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29/05/2012: Aquino joins Kristiyanong Kabataan para sa Bayan Youth Summit 2012



President Benigno S. Aquino III joined thousands of Filipino youth members of the Kristiyanong Kabataan para sa Bayan (KKB) who held the Youth Summit 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on Tuesday.

A smiling President Aquino, dressed in his trademark yellow polo shirt and dark-colored slacks, vigorously waved to the crowd, mostly composed of teen-age boys and girls, who welcomed him with thunderous applause and cheers.

In his speech, the President thanked the KKB, the youth arm of the Jesus is Lord (JIL) movement, for being given the opportunity to join their congregation in celebrating the youth, whom he said not only have a strong foundation in the Lord but a genuine love for country.

“Taos-puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide, at sa Kristiyanong Kabataan Para sa Bayan (KKB), sa paanyaya ninyong makasalo ko kayo ngayong umaga. Nagagalak po akong makaharap ang isang grupo ng mga kabataang Pinoy—na bukod sa matibay na pundasyon sa mga aral ng Panginoon—ay taglay din ang wagas na pagmamahal sa ating Inang Bayan (I express my heartfelt thanks to Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide, and to the Catholic Youth for the Country (Kristiyanong Kabataan Para sa Bayan (KKB)), for the invitation extended to me to join you this morning. I am elated to be in front of a group of young Filipinos—who, besides having a solid foundation in the teachings of God—also have perpetual love for our country),” the President said.

He also lauded the KKB for their programs and projects, such as the School Outreach Ministry, youth camps and leadership trainings and conferences, that help lead youngsters towards the straight path and help them understand the ways of life.

“Hindi po matatawaran ang naging partisipasyon at kontribusyon ng KKB Movement sa lipunan sa loob ng mahigit dalawang dekada. Sa pamamagitan ng inyong School Outreach Ministry sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa, naipapalaganap ninyo ang salita ng Diyos—ang halaga ng Kanyang mga aral sa kasalukuyang panahon. Sa inyong youth camps, leadership trainings at conferences, nabibigyan ninyo ng pagkakataon ang kabataang Pinoy upang higit nilang maintindihan ang mga usaping nakakaapekto sa kanilang hanay. Ito rin ang nagsisilbing tulay upang sila mismo ay makilahok sa paghahatid ng makabuluhang pagbabago sa kalakhang lipunan, at sa mga kapwa nila—mali ho pala ito—kapwa “nating” kabataan (The participation and contribution of the KKB Movement for more than two decades are undisputed. Through your School Outreach Ministry in the different parts of the country, you have spread the word of the Lord—the importance of His teachings in the current times. In your youth camps, leadership trainings and conferences, you are giving the Filipino youth a chance to better understand issues affecting them. This also serves as a bridge for them to initiate actions that would bring about substantive change in their society, and their fellowmen—and I stand corrected, it should be "our" fellow youth),” the President said.

He appealed to the participants to never forget the teachings learned during this two-day event as he challenged them to inculcate into their lives the lessons of doing good.

“Sa mga panahong pong ito, huwag sana kayong magpapalinlang, huwag sana kayong bibitiw sa liwanag ng kabutihang naikintal sa inyo ng inyong simbahan, huwag kayong maliligaw sa tuwid na daan (In these times, may you not be deceived, may you not wander from the teachings of your church, may you not go astray from the straight and righteous path),” the President said.

“Patuloy po nating patunayan sa buong mundo na sa kapit-kamay nating pagtahak sa tuwid na landas, walang balakid ang sa atin ay magpapahinto—mananatiling nagniningas ang apoy ng pag-asang sinindihan natin noong simula; hindi magmamaliw ang tiwala at sigasig nating makamit ang liwanag ng pagbabago sa atin pong bansa. Katuwang ang buong puwersa ng kabataang Pilipino, sama-sama nating abutin ang Pilipinas na matagal na nating pinapangarap (Let us continue to prove to the whole world that as we work together, hand in hand, towards the straight and righteous path, there is no challenge that could stop us—the fire of hope that we started will continue to burn; our trust and perseverance to reach the light of change in our country will not waver. In partnership with the Filipino youth, let us together reach the Philippines that we've long been dreaming),” he added.

The KKB movement was founded in 1989 as the youth arm of the JIL movement, the largest independent born-again evangelical church in the Philippines.

At present, KKB has 185 central chapters, 932 national chapters, and 17 Christian Youth for Nation (international chapters).

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Malacanang hails conviction of Chief Justice Renato Corona

Malacanang hailed the decision of the Senate on Tuesday for convicting Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato C. Corona saying the verdict is a major leap towards restoring public confidence in the country’s judicial system.

“This afternoon, 20 senators voted to convict Mr. Renato C. Corona on Article II of the Articles of Impeachment. Our democratic institutions have been strengthened and have been proven to work,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press statement following the Senate decision.

“Mr. Corona is merely the public face of the things that ail our justice system. Let us never forget that those who come to court, be they rich or poor, must do so in the expectation of receiving impartial justice from those who uphold both the spirit and the letter of the law. The verdict of the Senate is a step forward in terms of restoring public confidence in our courts and trust in the members of the judiciary,” Valte added.

Senators voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday with 20 lawmakers deciding for the removal of Corona from office. Only three senators acquitted Corona.

The Senate verdict made Corona the first government official to be convicted by an impeachment court.

After 43 days of trial, most of the senators decided to remove Corona from office arguing that the top magistrate no longer deserves his post for dishonesty and failure to lawfully disclose his assets.

The Senate, sitting as an impeachment court, tried Corona based on three articles of impeachment charged against him by the House of Representatives.

Among the senators who convicted Corona were Senators Edgardo Angara, Alan Peter Cayetano and Pia Cayetano, Franklin Drilon, Francis Escudero, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, TG Guingona, Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Lito Lapid, Loren Legarda, Sergio Osmena III, Francisco “Kiko” Pangilinan, and Koko Pimentel, Ralph Recto, Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Tito Sotto, Antonio Trillanes, Manuel Villar, and presiding officer Juan Ponce Enrile.

On the other hand, Senators Joker Arroyo, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and Miriam Santiago voted for Corona’s acquittal.

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Aquino announces P25-billion GSIS investment fund for infrastructure projects

President Benigno S. Aquino III announced on Monday the creation of a P25-billion investment fund which the Government Service Insurance System would allocate funds to strengthen infrastructure projects in the Philippines.

The President made the announcement in his speech keynoting the 75th Founding Anniversary of the GSIS held at the institution’s headquarters in Pasay City.

Dubbed the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure (PInAI), the President said this investment fund, the largest single investment on infrastructure, would be formally launched in July of this year and is expected to improve the economy and provide more jobs.

“Sa Hulyo nga po ay ilulunsad na ang Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure o PInAI. Dalawampu’t limang bilyong pisong pondo po ang nakataya rito; ito ang pinakamalaking pondong ilalaan para sa imprastraktura ng bansa (The Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure or PInAI will be launched in July. Twenty five billion pesos has been appropriated for this; this is the largest fund earmarked for the country's infrastructure),” the President said.

He added that the GSIS would work closely with the Macquarie Group, a global provider of banking, financial advisory, investment and funds management services with more than 70 offices in 28 countries in ensuring the project's success.

“Ang GSIS ang nanguna sa pagtataguyod ng pondong ito na pangangasiwaan naman ng Macquarie Group. Bukod sa ihahatid nitong serbisyo, magbubunsod pa ito ng lalo pang pagginhawa ng ekonomiya, at manganganak ng maraming trabaho (The GSIS spearheaded this fund, and will be managed by the Macquarie Group. Besides the services it will bring, it will also boost the economy and create more jobs),” the President said.

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Aquino nominates career diplomat as Ambassador to China


President Benigno S. Aquino III has nominated career diplomat Sonia C. Brady as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China with concurrent jurisdiction over the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Mongolia and named three new Associate Justices of the Court of Appeals (CA).

The appointment of Brady was announced by Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte during an interview aired over government-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.

Ambassador Brady served as Philippine Ambassador to Beijing from April 2006 to January 2010. She also served as Ambassador to Thailand from 2002 to 2003, and Ambassador to Myanmar from 1995 to 1999.

Previously, Brady served as deputy chief of mission to Indonesia from 1994 to 1995; deputy chief of mission to Thailand (1992-1994); third secretary and vice consul and then second secretary and consul in Beijing, China from 1976 to 1978.

She was also appointed as Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs for Policy from July 2003 to 2006; special assistant, then assistant secretary to the Office of the Secretary for Policy and Coordination; director of the Office of Asia Pacific; assistant, then principal assistant, to the Office of Political Affairs.

She earned her Master of Arts in International Relations degree from the University of Southern California, B.S. Foreign Service degree from the University of the Philippines, and AB Journalism degree from the University of Sto. Tomas.

The Chief Executive also appointed Ma. Luisa Quijano-Padilla, Renato C. Francisco, and Jhosep Y. Lopez as Associate Justices of the Court of Appeals.