Now that Napoles is out, what now?

Now that Napoles is out, what now? The Sandiganbayan allowed yesterday Janet Lim-Napoles and two others to post vail in the plunder case filed against them. The anti-graft court granted the two bail petitions of Napoles in connection to the pork barrel scam. This development did not caught us by surprise. We have been expecting Napoles to post bail, In the first place, she surrendered no less than to Pres. Aquino in Malacanang. The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division fixed the bail for Napoles and dismissed Masbate Gov. Rizalina Lanete at P500,000 each while their plunder case is being heard. Napoles and Lanete are both facing plunder and graft cases before the anti-graft court for the latter’s alleged misuse of her priority development assistance fund (PDAF) during her term as Masbate representative from 2007 to 2009. For her part, Lanete allegedly allotted her PDAF to fake non-government organizations linked to Napoles, the alleged pork barrel scam mastermind. The former Masbate governor has been detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City since February 2015. The report also said that the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division also allowed Napoles and former Association of Philippine Cooperatives party-list Rep. Edgar Valdez to post bail for the plunder case against them. The bail bond for Napoles and Valdez was set at P1.5 million each. Valdez is accused of pocketing P57.7 million worth of public funds which represent kickbacks and commissions from Napoles. In April 2015, Napoles was found guilty of illegally detaining whistleblower Benhur Luy and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Despite the bail grant for plunder, Napoles will remain in jail at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. Now that Napoles is already...

Ubay, Talibon diversion roads to decongest ports, markets

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, 2nd District) is pushing for the faster completion of the diversion road linking Barangay Tapon in Ubay to the town public market – and another in Talibon. Aumentado said the diversion roads will open erstwhile “sleepy” areas into the next booming commercial come-ons of the towns – decongesting the present market area and expanding the respective commercial districts. The solon said he is confident that the diversion roads will awaken the business acumen of former “mere consumers”. This also augurs well for added income for the towns in terms of business taxes and mayor’s permit fees, he added. The Ubay port is the gateway to the town’s business district. But, Aumentado observed, the commercial district is already congested with no more room for expansion. The diversion road, he said, is the answer to this dilemma. It will expand the market and the bus terminal, giving impetus to more brisk economic activity. While the Ubay diversion road is in its finishing stage, its Talibon counterpart has yet to be provided with funds. The road will be across from the bridge that will link Talibon and Bien Unido town. In the same manner, it will decongest the town center and provide the needed space for expansion – just in tune with the expansion plans of Alturas-Talibon and other commercial...

Unsolicited advice to exiting President

Unsolicited advice to exiting President One of our idols in journalism, Federico D. Pascual Jr. wrote a piece in his column Postscript in the Philippine Star last week on his unsolicited advice to an exiting President. We have to give way to this as Pres. Pnoy does not seem to listen to Pascual’s advice and went on with his idiotic ways of endorsing Mar Roxas, the man who would not be President, as his anointed one. Pascual wrote among others, vis: When then senator Noynoy Aquino came to the Philippine STAR office in 2010 in the course of his campaign for the presidency, I approached him to ask a question. He turned his back on me. This time, still in good faith, I want to offer the President some unsolicited advice before he leaves Malacañang. I hope he will at least pretend to listen, before turning away: • Slow down to a safer cruising speed, the end of the road is near. There is no point rushing to do in the next six months what you and your coterie failed to do in the past six years. Too late. • Order your gofers to stop making a financial fastbreak in the last two minutes. Tell them, and follow through, to quit cooking up ways to extract juice from big-ticket projects. • Exceptions to the last-minute rush jobs: the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 which should be rehabilitated quickly (but without anyone pocketing a single dirty peso) and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport named after your father which needs upgrading to world class. • Break your disturbing silence of the past five years on illegal...

Requiem to Bangsamoro Basic Law

Requiem to Bangsamoro Basic Law Here’s our requiem to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) or the Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR), the most favorite legislastion that Pres. Pnoy wanted to be enacted by Congress. This is a piece of legislation originated by non-lawyers who represented the Republic of the Philippines with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) cum Moro Islamic Freedom Fighters in talks sanctioned by Malacanang. BBL used a lot of government funds through the Office of the Presidential Assistant on Peace Process (OPAP) which created quite a stir when it conducted a symposium at the MetroCenter Hotel late last year in tandem with a non-governmental organization. What we really don’t known is why Pres. Pnoy has to kowtow to the whims and caprices of Mohaqhir Iqbal and his minions when it tried to created a new government within the Philippine government. But lo and behold, its passage is now being doomed by our national legislators. One of them is Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. who proclaimed to all and sundry that the BBL passage is now dead. In a news article printed by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Marcos said that it will take a miracle in order to have the BBL pass the legislative wringer. He said that the BBL alias BLBAR is now dead considering that Congress “just run out of time” to pass it. On the last session day of Congress last month, Marcos said that he just hoped the administration that would succeed Pres.Pnoy this year will be able to pass the measure, hopefully, sans the pressure from Malacanang. In his requiem to the BBL, Marcos...

Time to get off from legal work

Time to get off from legal work Everytime that there is a seminar for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), lawyers found it an avenue for anything. Just like today, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Bohol chapter will hold an MCLE seminar at the Bohol Tropics Resort for four straight days until Saturday. This will be a full 36-unit course for the fifth MCLE compliance. However, we heard that some IBP Bohol members are not joining because they already completed their fifth MCLE compliance already. * * * * * * Four our part, we do not have any other recourse but to attned the same as we have some deficiencies in the past MCLE seminars as we joine some of the bad boys who came to the seminar late or went outside of the seminar venue and do something else. The Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) has issued a memorandum to all court personnel including the judges and clerks of courts to join the seminar and this will be considered as part of their official time. In the past, our company will also skip some of the lectures as we concentrate on knight of the four corners. Some laywers are also into the game cards. * * * * * * This situation usually occurs especially if the MCLE is being conducted by the University of the Philippines (UP) Law Center which was quite relaxed as far as the attendance of lawyers to the MCLE is concerned. But if the MCLE seminar is being conducted by the MCLE staff themselves, just the like the one being held today, expect the worst case...

‘Daang matuwid’ rebuked cabinet members TV ads

‘Daang matuwid’ rebuked cabinet members TV ads                   Weekend nights are usually spend in watching television and one cannot miss seeing the television ads of Mar Roxas and Ria Hontiveros. Roxas wanted to expand more on the “daang matuwid”  when his television ad simply rebukes the slogan.        The same is true for Hontiveros who stood as the endorser of PhilHealth but make a plaguing of her name in the advertisement. We also see the political ads of Atty. Francis N. Tolentino of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Sec. Joel Villanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). * * * * * *           Simply speaking, these are all advance campaigning at the expenses of the government. Is this the “daang matuwid” (straight path)?           Despite the anointment of Roxas as Pres. Aquino’s successor, Roxas has the temerity and the gall to cling to his position by just maneuvering to have the President refusing to let go of him as Aquino is still looking for his replacement.           So we cannot see any reason why Roxas called for the expansion of the “daang matuwid” in his political ads as he is exposing his untruthfulness in capitalizing his post as a Cabinet member despite the fact that he is running for President next year. * * * * * * Pres. Aquino has become helpless in stopping the advance campaigning of his Cabinet members and allies using government expense. Is this the situation when the highest official of the land becomes a lame duck? For instance, can he not stop Hontiveros in endorsing PhilHealth by mentioning her name? We...

TBTK chaotic, but resolves impasse

TBTK chaotic, but resolves impasse TAGBILARAN CITY – The Tigum Bol-anon sa Tobuok Kalibutan (TBTK), a grand homecoming of Boholanos from around the world to this city slated every three years, was at it again, debating on its charter that become chaotic whenever they met but finally resolved it, said a committee member whose name is withheld. There had been similar discussions of the same subject matter in the past during the existence of the organization’s 6 triennial assemblies. In yesterday’s gathering held at Metro Center Hotel in this city, heated debates ensued following the proposal of its president Neil Bonje to scrap altogether the original charter and the second one. And instead, he batted for a new charter as guide to start all over again. But his proposal did not sail smoothly since most of the original founding members, including Dr. Nick Lopez of Loon, were opposed to it. One of the members, Cleofe Lamdagan of Circulo Boholano in Chicago stood up and proposed for the retention of the original charter. Lopez, who founded TBTK apparently supported her. Bonje had no other option but move for the “division of the house,” meaning to allow members to cast vote on his proposal. And the result was 16 voted against 12 in favor of his proposal. Amendments to the old charter followed by changing TBTK as a mere “movement” to an “organization” which shall meet every after three years not four years. TBTK also tinkered the provision on the election of its officers and allocation of representatives according to the regions of the world. The identified regions of the world entitled for representation to the...

HANDOVER OF GIFTS

HANDOVER OF GIFTS HANDOVER OF GIFTS. Liza Quirog, chair of the technical working group of the Countryside Development Program-Purok Power Movement (CDP-PPM) of the provincial government of Bohol lead the members of the TWG in handing out gifts to the people of Cantomocad, Loon during the short program held in time for the Medical/Dental Outreach and agri-HEAT caravan last June 5, 2015. Quirog hands over native chicken, piglets, fishing paraphernalia, agricultural products, organic fertilizers and solar lamps to Mayor Lloyd Peter Lopez of Loon then to Barangay Captain Jacinto Lafuente of Cantomocad. The handover was witnessed by members of the TWG, Isabelito Tongco of the Office of the Governor, Col. Arnulfo Matanguihan of the 802nd Brigade, LTC Potenciano Camba of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion, CPT Jiro Poblacion of the SF’s 4th Company and the members of the sanggunian barangay....

Who’s afraid of DAO that declared the coast of Maribojoc and Loon national geological monument?

Who’s afraid of DAO that declared the coast of Maribojoc and Loon national geological monument? Yes, indeed. Who is afraid of the DENR Administrative Order (DAO) declaring the uplifted coast of Maribojoc and Loon as geological monument?Apparently by the way they stormed the media to airtheir protest, Mayors Evasco of Maribojoc and Lopez of Loon are dead worried if not afraid. They complained of lack of consultation on the part of DENR before the Department Administrative Order was issued. Technically they were right. DENR should have consulted them, or at the least forewarned them of the impending administrative order in order not to surprise them. However there is really nothing to fear or complain about the DAO because a DAO has no permanent effect unlike when it is a PresidentialProclamationthatdid it or a Congressional action in which case the proclamation or Republic Act becomes a law. A PresidentialProclamation is an exercise of the President’s quasi-legislative powers. I believe PENRO Nestor Canda has sufficiently explained that the department order was only a policy statement that puts into motion the processes that will lead up to a Presidential Proclamation or a law to be passed by Congress. Without the department administrative order there is no basis for DENR to act on what to do with the geological phenomenon triggered by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15, 2013. In its absence anything can happen to this wonder of nature. Knowingthe capacity if business minded people to make money out of anything and everything, that portion of the uplifted coast of Maribojoc and Loon will be imperilled without the DAO. Even the local governments of Maribojoc and Loon can only dolittle to safeguard and...
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