A letter by Presidential Spokesperson Lacierda in response to an article published in the Pilipino Star Ngayon.
This is to share with the public some clarifications regarding International Alert’s study titled “Rebellion, political violence and shadow crimes in the Bangsamoro: The Bangsamoro Conflict Monitoring System (BCMS), 2011–2013.”
Valte: According to UNDP, the rank of a country of a current year cannot be compared to previous years’ reports because of frequent revisions in data.
From the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson This is to clarify the government’s position on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) fare increase as discussed by Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda in a press briefing held on January 5, 2015. ____________________ On the petitions filed against commuter groups against the fare increase […]
He also stated that he respects the co-equal branch that is the Legislature, and that the senators are fully aware of their roles as lawmakers and are mindful of pending legislation—in addition to their corollary responsibility of conducting investigations. Thus, at no time in the media briefing did the President mention that he wanted the investigation stopped.
The ABS-CBN article translated “hindi kasing-tatas” to “not fluent,” when what the Undersecretary clearly said and meant was that Secretary Lacierda is “not as fluent” in Filipino as compared to English. Said article also did not cite the fact that the Secretary, as Undersecretary Valte had mentioned, though conversant in Filipino, was brought up in a household where Visayan, Chinese, and English were used more often than Filipino.
The President has neither decided on term extension nor on endorsing a candidate, owing to the fact that his efforts are focused on more pressing matters of state. It should be noted that the 2016 elections will push through, and that the administration will always follow the processes set by the Constitution.
For the record: President Benigno S. Aquino III’s exclusive interview with TV5’s resident legal analyst Atty. Mel Sta. Maria.
NEDA letter to the editor of The Daily Tribune referring to the article “Solutions please, not tears” published on July 30, 2014.
A list of Disbursement Acceleration Program projects. (PDF)