mb.com.ph | Philippine News | Author Archives | 2
Home » Entries posted by Madel Sabater - Namit (Page 2)
Madel Sabater - Namit

Malacañang bids Maceda adieu

Malacanang on Tuesday expressed condolences on the passing of former Senate President Ernesto Maceda, and at the same time honoring him for more than five decades of public service. “We extend our condolences to his bereaved family and join them in fervent prayers for his eternal repose,” presidential communications secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said. Coloma recalled how Maceda served country and fellowmen in various capacities. “The late Senate President Ernesto Maceda distinguished himself as a legislator, Cabinet member, and ambassador through more than five decades of dedicated public service,” Coloma said. Maceda, 81, died Monday night (June 20, 2016) due to multiple organ failure. Maceda served the country at the young age of 23 when he was elected as a Manila councilor in 1959 and was named “Outstanding Councilor of Manila.” He was also the youngest member of the …

Read More

Pres. Aquino to Malacañang press: ‘We had good working relationship’

Even with the love-hate relationship during the past six years, President Aquino said that in general, he had a good working relationship with the media covering Malacañang. “For the most part, I think you are reasonable. We understand where you are coming from. We understand the pressures from your various desks to produce the story that they want,” Aquino said in a farewell lunch with members of the Malacanang Press Corps (MPC). “I think you have treated us reasonably well. You have your pressures, you understand our concerns, and we have reached a very good level of working relationship,” he said. Several times, Aquino had criticized the media for reporting more bad news than the good ones, calling on the media to be fair. He also criticized the exit interviews of some media organizations …

Read More

Palace, AFP reject ‘military connivance with Sayyaf’

Malacañang yesterday stood by the integrity, honesty and dedication of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) amid the allegations of Jolo, Sulu mayor Hussin Amin that some military officers are allegedly conniving with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) for ransom money. Amin had called on the national government to conduct a loyalty check among the military officers and to investigate the possible connivance between some military officers and the ASG. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. however said it is a serious allegation and is unfair to the Armed Forces who have been working so hard in their pursuit operations against the ASG.  “Medyo mabigat yata ‘yung paratang na nakapaloob diyan. Paano naman kung basta-basta na lang natin tatanggapin ‘yan. Ang sagot agad natin imbestigasyon. Hindi naman yata makatwiran (That is a …

Read More

Nurse brain drain? New graduates can fill void, government stresses

Malacañang yesterday brushed aside the possibility of a massive exodus of registered nurses after President Aquino’s veto of the Comprehensive Nursing Law of 2015 that would increase the minimum pay for nurses to P25,000. The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) as well as labor and oversea Filipino workers advocates have warned the government that a larger volume of registered nurses will leave for greener pastures overseas following the veto of the said bill. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. however said nurses, especially new graduates, would still be needed to work at hospitals here because foreign hospitals would require vast experience. “Ang in demand sa ibang bansa na nurses ay yung mga may karanasan na at may mga kaalaman na sa espesyalidad. Halimabwa ay ICU nurses [Those in demand abroad are …

Read More

Palace junks calls to abolish CHR

Malacanang on Saturday thumbed down proposals to abolish the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) following criticisms that it is siding with the suspects rather than the victims of the recent colorum van robbery and rape incident.  The CHR said it plans to conduct a probe on the death of one of the suspects who robbed and raped two women in a colorum van in Quezon City. The suspect, allegedly tried to snatch the firearm of a police escort inside a vehicle and was shot dead last Friday.  Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the CHR cannot be easily abolished because it is established under the Constitution.  “Paano namang napakabilis ‘nong pagsasabi na buwagin ito? Saan kaya nanggagaling ‘yun? May katwiran kaya ‘yun? Samantalang, malinaw naman ang function nito [How can they easily say …

Read More

Aquino vetoes increase in nurses’ pay, tax condonation for local water districts

Two weeks before he steps down from office, President Aquino has vetoed two bills – one that seeks to further increase the entry level salary for nurses by four grades, and the other on the condonation of unpaid taxes of local water districts. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said President Aquino has vetoed the enrolled consolidated House Bill No. 6411/ Senate Bill No. 2720 which seeks the enactment of a comprehensive nursing law.  “In his message, President Aquino noted that the minimum base pay for entry-level nurses has already been increased through Executive Order (EO) No. 201, series of 2016, which raised their total guaranteed annual compensation from P228,924.00 to P344,074.00, apart from other benefits and allowances they receive, such as under the Magna Carta of Public Health,” Coloma said. “The President …

Read More

Aquino urges youth to continue to be ‘man for others’

President Aquino urged the youth to continue being “man for others,” as he expressed optimism that the youth will continue to shape the country’s future even as he steps down from office two weeks from now. President Aquino held a photo opportunity with graduates of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Cadet Engineering Program Thursday in Malacanang. During the said event, President Aquino praised the graduates of the DPWH program for choosing to serve the country at their young age. “It's really heartwarming to see the youth really taking an active role in building this country and putting their talents to the use of our countrymen,” Aquino said. “Throughout the country, especially in the youth, are really shaping the future to something better than what we all found when we started,” he said. The …

Read More

PNoy: Improved PH employment situation one of my key legacies

President Aquino said one of his greatest legacies would be the significant decline in the number of Filipinos seeking greener pastures overseas. “I guess one of the best examples of these is that if you look at the media prior to re-incumbency perhaps even on a week-long basis,b  sometimes, several times within the week, you'd have stories of Filipinos leaving the country. A be all and end all of ambitions was to leave the country,” Aquino said in an interview with Singapore-based Channel News Asia. “We say, our people were voting on their feet. And now, we even get complaints about traffic amongst other things. This already shows the difference - that you know, things can be fixed in this country. We have a future. We have improved a lot,” he said. Aquino …

Read More

Less Filipinos left home – Aquino

President Aquino said one of his greatest legacies would be the decline of Filipinos who would want to leave the country to look for greener pastures abroad. Aquino said this just shows that the Filipinos have seen improvements during his term as well as a positive change in attitude. “I guess one of the best examples of these is that if you look at the media prior to re-incumbency perhaps even on a week-long basis, sometimes, several times within the week, you'd have stories of Filipinos leaving the country. A be all and end all of ambitions was to leave the country,” Aquino said in an interview with Singapore-based Channel News Asia. “We say, our people were voting on their feet. And now, we even get complaints about traffic amongst other things. This …

Read More

‘Yolanda’, rice cartel slow down Aquino’s poverty alleviation program

Supertyphoon “Yolanda” and the rice cartel. President Aquino said these were among the factors that slowed down poverty alleviation during his six-year term. According to the President, the poverty figures are “not exactly reflective of the changes that have been brought about.” He said the destruction brought by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”), which hit 44 out of 81 provinces of the country. “’Haiyan’ was very significant. There are families living above the poverty line who lost their houses and was suddenly living below the poverty line because of the loss on their assets,” Aquino said in an interview with Channel News Asia. The President also said the rice cartel was also a challenge in his administration’s efforts towards poverty alleviation. “There seems to be a cartel, a rice cartel in the country. They manipulated the …

Read More