Timeline: First 100 days of the Aquino presidency
By Jill Beltran
Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III officially took his oath as the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines before Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales. The inauguration ceremony was held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.
Aquino blocked the idea of Chief Justice Renato Corona administering his oath, believing that the latter was his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s, "midnight appointee".
From the Quirino Grandstand, Aquino proceeded to Malacanang to hold his first Cabinet meeting where he led the mass oath-taking of local officials and members of his Cabinet.
At the meeting, Aquino issued his first memorandum circular declaring all non-career executive positions vacant effective June 30, 2010 and extending the services of contractual employees whose contracts expired on June 20 2010.
After his first day of work in Malacanang, Aquino joined his supporters in a Street Party held at Quezon City Memorial Circle in Quezon evening. The President graced the stage and performed two song numbers.
Aquino lived up to his promise not to use "wang-wang" or siren while traversing the major roads of the metropolis from his residence at Times Street, Quezon City to Malacanang in Manila. Some lauded this gesture of the President, but others feared for his safety. The Philippine National Police (PNP), for its part, intensified its campaign against the use of sirens and blinkers.
In Malacanang, the President welcomed foreign dignitaries and balikbayans. Aquino's 28 Cabinet secretaries repeated the oath-taking ceremony to give their families a chance to have photo opportunity with the Chief Executive.
Palace issued revised memorandum circular one, saying all non-career executive positions will have to vacate post. It extended the terms of those occupying executive services until July 31 or until their resignations have accepted and/or until their respective replacements have been appointed or designated. All presidential appointees meanwhile under the co-termimus status are still deemed resigned as of June 30. Contractual and casual employees whose contracts expire on June 30 shall continue their services until July 31 unless otherwise terminated or renewed by their hiring agencies.
The first memorandum circular of the Aquino administration created a buzz with Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda declining to admit they committed mistake in issuing memorandum circular one. Lacierda maintained they only needed to some fine tunings on the language of the memorandum circular.
Lacierda was also hit for explaining the revision of the order in an interview over ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel) first despite scheduled briefing Malacanang. He was supposed to hold briefing around 11 a.m. but instead faced reporters by 3 p.m. Aquino's spokesperson was not able to avoid the harsh treatment and words from the members of Malacanang Press Corps.
Aside from Lacierda, newly appointed Education Secretary Armin Luistro also had unpleasant encounter with media on the issue of integrating sex education in school curriculum.
Former President now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo filed a bill to amend the 1987 Constitution. Malacanang was not surprised by Arroyo’s move, noting that it has already been the commitment of Arroyo since her administration.
Aquino officially met the employees of the Office of the President during the first flag raising ceremony in Malacanang's Kalayaan grounds where he stressed the need for unity and loyalty of his employees for him to be able to carry out his programs and perform well as President. He was glad to see some employees who have been in Malacanang even during the term of his late mother President Cory Aquino.
The President arrived late at the 63rd anniversary of Philippine Air Force. He was hit for not using siren even if he is authorized to use it.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda got another flak from a member of the Malacanang Press Corps for not answering calls and text messages from the media during the weekend (July 3 and 4). He begged for understanding and said he will get deputy someone to help him.
Aquino's Cabinet secretaries were asked to undergo a seminar on how to handle media following the encounters of media with Lacierda and Luistro. Aquino also apologized for the behavior of his Cabinet secretaries.
Lacierda disclosed Pagcor chief Bong Naguiat was able to bar the disposal of 26 million fund from Pagcor believed to be one of the “midnight deals” of Naguiat’s predecessor former Pagcor chairman Efraim Genuino.
Aquino named Teresita “Ging” Deles as Presidential adviser on peace process.
Malacanang vowed to come up with intensified ways on how to deal with extrajudicial killings following two consecutive assassinations barely a week since Aquino assumed office.
Bayan Muna provincial coordinator Fernando Baldomero and former reporter Jose Daguio, were the first two victims of extrajudicial killings under the Aquino administration.
Baldomero was killed in Kalibo, Aklan while Daguio was killed in Tabuk, Kalinga.
Aquino appointed Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) chairman Angelito Alvarez as new head of the Bureau of Customs (BOC). Alvarez replaced Customs commissioner Napolen Morales.
For the second time, Aquino arrived late in his appointment -- the Red Mass officiated by Manila Archbishop Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales at the Manila Cathedral. The mass was offered to pray for unity under the administration of the new bachelor President. Aquino came more than one hour late. He said he had a stomachache and was not able to sleep well because of brownout. The Red Mass traditionally seeks divine guidance for all incoming government officials.
The President had his first press briefing at Malacañang. He promised to hold a weekly press briefing. The President answered various issues. Among them is the involvement of former Agriculture secretary Cito Lorenzo, brother of one of his main contributors during the campaign, in the controversial fertilizer fund scam.
Aquino said he will not give a kid-glove treatment to Lorenzo even if his family has contributed a lot to his triumph last elections. Lorenzo’s brother, Martin, reportedly gave P20 million to Aquino's campaign.
Air Force Major General Jose Angel Aquino Honrado was appointed as the new general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).
Aquino sets a one week deadline to finalize the creation of communications group. Names of TV news anchor Ricky Carandang, Sonny Coloma and Manolo Quezon III have been floating to be part of the group. All three of them helped the President during his campaign.
Eleven newly-appointed government officials were sworn in before Aquino. These are Jose Amor Amorado as Senior Deputy Executive Secretary; Ericson Alcovendaz, assistant executive secretary for finance and administration; Ronald Geron, assistant executive secretary for legal affairs; Teofilo Pilando Jr., assistant executive secretary for government administration; Michael Frederick Musngi, undersecretary in the Office of the Executive Secretary; Virgie Torres, secretary of Land Transportation Office; Ma. Lourdes Ong, Presidential Assistant 1 in the Office of Special Assistant to the President; Susan Reyes, assistant executive secretary in Social Security Office; Jose Angel Honrado, general manager of Manila International Airport Authority; Rico Puno, undersecretary for peace and order; and Eric Gosengfiao as Deputy Director General of National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (Nica).
Palace welcomed the decision of the Captain Nicanor Faeldon to return to the fold of the law. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said this is an indication of confidence to the new justice system.
Aquino ordered PNP and other concerned agencies to conduct thorough investigation into the tragic bus accident in Cebu City that left 15 people killed and at least 49 wounded.
Palace expressed willingness to provide security for former Agriculture secretary Cito Lorenzo who is eyed to be state witness in the multi-million fertilizer fund scam.
Lacierda explained his criticized statement calling Hacienda Luisita as “closed case”. He said he was referring to the case filed against the President regarding the disputed land and not to other respondents of the case.
Anakpawis party-list Representative Rafael Mariano hit the statement of Lacierda, saying that it was “totally condemnable and highly irresponsible”. Lacierda said there are still ongoing cases on the Hacienda Luisita and advised Mariano to check on its status.
Aquino decided to retain holiday economics law. This is in relation to the movement of Independence Day celebration or June 12 to another date.
Palace studied options to remove Merceditas Gutierrez from the Office of the Ombudsman, who is an appointee of former President Arroyo.
Lacierda said until Gutierrez heads Ombudsman, they could not expect justice in the cases hounding Arroyo including the fertilizer fund scam which has been exhumed due to the comeback of former Agriculture secretary Lorenzo. Some of the options the executive department is considering is impeachment, early retirement, and voluntary resignation.
Palace justified appointment of National Bureau and Investigation (NBI) director Magtanggol Gatdula. Lacierda said it was not meant to prepare for the comeback of Senator Panfilo Lacson.
Gatdula once served as deputy chief of Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force headed by Lacson when he was still the concurrent chief of Philippine National Police (PNP). There have been doubts that a special treatment will be given to Lacson who is reportedly coming back to the country to surrender to Gatdula. Lacierda said Lacson will get fair treatment under the Aquino administration even if Gatdula was not appointed to the NBI.
Another ally of Senator Lacson was also appointed by President Aquino in the person of Angelito Banayo. He was Lacson's campaign manager when he ran for presidency in 2004. He was appointed by Aquino as administrator of National Food Authority (NFA). Banayo had also been instrumental during the campaign of President Aquino last elections.
Aquino appointed former Naga City mayor Jesse Robredo as new secretary of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Vice President Jejomar Binay has announced his interest to head the key post, but Aquino deferred his announcement and decided to keep the position under his hands for the meantime.
The President supported the filing of electoral protest of running mate Mar Roxas who lost to Binay in the vice presidential race. Lacierda said it was even President Aquino who urged Roxas to file the protest. Aquino believed he was also a victim of vote-shaving.
The Aquino government studied the lifting of state of emergency in three areas in Mindanao -- Maguindanao, Cotabato City, and Sultan Kudarat. Former President Arroyo made this declaration following the gruesome Maguindanao massacre that killed at least 57 people including journalists on November 23, 2009.
Palace deferred announcement of details about Aquino's communications group, which is tasked to reorganize and manage the structure of the Office of the Press Secretary as well as all government stations. TV personalities Ricky Carandang and Manuel “Manolo” Quezon III and former business world columnist Sonny Coloma are considered to compose the communications group.
Eighteen people were killed at the height of Typhoon Basyang. Aquino was upset when former Pagasa administrator Prisco Nilo was not able to explain why he failed to predict that the typhoon will hit Metro Manila. The President then ordered the review of the weather forecasting system of Pagasa. At an emergency meeting held at the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office in Camp Aguinaldo, Aquino criticized Pagasa officials for lack of warning about Typhoon Basyang that pummeled the metro and other parts of Luzon.
Aquino appointed Cibac Partylist Representative Joel Villanueva as head of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (Tesda). Villanueva is the son of Jesus is Lord Leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva.
Aquino offers five posts to Binay including Metro Manila Development Authority, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, and Government Service Insurance System, among others. Binay earlier expressed desire to rule DILG but the post was given to former Naga City mayor Jesse Robredo. Binay later accepted to head the HUDCC.
Aquino appointed former Negros Occidental governor Daniel “Bitay” Lacson as the new chairman of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). Lacson replaced former chairman Bernardino Abes who has served in GSIS since 2004.
He also appointed UP College of Law dean Marvic Leonen as head of the peace negotiating panel that will facilitate talks between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles will oversee the development of discussion of government with MILF and CPP-NPA-NDF.
Aquino approved the establishment of an advisory council that would help the peace panel to come up with peace negotiations with the MILF.
In a memorandum order, Aquino gave back the mandate in handling President’s Social Fund to the Presidential Management Staff, which is the “primary government agency responsible of the Office of the President providing staff assistance in the Presidential exercise of overall management and development process.” During the term of former President Arroyo, the social fund was transferred to the Office of the President.
In line with Aquino's commitment to curb corruption, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed the first tax evasion complaint against William Villarica, owner of five Villarica Pawnshop branches who supposedly failed to file income tax returns for seven years despite allegedly being able to buy a luxury sportscar worth P26 million in 2007. The complaint said Villarica violated Sections 254 and 255 of the National Revenue Code of 1997. If proven guilty, Villarica will be imprisoned for not more than 10 years. Investigation by the BIR also showed that Villarica only paid P25,607.25 in taxes from 1998 to 2009.
BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said BIR and Bureau of Customs will alternately file tax evasion and smuggling cases every week.
Aquino met his Cabinet secretaries to discuss matters in connection with his first State of the Nation Address (Sona). The different government departments were ordered to submit status reports where the President will based his nation’s address.
All government agencies was given two weeks to know the “lay of the ground” before the President announces the programs that his administration would be prioritizing.
Aquino directed the Department of Justice to review the coup charge against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in connection with the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny. The President believed there was “injustice” in the case of Trillanes since the elements of coup were not present for the Senator to be charged with such case. Trillanes has posted bail in anticipation that the court would allow him to attend the resumption of Congress session on July 26.
Aquino appointed 13 new officials in various government agencies.
He placed three undersecretaries in the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) -- Aristotle Batuhan, Dante Velasco, and Glicerio Sicat. Ildefonso Patdu Jr. was named as acting assistant secretary of the DOTC.
Three joined the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) -- Atty. Juan Sta. Ana as general manager; Raul Santos and Engineer Tomas Carlos as assistant general managers.
Other appointees were Emerson Lorenzo as administrator of Maritime Industry Authority (Marina), Carmelo Arcilla as acting executive director of Civil Aeronautics Board, and Manuel Garay Imperial as acting executive director of Toll Regulatory Board (TRB).
Jose Salazar was named as undersecretary of Department of Justice (DOJ), Atty. Mabel Mamba appointed as member of board of director of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and Estella Sales as deputy commissioner for legal and inspection group in the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
Aquino defended the existence of the Abad family in his administration. He said he stands by his decision appointing the Abads, not because they are close to him, but due to their qualifications. B
Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares expressed apprehensions having too many Abads in the government even citing the fact that they are handling influential positions. There are four Abads sitting in the government -- Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad Jr., his wife Henedina who is a congresswoman of Batanes, daughter Julia in the Presidential Management Staff, and son Luis as chief of staff of the Finance Secretary.
US Undersecretary for Political Affairs William Burns paid a courtesy call to President Aquino. In a press briefing, Burns said he visited the country to personally extend congratulations to Aquino and convey best regards from US President Barack Obama. The two discussed various topics such as poverty reduction, health, education, and job creation.
A 12 percent value added tax (VAT) was suggested to be imposed on tollway fees across the nation starting August 16.
BIR commissioner Kim Henares issued a revenue memorandum circular to authorize the imposition of the VAT on toll fees including in major tollways such as North Luzon Expressway, South Luzon Expressway, Subic-Clack-Tarlac Expressway, South Metro Manila Skyway (Skyway) and newly-constructed Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (Star Tollways).
Henares said VAT on toll was not a new VAT and needed to be implemented. The government is expecting more than P1 billion revenue per month should the VAT be imposed.
Water crisis hits Metro Manila. But Malacanang refused to declare state of calamity in the metropolis, saying the affected areas where only those serviced by Maynilad and not Manila Water. Cloud seeding and rationing of water were done to address the problem on water.
United Kingdom Minister of State of Foreign and Commonwealth Office Jeremy Browne paid a courtesy call to President Aquino. They discussed how to increase trade and investment between the Philippines and the United Kingdom, ways to improve the capability of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, as well as possible assistance from the British government in Mindanao peace efforts.
Browne also took the opportunity to extend Britain’s appreciation of the role of Filipino workers, especially nurses and caregivers, in British society. In the past six years, more than 20,000 Filipinos were recruited into the United Kingdom health service.
Aquino delivered his first State of the Nation Address (Sona) at the House of Representatives. At the Senate and House of Representatives, Juan Ponce Enrile was elected as Senate President and Feliciano Belmonte Jr. as House Speaker.
In his state address, Aquino bared alleged irregularities during the Arroyo administration. He said what was left from the P1.54 trillion national budget for this year was only 100 billion (6.5 percent). That the country’s deficit bloated to P196.7 billion while collection target was not met. The shortfall was placed at P23.8 billion. The government overspent by P45.1 billion.
Aquino also questioned the release of some P2 billion calamity fund during the time of election even without calamity. He disclosed fat allowances and salaries of board of trustees of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), the thousands of metric tons of rice wasted due to over procurement.
With this, he ordered to conduct zero-based budgeting to determine which agencies are working and which are not. Aquino underscored plan to engage in public private partnerships. This system would boost tourism, agriculture, education, transportation and industry.
Some of the priority bills of the President include Fiscal Responsibility Bill, Procurement Law, Anti-Trust Law, National Land Use Bill, National Defense Act, and Whistleblower’s Bill.
He also appealed to legislators to strengthen the Witness Protection Program and begin re-codification of our laws “to ensure harmony and eliminate contradictions.”
Aquino assured that negotiation talks with MILF and CPP-NPA-NDF will continue in his administration.
He reiterated his advocacy to fight corruption.
Following the President's state address, National Food Authority (NFA) decided to create systems and management audit team that will investigate the alleged anomalies in rice importation.
NFA administrator Lito Banayo said the major objective of the audit team is to investigate the reason why the past administration had to import excessive amount of rice and make sure that somebody will be held accountable for it.
The NFA expects results and recommendations from the audit team within 30 to 45 days.
Palace named the members of Aquino's Communications Group. They are Ricky Carandang, Herminio “Sonny” Coloma, and Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. All three got Cabinet rank. Manolo Quezon III meantime was appointed as undersecretary.
Marine Colonel Ariel Querubin was released from jail. Palace denied hand in the provisional liberty granted to Querubin. Presidential spokesperson Lacierda said it was the decision of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief Ricardo David to authorize the release of Querubin who has been jailed for four years for alleged mutiny.
Three heads of the reorganized communications group -- Lacierda, Carandang, and Coloma -- faced the media.
At the House of Representatives, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman delivered counter-Sona/ Lagman said Aquino was misled by his Cabinet men particularly in the issue of national budget.
Aquino extended the term of office of Non-Career Executive Service Officers (Non-Ceso) for another three months. Lacierda said Aquino allowed the extension of services of Non-Ceso employees particularly those occupying Career Executive Service (CES) until October 31, 2010.
Under Memorandum Circular 2, signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Non-Ceso personnel were permitted to continue to perform their duties until their resignations are accepted and/or until their respective replacements have been appointed or designated before the extended date. This is the second time the term of Non-Ceso employees were extended. Aquino decided to extend their services from June 30 to July 31 to ensure continuity in government operations following the end of former President Arroyo's term.
Malacanang favors increase of fare in Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) to recover losses from the rail transit’s operation.
Aquino signed his first Executive Order forming the Truth Commission that will investigate alleged anomalies committed by the previous administration. The fact-finding body will be headed by former Chief Justice Hilario Davide. He will be assisted by Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.
Death anniversary of Aquino’s mother former President Cory Aquino. A mass officiated by Bishop Socrates Villegas was held at La Salle Greenhills.
Aquino unveiled the commemorative marker signifying the legacy of Cory and her contribution in shaping the country. He was joined by his sisters Ballsy, Pinky, Viel, and Kris.
Aquino tasked three government departments to meet with Philippine Airlines (PAL) and the Airline Pilot Association of the Philippines to get to the bottom of their problem. He asked the secretaries of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to meet with concerned air transportation officials. The three department heads will be joined by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa.
The government was alarmed by the disruption of flight as it affects the tourism industry. Several pilots of PAL resigned allegedly without prior notice. In effect, some 11 flights were cancelled.
Government officials conducted meeting with representatives of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL). No pilots appeared in the meeting. Palace refused to take over PAL, saying such action is premature.
Four government agencies met to discuss details on the utilization of excess rice. They will be submitting recommendations to President Aquino.
Constitutionality of the newly-created Truth Commission was questioned by several lawmakers and political groups.
Forty-two new officials of the Aquino administration were sworn in. Leading the list were Cayetano Paderanga Jr., director general of the National Economic Development Authority; Francisco Tolentino, chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority; Angelito Banayo, administrator of the National Food Administration; Macra Cruz, Office-in-Charge of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System; Foreign Affairs undersecretary for migrant workers Esteban Conejos Jr.; Undersecretary for Administration Rafael Seguis; and Undersecretary for Policy Erlinda Basilio.
In the Department of Finance, those who took their oaths were Undersecretary John Philip Sevilla and Crisanta Legaspi, acting chief of the Privatization Office.
In Department of Education -- Francisco Varela, Rizalino Rizera, Yolanda Quijano, Alberto Muyot – all undersecretaries and Reynaldo Laguda as assistant secretary.
In Department of National Defense -- Honorio Azcueta, Samuel Bagasin, Pio Lorenzo Batino, and Ramon El Martinez Jr. as undersecretaries. Lamberto Sillona, Ernesto Boac, Fernando Manalo, Willie Palugod, and Raymund Quilop as assistant secretaries. Jonathan Martir and Benito Ramos were appointed as Director IV while Patrick Velez and Nestor Castro were installed as Director III.
In the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process -- Dimacangcay Pundato as undersecretary; Romulo Halabaso as assistant secretary; Mario Victor Leonen as chairman of the Negotiating Panel for the Peace Talks with the MILF; Miriam Ferrer as member of the Negotiating Panel for the Peace Talks with the MILF; and Senen Bacani, member of the Negotiating Panel for the Peace Talks with the MILF.
In the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation -- Jorge Sarmiento, Jose Tanjuatco, Eugene Manalastas, and Enriquito Nuguid as members of the Board of Directors.
Also, Eulalio Diaz III as Land Registration Authority Administrator; Simeon Marfori II, undersecretary of Department of Tourism; Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, director general of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; Betty Nantes, member of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Board of Directors; and Cristina Villarica, Director IV of the Office of the Appointments Secretary, Office of the President.
Aquino issued Executive Order (EO) 2 recalling, withdrawing, and revoking the appointments of those who will be proven as midnight appointees under the previous administration.
Presidential Legal Counsel Eduardo de Mesa said they are determining the validity of some 977 appointees of former President Arroyo.
In the case of Chief Justice Renato Corona whose appointment was also been questioned by Aquino, De Mesa said it is not an issue to the President anymore.
Supreme Court came out with the decision saying that the appointment of Corona is valid decision and the President accepted this.
Palace upheld the legality of Executive Order (EO) 2 revoking all alleged midnight appointees of former President Arroyo.
Elena Bautista-Horn, spokesperson of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, earlier pointed out that all appointments made by Arroyo were legal.
Aquino ordered Customs Commissioner Lito Alvarez to do an inventory of Malacanang sa Sugbo as well as other official residences of Arroyo. Since the building was a property of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the agency was planning to take it back. Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama however disagreed with the Customs wanting the structure to be turned into a museum displaying the memorabilia of the previous administration.
The President decided to retain the Malacanang sa Sugbo and will be his official residence while in Cebu.
Aquino toured the members of his Cabinet inside the newly-renovated Bahay Pangarap, which will be his official residence. The President is in the process of moving in to the 350-square meter house from his family residence in Times Street, Quezon City.
From the design of architect Manny Dimaculangan, the President's abode now has a guest bedroom and two separate rooms for close-in security detail and household help. It also has swimming pool and garden.
Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released a proposed budget of P1.75 trillion. DBM secretary Butch Abad said this is already the ceiling but could still be reduced. The highest allocation will still be in education.
Aquino issued Executive Order 4 officially creating the Presidential Communications Group.
Herminio "Sonny" Coloma heads the President Communications Operations Office (PCOO) while Ricky Carandang leads the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning (PCDSP).
Coloma will be in-charge in the operation of government-controlled radio and television networks such as NBN-4, IBC- 13, RPN-9, Radyo ng Bayan, and Philippine Information Agency.
Other attached agencies to the previous Office of the Press Secretary including News and Information Bureau, Philippine News Agency, Bureau of Broadcast Services, Bureau of Broadcast Services, Bureau of Communications Services, National Printing Office, APO Production Unit will be under the control of Coloma.
Coloma is also tasked to set up and maintain local and international field offices to ensure that information is promptly and accurately relayed to wide range of audiences. He is authorized to coordinate and cultivate relations with private media and administer the Office of the President website.
Aside from Coloma, Malacanang confirmed other members of the PCOO namely George Syliangco as undersecretary for operations, Christopher Tio as undersecretary for Special Concerns, Elizardo Ellao de Layola as assistant secretary for operations, and Renato Marfil as assistant secretary for media relations.
Under Section 7 of the EO, another group has been created dubbed Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Management to be managed by Carandang.
Carandang will be assisted by Manolo Quezon III who is designated as undersecretary.
This group requires other support services such as chief of staff, assistant secretary for messaging, and electronic data processing division chief.
The agencies to be placed under Carandang's group include: Presidential Message Staff, OP Correspondence Office, Media Research and Development Staff, Presidential Museum and Library, Official Gazette and Speech Writers Group.
The budget of the two newly-created offices for this year shall be sourced from the remaining budget of the OPS and the Office of the President.
For the succeeding years however, the appropriations for the offices shall be prepared in accordance with regular government budget procedures.
Aquino expressed willingness to sell Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) following bidding proposal by San Miguel Corp. Vice Chairman Ramon Ang. Ang proposed for the government to sell Pagcor to Malaysian billionaires that would give the country an instant $10 billion amid financial problems.
Two officials affected by Executive Order 2 sought for nullification of the order, stressing that it “demonstrates an arbitrary misuse of executive power.”
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) director Eddie Tamondong and Department of Justice (DOJ) Assistant Secretary Jose Arturo de Castro insisted that they should not be axed because their appointments were valid.
Aquino stood firm on his decision not to meddle on Hacienda Luisita case despite pressure from the Catholic Church.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo has urged the President to step in the agreement of Hacienda Luisita and its farmer beneficiaries to ensure that the farmers are getting a fair deal.
Aquino decided to push through with the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on October 25 as he does not want to extend the mandate of incumbent officials, but rather give the public freedom to choose new sets of leaders.
Several officials and even Vice President Jejomar Binay asked for postponement or abolition of the conduct of barangay elections to save money.
Not heeding these calls, the President made his own proposal to synchronize barangay and SK polls to the national and local elections in 2013 to save government’s expenses.
The Supreme Court ordered Malacanang to answer questions about the EO 2 recalling all midnight appointees of former President Arroyo and EO 3 revoking EO 883 giving automatic promotion of government lawyers to a career executive service officer (Ceso) III rank.
This is in relation to the separate complaints filed by two lawyers affected by the EO namely Eddie Tamandong, acting director of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, and Jose Arturo de Castro, assistant secretary of the Department of Justice.
Palace welcomed the proposal to penalize politicians who will use the image and name of President Aquino on government project billboards. This is accordance to the order released by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) banning the practice of the displaying names and photos of government officials in administration programs across the country.
The President ordered to remove all billboards bearing his name and face particularly those in major thoroughfares.
Palace continues to be firm in imposing 12 percent value-added tax (VAT) on tollway fees. The BIR and the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) are set to implement the adjusted rates starting August 16 as authorized under revenue memorandum circular issued by BIR commissioner Kim Henares.
Aquino declared August 23 as holiday defying the Holiday Economics Law of former President Arroyo moving holidays to nearest Monday for public to enjoy long weekends. August 21 is the commemoration of the death of Aquino’s father Ninoy.
Aquino appointed the brother-in-law of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa - Mario Montejo - as secretary of Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The President also appointed his personal optometrist Vivian Sarabia to the Professional Regulatory Commission as member of Board of Optometry. Sarabia’s appointment was criticized comparing it to the move of Arroyo appointing her manicurist Anita Carpon as board member of the Pag-ibig Housing Fund.
Malacanang respected the decision of the Supreme Court to stop imposition of value-added tax (VAT) on tollways, which was supposed to start on August 16.
Aquino appointed Maria Lourdes Aranal Sereno as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. This is the first appointment made by the President to the High Court.
Aquino announced his attendance at the UN General Assembly. He also bared other agenda for his US visit like the formal signing of the US$434 million grant from the Millennium Challenge Corporation. He will also meet business leaders who might want to invest in the country.
Malacanang launched the website of Aquino - www.president.gov.ph. It has links to social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Friendster and Multiply.
The website also has portions like Panata sa Pagbabago where people or civic group could submit their pledge for the country’s improvement. It has Transparent Government portion where the public could directly relate to the President their wants in the new administration.
Other parts of the website are latest news, my cabinet, photos, videos, and tito noy where the President reminded children of some traditional Filipino values such as saying po and opo. This is a way for the Aquino administration to maximize the use of new trend in technology in reaching people.
Aquino dismissed Constitutional amendment as option to achieving peace deal with Muslim rebels. Marvic Leonen, head of the government peace panel handling negotiation with the MILF, issued statement that Constitutional amendment might be possible to be able to seal peace with MILF. Leonen explained that Charter change is just one of the options, but it does not mean that the government is definite to do it.
Palace has no position on the proposal of reviving the National ID system in Congress.
The official website of President Aquino was flooded with ludicrous and insulting messages.
Palace aide Coloma admitted they cannot strain messages being posted on the website but they have the discretion to delete post especially if it is offensive.
Aquino said an open skies policy will be an option if the row between Philippine Airline (PAL) management and its employees continues. The chief executive gave this warning after PAL and Flight Attendants and Stewards Association (Fasap) failed to resolve labor issues resulting to decision of flight attendants to file notice of strike.
Aquino announced appointments of Emil de Quiros as president of Social Security System and Gina Bautista-Martin as administrator of Sugar Regulatory Administration.
Aquino lashed back at National Capital Region Command (NCRCom) chief Rear Admiral Feliciano Angue for continuous grievances regarding his supposed demotion. He said it is improper for a subordinate to debate with his commander-in-chief. Angue, who became controversial for divulging alleged politicking of military officials in the last May 10 elections, has been complaining about his purported demotion as commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) based in Zamboanga City. He is also one of those testifying on the alleged poll rigging in 2004 presidential elections in Tawi-Tawi. Angue argued for his reassignment at the Westmincom, which is perceived in the military organization as a low position, noting that he should have been eligible for promotion to vice admiral since his post in NCRcom is for a three-star general. Westmincom is for a two-star general. Angue, is suspected to be a midnight appointee of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Avsecom van used for the murder of Pnoy’s father Ninoy was recovered. Noynoy said the van only brings bad memories.
Aquino said he is not in favor of divorce bill being pushed in Congress. He would prefer legal separation instead but noted that both parties should be given freedom to remarry.
The President ordered fast investigation into the bus accident in Benguet that left 41 people dead. He said he will not accept lame excuse like faulty mechanical break and that someone should be held liable for the accident. He also ordered a study of the entire transport industry to find out what the government could do to improve transportation and road designs to prevent similar incidents to happen in the future.
Only nine out of 50 passengers of Eso Nice bus have survived the accident. The bus fell into a 150-foot deep ravine on Naguilan Road in Benguet. Just last month, about 15 people died while 57 were injured in a bus accident in Toledo City Cebu. Last June 13, a bus accident also transpired in Cebu killing 21 people mostly Iranian and wounded 30 others.
The government completed the five-man peace panel that will resume settlement talks with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). There are already three named as members of the five-man peace team -- Marvic Leonen of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law, Miriam Coronel Ferrer, a UP political science professor, and Senen Bacani, former agriculture secretary during the presidency of late President Cory Aquino. Peace talks will most likely resume after Ramadan.
The country commemorated the death anniversary of Aquino's father Ninoy. The President attended a mass and held a simple gathering with families and friends.
Aquino considered his father’s death as a closed book. His sisters share the same view and said they have already accepted the death of their father and that their family would only want the legal process to continue. The President also has no intentions to use his power to go after his father’s killers.
Dismissed police officer Rolando Mendoza seized a Hong Thai bus at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. The 11-hour hostage drama ended with the death of eight tourists. The hostage-taker was also killed during the rescue operations. This incident tainted the image of the country and marred the relationship of the Philippines and the Hong Kong and China governments.
Aquino appointed Gina Lopez as head of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission. Palace denied Gina’s appointment was a kind of political reward to the Lopez family who has greatly helped Aquino during the presidential campaign.
Palace will study the option of reviving the practice of Office of the President (OP) having no intelligence funds.
Palace supported the cancellation of passport of Senator Panfilo Lacson to compel him to return to the country and charges filed against him in courts. The Department of Foreign of Affairs (DFA) through an order from the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 18 cancelled the diplomatic and regular passports of the Lacson who remains a fugitive after eluding warrant of arrest for Dacer-Corbito case.
Miss Philippines Venus Raj won fourth-runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant held in Las Vegas. Palace aide Ricky Carandang said the success of Raj was considered “bright spot” after a gloomy hostage crisis in Quirino Grandstand that claimed the lives of several Hong Kong nationals.
Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Donald Tsang was upset with President Aquino when he was not able to reach him at the height of the crisis.
Aquino had meeting with Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao in Malacanang.
Wreath laying activity was held at the Quirino Grandstand for the hostage victims. There were prayer vigils at various areas in the country such as Edsa Shrine, Plaza Sugbo in Cebu, and People’s Park in Davao City.
Malacanang expressed alarm over the condition of Filipinos working in Hong Kong fearing that Hong Kong nationals will get back at them.
Malacanang announced its plan to send high level delegation to Hong Kong to personally apologize and make a full account of what happened on August 23.
Aquino declared August 25 as national day of mourning in connection to the hostage-taking incident. The Hong Kong government also declared a day of mourning to express sorrow over the deaths of their nationals. Aquino instructed all public institutions in the country and embassies and consulates overseas to lower the Philippine flag to half-mast.
Aquino personally posted a message in his Facebook account asking the public to stop bickering over the tragic hostage drama. He appealed for both Filipinos and Hong Kong nationals to stop the exchange of bad words on his website.
Palace brushed off calls of an opposition lawmaker urging several Cabinet secretaries of Aquino to resign following the hostage crisis.
House Minority leader Edcel Lagman has urged Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and two officials of the Presidential Communications Group Ricky Carandang and Herminio “Sonny” Coloma to resign from post, citing their incompetence in handling the hostage crisis.
Aquino allowed Manila Police Director Rodolfo Magtibay to go on leave pending the investigation of the hostage mess. Magtibay has offered to take a leave amid calls for him to do so due to alleged mishandling of the incident. He served as the ground commander during the incident.
Aquino assured that someone will be held accountable for the bloody hostage drama.
The flight of high-level delegation supposedly off to China and Hong Kong has been cancelled.
Vice President Jejomar Binay, Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, and Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda were supposed to fly to Beijing, China but was deferred noting that they have to await for the full report of the Department of Justice over the hostage crisis.
The Chinese government condemned the draping of Philippine flag on the coffin of hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza, saying the police officer does not deserve such a way of honoring.
Palace however said it did not authorize the draping of flag over Mendoza's casket. Even the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) criticized the action of Mendoza’s family. It said there is protocol on how the Philippine flag should be displayed.
The Chinese government required the Aquino administration of a full fact-finding report before going to China and Hong Kong.
Aquino assured that the Department of Justice will work on the case speedily. He called for a special Cabinet meeting discussing how the government could improve its protocol in handling a hostage crisis situation.
Palace aide Ricky Carandang is set to meet with members of the media starting next week to discuss parameters and protocols in covering a hostage incident. Media was also blamed for the bus siege.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued gag order over disclosing information regarding the investigation of the hostage drama.
Palace aide Edwin Lacierda said the DOJ will be the only source of updates regarding the investigation to avoid confusion. He said Hong Kong authorities agreed to be observers in the investigation.
Hong Kong officials were allowed to examine the bus used in the hostage crisis in coordination with the National Bureau of Investigation. Foreign police were also allowed to subject the firearms used in the 11-hour ordeal into a forensic examination.
China’s ambassador Liu Jianchao did not attend the National Heroes Day celebration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani led by President Aquino. Two Chinese awardees of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay title also did not show up to receive their awards.
Aquino announced that his scheduled trip to Vietnam and Indonesia in September was cancelled due to conflict of schedule in the two countries.
With the cancellation, the first official foreign trip of Aquino as President would be in United States in September 20 to 22 for the United Nations General Assembly in New York. By tradition, the President of the Philippines initially visits countries which are members of the Asean region such as Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos and Malaysia.
Aquino however stressed that it was not a unilateral decision for not pushing through with his Vietnam and Indonesia visits, but a decision made by the host countries.
Malaysia will still be the third-country facilitator as the peace talks between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) resumes.
The scheduled awarding ceremony in Malacanang for the country’s best police officers was postponed amid rage over the hostage crisis. Metrobank Foundation only recognized best teachers.
Miss universe 2010 fourth runner-up Venus Raj paid courtesy call to Aquino.
The Aquino administration did not allot budget for Presidential Anti Graft Commission (PAGC) and Presidential Anti Smuggling Group (PASG) in the proposed national budget for 2011. The two agencies have been criticized for supposedly having overlapping duties with other government agencies such as Bureau of Customs for PASG and PAGC duplicating the work of Ombudsman.
Aquino issued Executive Order 5 amending Executive Order 594 of former President Arroyo, which covers the rules governing appointment or designation and conduct of special envoys.
Aquino added second paragraph to Section 2 of EO 594 which reads: An appointed/designated Special Envoy shall not use the title “Ambassador”, pursuant to Republic Act 7157, otherwise known as the Philippine Foreign Service Act of 1991, which states that only Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary may carry this title.”
The amendment was done to set rules in using the title “ambassador” by special envoys “to preserve dignity of the said title and position”.
The first three EOs issued by Aquino have been questioned before the Supreme Court.
EO 1 creating the Truth Commission tasked to investigate anomalies in the previous administration has been hit by Arroyo’s allies in Congress questioning its constitutionality.
EO 2 revoking Arroyo’s so-called midnight appointments was criticized by Justice Assistant Secretary Jose Arturo de Castro and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority director Eddie Tamandong asking the justice department to void the EO.
De Castro also seek for nullification of EO 3 which revokes EO 883 that grants Career Executive Service Officer (Ceso) rank 3 on all government lawyers in the executive department.
The Department of Health (DOH) brushed off option to declare outbreak in the entire country as dengue cases continues to surge. Health Secretary Enrique Ona said although dengue cases nationwide reached its highest record of 62,503, declaration of countrywide dengue outbreak is still unnecessary.
Aquino expressed willingness to face the Department of Justice (DOJ) should he will be invited in relation to the hostage probe. Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, who heads the hostage investigating committee, disclosed possibility of inviting Aquino if the need arises.
Palace declared September 10 as regular non-working holiday. Under Proclamation 26, there will be a nationwide observance of the feast of Ramadan or Eid’l Fitr, which is celebrated by Muslims for three days after the end of the month of fasting. It is declared as regular holiday under Republic Act 9177.
Aquino took full responsibility for what happened on August 23 hostage crisis that killed eight foreign tourists.
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has recommended to the President two months suspension of “excessive compensation” of board of directors of Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) and government financial institutions (GFIs).
Aquino appointed another spokesperson in Malacanang in the person of Abigail Valte. She will be the deputy spokesperson of President spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.
Aquino released Executive Order 7 suspending fat bonuses of Government-owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) and Government Financial Institutions (GFIs) for three months.
Under Section 10 of the EO, "the grant of allowances, bonuses, incentives and other perks to members of the board of directors or trustees of GOCCs and GFIs, except reasonable per diems, is hereby suspended for until December 31, 2010".
Aquino also ordered moratorium on increases in salaries, allowances and other benefits of said officials "except salary adjustments pursuant to EO 811 and EO 900 as imposed until specifically authorized by the President.
The President directed the creation of task force on corporate compensation (TFCC) which will undertake review of all remuneration granted to members of board of directors or trustees, officers and rank and file employees, as well as discretionary funds of GOCCs and GFIs.
The task force will be composed of Office of the President as chairman, and the DBM, Department of Finance and Civil Service Commission.
Aquino decided to have a "no-holds barred" panel interview with the three big television stations in the country. This is to answer all the questions being thrown at him regarding the August 23 hostage crisis in Quirino Grandstand.
Aquino faced questions hounding his administration following the last August 23 hostage crisis via a panel interview, which was held at the Kalayaan Hall in Malacanang and participated by anchors Ted Failon for ABS-CBN, Mel Tiangco for GMA-7 Network, and Paolo Bediones for TV-5.
Aquino said he regretted why he has not taken a more active role "in hindsight" during the bus siege, which put gap on the relationship of Philippines and China. He expressed disappointment that he was not able to fully oversee the way the incident was managed.
Palace revealed the fifth member of the five-man panel who will compose the Truth Commission in the person of Menardo Guevarra. The commission is headed by Chief Justice Hilario Davide. Other three members are retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Romeo Callejo Sr., Ateneo Human Rights Center law professor Carlos Medina, and retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Flerida Ruth Romero. Guevarra is another alumnus of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU). He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree, major in Political Science, in 1974.
Aquino celebrates Eid'l Fitr by hosting a dinner with Muslims leaders.
Palace assured there will be no sacred cows on the allegations that two trusted officials of the President is receiving jueteng payola.
Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz earlier disclosed that two close and trusted officials of President Aquino are receiving a minimum of P2 million in monthly jueteng payola.
Cruz however refused to name drop despite several lawmakers' call for him to speak up.
Aquino issued Executive Order 8 ordering the reorganization of Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Center to accelerate the financing, construction and operation of key government infrastructure projects through public-private partnership.
The executive order was issued ahead of the President’s trip to the United States that is expected to stir renewed interest from potential investors.
Palace is supportive of the bill filed by former President now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo seeking to criminalize drunk driving.
Aquino visited Cebu before flying to US.
Deputy Director General Raul Bacalzo officially assumed post as new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief in a turnover ceremony at Camp Crame. He replaced Jesus Verzosa.
Aquino said he will be meeting with Chief Justice Renato Corona to discuss looming cut in judiciary’s proposed budget for 2011.
Several court justices and judge associations nationwide warned of going on mass leave should the slash be pursued.
The Supreme Court has asked for a P27.7 billion budget for the entire judiciary this year but the Department of Budget Management (DBM) only endorsed P14.31 billion.
Palace obeyed the decision of the High Court suspending impeachment cases filed in Congress against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.
Aquino bares lean delegation for his US visit. Joining the President's trip are Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, and Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo. No lawmakers were included in the delegation.
Aquino cancelled his scheduled trip to Brussels Belgium. He was supposed to attend Asia-Europe Summit (Asem) in Belgium from October 3 to 5.
Aquino said he will talk to Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno regarding jueteng controversy.
Puno and retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Jesus Verzosa were named as "ultimate recipients" of jueteng payola. New PNP Chief Bacalzo was also tagged in the issue.
Aquino will convene the Judicial, Executive, Legislative Advisory and Consultative Council (Jelac) after his official visit to the United States. This is part of the desire of the new government to pursue judicial reforms.
Aquino received advanced copy of the report of Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC), which is tasked to investigate the August 23 hostage crisis. But the President refused to disclose the report.
Business leaders expressed dismay over delay in completing vacant positions in government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) and government financial institutions (GFIs).
Makati Business Club chairman Ramon del Rosario said although business groups have great admiration to Aquino and his Cabinet men, they were in a way unsatisfied with seeming sluggishness of the Chief Executive in filling up key posts in government, which remained unfilled for almost three months.
Aquino will be spending around P25 million for his scheduled trip to the United States from September 20 to 27.
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa said the President’s budget is only a third of what his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, had spent for her overseas travel.
Aquino will take commercial flight and stay at Sofitel, which is "a lot cheaper" than Waldorf Hotel.
Ochoa said the President would rather have hotdogs in the States for meal than dine in posh restaurants in New York.
Aquino will maneuver the country while he is in the US for United Nations General Assembly.
A day before flying to the US, Aquino issued a memorandum stating that the President shall continue to exercise all the functions of his office as enjoined by the Constitution and the laws.
The memorandum also tasked Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa to sign important papers, which he ordinarily signed, but still under the authority of the President.
During the time of former President Arroyo, she normally entrusts the country to then Vice President Noli de Castro.
Aquino meanwhile has limited the duties and power of Vice President Jejomar Binay authorizing him to oversee some matters only. Binay will preside Cabinet meetings in the absence of Ochoa.
Binay will also represent the President in social functions, which require the presence of the latter and "shall preside over all official ceremonies". He is to receive and return official calls of foreign dignitaries in behalf of the President. Likewise, he is entitled to receive honors and courtesies in behalf of Aquino.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma said it was decided that the hostage report be submitted first to countries concerned before it will be made known to public. Copies were sent to both Chinese and Hong Kong government.
Aquino appointed Robert Vergara as replacement of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President Winston Garcia. Other new appointees are George Yu, Ramon Felipe Reyes, Danilo Gozo as members of GSIS board of trustee.
Aquino named Jose Cuisia Jr., Daniel Edralin, and Marianita Mendoza as commissioners representing particular groups in Social Security System. Cuisia represents employer’s group while Edralin and Mendoza represent worker’s group.
Also installed were Grace Cenas as administrator of National Dairy Authority; Ponciano Batugal, Cesar Villariba Jr., Rafael Sarucam, and Marcos Dumandan as members of government board of Philippine Coconut Authority; Domingo Diaz and Tomas De Leon Jr. as members of the board of land bank of the Philippines.
Aquino identified the people who could be held liable for the bloody hostage crisis last August 23 based on the recommendation of fact-finding investigating panel.
Those recommended by the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) to be charged are former National Police chief Jesus Verzosa, Manila Police District General Rodolfo Magtibay, and National Capital Region Chief Leocadio Santiago, Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno, Superintendent Orlando Yebra, head of the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) team Chief Inspector Santiago Pascual, Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, and Deputy Ombudsman Emilio Gonzalez III.
Two members of the media -- Erwin Tulfo and Michael Rogas, both anchors of Radyo Mo Nationwide -- were included in the list. Both interviewed hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza during the crucial hours of the hostage crisis.
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno were not spared too even three media networks -- ABS-CBN, GMA, and TV 5.
Aquino said he will review the recommendations as soon as he gets back from his trip to the United States for United Nations General Assembly. He tasked his legal team to review the hostage report of the IIRC.
Aquino flew to the US for his seven-day official working visit. The trip includes the United Nations General Assembly, meeting with business leaders, and meeting with US President Barack Obama and ASEAN leaders.
Palace defended the inclusion of former senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas II in Aquino's delegation.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Roxas is one of the senior advisers of Aquino.
Roxas was also present during the recent trip of Aquino to Cebu and Davao where they also met with local business leaders.
The government bared plan to create a situation room that will be used to monitor crisis incidents. National Security Adviser (NSA) Cesar Garcia was tasked to facilitate the situation room.
Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno expressed his readiness to quit his post following the hostage crisis and his alleged involvement in the jueteng issue.
Retired Dagupan Archbishop Cruz at a Senate inquiry tagged Puno and former PNP chief Jesus Verzosa as recipients of payola and protectors of jueteng operators.
Malacanang reserved comment on DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno, who is willing to resign from his post in connection to the hostage mess and jueteng controversy.
Palace admitted hiring public relations (PR) firm on top of the P25 million budget for the entire US trip of Aquino.
Aquino commented on DILG Undersecretary Puno’s resignation. He said he is not ready to make a decision, noting that Puno’s resignation has to go through a process. He added he does not want to fire Puno just because someone asked him to do so, but rather weigh the matter.
Aquino refused to decide yet on Puno’s fate, saying he wants more evidence to support allegations against his friend. DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo was tasked to review accusations against Puno and others who are involved in the jueteng issue.
Aquino and Binay differ in opinions on jueteng legalization. Aquino does not prioritize the idea of legalizing jueteng while Vice President Jejomar Binay said it is high time to review such proposal.
Recommendatory part of the hostage report leaked. But Malacanang said they have nothing to do with the leakage. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ordered investigation into the leakage while Malacanang is not keen to conduct a probe, saying they are focused on finishing the review or assessment of the report.
Twelve persons were injured during the demolition in Sitio San Roque II in North Triangle in Quezon City. The area is a property of the National Housing Authority.
Aquino ordered the suspension of the relocation of families living in the property of National Housing Authority (NHA). He directed the NHA to “ensure that any future relocation plan be implemented peacefully.” He appeals to both residents and authorities implementing the relocation and demolition of houses in NHA land to observe peace. NHA general manager Chito Cruz heeded to the instructions of Aquino.
Aquino appointed Edilberto Sandoval as new head of Sandiganbayan. Sandoval is the most senior magistrate in the court. He has been appointed in acting capacity only to replace Presiding Justice Norberto Geraldez who succumbed to pancreatic cancer in April. He formally took his oath of office before Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Aquino feasts on a hotdog stand in New York. This earned various comments from the public. Some find it humble while others said it was “unpresidential”.
Aquino received US$434 million grant from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). He said he will use the money wisely.
The grant will be allocated to projects meant to fight corruption which include: Revenue Administration Reform Project or RARP (US$54.3 million) directly targets improvements in governance or “internal integrity” within the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR); Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (“Linking Arms Against Poverty”)-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services or Kalahi-CIDSS (US$120 million) is designed to ensure that resources are provided to communities directly where they are needed most, and enforces transparency and accountability for local development investments; and Secondary National Roads Project (222 kilometer road segment in Samar/Eastern Samar; US$214.4 million) introduces a number of checks on construction standards and road contractors.
Palace abolished 10 agencies under the Office of the President. Malacanang said no employees are affected since they are co-terminus. These agencies are Office of the North Luzon Quadrangle Area, Office of the External Affairs, Mindanao Development Council, Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group, Luzon Urban Beltway Super Region, Presidential Anti-Graft Commission, Mineral Development Council, Bicol River Basin Watershed Management Project, Office of the Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change, and Office of the Presidential Adviser on New Government Center.
A blast rocked De La Salle University where the last day of Bar examinations was held. At least 40 were injured in the incident.
The government will not ask formal apology from the US on the inverted Philippine flag displayed during the meeting of US President Barack Obama with leaders of Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) leaders including President Aquino.
US explained it was an honest mistake, which was accepted by the government.
Palace denied rumors that former senator Mar Roxas breached security to attend the UN Summit.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the Philippine embassy was able to secure a pass for Roxas.
Aquino appointed Joel Rocamora as lead convener of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC). Rocamora is a research fellow of the Institute for Popular Democracy (IPD) and member of the Akbayan party-list group. He will replace former NAPC head Domingo Panganiban.
Aquino also appointed former Bataan Representative Antonio Roman to head the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO). Roman is a three-term congressman.
Aquino returned to the country from his US trip bringing some $2.4 billion investments from foreign investors and 43,600 jobs for Filipinos.
Palace condemned the grenade explosion outside the De La Salle University during the last day of Bar examinations. Malacanang will let Supreme Court investigate the case.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the legal team of Aquino already completed review of IIRC report, but there is no exact date yet on when will they discuss their assessment with the President.
Aquino was allowed to appointment 143 government officials even within the election period for Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in October 25.
Aquino willing to sit down with Church officials to discuss his position on the controversial Reproductive Health bill being pushed in the House of Representatives.
Bishop Nereo Odchimar, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, threatened to excommunicate Aquino if he continues to support the controversial Reproductive Health bill. While in the US, Aquino during a forum with Filipino Americans suggested his administration would be willing to distribute contraceptives to poor couples who couldn’t afford it. The Catholic Church opposed the passage of the Reproductive Health bill.
CBCP President Bishop Nereo Odchimar denied he threatened the President with excommunication. He clarified he only answered that excommunication is a possibility when asked whether the involvement of Aquino in the promotion of contraception could be enough reason for him to get excommunicated.
Aquino delivered his 100-day report in a town hall meeting held at La Consolacion College in Mendiola, Manila, Aquino detailed the accomplishments of his administration for the past 100 days during his 20-minute speech.
Aquino marks his first 100 days as the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines.