Pacquiao will have to
wait 12 years to run for president, says House colleague
QUEZON CITY – Manny Pacquiao is too young and will have to wait 12 years before he can
qualify to run for president, Dasmariñas City Rep. Elpidio Barzaga
Jr., chairman of the House committee on suffrage and electoral
reforms, said Thursday.
At only 31 years of
age, Barzaga said Pacquiao is barred by the Constitution from running
for president in 2016, when he will only be 37 on election day of that
In an interview on
CBS's "60 Minutes," the number-one TV news program in America,
Pacquiao did not rule out the possibility of a run for the Philippine
presidency in the future.
Simon interviewed Pacquiao ahead of his fight against Antonio Margarito for the vacant World Super Welterweight Championship at the
Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Under the 1987
Constitution, Barzaga pointed out that no person may be elected
president unless he or she is at least 40 years of age on election
He said Pacquiao could
not run for vice-president either, since the post has the same minimum
age requirement as that of president.
Dapidran Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978 in Kibawe, Bukidnon.
He will not turn 40 until December 17, 2018, or two years after the
next presidential elections.
"The earliest Manny
could meet the minimum age requirement to run for president would be
in the 2022 elections, or 12 years hence," Barzaga said.
"Manny cannot even run
for senator in the 2013 mid-term polls, because on election day that
year he will only be 34, and turn 35 only seven months later," he
Constitution, Barzaga said the minimum age requirement for a person to
qualify to run for senator is at least 35 years on election day.
He said Pacquiao
could, however, easily finish two consecutive terms as a member of
Congress representing the lone district of Sarangani, and then at 37
years old qualify to run for senator in the 2016 elections.
"After serving a full
six-year term as a senator, Manny can then run either for president or
vice-president in 2022," Barzaga said.
Pacquiao is now only
on his first three-year term as a member of Congress.
"Should he decide to
seek higher office later on, Manny's distinct advantage is he is
young. Time is on his side. He's bound to outlive many of the
country's present-day political figures, who are mostly in their 40s,
50s or 60s," Barzaga said.
District Programs now CDS initiated
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO,
CALBAYOG CITY – All
projects implemented by the city government of Calbayog under the
previous administration of former Mayor now Congressman Mel Senen
Sarmiento has underwent CDS process said Project Development Officer
IV Reo Marquez Tuesday morning in a Kapihan sa Handuman press conference
initiated by the City Tourism and Information Office.
Marquez said that
community development process works with communities or stakeholders
to analyze initiate and influence social change. In practical terms
means empowering the citizens with adequate support and resources to
find their own solutions to problems they identify in their own
communities from a series of consultation. Community development takes
place in contexts of social, demographic, technological, economic,
environmental, political and other change. Organizations in all
sectors can provide crucial support to community development.
The projects he
mentioned were the “Sakay na Program” which is being replicated in
other local government units, the 4.9 hectares Calbayog Sanitary Land
Fill at Brgy. Dinagan. Material Recovery Facility (MRF), and Calbayog
City Cultural Convention Center.
The Tri District
Program of Mayor Reynaldo S. Uy, now under the CDS has also identified
priority projects for implementation such as the Hibatang River Cruise
with a floating restaurant, Zipline, Malajog Beach Restoration – with
a uniform cottage design and road rehabilitation, Aguit-itan
Development Project, Construction of Calbayog City Hospital, the
ongoing conduct of Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) , House
Numbering, CLUP (Comprehensive Land Use Plan) Revision, Nijaga Park
Rehabilitation and Bangon Hydro Power Plant.
Marquez stressed that
the World Bank is discouraging “ribbon type” development. “Kun karuyag
naton development, mayda gud masasakripisyo”, he added.
These projects he said
are situated in the different strategic locations of Calbayog since
the purpose of the city government is expansion.
Just like the ongoing
construction of bus terminal and public market in Brgy. Rawis to
Bagacay, negative reactions are surfacing from among the stall holders
as they don’t agree be relocated to the new business site.
But the purpose of the
government said Project Development Officer Marquez should not be
defeated. Resistance can be overcome if the local authority and
community/voluntary sector workers will work at once.
RH bill advocates to
Bishops: Don’t Go Low, Be Respectable, and Be Constructive
QUEZON CITY – Amid
renewed word war on the controversial reproductive health bill, main
authors of various reproductive health bills filed in the House of
Representatives jointly called on some bishops to refrain from
twisting the bill and to speak the truth on the measure.
In a press conference
held today, Rep. Edcel Lagman, principal author of House Bill 96;
Reps. Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela Party List, authors of
HB 3387; Rep. Arlene “Kaka” Bag-Ao of Akbayan Party List, author of HB
513; Rep. Jose Ma. Zubiri co-author of HB 96; and Rep. Antonio Tinio
of Alliance for Concerned Teachers (ACT) Party List, co-author of HB
3387, laments the recent attacks thrown at them by some bishops.
According to Ramon San
Pascual, Executive Director of the Philippine Legislators’ Committee
on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD), it is totally
unfair for a religious leader to label RH bill authors and supporters
as “people with lost morality” and “with consciences that are not well
formed.” Attacking the members of Congress merely shows
oppositionists’ lack of substance and further flames up hostility
between certain church leaders and the general public.
San Pascual asked, “if
the authors are indeed people with lost morality, what does that make
of the 83% the Filipino people, who, by survey results, are clamoring
for reproductive health education and services from the Government?”
He stressed, “ill
health among women, high maternal mortality, and immorality of mass
poverty – these are the central issues that RH bill authors would like
to resolve by their determined efforts to pass this important piece of
legislation. These are also the issues that opponents of RH bill
continue to muddle by throwing threats and lies meant for public
In conclusion, San
Pascual challenged those who have objections to the RH bill to be
constructive and participate as decent members of society in bill
deliberation in both chambers of Congress. “Act out your being
spiritual leaders, stop bullying people. In the name of fairness,
please allow lawmakers to deliberate on the RH bill and vote on it.”
8ID overruns another
NPA camp, recovers high powered firearms
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan City, Samar – A week after the successful encounter of
the 8th Infantry Division’s 20th IB that resulted to the recovery of
high powered firearms, another feat had marked the Division’s ISO
campaign when 14IB successfully overran New People’s Army’s (NPA) camp
in the hinterland of Sitio Sapia, Brgy. Magsaysay, Mac Arthur, Eastern
Samar Sunday afternoon, November 7.
Report reaching this
headquarters form Lieutenant Colonel Hermilo Demafiles, 14IB’s
commanding officer disclosed that the troops under First Lieutenant
Dagpin were conducting a security patrol when an undisclosed civilian
approached and informed them on the presence of armed men allegedly
seen in the aforesaid place.
diverted their routes towards the mentioned area where they intercept
around 30 armed terrorists under certain Gavino Guarino alias Mael
that immediately resulted to a firefight. Exchange of fires ensued
for about 30 minutes before the rebels fled away towards Sitio Carbon,
Brgy. Huknan, Hiporlos of same province after suffering heavy casualty
leaving their camp in a disastrous situation.
Captured in the area
of encounter are three (3) M16 rifles of the fallen terrorists, M14
rifle’s bolt assembly, pair of M16 rifles hand guard, 10 backpacks,
assorted magazines of M16 and M14 rifles with live ammos, personal
belongings and voluminous subversive document with significant value.
No one was reported hurt on the side of the government.
General Mario Chan, 8ID’s commander commended collaborative effort of
the civilians to the soldiers.
“The success of our
campaign could not be possible without the support of our people whom
we are serving. While I am congratulating my troops with their
sacrifices, I would also like to appreciate our people who exert more
effort just to contribute with our aspirations. Though we are gaining
grounds against the terrorist, I am also saddened to note that
somebody’s life has to be sacrificed,” says Major General Chan.
He further said that
with the continuous conduct of the Division’s combat operations
especially with the unwavering support of the people to thwart the
enemy in the area, the terrorists today has no where to hide.
Moreover, General Chan
reiterated his previous call to the members of the underground
movement to lay down their arms and re-embrace the genuine spirit of
freedom and democracy for the sake of the succeeding generations.
“I once again call
upon our brothers and sisters, whom I considered victims of
Communist’s deceptive ploy to embrace the governments means to
re-integrate to our mainstream society to avoid the unnecessary lost
of lives being brought by these armed confrontations. Our government
is very much willing to give them a second chance for the sake of
peace and democracy,” concludes General Chan.
Arturo Ortiz and Lieutenant General Ralph Villanueva, Philippine
Army’s Commanding General and Commander of Central Command,
respectively has already conveyed their deep satisfaction to the 8ID
troopers for consistently bringing forth success of addressing the
threat groups towards the road to peace and development in Region 8.
MMFC is back in Leyte
for another surgical mission
Media Relations Center
November 8, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – At
least 29 patients suffering from either a cleft lip or cleft palette
would be treated by a team of medical professionals of the Medical
Mission for Children (MMFC) of
Massachusetts, USA who are part of the surgical mission being
conducted this week at the Leyte Provincial Hospital.
The MMFC surgical
mission, which started Monday, is the fourth time to be conducted here
in the province of Leyte.
Health Officer Dr. Erlinda Astorga says the 29 patients coming from
various municipalities in the province passed the screening conducted
weeks before the surgical mission set this week. Ten of these 29
patients, Dr. Astorga added, are follow-up patients.
“These ten were here
during the last time the medical team was here in 2008. They were
treated then for cleft lip. This time for their follow-up operation,
they would already be treated for their cleft palette,” Dr. Astorga
Operation of one
patient last to two hours or more it was learned.
The MMFC team that is
here in Leyte this time is composed of four surgeons, four
anesthesiologists, three PACU nurses, a pediatrician and three media
documenters. The team is headed by Dr. Robert Ward.
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla said this surgical mission is such a big help to the
parents since surgery of this nature is quite expensive in the country
ranging from P20, 000 or more.
“We are very grateful
they choose to come back to Leyte every year and help our children who
are unfortunate to be born under such condition,” Gov. Petilla earlier
MMFC is a non profit
organization that has been providing much needed quality surgical and
dental care to underprivileged children and young adults throughout
the world and works to facilitate the transfer of education, knowledge
and recent innovations to the local medical communities.
Massachusetts, MMFC is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteer
surgeons, medical specialists, dentists, nurses, biomedical engineers,
administrative and materials personnel.
This year MMFC has
just been on similar surgical missions around the globe particularly
in Guatemala, Rwanda, Ecuador, Ukraine, Peru, Tanzania and in Angeles
City in Pampanga here in the Philippines.
mission in Leyte would be their last stop for 2010. Other schedules
are already for 2011.
achievements in his first 100 days
By GINA DEAN-RAGUDO,
Samar – Governor Conrado B. Nicart, Jr. made his State of the
Province Address during the opening of the 45th Founding Anniversary
Celebration of Eastern Samar province at the capitol ground on
November 4, 2010 before the provincial employees.
Nicart called it his
“100th day address” which signified the accomplishments carried out by
the new set of officials under his administration, despite the burden
of paying all the obligations incurred by the former governor.
He admitted that when
he assumed office, there was no fund to be used to facilitate his
programs and projects and the fourth quarter budget for fiscal year
2010 was almost squandered.
Working on a limited
resources was never been an obstacle to deliver services to his
One primary target of
MDG (Millennium Development Goal) that he pointed out was to eradicate
extreme poverty and hunger.
Next was on health, by
improving and upgrading hospital facilities, providing medicines and
increasing manpower; reducing maternal mortality (MMR); and promoting cleanliness and sanitation by
launching a contest on cleanest hospital in the lone district of
He added that
emergency rooms of Oras, Albino Duran (Balanggiga), Taft, and other
district hospitals were subject for rehabilitation.
A campaign on
anti-rabies was implemented and reducing child mortality rate was
UNICEF, World Health
Organization (WHO) Department of Health (DOH), Australian-Aid,
European Commission and other foreign agencies were gratefully
acknowledged by the governor in his speech.
Underscoring on “drugs
issue”, Nicart revealed that a total of 113 blocks of high-grade
cocaine amounting to P568M were confiscated by local authorities since
the inception of their campaign in his 100 days of office.
On the other hand,
education was also given importance by the local chief executive by
stressing to equip primary and secondary schools in terms of
facilities in order to achieve universal access to education.
Bill binds hospitals,
other healthcare providers to display price list
QUEZON CITY – House
Deputy Majority Leader and Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo is pushing for
new legislation requiring hospitals and other healthcare providers to
clearly display in their premises a price list of all their services
The mandatory posting
of an exact price list, as proposed by Romulo in House Bill 3560,
would cover hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, diagnostic and
laboratory clinics, medical offices and other facilities that provide
healthcare, including dental services.
"This gives more
meaning to the State's avowed policy in The Consumer Act to protect
the interests and general welfare of buyers, and to establish the
standards of conduct for business and industry," Romulo said.
Romulo said a totally
transparent and readily available price index would safeguard
consumers against potentially misleading and unfair sales acts and
practices, and facilitate sound choice by end users of hospitalization
and other healthcare services.
get billed for almost every item they consume while undergoing
treatment in hospitals and other healthcare facilities," he pointed
"In some cases,
without their prior knowledge, hospital patients even end up paying
for the flimsiest expense, such as the extra cotton balls or toilet
paper they consume," he added.
A price schedule would
enable patients to freely decide where best to obtain some of their
hospital supplies, according to Romulo.
"For instance, once
the patient becomes aware that he could get charged for hospital
toilet paper that is five times more expensive, then he might just opt
to bring his own supply," he said.
Once Romulo's bill is
enacted, every healthcare facility would be required to produce and
visibly exhibit a detailed price catalogue of all services and
The price list would
include all incidental expenses such as charges for room and
amenities, meals, medicines, and use of medical equipment and
Violators face fines
up to P25,000 per instance, without prejudice to administrative
If the offender is a
firm, it faces a fine up to P50,000 per instance, plus suspension or
revocation of its permit to operate.
The firm's officers
directly responsible for the infraction also face fines and suspension
or cancellation of their professional licenses. If applicable, they
likewise face up to one year in prison.
Romulo's bill also
provides that the patient's statement of account should itemize the
services rendered, supplies used, and other incidental expenses
incurred, with their corresponding prices.
Two more rebels
embrace 8ID’s call to surrender
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
Catbalogan, Samar – With the standing call of the Army’s 8th
Infantry Division to the terrorists New People’s Army (NPA) to lay
down their arms and return to the mainstream society to re-experience
the genuine democracy, two (2) more rebels operating in the
hinterlands of Northern Samar voluntarily gave up their futile
ideology in the morning of October 28, 2010.
Alias Noli and alias
Speed whose identity are still undisclosed as of press time while
custodial debriefing is being conducted revealed to be brothers and
both residing in Brgy. Balud, Silvino Lobos town.
In an initial report
from the 8ID’s 803rd Infantry Brigade, Noli and Speed are both under
the leadership of a certain alias “Pruding” of Northern Samar
Provincial Party Committee (NSPPC).
The duo also revealed
that the NSPPC is now experiencing unstable operations because of the
impact of the recent major engagement transpired between 8ID troopers
and their groups all around the
It can be recalled
that weeks ago, enemy main camp and numbers of encampments and safe
houses fell in the hands of the 8ID troopers following the intensified
combat operations including the recovery of assorted high powered fire
arms, war materiel caches, piles of food stuffs, medical
paraphernalia, personal belongings, subversive document and other
materials that greatly impacted their underground operations in the
kabutangan didto. Tikang sa pagka-engkwentro sa makaduru-dulain nga
among mga kausa sa naglabay nga mga semana, baga nagkasamok, samok na
sa sulod ngan nawara na liwat an am nga butang na am guingagamit sa am
operasyon”, (Our situation gets worst inside. It started after the
encounter of our different groups against the government troops
transpired. It resulted to misunderstanding between our ranks and our
important materials used for operations were also lost) duo reveals.
“Damo ba gad an
naruruyag sa am grupo nga sumorender kay damo na an nagkukuri sa solod.
Naawa man an kadam-an sa am sa nahinabo sa am kausa na maupay na an
kabutangan dihan sa gawa”, (Many of our members really wanted to
surrender because it is really difficult inside. Most of them feel
envy to others who earlier surrendered and now having a good life in
the open) adds the duo.
General Mario Chan, 8ID’s commander expressed his appreciation to
Mayor Edmund Guillamac of Silvino Lobos who also shared his great
effort for the surrender of the said rebels. He further acknowledges
the good partnership of local government with the Army for common good
of the people.
General Chan reiterates his call to the members of the underground
movement to lay down their arms and reintegrate to the mainstream
society. He once again emphasized that he is more than happy to see
these people peacefully reaching their arms to the government for the
sake of freedom and democracy than through a bloody resort of
“As vanguard for peace
and democracy in Eastern Visayas, we assure our people to have a
peaceful sleep at night, away from harm and a part from danger of the
NPAs who sow terror in expense of power. Your 8ID will continue to
intensify its operations for you to celebrate Christmas even the
fruitful welcoming of the new year to come”, vows General Chan.
GOCCs should report
directly to public, not just to DOF, says solon
QUEZON CITY –
Government-owned and-controlled corporations (GOCCs) should routinely
report their operating and financial performance directly to the
public – to Filipino taxpayers – not just to the Department of Finance
(DOF), Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. said Monday.
"Taxpayers are the
ultimate shareholders of all GOCCs. Thus, GOCCs should disclose their
quarterly and annual results to the public, through management
conducting a news conference, where their performance can be openly
scrutinized by the media," Barzaga said.
GOCCs should also post
detailed quarterly and annual reports on their web sites, in a format
to be approved by the DOF, for all to see, Barzaga said.
"The reports should
include the entity's net profit or loss in the period under review,
subsidy received, dividends remitted to the National Treasury, and the
emoluments of board members and senior executives," he said.
self-dealing, Barzaga said the reports should also include all
"related party transactions" by board members and senior executives.
"This will promote
absolute transparency and full accountability in the operations of
every GOCC," he added.
Barzaga said many
GOCCs still lack transparency. "If you go to the web site of the
National Power Corp., for instance, the latest publicly available
annual report you can download is for 2008," he pointed out. The DOF
earlier ordered 158 GOCCs to submit all necessary information to the
department a month before their board meetings, as part of new
reporting rules meant to rein in abuses, including excessive rewards
that many boards have been giving themselves.
Barzaga has been
pushing for a mandatory cap on the remuneration of board members and
senior executives at GOCCs, including Cabinet members who, by virtue
of their positions, concurrently serve on the boards of multiple
He cited the case of
the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp., where the
heads of the DOF, Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Budget and
Management (DBM), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA),
Department of Justice (DOJ), and Department of Trade and Industry
(DTI) serve as board members.
At the Philippine
Health Insurance Corp., the heads of the Department of Health (DOH),
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of the Interior
and Local Government (DILG), and Department of Social Welfare and
Development (DSWD) serve as board members.
At the Home
Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund), the heads of the DOF, DBM,
DTI, DOLE and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council serve
as board members. At the National Development Co., the heads of the
DTI, DOF, DBM, DOE, and Department of Environment and Natural
Resources (DENR) serve as board members.
At the Land Bank of
the Philippines, the heads of the DOF, DOLE, Department of
Agriculture, and Department of Agrarian Reform serve as board members.
At the National Transmission Corp., the heads of the DOF, DOE, and
DENR serve as board members.