Bacolod Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia will be in Malacañang today, Thursday, March 27, to witness the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
"I join the Filipino people in celebrating the hope for a lasting peace in Mindanao," Leonardia said on the eve of the historic signing that is scheduled at 4 p.m. at the Kalaya-an Gardens of Malacañang. Leonardia is one of the solons President Aquino invited to witness the event.
Local News: BAYAN MUNA: INDICATIONS OF POWER INDUSTRY COLLUSION INCREASING, EVEN INCLUDES AQUINO ADMIN
Says NGCP may have connived with DOE, PSALM to hide real power situation
Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares yesterday posed this question after an analysis of the reports submitted by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) during the last hearings on the power rate hike in Congress and the Senate.
"The explanation coming from government poses more questions on the issue instead of clarifying it. Based on the graph presented by DOE at the Senate about its assumption of adequate supply (page 7), the available capacity during the Malampaya shutdown in November was at 8,473MW versus maximum demand at 7,538MW. It must be noted, however, that in the "available capacity forecast" of system operator the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), it included Malaya (which was supposed to run at 610MW), but the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM), the owner of Malaya, already admitted it was not synchronized to the grid and was not part of wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) dispatch process. In other words ‘ayaw tumakbo ng planta’. If this is true, why was it included in the power supply equation?" said the senior deputy minority leader.
President Benigno Aquino has finally ordered the Department of Energy (DoE) to investigate the reported big disparity in fuel prices in Negros Occidental compared to other areas like in Manila and Cebu.
Aquino made this order on Tuesday, when he led the groundbreaking ceremony of the San Gabriel Power Plant project in Sta. Rita, Batangas, a report by Solar News TV yesterday said.
Apparently, the matter was brought to his attention that fuel prices in Bacolod and Batangas were higher by P8 per liter than those in other cities and provinces.
Fr. Robert Reyes, the country’s famous "running priest," yesterday questioned the appointment of Sen. Panfilo Lacson as the "rehabilitation czar," saying the senator also needs rehabilitation.
"(Super typhoon) Yolanda is about human rights violation. Why appoint a human rights violator to rehabilitate the situation? Ping Lacson needs to rehabilitate himself," Reyes said in a press conference in Bacolod yesterday.
Reyes, who talked about his planned 7-kilometer run in Escalante City today to mark the Human Rights Day, said typhoon Yolanda is a "a form of human rights violation as a consequence of human greed and bad politics" and a result of "conscious abuse of power and nature."
The University of Negros Occidental–Recoletos Monsters Keepers Club (UNO-RMKC), a campus organization of composed mostly of freshmen Animal Science students recently staged an "exhibit for a cause" of their pets at the university auditorium. Endemic reptiles, rodents and insects were staged for the students to learn and appreciate animal behaviors. A mini- lecture on the care and handling of pets were given to the guests. Proceeds of the exhibits were donated by MKC President Marvin Guile Alova to through Ms. Mely Flores of the University Community Development Office(UCDO) for the relief operations for the victims of typhoon "Yolanda". The group looks forward for another exhibit at the campus by February 2014.
The human rights situation in the country, under President Benigno Aquino, III or PNoy remains similar to the record of previous administrations, Karapatan officer and Samahan ng mga Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Para sa Amnestiya (SELDA) Chairperson, Marie Hilao Enriquez bared in a press conference at the Pope Pius Tower in the Reclamation Area, yesterday, Thursday.
"Since the year 2010 when President Aquino assumed the nation’s presidency, not one case of killings linked with human rights violations and specifically, killings have been resolved," Enriquez said whose siblings were victims of human rights violations under the Marcos regime, said. She was also a victim.
Enriquez’ sister was a victim of rape and mutilation as well as murder. She, too, suffered incarceration during the period the Marcos regime held sway.
Vice President Jejomar Binay said he supports the Supreme Court’s decision declaring the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) unconstitutional.
The vice president stressed that Legislative branch, composed of congressmen and senators, should not interfere with the Executive branch, composed of the president, vice president, and Cabinet members.
Binay, who was in Bacolod Saturday and Sunday, stressed, "What makes the PDAF wrong is its implementation... ghost foundations, ghost non-government organizations and corruption - that makes it wrong."
Lots of residents in the municipalities of Concepcion and Estancia in the Province of Iloilo are still at the evacuation centers. These shoreline municipalities were washed by Typhoon Yolanda. Fishing boats were totally wrecked, and houses were damaged. Livelihood of the people is affected. In a radio broadcast, people are in dire need of food and shelter.
In Roxas City, Capiz, it is a similar scenario. Not a single house was spared in the shoreline barangay of Dumolog. The families are still at the evacuation center. They are worried where to go back after the evacuation. The shoreline was cleared of houses, trees and coconut trees. Fishing boats and bancas are nowhere to be found.
Ronilo, a tricycle driver residing at Brgy. Dumolog, with tears expressed quandary how to start another page of life for his family, because their house made of mixed materials, is no longer in their place. They have actually nothing to grasp, because nothing was saved. What they have now are clothes they are wearing and few things they were able to bring when they ran to the evacuation center.
MANILA HOTEL — Vice President Jejomar Binay, speaking at the 39th Philippine Business Conference and Exhibition here yesterday, laid out his vision on how the Philippines would achieve a resilient economy, citing a revitalized mining sector is one.
In the same convention, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said that global competitiveness should be supported as the key to continued growth.
VICE PRESIDENT JEJOMAR BINAY delivering his keynote address yesterday at the 39th Business Conference & Exhibition at Manila Hotel.* (Arman Toga photo)
Roberto "Bobby" Montelibano, right, Regional Director for Western Visayas of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) MORE THAN A THOUSAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY officials and member-businessmen attended yesterday's opening of the October 22 to 24, 2013 Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) 39th Philippine Business Conference and Exhibition
According to him, the economy cannot be strong if majority of Filipinos are poor, thus there is a need to eradicate poverty before anything else.
"Ensuring resiliency of our economy means ensuring the resiliency of our people. It means consciously empowering our people with the means to access and enjoy the benefits of our economic expansion," he said.
While the hostilities in Zamboanga is apparently over Col. Oriel Pangcog, commander of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion which was sent to Zamboanga to augment government troops there engaged in the stand off against the Moro National Liberation Front said that there is no order yet for his unit to return to Negros.
"We have no orders yet to go back to Negros" Pangcog said.
The 1st SRB was picked up by the military C-130 airplane two weeks ago from the Silay Bacolod airport here and airlifted to Zambonga.
Pangcog that while the hostilities is apparently over, his unit was instructed to leave the conflict area and consolidated at the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) and the PNP will replace them in the areas they vacated.