PNoy accepts SC ruling on Truth Commission

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has accepted the Supreme Court ruling striking down as unconstitutional the Truth Commission that would have looked into alleged irregularities under the Arroyo administration.  Mr. Aquino is banking on newly appointed Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales to continue what the Truth Commission would have set out to do—investigate grafters under the Arroyo regime.

“We can’t do anything. The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of our laws.  And we are the implementor of the same,” President Aquino said when asked if the government was already doing away with the Truth Commission.  The SC junked with finality President Aquino’s first executive order creating a Truth Commission  to investigate anomalies that hounded the administration of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

2012 national budget gisumite na

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 27 (PIA)–PORMAL nang gisumite sa Malacañang sa Ubos Balay Balaoranan ang proposed budget alang sa tuig 2012.  Personal nga gitunol ni Budget Secretary Butch Abad ang balaodnon sa nasudnong pondo alang sa sunod tuig nga nagkantidad og P1.818 Trillion nga misaka og 10.4 porsiyento o P171 bilyon nga motutok sa mga social projects sa administrasyong Aquino sama sa anti-corruption ug good governance, poverty reduction, edukasyon ug uban pa.

Matud pa ni Abad nga gihuman sa Palasyo og mas sayo ang proposed budget aron masugdan nang dayon ang bidding alang sa mga proyekto sa pag-abli sa tuig 2012 diin apil sa top 5 government agencies nga adunay dagku’ng pondo ang Education nga P238.8 bilyon; DPWH, P125.5 billion; Defense, P107.9 billion; Agriculture ug DSWD.

Gikan sa kasamtangang P21 bilyon nga budget alang sa Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program karong tuiga, nisaka kini sa P39.5 bil-yon alang sa pantawid pamilyang Pinoy aron mapalapad pa ang mga beneficiaries niini sa tulo ka milyong kabus nga Pinoy gikan sa P2.3 milyon karong tuiga.

Gikumpirma usab ni Abad nga dili mabag-o ang makuhang pork barrel sa duha ka kapulungan diin P70 milyon matag-tuig ang alang sa matag kongresista samtang P200 milyon sa mga senador.  Sa Lunes, Agosto 1 sugdan na ang deliberasyon ug gipaabot nga mahuman sa December 15 sa dili pa mag-recess ang Kamara alang sa Christmas break. (PIA-Bohol/ecb)

Truth Commission, pinal nang gibasura sa SC

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, July 27 (PIA)–PINAL na ang nahimong desisyon sa Korte Suprema human gipalig-on niini ang ilang naunang desisyon nga nagdeklara nga ‘unconstitutional’ ang Executive Order No.1 o ang pagtukod og Truth Commission ni Presidente Noynoy Aquino.  Ang Philippine Truth Commission mao unta ang mo-imbestigar sa mga anomalya sa milabay’ng administrasyon ni kanhi Presidente ug karon Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Sa ilang regular en banc session, gibasura sa SC ang motion for reconsideration aron balihon ang naunang desisyon sa korte niadtong Disyembre tuig 2010.  Matud pa sa SC, unconstitutional ang EO 1 tungod kay nakalapas kini sa 1987 Constitution tungod kay ang administrasyong Arroyo lamang ang target sa komisyon.

Una nang gibasura sa Korte Suprema ang EO nga nagtukod sa Truth Commission tungod kay unconstitutional kini tungod sa tinguha lamang niining imbestigahan ang mga giingong anomalya sa milabay’ng administrasyon. (PIA-Bohol/ecb)

Malacañang urges Filipino citizenry to pay correct taxes

MALACANANG urged the people to support the intensified drive of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to generate more government funds that will be used for developmental projects and eventually bring real progress and development to the country.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. encouraged the Filipino citizenry, especially those in the professional sector, to declare their actual annual income and pay their taxes properly as enunciated by President Benigno S. Aquino III in his State of the Nation Address during the Joint Session of the 15th Congress at the Batasan Pambansa Complex in Quezon City on Monday.

The Executive Secretary stressed the importance of the people’s trust in government as he assured that the funds collected by the government’s revenue collection agency will directly go into the national treasury.  According to the BIR, 1.7 million self-employed and professional taxpayers comprised of lawyers, doctors and businessmen, among other, paid a total of 9.8 billion pesos in 2010.
The data indicates that each of them paid only an average of 5,783 pesos in income taxes – if proven true – each must have earned only 8,500 pesos per month, which is below the existing minimum wage in the country.

The President also spelled out the concrete projects of his administration using public funds collected by the BIR.  According to the President, cheating in the payment of taxes not only affects the government funds collection but also the Filipino people who could have enjoyed from the benefits these taxes would have provided. (PCOO)

Palace launches publication on priority legislative measures of President Aquino

MALACANANG released a book containing President Benigno S. Aquino III’s top legislative measures that will serve as a template of his administration for the country’s march towards progress and development.

The publication entitled “Priority Legislative Measures of the President” volume 1 (July 2010 to June 2011), was adopted by the House of Representatives and the Senate as their common legislative agenda for the Fifteenth Congress during the 111th Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) meeting.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) and the Bureau of Communications Services (BCS) collaborated with Congress and the different agencies to come up with the publication.  The book aimed at informing the private sector, academe, local government units and various stakeholders about what the administration has been doing with regards to policy measures as well as its vision in the next five years in office.

“The goal is to inform, empower and involve the people in crafting landmark legislative measures that will be vital to support the country’s development and progress,” PCOO Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma said.  It provides a short analysis of how the bills ar e related to the 16-point agenda in the social contract and the Philippine Development Plan of 2011 to 2016, he added.

A year after President Aquino assumed office, he has not forgotten his promises to the people—that he will institute a feedback mechanism that will allow Filipinos from the grassroots level to raise their concerns about the government. (PCOO)