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Gov’t exec to talk about Dengvaxia irregularities

Gov’t exec to talk about Dengvaxia irregularities

Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said a government official has surfaced to disclose the irregularities in the purchase of the P3.5 billion Dengvaxia vaccine for the dengue immunization program of the past administration.

Nine Cabinet officials of the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III and several others are now facing plunder complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the MRT 3 maintenance contract.

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IT was a choice between the stand taken by three economic managers in the cabinet and a group of secretaries concerned with more human needs and problems. President Duterte decided for the latter and thus approved a proposed increase in the pensions of old retired members of the Social Security System (SSS).

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When President Benigno Aquino III in January, 2016, vetoed the P2,000 pension hike of Social Security System (SSS) retirees because of its “dire financial consequences,” then presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte joined in castigating his action which, it seemed, showed how callous the administration was, that it would refuse what Congress had already approved – an increase in the pensions of old retired workers some of whom were getting as little as P2,500 a month.

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THE Liberal Party, which enjoyed a premier status as the ruling party during the six years of the Aquino administration, appeared to be going the way of all defeated ruling parties after the new Duterte administration took over last June 30.

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Actress Gretchen Barretto has promised more jobs for Filipinos as she arrived from a four-day successful business meeting with her common-law partner business magnate Antonio “Tony Boy” Cojuangco in Taiwan recently.

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