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PIA News Dispatch - MOnday, June 30, 2014

President Aquino to grace 67th anniversary of Philippine Air Force

President Benigno S. Aquino III will grace the celebration of the 67th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in Clark Field, Pampanga on Tuesday.

“The Commander-in-Chief will give thanks to the men and women of the Philippine Air Force, and will speak about additional capability enhancements that the administration is undertaking to enable our uniformed services to effectively meet the challenges of their responsibilities,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during Monday’s press briefing in Malacanang.

Part of the PAF modernization is the acquisition of 12 FA-50 lead-in fighter trainer jets from South Korea, Lacierda said, adding that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) for the P18.9-billion project.

“With this, we can only expect the PAF to further improve its capacity to carry out its mandate as the ‘First Force,’ not only in times of calamity but also in times of stability,” he said.

Lacierda meanwhile noted that Monday marked President Aquino’s fourth year in office.

“Throughout these past years, we have remained focused on the commitments we outlined in our social contract with Filipinos,” he said.

“In the remaining two years of the administration, the President and his team will continue the active pursuit of a Philippines where no one is left behind, capitalizing on the many significant gains we have collectively achieved.”

The Presidential Spokesperson said that inclusive growth for all means sharing the responsibility of nation building.

“We are all reminded that the task of nation building is not left to government alone, and that each of us must put our country above ourselves as we work toward realizing our shared aspiration: a truly just and equitable society,” he added. PND (ag)

Aquino to submit proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to Congress after SONA, says Palace

Malacanang said on Monday that President Benigno S. Aquino III will submit the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to Congress for ratification after he delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 28.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda expressed confidence that Congress will enact the bill into law.

“We have always stated that the President will submit the Bangsamoro Basic bill after the SONA. The President will certify it as urgent and we are confident that the Bangsamoro Basic Bill, while it will go through the legislative process, will become a law,” said Lacierda.

The Office of the President received the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) from the Bangsamoro Transition Committee last May, and the President’s legal team and the Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel. have been studying it since.

Lacierda reiterated that the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law was made within the framework of the Constitution and is thus constitutional.

“We believe that what will be filed in Congress will be constitutional,” Lacierda noted. PND (ag)