We welcome the proposal of Philippine National Police chief Ricardo Marquez to review and revise the criteria for the grant of the PNP Medal of Valor award.
Apparently, the PNP chief’s hands are tied in relation to the controversy over the cancellation of the awarding of the Medal of Valor to two members of the PNP Special Action Force who figured in the Mamasapano massacre on January 25.
Marquez it is “unfortunate and unfair” if a policeman who deserves the highest honor is disqualified because of “obsolete” rules and parameters.
It is indeed unfortunate that SAF commandos, particularly the SAF 44, are being denied the Medal of Valor despite successfully eliminating a notorious terrorist hosted by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
But it came with a great price because of the cowardice and treachery of those who calls the shots in the Palace.
Now the Noynoy administration looks determined to reward the local Taliban with secessionist autonomy.
Hopefully, Marquez’s call will be heeded in due time.
CONGRESS AT WORK: ‘SHOW ME THE MONEY’
Congressmen finally went back to work after shamelessly abandoning their sworn duties for two weeks that turned the House of Representatives into a “ghost chamber” because of the absences of lawmakers.
They had a good reason to show up on Monday as the House committee on appropriations set out to take up the proposed P3.002-trillion national budget for 2016.
Kung di ba naman katakam-takam iyan, especially for those looking forward to next year’s elections.
The House leaders are determined to pass the General Appropriations bill in time for the filing of certificates of candidacy (CoC) on Oct. 12 to 16 for the May 2016 elections.
In fact, congressmen are reportedly willing to work overtime to hold budget hearings to get the whole thing done.
Iba na talaga ang nagagawa ng pera.
Noynoy Aquino’s bagman, Budget Secretary Butch Abad, said the proposed 2016 budget, which is 15.2 percent higher than the P2.606 trillion 2015 national budget, is a “blueprint for greater inclusive growth and reform expansion in the country.”
I must agree that this con artist has a way with words.
Unfortunately, much more Filipinos have been excluded in the “growth” that has made the wealthy few much wealthier in the past five years.
Low standard of living has prevailed and so-called economic gains have not impacted the lives of millions of people.
Hindi naramdaman, ika nga.
That’s according to no less than former chief justice Reynato Puno, who said “spin doctors” from rival political camps have buried the truth about the dismal state of the nation.
While every unborn Filipino already owes tens of thousands of pesos in national debt, massive leakages in the lump-sum discretionary funds, the government budget has ballooned in unbelievable proportions.
House independent bloc leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, along with Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, vowed to grill finance officials on the P424 billion lump-sum or discretionary funds that were allocated in 11 major line agencies under the P2.606-trillion 2015 General Appropriations Act.
Romualdez and Atienza took the cue from former senator Panfilo Lacson who revealed the lumpsums.
He said hundreds of billions of special purpose funds or lump sum appropriations could be included in the 2016 budget.
“We call on the House leadership to look into the claim of Senator Lacson on the huge discretionary funds for the sake of regularity and transparency,” Romualdez said.
Abad, the architect of the hideous Disbursement Acceleration Program, must be saying, “Ang lelang mong panot!”