News Flash

July 31, 2015, Friday
  • Passenger’s disruptive behavior in Cebupac plane from Dubai forced the crew to make an emergency landing in India. 11 minutes ago |
  • Crew of PH-bound Cebu Pacific plane made a Filipino passenger alight from the aircraft after causing commotion & bomb scare. 11 minutes ago |
  • Enrile attends Sandiganbayan hearing on pork barrel scam. 22 minutes ago |
  • DFA to file third diplomatic protest against Canada over trash. 23 minutes ago |
  • Magnitude 3.4 quake jolts Sultan Kudarat. 24 minutes ago |
  • DPWH to conduct road reblocking in parts of Quezon City & Pasig at 10 pm Friday. 24 minutes ago |
  • UNA admits Pres. Aquino’s endorsement of Roxas has weight. 25 minutes ago |
  • Binay visits communities in Cavite. 26 minutes ago |
  • Binay says Roxas had been dilly-dallying on his presidential candidacy prior to Aquino’s endorsement. 27 minutes ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe hopes the 2016 election campaign will be about discussions on reforms. 28 minutes ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe congratulates Mar Roxas for getting Pres. Aquino’s endorsement. 29 minutes ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe thanks Pres. Aquino for considering her as among those who can continue his administration’s programs. 30 minutes ago |
  • Roxas on serving gov’t: “Ibubuhos ko ang lahat. Wala akong ititira para sa sarili ko.” 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas to the Filipino people: “Mga boss, hindi ko sasayangin ang tiwala ninyo.” 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas on Pres. Aquino: “Pnoy allowed us to imagine again what the Filipino is capable of.” 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas: “Ako si Mar Roxas at tinatanggap ko ang hamon ng ating mga boss.” 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas: “Buong tapang at buong paninindigan kong tinatanggap ang tawag ng daang matuwid.” 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas to Aquino: “I have never met a president who sacrificed so much for the country.” 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas’ voice breaks as he remembers his brother Dinggoy’s memory. 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas says it was his brother Dinggoy who died in 1993 who should have taken on the legacy of serving government. 5 hours ago |
  • Roxas: Dito sa Club Filipino ko unang sinabing “Bayan, bago ang sarili.” 5 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Ang magtutuloy sa atin sa Daang Matuwid, ang paniwala ko po, walang iba ang taong ito kundi si Mar Roxas.” 5 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Bakit tayo magpapaakit sa ‘baka,’ kung meron namang sigurado?” 5 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “All of us have the obligation to choose the right President.” 5 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino recalls Fmr. Sen. Joker Arroyo used to compare his group as a gathering of people who could fit into a Volkswagen Beetle. 5 hours ago |
  • Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte Mayor Rommel Arnado at Club Filipino praises the peace that Aquino gov’t has put in place in his town. 6 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas enter Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino. 6 hours ago |
  • Program at Club Filipino includes testimonials from Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program’s beneficiaries. 6 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino’s convoy arrives at Club Filipino in San Juan. 6 hours ago |
  • Fire hits a residential area in Laong Laan, Sampaloc, Manila. 6 hours ago |
  • Road in front of Club Filipino in San Juan currently closed to motorists. 6 hours ago |
  • Liberal Party calls the jam-packed event at Club Filipino ‘A Gathering of Friends.’ 6 hours ago |
  • LP Senators Frank Drilon, Ralph Recto, Bam Aquino & TG Guingona as well as DBM Sec. Butch Abad among those present at Club Filipino. 6 hours ago |
  • ‘Cory Aquino Hall’ in Club Filipino where LP’s event is being held is also where Cory Aquino had taken her oath as PH President. 6 hours ago |
  • ‘Cory Aquino Hall’ in Club Filipino is where Roxas had announced that he was giving way to Aquino for 2010 polls. 6 hours ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas arrives at Club Filipino in San Juan with wife Korina Sanchez. 7 hours ago |
  • Program at Club Filipino in San Juan for Pres. Aquino’s endorsement of Mar Roxas’ presidential candidacy begins at 10:30 am Friday. 7 hours ago |
  • Solgen says Manila City Gov’t violated ordinance when it granted zoning & building permits to Torre de Manila’s builders. 22 hours ago |
  • Solgen Florin Hilbay blames Manila City government for the construction of Torre de Manila. 23 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman perpetually bars Ex-ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan from holding public office. 23 hours ago |
  • Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio named new Quezon City Police District Chief. 23 hours ago |
  • Binay says Roxas’ campaign will be backed by government’s machinery. 23 hours ago |
  • Binay says Roxas is not a threat to his presidential bid. 23 hours ago |
  • Fire hits a school in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental. 23 hours ago |
  • Malacanang says the 2016 national budget has no pork barrel allocation. 23 hours ago |
  • DOJ files case against the importer of trash from Canada. 23 hours ago |
  • Alma Moreno and Princess Jacel Kiram to run under UNA’s senatorial slate. 23 hours ago |
  • Binay says he has yet to complete his UNA senatorial slate. 23 hours ago |

Aquino cites veterans’ sacrifices for country

By Joyce Pangco Panares | Apr. 10, 2013 at 12:02am
President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday called on Filipinos to emulate war veterans who willingly sacrificed their lives for the good of the country.

“Guided by the shining examples of our veterans, let us dedicate the change we have made possible along the straight path to our Filipino brothers and sisters who were not able to enjoy the benefits of our peace and prosperity,” Mr. Aquino said during the commemoration of the 71st Araw ng Kagitingan in Mt. Samat, Bataan.

Day of Valor. President Benigno Aquino III and other officials salute the flag as the National Anthem is being sung during the 71st commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor at the shrine in Mount Samat in Pilar Bataan, on Tuesday. Inset, Mr. Aquino stands at attention with US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. and Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Abe after offering a wreath at the shrine.

“As the new generation of Filipinos, let us make a commitment: let us show that we are likewise ready to give more of ourselves and sacrifice to achieve widespread and meaningful change,” the President added.

Mr. Aquino said the government will continue to look after the welfare of veterans, including the distribution of a P1,700 total administrative disability pension on top of other benefits for veterans aged 70 years and above.

In January, the subsidy for patients in 599 public hospitals accredited by the Veterans Memorial Medical Center as provincial or regional extensions was also raised from P800 to P1,200 per day, he added.

“We know that neither pomp and circumstance nor the laying of wreaths against this monument can truly measure what our veterans have done for this country. Which is why, in addition to the tributes and commemorations we hold for the Filipinos who defended and looked after their nation and continue to do so, we in turn pledge to care for them and for their families,” Mr. Aquino said.

He said the government is focused on fulfilling the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Law signed by US President Barack Obama in 2009 to provide a one-time cash payment of $9,000 for non-US citizens and $15,000 for Filipino veterans with US citizenship.

As of January, $224 million has already been awarded to over 18,700 veterans for compensation approved under the law, the President said.

In his three years in office, President Aquino has not paid out the total administrative disability pension, with the Department of Budget and Management admitting that the government had “dormant accounts.”

The DBM added that the pension fund has remained unfunded for the last 10 years.

Although the pension fund was created in 1994, it has yet to be distributed because of budgetary restraints, said Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez.

“Sadly for more than 10 years, the law has not been implemented, mainly due to budgetary constraints and partly to administrative inefficiencies, causing tremendous pecuniary losses to thousands of veterans and their beneficiaries, some of whom have died while waiting for the release of what supposedly are legally and justly entitled to receive,” Rodriguez said.

In 2011, the House approved a bill compelling the DBM to provide money for the pension fund, but the Senate has not acted on its counterpart bill, Rodriguez said.

While P3 billion in unprogrammed funds were earmarked in the 2010 budget hearings for the pension fund, the government did not have any additional revenue that year. With Christine F. Herrera
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