|Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago.|
Monday, July 25, 2011
MANILA, July 26, 2011-“If President Aquino fails to set a deadline, his flagship program against corruption will become unsustainable,” Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago said.
Santiago, who won her Magsaysay Award for fighting governmental corruption advised President Aquino that there is a pressing need to set the yearend as the absolute deadline for resolving the entire backlog of cases pending with the Office of the Ombudsman, explaining that the Ombudsman has a term of seven years, and Pres. Aquino should appoint a muscular, adrenaline-packed nominee, because of the high caseload.
“The President should order that in the resolution of cases, priority should be given to criminal cases unearthed recently, such as corruption among generals in the military, generals in the police, and officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and Pagcor,” she said, adding that the way to dispose of the backlog is for the President to authorize the justice secretary to appoint special prosecutors with the sole function of resolving pending cases in the Ombudsman.
“Unless the Congress practices self-restraint and shortens public hearings on anomalies, Malacañang should not wait for the result of legislative probes,” she said where the Congress takes forever to investigate anomalies.
She said that we lose a lot of time because the senators and representatives are fishing for evidence. Some of them also try awkwardly to varnish their image in front of the TV cameras where the public gets exasperated.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, she gives the following grades for President Aquino's first year: general administration - 6.5; anticorruption - 7; family behavior – 8,” the senator said, saying that the SONA event should be supported by the entire political community, because it symbolizes national unity.
“All three branches are present in the SONA event, the only time that we are all together. The ceremony is a symbol of governmental unity. It is not the proper venue for political protests, because contrary to misimpression, this is not beneficial to the President. During this event, all of us in the government should be respectful and civilize,” she said.
Santiago is set to start this week her defense of the RH bill in the Senate, by delivering the first of three parts. “My defense on RH bill is over 60 pages long. I have to break it up into three separate speeches,” she said. (Jason de Asis)
TARLAC CITY, July 25 2011-The new top official of the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) formally assumed his post last Friday replacing Lt. General Gaudencio Pangilinan who retired from the service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Major General Jessie Dellosa, new Nolcom chief is now leading the unified armed forces command whose jurisdiction covers the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera and Central Luzon regions
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Oban witnessed the change of command here at the headquarters of Nolcom inside Camp Aquino, Tarlac.
Dellosa lauded his predecessor and vowed to continue his legacy revolving around for the “daang matuwid” or straight path advocacy of President Aquino.
Dellosa is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA ) “Matapat “ Class of 1979. He served as the commander of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division, Deputy Commander of AFP Central Command and the Commandant of Cadets of the PMA, prior to his assignment.
He was also designated as head of the 302nd Infantry Brigade, Chief of Staff of the 4th Infantry Division, Officer-In-Charge of the AFP Office of Ethical Standards and Public Accountability and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, G 3 of the 1st Infantry Division. (Jason de Asis)
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