Bicam OKs Martial Law victims compensation bill Created on January 24, 2013, 3:57 am Posted by nup

MASS ARRESTS. Martial law led to the arrest of Marcos critics. Photo courtesy of Dr Ferdinand Llanes, from the exhibit of UP Likas

MANILA, Philippines - Another historic bill is one step closer to becoming a law.

The bicameral conference committee on Wednesday, January 23, approved "in principle" the bill that will provide compensation for activists who were imprisoned, tortured, or whose relatives disappeared during the Marcos regime.

The bill seeks to provide reparation for victims of human rights violations during the regime of the late President Ferdinand Marcos covering the period from Sept 21, 1972 to Feb 25, 1986, when he was ousted.

Tubbataha Damages Pursued Created on January 24, 2013, 3:50 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines --- Malacañang yesterday assured that the Philippines will pursue claims over the damage done to the Tubbataha Reef, belying speculations that the government is reluctant to go after the US Navy minesweeper USS Guardian over the destruction.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the Republic Act (RA) 10067 will be enforced on the damage wrought on the Tubbataha Reef.

COA says MOOE not a discretionary fund Created on January 24, 2013, 3:37 am Posted by nup

The Commission on Audit (COA) on Wednesday said that the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) allocation was not a discretionary fund and could not be used for purposes not specified under the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

COA Chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan issued this statement in reply to a letter from Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago dated Jan. 10, questioning Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s use and realignment of the Senate savings as additional MOOE.

Comelec: Candidates may bombard internet with ads if it's free Created on January 23, 2013, 4:44 am Posted by nup

Philippine workers discared election banners and posters at a depot in Manila on May 11, 2010. The Philippines is set to regulate Internet advertising in May mid-term polls as part of an effort to rein in campaign spending, according to election officials

Candidates in the 2013 polls may still bombard the Internet with ads despite a new rule limiting online campaigns, as long as they do it for free.

This, as Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes noted that limits on ads across all media are put in place to control campaign spending.

Posters of ‘epal’ politicians ordered removed Created on January 23, 2013, 4:42 am Posted by nup

The days of “epal” politicians may soon be over; at least that’s what the Commission on Elections rule on campaigning says.
Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Monday “anti-epal” provisions are in place to clear the streets of posters and materials bearing the names of politicians in public places.

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