Monday, April 8, 2013


MANILA, April 8, 2013-Instead of the proposed “no work, no pay”, Team PNoy senatorial candidate Edgardo “Sonny” Angara on Tuesday/Apr. 9 advocated a “no work, no vote’ policy as a better solution to the chronic absenteeism of lawmakers in Congress.

In a media briefing at the administration coalition’s headquarters in Makati City, the three-term congressman from the lone district of Aurora urged voters to junk candidates with a record of repeated absences in legislative sessions “thereby neglecting their sworn duties and responsibilities to the people.”

“Huwag nating iboto ang bulakbol. Huwag nating iboto ang mga kandidatong hindi nagtratrabaho,” said Angara, who is now popularly known as Senador Solusyon for the many bills that he authored while in the House of Representatives.

Calls for a “no work, no pay” policy mounted after the House of Representatives released the list of absences of congressmen during the 15th Congress.

Angara reminded voters to be more vigilant and look into the record of the candidates who are mostly incumbent or former members of Congress.  For those who have yet to be members of Congress, Angara said voters could look at their achievements and credentials.

“If they were achievers in their past professional lives, most likely they will be achievers in the Senate. Kung sila ay non-performing asset (NPA) sa dating propesyunal na buhay, malamang magiging NPA din sila sa Senado,” he said.

Angara called for a more transparent use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or more popularly known as “pork barrel” to make sure that these are spent wisely and judiciously.

“We should make sure that the PDAF goes to the programs and projects that would benefit the constituents and not for their personal gain. Politicians who abuse their position for corruption do not deserve the people’s vote,” he said.

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MANILA – The uncle of murder victim Ernest Lucas Jr. insists there is basis to claims that Jack Enrile killed Lucas because there were witnesses to the shooting.

Activist priest Fr. Robert Reyes is the uncle of Lucas Jr. and a cousin of Lucas’ father, retired Navy Capt. Ernesto Lucas. Reyes was sued for libel by the Enriles in 2000 for speaking up about the Lucas case but the lawsuit has been provisionally dismissed in 2011.

Reyes said he and his relatives have always believed that it was Jack Enrile, and not his security aide, who killed the young Lucas at a party in San Lorenzo Village, Makati in 1975.

Enrile, who is running for senator in next month’s elections, has vehemently denied the accusations.

According to Reyes, Lucas Jr., 17, was ordered by his mother to go to the party to check on his sister. Enrile, however, told Lucas to leave because the soiree was exclusively for Ateneo and St. Paul high school students.

Reyes said when Lucas went back to pick up his sister, Jack allegedly took his security aide Danilo Cruz's gun and shot Lucas in the forehead.

Two of Lucas’ friends witnessed the shooting, the priest said.

"Wala pong gatecrashing, walang pambabastos na ginawa ang aking pamangkin. Pero dahil 'di nagustuhan ni Jackie ang pagbalik niya, bumalik si Jackie sa loob ng bahay. Paglabas niya dala na niya ang baril ng aide niya. Doon na pinaputok ang baril," he told radio dzMM.

"Hours or a day pagkatapos po na mapaslang ang aking pamangkin, ang itinuturo na nakabaril sa aking pamangkin ay si Jackie. Kasi merong mga testigo nung nangyari yun -- dalawang kasamahan na kaibigan ng aking pamangkin na nakita kung sino ang bumaril," he added.

Reyes said the two witnesses revised their stories a week later after Cruz claimed that he shot Lucas. The witnesses later disappeared, giving a serious blow to the case.

Bodyguard was never jailed


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