BBM: Sino bang nag-utos na baguhin ang polisiya ng Bureau of Customs na buksan, imbis na gaya ng dati na hindi na binubuksan ang balikbayan box, at kayo’k nagdeklara na ang bagong polisiya ng Bureau of Customs ay bubuksan lahat ng balikbayan box?
Comm. Lina: Nagsimula po ‘yan [noong] kinausap po namin yung mga freight forwarders. Ang sabi ko sa kanila, “Ito ang nangyayari…”
BBM: So ang sinasabi ninyo is that the freight forwarders were the ones, sila ang naki-usap sa inyo na, “Pwede ba buksan ninyo lahat ng balikbayan box?”
Comm. Lina: Hindi po.
BBM: Sino ngayon ang naka-isip ng bagong polisiya na iyon?
Comm. Lina: Kami po.
By Maila Ager | Inquirer.net
Contrary to its pronouncement, the Bureau of Customs (BoC) has no record of a single balikbayan box that contained either firearms or drugs to justify the opening of boxes returning Filipinos send to the Philippines.
No less than Customs Deputy Commissioner Jessie Dellosa, head of the BoC’s intelligence, admitted this during the joint hearing of the Senate committee on ways and means with the committee on labor, employment and human resources development.
“How many cases do you have on record that a balikbayan box contained arms or drugs?” Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. asked.
“Hindi po arms, commercial goods,” Dellosa said. Read More…
Q: Sir may report na kumalas na raw sa coalition yung NP sa LP at bumuo ng alyansa sa PDP to support Duterte, can you confirm that sir?
A: We have been in talks about that for some time now. I will not preempt the party for any announcement that they will have to make. All that I am prepared to say right now is to say that we have been in talks not only with the PDP but also with the other parties and other groups, not necessarily formal parties.
Pero yung coalition sa LP was very informal and medyo hindi siguro palagay ko masasabi na, it was nevery really enforced properly kasi hung halalan ng 2013 yung mga kandidato ng Nacionalista nilagyan pa rin ng kalaban ng Liberal. So parang hindi talaga natuloy yung coalition in a very strict sense. All of the announcement that the Nacionalista Party will make, I will not preempt the party so I will let the party spokesman to make those announcements when the time is right.
By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin
The substitute bill of the controversial proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) contains strict safeguards against reckless appropriation and use of government funds.
Sen. Ferdinand ‘‘Bongbong’’ R. Marcos Jr., principal author of the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region’’ (BLBAR) or Senate Bill (SB) No. 2894, the substitute of BBL, stressed this to make it clear that the Commission on Audit (COA), a constitutional body, should audit the funds.
In a related development, Marcos, chairman of the Senate local government committee, estimated that the Upper House might be able to wrap up its discussions on the BLBAR in six weeks. Read More…