WHOEVER IS ELECTED
PRESIDENT, MARCOS WILL COOPERATE
If he wins as Vice President in
the 2016 polls, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. sees no problem
working with whoever is elected as the country’s new President in May next
“I don’t think I’ll have any
problem working with any of the presidential candidates or prospective
presidential candidates,” Marcos said today after filing his certificate of
candidacy (CoC) for the vice presidential post at the main office of the
Commission on Elections in Intramuros, Manila.
Marcos acknowledged that there
may be times when he and the new President would have different positions on
certain policies or see things differently from each other.
“But in terms of a working
relationship, I’m sure there’s no one that I cannot work with. That’s just not
part of my thinking,” he said.
As part of the Executive
Department, Marcos said the Vice President must provide support and assistance
to the President.
“But of course you can also try
to influence policy in ways you see best,” Marcos said.
In formally declaring his vice
presidential bid last Saturday, October 10, Marcos vowed to work for the
country’s unity, which he said is essential if the nation is to move forward
towards a better future.
He noted that years of adversarial politics has sown
disunity and has destroyed the country's sense of nationhood.
“Adversarial politics is fine until the elections are
over. Once the elections are over, we really must put all that aside and work
for the national interest---- not partisan interest, not individual interest,
but the national interest,”.
He filed his Certificate Of Candidacy for vice
president in the May 2016 elections at the main office of the Commission on
Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros, Manila.
Marcos said this marked the beginning of his fight to
eradicate poverty, clean the streets of illegal drugs and other vices and
crimes, eliminate graft and corruption in the government, boost the economy,
and unite the Filipino people in nation-building for a progressive society.
Marcos, with his family and several supporters, walked
to the Comelec after praying at the San Agustin Church.
He formally proclaimed his vice presidential bid on
Saturday, October 10 and vowed to wage a “revolution” for unity and change for
a better Philippines.
In his 30 years in public service, he had seen the
sufferings of the people and the inability of the government to extract
families from abject poverty, selective justice, and blatant connivance of
corrupt government officials and greedy private individuals to siphon off the
Marcos is an incumbent senator. He was elected in
2010, placing 7th overall. He chairs the Senate Committee on Local Government
and the Committee on Public Works.
Before his election as senator, he served as Vice
Governor, Governor, and Congressman of Ilocos Norte. /MP
The Senate Committee on Environment and Natural
Resources is seeking to complete within a year the summary titling of public
school lands, according to Sen. Chiz Escudero.
Escudero, who chairs the committee, said the titling
of the lands will be done simultaneous with the conduct of geohazard mapping to
determine if schools are not within danger zones.
“Our target is to finish the summary titling of school
sites within a year. In the process, we also hope to ensure that these lands
are not vulnerable to geologic hazards for the safety of our students,”
As of this year, the Department of Education (DepEd)
owns a total of 48,740 school sites all over the country. However, it was found
that only 36,258 of these school sites have ownership or occupation documents
under DepEd’s name.
Escudero’s committee recently approved Senate Bill No.
1730, or the act providing summary titling of real properties used as public
school sites, to ensure that the government has legal ownership over these
lands to avoid potential property disputes.
The veteran lawmaker noted that “public school sites
have always been subjected to property disputes, frequent transfer of location,
revocation of donations of lands where they are situated, and urban planning
and development programs of the local government units (LGUs).”
“These legal disputes hinder the adequate education of
our youth. It has negative impacts on the overall development of the nation in
tapping and harnessing the talents of the Filipino youth, if schools,
considered as their second abode, is constantly threatened with legal disputes
and uncertainties,” he said.
In most cases, Escudero said, public schools sites are
owned by LGUs or are subjects to long-term lease agreements with private
individuals. In some cases, parcels of lands were donated but lacked the proper
legal documentation and support on the transfer of ownership. /MP
NORA AUNOR & EDDIE
GARCIA JOIN GMA’S UPCOMING PRIMETIME SERIES LITTLE MOMMY
In what is described as an almost miraculous coming-together of two
multi-awarded Best Actors with more than 80 awards to their names combined, Ms.
Nora Aunor and Mr. Eddie Garcia will work together in GMA’s newest primetime
offering LITTLE MOMMY.
The one and
only Superstar Ms. Nora Aunor, with over 175 movies to her name, and FAMAS Hall
of Famer Mr. Eddie Garcia, with over 300 films under his belt, are two
formidable forces to reckon with in the Philippines film and TV industry and
two established personalities that helped shape local show business.
Little Mommy is a story about the poignant life
journey of Lola Annie, Lolo Miguel, Tinay and Letlet.
Tinay, to be portrayed by Kris Bernal, is a 25-year
old who has a mind of a 9 year old because of her intellectual disability. Her
daughter, Letlet (Chlaui Malayao) is a 6 year old playing the role of Little
Mommy to her own mother as she is trying to compensate for her mother’s
Ms. Nora Aunor portrays Lola Annie Batongbuhay, the
cool retro lola of Tinay, who still plays in gigs with her band. For her,
Tinay’s condition is not a disability, but a gift because Tinay will forever
Mr. Eddie Garcia is Don Miguel Valle, Tinay’s
long-lost maternal grandfather. For him, one is never too old to learn new
things. Through his grandchildren, Tinay and Letlet, he will learn how to be a
Little Mommy also stars Bembol Roco, Keempee De Leon,
Gladys Reyes, Mark Herras, Hiro Peralta, Renz Fernandez, Juancho Trivino and
Under the direction of Ricky Davao, this light and
heartwarming story of Little Mommy unfolds this November on GMA Telebabad. /MP
DTI AKLAN Holds Poster
Making Contest On Consumerism
Front row: Students from beneficiary schools of the
Personal Computers for Public Schools (PCPS) project in Aklan with their
respective coaches (second row). On the third row (L-R), participants, coach,
the panel of judges (Ms. Chriszela Ramos, Mr. Michael Rapiz and Ms. Sumra Dela
Cruz-Rojo), the Provincial Dir. Diosdado Cadena Jr. and a technical staff of
DTI (Pamela Roldan).
In celebration of the Consumers
Welfare Month, the DTI Aklan held a poster making contest on Wednesday, October
7, in Kalibo, Aklan. Personal Computers for Public Schools (PCPS) project
beneficiary schools in the province participated in the contest.
The PCPS project was spearheaded
by the DTI since 2001. It is an initiative of the agency in response to the
compelling challenges posed by the fast emerging Know-ledge Economy. It aims to
enhance the Filipino youth's information technology (IT) skills and to promote
IT culture in Philippine classrooms. The project, in its Phase 4, has provided
631 personal computers to 53 recipient schools, at 12 computers per school in
Aklan. The project fund came from the Government of Japan through its
Non-Project Grant Assistance Countervalue Funds.
The project implementation has
contributed to the development of the students’ IT competencies which prepares
them for the requirements of higher IT learning and jobs in the Knowledge
Eleven high school students from
the beneficiary schools of the PCPS project were able to join the contest. They
show their creativeness and idea on the theme: Consumer Protection in the ASEAN
Economic Community. The contest aims to encourage high school students to
create a truly inspiring poster design that can communicate the message of
Consumer Protection in the ASEAN Economic Community.
Mr. Michael T. Rapiz, Education
Supervisor of the Department of Education, Ms. Sumra Dela Cruz-Rojo, Museum
Curator of Arch. Gabriel M. Reyes Foundation, and Ms. Chriszela Ramos, Trade
and Industry Development Specialist of the Department of Trade and Industry
composed the panel of judges.
The winners are: 1st prize –
Jericho Ivan Querubin of Ochando National High School; 2nd prize – Angel
Quitong of Fr. Julian C. Rago Memorial National High School; and 3rd prize –
John Rvyl Tumaca of Malay National High School. The first prize winner will
represent Aklan in the Regional Le-vel on October 23, 2015 in Iloilo City.
Moreover, DTI is set to conduct
a forum and to meet with Media to discuss Consumerism in the AEC. These
activities are scheduled on the fourth week of October which aims to heighten
participants’ awareness on the effect of the implementation of ASEAN Economic
Integration on both the consumer and business sectors.
October is declared Consumer
Welfare Month pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1098. This year, the
National Consumer Affairs Council leads the celebration in close coordination with
the Department of Trade and Industry in the regions and provinces nationwide./MP
*Acceptance Speech Of Sen. Chiz Escudero For His
Nomination As Vice President Candidate In The May 2016 National Election Held
At Kalayaan Hall, Club Filipino On September 17, 2015.
Thank you, Senator Grace.
To my wife and family; to Ninang
Susan; to my in-laws; to my friends and colleagues present today; to my fellow
Bicolanos who will soon celebrate the Peñafrancia; to my fellow Filipinos, a
good morning to you all!
I once said that I would support any decision
that Senator Grace makes regarding her role in the 2016 elections. As a
candidate or ordinary supporter, I’m prepared to stand by her, just as I did
for FPJ over 11 years ago.
In truth, I am more than content with
my current life. I have only ever dreamed of a simple, honorable, happy, and
peaceful life for myself and my beloved family.
On the other hand, some people
say: “Who is this Chiz Escudero so young, and living in just a humble townhouse
in Quezon City? Who does he think he is to dream so boldly, to have such grand
In a way, these people have a
point. My family name is only Escudero. I don’t have the same pedigree of
Quezon, Roxas, or Osmeña families, of those who have become presidents, heroes
or wealthy philanthropists. The Senate is the highest elected position that
someone from my family has ever reached, and even this, I never ima-gined I
And yet, I refuse to agree with
those who say I have no right to have dreams or ambitions, especially if those
dreams or ambitions are not for me, but for our country and my fellow
I believe that every
Filipino—rich or poor, young or old, man or woman, educated or not,
good-looking or not, pedigreed or not, whether they live in Makati or in the
provinces—has the ability, capacity, and right to devote his/her life to
serving our country. No single person or family has a monopoly over the talent,
intelligence, skill, and good intentions for our country.
This is why I have decided to
accept, with wholehearted will and humility, Senator Grace’s challenge to
accompany her on her journey, and to run as her vice president
I accept this challenge
wholeheartedly because I believe in the character and ability of Senator Grace.
Like her father FPJ, Senator Poe’s heart is in the right place. I believe that,
as president, Senator Grace Poe or “GP” will lead a “GP”—Gobyernong may Puso, a
Government with Heart.
(We will establish) a government
with heart for the poor, the needy; a government with heart for the farmers,
the fishermen, the laborers, and Overseas Filipino Workers; a government with
heart for the differently-abled, the elderly, and the youth, including even
children yet unborn; a government with heart for public servants, teachers,
police, soldiers, and even ordinary employees; a government with Heart to
protect victims of corruption, crime, and abuse; a government with heart who
will find ways to reduce the cost of electricity, basic goods, and taxes; a
government with heart who will protect our environment and heed the cries of
mother nature; and a government with heart to ensure our country progresses
without leaving anyone behind.
In the pursuit of wealth and
development, education and opportunities, security and peace, freedom and
health, not a single Filipino or corner of the Philippines should be left
Here in Manila, how can we worry
about the traffic going to work or school, while some remote villages in our
country don’t even have schools or jobs? We can’t keep complaining about
potholes and floods in Metro Manila while the Cordillera lacks roads or
Tawi-Tawi lacks water. We have to move forward together, and as Senator Grace
says, our most neglected and vulnerable citizens must come first.
Senator Grace and I will
establish a Government with Heart through a detailed platform for each agency,
which will be based on their yearly budget.
The next president will appoint
and delegate over 5,000 people in government who will fill positions in 500
agencies, and will spend 18 trillion pesos over a six-year term.
Starting from the first day in office, this is
the only way to urgently address the most pressing problems of every sector of
the Philippines. In governing this country, we cannot afford to dawdle or hold
ourselves hostage to analysis paralysis. We should hit the ground running from
the first day until the last. We cannot afford to do otherwise.
At the same time, through the
passage of the Freedom of Information Bill and a crackdown on anomalies, we
will fight corruption by ensuring that the government will be run on a simple
principle—that discretion equals corruption. Minimize discretion and we will be
able to minimize corruption; eliminate it and we will be able to eliminate
Senator Grace and I cannot do
this alone. We need the help of every one of you, of every Filipino!
As we devote ourselves to the
higher calling of serving our country as president and vice-president, this is
the reason we will choose to remain independent, or without party. We believe
that whoever runs and serves as president or vice-president should not be
member of a single party. Our party should be the Filipino people. And we
should be loyal not only to liberals, nationalists, or other party members, but
to every Filipino.
Our party is the Philippines, and
the members of our party are the Filipino people.
We will work together and unite
in our mission, and this is the only way for us to equally serve and listen to
every Filipino, whether they voted for us or not, whether they support us or
The book of Philippine history is
far from finished. However, does every sentence in our country’s story need to
be finished with a period?
For me, every sentence in our
history should end, not with a period, but with an exclamation mark. Nowadays,
“good enough” is not good enough! If we truly desire progress, we cannot be
lazy. We cannot have a slow government.
We must raise the quality of government service. We
must work together and help one another to forge into reality our collective
dream of a progressive, developed, orderly, and happy nation, where justice
prevails and peace reigns! A country where every Filipino is treated equally,
where no one is left behind.
I am Chiz Escudero, a Filipino, a son, husband,
father, and a Bicolano public servant. With the grace of God and the Blessed
Mother, I humbly offer myself to the mission of serving as your vice president
… as the vice president of our country.
By ODON S. BANDIOLAWhen
I am emotionally down with the passing away of someone, that would mean he or
she is my close relative. He/She maybe someone so close to me as a friend, a
colleague in the profession, or someone working with or working for me in an
To heal and fill my emptiness
and the sorrow it brought me with his/her passing, I resort to scribbling notes
of my fond memories of her/his person.
Why do I scribble notes for
Mai-mai in the immediate aftermath of her passing? It only means she is special
to me as she is very special to anyone else in the entire SP family.
Why, Mai? Why do you have to
leave us this early, at a very crucial and critical months when the SP family
is too loaded enough as the year winds up with marathon legislative actions
bannered by our review of Aklan’s 2016 annual budgets?
In your sickbed at the hospital
suite, on September 13, 2015, in the morning, you sent me a text message which
runs this way:
“Hi guys, gud am, leave lang
anay ko dis whole week, sked of chemo ko is on Friday, Wel go der on Thursday,
2 kinds of chemo were presented to us, we’v chosen the one dat wud be just for
3 hours, the oder 1 wud require confinement 4-3 days, d dr. sed, mas mapag on
tag ginpili namon though ms mahae, 6 sessions ro require but my case nga 3 sessions
paeang man kuno my improvement na every month chemo ko,. 42Kk each.Tnx so much guys for all your
help. God Bless us all!
Ok mai, you have all our
prayers. Get well soon Mai! We love you”
“thanks so much sir (with 3
hearts symbol-meaning love, love, love)
“Ingatmai! For sure, I will be
missing my kindest, most respectful and pliant staff”
“ ahaysi sir, ur making me
cry…I’ll be back sir, alive and kicking… na mi miss ko na ang work sa opis sir
and all of u.
Finally, she replied:
“Ok sir, see u d soonest”
Her chemo sessions did not
materialize. She lingers in her hospital bed in the DRSTMH. And, “the soonest
to see me” never materialized until her death because I refrained from seeing
her in the hospital for fear of instead comforting her, fear maybe sown on her
with my anticipated “ Good Friday” face facing her.
I do not know if Maimai had
excused me for not visiting her in her hospital suite. Three days before her
scheduled operation on Thursday, October 8. I had dreamt of her, the bizarre
way, at dawn of Monday, Oct. 5. In that dream, I was pondering over her work
station cubicle on what work I wanted her to work on! She was not there, but
suddenly I saw her towards the office door about to exit. Before I can talk to
her, she told me, “Sir, indi eot a kita magkilita pa”.
By then, she is being prepared
for her second operation. By then, I was already entertaining to the reality of
what she said in my dream, a dream like real, entering my third sense while
asleep and wake up to it after she said, “Sir, indi eot.a kita magkilita, I had
the gut feel that removing a 2-kilo tumor from her body can take a heavy toll
on her fragile body, And that was it!
On a Sunday, noontime, about the
time Maimai breathes her last, I was doing a laundry of my own clothes in
between the dining table and the lavatory. I thirst and about to pour drinking
water on a glass I put early in the morning
on top of the table safely away from the table edges. Before I can even
pour water, without even touching it, the glass suddenly swirled
and down the table it drops,
broken, Maimai entered my thoughts . And true, it was her omen. Fifteen minutes
or so, Amy and Ophel almost simultaneously sent me a message .Maimai was gone.
What a way Maimai bids me goodbye.
I, the SP family, lost a staff
so kind, civil, respectful and productive. No hurting words can be heard from
her in close to 10 years I was working with her. When she’s hurt with harsh
words from peers and bosses, she does not retaliate, she meekly cries.
I used to dictate to a staff
text of messages, communications, legislative measures, speeches and the like
for print out.
Maimai is one of the few who can
accurately capture my language that when it is printed, it often results to
very few corrections.
Many times, when I have work
related tantrums inside the office, Maimai would just gaze or stare at me
without saying a word but obviously pleading to me to be cool and calm.
Thank you very much, Mai.
You will never be forgotten. We
will be missing you. /MP
Maila-on mag-alila it manok si Bastian. Kaibahan ko
gina alila nana nga manok hay ro isaeang ka isiw nga may baliskad it pak-pak.
Gin alila-an nana ro isiw hasta nagbahoe, ogaling gina pintasan it ibang manok
bangod maeaw-ay ro itsura. Naeo-oy si Bastian, ngani ana nga gin-paea-in.
Isaeang adlaw, may magueang nga nag-agi sa baeay ni
Bastian nga naga pakalimos.Gin tao ni Bastian ro nabilin nana nga humay sa magueang.
Bilang pasaeamat, gin hapeos nana rong isiw ni Bastian ag nagpanaw.
Nabati-an ni Bastian ro pag-inubo ko anang ina sa
ibabaw. Oras eon nga anang pa-imnun it boeong ogaling uwa imaw it kwarta. May
nag pundo nga saeakyan sa tungod ko andang baeay. Naga usoy it inugbueang nga
manok. Gin baligya tanan ni Bastian ro anang manok eowas sa anang may baliskad
Ko agahon ngaron, nagsaeampitan ro anang barkada nga
mag adto sa bueangan. Nagmunot si Bastian daea ro anang manok. Pag-abot idto,
abo nga naga pinusta, pati ro mga barkada ni Bastian. Nag da-ug rong manok ko
mga manggaranon nga manog-bueang.
Kat owa eon it nagsukoe, gin-ayat ko mga tahor ro
manok ni Bastian. Andang gin suk-ean. Ogaling may sangka magueang nga nag pusta
sa manok ni Bastian. Nagdaug. Hasta abo eon ro nag pusta. Naperde tanan ro mga
manok ko manok ni Bastian. Nag-uli si Bastian nga puno it kwarta ro anang
Halin kato, ginapangayaw si Bastian agod magbakae ko
anang manok. Abo man ro buot mag bakae ko anang manok nga baliskad ro anang
pak-pak. Uwa gid nana igbaligya. Ana
abing palahian. Nag asenso si Bastian ag owa gid naga kalipat sa Diyos.
Nagabulig man imaw sa mga tawong naga dangup kana. /MP
FREE EDUCATION FOR
SOLDIERS/LAW ENFORCERS’ DEPENDENTS
The Senate approved on third and
final reading a bill which sought to grant educational assistance and benefits
to the dependents of soldiers, firemen and law enforcers killed in action or
permanently incapacitated while performing their duties.
Senate Bill No. 2952, also known
as the Act granting educational assistance and benefits to the dependents of
all members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National
Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and
Penology (BJMP), National Bureau of Investigation(NBI), Philippine Drug
Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Bureau of
Corrections (BuCor), was introduced by Senators Vicente Sotto III, Antonio
Trillanes IV and Pia Cayetano.
It was approved with 14
affirmative votes, no negative vote and no abstention.
“This measure seeks to address
the need to improve the government’s assistance to the dependents of our
uniformed personnel and law enforcement agents who are killed in action or are
permanently incapacitated, as a way of giving back and honouring their sacrifices
for the country,” Sen. Pres. Franklin Drilon said.
Under the bill, beneficiaries
shall be extended full scholarship from elementary to tertiary levels whether
baccalaureate, formal or non-formal education or training program in a
non-exclusive school or institution.
The scholarship privilege would
include the payment of tuition and miscellaneous fees, allowance for books and
school supplies, as well as allowance for food and transportation, according to
“As a matter of justice and
gratitude, we must recognize the sacrifices of our soldiers, policemen, firemen
and peacekeepers,” Sotto said.
“Although lost lives and disabled
bodies cannot be brought back, free education for the uniformed personnel’s
surviving children may help give life to their families,” Sotto added. /MP
One of the alternatives to select
from in the Akelco referendum is for Akelco to become a stock corporation under
the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Today, and for the last 43 years
since 1972, Akelco is a non-stock non-profit electric agency under the
supervision and control of the government thru the National Electrification
As a non stock non profit
organization under the NEA, Akelco is capitalized by the government thru the
NEA. Consumers’ benefit is only the electrical connection services provided by
Akelco management and technical staff members. Although the consumer members
elect the members of the Board of Directors by district, the Board of
Directors’ actions are subject to the approval of the NEA. This is
understandable as funds in the Akelco come from the government.
Therefore, to me, Akelco BoD is a
mere rubber stamp of NEA. Its actions such as appointment of personnel,
purchase of materials, machine and equipment are subjects for
approval-disapproval or revision of NEA.
BoD plans, programs, projects,
and activities can never be implemented without NEA approval. Hence, this
situation moves consumer members to care less for Akelco.
On the other hand, if the members
of Akelco will vote in the referendum on Dec. 12, 2015 to convert Akelco into a
corporation under the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Akelco will be
owned by the stockholders. A conversion process will be drafted and approved to
convert Akelco into a stock and profit corporation. The present Akelco asset
will be inventoried and assigned its total value. The asset may either be
donated to the said corporation or be sold to the said corporation using
stockholders’ money or the proceeds from the sale of shares of stocks.
If converted into a stock and
profit corporation, Akelco must be registered with the SEC. Necessary documents
for registration must be prepared and submitted to SEC.
Shares of stocks will be sold to
probable buyers of shares of stocks. Buyers of shares of stock become
stockholders. The stockholders will elect their officers to the BoD to serve as
a policy and plan making body. They will appoint a management group to
implement the approved policies and plans. At the end of the year, a financial
report will be prepared. Any surplus after deducting the cost of operation from
the gross sales and upon approval of the BoD, the surplus will be given to the
stockholders as dividends. The dividend
amount is dependent upon the amount of shares of stock a stockholder holds.
For one thing, converting Akelco
into a stock corporation is a sort of a “private public partnership”. This will
relieve the government from spending government money for its operations and
maintenance. The stockholders will take over. Any problem in Akelco, the
private sector will solve it.
Since Akelco is a corporation,
the stockholders owned it. It will be highly protected from vandals, thieves,
and other destructions.
Since shares of stocks will be
marketed, both investment and money in circulation will increase. Akelco will
be highly operated in a business manner. Systems loss will be minimized. Any
problem concerning Akelco will be solved by stockholders or by the corporation
I may not discussed Akelco to
become stock nonprofit cooperative under the Cooperative Development Authority
(CDA). It is highly dangerous to convert Akelco under the CDA. Akelco
distributes a very important commodity, power. And only, a small number of
cooperatives had been successful. Even the Aklan Cooperative Development Bank
in Kalibo went bankrupt and closed shop.
ARROYO’S “EXCEPTIONAL HUMILITY”
“He dazzled the nation with his
brilliance, with his high sense of duty and strong commitment to defend the
Drilon said, Arroyo, who
reportedly passed away in the United States on October 5, “led a life of
integrity, good character, diligence and with a profound love for the masses
that are dearest to his heart.”
“It was a great honor to work
with him; first in the Executive Department, and later in the Senate. I attest
to Joker’s exceptional humility and simplicity as a public official,” Drilon
“With his frugal and prudent
ways, he will always be fondly remembered for being the ‘Scrooge of the
Senate,” Drilon said.
Drilon said, Arroyo’s passing “is
the nation’s collective loss, but his life will always be an inspiration to
“With deep sorrow, we remember
him in our prayers and condole with his family. We join the whole nation in
mourning the loss of a gem of a public servant whose achievements as a lawyer,
human rights defender, lawmaker and public servant are unparalleled,” the
Senate chief said. /MP