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[In the news] Lower age of criminal liability dead in the Senate —Bam Aquino -GMAnews

Lower age of criminal liability dead in the Senate —Bam Aquino

The measure seeking to lower the age of criminal liability to nine years old will not pass the Senate, Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV declared on Monday.

Aquino made the bold remark after the House Committee on Justice on Monday approved the substitute bill seeking to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to nine years old.

“I absolutely doubt that this will pass the Senate. I think there’s enough in the Senate currently who know that lowering the age of criminal liability to nine years old is completely out of bounds,” Aquino said.

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[Press Release] Militant Labor scoffs at “Good Job” self-rating by Congress and Senate -BMP

Militant Labor scoffs at “Good Job” self-rating by Congress and Senate

“A cruel and sick joke on taxpayers,” this was the reaction of a militant labor group to statements by the House of Representatives and the Senate today that praised both chambers for the “good work done in the past year”. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Senate president Drilon issued virtually the same statements as the legislative adjourned for its Christmas break.

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Gie Relova, Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) spokesperson said, “Our legislators have outdone themselves. They still have the gall to praise themselves for a job well done even if the legislative, especially Congress, always scores the lowest rating in surveys. To the Filipino public, the Congress and the Senate – commonly parodied as a pigsty – are the most untrustworthy institutions of the bureaucracy”.

Accomplishments in 2014 according to Rep. Belmonte and Sen. Drilon

The Speaker cited the P2.6 trillion national budget for 2015, and the P22.4 billion supplemental budget for 2014, the full entry of foreign banks, promoting job generation and providing for mandatory health insurance coverage for all senior citizens as among the lawmakers’ accomplishments.

Meanwhile, the Senate president cited the nine percent improved approval ratings of the Senate from a mere thirty-three percent in June as a basis of its accomplishments. Among the Senate’s bragging rights include the Iskolar ng Bayan Act and the Open Distance Learning Act.

Pork still in 2015 Budget

“Sorry, but we won’t buy it”, says Relova. He added, “Pork remains in the 2015 budget. Our lawmakers are patting each others’ backs for cleverly hiding the nefarious Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2013″.

The labor leader explained, the 2015 budget may appear to have abolished lump sum and discretionary for each legislator. But a further examination of allocations for departments and line agencies would reveal that each legislator has inserted projects and programs for their respective districts, not in the genuine interests of their constituents but to strengthen the patronage of their political dynasties”.

Congress and Senate represent Big Business, not the People

“The full liberalization of the banking industry, without amending the Charter, is contrary to the protection of the Filipino economy against foreign interests. The entry of large multinational banks, which are larger than all the existing local banks combined, would force the mass layoffs and retrenchment in the banking industry,” Relova explained.

Pro-People, Pro-Labor Reform

“If both Congress and the Senate truly represents the will of a people now disgusted over the pork barrel, the lack of transparency in government and in the budgetary processes, they should have urgently passed political reforms such as the FOI (freedom of infomation) bill and the anti-dynasty bill,” he expounded.

“Proposed measures such as these (FOI and anti-dynasty bills) could be found at the backburners of various House and Senate Committees, with our legislators literally ‘sitting on their asses’ to delay the legislative processes,” Relova stressed.

The labor leader concluded, “Aside from political reforms, workers are also demanding the immediate passage of reforms to protect the Constitutional rights of labor. We have every right and reason in their demands for a living wage and for security of tenure, not only because such rights are mandated by the highest law of the land. More so, our legislators and their retinues must realize that their salaries, perks and allowances came from the collective toil of millions, whose starvation wages are still slashed with withholding tax deductions and indirect taxation.

Press Release
19 December 2014
Reference: Gie Relova 0915-2862555
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino

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[Event/Campaign] #LightUp4FOI: Candle-Lighting on the Eve of the International Right to Know Day

#LightUp4FOI: Candle-Lighting on the Eve of the International Right to Know Day
By Jeff Crisostomo, Yuen Abana and Janet Aguinaldo Morales

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WhenFriday, September 27, 2013
Time5:00pm until 8:00pm

The PDAF Scam exposed how we Filipinos remain victims to plunder despite numerous government mechanisms to protect public funds. In the PDAF system, projects are supposed to conform to a limited menu of eligible project and each project is subject to oversight by Congress, the Department of Budget and Management and the implementing agencies. Each project has to abide by the Procurement Act, stringent guidelines on release of funds and participation by NGOs, and is subject to regular audit by COA.

Amid the breakdown at different points in government safeguard mechanisms, the calls to address the ills of pork barrel and to bring the guilty to justice, we also demand the immediate passage of the People’s Freedom of Information Act. It will empower us to directly protect ourselves against abuses of hard-earned resources that we entrust to government.

The Senate responded with urgency to our call. Public Information Chair Senator Grace Poe already completed the committee process and will present its report to the Senate plenary soon. Senate President Franklin Drilon targets to pass the FOI bill on third reading by end 2013, which, if it happens, will be the fastest ever by a chamber of Congress in the long legislative history of FOI. Emerging from past mixed signals, Malacañang announced a more decisive push by reportedly including FOI in the list of priority measures to be submitted to the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC).

Still, the House of Representatives remains the bastion of resistance to FOI. No credible concrete action to advance the bill has been proposed by its leaders. Worse, old excuses, such as the unavailability of a meeting room, are rehashed to explain inaction.

On Friday, September 27, the Lower House will hold its last session before taking a two-week break. On that day, they will approve the budgets of the Office of the President and the Department of Budget and Management. Budget discussions are an opportune time to press the issue of the pork barrel controversy and to push for transparency in the handling of public funds.

September 27 is also the eve of the International Right to Know Day. The Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition and other concerned groups and individuals will troop to the House of Representatives to convey our urgent demand for the passage of the People’s Freedom of Information Act. We invite you to join us.

We will assemble at 5 o’clock in the afternoon for a short program. By 6:30 p.m. we will light candles to symbolize our desire to have a government where information is illuminated and made accessible to all citizens.

Those who will not be able to join us in Batasan are encouraged to organize their own candle-lighting events in their own localities. You can also be involved via social media by posting a photo of yourself with a lit candle and a statement stating your call for the passage of the FOI Bill, with hashtag #LightUp4FOI. (Ex. “Ako si [NAME]; kasama ako sa panawagang ipasa na ang FOI Bill! #LightUp4FOI” or “I am [NAME]; I am one with the call for the passage of the FOI Bill! #LightUp4FOI”)

Panahon na para sa FOI sa ating bansa. Sa dami ng lumalantad na isyung may kinalaman sa pondo ng mamamayan, palakasin natin ang panawagang ipasa ang batas na magtitiyak na ang pamahalaan natin ay bukas at may pananagutan.

Tayo na para sa FOI!

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[Statement] Isang Bukas na Liham para sa Lahat ng mga Mamamayang-Pilipino by Mario De Vega

Pahayag: Isang Bukas na Liham para sa Lahat ng mga Mamamayang-Pilipino

Ika-19, ng Agosto 2013 (Anibersaryo ng kapanganakan ng dating Pangulong Quezon)

Mario De Vega

Mahal kong mga Kababayan,

Nananawagan po ng pagkakaisang-loob ang munting liham na ito para sa ating lahat na mga tunay na mga anak ng bayan at sa buong mamamayang Pilipino hinggil po sa napakalaking isyu’t suliranin na kasalukuyang kinakaharap ng ating bansa.

Muli po tayong nahaharap sa isa na namang pagsubok na muli pong susukat sa ating lahat, hindi lamang po bilang mga Pilipino, kundi bilang mamamayan din ng daigdig!

Batid ko pong hindi lingid sa inyong kaalaman na ang tinutuloy ko pong problema ay ang malawakang nakawan, lantarang pandarambong, walang habas na paglaspag at sistematikong pagnananaw ng pondo at kaban ng bayan.

Ito po ang nakalaking problema hinggil po sa usapin ukol sa Pork Barrel, na sa akin pong paningin ay siyang isa sa ugat ng mga problemang tinukoy ko sa itaas.

Sa punto pong ito ay ibig kong kilalanin ang ambag ni dating senador Lacson hinggil sa usaping ito. Mula’t mula pa noon ay tutol na siya sa ‘prinsipyo’ at lalo na sa implementasyon ng Pork Barrel.

Lubha po akong sumasang-ayon sa senador na ang pork barrel ay isa sa ugat ng malalang korapsyon sa bansa!

Ngayon po, dahil sa masigasig na pagtugaygay ng mga kapatid natin sa midya at mga independienteng mga manunulat at mananaliksik ay unti-unti na po nating natutunghayan at nakikita ang kahindik-hindik, karimarimarim at lantarang kalapastangang gawa ng usaping ito sa buong bansa.

Ibig ko pong magpugay sa pahayagang Philippine Daily Inquirer na kauna-unahang dyaryo na naglunsad ng sunod-sunod na pagsisiwalat at masinop na pagbubulgar ng delubyong ito.

Sadya po talagang nakagigimbal ang kalunos-lunos na katotohanang ito na nakalulungkot man pong sabihin ay batid na din natin noon pa! Ngunit ngayon lamang po natin sadyang nalaman o unti-unting nababatid sa kabuuan ang lalim at lawak ng pinsalang dulot ng anomalya at korapsyong ito!

Isa pa po sa lalong nakapanlulumong impormasyon ang hindi mapapasubaliang katotohanan na hindi lamang po si manunubang Napoles (at kapatid niya) ang damay dito, ngunit lumalabas na kabahagi, katuwang at kasapakat din niya ang ilan (hindi pa po natin batid ang eksaktong bilang) ng ating mga Tongresmen, Senadogs, mga peke at di umiiral na NGOs diumano at gayundin ang ilang mga prayle.

Kasumpa-sumpa po ang mga hayop na mga baboy na ito sa kanilang gawi, kalabisan ng sabihin na sila po ay talagang mga masasamang-loob, walang mga kaluluwa at itim ang mga buto!

Sa turan nga po ng isang senadora: MGA BABOY TALAGA!

Hayaan po ninyong sipiin ko ang ilang mga pananalita mula sa isang talumpati ni senadora Miriam Defensor Santiago:

“If I die, it will not be because of my blood pressure but because of my enemies. Biro mo sa diyaryo, 5 senator ang kasangkot, persons of interest, sa isang P10 billion scam. Billion, hindi million, B as in baboy talaga…”

Kasunod po nito ay nanawagan din ang senadora sa kanya niya mambabatas na sangkot sa eskandalong ito na magsumite muna ng “leave of absence” hindi bilang pagtanggap nila ng kasalanan, kundi kanilang kortesiya sa publiko at mamamayang-Pilipino ng sa gayon ay maging daan ito upang makausad ng maayos ang proseso ng imbestigasyon at mabilis na mahalukay ang buong pangyayari ng sa gayon, kung magkagayon nga ay lumabas ang buong katotohanan.

Nanawagan din po ang senadora sa kanyang mga kasama na nasasangkot sa usaping ito na magsabi ng buong katotohanan sa taong-bayan. Ito ay sa kabila ng kanilang kabatiran na marami sa ating mga kababayan ang naghihirap at naghihikahos sa buhay!

Paano nila nagagawa o masisikmura ang bagay na ito?

Ayon pa sa Senadora:

“Naghahanapbuhay ang ibang tao, umulan, uminit, lalabas ka. Pag-uwi mo, dadaan ka pa sa battlezone, the classic problem in Metro Manila (traffic). Nakikipag-away ka. Kung ikaw naman housewife, mamalengke ka, halos lahat ng bilihin tumataas, wala kang magagawa. What do you have to say about this, niloloko tayo ng mga ito ah!”

Kalabisan ng sabihin, ngunit sang-ayon din ako sa maanghang na salitang binitiwan ng senadora na:

“I wanted to nuke the entire Senate building. That banner story is supported by affidavit, statements under oath. There is prima facie evidence against the senators. Prima facie means on the face. Mukha pa lang, makapal na.”

Mga kababayan, hindi po natin malulunasan ang suliraning ito sa pamamagitan lamang ng pagmura at pagtungayaw sa mga mga dayukdok at satanistang mga nilalang na kasangkot sa kababuyang ito!

Nutnutan na po ang kapal ng kanilang mga pagmumukha at sagad na po sa tigas ang kanilang mga apog!
Wala po silang konsepto ng dignidad o etika o konsiyensiya o moralidad o delicadeza o dangal! Sila po ay mga talipandas at mga animales na mas masahol pa sa pinakamaruming hayop!

Panahon na po na sila ay itakwil sa publiko at papanagutin sa kanilang karumal-dumal na krimen sa taong-bayan!

Kung kaya po, sumasang-ayon ako sa posisyon noon pa man ni senador Lacson na buwagin o ibasura na natin ang sistema ng Pork Barrel.

Inaanyayahan ko po ang ating mga kababayan na tunghayan po ninyo ang privileged speech ng nasabing senador na may titulong “Living without Pork”, na kanya pong binasa’t ipinahayag sa kapulungan ng Senado noong ika-11, ng Marso taong 2003.

Ako po ay umaayon din sa panukala, suhestiyon at payo ni senadora Santiago kay Pangulong Aquino na magtalaga ng mga retiradong Mahistrado ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman (Korte Suprema) tulad nila Mahistrado Amorfina Herrera at Flerida Ruth Romero na mga taong marangal at hindi makukuwestiyon o mapapasubalian ang karakter, pagkatao at integridad na tatayo at gagampan bilang mga ispesyal na taga-usig (special prosecutor) upang mag-imbestiga at mangalap ng mga ebidensya, testimonya at lahat ng dokumento na konektado sa usaping ito.

Ang ispesyal na lupon din po ng mga taga-usig na ito ay nararapat lamang na bigyan ng malawak na kapangyarihan at diskresyon upang magawa ang kanilang tungkulin. Kasabay nito, umaasa din tayo na sa lalong madaling panahon ay makapagsumite ng resolusyon at mga rekomendasyon ang nasabing lupon.
Ibig ko lamang din pong susugan o dagdagan ang mungkahi. Magalang ko pong ipinapayo na kung maaari ay gawing kasapi din ng lupon na ito ang Kalihim ng Katarungan.

Naniniwala din ako sa integridad, katapangan, kahusayan at kabutihang-loob ni Kalihim De Lima.
Karapat- dapat mong ang mga mararangal at mabubuting taong gaya nila ang umupo sa ahensyang itatayo o ilulunsad upang siyasatin at imbestigahan ang buong isyu at eskandalong ito!

Hamon sa Pangulong Aquino

Ginoong Pnoy, inihalal po kayo ng malaking bahagi ng ating mga kababayan sa ilalim ng inyong programa o plataporma na “daang matuwid”. Ngayon po ay nahaharap sa sangandaan ang ating bansa. Hinahamon ko po kayo, sa ngalan ng ating mga kababayan na patunayan po ninyo ang katotohanan at katwiran ng sinasabi ninyong “tuwid na landas” ng pamamahala. Patunayan po ninyo na hindi baliko o baluktot ang nasabing landasin! Patunayan po ninyo na hindi baku-bako o lubog sa baha ang tuwina’y tinuturan ninyong daan!

Magalang ko pong iminumungkahi na malalim po ninyong pag-aralan ang pagbuwag at tuluyang pagbasura sa pork barrel.

Kasabay po nito, huwag mo ninyong patawarin at palagpasin ang kababuyan at kalapastanganang ginawa; ito ay masakit man pong sabihin ay ginawa pa ng mga mambabatas na sa halip na silang unang tumalima at sumunod sa batas ay sila pang promotor at numero unong sumansala, bumaboy at yumurak di lamang po sa ating mga batas, kundi po sa karapatan at kagalingan ng lahat ng mga Pilipino. Binaboy din po ng mga hayop at talipandas na mga ito ang ating imahe at dangal sa paningin ng pandaigdigang komunidad!

Wala pong kapatawaran ang kanilang mga kahayupan at kababuyan!

Tulad nga po ng tanong ninyo noong inyong nakaraang SONA: “Saan po kayo kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha?”

Mahal na pangulo, pakitanong po itong muli sa harap ng kanilang mga pagmumukha!

Gamitin po ninyo ng maayos, noble at risonable ang lahat ng kapangyarihang ipinagkaloob sa inyo ng ating Saligang-Batas, upang maituwid ang karimarimarim na kawalanghiyaang ito!

Gamitin din po ninyo ng mahinusay, marangal at kaaya-aya ang lahat ng kapangyarihan ng ating pamahalaan at lahat ng mga institusyon nito upang habulin, papanagutin at pagbayarin sa harap ng batas at dalhin sa talampakan ng Hustisya ang mga salarin, halimaw, demonyo at mga dayukdok na ito!

Huwag po kayong matakot na gawin ang nararapat at makatwiran! Huwag po kayong mag-agam-agam o mag-atubili! Huwag po ninyong isipin ang kanilang magiging kontra-atake; kasama po ninyo kami, mahal na pangulo sa krusada at pakikibakang ito! Patunayan din po sana ninyo na kasama nga naming kayo!

Muli, sa ating pong mga Kababayan,

KUNG HINDI PO TAYO KIKILOS; SINO PA ANG KIKILOS? AT KUNG HINDI NGAYON; KAILAN PA?

Huwag po nating kalimutan na ang “payapang pampang ay para lamang sa mga pangahas na sasagupa sa alimpuyo ng alon sa panahon ng unos”.

Ibig po natin ng pagbabago, kailangan po nating kumilos upang magkaroon ng pagbabago! Sa atin pong mga sama-samang hakbangin at kolektibong pagkilos magmumula at bubukal ang pagbabago at transpormasyon ng ating lipunan!

Hindi po lahat ng panahon ay panahon ng pananahimik, sapagkat lahat po ng panahon ay panahon dapat ng pagpapasya! Hinihimok ko kayong lahat na gampanan ninyo ang inyong mga tungkulin, hindi lamang bilang mga mamamayan ng bayang ito, kundi higit pa, bilang mga mabubuti at mararangal na tao: lumahok at lumabas po tayong lahat sa ika-26 ng Agosto!

Magkaisa po tayo’t magbuklod, samahan at damayan po natin ang isa’t-isa upang muli nating ipakita sa pamahalaang na nasa atin ang Kapangyarihan! Na Tayo ang Lakas, na Tayo ang Lahat!

Panahon nang itakwil at ibasura ang Pork Barrel!

Sa lahat ng mga Baboy, Demonyo at Buwaya sa pamahalaan:

SA INYONG MGA BABOY AT SATANISTANG TONGRESMEN, SENADOGS, GAYUNDIN ANG ILANG MGA KASUMPA-SUMPANG MGA PRAYLE, MGA PEKENG NGOs, SA PANGUNGUNA NG PINAKABABOY NINYONG ITIM NA REYNANG NAPOLES;

MAGTAPATAN NA TAYO! SA NGALAN NG MGA MAMAMAYANG PILIPINO, DERETSAHAN NA: SA INYONG LAHAT NA MGA PUNYETA AT BABOY NA NILALANG KAYO NA MAY KINALAMAN AT KAUGNAYAN SA DEMONYONG PORK BARREL NINYO NA PERA NAMIN — MGA PUTANG-INA NINYONG LAHAT!

SUMPAIN KAYO NG LANGIT! HATULAN KAYO NG KASAYSAYAN!

SISINGILIN NAMIN KAYO! MALAPIT NA ANG PAGTUTUOS AT PAGLILITIS!

Muli po, mga minamahal kong kababayan, panahon ng itakwil ang kababuyang ito at papanagutin ang lahat ng mga baboy na bumaboy sa pondo at kaban ng ating bayan!

Sa Agosto bente sais (26), Anibersaryo ng ating Dakila at Magiting na Rebolusyong-Pilipino ng 1896, magsama-sama po tayo’t magkaisa; muli po nating ipakita di lamang sa manhid na pamahalaang ito at higit sa lahat sa buong mundo na nasa atin ang Kapangyarihan, na Tayo ang Lakas, na Tayo Mismo ang Lakas!

ITULOY ANG DIWA NG REBOLUSYONG 1896!!

Magalang pong sumasainyong lahat,

Jose Mario Dolor De Vega

Lekturer ng Pilosopiya
Kolehiyo ng Sining at Agham-Panlipunan
Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas

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[Press Release] Groups call on PNoy: Likas Yaman Depensahan, Karapatan Proteksyunan Enact three green bills—NLUMA, FRB, AMMB

Groups call on PNoy: Likas Yaman Depensahan, Karapatan Proteksyunan
Enact three green bills—NLUMA, FRB, AMMB

Photo by PhilRights

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Days before President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), at least five hundred advocates and activists marched to the House of Representatives in Batasan to call on the President and Congress to defend the Philippine’s natural resources and protect people’s rights through the enactment of three green bills.

Calling for the enactment of the National Land Use Management Act (NLUMA), Forest Resources Bill (FRB) and Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB) are the Campaign for Land use Policy Now! (CLUP Now!), Sagip GUBAT and SOS Yamang Bayan networks.

The “Green Groups” urged PNoy to recognize these urgent concerns in his SONA and to certify urgent the three “Green” bills that will not only address our environmental problems but also protect the rights of Filipino communities to a thriving environment and livelihood opportunities.

Erwin Quiñones, national coordinator of SOS Yamang Bayan explained: “Two years ago we asked the President: gawing luntian ang tuwid na daan. Unfortunately, he failed us. Now we call on the government again to prioritize these three environment bills that will address land use problems, deforestation and minerals management.

“Eventually, these legislative measures will contribute to the rehabilitation and stability of our eccosystems and will raise our capacity to fight the impacts of climate change and a growing population ,” he added.

Photo Green March (pre SONA 2013) with our lead green champions at the House of Representatives. greenresearch.gwen@gmail.com

Photo Green March (pre SONA 2013) with our lead green champions at the House of Representatives. greenresearch.gwen@gmail.com

Reps. Barry Gutierrez III of Akbayan Partylist, Teddy Brawner-Baguilat Jr of Ifugao, Jorge “Bolet” Banal of the 3rd Distict of Quezon City, and Kaka Bag-ao of Dinagat, who support these bills met the group as they arrived in Batasan. The group is composed of indigenous peoples, farmers and fisherfolks, urban poor, women, human rights advocates, environmentalists and students.

Rep. Gutierrez urged President Aquino to ‘paint’ his administration green and champion important laws to safeguard the environment.

“President Aquino during the start of his administration used the color yellow as a symbol in the people’s campaign to fight for transparency and end a corrupt past and then employed the color purple in the struggle for the passage of the Reproductive Health law. It’s just fitting that, in the remaining years of his presidency, he should also paint his administration green and push for the passage of laws crucial for the protection of the environment,” according to Gutierrez.

NLUMA already has the support of President Aquino which he mentioned in his SONA in 2010 and certified as urgent piece of legislation last Congress. However, the bill was derailed in the Senate after it was reverted back to the Second Reading with the motion of reconsideration at the last minute by Senator Marcos, Enrile, and Villar. NLUMA was also excluded in the list of agenda last 2 session days in the Senate ending its chances of being passed into law last 15th Congress.

Reps. Kaka Bag-ao, Teddy Baguilat, and Jorge Banal refiled the National Land Use and Management Act last July 1. In the Senate, Sen. Gregorio Honasan also refiled the National Land Use bill that will rationalize the holistic and just allocation and use of our country’s land and natural resources.

Rep. Banal, principal sponsor of NLUMA stressed “We have pushed for the enactment of a National Land Use and Management Law during the 15th Congress and we are steadfast in fighting for its passage.”

He also encouraged everyone to support this campaign for NLUMA for this will “ensure sustainability and ecological balance, distributive justice in the allocation of land and water resources”.

Meanwhile, re-elected Ifugao Rep. Baguilat eagerly refiled the Forest Resources Bill last July 1.

“I strongly believe it is imperative that Congress pass all three green bills because they address the lack of a proper framework for the use and management of our natural resources. Our lands, waters, forests and minerals are not just sources of raw materials to be exploited but are resources that should be wisely managed for the benefit of present and future stakeholders. We hope Malacanang will support all three bills as well and not just fiscal incentives for investments,” stressed Rep. Baguilat.

The three bills have been filed in both Houses of Congress as House Bill No. 108 and Senate Bill No. 63 (NLUMA), House Bill No. 95 and Senate Bill No. 45 (FRB), and House Bill 984 and Senate Bill No. 43 (AMMB), respectively.

Rep. Bag-ao promised: “In this 16th Congress, we will not let the opportunity pass to enact the NLUMA, AMMB and FRB into laws. These three environmental bills must be prioritized by this Congress to jumpstart the deliberations and debates towards the speedy passage of these laws. ”

The networks challenge this Congress to be “Green Heroes” and immediately tackle and pass these bills.

The Executive Branch led by President Aquino is also called on to support the urgent passage of these critical resource laws, together with promoting a better policy and fiscal environment for investments. .

Press Release
July 17, 2013

For more information, contact:
Kim Alvarez, CLUP Now!, 0918-6545059 kbalvarez@gmail.com
Eric Dorente, Sagip GUBAT Network, 0922-8151938 advocacy@haribon.org.ph
Farah Sevilla, SOS Yamang Bayan Network, 0923-5122374 policy@alyansatigilmina.net

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[In the news] Lawmaker vows to reintroduce FOI bill -PhilStar.com

Lawmaker vows to reintroduce FOI bill
By Jess Diaz,The Philippine Star
May 26, 2013

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MANILA, Philippines – Re-elected Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat yesterday said he would reintroduce and push for the approval of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill in the incoming 16th Congress.

“We should make FOI a priority in the next Congress as it is crucial in strengthening the tuwid na daan (straight path) advocacy. It is crucial in the administration’s campaign against graft and corruption,” he said.

Baguilat, a member of the ruling Liberal Party, said with more party members winning seats in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, major reform bills such as the FOI would have a greater chance of approval.

“The FOI bill seeks to make it easier for people and the media to access public documents, especially those related to bidding of government projects as well as expenditures. This way, there will be greater transparency in government affairs and the way taxpayers’ money is spent,” he said.

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[Event] We Need Space for Kite Flying! Pass National Land Use Act Now! -CLUP Now!

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CAMPAIGN FOR LAND USE POLICY NOW! (CLUP Now!)

Greetings from the Campaign for Land Use Policy Now! (CLUP Now!)

We are a network of peoples’ organizations and non-government organizations (NGOs) leading the campaign for the passage of the National Land Use Act (NLUA). The NLUA bill was approved this 15th Congress on 3rd reading by the House of Representatives last September 20, 2012. The Senate approved its version on 2nd reading in January 2013. Moreover, President Benigno S. Aquino III certified land use bill as urgent that must be enacted into a law this 15th Congress.

Notwithstanding only two session days left in this Congress come June 5 and 6, 2013, CLUP Now! still believes that there is a chance for NLUA to be enacted into law given Pres. Aquino’s certification of NLUA as an urgent bill. He recognizes the need to have a law that will provide for efficient and sound management of the country’s resources to address environmental problems as well as political and cultural land and water disputes.

In this light, CLUP Now! is launching a month long advocacy activities to ensure that legislators will finally pass this important piece of legislation. This activity will be kicked off by a Kite Flying Event entitled “We Need Space for Kite Flying! Pass National Land Use Act Now!”. We would like to invite you to this Kite Flying Event on May 19, 2013, Sunday, 2:00 pm, at UP Sunken Garden, UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City.

The Kite Flying Event aims to achieve the following objectives:

Generate more awareness for NLUA
Information, Education, Communication activities on NLUA for children and families
Launch the one month long advocacy activities on NLUA
We thank you and earnestly hope for your presence and support of NLUA’s passage.

Should you have queries, you may contact Ms. Kimberly B. Alvarez at 09186545059 or 433-0760, or email kbalvarez@gmail.com

Very Truly Yours,

ANTHONY MARZAN

Executive Director, KAISAHAN

CLUP Now! Convenor

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[In the news] Election 2013: The revenge of the excluded -INQUIRER.net

Election 2013: The revenge of the excluded
By Amando Doronila, Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 13, 2013

inquirerThirty-seven million Filipinos go to the polls today in a midterm election which President Aquino considers a referendum on his three years in office.

More than 50 percent of the registered voters are under 44 years of age. According to the voters’ profile based on a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, of the 45.5 million registered voters, those 18 to 24 years of age numbered 4.91 million (10.8 percent); 25 to 34 years old, 11.92 million (26.2 percent); 35 to 45 years old, 9.37 million (20.6 percent).

Whether this new generation of young voters will respond to the President’s call to give his administration’s Team PNoy senatorial lineup a 12-0 sweep of the Senate is far from certain.
In an election eve radio message to the nation, the President, through a Palace spokesperson, appeared almost pleading.

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[From the web] Youth leaders urge voters to junk trapos -akbayanyouth.wordpress.com

Youth leaders urge voters to junk trapos; support candidates who can sustain momentum of reforms
February 10, 2013

Akbayan youthTwo days before the official start of the campaign for the national and party-list elections, Akbayan Youth, the youth wing of Akbayan party-list called on voters to reject traditional politicians (trapos) and instead support “pro-change” candidates who can sustain the momentum of reforms.

According to Akbayan Youth spokesperson JC Tejano, traditional politicians have perennially used the elections to further entrench their interests while also serving as a stumbling block to meaningful reforms.

“Instead of the usual crop of trapos, the voting public should be more finicky and elect leaders who will uphold their sworn oath to faithfully serve the public and continue the momentum of reforms that have been started,” Tejano said.

Issue-based elections

Akbayan Youth also urged voters to ensure that the election season becomes a campaign based on issues by demanding from the candidates their platforms, programs and their stand on various political, social and economic issues and also go beyond the gimmicky and cheap tricks often employed by trapos to attract votes.

“We should raise the public’s level of political awareness beyond mere gimmicks and flare for pageantry and into a serious discussion of issues and platforms,” Tejano said.

“The people must build on the success of the significant reforms we have achieved in the past two years such as the reproductive health, sin tax, kasambahay, overseas voting laws, among others,” Tejano said.

Protect RH law, support pro-RH candidates

Tejano also urged the voters to support pro-RH candidates saying the recently RH law must be duly protected and defended from those that want to transform it into an unfunded mandate.

“We must guarantee that Congress will provide sufficient yearly funding for the implementation of the RH law. And one of the best ways to ensure that is to elect consistent and dependable RH advocates in the House of Representatives and Senate,” Tejano concluded. ###

Contact Person:
Sigrid Sibug @ 09157690439

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[In the news] Bicam OK of Juvenile Justice bill hits a snag as solon moves to lower youth offenders’ age to 12 -InterAksyon.com

Bicam OK of Juvenile Justice bill hits a snag as solon moves to lower youth offenders‘ age to 12
By Jelly F. Musico, Philippine News Agency
February 4, 2013

InterAksyon logo2MANILA, Philippines – The approval of the bill amending the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 hit a snag on Monday at the bicameral conference committee level after a member of the House panel insisted on a version reducing the age coverage of offenders to 12.

”The House would like to reduce (from 15 years old) to 12 for all offenses. So that’s the problem. Other provisions? I think we have all agreed,” Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, a member of Senate panel to the bicam, said in media interview.

Pangilinan, one of the authors of the Senate version (Senate Bill 3324), said the Senate panel had proposed to maintain the minium age to 15 but with mandatory and involuntary confinement process under the Department of Social and Welfare Development if the offender committed serious offenses.

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[In the news] Congress ratifies ‘Marcos compensation bill’ -RAPPLER.com

Congress ratifies ‘Marcos compensation bill’
By RAPPLER.COM
January 28, 2013

rappler_logoMANILA, Philippines (UPDATED)- The Senate and the House of Representatives on Monday, January 28, ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the ‘Marcos compensation bill,’ a measure seeking to provide compensation to human rights victims during the Martial Law era.

Its formal title is “Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.”

The bill is ready for President Aquino III’s signature.

Sen Francis “Chiz” Escudero is the sponsor of the measure in the Senate. He is chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

“This is a first of such human rights legislation in the world where a state recognizes a previous administration’s fault against its own people and not only provides for, but also actually appropriates for reparation,” the senator said.

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[Event] FIND’s press forum and 27th founding anniversary, 23 Nov 2012

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The Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) welcomes the historic ratification of the proposed Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012 by the Senate and the House of Representatives on October 16, 2012.

For almost two decades, the families of desaparecidos and other human rights advocates have steadfastly pushed for a law that would make enforced or involuntary disappearance a distinct crime to help bring its perpetrators to justice. The proposed measure once signed into law will be a landmark instrument that the suffering victims and their families can use in their collective effort to put an end to impunity.

In this regard, is holding a Press Forum on the salient provisions of the engrossed bill that now awaits the signature of the President. The Press Forum will be held on the 27th founding anniversary of FIND on November 23, 2012 at the Kenny Rogers Roasters Restaurant, Matalino Street, Quezon City from 9:30 am – 11:30 am.

For your inquiries, please contact Ms. Lenin Castillo at telephone number 9210069 or mobile numbers 0922-5424531 and 09175419132.

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[Statement] Non-Passage of the FOI Bill in the 15th Congress is Not Acceptable -Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition

Non-Passage of the FOI Bill in the 15th Congress is Not Acceptable-Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition

Carpe diem! Seize the day!
A little over three months ago, Speaker Belmonte uttered these words to summon his colleagues in the House of Representatives to work harder and faster on bills pending in the chamber, not least of them the FOI (Freedom of Information) bill. This clarion call may well be addressed not only to the House, but to the Senate, the Executive, and the public as well.

Starting Nov. 5, the FOI bill enters a most critical stage. There would only be 35 working days left before Congress again adjourns on December 21. Session will resume for only 15 working days next year from January 21 to February 8, after which legislative work virtually grinds to a halt to give way to the campaign for the May 13, 2013 elections.

While time is running out, the FOI bill can still take a different path than it did under the 14th Congress of Speaker Prospero Nograles and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, if only the House of Representatives, the Senate, and President Benigno S. Aquino III will take decisive action now.

At the House of Representatives, the first hurdle will be for the Committee on Public Information to approve a committee report when it meets on Tuesday, November 13.

After the bill passes the Committee on November !3, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. must be able to lead the House in approving the bill before it adjourns on December 22.

At the Senate, the progress of the FOI bill has slowed down despite the strong stated commitment to its passage by the Senate leadership and FOI champions. After Senator Gregorio Honasan II sponsored the FOI committee report before the Senate plenary last 4 June, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, a key champion of the FOI bill, has not found an opportunity to deliver his co-sponsorship speech that would pave the way for the period of interpellation on the bill.

We hope Senator Cayetano delivers his co-sponsorship speech at the soonest, and Senator Honasan shepherds the bill through interpellations and approval in plenary also before the December 22 adjournment.

Only an approval of the FOI bill on second and third reading in both Houses before adjournment on December 22 will allow it to go through bicameral conference committee in time for ratification when session resumes in January.

While the primary burden for passing the FOI law rests with Congress, there is no denying the critical factor that Malacañang‘s unequivocal support will play in getting this landmark measure through. Even as we acknowledge Malacañang’s endorsement of an amended FOI bill in Congress in February this year, the hands-off position that Malacañang has since taken on the bill is regarded by no less than House Committee Chairman Ben Evardone as a signal to prevent the advance of the measure.

In an interview in the television program Failon Ngayon last August, Evardone gave the following explanation for his earlier inaction on the FOI bill:

“Hindi naman ako ang pumipigil personal. Ako, matagal ko nang gustong ilabas yan dito sa committee ko eh dahil ako nga ang nabubugbog sa media. Eh dati pa akong taga media. Eh hindi naman puwedeng ako lang mag-decide n’yan, siyempre. Eh ito pang issue na napaka-sensitibo, napaka-controversial, at hindi naman priority ng ating Pangulo, kasi wala doon sa legislative agenda na sinubmit sa atin, wala doon sa SONA, although binanggit ng ating Speaker na isa yan sa mga kung baga dapat na pagbigyan ng priority.”

Evardone added:

“But there is no party stand. Is there a party stand of the Liberal Party? There is none! Kung merong party stand ang Liberal Party, no problem, ako I toe the line.”

With Evardone openly and publicly blaming President Aquino and his party for the delay in the passage of the FOI Act, we must hear from the President and LP reformers to refute Evardone, and take an unambiguous support for the FOI bill’s passage as they do on other measures such as the sin tax bill.

On our part we see the roadblocks to the passage of the FOI law as a challenge to strengthen our resolve to push for the immediate passage of the FOI law.

The importance of passing the FOI Act is acknowledged by the highest leaders of our country.

In his speech before the Makati Business Club – Management Association of the Philippines joint membership meeting on 19 November 2010, Speaker Belmonte emphasized that “the drive against corruption requires a comprehensive approach that includes enhancing law enforcement, increasing prosecutorial success, and establishing a culture of transparency in government.” He identified the FOI bill as among the legislative proposals being studied towards such ends.

Senate President Enrile provided a keen insight into the impact of passing the FOI Act, in his speech at the opening of the third regular session of the 15th Congress last July 23. He said:

“The benefits of transparency are mutually advantageous to civil society and government. The vigilance of our citizens becomes the standard (on) which our public leaders will be measured. Transparency parts the curtains of corruption and illegal practices. In turn, accountability, will refine decision-making, and make leadership and public institutions more responsive and efficient.”

Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad, in a statement released when he submitted Malacañang’s endorsed version of the FOI bill to the House last February, said that it is essential in the Aquino administration’s governance and anti-corruption plan:

“President Aquino believes that we can curb corruption more successfully and strengthen public institutions if citizens are given greater access to official information. Moreover, freedom of information—limited only by a few legitimate areas of confidentiality—will empower the people to hold their leaders accountable and get actively involved in governance.”

Time is of the essence to maximize the FOI law’s full potential in fighting corruption and ingraining the culture of transparency and accountability in government. If we again wait for the next Congress to pass the FOI law, there would be very limited time to ensure its proper and effective implementation that we hope an anti-corruption administration can ensure. One key lesson from anti-corruption efforts is that we are weakest in implementation.

Also, passing the FOI law now will reinforce the political statement that the fight against corruption applies equally to all. It will no doubt make a difference in the landscape of the anti-corruption efforts of government, which used to put political survival at the forefront while key measures are made to wait in order to manage politics.

We will not accept a non-passage of the FOI bill in the 15th Congress!

As part of our continuing expression of our collective demand for the immediate passage of the FOI bill, we shall peaceably assemble in Mendiola on 12 November 2012, and call on President Aquino as well as the leaders and members of the Senate and House of Representatives, to honor their promise to pass the Freedom of Information Act.
Signed (5 November 2012):

1. Atty. Nepomuceno Malaluan
Co-Director, Institute for Freedom of Information and
Co-Convenor, Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition

2. Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, DD
Chairman, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA)

3. Ms. Malou Mangahas
Executive Director, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

4. Ms. Annie Geron
General Secretary, Public Services Labor Independent Confederation (PSLINK)

5. Mr. Vincent Lazatin
Executive Director, Transparency and Accountability Network

6. Prof. Luis Teodoro
Deputy Director, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

7. Mr. Josua Mata
Secretary General, Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)

8. Ms. Yuen Abana
Campaign Coordinator, Partido ng Manggagawa

9. Ms. Clarissa V. Militante
Coordinator, Focus on the Global South, Philippines Programme

10. Mr. Jun Aguilar
Mr. Elso Cabangon
Filipino Migrant Workers Group

11. Mr. Max M. De Mesa
Chairperson, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)

12. Mr. Ramon R. Tuazon, President
Dr. Florangel Rosario-Braid, President Emeritus & Senior Adviser?
Ms. Madeline B. Quiamco, Dean
Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication

13. Atty. Roberto Eugenio Cadiz
Executive Director, Libertás

14. Prof. Leonor M. Briones
Lead Covenor, Social Watch Philippines

15. Ms. Maxine Tanya Hamada
Executive Director, International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance (INCITEGov)

16. Mr. Norman Cabrera, Secretary General
Mr. John Carlos G. de los Reyes, Candidate for Senator (2013)
Mr. Rizalito Y. David, Candidate for Senator (2013)
Atty. Marwil Llasos, Candidate for Senator (2013)
Mr. Carlos Cabochan, Candidate for Representative, 2nd District of Caloocan City (2013)
Mr. Harry Tambuatco, Candidate for Representative, Lone district of Muntinlupa city (2013)
Mr. Edilberto M. Cuenca, Candidate for Representative, 1st District of Makati City (2013)
Mr. Frank Reyes, Candidate for Representative, Lone District of Mandaluyong City (2013)
Ang Kapatiran Party

17. Atty Eirene Jhone Aguila
FOI and New Politics Advocate

18. Ms. Joy Aceron
Program Director, Government Watch/ PODER, Ateneo School of Government

19. Dr. Segundo Romero
Program Director, Ateneo School of Government

20. Mr. Bong Fabe
Freelance journalist

21. Ms. Jenina Joy Chavez
Southeast Asia Monitor for Action

22. Dr. Joseph Anthony Lim
Professor, Economics Department, Ateneo De Manila University

23. Dr. J. Prospero de Vera
Professor, UPNCPAG
Executive Director, Pimentel Institute for Leadership and Governance

24. Atty. Risa Halagueña
Fellow, Action for Economic Reforms

25. Sr. Cres Lucero, SFIC, Co-Chairperson
Mr. Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines

26. Atty. Corazon Valdez Fabros
Lead Convenor, Stop the War Coalition Philippines

27. Ms. Ana Maria R. Nemenzo
National Coordinator, WomanHealth Philippines

28. Mr. Rolando Ocampo
Spokesperson, Prudentialife Warriors/Movement for Change and Good Governance

29. Ms. Cielo Magno
Coordinator, Bantay Kita

30. Mr. Red Batario, Executive Director
Ms. G. Sevilla Alvarez, Program Director
Center for Community Journalism and Development

31. Ms. Marjorie Anne Yoro
Suprema, UP Kabataang Pilosopo Tasyo (KaPiTas), UP Diliman

32. Ms. Moses Albiento
Chairperson, Alliance of Student Leaders (ASL), Ateneo de Manila University

33. Mr. Joseph Angelo Gutierrez
Chairperson, Movement of Students for Progressive Leadership in UP (MOVE UP), UP Los Baños

34. Mr. Tristan Daine Zinampan
Chairperson, Linking Everyone Towards Service CDC (LETS CDC), College of Development Communication, UP Los Baños

35. Ms. Mary Ann Fuertes
Executive Director, Interface Development Interventions, Inc. (Davao City)

36. Atty. Arvin A. Jo
Focal Person, The Access Initiative – Philippines

37. Ms. April Lamentillo
Supremo, Sandigan ng mga Iskolar para sa Nagkakaisang CAS (SINAG CAS), College of Arts and Sciences, UP Los Baños

38. Mr. Curt Russel Lopez Delfin
President, Metro Manila Alliance of Communication Students (MACS)

39. Mr. John Mark Salvador
President, Bagong Benilde, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde

40. Mr. Van Battad
President, UP Sirkulo ng mga Kabataang Artista (SIKAT), UP Diliman

41. Ms. Luisa Lioanag
Bos Tsip-Tsip, UP Bukluran sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino (Buklod-Isip), UP Diliman

42. Ms. Starjoan Villanueva
Executive Director, Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao

43. Mr. Joseph Purugganan
Coordinator, EU-ASEAN FTA Network

44. Ms. Patricza Torio
Tagapangulo, UP Lipunang Pangkasaysayan (LIKAS), UP Diliman

45. Ms. Marian Bahalla
Chairperson, Laban COC Party, College of Communication, Polytechnic University of the Philippines

46. Mr. Arjay Mercado
President, UP Economics Towards Consciousness (ETC), UP Diliman

47. Mr. Joshua Layog
Primer, Katipunan CHE, College of Human Ecology, UP Los Baños

48. Ms. Ema Escanilla
Speaker, UP People-Oriented Leadership in the Interest of Community Awareness (UP POLITICA), UP Diliman

49. Mr. Edward Dayog
President, UP Organization of Human Rights Advocates (OHRA), UP Diliman

50. Mr. JC Tejano
National Chairperson, Bukluran ng mga Progresibong Iskolar – UP System (BUKLURAN – UP SYSTEM)

51. Ms. Ara Tan
President, UP Kalipunan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Sosyolohiya (KMS), UP Diliman

52. Mr. Ace Ligsay
Chairperson, UP Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (UP ALYANSA), UP Diliman

53. Mr. Mickey Eva
President, Coalition for Students’ Rights and Welfare (STRAW Coalition)

54. Mr. Carlo Brolagda, Chairperson
Mr. Chris Alquizalas, Councilor
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Student Council (CSSPSC), UP Diliman / Convenors, FOI Youth Initiative (FYI)

55. Mr. Joshua Young
Chairperson, Bigkis ng mga Iskolar Para sa Bayan Tungo sa Makabuluhang Pagbabago – UPM (BIGKIS-UPM), UP Manila

56. Mr. Viko Fumar
President, BUKLOD CSSP, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, UP Diliman

57. Julliano Fernando A. Guiang
Councilor, University Student Council, UP Diliman
Convenor, Disclose All Records (DARe) Movement

58. Mr. Deg Daupan
President, Alternatibong Katipunan ng mga Mag-aaral (AKMA), UP Baguio

59. Mr. Walter Tamayo
History Department Representative, AngKAS (CSSP History Department Core Group), UP Diliman

60. Mr. Gio Alejo
President, Sanggunian ng mga Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila, Ateneo de Manila University

61. Mr. Jose Valencia
President, KASAPI Kaisahan ng Migranteng Manggagawa sa Gresya

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REFERENCE:

ATTY. NEPOMUCENO MALALUAN
Co-Convenor, Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition
Email: nepo_m@yahoo.com
Mobile: 0918 927 1501

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[Event] 12 years and counting… will there ever be justice for missing PICOP 6 workers? -FIND

12 years and counting… will there ever be justice for missing PICOP 6 workers?

Joseph Belar, Jovencio Lagare, Romualdo Orcullo, Diosdado Oliver, Artemio Ayala, Jr. and Arnold Dangkiasan were sub-contractual workers of the PICOP Resources Inc. who were arrested and forcibly disappeared on the night of October 14, 2000 in Sta. Maria, Trento, Agusan del Sur. They were at the entrance of a videoke bar when Corporal Rodrigo Billones of the 62nd Infantry Battalion herded the six kargador of logs to the nearby military camp.

On 13 November 2000, relatives of the PICOP 6 assisted by the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) filed a Petition for the Writ of Habeas Corpus which was withdrawn a year later in favor of a criminal case of Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention lodged on 29 November 2001 against Corporal Billones.

An eyewitness, Sgt. Esequias Duyogan, then a member of the 62nd IB who witnessed the ordeal suffered by the victims took pity on their families and firmly decided to testify in court how soldiers killed the victims by bashing their heads with iron pipes; dug graves and buried the bodies at the back of the PX building; and three days later loaded them on a Chevrolet service vehicle and burned them at Rampid, Km. 57 in Barangay Nueva Gracia, Trento, Agusan del Sur.

Today, twelve years after the enforced disappearance of the six victims collectively called PICOP 6, only Cpl. Rodrigo Billones had been found guilty in a July 18, 2008 court ruling penned by Presiding Judge Dante Luz N. Viacrucis favoring petitioners — the families of the victims. The twelve other soldiers who were implicated remain scot-free.

On June 9, 2011, a multiple murder case, Criminal Case No. 7361, People of the Philippines versus COL. Eutiquio M. Cabando, Jr., CPT. Enrico B. Calumag, TSG Angel Perilla, TSG Fernando J. Cagadas, SSGT Bienvenido M. Beto, Jr., SGT Cesar C. Bolito, CPL Renante B. Castaneda, CPL Diosilo S. Pitos, CPL Calven Ronda, TSG Venturito M. Saballa, PFC Miguel Bachecha, PFC Jesus L. Patrimonio, CPL Rodrigo L. Billones was filed by Assistant State Prosecutor Vilma Sarmiento before the Regional Trial Court, 10th Judicial Region, Branch 6 in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

The case has yet to find a court and judge to hear the case as two judges have inhibited themselves from the case for various reasons and had been referred to Judge Hector B. Salise of RTC- Br. 7, Bayugan City of the same province.

Meanwhile, their families continue to suffer emotionally, the anguish brought about by the sudden loss of their loved ones. For them, justice remains so elusive. The snail-paced process of the judicial system has prolonged their agony like salt to a wound and is reinforcing impunity. The uncertainty on the fate of a missing kin is deeply unsettling for the families while those responsible remain unpunished.

The impending approval of the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act of 2012 ushers hope to the families and victims of enforced or involuntary disappearances. The Senate and the House of Representatives have already passed their respective versions of said legislation. Currently, a bicameral conference committee of both legislative chambers is finalizing the legislation that criminalizes enforced disappearance.

If and only the current 15th Congress could transmit it sooner and the President could sign it into law, then, there may be light for the desaparecidos and the suffering families.

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[Statement] Birds of the same feather… -KPD

BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER…

by KPD

The crowd that attended the book launch of “Juan Ponce Enrile: A Memoir” last October 4, 2012 at the Manila Peninsula were people who have lived in the corridors of power and immensely benefited from the system. As one newspaper reported, “the invitation of Enrile brought together an odd assortment of colorful characters whose careers and personalities have crossed, intersected and clashed on the very public state of Philippine politics”.

Surprisingly, the book launching was also attended by a section of the ruling class that were victims of martial law. The caption “No permanent friends, only permanent interests” with the picture of the launching hugged the headlines, hitting the nail on the head. Let bygones be bygones. The ruling class can live with each other and even forgive one another.

Their overwhelming concern is that the system continually serve their interests and reap benefits for them while the reins of political power shift from one faction to another via an election. Aberrations like the Marcos dictatorship, the revolutionary government of Cory Aquino and the illegitimate rule of Gloria Arroyo are testimonies of the fractiousness of the ruling class on one hand and how their contradictions are being resolved momentarily on the other hand. Those who lose out at any point can always worm back into the seat of political power. The most important thing is that the well-entrenched power remains with them.

Beyond the book launching, the attendance also conclusively reflects the entire ruling class’ support for PNoy’s institutionalization of reforms in the system, making the system more subservient to foreign capital and more misery on people’s lives. Their current unity is best expressed in the claim of the parties out of power that they are not the opposition to PNoy’s administration. In fact, some political parties have coalesced with the ruling Liberal Party in the coming election.

The timing of the book launch of Enrile is revealing. It comes at a time that Enrile enjoys high popularity rating after the Senate impeachment of Corona and a week after the country commemorated the 40th anniversary of martial law. Afterwards, on daily basis, the contents of the memoir are daily being dished out in the newspapers.

There is more than meets the eye. The event reiterates an established fact – that victors always write the history. The crowd at the book launching which was practically an array of the ruling class became a fait accompli in rewriting the real pages of the martial law period.

Looking back, the Marcos dictatorship was not an isolated case. It was part of a period where the US installed and supported dictators within and among its client states – Somoza in Nicaragua, Suharto in Indonesia to name a few. Granting that the “martial law blueprint was spelled out during Marcos inaugural speech on December 30, 1965”, it still needed the go signal and tacit support from the US to declare and implement the martial law.

Enrile “who has held power at its apex for 46 years” was never for people’s democracy. Until now, Enrile is still a rabid apologist for martial law and authoritarianism that resulted in the incarceration of more than 70,000 people, 34,000 tortured, 3,240 killed and 1,000 disappeared. If the plot to oust Marcos had been successful in the first quarter of 1986, they would then install a civilian military junta.

In his last month’s skirmish with Trillanes, he arrogantly announced that as a Senate president, he is answerable to no one.

And still, Enrile had the gall to “re-engineer himself” as the humane face of the dictatorship and in the process portray himself as a hero. In his twilight years, the memoir is Enrile’s serious attempt to carve his lasting positive legacy on the history of the nation. Part of this is sanitizing, nay cosmetizing his role during martial law.

Recently, he claimed that his ambush on that “one fateful night in September 1972” was for real and its staging was not needed to justify the imposition of martial law. This was long after his admission to the public last February 22, 1986 that the ambush was fake.

What version now to believe? The circumstances of the contradictory claims were different. February, 1986 found Enrile among those who holed in Camp Aguinaldo and was under threat of being attacked by the pro-Marcos forces. Yes, it was an admission of a man unsure to live another day. It was like an admission of a dying man.

The reconstruction of stories and tales are also curios . Acts, events, and statements are attributed to individuals that are already dead like Marcos, Ver and even Ninoy Aquino. These people could not tell their own tales to contradict Enrile. For dead men could not tell their own stories.

Why should Enrile wait for the launching of his memoir to peddle these stories? Immediately, after his “transformation” last February, 1986 by admitting that the ambush was fake, he could have made restitutions by spelling out the whole truth about martial law. Then, it would stand scrutiny because the key players then of martial law were still alive. He never did.

Enrile is one of the best and proven defenders of the status quo for almost 50 years. Let us read the book for what its worth – one of the best exposition on how the ruling class writes their own version of distorted history.

Others will also try to write their own version of history. But we know for a fact that it is solely the people who make real history. And with the people, let us write and build our own history. For, it is in righting the wrongs of history that we avoid the condemnation to repeat the horrors of the past.
Kilusan Para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD)
October 1, 2012

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[In the news] Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, namimiligrong mamatay pagsapit ng Disyembre -GMANews

Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, namimiligrong mamatay pagsapit ng Disyembre
GMANews
October 9, 2012

Aminado ang pangunahing may-akda ng kontrobersiyal na Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, na hanggang sa Disyembre na lamang ang pag-asa niyang maipapasa ang naturang panukalang batas na pinaniniwalaang makatutulong para magkaroon ng transparency sa gobyerno.

“’Pag hindi papasa on third reading ang FOI before Christmas break in both chambers Senate and the House (of Representatives), wala na. Kasi kung pumasa ‘yan sa isang chamber, wala pa rin. Dapat pareho, both chambers,” paliwanag sa media ni Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tañada III nitong Martes.

Sa legislative calendar ng Kamara, nakatakdang magbakasyon ang Kongreso para sa paggunita ng Undas simula Oktubre 20 hanggang Nobyembre 4, 2012.

Magpapatuloy ang sesyon ng Kongreso sa Nob. 5 hanggang Disyembre 21, 2012. Kasunod nito ay magbabakasyon muli ang mga mambabatas para sa Christmas break na magsisimula sa Dec. 22 na tatagal hanggang January 20, 2013.

Ngunit sa pagbabalik ng sesyon sa Enero 21, 2013, tatagal lamang ito ng tatlong linggo para muling magbakasyon simula February 9 hanggang June 2, 2013, dahil na rin sa idaraos na halalan sa Mayo 2013.

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[People] Malacañang on cybercrime and FOI: An ideological connection? by Prof. Walden Bello

Malacañang on cybercrime and FOI: An ideological connection?

By Walden Bello
Inquirer.net

October 7, 2012

It could have remained Sotto’s Folly, the cybercrime law with the controversial libel provision that Senator Vicente Sotto III inserted during the Senate deliberations on the bill.

But with the president strongly standing by his signing it into law, the bill has now become P-noy’s Cyberfolly. He could have said, I made a mistake, and I’m open to amending it, like Senators Edgardo Angara and Francis Escudero did. But he chose to draw a line in the sand and say here I stand.

A flawed law

I belong to the same coalition led by the president, but I have to differ with him on this issue. Let me state very simply the reasons why.

First of all, instead of decriminalizing libel, as so many legal and constitutional experts have strongly suggested, the law extends it to the cyberspace, thanks to the sly maneuver of that plagiarist Tito Sotto and the somnambulistic behavior of most senators and the members of the Senate-House bicameral committee.

Second, the libel law is invoked for a totally inappropriate context. There are editorial controls that operate when it comes to the established media. These professional restraints are not available on the Internet and social media, which promote and facilitate the expression of individual opinion in its most spontaneous forms. The Internet is the premium arena for free speech, where people should be able to express themselves without fear. This does not mean that there are no checks on information and opinion, as Senator Angara claimed when he said without the cybercrime law, the Internet would be the “Wild West.” Opinions expressed on the Internet are taken provisionally by most users, who only get convinced of the truth of an allegation after the flurry of exchanges on the net. The allegation that Senator Sotto is vehemently against the RH Bill because he wants to be the ambassador to the Vatican can be easily proven to be false via the Internet’s self-policing via research-based exchange, just as the allegation that he is a shameless plagiarist can be easily proven true by the same process.

Third, there is absolutely no basis for the provision that makes the penalty for cybercrime, including libel, one degree higher than is provided for in the Revised Penal Code.

There are other disturbing provisions, such as Section 19, which would authorize the Department of Justice to issue an order to take down a website simply on assessment that it is engaged in prima facie violations of the provisions of the cybercrime law.

This power is too broad and can easily be abused.

Why the President’s solution is no solution

Amending the law is obviously the way to go, one that would be strengthened should the Supreme Court find the law unconstitutional. But the President has refused to entertain this route, offering instead to reduce penalties for internet libel.

President Aquino’s offer, however, is no solution at all since the problem is the insertion of the libel provision itself. This is not only against free speech and thus unconstitutional, but it will have a chilling effect on Internet traffic. To reiterate, people should have be able to call Sotto a plagiarist, Vice President Binay a power-hungry politician, Erap a clown, the President a paternalistic elitist, Senator Enrile an unprincipled power broker, and Senator Trillanes an agent of China without fear of being slapped with a libel suit the next day. Let the Internet process of reply and counter-reply based on the use of evidence and counterevidence resolve the issue. This process, after all, has been found effective in producing the best and most balanced encyclopedia around, Wikipedia. And believe me, most Internet users are hardened skeptics: they won’t fall for claims that have the slightest whiff of falsehood about them, though there are, of course, always a few exceptions.

My main concern here, however, is to raise the possible connection between the President’s standing firm on cyberlibel and Malacanang’s lack of enthusiasm for the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI), which incidentally P-noy promised to prioritize during his campaign for the presidency. The cybercrime law effectively restricts freedom of expression. FOI is an enabling law that would facilitate freedom of expression by institutionalizing access to government information that would otherwise remain under wraps.

Bad advice or ideological stance?

Some say that Malacanang’s attitude to both bills reflects a wariness of both established and social media. When I asked him why Malacanang did not make FOI a priority, one Palace official, without invoking confidentiality, told me flat out that the Palace had problems with the bill because “the press already has too much power.” This person might have merited an A+ for frankness but an F on free speech and freedom of information, which are among the pillars of a democracy.

How much of Malacanang’s lack of support for FOI stems from the President himself? And was it the President himself who insisted on standing firm on the libel provision? Or did his stand on both issues come mainly from bad advice?

I certainly hope it is the latter, for that would mean there is a greater possibility of a retreat on the Cybercrime Prevention Act and regaining momentum on FOI. But if it is a case of an ideological position—that is a conservative, elitist stance on free speech and transparency issues—then this is truly disturbing. For the success of the governance reforms, like the anti-corruption campaign, that the President is now promoting, cannot ultimately be separated from the expansion of free speech and deepening of transparency.

Walden Bello represents the party-list Akbayan in the House of Representatives.

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[In the news] Senate inserted Section 19: How the ‘take-down’ clause emerged in Cybercrime Law -InterAksyon.com

Senate inserted Section 19: How the ‘take-down’ clause emerged in Cybercrime Law
By Karl John C. Reyes, InterAksyon.com
October 2, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The notorious ‘take-down’ provision in the Anti-Cybercrime Act which empowers the Department of Justice (DOJ) to restrict or block access to computer data was ‘inserted’ in the Senate version of the bill, details further coming into light now establish.

A review by Interaksyon.com of the May 31, 2012, minutes of the Bicameral Conference Committee that worked to reconcile Senate Bill No. 2796 and House Bill No. 5808 into what would ultimately become the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, shows the provenance of the law’s controversial Section 19.

A provision for “Restricting or Blocking Access to Computer Data” first appeared as Section 13 in the Senate. This was later moved as Section 18.

“Okay, Now, Section 13 of the Senate version will now become Section 18, Restricting or Blocking Access to Computer Data,” the minutes quote conference committee member Sen. Edgardo Angara. Sen. Vicente Sotto III had earlier tagged Angara as the man responsible for Section 19 which, among other things, empowers the DOJ to restrict access to computer data, potentially allowing for the blocking of websites, experts say, without benefit of a warrant or court order. “When a computer data is prima facie, et cetera, et cetera,” Angara is on record as saying.

Angara, chairman of the Congressional Commission on Science, Technology and Engineering (COMSTE), had sponsored the bill in the Senate.

In the final version of the consolidated bill under Republic Act 101751 signed by President Benigno Aquino III on September 12, 2012, Section 18, as agreed upon in the Bicameral Conference Committee, was then re-numbered as Section 19. It ultimately reads: “Restricting or Blocking Access to Computer Data – When a computer data is prima facie found to be in violation of the provisions of this Act, the DOJ shall issue an order to restrict or block access to such computer data.”

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[Press Release] Women workers to do ‘Senate housekeeping for RH’ -PM

Women workers to do ‘Senate housekeeping for RH’


Women members of the Partido ng Manggagawa held a picket-rally at the Senate of the Philippines this morning. PM was joined by women from other groups such the FDC Women’s Committee, Piglas Kababaihan, DAMPA and the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP).

The picket-rally aims to push anti-RH bill Senators to stop filibustering and pass the RH bill before Congress 3rd Regular Session. Women workers brought with them them plungers (pambomba ng toilet bowl) to unclog the Senate with the likes of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Tito Sotto who are preventing the immediate passage of the bill. With the faces of the two senators, women will carry the slogan, “May mga bara sa RH, hindi kami happy!”

“The actions of Senators Enrile and Sotto are anti-poor and anti-women. Women workers have been enduring hardships, the passage of the RH bill would have provided great relief. After more than a decade, we are almost at the finish line. But Senators Enrile and Sotto are preventing us from crossing that line. We are not happy,” declared PM Secretary General Judy Ann Miranda.

Ms. Miranda explained that PM members in Negros Occidental are hopeful. Earning a meager P90 a day prevents them from exercising their rights to RH services and commodities. “Ang RH bill ay hindi para sa gaya nilang mga mayayamang senador. Ang RH bill ay para sa aming mahihirap na hindi kumakasya ang kita, na sa pagkain pa lang ay kulang na. Iginigiit nila ang kanilang gusto, paano naman kami?” added the PM secretary general.

PM also said that latest reports have shown the increase in underemployment, prices of basic commodities and social services. Women workers are distressed and all Enrile and Sotto could do is filibuster. “We will not relent, we will not stop until the RH bill is passed, we have come this far, we cannot just give up,” ended Ms. Miranda.

PRESS RELEASE
Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)
19 September 2012
Contact Judy Ann Miranda @ 09228677522

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[In the news] ‘Put RH bill to a vote now’ -PhilStar.com

‘Put RH bill to a vote now’
The Philippine Star
September 09, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Stop the dilatory tactics and simply put the Reproductive Health (RH) bill to a vote.

This was the challenge issued yesterday by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago to her colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives to determine once and for all which side – the pro or the anti – has the numbers.

Santiago also came to the defense of Sen. Pia Cayetano, her co-author of the bill, who was taken to task by anti-RH bill advocates Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Majority Leader Vicente Sotto for complaining about the delays faced by the measure.

Santiago said what was happening in the Senate deliberations over the RH bill was clearly dilatory.

She cited the decision of Sotto to avail himself of the turno en contra or rebuttal after the period of interpellation.

Santiago said the only time the turno en contra is even availed of is during deliberations on the general appropriations bill.

“But because it is his right, I don’t want to object. But other people who are also on his side rose up to say I want to interpellate my colleague on the same side,’’ she said.

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