Aquino vetoes bill setting P3 trillion for poor

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He could have signed it into law and scored brownie points. But without a P3.044-trillion budget to fulfill the basic needs of the poor right away, the government would have been haled to court.

This in essence was President Benigno Aquino III’s reason for vetoing the Magna Carta for the Poor, a measure that mandates the government to immediately provide homes, food, jobs, education and health care for the country’s 25 million poor.

Facing reporters, the President on Monday said that when the legislation was forwarded to his table for signing, he realized that the government did not have sufficient funds to immediately carry out even one of the five basic needs.

Mr. Aquino said that 5-million social housing units alone would cost the government P2.320 trillion, way more than this year’s P2.006-trillion national budget.

This year, the government could program only P600 billion for social housing and that doesn’t even include food, jobs, education and health services yet, he said.

“In other words, I could have played cute. I could have signed this into law, and earned brownie points, but I know the government wouldn’t be able to meet this,” Mr. Aquino told reporters after speaking at the anniversary celebration of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines in Pasay City.

In the end, the head of the National Housing Authority would face charges in court from people whose homes have not been built, or for not paying the rent of beneficiaries pending the construction of their homes, the President said.

Lack of funds

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said providing for the key programs in each of the five basic rights would cost some P3.044 trillion.

“Keeping in mind that our 2013 budget comes to P2.006 trillion, that is way beyond our capacity to provide. That is why the President had the law vetoed and promised to substitute a more fiscally viable and practical version of the Magna Carta for the Poor,” Abad said in a text message.

Lawmakers had high hopes Mr. Aquino would enact this into law. Congress approved it in early February ahead of the start of the campaign period for the May 13 national elections.

‘Progressive realization’

After a review, the President said he discovered that the measure did not carry the phrase “progressive realization” of the poor’s rights, and this made all the difference.

This phrase is clearly enunciated in the International Covenant on Economic Culture and Social Rights, of which the Philippines is a signatory, he said.

The measure spells out the rights of the poor: right to food; right to employment and livelihood; right to quality education; right to shelter and right to basic health services and medicine.

And as part of its duty, the government would provide “the requirements, conditions and opportunities for the full enjoyment of these rights of the poor and which the poor can demand as a matter of right.”

‘Demandable’

“While reading it, we found out that the phrase ‘progressive realization’ wasn’t there. That means, we have to fully realize these rights of each of our countrymen living below the poverty threshold, which is estimated to be 26 percent of the 95 million Filipinos,” Mr. Aquino said.

The housing provision alone “is demandable” and has to be carried out immediately, he pointed out.

“If only they have put the ‘progressive realization’ in, which was in the covenant, we won’t have any problem here. But if I signed it, and we’re aware the government couldn’t accomplish it, then I’d be deceiving my bosses, and I can’t do that,” he said.

He could have signed it and delayed its implementation until the next administration comes in, but this would have been unfair.

“Our corrective action is that we’ve directed the Social Cluster to draw up a substitute measure that we will give to the next Congress, and hopefully, that they will act upon with haste,” he said.

The Magna Carta for the Poor was expected to institutionalize the government’s main antipoverty program, such as the conditional cash transfer.

The Magna Carta for the Poor describes the poor as those whose income falls below the poverty threshold defined by the National Economic and Development Authority, and the National Anti-Poverty Commission.

The measure mandates the government to ensure adequate and decent employment and living wage for the basic sector workers, farmers-peasants, artisanal fisherfolk, and other indigents, among others.

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  • DarkJustice

    Lack of funds? Bakit? Sobra na sa kurakot ang gobyerno at kelangan mo muna ang pondo para sa eleksyon?

    • cato_the_younger

      What’s so difficult to understand? The entire budget of RP is only P2.006 trillion – that includes everything – defense, health, education, etc. That is probably more or less commensurate to the money that comes in from taxes and government revenues. The housing for the poor alone comes to P2.32 billion so that sector alone is already more than the annual budget. To make it easier for you, assume that as an employee you earn P250,000 a year. Here comes your landlord, eto ang housing bill for this year P300,000. Will you choose to do that knowing that you need money for bus fare, for food, for electricity, etc.? That would be like producing a pail of water from a bowl of water. Everybody has to live within their means.

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        The authors of this bill must be waiting for a commission. They don’t care if the project is half bake. They want the piece of the pie right away. Look at the housing projects in Cavite, that’s the work of corrupt people. Its always the poor who are the pawn and the victims. During election all politicians will promise all kinds of lovely things like housing but never completed. If they these poor people were relocated, no work or livelihood is waiting for them.

        I agree with the President. Now it’s his job to look for the funds, he has to cut government workers or get rid of the pork barrel.

      • white scorpion

        yes, you’re right. unless our citizens learn responsible voting. we will continue to have BRAINLESS CONGRESS.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      You’re using your donkey to read & think.

    • lucidlynx

      Kung magsalita ka parang akala mo madaling mag-raise ng P3-trillion. Nagbabayad ka ba ng buwis? Willing ka bang tustusan ang pangangailangan ng masa habang sila hindi naman nagbabayad ng buwis at umaasa na lang sa bigay?

    • white scorpion

      PLEEEASE!!! don’t just open you mouth. USE your head first. cato_the_younger is right. he uses his head and logic.

  • Marcos5

    I would take it from the Pork barrel of the Useless Politicians who are not performing well…………lets start from that.

  • Manuruk

    Ang Congress ang nagpapa-brownie points! Bakit sila nagpapalusot ng batas na mga pangarap lamang? Pwede palang isabatas ang mga pangarap at malayo sa katotohanan. Yan ang klaseng mga Tongressista binuboto natin.

  • PinoyPower1

    How stupid can lawmakers be. Giving P 3 Trillion for one sector while the annual national budget of the entire government is only P 2 trillion????

    This president really needs no pogi points. And I salute him for being realistic and courageous in calling a spade a spade while also giving budgets for the poor.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      and the philippines national debt as of the first of the year was 5.437 trillion pisos it went up 56 billion in one month

      • regd

        You mean a billion is much higher than a trillion? Gee, my math teacher is wrong big time!

      • VoxPopuli888

        Crazy_horese101010 said “and the philippines national debt as of the first of the year was 5.437 trillion 5.437 Trillion…” He was trying to point out that the national debt is bigger than the 3 Trillion which would have been allocated for the poor had PNoy signed the bill into law. No need to find fault with your Math teacher.

      • Mr. Skeptic

        LOL something is wrong with your comprehension or maybe you suck at simple arithmetic.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000923389289 David Bobir

        you remind me of Dr Evil in Austin Powers

    • tyurl

      Ask Kiko Pangilinan. He rushed this bill says Philstar.

    • Abnoy Golum Aquino

      My uncle, Danding Cojuangco, together with the American CIA and the Filipino AFP killed my father! I want to get them! No…wait…they’re my family…I love them. I love capitalists, Americans and Filipino terrorists….No…grrrr…they killed my father! No…wait..I love them….ahhhh!!

      • Rose Teribe

        Go to SABAH and NoKor

  • padrefaura

    ang kailangan ay batas na gagawa ng trabaho sa mga mahihirap. tama na ang mga dole outs sa kanya. we are encouraging them to be lazy at the expense of the taxes that we pay from our hardwork.

    • ever green

      totally agree. Too many mendicants in this country….isa sa mga pangit na ugaling naimana ng mga espanyol sa Pinas sa mahigit 300 taong nila pananakop ay ang pagiging tamad…..

    • http://krepus.pip.verisignlabs.com/ blah blah blah…

      that is why we should support one child policy in this country for people who cant raise a decent family!!! how hard is that?

  • CPCook

    PNoy was correct in vetoing this bill. It is only now that the Philippines is getting toward having a balanced budget, but this bill basically is a recipe for outsized deficits. Congress being the fiscal authority should include a provision on how to obtain funding for this bill. At the very least, every time Congress mandates the government to perform a particular service, Congress should already specify the offset revenue for such mandate. BTW, one should bear in mind that while the entire budget of the government is Php 2.03 trillion, a number of items in this budget are non-programmable (i.e., fully allocated already and therefore, cannot be used for anything else – e.g. salary by government workers, debt servicing, etc). Therefore, assuming that cost of the bill will be Php 3 trillion as reported, the government would need to earn at least 250% of its current revenues. Who wants to pay 2 1/2 times of the taxes they are already paying? Also, as taxes are increased, less people would be willing to work and so more people will be jobless. I think the intention of the authors are laudable, but this has to be done in increments. Also, there should be a sunset provision on the benefits received by the “poor”; otherwise, such benefits become incentives to remain jobless.

    • EOJ

      Agree, congress itself should identify and include in the law where to source the P 3 Trillion.

      • Magsasaka

        yong congress ang nagpapabango pero wala naman palang pagkukuhanan ng pondo

      • tyurl

        Agree. it was pangilinan (according to Philstar) who rushed the passage of this bill (cloaked in an emotionally-charged title) because he wants to have something to cling on to in 2016. Apparently, he can’t run this year.

      • Magsasaka

        tanga na lang ang boboto kay senator noted na maraming naging anak sa kanyang mga naging katulong hehehe

      • GustoKoHappyKa

        mas tinitigasan daw ata sa maid nila kesa kay Sharon…

      • tarikan

        Yong “Juvenile Law” ni Sen. Mega stupid na sinundan pa nitong “Magna Carta for the Poor” kuno. Double STUPID Sen. Mega Kiko.

      • Magsasaka

        kaya mega stupid ang boboto pa sa taong yan kapag tumakbo ulit sa halalan

      • GustoKoHappyKa

        lahat nalang ng batas na ginagawa nyan ni MR SHARON Cuneta puro PALPAK…kung hindi lang si SHARON ang asawa nyan DI YAN MANANALO!!!!

      • Magsasaka

        alam mo naman mga bobotante sa atin kapag affiliated sa artista binuboto nila

      • Serom

        Saan pa ba nila kukunin? Syempre tataasan pa nila lalo tax natin to produce that Php 3 trillion for the poor. Would you agree paying higher taxes? Mataas na nga, tataasan pa.

      • Abnoy Golum Aquino

        I want to get “Precious” from the South China Sea

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

        U R PATHETIC!!!

      • Aida Ramos

        Source: Foreign loans like what they did to the CCT, a project devoid of any real economic returns.

    • regd

      He did it despite the fact that it’s an election period. That’s pure guts and no sugar coating in settings things in proper perspective and view reality as it is.

      • Abnoy Golum Aquino

        No, my uncle, Danding Cojuangco, together with the American CIA and the Filipino AFP killed my father! I want to get them! No…wait…they’re my family…I love them. I love capitalists, Americans and Filipino terrorists….No…grrrr…they killed my father! No…wait..I love them….ahhhh!!

      • Hendot2012

        Communist should go to North Korea! We don’t want you here!

      • juanpedro de jose

        Ang mga ayaw sa communista ay ang mga mayayaman gaya ng Idol mong si Panot! Takot sila na bawiin sa kanila ang nakaw na yaman nila pagdumami ang cummunista sa pinas…

      • Hendot2012

        Engot kaya pala humina NPA kasi majority ng Pilipino mayaman ayaw sa communista, ganun ba yun?

      • tarikan

        Mga kumunista nabubuhay laang sa revolutionary tax. Ngayong election permit to campaign naman. So bakit magtatrabaho pa sila kaka?

      • tarikan

        Bakit pupunta sila kaka dun eh walang revolutionary tax dun. Tsaka gutom dun kaya nga sila Joma, Jalandoni dun nakikikain sa Netherlands kahit capitalist country.

      • chingnarciso

        Are you stupid? Why American are being tag again? Please eat your breakfast ,you are losing your mind my friend..

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        No brainer of a post. A donkey manure spreader

      • desi derata

        Go away, spare us from your stupidity.

      • ysabel912

        another delusional hater..

      • Mr. Skeptic

        That’s not pure guts. It’s COMMON SENSE.

      • Edward Castro

        why on earth did congress pass a bill that require so much funds and contributes to the culture of mendicancy or doleouts. maybe it was a trap so that the poor will get angry at pnoy..

      • fely pino

        because they are stupid

      • JosengSisiw1

        you are RIGHT..this is designed by Enrile and his HOODLUMS to embarrass the president. i’m sure these guys are laughing now and waiting for the angry cries of the poor.

      • gikiness

        exactly my thought

      • gikiness

        bobo, may idea ka ba kung magkano ang P3 trillion? In terms of millions ang 3 trillion ay 3,000,000 millions. Maski pagsamama samahin mo ang pork barrel ng mga Tongressmen at Senatongs, hindi pa rin kayang punuin ang 3,000,000 millions.

        Lets do the math:

        24 Senatongs x 200 M pork barrel = 4,800 Millions

        281 Tongressmen x 70 M pork barrel = 19,670 Millions

        combined pork barrel ng Senatongs at Tongressmen = 4,800 + 19,670 Millions

        = 24,470 millions, compare to 3,000,000 millions Magna Carta

        In other words, maski kuhain natin ang mga pork barrels nina Tongressmen at Senatongs, hindi pa rin kayang suportahan ang Magna Carta.

        Ang dapat sa Magna Carta ay iparevise sa mga authors at mag aral muna ng konting math kung possible ba ang bagong batas. At saka isama nila sa bagong batas na iaalocate na ang pork barrel sa Magna Carta.

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        How can you teach them math? Those congressmen are donkeys.
        Create jobs jobs jobs jobs.
        Real full time with benefits job. This way workers feel secure to get a mortgage to buy a house.

        You elected a bunch of donkeys and what did you get? A bill full of crap.

      • Mr. Skeptic

        First of all, I agree with that useless Malacanang tenant’s decision to veto the bill. Who said that only the pork barrel of the congressmen and senators will be used for that program? I’m just saying that these politicians should give up their pork barrels if they are indeed pro-poor. Give up their pork barrels to minimize corruption.

    • Rose Teribe

      Good point,
      Those polticians passing the bills fast due to elections, lumang tugtugan na yan… buminta na yan, question: bakita ngayon lang? tsk tsk… papogi ang mga author ng bill (wag niyo iboto ang mga yan)

    • willydee68

      A tax increase would probably not be necessary. Law enforcement to hunt tax evaders—starting with the biggest sharks in the pool—might already triple the government budget…

    • David_vs_G10

      It’s election time. Make sure your papogi trapos, dynastic idiots and stupid what-nots know Arithmetic. Pa-math-math pa kaya di marurunong magkwenta. At least si PNoy, nagkwenta at nakitang di pwede ang math ng kanyang mga katropa sa simple Arithmetic.

      Ganun din ang mga botante. HIndi marurunong pumili. Gustung-gusto ang mga bolerong di marunong magkwenta at marunong lang magnakaw. Everyone deserves what they get.

  • jowelski

    Ask the clever professional squatters if what is “free housing” for them. They would just sell it once awarded to them then move to another “idle” land and claim it.

    This Magna Carta for the Poor law is another form of stupid law like the so called “Lina Law”.

    • chuck chunda

      u r right. its better for him to give even more money to the IMF so they can lend it out to the banks who really need it..

    • Simplify1

      It is worse than the “kebeta village” of marcos!

    • JOHNCeneza

      Free housing could also mean low rent housing. no title, only lease agreement which they could not sell

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    The best way to follow is the Chinese dogma, to paraphrase it “If you want to help the hungry don’t give him fish; teach him instead how to catch fish”.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    Tama….dadami lalo ang tamad pag lahat e libre…walang aatupagin ang mga yan kundi mag binggo, mag-inom, mag shabu, at kung anu ano pa….

  • Philcruz

    The proponents of the bill now look like idiots. Their lack of brains should be exposed to the public. This is not funny. It’s dangerous to whet up the poor’s appetites and expectations with promises that are sure to fail..and then blame the administration for it. That is tantamount to stirring up a “revolution”.

  • JosephNess

    take it one stride at a time…why not start building livelihood projects that could generate mass employment for ordinary unskilled workers…then, decent housing by itself will just be taken care of by these poor people once they earned out of their employments,

  • manuel yaptangco

    At first, there was the Conditional Cash Transfer, and then came the nationalized health care for the poor (courtesy of the sin tax law), and now comes this generous Magna Carta for the Poor? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the amelioration of the plight of the poor, but let’s not get carried away with all these freebies. What these people need are jobs and not dole-outs.

    • JosephNess

      you’re right…our government cannot stand feeding the poor all the time, it need to train and teach its poor people to become self sufficient not to remain beggars waiting for alms from the government.

  • regie

    papano naman po kmaing mga working class na nagbabayad ng buwis….puro na lang sa mahirap ang benovelance ng bayan…..

  • JosephNess

    this is the cost of starting late at the twilight of his tenure of office…the government crammed!!!!!

  • bgcorg

    Laws generally state a matter of policy while its Implementing Rules and Regulations spell their executable details. The Magna Carta for the Poor would have been this administration’s chance for redemption to immediately eradicate poverty, its main duty, in a climate of social justice, peace and government service without corruption. Now we know in whose interest this government kowtows to, especially after signing the RH Bill into law.

    The IRR, when the Magna Carta FOR THE POOR would have been signed, could define how the estimated amounts would be allocated over time so that what is planned for constituents could be accomplished; not money after money being lost for useless cash transfers. The IRR would have aligned money for services owed by the government to people BY YEARS so that “they could be taught how to fish” instead of simply receiving dole-outs. In this latter case, resources would certainly be inadequate unless government programs make citizens productive and useful for their country.

    The Presidential Veto pushes human development many months late and maybe even more (or never) as other less significant laws, like the RH Law, drain limited government resources. An integrative and comprehensive plan of government for the Philippine constituency, hammered home by both the Lower and Upper Houses of Congress had just been flushed out the drain, just like that, because IT DID NOT CARRY MALACANANG’S URGENT BILL SPONSORSHIP! What a pity: goodness and kindness and service lost for the real BOSSES due to WILY politics! I wonder whether the deprived poor will still consider Team Pnoy? They should be UNA in the agenda!

    • regd

      Still bitter with the RH bill sweetie? It apparently affected your brain to function well especially the math thing. Still think it’s best to implement this Magna Carta thing and deprived for example us government workers of our salary, the servicing and maintenance of government institutions etc just so this supposed bill pushes through? Are you sure you are mentally stable? I sincerely doubt you are sweetie, now go and wake up mommy for breakfast.

    • huseng_batute

      Hindi pa naman huli ang lahat. Meron ka pa rin namang magagawa, hindi mo kailangang intayin ang aksyon ng gobyerno.

      Pwede mong umpisahan sa pag-imbita sa mga squatter na tumira sa bahay mo. Doon mo na sila patirahin. Tapos araw-araw mong bigyan mo ng pagkain, damit, etc.

    • http://krepus.pip.verisignlabs.com/ blah blah blah…

      maybe you didnt read the part where it says that the govt could be sued if those “demandable” part of the provision is not provided straight away!

      and for RH law, which provision in teh law that you’re really against? in fact i wouldnt mind if we follow china’s one-child policy for people who know nothing about raising a decent family. why cant you people understand that???

  • Simplify1

    The hallmark of a successful country is a strong middle class with a government that does not give dole outs to its citizens…. because if it does, what then is the initiative of the middle class to work hard only to see people less productive provided with free accommodation, medical, access to quality education all of which the middles class work hard to attain?

    • Philcruz

      I so agree.

    • Concur_Dissent

      The bill smacks of communistic solutions rather than a strenghtend middleclass, the ranks of poor people will definitely swell

    • chuck chunda

      yeah you are right… lets just gas the poor and disabled and let the middle class prosper???

      • http://krepus.pip.verisignlabs.com/ blah blah blah…

        why not??? they are irresponsible and lazy. and add the church for that for not helping educate “the poor” and maintain a decent life.

      • kapalkupal

        tawag ka ng nanay mo saing ka na daw

      • http://krepus.pip.verisignlabs.com/ blah blah blah…

        is that all you can say>? what a shame

      • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

        middle class is just a bracket idiot. You were not born and destined to be in one of those specially the poor. Work to go up.

    • AllinLawisFair

      The first phrase of your statement is right, although it may sound utopian. Even First World countries dole support to the poor out. Where I am, unsold fruits and used but still usable pieces of furniture are given to the poor who are dependent on government help like the jobless and the disabled.

      It eases the rich and the middle class who are asked for donations from time to time.

      No one can have it both ways.

      • Simplify1

        Pls checkout my response to Joe_bloggs above…. in addition to what I mentioned in my response, it may be of interest for you to know that industrialized and developed countries collect more taxes per person on average that what a pinoy pays to the BIR….

        I had a son born quite recently and I have been hospitalized a couple of times…. From where I live right now, the only thing I paid for was the parking fees….I did not have to pay a single hospital bill,

      • chingnarciso

        Maybe you live in Canada or England.they pay higher taxes,but they are not worried for medical expenses,thats what I heard. correct me if I am wrong.

      • Ariel Molina

        Free medical yes walang kang iisipin na bayaran sa hospital major operation man at mga bata free ang school to high school free buses and school materials plus bawat bata my benifets kahit 20% ang tax ok lang

      • MonMayuga

        You are indeed lucky. Who foots the bill? You must be in that middle east country where oil is extracted from the ground like water in an artesian well in the Philippines. Or you are in Brunei perhaps.
        From where I am, our socials security contributions, (health care, jobless insurance, pension, etc.), are automatically deducted from our salaries. We pay for everything.

        Taxes vary from country to country. Gerard Depardieu renounced his French citizenship because the French government demanded very high income tax. In Russia, he needs to pay only about 13% tax.

    • joe__bloggs

      So Germany is not a successful country … so is France … Italy … and almost all of Europe.

      In UK, EVERY family, billionaire or pauper, automatically receive 13 pounds for every child WEEKLY up to age 16, 19 yrs if studying (20 pounds for eldest), cradle to grave health care, state pensions, etc. If properly managed, a fairer society is achievable …

      • Simplify1

        That’s a very simplistic response. You are comparing apples and oranges…. the countries you mentioned have in excess of $30,000 GDP per Capita compared to the Philippines with less than $5,000 GDP per Capita. This is like comparing parents who make 30,000 per month vs a parent who earns 5,000 per month…. Which parents do you think can afford to buy more stuff for their kids?? A country with a bigger economy could very well afford basic care for their citizens….

  • carlcid

    This bill was grandstanding of the highest order. It was pure and simple demagoguery, since it literally didn’t have a financial leg to stand on. The Philippines doesn’t need “false prophets” of this kind, who arouse deceptive hopes and incite the masses. The Philippines can rise up from poverty, but it has to do so brick by brick, through hard work and determination. Not by promising instant gratification.

  • regd

    And that is how people voted for their lawmakers. They keep sending dim-witted, money-centered brainless guy sheep programmed to make promises that is meant to be broken. Sometimes I’m so ashamed being part of this pinoy species I’m part of.

    • edleon

      Oh yes.. sad to say but there were time that I felt the same.

  • HarryK

    Every three Filipinos have to be taxed to provide home, food, education, job and health care for a poor Filipino? That is asking too much.

    Solve the unemployment problem and improve staple food production (instead of ethanol) and we can solve half the poverty problem.

  • Horst Manure

    The more you hand out to the public for nothing the more problems you create, you will find some one has to pay for it, there is no such thing as free lunch.
    The way to do it is free enterprise and let the business minded people generate an income.
    First and most importantly you need a working legal system and an efficient, fully functional court system run by people who can find their behinds in the dark, Liaryers who want to put their hands in their pockets not their victims,

    Until you have that forget what you have now you will always have.

  • lolo_Jose

    AT BAKIT LAHAT ibibigay ng libre sa mga mahihirap? Magiging tamad sila lalo at hindi na magsisikap para umunlad pa!!! Tama lang na i veto mo Pnoy, malaking kagaguhan na iyan na ipasa.

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

    In yesterday’s DZMM interview, Senator Pangilinan disputed the palace’s claim and asserts that the state cannot be sued. Senator Estrada explained that the Magna Cara will be funded by proceeds from Pagcor, PCSO, sequestered assets by PCGG and auctioned cargo by BOC. Senator Pangilinan further clarified that the P3 trillion figure arrived at by the palace seems to have been raised from previous assumptions factored in the bill.

    At the end of the day, the veto of PNoy is all about money. The senators clearly saw the bill to be adequately funded from the proceeds of the mentioned institutions. The palace wants at least P3 trillion. Why the palace wants more is rather suspect. Is it in aid of legislation or in aid of election in 2016?

    (Drilon and Pangilinan are not entirely supportive of Roxas’s presidential ambition, because they too have higher aspirations).

  • JosephNess

    common sense will dictate that you cannot just sign a bill without taking into consideration where to look for funds of this big worth to drain the entire government budget with no assurance that the problem of poverty will be eradicated…would it be signing it now and just worry later where to look for funding…that is futility and insane…you’ll be developing problem out of nothing…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sollie-Sinson/1798565059 Sollie Sinson

    why push the issue when pinoy said there’s no budget for the poor. government money is not enough for the government officials. kulang pa taxes ng tao para sa mga buwaya.

    • chingnarciso

      hahaha ,tama ka. nag away away pa sila dahil lang sa mga pera,mas malaki daw sa iba, samantalang siya ay kakaunti lang..hay naku, iisipin muna ninyo kung sino ang iboboto ninyo sa halalan na ito..its time na huwag ninyong ipagbili ang mga precious vote ninyo..thats the only way you can make this beautiful country to be prosperous and be number one in asia..Pilipinos are smart if they use their brain, the right way…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sollie-Sinson/1798565059 Sollie Sinson

    reading all the comments below, ordinary citizens are more intelligent than our lawmakers.

    • Edward Castro

      the conscience and minds of our lawmakers have been darkened beyond redemption.

  • edleon

    I’m glad that PNOY vetoed this MAGNA CUARTA ng mga ilang Senatongs and Tongressman –mga magnanakaw ng kwarta ng bayan

  • $25995786

    Buti naman may common sense si Pnoy, Phil. total budget about 2trillionsplus but we need 3 trillions plus to implement this bill. As usual there are lawmakers who make bills just for pogi points without proper fundings.

  • Placido_Penitente

    Iyan ay MAGNA CARTA FOR THE LAZY at MAGNA CARTA OF FANTASY. Hindi nga
    iyan dapat pirmahan. Sa ayaw ninyo at sa gusto, tama na naman si PNOY, naging realistiko lamang siya.
    Ang pagsang-ayon sa batas na iyan ay walang pinagkaiba sa mapusok na
    paglusob ng mga tauhan ni Kiram para sakupin ang Sabah. Hintayin na
    lamang ninyong maging presidente si Binay, mahilig magpa-cute ang tutong
    na iyon, baka sakaling pirmahan niya iyan.

  • JosephNess

    this bill if signed would mean…more new taxes that will be shouldered at the back of Juan Pasan Cross…what a pathetic bill to burden more the already suffering, malnourished waged earner…they wanted to drain these hopeless tax payers just to bloat their pockets…and this….
    ‘The measure mandates the government to ensure adequate and decent employment and living wage for the basic sector workers, farmers-peasants, artisanal fisherfolk, and other indigents, among others.’

    will just be a cover for their insatiable appetites….

  • pedronimo

    You can criticize the President but he is not Willie Revillame who teaches people to become mendicants.

  • http://twitter.com/LiliaAF Lilia Firme

    Congrats, Mr. President! So, so down-to-earth!

  • http://www.facebook.com/emmacv1 Emma Custodio Villa

    PNoy shows responsible and honest leadership. This is the new politics our country needs. The Congress has shown the opposite, passing an unfulfillable law. I love the poor and needy, but I think putting all the burden on government to alleviate their conditions may be the wrong approach to helping them. Every family should be made responsible, the government should be there to provide opportunities. Instead of giving out money, provide work opportunities. Let people earn their money, so they can send their kids to school and live with dignity.

  • boybakal

    This time I agree with Pnoy.
    How could you sign a bill into law if that law is more than the National Budget.
    Simple but wise thinking.
    Good Job.

  • saktolang

    wow free housing and many more. e di na pala ako dapat mag trabaho kung ganyang government na pala ang mag provide ng mga bagay na kailangan ko. E para pala sa mga tamad ang batas na yan. Tapos wala namang pondo ang gobyerno. E sira ulo pala ang nag pasa ng batas na yan

  • Hey_Dudes

    I agree with Pres. Benigno C. Aquino III in not committing the same mistake the late U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson who was responsible for the welfare check handout for the poor during his period. Welfare checks had become sort of a milking cow that even those with strong hands, young age and able to work decline work since it is easier just to apply for and receive welfare checks, food stamps and other gravy trains. Philippines do not have that luxury and can ill afford it. We Filipinos must curtail our baby making factories until such time each families can afford the burden and not depend on government helping you.

  • matalino matalino

    More than 80% of the 95 million Filipinos are living below the poverty threshold- not 26%,
    Pro-rich, self-serving P-Noy and those stupid idiots from our Congress can wait but, of course, the poor can’t. If P-Noy and those self-serving, super kurakot legislators only have a sense of empathy- I believe that they can feel ang paghihirap at pangangailangan ng mga poor.

  • matalino matalino

    Those filthy rich, super kurakot, self-serving legislators and Malacanang officials can pray daily and can go to mass every Sunday or daily but they will never get to Heaven pag dumating na ang mga oras nila- kasi, they don’t know how or they don’t want to help the neediest. (The Parable of the Good Samaritan.) They can fool themselves but they can’t fool their vengeful God. (Vengeance is mine, I will repay.- Old Testament)

  • JohnDoeGB

    There is no need to praise PNoy for vetoing this bill. It is his job and stopping such a stupid bill is not rocket science. It is very glaring that such project with that needed budget is utterly unrealistic, a shameful product of stupid legislators we elected into office. We should elect brilliant people into the Legislature. We should elect thinkers with a good heart for the Filipino people, not Malaysians or any other foreigner nationals.

  • zeroko

    This is what you call political will. If Pnoy is sincere, he could have said, “OK, I will do it, but give me sufficient time to build these socialized housing.” Then, he could have followed with a remark like, “Remember folks, Rome was not built over night.” The problem with Aguino and the previous President is that they were not sincere in alliiviating the plight of the people. NHA has 40 billion pesos right now which just lay stagnant and are being consume by the Board member of NHA. Lahat, mga Cabinet Secretaries ni PNoy who were just interested of getting their allowances and salary as Board member. Just few days from now, I, Henry E. Samonte, and INdependent Mayor Candidate of Q.C. will show in my small ways how to solve the housing problem of Q.C. Nakakahiya ang National government if I win as Q.C. Mayor, and able to build substantial tenements here in Q.C. Hindi po ako politician, I am more of a moralist. Mantakin ninyo, kalaban ko, daming funds, yet in my case, I have just my pocket to finance my candidacy. It’s time for none politicians to control the government and show how it should be rightfully run.

    Ang masama pa nito, I am prevented in reaching out to the voters. Unlike Erap/Mayor Lim, they already have 3 media coverage, their peace pact, the debate in ABS-CBN, and the debate in UP, Manila. In my case, we had a peace pact here in Immaculate church in Q.C. with hundreds of snap shots from the press, but none ever came out of the media. Worst, last week, Bistek attended a graduation ceremeny and the media focuse on the diplomas with the Mayor’s motiff. Kung sa graduation, Bistek appeared in the TV media, yet, a very significant event like peace pact, walang media coverage. Akala ko ba “equal opportunity” sabi ng COMELEC, why then are INdependent Mayor candidate of the most important City in the entire Philppines not allowed to come out of the press? You people can pick it up from here….

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      he could have said, “OK, I will do it, but give me sufficient time to
      build these socialized housing.” Then, he could have followed with a
      remark like, “Remember folks, Rome was not built over night.”

      Perhaps he doesn’t want to set himself up for failure.

      Rather than start something he could certainly never finish, AND THEN DRAW FLAK from the people, better do nothing an sit on his imaginary laurels.

  • RyanE

    It’s not mentioned if the proposed law has a timetable for implementation. But for sure it could not be in just a year’s time.

    PNoy should have signed this into law and start looking for sources of funds, say abolish the pork barrel, realign income from PAGCOR, etc.

  • screwdisk

    hahaha! This only proves that there a lot of IDIOTS legislature in our congress :D I am not against with helping our country men especially the poor. But we should help them with the right way and not giving them everything for free. Social responsibility should not tolerate laziness among the poor. We should give them a sense of responsibility and meaningful purpose as part of our society.

    The congress must legislate a law that would focus on the following:
    * jobs creation
    – home grown silicon valley
    – manufacturing
    – bpo services
    – agriculture
    * education
    * food productions (agriculture)
    * health services (progressive approach and calibrated based on revenue collection)
    * infrastructure
    * information technology
    – better tax collection management
    * Affordable housing program (NOT FREE)

    To all my country men, okay lang ang mangarap ngunit ang pangarap ay hindi maaatim sa isang iglap lamang. Eto ay pinagbubuhusan ng pawis at panahon. Subalit kelangan pa rin natin magtulungan.

  • zeroko

    The government is mandated under our Co0nstitution to provide housing projects at affordable rate. Unfortuantely, PNoy is busy selling the government lands to the Chinese. It has failed to address the housing problem. Why of all things are the funds worth 40 billion pesos laying idle in the National Housing Authority?

    • Handiong

      The Constitutional provision says that the government shall make affordable housing in cooperation with the private sector. The government doesn’t have to do it alone. The government can set policies to incentivize the private property development companies to go into the business of socialized or affordable housing for the poor.

  • zeroko

    Instead of diverting the income from the alcohol and tobacco tax, why not use it for housing purposes?

    • Handiong

      The taxes on alcohol and tobacco have already been allotted for health care services. The sin tax law is specific on this and the funds cannot be diverted to housing.

      What do you mean by “Instead of diverting the income from alcohol and tobacco”? Where was it diverted to? Stop spewing baseless statements just because you hate the President. It only shows your zero credibility.

  • petwil

    I salute the President for this. This a bold and gentlemanly move. Now who says that the President has no guts?

  • Serom

    This is another case of insane legislation by the trapo politicians. They continue to embarrass the intellect of the poor and the destitute. Mahirap na nga sila, bonobola pa. They do not actually care for the poor. They do not even want their pork barrel to be given to the poor. If they are really true in caring for the poor, they should be the first ones to distribute their pork barrel to the poor.

  • Serom

    The Philippines is fast becoming a dole out country. We have already this CCT and Philhealth. Dole outs are just motivations for the lazy.

    • Guest

      Philhealth is not a doleout, get your facts straight. It’s a government-run insurance program that the poor still has to pay premiums for.

      • Serom

        Do you honestly believe that the poor pay the premiums? To the poor, future contingencies is the least that they would think of for whatever scant resources that comes into their hands. Usually, the Philhealth premiums are paid by some scheming politician. Oftentimes, from the pork barrel of some legislators. Try to research on that. Let’s get real!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    Such a waste of billions of pesos every year for a not-well-thought-of legislation! A single phrase “progressive realization” deserves a veto for the bill? Whaaaaaat!The fact is this is not the urgent priority bill President Aquino has in mind. Oh, unlike the 13-billion peso annual appropriation for the contraception law, the president signed it readily without batting an eyelash! Was it for the poor? Nah, it was for senators and congresspeople who love to define their sex lives as “safe and satisfying sex”. Were they interested in spacing births for poor married couples? Nope, the authors of the RH law wanted to deluge the health centers in the country with tons of condoms and pills every year so that the commissions forthcoming from these multinational manufacturers are certain to arrive.

    Food affordability? Jobs? Housing? Health? Education? – they all sound like campaign promises. But, they remain to be broken. It sucks and it stinks of elitism pervading in the halls of Congress and an elitist president who would not be interested to help the poor because he is afraid that he and his cohorts might be sent to jail for failing to meet the expectations of the poor?? Okay, Pres. Aquino, here is a list of your shortcomings and you won’t go to jail for them:
    1. Final settlement of the coconut levy fund and immediate release of the equitable and just share of each coconut farmer who have waited for more than two decades for it but your maternal uncle, Danding Cojuangco, has been able to delay the implementation.
    2. Final settlement of the case of land distribution of the Hacienda Luisita to farmer-beneficiaries.
    3. Inadequate implementation of rehabilitation programs for housing, relocation, health, and employment for calamity victims for the past two years.
    4. Inadequate implementation of irrigation systems to help agricultural farmers to have water for their rice lands and some farm produce.
    5. Delayed enactment into law of your much bally-hoed Freedom of Information bill gathering dust in the pending archives of Congress.
    6. Delayed and indecisive action on the crisis happening in Sabah like you treat Sabah as a foreign land owned by Malaysia and you do not give a bit of concern to call Prime Minister Najib Razak to a gentleman’s dialogue on the issue. Instead, you bite your fingers and hope that the Rajah Muda be caught so you can close this nuisance to your “busy campaigning schedule” of your self-serving Team PNoy.
    7. Unexplained nature of the deal with the MILF and Malaysia about the Framework Agreement. Did you make a secret deal to allow Malaysia to have Sabah in exchange for cessation of hostilities in Mindanao by this armed political party and Malaysia’s puppet army named MILF???
    Do not worry, you won’t get to jail at once. You still have the rubber-stamp Congress held hostage by the lure of the pork barrel that you and Butch Abad hold the strings of this TRILLION-PESO worth of annual giveaways to your puppy dogs..

  • discerningmind

    Through hard work and good governance the Philippines can emerge from poverty as opposed to simply providing the needs of the poor, which will absorb so much of the needed funds necessary for investment in infrastructure and education, investment that in the long run will help the poor help themselves and increase the number of middle class.

  • http://twitter.com/bongscm bongsarabia cm

    SEC. 6 OF MAGNA CARTA OF THE POOR:

    DEFICIENCIES IN THE EXISTING APPROPRIATIONS OF THE PRO-POOR PROGRAMS OF THE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SHALL BE INCLUDED IN THE GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF THE YEAR FOLLOWING THE ENACTMENT OF THIS ACT AND THEREAFTER.

  • Alajero

    …the country just cannot afford this…even develop countries are unable to provide…totally ridiculous

  • http://twitter.com/bongscm bongsarabia cm

    SEC. 6. Funding Requirements. . The funding for the pro- poor programs and 15 projects implemented under this Act shall be taken from the existing
    appropriations of the different departments and agencies implementing pro- poor programs. In addition to these, funding shall be taken from the following:
    (a) Twenty percent (20%) of the share of the national government in the
    earnings of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation
    (P AGCOR);
    (b) Fifty percent (50%) of the share of the national government in all lotteries
    conducted by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO);
    (c) Fifty percent (50%) of the share of the government in the proceeds from
    sale or disposition of sequestered assets; and
    (d) Fifty percent (50%) of the proceeds from the sale or disposition by public
    auction of goods or articles forfeited in favor of the government by the Bureau of Customs (BOC)

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      How much is that? Fifty percent of 10million? What’s the projected amount?

      Will it amount to P3 trillion?

  • boybakal

    There is no problem with the Magna Carta for the Poor….if we are rich country like US or Canada.

  • noelpogi

    Ang naiisip kong solusyon jan e, yun CCT i divide na patas sa lahat na probinsya at gawin puhunan sa mga livelhood projects. Yun mga walang trabaho ang kanilang kunin empleyado at ng maging kapaki-pakinabang naman sila. Hindi yun nakanganga at naghihintay ng pera na hindi naman nila pinagpaguran.

  • boldyak

    3 trillion budget…to be implemented for how many years????? one year?…does the law said “right away”?…however there is no need for the 3 trillions…just abolish pork barrel and divert it to more infrastructures not to the politicians pocket….awwww…the prok barrel will never be abolished. that is the only way to control the legislative…

    • Htee

      Pards, pagtinanggal ang porky, delicado si Pnoy, konting mali, impeachment kaagad. Hehehe

    • mercuree

      Oo, puedeng one year kung i-demand ng mahihirap. Dahil walang term na “progressive realization” kaya possibleng “right away”.

  • buttones

    Makes sense to me, spending money we don’t have on a program that is not designed to bring a return for the majority of us anyway is pointless. Simple housekeeping, can I afford this? No, then don’t buy it…

  • Mr. Skeptic

    Let these lazy bums work their a$$es off instead of depending on the government for their food, shelter, education, etc. We are not a welfare state and we cannot afford to be one, since we are still paying for the interest of the billions of dollars of foreign debt we have accumulated through the years. Lazy Filipino bums would rather spend their days drinking Tanduay and playing basketball, all the while waiting for remittance checks from their OFW relatives. We don’t need to spend billions of pesos to cater to the needs of these lazy bums who contribute nothing to society.

  • Mr. Skeptic

    How about these crocodiles in barong tagalogs give up their lavish pork barrel funds instead of crafting this ridiculous and outlandish bill? We all know that these crocs are making up this bill not to help the poor, but to make money from the kickbacks and commissions from this extravagant project. They can’t fool us this time around.

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    The yellow cheered because the retard president suddently experienced LUCID INTERVALS…by blabbing/echoing, yet again Abad & the economic teams reasons for vetoing the bill.
    Didn’t you guys get it…for such a mediocre stunt (of a lucid interval in nature), the yellows are satisfied.
    My goodness me, vetoing is just one of the many normal functions of the president but because it is unsual for him to have a lucid intervals, the yellows clap their hands.
    Hahahahahahahahaha!

  • AllinLawisFair

    One cannot have his cake and eat it, too.

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    We’ll be happy to hear if Noynoy’s admin has taken initiative, in partnership with the Japanese, to invest in nuclear energy!
    Not this lousy-come-into-senses-lucid-interval stuff!
    Hahahahahaahhahaha!

  • syano

    Seems the reporter and the President did not read the bill. There was no specific appropriation for the bill (at least the House version) and it is still left to the national government what portion of the budget will be used or be covered by the law. Even the proponents themselves do not expect that this will be implemented in one (1) year. Even the law does not expect from anyone the impossible. Government should be responsible enough not to foist upon the populace an impossibility and use it as an excuse to veto the bill. This is way better and more encompassing than the RH law and deserve more the support from all sectors.

    • mercuree

      Kaya nga hindi pirmahan ni Pnoy para hindi maging batas, dahil it is impossible to implement this. Oo, walang specific appropriation pero kung bilangin mo ang mga needs (na ayon sa bill ay rights) aabot ito sa 3T plus. Walang discretion ang national government kung magkano o anong portion ng budget dahil kapag naging batas na ito puede ng i-demand (kaagad-agad) ng mahihirap ang hihingin nila, eg. pabahay, edukasyon, etc.

  • billy gunner

    if the opposite of pro is con, the opposite of progress is congress.

    abolish pork barrel. it’s the root of all corruptions.

  • boldyak

    why don’t you tell us first, that the 3 trillion will be the budget for each year?…maybe it is for 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, …..years?….are the congressmen passing a law for just a year?…if for just a year, what will happen to that law after a year?….something is wrong….or i am just misinformed, need to clarify….

    • mercuree

      “While reading it, we found out that the phrase ‘progressive realization’ wasn’t there. That means, we have to fully realize these rights of each of our countrymen living below the poverty threshold…”
      – The law makes it demandable to (immediately) provide those things covered by the rights granted to the poor. So sa isang year lang 3T na agad para lang yan sa kanila. Ang budget sa buong bansa ay 2T plus lang. Hindi kaya.

  • Edward Castro

    wala ata mga pinoy haters ngayun a..

    • billy gunner

      that’s because he acted with common sense for the first time. all others are flops. and when he flops, he flops bigtime.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Congress passed another inutile law something for press release than to actually help the poor. How cone they were not able to study the budget implications. Is this nothing more passing the buck to the executive and finger pointing once the sh@t hits the fan.

  • Edgar

    One thing that make us poor is too… many… children families… lets implement the RH Law, its not yet too late…

  • Rose Teribe

    I remember bubble gang joke pertaining to bill, “Gagawa ako ng batas para mayaman… kasi mga batas ginawa lang sa mahihirap”…
    Give people a job instead of this bill rushed due to election, they will make a living. Not spoon feeding…

    • Jane Tan

      Problem is that the people who might be helped by this bill will, most likely, not have any jobs skills that will get them hired.

  • fely pino

    the government needs to control population to lessen the number of poor people till then could they subsidise fully their basic needs..

  • alex_diaz2014

    I totally agree with the veto! Tama na yung puro dole-out na poverty alleviation strategies, yung mga tamad lang ang nakikinabang dun.

  • tarikan

    “Mr. Aquino said that 5-million social housing units alone would cost the government P2.320 trillion, way more than this year’s P2.006-trillion national budget”. I submit that these socialized housing units are the usual one-level detached or townhouse-type units. I don’t know why the govt. planners keep on using them. These units are less efficient in occupying land space. Why not build medium rise (up to 4-storey high to avoid using an elevator — National bldg. Code requirement?) or if the budget really suffices ultra-high rise blgds. like the ones in Singapore. The govt can call them socialized condo units. Now who’d say only the rich can afford condos?

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * * * * * * * *
    epalistic legislators = epalistic legislation
    Why don’t they amend the tax code first? Increase income tax rates by 50% across the board and increase VAT to 20%.
    Let’s see how far their epalism can go.

  • Kenjie Hasaki

    You will always have the poor among you… (Mark 14:7)

  • bosesprobinsyano

    The poor needs help for them to have economic freedom -not for them to be
    well provided “beggars”. They
    need jobs- and salary that could help them build a home , send
    their children to college, provide food to their family and have access to
    health. There are also hardworking poor
    that really needs access to opportunities
    . We hope that the president and
    congress will create a workable system/law that would really
    help the poor. We can only say that a system is working if- -economic
    condition of the poor is uplifted- they earn income/their purchasing power increase/they
    could afford their basic need, and they have proper education. If most of those given help could not improve or at least
    maintain/sustain/preserve the “standard
    after help” or what is given to them, that program is a failure . They may
    acquire a house but may sell it later. Most of these
    “homeless” settlers leave the provinces because the
    government neglected the agricultural/rural sector , and development is centralized.
    Who will benefit more from the “ Php 5-million
    social housing units worth P2.320
    trillion “-developers, cartels that
    controls the steel/G.I and cement supplies
    “ and more poor will sprout. Side from giving economic
    freedom to the poor- the government should DISMANTLE the trader’s mafia which controls the economy. Their should be really
    fair and healthy competition . But for health and education the government needs to provide and intervene. Kennedy says “A society who
    cannot help the many who are poor cannot save the few who are rich”.

  • Manuel_II

    Paano nakapasa sa Congress at Senado yan, mga OGAG ata pinag boboto natin mga Politiko at puro pogi points lang inaatupag.

    Kung gusto natin makatulog sa mahihirap nating kababayan, sana bawiin ulit ng ating gobyerno ang Electrical at Water Distribution na nag papahirap lalo sa ating mga kababyaan, kung makikita nyo kung magkano ang kinikita ng mga kumpanyang ito na dapat ay isa sanang Basic Rights natin at baka magulat kayo, at kung malaman nyo rin kung paano sila maningil at mangipit ng mga taong hindi agad nakakabayad, para silang isnag diktador sa kanilang pamumuno. walang tanong tanong, walang awa awa, pasensyanhan negosyo lang.

  • disqusted0fu

    Pnoy has been deceiving his bosses all along. The Filipino people were never really his bosses anyway. Pnoy hardly listens to anyone, what more to the poor??? That is why the number of poor people has ballooned to what it is now. Budget for the poor the government doesn’t have but budget for his KKKs is always approved.

  • bosesprobinsyano

    The poor needs help for them to have economic freedom -not for them to be
    well provided “beggars”. They
    need jobs- and salary that could help them build a home , send
    their children to college, provide food to their family and have access to
    health. There are also hardworking poor
    that really needs access to opportunities
    . We hope that the president and
    congress will create a workable system/law that would really
    help the poor. We can only say that a system is working if- -economic
    condition of the poor is uplifted- they earn income/their purchasing power increase/they
    could afford their basic need, and they have proper education. If most of those given help could not improve or at least
    maintain/sustain/preserve the “standard
    after help” or what is given to them, that program is a failure . They may
    acquire a house but may sell it later. Most of these
    “homeless” settlers leave the provinces because the
    government neglected the agricultural/rural sector , and development is centralized.
    Who will benefit more from the “ Php 5-million
    social housing units worth P2.320
    trillion “-developers, cartels that
    controls the steel/G.I and cement supplies
    “ and more poor will sprout. Side from giving economic
    freedom to the poor- the government should DISMANTLE the trader’s mafia which controls the economy. Their should be really
    fair and healthy competition . But for health and education the government needs to provide and intervene. Kennedy says “A society who
    cannot help the many who are poor cannot save the few who are rich”.

  • siegfeil

    Let’s meditate and pray that this budget will really be available and alleviate the poor. Will we see the Philippines like any of the first world country like Japan?

  • PH2011

    House Bill
    4484, authored by Reps. Rachel Marguerite del Mar (Cebu City), Ben Evardone
    (Eastern Samar), Marcelino Teodoro (Marikina City), Rodante Marcoleta (Alagad)
    and Peter Unabia (Misamis Oriental), seeks to provide for the creation and
    expansion of employment and livelihood opportunities involving a gradual shift
    from government subsidy to the eventual empowerment of the poor to meet their
    minimum basic needs.

    The bill

    also mandates that the funding to be used for implementation of the bill should
    be sourced from the existing anti-poverty programs of different departments and
    agencies of the government.

    THE INTENT IS GOOD BUT THE SOURCE OF FUNDING IS VAGUE.

    PROBABLY, THE AUTHORS SHOULD PROVIDE A REALISTIC BUDGET. PART OF THE FUNDING CAN BE SOURCE D FROM THE PROCEEDS OF GAMBLING (CASINOS), FUEL E-VAT AND TAXES GENERATED FROM SIN PRODUCTS.

  • feargo

    passing a law without providing the money is a deception by congress. and these people are called honorable! are deceit and honor the same?

  • JasonBieber

    We can’t say that we are surprised in any way. Helping the poor is not a priority of PNoy and his Administration.

    PNoy gave some more excuses about budget as he usually does but again that’s no surprise. If he really wanted to do something to help the poor then he could. With all the money being thrown around by PNoy on foreign trips and to the Senators as they gives gifts to each other in the millions…it doesn’t add up.

    There are ways to help the poor. You don’t need over 2 trillion to help and since you don’t have it what, you can’t help now? There are ways to help with 3 trillion or 1 trillion or even 1 billion or even 1 million..it’s just PNoy does not do it, plain and simple.

  • ofw2011

    sana in identify sa congress yong source of funds. Hindi pwd yong PDAF nila?

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      You must be kidding. They will kill you if you remove their Pork barrel.

  • boy_kurimaw

    STUPID BILL!!! ABOLISH NYO MUNA MGA PORK BARREL NINYO MGA BUWAYA HAHAHA

  • JosengSisiw1

    With the amount of money to be spent, the authors should have included the tapping of the privates sector in its implementation. With the Phils. economic condition now, this will unfairly bury the future generation with gargantuan loans that will create more future poverty instead of eradicating it. The Magna Carta for the poor should be treated as assistance that should be paid back in long terms and not just freebies for the poor. The poor should be treated as capable person that needs only assistance to be able to earn a living and not as beggars and limbless individuals.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Jobs jobs jobs. Those donkeyholes congressmen never used logic. They think big but never walk on the shoes of the oppressed poor Filipinos.

  • kilabot

    per noykapon,
    No to homes, food, jobs, education and health care for the poor;

    Yes to condoms and artificial contraceptives for the poor and perverts.
    Nice priorities, this admin.

  • eltee mulawin

    >>>itong nguynoy govt maraming alibi. Simpleng solusyon at nasa harapan na niya hindi niya magawa. Php3 Trillion maliit sa taon 2013 impossible dahil walang budget? Tanggalin o bawasan ang PDAF o Pork Barrel sa Taon 2013 ng mga Senator Php 200M at Congressmen Php70M bawat isa. HINDI PWEDE ..???? Alam ng lahat yan, kaya huwag ng mag-isip kung anu-anong checheburatnia na kadahilanan.

  • Garote

    PNOY’S UNBALANCED THINKING

    What does PNoy want, that the poor will not have equal access to food,
    employment, health services, livelihood, quality education and shelter.
    He wants instead favoritism in place of equality. Equality does not mean
    fine dining like what the Aquinos eat on their dining table — as if
    everyday is a feast. It’s the first time I heard that equality among all
    in the same class is unrealistic. An idiot would only think so. Second,
    citizens can always sue the government if any requirement and service
    are not met which are supposed to be their our public servants’ duty to
    do, whether that is stated or not in the law. Why, is PNoy going to do
    away with public accountability and our right as masters to discipline or sue
    our public servants? He is like Obama, a dictator?

  • EmmanuelGomez

    bravo..now what can you do with the trillions??

  • jHdz

    Why only now? The administration should have looked into it when it is being drafted or read by both houses. There has been three years to do the repealing or including of provisions that they deem fit to address the rising poverty ratio.

  • BOYPDAF

    First we have to determine the meaning of poverty?and who belongs to the poverty line?who will benefit housing packages and so?eto ba ung mga nasa urban area na nagpapapangit sa itsura ng syudad?so how about ung mga napapanood ko sa docu na limang ilog limang bundok ang tinatawid para lng maabot ng serbisyo ng gobyerno,i doubt not even a single candidate can go that far!about the word Progressive realization too,if this was indeed place in the clause the pres would approve the bill?and the phrase is not included thats why he vetoed it?meaning magagawan ng paraan if kasama ung phrase na un…confused

  • Garote

    What does PNoy want, that the poor will not have equal access to food, employment, health services, livelihood, quality education and shelter. He wants instead favoritism in place of equality. Equality does not mean fine dining like what the Aquinos eat on their dining table — as if everyday is a feast. It’s the first time I heard that equality among all in the same class is unrealistic. An idiot would only think so. Second, citizens can always sue the government if any requirement and service are not met which are supposed to be their our public servants’ duty to do, whether that is stated or not in the law. Why, is PNoy going to do away with public accountability and our right as masters to discipline or sue our public servants? He is like Obama, a dictator?

  • http://twitter.com/JaimeOdeVera Jaime O. de Vera

    Abnoy, all along you have been bragging us (the Filipino people) that we are your boss? Now tell us honesty, are we your “BOSS?”

  • User Guest

    walang pera para sa mahihirap pero may pera para sa intelligence at bala … sinungaling, tamad at ipokrito

  • LabkoPinas

    The reasons given for the delay if not the abolition of this noble cause are justifiable but what is behind those reasons have to be solved. However concrete solutions should be done to make sure that this noble cause is not another hand-out or else we will be going towards a failed state that gives support and promotes laziness rather than a chance for a way out of poverty. We should provide loans for students to pursue a college education payable after they get to work plus tied down to their ability to go to greener pastures and still retain their citizenship in their beloved land.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anne.james.3766 Anne James

    Ang mga congressman at senador na walang ibang ginawa kundi magpacute ngayong dadating na botohan ang dapat managot sa bill na ito. Gamitin ang mga pork barrels ng mga mokong na yan na pangpondo sa mga projects ng bills na yan. Tignan ko lang kung di sila mismo mag abolish ng bill na yan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    simple kunin yung pork barel ng senador 200 million yearly at ipag pagawa ng bahay ng iskuwater ibinabangko lang naman yan ng mga senador e di nawala mahirap sa metro manila!

  • Guest

    This is possible if the Magna Carta for the poor says that the pork barrel of the Tongressmen and Senatongs will be appropriated to this new law. I will ask the authors of the Magna Carta for the poor to officially appropriate the pork barrel to the Magna Carta of the poor.

    • Simplify1

      pork barrels are part and parcel of the entire nation’s budget. Pork barrels won’t be enough because the proposed magna carta is larger than the BUDGET! Kaya nga impossible eh…

  • fernan107

    nagpapakita lang talaga di talaga pagkakatiwalaan ang mga congressman dahil walang mga isip akala nila mabobola pa nila ang taong bayan sa pinaggagawa nila..pamomolitika na walang katuturan….magbago na kayo ka indo..

  • boybakal

    No to Magna Carta for the Poor but Yes to Magna Cuarta for the Rich.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Ask Pacquiao why?

  • Hunter421

    Help them get jobs and an education. Be wise with our tax dollars.

  • batangsulpok

    Kaya dumadami ang batugan sa Pilipinas dahil umaasa na lang sa gobyerno ng libre at di dapat bigyan ng libreng pabahay ang mga taong ito, lalo na mga squatters na siguradong ibebenta rin sa iba ang bahay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Riz-Manas/1414555877 Riz Manas

    OK; insert “progressive realization” in the bill; congress to amend the bill; signed the revised bill. End of conversation.

  • David_vs_G10

    It’s election time. Make sure your papogi trapos, dynastic idiots and stupid what-nots know Arithmetic. Pa-math-math pa kaya di marurunong magkwenta. At least si PNoy, nagkwenta at nakitang di pwede ang math ng kanyang mga katropa sa simple Arithmetic.

    Ganun din ang mga botante. HIndi marurunong pumili. Everyone deserves what they get.

  • Barak_O

    walang problema ang budget

    kung makuha na ang sabah na saging

  • David_vs_G10

    It’s election time. Make sure your papogi trapos, dynastic idiots and stupid what-nots know Arithmetic. Pa-math-math pa kaya di marurunong magkwenta. At least si PNoy, nagkwenta at nakitang di pwede ang math ng kanyang mga katropa sa simple Arithmetic.

    Ganun din ang mga botante. HIndi marurunong pumili. Everyone deserves what they get.

  • oh_noh

    ibinase ang rejection sa pabahay… sa dami ng walang bahay (25 M), natural bagsak kagad!

    dapat inuna yung “right to employment and livelihood”. kapag may trabaho ang tao, makakaya nya na kahit pano ang food, shelter and basic health services/medicine.

    ang kaso… wala nga palang trabaho sa pinas at wala talagang maibibigay ang gobeyrno!!!

    cheers to a strong economy – in paper!

    • poltergeist_fuhrer

      as if..every year magpapabahay…

      nang uuto na naman ito si penoy…

  • Albert Einstien

    kayo ang BOSS ko…..KKK at BIG BUSINESS…pwe!

  • Rogers Nelson Uy

    na veto po yan para sila makinabang, ganun lang kasimple yun, kesa iba makinabang, sila sila nalang.

  • JasonBieber

    After cutting through all of PNoy’s BS and EXCUSES and MORE WORDS…the main point and bottom line is once again the poor will not be helped by PNoy and his Administration. The poor are the forgotten people under the PNoy.

  • Aida Ramos

    Creating jobs is the best solution but the administration loves to be popular at the expense of the taxpayers. Doleout is prioritized by spending P45 billion for this year than put the amount on economic stimulus fund to support agriculture and fishing industry with tractors factory and modern fishing boat shipbuilding factories, railway system improvements and expansion, and power generation. Doleout has no economic return.

  • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

    Wouldn’t Congress be able to override this bill?

  • Johnny

    Unang tingin pa lang ambitious na itong project na ito. Why not start sa mas important muna food, job & education.

  • joe__bloggs

    I find the following apt whichever party, whoever the politicians involved in this forthcoming elections are:

    Speech made by a British politician:

    If Margaret Thatcher is re-elected as prime minister on Thursday, I warn you.

    I warn you that you will have pain–when healing and relief depend upon payment.

    I warn you that you will have ignorance–when talents are untended and wits are wasted, when learning is a privilege and not a right.

    I warn you that you will have poverty–when pensions slip and benefits are whittled away by a government that won’t pay in an economy that can’t pay.

    I warn you that you will be cold–when fuel charges are used as a tax system that the rich don’t notice and the poor can’t afford.

    I warn you that you must not expect work–when many cannot spend, more will not be able to earn. When they don’t earn, they don’t spend. When they don’t spend, work dies.

    I warn you not to go into the streets alone after dark or into the streets in large crowds of protest in the light.

    I warn you that you will be quiet–when the curfew of fear and the gibbet of unemployment make you obedient.

    I warn you that you will have defence of a sort–with a risk and at a price that passes all understanding.

    I warn you that you will be home-bound–when fares and transport bills kill leisure and lock you up.

    I warn you that you will borrow less–when credit, loans, mortgages and easy payments are refused to people on your melting income.

    If Margaret Thatcher wins on Thursday–

    – I WARN YOU NOT TO BE ORDINARY

    – I WARN YOU NOT TO BE YOUNG

    – I WARN YOU NOT TO FALL ILL

    – I WARN YOU NOT TO GET OLD

    I WARN YOU NOT TO BE POOR (my addition)

  • Aida Ramos

    Stupid Senator Pangilinan.

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