UNA bets wary of gov’t cash dole


Senatorial candidates of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) are concerned that their administration rivals are getting an undue advantage from the P44-billion conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, which doles out monthly stipends to the poorest families.

UNA senatorial candidate Juan Miguel Zubiri is worried that the cash doleouts, which go to more than three million households throughout the country, are being used to entice the recipients to favor the President’s handpicked senatorial candidates.

Zubiri said he had received feedback from people on the ground that the CCT recipients were told to support the administration’s “Team PNoy.”

Very concerned

“We’re very, very concerned, worried even, that each time the survey is being conducted, the CCT is being given out. We’re worried come May 13, the instructions would be put out to three million families that if you want your CCT to continue, vote for Team PNoy, and if you don’t want it to continue, vote for Team UNA,” Zubiri said in an interview.

Another UNA candidate, Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, has called on the government to temporarily suspend the cash transfer program so that it would not be suspected of using it to buy votes.

As this developed, officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) told a public hearing at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that the CCT, which gives out P1,800 to 3.8 million families every month, would be suspended during the campaign period for local positions, which begins on March 29.

Zubiri said he was not asking for the suspension of the monthly cash assistance for the impoverished families. The government just has to ensure that the money allotted for it would not be used for political means, he said.

Media vigilance

He also said the media should be vigilant in monitoring the program’s implementation so any misuse would be uncovered.

Enrile earlier warned that the P44-billion CCT budget could be diverted to fund election-related activities.

“With the election campaign now in full swing, it is very likely that some of the money earmarked for the government’s poverty-reduction strategy might be used to finance covert electioneering activities in Metro Manila and other provinces to ensure victory for the administration senatorial slate,” he said.

San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito, another UNA senatorial candidate, said that even without any intent to use the CCT for campaigning, the mere release of cash assistance already helps candidates of the administration.

“I don’t want to blame anybody, but every time they release [funds] to the CCT beneficiaries, people know it’s from the administration and it will favor the administration candidates,” he said.

Calls for a temporary suspension of  the CCT program were made earlier by the House minority, led by Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, who warned that the funds could be used for electioneering.

Not during campaign

In order not to deprive the recipient families of their monthly stipend, the government could give the cash assistance in advance so that no funds for the program have to be released during the campaign period, Suarez said.

At the a public hearing on Tuesday, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. suggested that the DSWD suspend relief operations in disaster areas and conflict zones for 45 days during the campaign period for local elections.

This would prevent local politicians from taking advantage to further their election, Brillantes said.

During the hearing, DSWD officials asked the Comelec en banc to allow them to continue with relief operations in disaster areas, like those devastated by Typhoon “Pablo,” and in places of armed conflict.

“The problem here is that this is in the barangay (village) level. When the campaign period starts, all the politicians would be there and everyone would be talking politics,” Brillantes said.

Politics’ ugly head

“It’s very difficult to isolate these good programs from politics. It would be very difficult to proceed with these programs without politics rearing its ugly head,” he added.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman earlier wrote the Comelec to allow social welfare programs in disaster zones and conflict areas to continue even though the Omnibus Election Code provides that these should be turned over to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) during the campaign period.

“We believe that the Red Cross may not have sufficient resources to immediately and adequately respond to calamities and disasters that may occur during the election period,” Soliman said.

She said the DSWD would be in the best position to respond to any disaster occurring during the election period.

Soliman also pointed out that PRC Chairman Richard Gordon is a senatorial candidate in the May elections.

Brillantes asked if Gordon had already resigned from the PRC. They replied that Gordon is still the PRC chairman.

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  • CPCook

    Mr Zubiri was quoted saying that “if you want CCT to continue, vote Team PNoy… [else, vote Team UNA].” Probably without intending to, there is truth to the statement. The expanded CCT right now with all the positive reviews it is getting especially from development institutions like WB and ADB is a project of the Aquino government. Its success is therefore an Aquino government’s success. Team PNoy being the administration ticket is expected to support this government initiative, while Team UNA, the opposition ticket, has not exactly fully endorsed the project. Therefore, it would be reasonable to infer that Team UNA is probably in favor of the CCT project. Should UNA win and have control of Congress, it would be a reasonable and distinct possibility that CCT would be denied funding. So, it is not unreasonable to think that projects like CCT would continue under Team PNoy, but that level of assurance cannot be said under Team UNA. One alternative for Team UNA is to categorically affirm the success of CCT and assure it of continued funding. I wonder if any among them would do so and admit to the successes of the Aquino government.

    • CypherCaitlin

       i think sir that the CCT was a pet project of former PGMA, then was continued by PNOY..

    • pj2003

      …actually sir the CCT or 4P (old name) started during GMA presidency since it was implemented by a corrupt regime it did not reached its intended recipients but instead to the pockets of the few specially the local officials that nominates the beneficiaries.

  • richard ortega

    migs takot ka sa mga multong ginawa ninyo…. matagal na yan programma na yan ng gobyerno. ito lang ang sa iyo UNA sa pagnanakaw,UNA sa pandaraya, UNA sa kalokohan

  • richard ortega

    baka nanghihinayang ang mga UNA members sa pinamimigay dahil kung sila ang nakaupo sa bulsa nila mapupunta ang budget.

  • bongarroyo

    migs zurbiri……e kung dayain ako..

    erap ……………kung manakawan naman ako..

    enrile………..mahirap iyan baka mapeke tayo..

    mitos………oo nga di tayo dapat magtiwala sa kanila mga manloloko mga iyan..

    • leubas


  • Noel

    That’s given.  The administration team always has the advantage because it has all the resources.  Many of the candidates chose Team Pnoy because of the available funds and resources.  And that’s also the reason why the three VIP candidates:  Chiz, Loren and Grace picked Tem Pnoy over UNA.

    • Alejandro Canda

      Itong mga taga UNA kung magsalita at kumilos ay parang bagito at inocente sa pulitika. Sa totoo naman ay ganito din ang gawain nila pag sila ay nasa pwesto. Alam nyo naman na kayo ay oposisyon kayat alam nyo din ang mangyayari. Hintayin nyo na lang na kayo na rin ang nasa administrasyon at nakakasiguro ako na gagawin din nyo ito. Ang mga tao ay hindi lahat ugok na sasakay sa mga pinagsasabi nyo. Itong CCT ay may mga intended benificiaries at hindi pwede sabihin natin na hindi nila ito kailangan dahil may election. May election o wala ay kailangan nila yan kaya lang kayo mga taga UNA ay masyadong iyakin as in IYAKIN.

      • Noel

        Agree.  Kung sino ang nasa poder siya ang lamang.

  • 33Sambuang2

    zubiri, mandaraya ka naman tapos reklamo ka pa. ugok

    • ApoLapullapu

      Ikaw siguro ang ugok.  Hindi si Zubiri ang nangdaya.  May nangdaya para sa Administrasyon nuon, nabiyahan lang siya.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/I6XXLO4X6TJFZHKLP3GQMDILI4 MOTO



        ALANG ALAM…



        tanga ka talaga ApoLapullapu… kasama yan sa plano namin no…. kala ko kasi maka 12-0 kami. hahahaha

  • Libuton

    Concerned na wala ng manakaw, huwag kayo mag alala mag pe piso piso ng ambag sila juan para sa kaganiran ninyo

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CJQU6JXTCCFD7OQAPKVJH3UIVM Lito

    Hehehe ironic…Zubiri nagrereklamo daw…pero sa totoo lang sila ng tatay nya ang gumagamit ng CCT para iboto ng mga taga-Bukidnon.

  • farmerpo

    Enrile earlier warned that the P44-billion CCT budget could be diverted to fund election-related activities.
     He he, gusto ni manong  i MOOE na lang. Sa MOOE alang reklamo ang Zubiri. UNA ay HULI

  • bol pen

    Alam ni alam ni Migs Zubiri amg kalakaran. Dati na kasing gawain.

  • speaksoftlylove

    I say, enjoy it PeeNoy and Dinky to your heart’s content while it lasts.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut


  • whreyxk

    At least marami ang nakikinabang kaysa naman sa iilan na hindi mapuno-puno ang mga bulsa he he he

  • matalino matalino

    If the CCT recipients would vote for those self-serving, dakilang kurakot from UNA sa corruption, it would be like giving them the license to loot our treasury- including the CCT funds.

    Ejercito, Binay, Enrile, Maceda and Honasan- mga higanteng magnanakaw at mamatay tao!

  • $23257130

    wow ha grave na talaga ang corruption sa panahon ni abnoytard. ppppppppwwweeehhh kadiri eeeewwwwwwwww

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  • ApoLapullapu

    The CCT or 4Ps can be suspended during the campaign period.  It is intended to insure that children at school age can attend classes.  All grade school classes will close before the end of March.

  • brunogiordano

    Ang nais ng UNA ay hayaan na munang magutom ang mga tao hanggang matapos ang elections huwag lang magkaroon ng adbentahe ang TEAM PNOY.

  • Maitum

    Takot lang silang ma ubos. Kasi pag upo nila wala ng matira. Sayang.

  • billy gunner

    CCT was coined by gloria and was later adopted by aquino using it to their advantage come election time. nothing has changed. pareho kurap. in other words, there is really no tuwid na daan–only mis and disinformations!

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    • mari suli

      Bakit natalo mga candidato ni Gloria e dati ng may CCT.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Akala ng iba may botohan.Nakaprograma na daw kung sino ang uupo. Sinisiraan yung iba para palabasing kaya natalo ay dahil maraming anomalya. Strategy lang yan. Ang tsismis naka programa na kung sino ang uupo.kunwari lang yang eleksyon. Pag pinakilos ng mga bilyonaryong kapitalista ang pera nila anong magagawa ng mga botante. CHINA ang magdedesisyon kung sino ang uupo.Mapera ang China.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/WC5IJSKXTZLNM3AV3VGPMM4O7Y ero

    Zubiri and Enrile voice out his concerned simply because both knew they will loss in may election. Pagnatalo may idadahilan ang CCT eh matagal na yan eh…… 

  • Guest

    Napikon si Erap sa mga patutsda ni Lim sa kanya. Kulang na sapakin ni
    Erap si Lim. Totoo naman kasi ang bintang ni Lim sa kanya.

  • Guest

    Bakit ka nga naman mananatili sa goberyono ni Erap kung nakikita mong inaabuso niya ang kanyang position. Tama lang iniwan siya ni Lim.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    It looked like Soliman circumvented the election restriction by her claim that DSWD advanced the dole-outs.
    When government officials use such irregular tactics, all our laws become inutile. 

  • pikloy

    Kung ano ang puno ay siya rin ang bunga.( Binay clan, Enrile clan ,  lalo na ang Ejercito clan ) Let us correct the wrong and save the country, we already have full knowledge of their dirty genes Qualities.

  • Jay Alvin Madrigal

    so what they want is for the poor to suffer because of their political ambition? i do not support noynoy but suspending the CCTs now, when a lot of families are depending on it is just cruel and selfish. of course the cct will have politicial implications. whether of not, the administration is using it to their leverage is an unavoidable matter since it is their pilot project in the first place. what’s wrong with saying that the cct will stop when people would vote for the other party? that’s a fact isn’t it? una has always criticized the cct. 

    but so what? even if una stops the cct, they should present the public options, better plans and opportunities that are more advantageous than the cct. they should take this as a challenge to solidify their platform and not just whine about it.  

  • Guest

    Bakit nga naman magmakaawa si Lim sa isang magnanakaw tulad ni Erap. No

  • mari suli

    Ang mga magnanakaw nga naman.Takot silang manakawan.Enrile at Estrada natakot ba kayo dahil iyon ang dati niyong gawi.Bakit hindi niyo na lang e-account ang mga PDAF niyo na ibinigay niyo sa mga bogus na NGO.Kong magsalita parang hindi mga anak ng corrupt.Hoy Zubiri ipatanggal mo nga ang poster mo sa mga kahoy ng national highway ng surigao-butuan.Mandaraya ka talaga sundin mo naman mga batas natin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004630740843 Bernard Devera

    Ayan sinabi na ng UNA pagkatapos na nag eleksyon kayo kumain at patsek up, patapusin nyo muna ang kanilang hangarin na maupo bilang opisyal ng gobyerno, buti na lng wala pang pasukan, at sasabihin ko rin sana na huag muna kayo pumasok mga bata. Tigas talaga ng mga ulo nyo

  • Guest

    Sa dami ng perang ninakaw ni Erap sa kaban ng bayan. Bakit hanggang
    ngayon di pa siya nakakabayad? Magbayad ka na uy!

  • pipsirho

    People COMPLAINING about the CCT: Zubiri, Jackie Enrile, JV Estrada, Suarez . . . these are the same PEOPLE WHO WOULD USE CCT MONEY EXACTLY the WAY they are COMPLAINING about IF THEY WOULD BE IN POWER!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T4UWEQIDXLS7RQXY2DDQTV6MNE carol

      yellow ‘tards

      • pipsirho

        LOUSY BIGOT!!!

  • Kad_Palapox

    Kaya nga siya tumatakbo sa pagkamayor ng Manila dahil walang-walang na, said na ang pera ni Erap. Sa Maynila naman siya magpapayaman.

  • marivon

    Gawain kasi nila kaya ngayon natatakot siya.
    Weder weder lang sabi ng convicted candidate for Mayor sa Maynila

  • billy gunner

    down with the traitor president!

  • buttones

    There probably is a perception that CCT is bait, I think this was mentioned as a vote ‘buyer’ when the billions started to flow in 20l1, we are almost at 50 billion already. Will advance payment before election period make a difference? I think it will seal votes for the LP regardless. ..it hardly matters- but we all know what will happen when a family gets three months in advance don’t we…it’ll all be gone in a month. I don’t know why UNA are complaining, yes LP have the advantage them being the ones handing out the billions, UNA don’t hand out squat, don’t UNA realize they are in the dismal business of politics, what do they expect? If the roles were reversed it would be exactly the same.I did NOT like the idea of stopping aid to victims of calamities, in order to increase their suffering, that was utterly disgusting- I think it was Captain Brilliant who proposed that one, some of these leaders of government departments are getting far too old and dithery…..I have a brilliant idea for Dinky, to eradicate all perceived corruption regarding CCT. Government do a deal with banks, they pay opening charges for CCT recipient accounts with an ATM card. Then you get a big machine called a computer and it is programmed to send money to accounts on prescribed days for the CCT recipients- no people are involved in handling huge amounts of cash because we all know what happens when you mix certain Filipinos with hard cash don’t we….sticky fingers. Not a bad idea eh?

    • aristeosj

      the delivery of benefits to beneficiaries thru the banking system has been the method in developed countries like the UK…oh, i forgot our country is not a developed country,ergo the mentality of her leaders is underdeveloped,hehehe….

      just look at their suggestions just to eliminate each other’s advantage in this election season to the detriment of those who direly need help especially in calamity-torn areas.

      those candidates are sickening i feel like i want to puke!

      • buttones

        I simply CANNOT understand why, when it comes to doling out close to 50 billion peso, government choose the most insecure, most expensive, most labor intensive way of doing it.In contrast, electronically transferring money from Dinkey’s treasure chest direct to the recipient eliminates all of the above, plus you have a perfect paper trail and the resultant savings can be used to employ CCT inspectors to ensure we taxpayers are not getting screwed. Was the choice of having an insecure, labor intensive, more expensive and archaic method that is wide open to abuse, and very inconvenient to the recipients deliberate? Obviously it was.Yes UK and many countries use simple electronic transfer of money, my husband get’s two pensions a month from the UK by this method- always on time, always correct, and a perfect paper trail as well.. I see in 2015 the cheque system in UK will be abolished- no more writing out of cheques, too expensive and too insecure. I think over the next weeks we will be subjected to many emetic ideas all voiced by people pursuing the vote of the ‘poor’ who for one reason or another have a wafer thin idea as to what is actually going on…

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    The numbers say it all. CCT is being used by LP for electioneering. The CCT budget ballooned in 2013 for the purpose of boosting LP’s chances of winning.

    2010 CCT budget = P10.92 billion
    2013 CCT budget = P55.97 billion


  • athenapallas

    palibhasa trabaho ni Zubiri at ng amo nyang mandaraya na si Glorya ang ganyan kaya yan ang naiisip nila ngayon. lahat ng UNA members ganyan din ang pag-iisip kasi saktong ganyan ang gawain nila. UNA and LP are both evils buth LP is the lesser evil kaya it stands to reason na LP na lang ang iboto. ang miyembro ng greater evil: Erap (the plunderer), Maceda (the oh so young and so corrupt), Binay (the chanak korap dynasty king of Makati), Zubiri (the unprincipled unscrupulous bardagol), and UNAkorap et. al.

  • sinful_lustful69

    Another UNA candidate, Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, has called on the government to temporarily suspend the cash transfer program so that it would not be suspected of using it to buy votes.

    gusto nya ang tatay lang nya ang mamamahagi ng pera (GUSTO KO AKO LANG ANG HAPPY!!!………….juan ponce enrile)…….pulitiko talaga kahit na ano gagawin huwag lang makakain ang taong bayan………PWEEEEEEEE

    • aristeosj

      gusto nya kasi manalo!pwee lahat sila!

  • Gloria Wheelchairroyo

    Takot sa sariling multo si Migs at UNArroyo party. Ang gawain ni Arroyo at Migs na pandaraya sa bilangan at pamudmod ng health card at pera pag eleksyon ay di gagawin ng gobyerno. Every month nga may CCT para sa mahirap pero suspended nga sa katapusan ng bwan hanggang eleksyon para di magamit sa pambili ng boto. Pero ang UNArroyo party naninira pa kase hopeless na at talo na sila.

  • fernan107

    migs hwag kang magaalala ,ikaw ang mandaraya at mga kasama mo sa una….kaya tumahimik ka..

  • disqusted0fu

    Now the real purpose of the CCT comes into play. That’s definitely an advantage for a party supported by a biased and unfair President. The Aquino administration seems to be really doing everything they can, legally and illegally to make that 12-0 sweep happen.

    • jga94

      Ok, name something they have done illegally. The CCT program is the centerpiece poverty alleviation program of this govt–something that PNoy promised….not unless these UNA candidates show something concrete—ie like sworn statements that the beneficiaries are being coerced into supporting Team PNoy, then puros dakdak lang sila at propaganda….

  • jga94

    Nagsalita ang mga mandaraya……takot kasi gawain nila…tulad ng paglalagay ng picture ni GMA nuong presidente sya sa PhilHealth card….they’re afraid of their own shadow…

  • jga94

    Enrile earlier warned that the P44-billion CCT budget could be diverted to fund election-related activities.
    Malamang kasi gawain nya ganito….kaya praning…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    “At the a public hearing on Tuesday, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. suggested that the DSWD suspend relief operations in disaster areas and conflict zones for 45 days during the campaign period for local elections. ”
    Mr. Chairman Brillantes Jr, alam nyo po ba ang pinagsasabi nyo? E, ang layo-layo pa ng eleksyon ay biktima na sila ng bagyo. Kulang na kulang nga yung rasyon, tapos gusto mo pang ipatigil. Ano ka hilo? Pwede bang hindi kumain ang mga tao?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    “Zubiri said he was not asking for the suspension of the monthly cash assistance for the impoverished families. The government just has to ensure that the money allotted for it would not be used for political means, he said.”
    Tingnan mo yang ugali mo fake senator Zubiri, noong nakakapit ka pa sa palda ng Ailing Gloria wala kang sinasabi kahit pa yung pondo ng OWWA, ay pinakialaman at ilipat sa Philhealth bago ipinamudmod ni Ailing Gloria yung Philhealth cards sa mahihirap para panghakot ng boto… Pero ngayon ay tila naging bigilante ka sa pera ng bayan… Saan mo ngayon gustong tumingin ng utang na loob ang mga tao doon sa nagbibigay sa kanila ng grasya o doon sa nagnanakaw ng pera ng bayan? Di bale sana kung pera lang ang ninanakaw. Kayong mag-among GMA pati boto ninanakaw nyo…

  • aristeosj

    some people are just so afraid of their own ghosts…

    why sacrifice people in dire need of help and support
    just so your fear of somebody taking advantage of the
    situation will be alleviated?why don’t you tradpols try 
    to police your own rank and try to have decency so
    people needing help will be properly addressed on?

    it is not possible because what matters are your own
    ambition…saka na ang bayan… 

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