By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Manila Standard
SENATOR Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday said that as far as his family is concerned, the forfeiture in favor of the government of $42 million in the “Arelma” assets of his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, has long been final.
The Sandiganbayan this month ordered the turnover of the Arelma accounts—which the Marcoses contend were lawfully acquired—to the Bureau of Treasure.
“It has long been decided. It has long been final. I think somebody opposed its transfer to the national government. That was what became final,” Marcos said.
Thank you for having invited me to this gathering and please allow me to take this opportunity to congratulate all those involved in staging this 5th installment of the National Young Hoteliers and Restaurateurs Power Conference, wherein you have assigned to me the daunting task of speaking about “Filipino Hospitality Beyond Borders”.
And what a formidable task it really is! After some research and reflection on today’s theme, I want to share with you my thoughts on this subject as your elected legislator and as an economist. And considering the issues that we shall talk about in this forum, we realize how important this kind of event is not only to the participants and to the industry and its stakeholders, but to our entire nation as well! Because no other segment of our society is able to better appreciate and relate to the current issues confronting our beloved hotel and restaurant industry than our youth, especially our students who are toiling hard to be part of it in their future careers, as well as the budding entrepreneurs and employees in this very important hospitality industry.
Para sa akin ang tourism industry ang siyang pinaka-mabilis at pinaka-madaling paraan para magdala ng trabaho dito sa ating mga kababayan. Madali lang kasi kung maayos ang inyong patakbo, madaling palaguin at pagandahin ang tourism industry at paramihin ang mga turista rito, ngunit sa kasalukuyan ang pangangailangan ay ang imprastraktura na galing sa pamahalaan, kaya’t ito’y dapat patibayin natin ng husto para na nga itong ating mga magiging graduate ating mga magiging service industry workers ay mabibigyan naman ng pagkakataon na ipakita ang kanilang galing at maipakita sa ating mga turista ang ganda ng ating bansa.
Q: Sir last, message niyo po sa ating mga estudyante.
Good luck, you have chosen the most quick fast growing sector in all of the global industries and it is on you that the bright future of the tourism industry depends.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said that immediately after receiving the Notice of Disallowance from the Commission on Audit (COA) on 18 August 2014, he directed his office to inquire from the office of the municipal Mayor of General Nakar, Quezon province why the release of the funds intended to assist a livelihood project was disallowed by COA.
Marcos was surprised when the COA included him in the said Notice of Disallowance, saying that as far as he is concerned, he approved the request of the Mayor of General Nakar to fund livelihood projects meant for poor farmers. Instead, the transaction amounting to PhP 10 million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to the Municipality of General Nakar was disallowed as this was purportedly undertaken without observing procurement and auditing rules and regulations.
On 19 August 2014, Senator Marcos wrote to the Mayor of General Nakar to inquire about the propriety or impropriety of the implementation of the said livelihood project.
The decision to fund the projects came when the Senator received a request for financial assistance from the Municipality sometime in 2011. The request to fund such projects is included in the menu of projects allowed to be funded under the PDAF pursuant to the 2012 General Appropriations Act or GAA. Read More…
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SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has vowed not to waste time, once the draft Bangsamoro basic Law (BBL) reached the Senate, to fast-track its approval.
Marcos, chair of the Senate committee on local government, assured he would commence hearings as soon as the Senate receives the document.
“The minute it is passed to us, we will immediately meet and put out for ourselves a schedule so that we don’t waste any time. I think in the Senate, kasi iilan lang kami, we can always figure out an accelerated hearing schedule,” he said.