Archive for the ‘Bam Aquino’ Category

25
Oct
InterAksyon.comThe online news portal of TV5 MANILA, Philippines – The verdict is still out on whether the killing of Filipino transgender Jeffrey Laude by a US serviceman in Olongapo City may qualify as a "hate crime," but it has drawn attention to what LGBT groups consider a rise in gender-related violence.Weighing in on the subject, Senator Bam Aquino on Wednesday pitched for the immediate passage of a pending bill seeking heavier penalties for hate crimes against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.“Hate crimes against the LGBT sector and other minority groups have no place in a civilized society. We should impose heavier penalties so that these discriminatory and inhumane acts will be eradicated,” said Senator Aquino.Date gathered by his office showed a total of 164 crimes against LGBTs over a 16-year period between 1996 and 2012; and a particularly high incidence in 2011, when 28 such attacks were documented.Aquino believes the killing of transgender Jeffrey Laude in Olongapo City is not an isolated case because the number of hate crimes against LGBT in the country has risen in the past years.Laude was found dead inside the toilet of a motel in Olongapo City past midnight Oct. Read more [...]

25
Oct
Some P4 billion a year is lost to government corruption, according to a several studies by Philippine and international groups. Read more [...]

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25
Oct
SENATOR Paolo Benigno Aquino IV is urging the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to gear up public transportation in the country by providing transport startups. "The LTFRB must give these transport start ups some leeway as we review current laws on franchising," Aquino, chairperson of Senate committee on trade, commerce, and entrepreneurship, said Read more [...]

21
Oct
MANILA, Philippines - Health Undersecretary Theodore Herbosa on Tuesday revealed that the lack of enough budget from the government caused the delay of the implementation of higher salaries for the country’s nurses. The Senate Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization chaired by Sen. Read more [...]

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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 [...]

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