Category Archives: Politics

DoE renews push to tap Malampaya funds

The Department of Energy (DoE) has renewed a bid to use royalty payments from the Malampaya gas-to-power facility to bring down electricity rates.

Since he assumed the Cabinet post last year, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has been calling on Congress to pass a bill on investing Malampaya funds in energy resource and infrastructure development initiatives. Continue reading

P25-B discrepancy in Malampaya Fund

It seems that the multibillion-peso Malampaya Fund will never be free of controversy. Four years ago, former president Gloria
Arroyo and her top officials were charged with plunder for the reported diversion of P900 million in Malampaya money meant for typhoon victims to bogus foundations of alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.

The Sandiganbayan, meanwhile, is trying local officials implicated in the questionable implementation of infrastructure projects funded by the Palawan government’s share of royalties from the Malampaya gas field. Continue reading

Environmental ‘politics’ hurting Palawan : 25-year-old law failed to protect Palawan from destructive development projects

Is Palawan safe from destructive development projects? Apparently not, even with Republic Act (RA) 7611, or the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) for Palawan Act, in effect for a quarter of a century now.

Lawyer Gerthie Anda-Mayo, executive director of the Palawan-based Environmental Legal Assistance Center (Elac), said 25 years after the law was signed on June 19, 1992, by the late President Corazon C. Aquino, destructive development projects continue to threaten Palawan, an island-province described as the Philippines’ “last ecological frontier” and consistent winner in global polls for the best island in the world. Continue reading

Leni taking hope, inspiration caravan to Puerto Princesa

Image resultVice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo will take her “Istorya ng Pag-asa” campaign to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan this month.

“This August, we will launch it in Palawan,” Robredo said, as she expressed her excitement for the launch.

Puerto Princesa is the seventh city, where Robredo would launch a collection of “extraordinary stories of ordinary people” via a photo gallery.

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Engineer’s death won’t absolve subordinates in Malampaya scam

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The Sandiganbayan will hold a trial against 14 defendants implicated in the anomalous implementation of infrastructure projects funded by the Palawan government’s share of royalties from the Malampaya gas field.

In five separate, recently-released resolutions, the court’s Second Division denied the motions seeking the dismissal of their graft and falsification cases on jurisdictional grounds. Continue reading

Palawan rejects Bangsamoro draft

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY―The political leaders of Palawan have expressed opposition to a proposed measure including this province as part of 10 provinces in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, saying it “will not generate local support.”

Reps. Franz Alvarez, Eric Abueg and Gil Acosta, said they opposed the province’s inclusion in the BBL, and that they “will fight the bill once it reaches the House of Representatives for deliberation.”

“All three of us have discussed this and we agreed we’ll oppose Palawan’s inclusion,” Alvarez said in a statement.

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Hagedorn seeks recount of Palawan recall polls

edward-hagedorn-20150826-1_585EEC97C4C74924901E2F76ED5CA30CMANILA, Philippines – Former Puerto Princesa mayor Edward Hagedorn appeared before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila on Wednesday, August 26, to protest the results of the recall elections held 3 months ago in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Hagedorn said he wants a recount of the recall elections in May where his former ally, Lucilo Bayron, won as mayor by more than 5,000 votes. Continue reading

Aquino checks on Palawan, Cebu airports

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PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines—President Aquino on Monday inspected the construction work on the new international airport here, one of his administration’s main tourism-boosting infrastructure projects.

The facility, targeted for completion in 2017, aims to upgrade Palawan’s capacity to handle more tourists. Continue reading

2 M passengers a year seen with new Palawan airport

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President Aquino inspects the Puerto Princesa Airport development project yesterday. With him are Palawan Gov. Jose Alvarez, Korean Ambassador Kim Jae-Shin and other local officials.
MANILA, Philippines – Tourist arrivals in Palawan are expected to increase with the newly renovated Puerto Princesa International Airport in Palawan, an official said yesterday. Continue reading

Aquino visits Palawan

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd flies today to Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, the province that is closest to the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. confirmed the planned visit during a radio interview on Sunday but stressed that it has nothing to do with the heightening tension between the Philippines and China. Continue reading

Malampaya Fund (Part 2): Does it exist only on paper?

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – The Malampaya facility is 80 kilometers northwest of the island of Palawan. The province is claiming a share from the natural gas project proceeds.

Now, if the Supreme Court favors the province in a pending case, Palawan can get around P80 billion from the Malampaya Fund. Continue reading

Hagedorn opposes coal-fired plant

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After losing in the recent recall elections, former Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn is now back to fighting for the environment.

In a statement, Hagedorn called for “a concerted civil society and national government action” to stop a planned coal-fired power facility in Palawan noting that this will destroy the province, tagged as the “last frontier” in the country. Continue reading

Recent SC rulings on the residency issue

The Asia Foundation PhilippinesRaising residency issues related to electoral bids is anything but new in the Philippines, with the Supreme Court extensively ruling on the controversial matter many times in the past.

And with this same issue now bedeviling Senator Grace Poe, who has dominantly and consistently figured in recent survey polls, the nagging question on what constitutes “residency” once again surfaces in the public consciousness. Continue reading

Palawan recall elections under way, no major incident so far

interphoto_1429523792PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – The recall elections for mayor of this Palawan’s capital city reeled off without major incident Friday, just a day shy of the one-year restriction for holding any such exercise before the May 9, 2016 presidential polls.

It’s still one year before the 2016 battle, but some political observers here are framing the contest between incumbent Mayor Lucilo Bayron and former mayor Edward Hagedorn as a preview of the showdown between the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and the ruling Liberal Party, with which Hagedorn is allied. Continue reading

Comelec: PPCRV is watchdog in Palawan recall polls

ppcrv-file-20150430-1_FACB2696BA2448A6972DECD5FAE2680DMANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has authorized the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) to serve as a watchdog in the recall elections in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, on May 8.

The poll body also allowed the PPCRV, a group associated with the Catholic Church, to receive the 6th copy of election returns in the race to become Puerto Princesa mayor. Continue reading

Palawan electric co-op: Turn off refs to watch megafight

cart0430-300x193PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines—Turning off refrigerators is the ticket of everyone connected to the grid of an electric cooperative here for a live coverage of the Mayweather-Pacquaio fight on television.

Palawan Electric Cooperative (Paleco) requested customers to switch off certain appliances like refrigerators on Sunday because of a severe power supply shortfall in the province. Continue reading

Group keeps an eye on Puerto recall polls

254637_251306061659462_818830739_n3-326x235The Commission on Elections on Wednesday granted the request of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting to observe the upcoming recall polls for mayoralty post in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan on May 8, 2015.

Based on Resolution No. 15-0306, the commission  en banc also granted the PPCRV’s request to hold an education campaign among 120,765 registered voters of Puerto Princesa. Continue reading

Comelec issues gun ban rules for Palawan recall polls

gun-banMANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday issued the guidelines for the firearm ban that will be imposed in connection with a recall election in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan on May 8.

Comelec’s Resolution 9944 restricts the assignment of security details during the election period, from tomorrow until May 18. Continue reading

P136M projects for Puerto Princesa

Palawan_provincial_capitol_01PUERTO PRINCESA CITY: The “Apuradong Administrasyon” here announced on Monday that it is ready to implement 15 infrastructure projects worth more than P136 million after their successful bidding and awards to contractors.

According to the City Information Office (CIO), March 10’s bidding of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) succeeded in awarding the infrastructure projects with Mayor Lucilo Bayron steadfast in his commitment to continue them despite a scheduled recall election on May 8. Continue reading

Palawan recall polls go manual

000085870THE coming recall elections in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, will be held manually despite an existing law mandating the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to employ automated election system in all national and local poll EXERCISES.

Comelec spokesman, Director James Jimenez, on Tuesday said they saw no legal impediments about conducting the elections manually in Palawan’s capital as it had been done many times in the past. Continue reading