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GOCCs outlays slated for new Senate check By Angie M. Rosales 01/03/2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

GOCCs outlays slated for new Senate check

By Angie M. Rosales 01/03/2011

The operations of some of the 157 government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) will be placed in another round of scrutiny by the Senate.

Sen. Franklin Drilon, finance committee chairman, said the Senate will immediately activate the newly formed oversight committee on public expenditures to monitor the use or misuse of GOCC funds on unwarranted bonuses and fat allowances.

“We will buckle down to work at once upon the opening of Congress this coming new year,” the senator said.

Drilon initiated the conduct of series of inquiries into the fat perks and allowances of GOCC executives as well as excessive use of its funds shortly after the Aquino administration was ushered in last year..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110103hed2.html

Palace sees convening Cabinet waste of time, sets cluster meet By Aytch S. de la Cruz 01/03/2011

Palace sees convening Cabinet waste of time, sets cluster meet

By Aytch S. de la Cruz 01/03/2011

Vice President Jejomar Binay’s wish to start the year with a full Cabinet meeting may not be fulfilled as President Aquino is leaning on an economic cluster meeting to address the consecutive toll rate and taxi fare increases on top of looming fuel price increases that will kick off 2011.

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning (PCDSP) Secretary Ricky Carandang said Aquino preferred to conduct cluster meetings over formal discussions with the entire Cabinet since he believes this will be more effective.

Binay over the weekend observed that the Aquino Cabinet had not convened in full for three months now but Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma explained this doesn’t affect, in any way, the affairs of the government..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110103hed3.html

Get facts straight on revamp, Carandang tells ‘Chiz’ 01/03/2011

Get facts straight on revamp, Carandang tells ‘Chiz’

01/03/2011
The apparent infighting in President Aquino’s circle of allies lingers as the “word war” that developed between Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning (PCDSP) Secretary Ricky Carandang and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero during the post-yuletide period continues despite the Chief Executive’s New Year message that called for unity, among other things.

Carandang, who is associated with the Balay group, yesterday defended himself anew against the claims of Escudero, a known figure in the Samar faction, that he was feeding the media his own speculations with respect to the impending exit of three Cabinet officials whom Aquino wanted to get replaced this month.
“It (Cabinet reshuffle) is a sensitive matter that should not be taken or mentioned lightly… His duty is to make factual announcements, not engage in speculation,” Escudero was quoted by a broadsheet as saying last week, addressing Carandang..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110103hed5.html

Pirates hijack Algerian cargo ship with Pinoys 01/03/2011

Pirates hijack Algerian cargo ship with Pinoys

01/03/2011
A number of Filipino crewmen of an Algerian bulk carrier were seized by ransom-seeking Somali pirates last Saturday near the port of Oman.

The mv Blida was on its way to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from Salalah in Oman at the time of the attack, according to the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR).

“mv Blida was pirated at approximately 150 nautical miles southeast of the port of Oman in the afternoon of Saturday,” it said.

No further details of the attack are known at this stage, but the EUNAVFOR said the
vessel has a crew of 27 comprising of Algerians, Ukranians and Filipinos..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110103hed6.html

Aquino loses NAIA 3 case By Ninez Cacho-Olivares Editor-in-Chief 01/03/2011

ICSID AWARD REVOKED; EU, BUSINESS LEADERS CALL FOR ROW SETTLEMENT

Aquino loses NAIA 3 case

By Ninez Cacho-Olivares Editor-in-Chief 01/03/2011

President Aquino and his government uncorked the champagne too early while announcing that he and the government lawyers had won the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 3 (NAIA-3) case filed by both German airport operator Fraport AG and Piatco (Philippine International Air Terminal Co.) against the Philippine government, to the point of even congratulating the Philippine lawyers, retired Justice Florentino Feliciano and then lawyer for the government, Lourdes Sereno, who he later appointed to the high court, as a reward for her winning the case for the government.

All told, the government lawyers charged the Philippine government a whopping $50 million, which was deemed excessive, and a waste of funds, after a final decision of an Ad Hoc Committee in Washington overturned the ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110103hed1.html

CPP-NPA poses no more security threat in RP — AFP By Mario J. Mallari 01/03/2011

CPP-NPA poses no more security threat in RP — AFP

By Mario J. Mallari 01/03/2011

The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) does not pose any more security threat but is now relegated into a threat against economic development, through massive extortion activities, particularly in the countryside.

This was according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) which has launched on Jan. 1 its new internal peace and security plan (IPSP) Bayanihan, which calls for the paradigm shift from purely combat operations to civil military and humanitarian missions to defeat the insurgency problem..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110103nat1.html

More than 22 million public students go to schools today By Jason Faustino 01/03/2011

AS CLASSES RESUME

More than 22 million public students go to schools today

By Jason Faustino 01/03/2011

More than 22 million public students in elementary and high schools go to their respective classes when they resume today.

Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro said that they hope that the students celebrated the holidays well and that they basked on the glory of commemorating the birth of our Lord Jesus.

“As we welcome you back to school and begin the year 2011, I really pray that our students, teachers and staff will usher in fresh hope for the country and show that DepEd is ripe for change,” he said..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110103nat4.html

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