Drilon confronts Pernia for ‘political noise’ remark

MANILA -- Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday, August 16, took exception to the statement of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia that “political noise” could put the projected economic growth at risk.
Pernia and other members of the Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) were at the Senate to brief senators on the proposed P3.767-trillion national budget for 2018.
During his presentation, Pernia said a possible “rising political noise” is one of the “risks and uncertainties” that could affect the country’s economic growth.
Drilon, a member of the former ruling Liberal Party (LP), asked Pernia what he meant by political noise.
“Political noise is really a general expression...It can be from any sector of the society...[like] labor...Protests, for example...Demonstrations,” Pernia said.
Pernia also answered in the affirmative when Drilon asked him if he considers criticisms to the Duterte administration as political noise.
“My goodness gracious, so you’re saying that this is a risk to growth?” Drilon asked Pernia. The Cabinet secretary answered: “It would lead to disunity.”
“So we cannot criticize because we will be considered as causing disunity to the nation?” Drilon said.
Pernia then replied: “Well, ideally, we should all be united, right? To achieve our common goal.” He added that political noise could also come from the international community.
Drilon said Pernia should be careful in the terms he uses as he represents the views of the Duterte administration.
“Just be careful with your language because you are a Cabinet secretary and your statement reflects the sentiment of this administration in so far as planning is concerned. And when you say that the risk includes political noise, that is very disturbing of the trend of your thinking,” Drilon told Pernia. — GMA News

Poultry farmers surrender birds to stop spread of avian flu

MANILA -- Poultry farmers outside the 1-kilometer quarantine radius in San Luis, Pampanga surrendered their birds to the government for culling to cut losses and help stop the avian influenza outbreak from further spreading, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Wednesday, August 16.

"'Yung mga farmers outside the one kilometer have also offered na maisama na ang kanilang mga farms sa depopulation process," Piñol told reporters in a press briefing in Quezon City.
This development has raised the number of birds to be culled to 600,000 from an earlier estimate of 200,000 within the quarantine zone, the Cabinet official said.

The Department of Agriculture will need about P52.8 million to compensate the affected farmers.

"I will ask the President for the immediate release of calamity funds," Piñol said.

As of Tuesday, 36 farms volunteered to be part of the depopulation process, he noted.

"Kesa malugi ... they decided to surrender their farms to the government ... I also view this as a patriotic act of the poultry farmers," Piñol said. — GMA News

Philippines will host 2019 SEA Games after all

Philippine Navy personnel prevent the giant flag from touching the ground at the start of celebrations on Sunday (May 28) for the National Flag Days 2017 and celebration of the victory in the 1898 Battle of Alapan in Imus, Cavite (PNA photo by Avito C.Dalan)
The Philippines is back as host of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

That after Philippine sports officials had a change of heart following their announcement last July that the country would no longer host the biennial games to give way to the rehabilitation of conflict-stricken Marawi.

In contrast to the original plan of staging the event in Davao, organizers are looking at Zambales, Pampanga and Bulacan as possible host cities.

Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano was appointed as the SEA Games Organizing Committee Chairman.

This will mark the fourth time that the Philippines will serve as host of the regional games. The country last staged the event in 2005.

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