Daang Matuwid spox Gutierrez hits Binay for delaying Presidential Debate: Comelec’s NO kodigo rule clear since 1st debate, no exemption

Roxas campaign spokesperson and Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez hit the camp of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay for asking a “special exemption” from the rule which caused an hour-long delay in the second Presidential debate held in Cebu City Sunday afternoon.

“Comelec rule, since first debate, is that candidates are not allowed to bring notes on stage. VP Binay wants to be exempted from this rule, gusto nya may kodigong bitbit, and his handlers are talking to TV5 and Comelec,” Gutierrez revealed on Twitter.

The spokesperson was responding to queries about what is causing the delay in the debate which was set to start at 5PM, but has been pushed back at a later time.

Gutierrez also hit Joey Salgado, the spokesperson of VP Binay, for “deliberately” turning the blame on Roxas’ camp about the Comelec rule about the ‘no kodigo allowed’ rule, saying, “[Salgado] is is either misinformed. Or lying. The Comelec rule is clear: NO NOTES. Binay wants an exemption.”

During the 1st Presidential debate held at the Capitol University in Cagayan De Oro City, no Presidential candidate was allowed to bring notes during the debate.

After an hour-long delay, the second Presidential debate finally started at around 6:30 PM.###

Gutierrez responds to Binay camp’s allegation of unliquidated DILG funds

The entire amount has been downloaded to individual LGUs mainly as financial assistance for various BUB projects, and rehabilitation/reconstruction projects such as Bohol Earthquake Assistance and Recovery Assistance for Yolanda. Responsibility for liquidation is with now the LGUs. Many projects are still being implemented and have thus not been liquidated. All these funds are fully accounted for and the entire process is completely transparent. Now that we’ve given a full explanation of this issue, will VP Binay now be willing to give an equally clear and straightforward answer on the acts of corruption linked to him as thoroughly discussed in the Senate, Ombudsman, COA, and AMLC reports?###

Daang Matuwid spox Gutierrez schools Sen. Poe on Cabinet appointments

Daang Matuwid spokesperson and Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez has a “friendly reminder” to Senator Grace Poe following her statement that she will not be retaining several members of the Cabinet of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III when elected President.

“Friendly reminder lang po kay Senator Poe. Malinaw sa batas—specifically sa Book IV, Chapter 10, Sec. 44 ng Administrative Code of the Philippines na co-terminus ang mga miyembro ng Gabinete sa Presidente na nag-appoint sa kanila,” Gutierrez said.

“Ibig sabihin, hindi na sila kailangang tanggalin dahil siguradong bababa sila mula sa pwesto pagkatapos ng termino ng Presidente. FYI lang po,” Gutierrez concluded.

Senator Poe was at the 2016 Presidential Dialogue with members of the Makati Business Club (MBC) when she made the statement.###

Statement of Rep. Barry Gutierrez on AMLC report stating VP Binay earned billions from Makati infras

What more does VP Binay need to hear? The Senate says, he’s guilty. The Ombudsman says he’s guilty. COA says, he’s guilty. And now, the AMLC says, he’s guilty. Why can’t he defend himself? He should face the people and show the evidence he says he has, not just deny. That only works for show business, not in the courts. VP, you are running for President. How will you face the problems of society if you cannot face the damning evidence against your character and integrity? The Office of the President is an institution for service, not a den for thieves.

[Filipino]

Ano pa ba ang kailangang marinig ni VP Binay? Sa Senado, guilty siya. Ombudsman, guilty siya. COA, guilty siya. At ngayon, sa AMLC, guilty siya. Ipagtanggol naman niya ang sarili niya. Humarap sa taumbayan at ilabas ang ebidensiyang sinasabi niya, huwag puro deny. Pang-showbiz lang ‘yun, hindi para sa korte. VP, tumatakbo ka bilang Pangulo. Paano mo haharapin ang mga problema ng lipunan kung hindi mo maharap ang mabibigat na ebidensya laban sa pagkatao at integridad mo? Ang opisina ng Pangulo ay isang tanggapan para sa paglilingkod, hindi lungga ng kawatan.###

Gutierrez: Roxas-Robredo in a strong and steady climb in SWS survey

The recent survey released by Social Weather Stations (SWS) on the presidential and vice-presidential race showed a dramatic increase in the numbers of Daang Matuwid Mar Roxas and his running mate, Leni Robredo.

Roxas’ rating went up by four points, garnering 22 percent. Meanwhile, Robredo’s rating climbed to 24 percent, five points higher than what she got in prior surveys.
The Daang Matuwid tandem earned the highest rate of increase in comparison to other aspirants of the said positions.

“Both Mar and Leni ang pinakamalaki ang itinaas dito sa survey na ito. Tingin namin it’s a vindication sa aming matagal nang sinasabi na slow and steady yung aming approach dito sa usapang ito,” stated Liberal Party spokesperson and Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez.

When asked in an interview about what could be causing the duo’s strong and steady increase in the ratings, Gutierrez attributed it to the performance of the Daang Matuwid tandem in the recently concluded presidential and vice-presidential debates, as well as the support they gained by visiting different provinces during the campaign.

“Tingin ko tumatatak na ‘yung totoong character ni Sec. Mar, napapamahal na lalo ang mga kababayan sa kanya, nakikita na ang tunay na pagkatao at iyan ang reflected doon sa dramatic na pagtaas nila ni Cong. Leni sa surveys,” explained Gutierrez.

In terms of the platforms presented by Daang Matuwid during the campaign, Gutierrez explained that Roxas’ emphasis on the generation of jobs for Filipinos create the greatest impact on the increased support of the Filipino people.

As a former Secretary of Trade and Industry, Roxas was one of the people who initiated the call center industry, which gave hundreds of thousands of Filipinos sustainable jobs. Under the continued Daang Matuwid, Roxas promises to spread the call center industry so it can spread to more locales, as well as enhance the manufacturing and agriculture sectors through the Bukid Revolution program. These programs, he promised, will be able to provide over a million more jobs for Filipinos annually.

“Very clear na among all the presidential candidates na siya ang may malinaw na plano, siya ‘yung pinakahanda na maging pangulo, at naaapreciate ‘yun, tingin ko, ng karamihan sa ating mga kababayan,” said Gutierrez.

“Sa tingin ko, marami sa ating mga kapwa Pilipino ang nakita ang kagandahan nitong programang ito at nakita ang credibility ni Sec. Mar sa pagtutulak ng ganitong klaseng inisyatiba.”###

Gutierrez bats for gender-equal government, political processes

Males continue to dramatically outnumber females in Philippine politics and governance, paving the way to a male-dominated political landscape and a persistent gender gap in the country’s public service system.

In an effort to correct the gender imbalance and foster equality, Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez today is batting for the approval of a measure to forge ahead a gender-equal government and politics.

Also known as the “Women Participation and Representation in Political Parties Act of 2013”, Gutierrez introduced House Bill 3877 which seeks to provide greater support to political parties that would integrate greater roles for women in their leadership and internal policy-making structures.

“While the Philippines has made steady progress in closing gender gaps in education and health, the limited participation and representation of women in top level management posts and key policy-making units remains an issue of concern that requires the active intervention of the state,” he said.

In the recent Global Gender Gap Report of the World Economic Forum (2013), the Philippines ranked 5th among 133 countries on gender parity. In the report, the status of women in the country as reflected in the four indices of the report showed above-average marks (Economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment). But in all those four indicators, the Political Empowerment index remains an issue that needs to be addressed (See attached photo).

“Although a lot of women are involved in government and political works, it is notable, however, that their presence is only observable at the lower levels of our political and governance systems. It narrows, however, as we move higher to top management and elected or ministerial posts,” Gutierrez said.

“The composition of the 16th Congress, for instance, is highly dominated by men: only 78 out of 225 seats in the House of Representatives and 6 out of 24 seats in the Senate are occupied by women, or 27.1% and 25%, respectively. And only two women out of fourteen (14%) succeeded to hold the Philippine presidency,” he added.

According to the United Nations, the critical mass that indicates sufficient women participation in any given body is 30%.

“We have to speed up the rate of increasing women participation in our political and nation-building processes in order to balance gender differences in politics and governance. A substantial mass of women in our public service system will ensure that their needs and interests are taken into account in decision-making processes that affect their lives in all levels of public life,” Gutierrez said.

The lawmaker also emphasized that the bill is an affirmative action that intends to accelerate political participation and equitable representation of women in politics and governance. Thus, it will not force political parties to adapt its recommendations, but it will strongly support those who will integrate, promote and strongly advocate women agenda in their systems and platforms.

“When approved, this measure will expedite the fulfillment of the State mandate to address all forms of gender inequality in the society,” Gutierrez concluded.###

Gutierrez: Clueless Chiz strikes again on dismissal case vs Poe campaign spox Gatchalian

“Clueless Chiz strikes again,” said Daang Matuwid spokesperson Barry Gutierrez following the statement of Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero defending Mayor Rex Gatchalian over the latter’s dismissal by the Office of the Ombudsman.

“Sen. Poe said that she would adopt a one-strike policy on erring government officials. If that is the case, then why is Mayor Rex still there and why is her running mate defending him? Do the two senators talk to each other? Who is really in charge of their campaign?”

Gutierrez posed the series of questions, pointing out the “apparent disconnect between the pronouncements of Sens. Poe and Escudero.”

The Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal of Valenzuela City Mayor Rexlon “Rex” Gatchalian, who is also the spokesperson of the Poe Presidential campaign, for “grave misconduct” and “gross neglect of duty” over the deadly blaze that hit footwear factory Kentex Manufacturing Corporation, killing at least 72 people in May last year.

Following the dismissal order, Escudero made insinuations that the decision against Gatchalian may be politically motivated.

He was quoted as saying, “Hindi naman siguro tama na isa lang at hindi naman siguro nagkataon lang na NPC pa ang biglang binabaan ng ganyang desisyon at spokesperson pa ni Senator Grace samantala ginagawa ‘yan ng lahat ng mayor.”

“Seventy-two (72) people burned to death in Kentex, and the first thing they do is to make excuses. We hope this is not a sample of their government with a heart,” Gutierrez concluded.

Last Friday, Gatchalian was able to acquire a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the Court of Appeals (CA) that prevented the Department of Interior and Local Government from serving the dismissal order, which was approved last month.###

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