Archive for the ‘Bam Aquino’ Category

20
Oct
Despite a Social Weather Survey that showed that majority of Filipinos want Vice President Jejomar Binay to attend the Senate blue-ribbon subcommittee hearing allegations of alleged corruption charges against him, Binay’s camp stood pat that the Vice President should not attend the “farcical” proceedings. Binay’s spokesman, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla,  said it is ‘futile’ for Binay to attend the committee hearing on the alleged verpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2 as the senators conducting the hearing “have already prejudged the Vice President.” Remulla issued the statement on the heels of a SWS survey which indicated that 79 percent of its respondents want Binay to attend the Senate hearing being conducted by Senators Koko Pimentel, Antonio Trillanes IV and Allan Peter Cayetano. Read more [...]

18
Oct
INVESTORS WATCHING: The business community is understandably concerned over the apparent indecision of the administration in addressing major infrastructure project issues. Uncertainty could dampen enthusiasm for the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program that President Noynoy Aquino bannered in his recent trip to Europe Read more [...]

17
Oct
MALACAÑANG on Thursday said the killing of a Filipino transgender in Olongapo City by an American serviceman last week was “unacceptable” and had provided a fresh impetus to press for the review and amendment of the provisions of the Visiting Forces Agreement. Read more [...]

17
Oct
InterAksyon.comThe online news portal of TV5 MANILA, Philippines – Illicit groups want congestion inside the Port of Manila to continue their illegal activities and rake higher "under the table" tips, Senator Bam Aquino lamented on Thursday. In an interview after a Senate hearing, Aquino said that although there have been a lot of improvements inside the Port of Manila, some unscrupulous groups and shipping lines wanted congestion and inefficiency to persist.If congestion continues, Aquino said, illicit activities also flourish as they milk importers with higher  "under the table" tips amounting to thousands of pesos for every container moved, thus jacking up the final transaction cost and making goods pricier."It's the public that ends up at the losing end," Aquino said.Before the congestion, Aquino said that "under the table tips" only amounted to P20 per container, but when the problem persisted inside the Port of Manila, they rose to thousands of pesos per trucker's trip."We have to curb corruption and we can only stop that one with diligent monitoring," he added.Aquino said that in the next hearing, he will invite representatives from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to shed light into the matter.Aquino also urged law enforcement agencies to help stop corruption inside the Port of Manila by jailing corrupt individuals, government or private persons.He also suggested that the government look for technology solutions to be installed inside the Port of Manila for ticketing and tracking system for all truckers to improve operational efficiency.Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said the government is currently looking for solutions to curb certain illegal practices."It will come when you put a system in place because one of the reasons for corruption is the lack of transparency," Almendras said."The problem is nobody wants to stand up and be a witness. We have evidence, we have a small piece of paper, a tarheta, where everything is listed in detail but how can you prosecute if nobody wants to stand and be a witness?" Almendras added.Also up for discussion among government agencies is a so-called ban on all bans, which, Almendras said, can only happen if there is a truck dispatch system."That’s what we discussed as a long-term solution Read more [...]

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16
Oct
The Philippines is pushing for heavier penalties over hate crimes following the murder of a transgender woman. Senator Bam Aquino said on Wednesday: “We should impose heavier penalties so that these discriminatory and inhumane acts will be eradicated.” He has pushed for a new bill entitled the Anti-Discrimination Act of 2014 which seeks to prohibit and penalise discrimination of any form. Read more [...]

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16
Oct
Senator Bam Aquino on Wednesday pushed for heavier penalties for hate crimes against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, following the killing of a transgender woman in Olongapo City over the weekend.“We should impose heavier penalties so that these discriminatory and inhumane acts will be eradicated,” Aquino said in a press statement.He believes the killing of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude is not an isolated case because the number of hate crimes against LGBT in the country has risen in the past years.Citing data from the Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch, he said there were 164 cases of murdered LGBTs in the country from 1996 to June 2012.Laude, 26, was found dead inside a motel in Olongapo City Saturday night. Police have yet to determine the motive in the killing.The suspect, Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, is now being held on board the USS Peleliu, one of the vessels that joined the 2014 Amphibious Landing Exercises (PHIBLEX) in Subic in Zambales earlier this month.Aquino said based on a study funded by the UN Development Program and the US Agency for International Development, there were 28 killings involving the LGBT community on the first half of 2011 alone.“This number will continue to rise unless we do something about it immediately," said Aquino, author of Senate Bill No Read more [...]

14
Oct
Pinag-iingat ng Mataas na Kapulungan ng Kongreso ang publiko sa pagbili ng walong sangkap na pampalasa sa mga pagkain bunga na rin ng matinding banta ng mga ito sa kalusugan na maaaring ikamatay ng mga makakakain. Sa mga impormasyong isiniwalat ng tanggapan ni Senador Bam Aquino, chairman ng Senate committee on trade and economic affairs, isinawalat nito ang ulat ng Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) ang mga pampalasa na nagtatagla ng dye o tina na dapat ay ginagamit lamang bilang pangkulay ng damit at sapatos. Read more [...]

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12
Oct
Hindi na ang masikip na lansangan at sabay-sabay na paghahakot ng mga trak ng mga container vans papasok at palabas ng mga pantalan sa Maynila kundi ‘kotong’ na ang dahilan ng mabagal pa rin na pag-usad ng mga produkto. Ito ang panguna­hing hinala ni Sen. Read more [...]

11
Oct
MANILA -- Senator Bam Aquino said he believes the local game development industry could duplicate, if not surpass, the success of the country's business process outsourcing industry in terms of job generation. "The local game development industry is where the BPO industry was maybe 10 to 15 years ago," Aquino said during the Philippine Game Festival yesterday at SMX in Pasay City Read more [...]

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08
Oct
Gawad Kalinga Founder Tony Meloto delivers a speech during the 2014 Social Business Summit. The event brought together social entrepreneurs, development professionals, government officials and members of the civil society, among others Read more [...]

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