naganap na “midnight deals” sa pagitan ng dating pamunuan ng COMELEC at SMARTMATIC.

Binigyang daan din ni Rep. Tinio sa komite ang kahalagan ng pagpapasa ng House Bill 5412 (Election Service Reform Bill) na kanyang inihain sa Kongreso upang gawing non-mandatory ang pagseserbisyo ng mga pampublikong guro tuwing eleksyon (Pagdinig ng Commitee on Suffrage kahapon, Ika-12 ng Mayo).

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[ 17 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]

PRESS STATEMENT

17 March 2015

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on President Aquino’s latest survey ratings

President Aquino is now a lame duck.

With the latest survey showing his lowest trust and approval ratings yet, President Aquino has now entered the lame duck phase of his term, prematurely ushered in by the Mamasapano incident and his stubborn refusal to take responsibility for the debacle.

Alongside the sharp decline in the President’s  popularity, we can expect the waning of his political influence, already evident in the increasing resistance in Congress to the passage of administration bills such as the BBL, as well as the defection from of the ruling coalition of erstwhile members and allies. #

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[ 29 Jan 2015 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE

29 January 2015

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

Solon warns Aquino not to veto bill on tax-free bonuses

The principal author in the Lower House of a bill Congress approved last year seeking to raise the tax exemption cap for 13th month pay and other bonuses warns President Aquino not to veto it, or he will face the anger of around 43 million workers in the private and public sector.

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio revealed that upon his inquiries, the bill that would increase tax-exempt bonuses to P82,000, or nearly three times from the current P30,000, has been pending as early as January 14 with the Office of the President, who referred it to its legal department “for further study.”

The Department of Finance (DOF) is reportedly urging the President to veto the measure, and proposes instead a lower tax exemption ceiling of P55,000 through an administrative order.

“All working people want some relief from unconscionably high personal income taxes. They are eagerly awaiting enactment of this bill into law as soon as possible.  A Presidential veto will deny the majority of Filipinos, who are mostly low- and middle-income earners, the higher take-home pay that they so justly deserve and need,” maintained Tinio.

Tinio noted that the fact that Pres. Aquino is entertaining the thought of vetoing this drastically needed measure, approved unanimously both by the House of Representatives and the Senate, shows that he is really against any measure of economic relief for the people.  “Maa-isolate talaga siya mula sa taumbayan bilang isang pangulong anti-mamamayan kung babaliwalain niya ang bill na ito.”

“A veto would send a strong signal to ordinary working people and their files that the Aquino administration has little regard for their welfare. On the other hand, it has no qualms about using taxpayers’ funds to subsidize the private profits of the big foreign and local corporations through public-private partnerships, tax holidays, and other incentives,” added Tinio.

He noted the widespread resentment among teachers and other government employees at the taxes imposed on their year-end bonus and productivity incentive last December. “Mabubugbog siya sa batikos kung hindi niya isasabatas ito,” warned Tinio.

Tinio noted that a veto on the tax-exemption bill will result in a Teacher I or Administrative Aide (a mid-level earnings of P18,549 monthly and the minimum salary level of P9,000, respectively) not being able to take home the full amount of his or her bonuses because at least one-fourth of these will exceed the P30,000 cap and be added to their taxable pay.  A higher taxable pay will mean higher income taxes and less take-home pay for the employee or worker.

Tinio also questioned the DOF proposal to raise the tax ceiling to P55,000 through an administrative order in lieu of the enactment of the measure.

The new ceiling set by the bill was based on computations on the value of P30,000 today.

“Based on the movement of the CPI [Consumer Price Index] with 2006 as the base year, the P30,000 ceiling first set in 1994 should now be P82,000,” said Tinio. “The DOF proposal falls far short and will continue to unjustly burden workers.”

The legislator also cited a study by the UP School of Economics, which said that “Revenue foregone as a result of improved equity comes at a small price between ₱4.3 billion and ₱5.6 billion.”

In the event that the President decides to veto the measure, Tinio vowed that he would urge colleagues  to overturn it. “Congress must take a stand and side with working people.” ###

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[ 17 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]

PRESS RELEASE

16 September 2014
Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)
 
On the first day of plenary deliberations of the 2015 national budget, a progressive lawmaker revealed that unconstitutional pork for legislators is even heftier under the 2015 budget, a total allocation of P27.39 billion and P94.44 million for each solon.  The total hidden pork increased by nearly 32% from the P20.76 billion in the 2014 budget while each solon’s share shot up from P71.6 million.
ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio noted that the following assistance programs of the “hidden pork agencies” infused with funds realigned from the item formerly known as Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) are still funded under the proposed budget:

AGENCY

PROGRAM

2014 GAA

(in ‘000)

2015 proposed budget (in ‘000)

DOH

Assistance to Indigent Patients

P 3,193,950

P 1,762,349

DOLE

Government Internship Program (GIP) and Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers “TUPAD” Project

1,022,000

611,730

TESDA

Special Training for Employment Program

1,022,000

543,350

DSWD

Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services

4,090,000

3,642,405

CHED and SUCs

Tulong Dunong Program

4,124,200

2,459,287

DPWH

Local Infrastructure Program

7,309,494

18,369,350

 

TOTAL

P 20,761,644

P 27,388,471

Tinio also noted that the amounts of hidden pork per agency decreased by up to 46.83% except DPWH’s, which more than doubled (up by 105.31%).  Each solon’s share in infrastructure projects went up from P25.2 million in the current year to P94.44 million.
The lump sums per solon in all agencies decreased by up to P47%, except in the case of DPWH, which more than doubled from P25.2 million in 2014 to P94.44 million in 2015.  This set-up now makes hard projects have a 2/3 share in a solon’s the total hidden pork.  The old PDAF system allocated P40 million for hard projects out of the P70 million allocation per solon.

LUMP SUM PER SOLON

2014 GAA

2015 GAB

DOH

P 10.5 M

P 6.08 M

DOLE

3.5 M

2.11 M

TESDA

3.5 M

1.87 M

DSWD

14.0 M

12.56 M

CHED & SUCs

14.0 M

8.48 M

DPWH

25.2 M

63.34 M

P 71.6 M

P 94.443 M

The heads of these hidden pork agencies have earlier admitted that they still invite and admit referrals or recommendations of solons as to who will be the beneficiaries of these programs, a practice already declared illegal by the Supreme Court late 2013.  Most notable are the admissions of CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan aired at a closed-door hearing of the House Committee on Appropriations, of DOH Undersecetary Janette Garin at a meeting with solons, and of DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman during their recent budget briefing.
“It is clear that Aquino’s announcement that he has abolished the PDAF is nothing more than posturing,” said ACT Teachers Antonio L. Tinio.  “Not only did he continue PDAF in 2014 despite the Supreme Court ruling banning it–he will bestow pork to legislators in the next year.  Still in secret but with even larger servings.”
Tinio proposed to further itemize lump sums in the budgets of the hidden pork agencies.
“And to make a clear the message that this government is serious in complying with the law and the people’s demand against all forms of pork and political patronage, Congress and Malacanang should enact a budget law explicitly prohibiting formal and informal practices of post-enactment intervention.”
Tinio ended that they will continue to oppose the perpetuation of illegal hidden congressional pork and move for the deletion of these provisions allowing solons to have personal lump sums that preserve the politicization of the delivery of social services.  ###