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Friday, July 4, 2014

SONA 2014: The State of The Three Branches of Government in the Philippines

SONA 2014: The State of our Institutions
What has P.Noy done to strengthen
the key institutions of our country?
The Brave Bald Eagle
By William Pesek, The Sydney Morning Herald
It is often a fool's errand to predict turning points in the more erratic Asian economies. Nowhere is that truer than the Philippines, whose greatest consistency seems to be disappointing the optimists.
With Europe sliding, America limping, Japan shrinking and the once-unstoppable China slowing, it's anyone's guess where the Philippines might be in three years. At the risk of looking foolish in, say, 2015, I think it will be in a far better place than it has been in a decade.

My faith rests on four things that Benigno Aquino has done since assuming the presidency in June 2010. These were moves that mark a keen understanding of what ails Asia's 12th-biggest economy and flashes of courage that were absent in his three predecessors.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions 
and yellow bricks!
Stephen Garrard Post, writing about altruism, suggests that good intentions are often not what they seem and that mankind normally acts from less worthy, selfish motives—"If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, it is partly because that is the road they generally start out on."
"Hinding-hindi po tayo titigil sa tuwid na landas. Unti-unti na pong natutupad ang ating mga pangarap." P.Noy
The best tasting lechon comes from Butch Abad!
"These fund releases have recently been touted as ‘bribes,’ ‘rewards,’ or ‘incentives.’ They were not. The releases, which were mostly for infrastructure projects, were part of what is called the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) designed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to ramp up spending and help accelerate economic expansion. " Butch Abad
The Senate:"Have PORK,Will Vote !"
P.NOY: Should have used the DAP as 100% pump priming mechanism instead of disguised pork barrel for Senators! EQPost
The Supreme Court, with a vote of 13-1-0, declared as unconstitutional President Benigno Aquino III’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
In its ruling penned by Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin, the high court declared as unconstitutional the National Budget Circular 541 and other related issuances related to DAP or Aquino’s pork barrel.
With the Budget Circular 541, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is allowed to withdraw “unobligated allotments of agencies with low levels of obligations as of June 20, 2012, both for continuing and current allotments.”

The circular also allows “withdrawn allotments” to be used to “augment existing programs and projects of any agency [emphasis by DBM] and to fund priority programs and projects not considered in the 2012 budget but expected to be started or implemented during the current year,” Abad wrote department heads, including budget and accounting officers. From Inquirer
Mga tunay na tuwid sa daang matuwid" P.Noy
Tit for Tat?
The success of the tit-for-tat (TFT) strategy, which is largely cooperative despite that its name emphasizes an adversarial nature, was demonstrated in the Corona Impeachment trial.
 "Ang pagkakaintindi ko po… ay di kailangan ideklara ang US dollars... This is an absolute rule. Certainly I should not and cannot be penalized for abiding and relying on the letter of the law. The inaccuracies in my SALN do not constitute an impeachable offence." Renato Corona
SenatorPartyBlocArticle of Impeachment
Edgardo AngaraLDPMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Joker ArroyoLakasMinorityN/ANot guiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Alan Peter CayetanoNacionalistaMinorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Pia CayetanoNacionalistaMinorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Miriam Defensor SantiagoPRPMajorityN/ANot guiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Franklin DrilonLiberalMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Francis EscuderoIndependentMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Jinggoy EstradaUNAMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Teofisto Guingona IIILiberalMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Gregorio HonasanUNAMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Panfilo LacsonIndependentMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Lito LapidLakasMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Loren LegardaNPCMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.NacionalistaMajorityN/ANot guiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Sergio Osmeña IIIIndependentMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Francis PangilinanLiberalMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Aquilino Pimentel IIIPDP-LabanMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Ralph RectoLiberalMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Bong RevillaLakasMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Tito SottoNPCMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Antonio Trillanes IVNacionalistaMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Manny VillarNacionalistaMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Juan Ponce EnrileUNAMajorityN/AGuiltyN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Votes needed to convict16
Voted "Guilty"N/AYes 20N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Voted "Not guilty"N/A3N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Total votes23
The Supreme Court Court,voting unanimously, declared as unconstitutional the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that his administration implemented as part of good governance reforms.
President Aquino may have lost a major legal battle but this restored the stature of SC as a highly independent body. P-Noy has four appointees at the SC led no less by Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno and associate justices Bienvenido Reyes, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, and Marvic Leonen.