Luisita compensation already given even if lands are still undistributed

Jul 27, 2014 No Comments by

Bayan Muna Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate said that as early as October 12, 2011, Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds had already been earmarked by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for supposed Landowners Compensation (NCA only) worth P5.432 billion.

“This is way ahead of the Supreme Court decision on Hacienda Luisita in May 2012 and even farther away from 2013 when the funds were already released even before the controversial land has been marked and distributed to the beneficiaries. According to the farm workers in Luisita as well as employees of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) itself, ni wala pa nga pong mga muhon sa Hacienda Luisita, at di pa ipinamamahagi ang lupa pero bakit binayaran na agad ang mga Cojuangco-Aquino,” said Senior Deputy Minority Leader Colmenares.

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DAP choicest cuts went to close presidential allies

Jul 27, 2014 No Comments

Bayan Muna Reps. Neri Colmenares  Carlos Isagani Zarate today emphasized how the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) was really used as a presidential pork barrel by doling out the first and choicest portions of the unconstitutional and illegal funds to close presidential allies like Senate President Frank Drilon and now Department of Interior and Local Governement (DILG) […]

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Bayan Muna Denounces Malacanang control of judiciary’s budget for building of courts

Jul 25, 2014 No Comments

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares today criticized Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III not only for his continued attacks against the Supreme Court but for imposing a budget that centralizes even judicial funds to the Executive impairing the independence of the judicial branch. “Pres. Aquino continues to attack the Supreme Court for cross border transfers citing […]

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Bayan Muna Rep.Neri Colmenares on the DAP Senate hearing:

Jul 24, 2014 No Comments

The Senate hearing on DAP has turned into a venue to deoderize the illegal and unconstitutional presidential pork barrel.  Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Sec. Butch Abad even mentioned my name and my party, Bayan Muna, in his vain attempt to deflect the issue and justify their wrongdoing. He deliberately concealed the fact that I withdrew […]

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DOE again blackmailing consumers with power crisis

Jul 23, 2014 No Comments

Bayan Muna Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate today hit as “sheer blackmail” to electricity consumers’ the Energy Department’s   proposed grant of emergency powers to President Aquino supposedly to avert a power crisis in 2015. DOE Sec. Jericho Petilla said that Pres. Aquino needs emergency powers to address a looming power crisis from March-May next year […]

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