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  DECEMBER 21, 2014 EDITION  
   
   

 
      P1.7B budget ok; Gov VETO looms    


The proposed P1.7Billion 2015 annual budget of the provincial government was seemingly subjected with a slash-and-burn, trim-and-prune activity by the provincial board in that its approval went over time close to midnight last Wednesday.

Some twelve minutes after 11:00 o’clock Wednesday evening after marathon hearings unprecedented in recent memory, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Negros Oriental’s P 1.7 billion budget for 2015 as amended was approved with two of the 11 members present casting negative votes.

ITEMS AMENDED:

Among the controversial items that were amended by the Sanggunian were the scrapping of the proposed P 10 million intelligence fund; significant reduction of the appropriation for medical and surgical missions; the transfer of P 800, 000 appropriation as wages for 9 Job Order workers in ENRD to the programs and projects of the office.

Reduction of the budget for the purchase of 5 six-wheeler dump trucks from P 25M to P15M; transfer of all infrastructure projects...
 
   
     
 
       
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The office of the Ombudsman has created a fiveman probe committee which will grill the Bureau of Corrections officials on their perceived connivance with convicted drug lords inside the new bilibid prison.

At the same time, it is a welcome respite that the hard core convicted drug lords who can afford to hold almost weekly concerts inside the national penitentiary and give away hundreds of thousands in prizes are now transferred to another maximum security prison hopefully with new guards, if not the military.

Again we understand the vulnerability of lowly paid prison officials and guards whose salaries are doubled in the next budget to deter them from giving in to bribes;

PEMBERTON FUSS

Why are some quarters so fussed about where and who takes custody of Jim Pemberton, the killer of transgender Jennifer Laude, when Pemberton is now locked up inside camp Aguinaldo and Filipino and American guards are watching him; second, Pemberton has as Filipino lawyer who may be paid in dollars; and third, the US Ambassador has assured that once Pemberton’s...
 
   
   


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Number One Senator Ms Grace Poe, although thankful for the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey which showed her ratings improve significantly, still does not plan to run for president and fears she might not be ready for the job in 2016. But anything is possible.

She does not dismiss the possibility saying she is thinking about it. Poe told reporters that instead of encouraging her to seek the presidency, the survey results only made her feel concerned, and in fact opened her eyes to all possibilities because as one said, Grace Poe’s ratings just suddenly surged “without even trying.”

How much more if taken seriously even admitting that the presidency is not for the unprepared. Of course she was not referring to Pres. Aquino who decided to run for president just when her mother died. Pnoy had no plans at all to be president. It just came, and as Sen Grace Poe said, the presidency is a matter of destiny. It comes when it comes, and at the right moment. As it did to Noy.
 
   
   


         
FAITH  
"He is our PEACE.
In Jesus’ birth He
restores brokenness
to wholeness."
 
   


   
 
   



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