Tuesday, 3 June 2014

PIA News Dispatch - Monday, June 2, 2014

Opening of school generally peaceful, orderly, says Palace

Monday’s school opening was generally peaceful and orderly, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday deployed 18,500 personnel for more than 7,400 police assistance desks established nationwide to assist and maintain order during the opening of classes, Lacierda said in a press briefing.

“This is over and above the regular mobile and foot patrols that will be likewise focused on the different schools and campuses. The PNP had earlier set the operational guidelines and procedures to ensure a safe, secure, and peaceful opening of classes up to the succeeding weeks,” he added.

An estimated 26 million students from both public and private schools returned to school on Monday. PND (ag)

Review of Bangsamoro Law is to ensure it complies with comprehensive agreement, Palace says

Malacanang is reviewing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to ensure that it complies with the provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), a Palace official has said.

“We are making sure that this will stand judicial scrutiny. To a large extent, we want to make sure that when it goes to Congress, it will be as smooth as possible,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during Monday’s press briefing.

He said the BBL is still being evaluated and studied by the Office of the President and the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel.

Asked why it is taking too long to transmit the BBL to Congress for approval, Lacierda answered, “It is the evaluation of the bill itself. They have to go through each and every provision just to be sure that it is in sync with the agreement.”

He said Malacanang is making sure that the BBL can stand on its own, should there be a challenge to its constitutionality.

“We can assure (Bangsamoro Transition Commission) Chair Mohagher Iqbal that the Bangsamoro Basic bill will reflect the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and its annexes,” Lacierda added.

The CAB was signed in Malacanang last March 27, ending the decades-long conflict that has claimed the lives of hundreds of people in Mindanao. PND (ag)

Director of Taiwan-based Foundation calls on President Aquino

A ranking official of the Taiwan-based nonprofit organization, Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, paid a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacanang Palace on Monday afternoon.

Stephen Huang, the foundation’s director for global coordination, met with President Aquino at the Palace’s Music Room.

Also present during the courtesy call were Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines vice president and chief executive officer Alfredo Li, Honorary Board of Commissioners head Dr. Francis Chua, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson, and Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras.

The Tzu Chi Foundation promotes awareness of world issues and environmental protection. PND (ag)