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Unmask the Corrupt

unmask the corrupt“For too long, the corrupt have been allowed to hide their ill-gotten gains in foreign countries. This has to stop now in the interest of all countries and their citizens,” warned Cobus de Swardt, Transparency International’s Managing Director.– excerpt press statement of Transparency International Switzerland, click here for the full text.


Marikina informal sectors mag-oorganisa

Marikina City, July 6, 2014- Isang grupo ng mga street vendors, self employed na taga-Marikina ang lumapit sa C2G2 para sila ay tulungan sa pag-oorganisa.

Ang mga dumalo ay naghain ng kanilang mga saloobin sa kanilang mga nararasan sa buhay. Ayon sa kanila, bakit silang mga nagsusumikap sa kanilang mga sarili ay napagkakaitan ng karapatang mabuhay ng marangal sa kanilang pagsisikap.

Parang hindi kami kabilang at taga-Marikina sa aming nararanasan na trato mula sa ating gobyerno, ang tinurang ng isang dumalo.

Gusto naming magsama-sama at magtulungan kung kami ay walang maaasahan sa ating pamahalaan, sabi ng isang pahayag.

Dahil dito, ang C2G2 ay nakahandang tumulong sa kanilang mga nais na isagawa. Ang pulong para sa opisyal na pagkakabuo ng Samahan ay gaganapin din sa buwang kasalukuyan, pagkatapos ihanda ang mga kinakailangang mga dokumento sa pagtatayo ng Samahan. .

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Organizational Capacity Building

As part of Organization Capacity Building, Project proposal and Business plan writing training attended by C2G2, TUGMA, representative from various community associations and other peoples organization. The training is facilitated by J.C Binay Foundation.

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After the training followed by a socialization, furthering discussion and sharing social issues. Mr. Remogat who is working immigrant in Italy shared his other Filipino experience working in Italy. Concluded that in Italy, it is Welfare State.

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Fountain in Marikina Bridge- no where to find

Ayon sa Abstract of Bid proposal– Ang Marikina City ay maglalagay ng dalawang Fountain sa magkabilang dulo ng ilalim ng tulay. Ito ang nakasaad sa isang dokumento na Abstract of Bid Proposal na may petsang April 17, 2013. Bagama’t ang kopya ng Bid Proposal ay hindi kumpleto, ito ay nagpapatutuo na may bidding na naganap para sa nasabing proyekto. Ang dokumneto ay nagpapakita na may isang sumali sa nasabing bidding. Hangang sa oras na isinusulat ang artikulong ito ay walang Fountain na nakikita sa nasabing lugar na tinutukoy sa dokumneto. Sa pagtatanong-tanong sa mga taong madalas sa lugar, ayon sa kanila wala at hindi nagkaroon ng fountain sa lugar. Click to view the Abstract of Bid Proposal

C2G2 joined International Labor Day- Marikina City

The Streamer speaks so much about what the people should and must know, where your taxes goes. May 1, 2014- Marikina City. Bilang pakiki-isa sa pandaigdigang ARAW NG PAGGAWA naglunsad ang Citizens’ Congress for Good Governance (C2C2) ng pagkilos sa Marikina.

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ScrapPork Network ramps up protest- #ScrapPork Network

Followers of anti-corruption group #ScrapPork Network spent the Araw ng Kagitingan holiday holding a series of protests around the metro manila.

They are calling on the Justice Department to speed up an its investigation into other lawmakers named in a special audit report covering pork disbursements from 2007 to 2009.

#ScrapPork Network believes selective justice is justice denied adding the special audit report found irregularities in the spending of other lawmakers besides senators Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile.

#ScrapPork’s affiliate group, The Citizen’s Congress for Good Governance, has launched a new petition to detain in a regular jail any government official implicated in a pork barrel scam, instead of keeping them under hospital or house arrest.

The group insists in the online campaign that the three senators should resign or get expelled, if they refuse to step down.

Estrada and Revilla have ruled out resigning, while Enrile declined to comment.

Revilla’s camp remains optimistic that the Supreme Court will order the Ombudsman to suspend the pork barrel scam probe.

The tribunal earlier chose not to decide right away on Revilla’s urgent motion for a freeze order and, instead, asked the Ombudsman to submit a memorandum in relation to the merits of the petition for certiorari and prohibition.

#ScrapPork Network has gathered more than 10,000 signatures to date in its online petition.

The anti-corruption association will continue monitoring the pork barrel case.

The group is one of the organizers of a massive protest in Luneta last year for the abolition of the pork barrel system.

Peachy Tan, Spokesperson of the Scrap Pork Network, said: “We are going to exert all the political pressure that we can muster because we have shown last year that, once people shout out what they want, government will listen.”

The group plans to personally deliver the results of its online petition to the three senators’ offices, to pressure them into stepping down. ###


Transparency & Accountability in Marikina

During the period of former Mayor Marides C. Fernando (MCF) transparency in Marikina City was literally transparent. Transparent in sense that all offices are glass walled, that you can see what are the employees are doing inside their respective offices. In fact as of today, in the term of Mayor Del De Guzman it is still in placed.  the said structure still in place.

Marikina offices are all transparent, but it is the transparency the people wanted to have in Marikina Government?

The following are the Detailed  Audit Report of Marikina City from the year 2010, 2012, 2013 by Commission on Audit

pdf logo   word icon Marikina City 2016 Audit Report

pdf logo   word icon Marikina City 2015 Audit Report

pdf logo   word icon Marikina City 2014 Audit Report

pdf logo   word icon Marikina City 2013 Audit Report

pdf logo   word icon Marikina City 2012 Audit Report

pdf logo   word icon Marikina City 2011 Audit Report

pdf logo  word icon Marikina City 2010 Audit Report

pdf logo   word icon Marikina City 2009 Audit Report

pdf logo   word icon Marikina City 2008 Audit Report
pdf logo   word icon Marikina City 2007 Audit Report
The  Annual Audit Reports for CY 1998 to CY 2013 on the Local Government Units (LGUs) can be find here.

Marikina Revenue Code 2013

Annual Procurement Plan 2014

Ex-CIA man exposes U.S. spy scheme for better world


LONDON – An ex-CIA employee working as a contractor at the U.S. National Security Agency said he was the man who had leaked details of a top secret U.S. surveillance program, acting out of conscience to protect “basic liberties for people around the world”.
Holed up in a hotel room in Hong Kong, Edward Snowden, 29, said he had thought long and hard before publicizing details of an NSA program codenamed PRISM, saying he had done so because he felt his country was building an unaccountable and secret espionage machine that spied on every American.
Both the Washington Post and Britain’s Guardian newspaper – to whom he gave the documents he had purloined – published his identity on Sunday.
“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things … I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under,” he told the Guardian, which published a video interview with him on its website.

“The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards,” he said.

The Guardian published revelations this week that U.S. security services monitored data about phone calls from Verizon and Internet data from large companies such as Google and Facebook.

The exposure of the secret programs has triggered widespread debate within the United States and abroad about the vast reach of the NSA, which has expanded its surveillance programs dramatically in the last decade. U.S. officials say the agency operates within the law.

Snowden’s decision to reveal his identity and whereabouts lifts the lid on one of the biggest security leaks in U.S. history and escalates a story that has embarrassed the administration of President Barack Obama.

His decision to go public also potentially exposes him to the wrath of the U.S. authorities. The Guardian compared him to Bradley Manning, a soldier now on trial for aiding the enemy, for passing classified military and state department files to anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.

Sleepless nights

Snowden, who said he had left his girlfriend in Hawaii without telling her where he was going, said he knew the risk he was taking, but thought the publicity his revelations had garnered in the past few days had made it worth it.

“My primary fear is that they will come after my family, my friends, my partner. Anyone I have a relationship with,” he said. “I will have to live with that for the rest of my life. I am not going to be able to communicate with them. They (the authorities) will act aggressively against anyone who has known me. That keeps me up at night.”

He spoke of his willingness to give up a comfortable life in Hawaii, where he earned about $200,000 a year: “I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, Internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”

Within minutes of Snowden’s name being revealed by the Guardian he had become an instant folk hero.

At left-leaning U.S. blog The Daily Kos, contributor “Corvo” wrote “It’s a shame that Edward Snowden won’t be 36 years of age on 20 January 2017; otherwise I should want to vote for him to be our next president.”

Snowden, a former CIA technical assistant, said he had been working at the super-secret NSA as an employee of defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and decided to break his silence after becoming disenchanted with Obama whom he said had continued the policies of predecessor George W. Bush.

“My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which was done in their name and that which is done against them,” he said. “I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions. I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.”

The Guardian said Snowden had been working at the NSA for four years as a contractor for outside companies including Booz Hamilton and Dell.

Three weeks ago, he copied the secret documents at the NSA office in Hawaii where he works and told his supervisor he needed “a couple of weeks” off for treatment for epilepsy, the paper said. On May 20 he flew to Hong Kong, which he said he chose because “they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent”.

In the video interview he looked relaxed, bespectacled and wearing a light beard and a dark grey shirt. The newspaper said he had only ventured outside three times since his arrival in Hong Kong and was fearful the CIA was going to come for him.

He said he was ultimately hoping that Iceland, which values Internet freedom, might grant him asylum.

The Guardian said he had stuffed pillows beneath his hotel room door to ward off snoopers and that he cloaked himself beneath a red hood when using his computer to try to keep his passwords safe. —Reuters

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