Cops helpless vs ‘wang-wang’ dealers

DESPITE a nationwide crackdown on unauthorized use of “wang-wang,” or sirens and blinkers on vehicles, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has admitted it could not go after dealers selling the gadgets.

PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina said Friday the law against wang-wang, Presidential Decree 96, does not bar the sale of such items.

“The presidential decree does not bar the sale of such gadgets, as it only prohibits their unauthorized use. We hope dealers would stop selling once vehicle owners stop buying those gadgets,” Espina said in an interview.

However, Espina said they are studying proposing a guideline or supplemental law to address possible “shortcomings” of PD 96.

“For now we have no law against such items. Perhaps we can persuade the dealers not to sell. On the other hand, if there will be no buyers, there will be no sales,” he said.

The PNP started a nationwide crackdown on the sirens two days after President Benigno Simeon Aquino III spoke strongly against the use of wang-wang. (PIA-Bohol)

NEDA: 2011-2016 dev’t plan framework ready

MACROECONOMIC stability, governance, infrastructure, food security, as well as education and health should be the focus of the new administration’s development agenda, socioeconomic planners said on Monday.

Officials from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said they will present a framework for the 2011-2016 Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) to incoming President Benigno C. Aquino III and his Cabinet on Wednesday.

“We will present [the framework] to the president on Wednesday. He has three options on what to do with them: accept, reject, or revise it,” Augusto B. Santos, acting NEDA director-general, told reporters yesterday.

Myrna B. Asuncion, NEDA assistant director for national planning said that the five “highlights” of the proposal would provide a focus for the next medium-term plan.

In the effort to improve macroeconomic stability, Mr. Santos said the Aquino administration should keep its options open with respect to new tax measures.

He zeroed in on three: raising the value-added tax rate to 15% from the current 12%, adjusting excise tax rates on tobacco and alcohol, and streamlining fiscal incentives. (PIA-Bohol)

Purisima to DOF; Noy bares Cabinet today

Manila, Philippines – President-elect Noy Noy Aquino is set to name the members of his Cabinet today. One of the members include Cesar Purisima as finance secretary.

The announcement of the Cabinet members is part of the preparation for Aquino’s inauguration tomorrow as the country’s 15th president.

Outgoing Finance Secretary Margarito Teves said he met yesterday with Purisima for a briefing on the condition of the economy. However, Purisima came as a member of the transition team and not as the next finance chief. Some sources however, have confirmed that Purisima has accepted the finance portfolio.

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All set for June 30 inauguration

PRESIDENT-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s transition team has already smoothed out kinks in the inauguration on June 30, an event that will be made meaningful by several traditions shelved during the Martial Law years.

The inauguration, which will revolve around the theme “Tagumpay ng Taumbayan, Panata sa Pagbabago,” is expected to be observed by millions around the world.

According to Aquino’s camp, there will be a prayer services at 6 in the morning at the Aquino home in Times Street. At 9:45 a.m., Aquino will depart for Malacañang to fetch Arroyo. Arroyo and Aquino’s arrival at Quirino Grandstand will be at 10:45 a.m. Arroyo will be honored by the Armed Forces of the Philippines upon arriving at the venue. She will then exit “gracefully” while her successor moves up the stage.

The  formal inaugural ceremony is expected to start at exactly 11:00 a.m. with the singing of the national anthem. At around 1:00 p.m., Aquino will finally head to Malacañang.

Inauguration spokesman Manuel “Manolo” L. Quezon III earlier said “the president-elect is not much of a traditionalist, but you realize that these rituals exist to make the transition more dignified for all concerned and you’re dealing with an office larger than any person.”

The inauguration will be a symbol of sorts, as this would be peppered with traditions that were abolished or replaced during former President Ferdinand E. Marcos’ time. The Aquino family was instrumental in overthrowing the dictatorship. (PIA-Bohol)

DLSU president nidawat sa tanyag ni Aquino nga himuong kalihim sa DepEd

SI Bro. Armin Luistro, ang pangulo sa De La Salle University kon DLSU sa Manila, nidawat na sa tanyag ni President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III nga mamahimong kalihim sa Department of Education kon DepEd ubos sa iyang administrasyon.

Matud pa sa usa ka pahayag nga gipagawas sa DLSU niadtong Miyerkoles, si Bro. Armin Luistro nidawat sa imbitasyon ni President-elect Aquino nga mamahimong kalihim sa DepEd human kini nagpakisayud sa nagkalain-laing stakeholders sa Lasallian community.

Sa pagdawat sa tanyag ni Aquino, si Luistro — usa ka miyembro sa De La Salle Brothers in the Philippines — maoy ika-unom nga miyembro sa Aquino official family.

Ang ubang nidawat na sa posisyon ubos sa Aquino administration nag-apil nilang – manlalaban Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa Jr. (executive secretary), manlalaban Edwin Lacierda (presidential spokesperson), Corazon “Dinky” Soliman (Social Welfare and Development chief), ug Teresita “Ding” Deles (presidential peace adviser).

Giangkon usab ni Commission on Human Rights kon CHR chairperson Leila de Lima nga apil siya sa Aquino’s Cabinet apan nagdumili kini pagbutyag kon unsa nga posisyon. Adunay taho nga si de Lima ang himuong kalihim sa Department of Justice kon DOJ.

Si Luistro, kauban ang ubang De La Salle Brothers, suod sa pamilyang Aquino ilabi na sa inahan ni Noynoy, si kanhi President Corazon “Cory” Aquino. Si Luistro ang nihatag og homily nga giulohan og “Cory, the Heart of a Saint” atol sa haya niini sa La Salle Greenhills Gymnasium sa Mandaluyong City niadtong Agusto. (PIA-Bohol)