Speech of President Aquino at the celebration of the 700th Jollibee store, Baguio City

Speech
of
His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
During the celebration of Jollibee’s 700th store
[November 26, 2010, Harrison Road, Baguio City]
Magandang umaga po sa inyong lahat.
Ikinagagalak kong maging bahagi sa isa na namang kabanata ng lalong-yumayamang kuwento ng Jollibee Foods Corporation. Tiyak kong ang pagbubukas ng ika-pitongdaang Jollibee store sa Pilipinas ay hudyat sa pagpasok ng mas marami pang biyaya at ng mas makabuluhan pang mga tagumpay para sa inyo pong kumpanya. Hayaan po ninyong gamitin ko na rin ang pagkakataong ito na magpasalamat sa Jollibee; kayo po ang nagsilbing “unofficial food provider” namin noong panahon ng dalawang kampanyang nasiyonal na dinaanan ko po. (Kayo rin po ang naging landmark para siguraduhing tama pala ang direksyon na dinadaanan namin noon.)
Pinunan ang gutom ko, kasama ng ating mga volunteers na nanghikayat sa ating mga kababayan na sumama sa tuwid na landas. Mula sa mga supervisor at senior executives, sa inyong masisipag na crew, hanggang sa milyon-milyong suki ninyo sa iba’t ibang panig ng mundo: isang mainit na pagbati po sa inyong lahat.

Statement of the Education Secretary on the Nov. 24 killing of a Caloocan City high school principal

Statement of Education Secretary Armin Luistro on the November 24, 2010 killing of Dr. Nestor Yamsuan, principal of Bagong Silang High School in Caloocan City
[November 26, 2010]
We join the family of Dr. Yamsuan in mourning his loss.  I did not know the man personally but from what I have heard, he is an honorable man dedicated to ensuring that the children of Bagong Silang get the best education that they deserve. Dr. Yamsuan is a great loss to the education community and he will surely be missed.

Statement of the Republic of the Philippines on the attack on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea

Statement of the Republic of the Philippines on the artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island, Republic of Korea
[November 26, 2010]
The Philippines condemns the artillery attack by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Yeonpyeong Island, and is gravely concerned over the resulting rise in tensions in the Korean Peninsula. The attack constitutes a clear and flagrant violation of international law.
The Philippines commends the Republic of Korea for having demonstrated extraordinary restraint in the wake of the attack on the corvette ROKS Cheonan on 26 March 2010, and again in the wake of this unprovoked and overt attack. We call for the continued exercise of restraint.
The Philippines calls for an end to provocative actions that raise tensions and adversely affect peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and in the Asia Pacific region.
The Philippines strongly urges the DPRK to abide by its obligations under international law and the UN Charter, and to adhere to the Armistice Agreement of 1953, the Inter-Korean Basic Agreement of 1991, and the Declaration on the Advancement of South-North Korean Relations, Peace and Prosperity of October 4, 2007.
The DFA and the Philippine Embassy in Seoul are closely monitoring developments and reviewing the Contingency Plan to test its current validity.  The Embassy has started to coordinate with key agencies such as DFA, DND, DOLE, DSWD and DOTC to ensure the safety of Filipinos in South Korea and the DPRK. The Philippines calls for peace and seeks an end to the instability in the region.

OPAPP: Secretary Deles assures Maguindanaoans of gov’t commitment to achieve peace through justice and truth

November 25, 2010 press release prepared by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Ampatuan, Magundanao – Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles on Tuesday assured Maguindanaoans that the government stays true to its commitment in seeking justice and truth to achieve peace in Mindanao.
Sa pamumuno ni P-Noy, hindi titigil ang ating pamahalaan hanggang sa makamit ang katotohanan at hustisya (Under the leadership of P-Noy, the government will not stop until we achieve truth and justice), ” Deles told Maguindanao government officials, leaders, and civilians in a dialogue during the commemoration program of the Maguindanao Massacre here where 57 civilians, 34 of which were journalists, perished.
Amidst the sorrow which gripped the Maguindanaoans in remembering those who perished in the massacre, Deles gave them the assurance that from the very beginning the present administration has always acknowledged the Moros and the other peoples of Mindanao.

Salient points of Nov 24 DOJ Press Briefing on Maguindanao Massacre and UP Botanist case

Briefing note: salient points of Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima’s press briefing on November 24, 2010
Maguindanao massacre cases
  • The Justice Secretary issued today Department Circular No. 800 dated 22 November 2010 designating Undersecretary Francisco F. Baraan III as the Supervising Undersecretary for the Prosecution Panel in the Ampatuan cases, “People v. Ampatuan, et. al.” and such other cases related thereto,  “to ensure effective coordination between the private and public prosecutors and close monitoring of the case developments.”  Specifically, Usec. Baraan is tasked to  regularly meet with the Prosecution Panel, attend case briefings and hearings, and make appropriate recommendations for the efficient prosecution of the cases.
Leonardo F. Co, et. al. case
  • The Justice Secretary created a Fact-Finding Investigation Panel under Department Order No. 799 composed of Asst. State Prosecutors Diosdado B. Solidum and  Bryan Jacinto S. Cacha from the National Prosecution Service and Chief DID Atty. Romulo Asis of the National Bureau of Investigation.
  • The panel which is tasked to conduct a “thorough investigation on the facts and circumstances surrounding” the death of Leonardo F. Co, et. al. shall coordinate with the NBI, Leyte and the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Leyte and such other offices and agencies to gather, assess and evaluate evidence.    They are given 30 days from receipt of the Order within which to submit their written report and  recommendation on whether an appropriate complaint for preliminary investigation may be filed.

DOLE Advisory on November 29 Holiday

November 24, 2010 press release prepared by the Department of Labor and Employment
November 29, 2010, a Monday, is a regular holiday nationwide in accordance with existing laws and issuances affirmed by President Benigno S. Aquino III.
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said this yesterday as she issued a labor advisory to the employees in the private sector informing them of such, including the corresponding pay rules that apply under the law.
“The nationwide holiday, known as Bonifacio Day, is being celebrated yearly in honor of the “great plebeian” and national hero Andres Bonifacio whose birth date, is November 30, 1863,” Baldoz said.

Proclamation No. 75 - GRANTING AMNESTY TO ACTIVE AND FORMER PERSONNEL OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES, PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE AND THEIR SUPPORTERS WHO MAY HAVE COMMITTED CRIMES PUNISHABLE UNDER THE REVISED PENAL CODE, THE ARTICLES OF WAR AND OTHER LAWS IN CONNECTION WITH THE OAKWOOD MUTINY, THE MARINES STAND-OFF AND THE MANILA PENINSULA INCIDENT

MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 75
GRANTING AMNESTY TO ACTIVE AND FORMER PERSONNEL OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES, PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE AND THEIR SUPPORTERS WHO MAY HAVE COMMITTED  CRIMES PUNISHABLE UNDER THE REVISED PENAL CODE, THE ARTICLES OF WAR AND OTHER LAWS IN CONNECTION WITH THE OAKWOOD MUTINY, THE MARINES STAND-OFF AND THE MANILA PENINSULA INCIDENT
WHEREAS, it is recognized that certain active and former personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP)  and their supporters have or may have committed crimes punishable under the Revised Penal Code, the Articles of War and other laws in connection with, in relation or incident to the July 27, 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, the February 2006 Marines Stand-Off and the November 29, 2007 Manila Pen Incident;
WHEREAS, there is a clamor from certain sectors of society urging the President to extend amnesty to said AFP personnel and their supporters;
WHEREAS, Section 19, Article VII of the Constitution expressly vests the President the power to grant amnesty;

Proclamation No. 74 - BARANGAY ASSEMBLY DAY

MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA
PROCLAMATION NO. 74
DECLARING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010, AS BARANGAY ASSEMBLY DAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY
WHEREAS, Sections 397 and 398 of the Local Government Code of 1991 (RA 7160) require a barangay assembly day, to be held twice a year, to hear and discuss the semestral report of the sangguniang barangay concerning its activities and finances, as well as problems affecting the barangay;
WHEREAS, Proclamation 342, dated March 18, 2003, was issued declaring the first Saturday of March 2003 and third Saturday of October 2003 and every year thereafter as Synchronized Barangay Assembly Days;
WHEREAS, for the second semester of CY 2010, the Synchronized Barangay Assembly Day did not push through due to its proximity proximity to the October 25, 2010 Synchronized Baranay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections;

Speech of President Aquino, 3rd Annual Convention of the CALABARZON Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council

Speech
of
His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
At the 3rd Annual Convention of the CALABARZON Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council
[November 23, 2010, Brgy. Makiling, Calamba City, Laguna]
Binabati ko po ang Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council dito sa CALABARZON at ang DOLE sa matagumpay na pagsasaayos ng pagtitipong ito. Karangalan ko pong makasama ang ating tripartite partners ngayon: kayong mga nagpamalas ng sigasig sa panlipunang diyalogo at pakikipag-ugnayan. (Sa dami nga po ng kinamayan ko, siguro naman dapat talaga mayroon tayong industrial peace.) Dahil po sa inyo kaya’t ang Calabarzon sa ngayon ay isa sa mga pangunahing kanlungan ng pag-unlad sa bansa. Isa rin pong taos-pusong pasasalamat sa mainit na pagtanggap sa atin ng Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing, at sa patuloy nilang pagtitiwala sa kakayahan ng Pinoy.
Hayaan niyo akong magtaas ng sariling bangko lang: Alam ho niyo noong nagpunta tayo ng Amerika—ako po’y hindi talaga nahilig sa biyahe—sabi ko, pupunta tayo sa UN General Assembly, maswerte na kung may benteng katao doon sa assembly hall na makikinig sa atin sa dami ng magsasalita. Ang nagkumbisi sa akin noon, sabi ho ng maraming investors na gusting maginvest sa Pilipinas: kayo na lang ang hinihintay. So, pumunta nga ho ako; 2.4 billion dollars ang naiuwi nating bagong investments, 43,600 jobs, at meron pa hong grant sa Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Aquino Government Looking at 2011 Budget Approval by December 30


November 23, 2010 press release by the Department of Budget and Management
Abad to Senators: “Give Aquino poverty alleviation strategy a chance”
Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad today said the Aquino government remains optimistic that the 2011 Reform Budget will be approved on time, and even signed into law by December 30 of this year: possibly the first time in 11 years that the budget is signed into law within the year that it is submitted to Congress.
“We recognize that the Legislature has been doing its part by working within its schedule so far. On the Executive’s part, we are withdrawing all requests for amendments made by its agencies that were not indorsed by the DBM. With these, there is an excellent chance that the proposed General Appropriations Bill can be enacted into law before the year ends,” he said.