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In Depth: SEC Closure of Lending Companies

In a press statement to the media yesterday in Bacolod City, Task Force Crusaders (TFC) was commending and fully supports the brave move of Teresita J. Herbosa, the Chairperson of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in suspending the operations of so far 104 lending companies nationwide. Never in the history of Securities and Exchange Commission that such an achievement was reached, only through her dynamic leadership.

In Depth: Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)

The Young Southeast Asian Leader’s Initiative was launched in 2013, YSEALI is a U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, including U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges, and seed funding, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of the youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community. YSEALI focuses on critical topics identified by youth in the region: civic engagement, environment and natural resources management, and entrepreneurship and economic development.

In Depth: Mahiwagang Black Box

Digital TV finally arrives in Bacolod and Iloilo via ABS-CBN TV plus. Finally Filipino families now in Bacolod City and Iloilo City has the oppurtunity to watch exclusive channels and new Kapamilya shows in dramatically clear picture and sound as access to digital terrestrial television ( DTT) finally becomes available in the two key cities in the Visayas via ABS-CBN TV plus.

Mockery of Democracy

Mockery of Democracy was the statement of Mayor Monico Puentevella on the issue aired over the airwaves and a photocopy of a document of another suspension order of Mayor Monico issued by the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas.

In a press conference, Mayor Monico belied the black propaganda that there was another suspension order. In fact, he called it a desperate move. He added that “When you start printing fabricated papers or even maligning somebody over the radio, it is considered to be an act of insecurity, an act of desperation to cover up for their deficiency.” He added that “those behind the false report are hallucinating, like engaging in a psychopathic war.”

Sad State of SSS Pensioners

Thousands of SSS Pensioners were badly hit when PNoy vetoed the SSS pension increase. Unfortunately, this unpopular decision will affect the lives of millions of SSS pensioners throughout the country, contrary to the supporters of Mar Roxas that it will not affect the candidacy of the latter.

In Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella when interviewed by the media expressed his sympathy for SSS pensioners who were dismayed over PNoy’s decision. He recalled that during his term in Congress, he co-authored with Congressman Crispin Beltran, House Bill 6278, an Act Increasing the Monthly Benefits of Members and Pensioners as well. In the 13th Congress Congressman Monico then filed House Resolution 1202, an inquiry in aid of legislation of the pension programs not only of SSS but GSIS, with the end result of Increasing the pension of the retirees. During the 14 Congress, he co-authored with Congressman Art Defensor House Bill 1743, an Act limiting the investment of funds of SSS to those that assure predictability in order to protect SSS members.