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Talk of the Town / Larry Nassar is Going to Prison
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Larry Nassar has been sentenced to 25-40 years in prison.
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Press Release Philippines / BUSINESS GROUPS' INPUTS ON CHARTER CHANGE
« Last post by MIKELIGALIG.com on Yesterday at 04:23:22 PM »
STATEMENT BY THE
HONORABLE ROGER “OGING” MERCADO
Southern Leyte, Lone District
Chair, Committee on Constitutional Amendments
Deputy Majority Leader
‎0917-865-2286

REP. ROGER MERCADO REACTS TO BUSINESS GROUPS' INPUTS ON CHARTER CHANGE

BACKGROUND: FINEX, Makati Business Club, and Management Assoc of the Phils (MAP: (1) that amendments to the constitution should be focused only on certain economic provisions; (2) that it would be more democratic for the two chambers of the Congress to vote separately; and (3) that a duly elected Con-con is the appropriate body to amend the Constitution.

We appreciate the inputs and concerns of FINEX, MBC, and MAP on the current, very public, and open debate on constitutional change.

The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments has Sub Committee 4 on the Review of Articles XI, XII, XIII, XIV and XV of the 1987 Constitution. Their work covers the economic provisions and has been well-informed by the public consultations done in 2016 and 2017, including inputs from the business community.

However, the suggestion that this attempt at charter change be limited to the economic provisions is unwise, partly because, as the business sector knows, governance issues are also at the core of the medium term and long term development goals. To neglect governance is to just partly solve decades-old problems.

It is also unwise because it would be wasted opportunity to overlook governance issues at this time when the combined political capital of President Duterte and of Congress is enough to deliver on the commitment to give Filipinos a government that is closer to them and away from Imperial Manila.

We wish to assure the business community that seeming disagreements between the House and Senate are simply part of the dynamics of the same democracy that produces the free market environment wherein businesses thrive.

The two chambers of Congress are working on solutions. As I have said before, reason and pragmatism are serving as guideposts. (END)

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Press Release Philippines / American model of judicial review
« Last post by MIKELIGALIG.com on Yesterday at 04:21:09 PM »
STATEMENT BY THE
HONORABLE ROGER “OGING” MERCADO
Southern Leyte, Lone District
Chair, Committee on Constitutional Amendments
Deputy Majority Leader
‎0917-865-2286

U.S. MODEL OF JUDICIAL REVIEW IS NOT THE ONLY MODEL PHL CAN FOLLOW

Lamentable but understandable are the various over-reactions and jumping to conclusions about the proposed revision of the provision on judicial review.

We hope the critics will also consider the fact that the American model of judicial review is not the only working model in the free world. We can learn from the examples or models of democracies in Europe, Asia, Oceania, and South America. Just because we have become so accustomed to the US model, does not mean it is the only model worth following.

The Philippines’ laws have in recent years been influenced by jurisprudence in other countries, by international treaties, and global dispute settlement systems.  Our Supreme Court has had decisions, resolutions, and opinions citing European jurisprudence. Our SC has even developed the Writ of Kalikasan.

The judicial review question is imbued with crucial economic development and separation of powers concerns. One valid issue is that courts and their restraining orders must not encroach upon the power of the executive to deliver critical public services. Time and again, judicial overreach has violated the power of the executive to implement. The law must not be used as an excuse by sore losers in public biddings wherein winners won fair and square. The better approach would be to reform the government procurement process and its legal infrastructure with proper safeguards.

We agree with President Duterte that the lowest bidder system has been more detrimental than developmental. Note also that the Commission on Audit (COA) has been applying the value for money concept in its audits. We can level this up as we should because it is what would best serve public interest.

The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments, in the spirit of openness and seeking to spur balanced public debate on the various issues, made public the salient features updates on the work of the subcommittees.

What would have been more worrisome to democracy advocates is if Congress simply did charter change behind closed doors, which we have not and will not do.  (END)

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Bohol News Archive / Resumption of the War on Drugs
« Last post by MIKELIGALIG.com on Yesterday at 04:18:03 PM »
By Michael O. Ligalig
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol - Police officials in Bohol and in Central Visayas have welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte's plan of reinstalling the Philippine National Police (PNP) in their lead role in the drug war.

Senior Supt. Felipe R. Natividad, Bohol police director, said that as soon as the President and Camp Crame will give them a go-signal they will intensify again their anti-drug drive in Bohol.

"Actually in Bohol we did not stop on our efforts against the illegal drugs. We just changed the operational direction from Bohol PNP to PDEA Bohol, and we are supporting the PDEA," Natividad told media.

Agent Nicolas Gomez, PDEA-Bohol chief, said they welcome Duterte's decision.

"It has been the desire of PDEA that PNP will return in the fight against illegal drugs," Gomez said.

He also told Manila Times: "PDEA has repeatedly admitted that it is undermanned, underbudget and under equipped, hence, the need for other law enforcement agencies particularly the PNP."

In a rejoinder, Senior Supt. Jonathan Cabal, intelligence division chief of the Police Regional Office (PRO-7), in a text message that they both welcome and respect the wisdom of the President "in bringing back the anti-illegal drugs campaign to the PNP."

"The PRO7 under the leadership of General Jose Mario Espino will not balk at the challenge," Cabal said, adding, "we will work closely with the community and other law enforcement agencies to further enhance our police operations taking into account the respect for human rights."

"PRO7 shares the vision of the President in eradicating this social malaise towards a better community, a stronger country," said Cabal.

Sidelined for over a month in the campaign against the prohibited substance, police have been placed in the backburner on government efforts of eliminating the country's drug problem, after the President had bowed to critics and put instead of the PDEA in the war's frontline. 

But the change of anti-drug policy has been blamed on the resurgence of crimes, prompting PNP Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa to re-assess the situation. He has repeatedly said the police will take the role again as soon as issues on operational procedures would have been cleared legally.

BOHOL INITIATED DRUG WAR IN 2013

Long before Duterte became president of the country, the Bohol Police Provincial Office, then led by Senior Supt. Dennis Palo Agustin who is now the Deputy Regional Director for Operations of PRO7, had initiated a bloody crusade against the war on illegal drugs from 2013 to 2016.

Illegal drugs have been blamed on the spike of heinous crimes here.

Hundreds of hardcore drug lords and pushers were eighter killed during legitimate police operations here or arrested during Agustin's leadership.

Per instruction by Governor Edgar M. Chatto who had vowed to make Bohol drug-free, Col. Agustin and his men had neutralized more than a thousand drug traders operating here for years.

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