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March 2016

Kuya WIN wants clean, hack-free elections

Are the vote counting machines (VCMs) that will be used in the May 9 polls safe from hacking and manipulation?

Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC)  senatorial bet Win Gatchalian threw this query to the Commission on Elections following the hacking of the poll body’s website recently.

“Does the hacking of the Comelec website portend of things to come on May 9?,” asked Gatchalian, a Valenzuela City congressman.

Gatchalian, who is running under the Partido Galing at Puso coalition, noted that several information technology experts have already aired strong reservations about claims by Smartmatic that the VCM’s are 100 percent hack proof.

The veteran lawmaker said Comelec has a lot of explaining to do on why a group identifying itself as “LulzSec” was able to hack its website on Easter Sunday and subsequently uploaded part of the Comelec’s database in its Facebook account.

LulzSec, reportedly an  affiliate of the hacker group Anonymous Philippines, hacked the Comelec’s website, leaked the voter database and demanded that the poll body make the May 9 elections credible.

The poll body’s website has not yet been fully restored but is already accessible.

ALGORITHM

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez admitted that the  precinct finder search engine is still “under maintenance” and cannot be accessed.

“The hacking of the Comelec website somehow contributes to fears by IT experts that the VCMs being supplied by Smartmatic are also prone to hacking and manipulation, which puts the credibility of the May 9 polls in a cloud of doubt,” said Gatchalian.

Dr. Pelagio Battung Jr., a telecommunications engineer who served as transportation and communication undersecretary under the Ramos administration said Comelec should be concerned with the VCM’s algorithms rather than their source code.

“Source code? There’s nothing there. If they will show the algorithm, IT experts of the different political parties can inspect and test the algorithm and verify if the claim of Comelec supplier Smartmatic-TIM that the machines are not hackable is true,” said Battung.

Battung’s doubts reflected those of source code reviewer Dr. Pablo Manalastas,  a retired professor of the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Information Systems and Computer Science, who claimed that while the source code is secure, it can still be hacked.

Gatchalian said it is imperative for the Comelec to assure all political parties, candidates and the electorate that all their systems, from the internet website to the transmission of votes from the VCMs are free from hacking and other forms of manipulation.

ERAP’S ENDORSEMENT

Meanwhile, Gatchalian got the endorsement  of  Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada whom  the former president expects to push strongly for  a pro-poor legislative agenda.  Aside from Gatchalian, Estrada also endorsed the 11 other senatoriables.

“We humbly accept Mayor Estrada’s support for our senatorial bid, which we believe will greatly increase our chance winning a seat in the Senate” said Gatchalian.  He believes Estrada’s endorsement “is still significant particularly among the D and E classes as well as in Mindanao.”

He said: “Mayor Estrada’s endorsement further validates our proposed measures that seek to promote economic prosperity for all, especially the indigent families who will benefit the most from state aid.”

Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/integrity-of-vcms-questioned/#6cwQmfbOTekcOPBX.99

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DepEd binira ni Gatchalian sa unsafe na tubig, sirang toilets

MANILA, Philippines – Inatasan ni Valenzuela Rep. Win Gatchalian ang Department of Education (DepEd) na kumilos at asikasuhin ang mga pasilidad sa mga pampublikong paaralan.

Ito ay dahil sa karamihan umano ng mga paaralan sa bansa ay walang regular na mapagkukunan ng tubig at sira ang mga palikuran.

Giit ni Gatchalian, dapat ayusin na ng DepEd ang mga problema habang bakasyon ang mga estudyante para maayos na ang lahat pagbalik ng klase.

Dahil dito kaya binanatan ng kongresista ang hindi matapos-tapos na problema sa public schools gayung ang DepEd ang palaging may pinakamalaking parte sa taunang budget.

Mismong kay Education Sec. Armin Luistro umano nanggaling na mahigit 3,600 elementary at high schools ang walang source ng malinis na tubig at substandard ang mga palikuran.

Sabi pa ni Gatchalian, hindi katanggap-tanggap at parusa ang ganitong sitwasyon para sa libu-libong mga bata na nasa mga pampublikong eskwelahan sa bansa.

Pinuna din ng pambatong senador ng NPC ang poor planning ng DepEd sa pagpapatupad ng senior high school kasunod ng ulat noong nakaraang taon na kulang pa din sa elektrisidad at water supply ang maraming paaralan para sa grade 11 at grade 12 sa 2017.

Source: http://www.philstar.com:8080/bansa/2016/03/29/1567033/deped-binira-ni-gatchalian-sa-unsafe-na-tubig-sirang-toilets

 

Walang Iwanan sa Pamamahalang Gatchalian

Photo by Philstar

Isang gobyernong sama-sama ang pag-asenso at walang maiiwan.

Iyan ang klase ng pamumuno na ipinaglalaban ng Partido Galing at Puso na kinabibilangan ngayon ni Valenzuela City Congressman at Senatorial candidate Win Gatchalian.

Ngunit paano nga ba magagawa ng pamahalaan na magkaroon ng tinatawag na sama-samang pag-asenso o inclusive growth?

Ayon sa United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), makakamit raw ang sama-samang pag-asenso sa mapapagitan ng:

1) Pagbibigay ng pantay na oportunidad ang bawat isa upang makakuha ng maganda at disenteng trabaho.

2) Dagdag na suporta sa mga nangangarap magnegosyo.

3) Pagsusulong ng iba’t ibang programa at proyekto para mapabuti ang lahat ng sektor ng lipunan.

Kaya hindi kataka-takang umasenso ang Valenzuela City dahil itong mga isinasaad ng UNDP ay sumasalamin sa uri ng pamumuno na ipinapamalas ni Kuya Win simula ng siya ay maging lingkod-bayan.

Sa 15 taon niya bilang mayor at congressman ng Valenzuela City, mahigit 150,000 katao ang natulungan ni Kuya Win na magkaroon ng trabaho sa kanyang mga isinagawang job fairs at online job initiatives.

Ginawa niya ring automated at mas mabilis ang pagkuha ng business permit sa Valenzuela City na nakatulong upang tumaas ang bilang ng negosyante sa lungsod mula 6,965 noong 2004 hanggang 15,358 pagsapit ng 2012.

Higit sa lahat, tinugunan niya ang pangangailangan ng mga sektor na kadalasa’y hindi nabibigyan ng pansin at isinasawalang bahala ng ibang kawani ng pamahalaan.

Makikita ito sa mga isinulong na pagbabago ni Kuya Win sa Valenzuela City Jail (VCJ) na kinilala ng Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) noong 2014 bilang best city jail of the year.

Valenzuela City Jail, Oct. 23, 2013. PHOTO BY MARK CAYABYAB/VALENZUELA CITY PIO
Bagong Valenzuela City Jail PHOTO BY MARK CAYABYAB/VALENZUELA CITY PIO

Ang VCJ din ang pinakaunang piitan sa Pilipinas na ginawaran ng Commission on Human Rights (CHR) ng human rights certification sa makataong pagtrato nito sa mga inmates.

Paano ba naman hindi magiging makatao ang VCJ kung lahat ba naman ng nakakulong dito ay may sariling tulugan at maayos ang bentilasyon sa kanilang mga selda.

Nakabukod din ang mga inmates sa VCJ ayon sa edad, kasarian at paglabag sa batas. May sapat na pasilidad din ang naturang city jail pagdating sa paghahanda ng pagkain, pag-eehersisyo, gamutan ng may sakit, pagdarasal, atbp.

Hindi pa natatapos ang pagtulong ni Kuya Win sa VCJ sapagkat nagpapatupad din siya ng programa sa edukasyon para patuloy na makapag-aral ang mga inmates kahit sa likod ng mga rehas.

A teacher facilitates a class under the Alternative Learning System (ALS) for inmate students at the newly-built Valenzuela City Jail, Oct. 4, 2013. PHOTO BY JONATHAN LICUAN/VALENZUELA CITY JAIL PIO
Patuturo ng sa mga inmates sa Alternative Learning Program sa VCJ. PHOTO BY VALENZUELA CITY JAIL PIO

Nabibigyan din niya ng pagkakataon ang mga inmates na kumita kahit sila ay nakakulong upang mabili nila ang kanilang mga pangunahing pangangailangan, o makatulong sa kanilang minamahal sa buhay sa labas ng piitan.

Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin T. Gatchalian leads officials in the inauguration of the new city jail, June 24, 2013. The 5-story infrastructure is built on the same property of the old city jail and the former site of the city police station, that affords the facility to expand its capacity and provide a more humane penal condition to its inmates. PHOTO BY JONATHAN LICUAN/VALENZUELA CITY PIO
PHOTO BY JONATHAN LICUAN/VALENZUELA CITY PIO

Nagpapatupad din si Kuya Win ng legal aid program upang makatulong sa mga inmates na malapit ng makalaya na maiproseso ang kanilang dokumento para ‘yung mga inmate na tapos na taon na binuno sa kulungan ay agad ng makalaya.

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Photo by Valenzuela City PIO

Bilang isa sa kanyang mga taga-suporta, sinasalamin lang ng mga nagawa at ginagawa pa ni Kuya Win, partikular na sa VCJ, kung ano siyang klaseng lider.

Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin T. Gatchalian leads officials in the inauguration of the new city jail, June 24, 2013. The 5-story infrastructure is built on the same property of the old city jail and the former site of the city police station, that affords the facility to expand its capacity and provide a more humane penal condition to its inmates. PHOTO BY JONATHAN LICUAN/VALENZUELA CITY PIO
PHOTO BY VALENZUELA CITY PIO

Si Kuya Win ay isang lider na edukasyon ang nakikitang susi upang ang bawat Pilipino ay maging mas kapaki-pakinabang na miyembro ng lipunan.

Isang lider na nagbibigay ng pangalawang pagkakataon sa kanyang mga kababayan na minsang naligaw ng landas.

Isang lider na may makabagong solusyon sa suliranin ng iba’t-ibang sektor na kadalasa’y naisasantabi at ipinagsasawalang bahala.

Higit sa lahat, isang lider na nagpapakita sa atin na kaya ng isang pamahalaan sa Pilipinas na magkaroon ng pag-asenso na sama-sama at walang maiiwan.

Kaya naman tiyak na mas giginhawa ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino kung ang mga katulad ni Kuya WIN ang mabibigyan ng pagkakataon na makapaglingkod sa buong bansa bilang isa sa ating mga senador.

Erap suportado si Kuya WIN sa Senado

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MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada officially endorsed presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe and vice presidential bet Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday.

Estrada announced the endorsement during a proclamation rally for his re-election bid at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila.

According to a report from the STAR, Estrada also proclaimed support for the senatorial bids of former Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, former Special Action Force Director Getulio Napeñas, former Metro Manila Development Authority Chair Francis Tolentino and former Sen. Richard Gordon.

Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, Sen. Sergio Osmena III, former TESDA chief Joel Villanueva, former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez were also included in Estrada’s Senate lineup.

Estrada earlier said that one of his bases for endorsing a candidate would be their stand on the proposed reimposition of the death penalty for drug offenders.

In October 2015, the Manila mayor admitted that he will make his final decision on whom to endorse between Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay. Poe is daughter of Estrada’s friend, the late Fernando Poe Jr., while Binay was his running mate during the 2010 elections.

The former president had endorsed the vice presidential bid of Marcos in October 2015, citing his long experience as a local government chief executive.

 

Source: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/03/28/1566965/erap-endorses-grace-bongbong

Free TF sa SUCs uubra sa P15B budget – Gatchalian

MANILA, Philippines – Naniniwala si Nationa­list Peoples Coalition (NPC) senatorial bet Win Gatcha­lian na maaring ipatupad ang free tuition sa lahat ng State Universities and Colleges (SUC’s) para sa mga college students.

Sinabi ni Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian na inihain niya ang ‘Free Higher Education Act’ upang buwagin ang lahat ng matrikula sa state universities and colleges (SUCs) sa may milyong kabataang Pilipino.

Subalit laking gulat umano ni Gatchalian ng tanggihan at ibasura ng CHED ang panukala at ideklara ang Free Higher Education na mapa­nganib sa interest ng pribado at pampublikong institusyon o kolehiyo.

Aniya, P15 bilyon lamang ang kinakailangang pondo upang maisakatuparan ang kanyang panukala na free tution fee sa mga SUC’s na 0.5 percent lamang naman ng P3 trilyong national budget.

Sa kaniyang pagharap sa mga miembro ng College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) at National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), iginiit nito na naiwasan sana ang pagpapaka­matay ng UP student na si Kristel Tejada kung ito ay pinagtibay ng pamahalaang Aquino.

Idinagdag pa nito, nasa 2.4 milyon kabataan ang hindi nakapag-aral ng kolehiyo dahil sa mahal ng tuition fee habang nasa 3 milyon naman ang hindi nakapasok sa college dahil minabuti nilang magtrabaho na lamang.

Bukod dito, kinondena rin nito ang pagiging bias ng CHED sa  private higher education institutions (HEIs) dahil hindi ito dapat kumiling dito kungdi maging patas at masi­gurong matupad ang mandato nito na magkaroon ng kalidad na edukasyon para sa lahat.

Source: http://www.philstar.com:8080/bansa/2016/03/22/1565303/free-tf-sa-sucs-uubra-sa-p15-b-budget-gatchalian

WINning Jingle ng Mr. Right sa Senado

Napakinggan nyo na ba ang jingle ni Kuya Win Gatchalian? Napaka winner ng jingle nya di ba?

Akmang-akma sa kanya ang jingle na ito dahil kay Kuya Win lahat ay kasama at walang maiiwanan. At ang plataporma nya sa edukasyon kung saan ipinapanukala nya na maging free ang tuition sa state universities and colleges (SUCs) ay napakaganda.

Kapag naging free na ang college, ang lahat ay magkakaroon ng kakanyahang makapagkolehiyo at kapag nakapagkolehiyo ang isang tao, nagkakaroon sya ng confidence sa sarili at maiaangat nya ang kanyang buhay pati na rin ng kanyang pamilya.

Napansin nyo rin ba na parang superhero amg dating ni Kuya Win sa kanyang jingle? Superhero in a way na makikinig at tutulungan ka nya sa abot ng kanyang makakaya. Hindi puro pangako kundi aksyon.

Ngayong napakinggan mo na ang winner na jingle ni Kuya Win, kaya mo na kaya kaming sabayan sa pagkanta nito?

Kay WIN Gatchalian WIN lahat tayo

Kay WIN Gatchalian WIN sa edukasyon

Kampeon!

Makabago ang pag-iisip

Pag-asa ay mapapasaatin

Kaya kinabukasan ay WIN, WIN!

Go Kuya WIN, go WIN!

Lahat ay WIN na WIN! (WIN na WIN!)

Go Kuya WIN, go WIN!

Tayo ay WIN na WIN! (WIN na WIN!)

Iboto na sa Senado (WIN Gatchalian sa SENADO!)

Iboto na sa Senado (WIN Gatchalian sa SENADO!)

WIN sa SENADO (Iboto!)

WIN na WIN!

WIN na WIN!

Poe says Gatchalian is “capable, efficient and hardworking”

CEBU, Philippines – Nacionalist People’s Coalition’s Sherwin Gatchalian vows to continue his advocacy for free education should he win as senator.

Speaking during the launch of “Win Visayas Volunteers Movement,” Gatchalian said he will continue to fight for free education in state universities and colleges.

He announced that the House committee on higher and technical education has already approved his bill at the committee level.

House Bill 5905 or the “Free Higher Education Act” seeks to fully subsidize tuition fees in all state universities and colleges.

“We only need about P1.5 billion budget to implement this. But since we are running out of time, if elected a senator, I will have to file the same bill at the Senate,” Gatchalian said yesterday.

Gatchalian said his proposed bill is expected to benefit at least two million students in more than 100 state universities and colleges in the country.

Yesterday, Gatchalian led the blessing of his volunteer’s headquarters at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Lahug.

Presidential bet Grace Poe graced the event yesterday and endorsed Gatchalian whom she described as “very capable, efficient and very hardworking.”

“We need people like Win at the Senate. Kung ako ang mananalo bilang Pangulo ng ating bansa, si Win ay malaking tulong talaga. Ang mga taong tulad ni Win ang dapat nating iboto,” Poe said.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/cebu-news/2016/03/20/1564823/gatchalian-pushes-free-education

Poe says Gatchalian is “capable, efficient and hardworking”

CEBU, Philippines – Nacionalist People’s Coalition’s Sherwin Gatchalian vows to continue his advocacy for free education should he win as senator.

Speaking during the launch of “Win Visayas Volunteers Movement,” Gatchalian said he will continue to fight for free education in state universities and colleges.

He announced that the House committee on higher and technical education has already approved his bill at the committee level.

House Bill 5905 or the “Free Higher Education Act” seeks to fully subsidize tuition fees in all state universities and colleges.

“We only need about P1.5 billion budget to implement this. But since we are running out of time, if elected a senator, I will have to file the same bill at the Senate,” Gatchalian said yesterday.

Gatchalian said his proposed bill is expected to benefit at least two million students in more than 100 state universities and colleges in the country.

Yesterday, Gatchalian led the blessing of his volunteer’s headquarters at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Lahug.

Presidential bet Grace Poe graced the event yesterday and endorsed Gatchalian whom she described as “very capable, efficient and very hardworking.”

“We need people like Win at the Senate. Kung ako ang mananalo bilang Pangulo ng ating bansa, si Win ay malaking tulong talaga. Ang mga taong tulad ni Win ang dapat nating iboto,” Poe said.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/cebu-news/2016/03/20/1564823/gatchalian-pushes-free-education

PNoy urged to sign DICT bill to protect PH banking system

The $81-million money laundering incident allegedly from the hacked Bangladesh Bank system has made the creation of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)  imperative to prevent the scam from happening again in the future.

“We need to pass the proposed law to prevent any potential hacking of our banking system which could lead to tremendous financial losses like what happened to Bangladesh ,” Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, said as he appealed to President Aquino to sign the DICT bill.

The senatorial candidate of the Nationalist People’s Coalition is referring to Senate Bill No. 2686 and House Bill No. 6198, both seeking to create the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), which will take over the “communications” function of the would-be Department of Transportation (DOT). The Senate already adopted the House bill as an amendment to its version last month.

Also to be created under the bill is the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordination Center (CICC) whose powers and functions include the formulation of the national cybersecurity plan and facilitation of international cooperation on intelligence regarding cybersecurity matters.

BANK HACKED

“The transfer of the CICC to the DICT shall ensure that it will get sufficient funding to execute its functions and responsibilities. The incident that has led to the illegal transfer of more than $80 million to Philippine accounts emphasizes the need to immediately enact the proposed measure establishing the DICT,” Gatchalian, a majority member of the House committee on trade and industry explained.

Philippine National  Police (PNP) Director-General Ricardo Marquez earlier admitted that many local financial institutions have already been victimized by computer hackers and have lost huge amounts in corporate funds.

Among the victims is one of the country’s largest banks which lost “substantial amount of deposits to hackers” a few months ago.

“Last November, for the very first time in their history, one of the largest banks of our country stepped forward, asked [for] our help, and for the first time, admitted that they have, indeed, registered some very significant losses to cybercriminals,” narrated Marquez.

TIME TO AMEND AMLA

Gatchalian said the gaping loophole in the country’s anti-money laundering laws has made it imperative for Congress to amend the law — this time to include casino operations among the covered transactions to be placed under strict watch.

“Amending the AMLA is long overdue. I fully agree that casinos and related businesses should be included in the list of covered institutions that would have to report suspicious transactions to the Anti-Money Laundering Council,” the senatorial aspirant added.

He lamented that casino operations have not been included among the activities to be closely monitored under the provisions of the AMLA.

The reported $81 million money laundering operation that victimized the Bank of Bangladesh could not have succeeded if casinos operating in the country are already under AMLA coverage.

Casinos are among those extremely vulnerable to money-laundering activities and should be placed under close supervision.

WEAK LINK

The Valenzuela City congressman maintained there is a need to upgrade the AMLA and subject it to  timely reforms to make it more compliant with international standards set by the world’s financial institutions and watchdogs.

“The government should maintain the country’s good standing with the international financial system by amending the AMLA. It’s s about time that the AMLC be given additional powers over casinos to make sure that these can no longer be used in money-laundering activities,” explained Gatchalian.

Amending the AMLA is even made more urgent, Gatchalian said by the US State Department report citing the casino industry as a weak link in the Philippines’ effort to stop money laundering and terror financing. The assessment was contained in the State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report.

According to the report, regionally organized crime groups such as Chinese triads have infiltrated casino operations and have facilitated prostitution, narcotics trafficking, loan-sharking and suspect junket and VIP gaming tours.

The report also said “money laundering is a serious concern due to the Philippines’ international narcotics trade, high degree of corruption among government officials, trafficking in persons and the high volume of remittances from Filipinos living abroad.”

Gatchalian said there is also a need to revisit the congressional franchise being given to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), which acts as concurrent casino regulator and operator.

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