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Think tank finds May 13 polls ‘questionable’

Prof. Bobby Tuazon, Director for Policy Studies at think tank Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) on Wednesday said the May 13 midterm polls were unreliable, citing several aspects of non-compliance with election laws.

“Kwestyunable [dahil] ung proseso na dinaanan ng midterm elections—ranging from patuloy na non-compliance sa mahigpit na election provisions—digital signature, verifiability feature [hanggang] itong nangyaring premature proclamation,” Tuazon said in an interview aired over GMA News TV’s “News to Go”

Tuazon added that the observation was not just CenPEG’s alone, as other election watchdogs also saw the poll results as unreliable.

“Kabilang na diyan ang AES (Automated Election System) watch at ilan pang kapatid dito sa election monitoring, ay nagkakaisa sila na kwestyunable ang naging conduct at naging resulta ng midterm election,” he said.

Tuason pointed out that to date, around 10 million votes have yet to be counted and these “missing” votes gave the elections a sense of confusion.

“‘Yung the fact na halos 13 thousand ER’s (election returns) ay hindi pa talagang nata-transmit, equivalent iyon to 8 million to 10 million votes that remained to be unaccounted for; pinaka latest ang discrepancies na nakita roon sa kalahati ng mga RMA (Random Manual Audit) areas,” he said.

“Lahat ng ito, tingin namin, nagdudulot ng pangamba at agam agam sa question na was the vote really counted? Sino ba talaga actual na nanalo at natalo lalo na sa senatorial race?” he added.

Accuracy rating

Tuazon also brought up the much debated accuracy rating of the PCOS machines, saying that even before the elections were conducted, the machines failed to meet parameters during tests.

“If we go back to the discovery, na natagpuan namin, na accuracy rating of PCOS system ng Smartmatic, batay doon sa idinaos na mock elections sa House of Representatives noong July 24 to 25 of 2012, lumalabas doon ‘yung ang accuracy rating ay taliwas doon sa R.A. 9369. Sinasabi sa batas na dapat ang accuracy rating nito ay 99.995 percent,” Tuazon said.

But instead of 99.995 percent, Tuazon revealed that the PCOS’ rating was 97 percent.

“So, ‘yung nakikita nating discrepancies, ‘yung probable program errors, lahat ng ito manifestation ng realization na kwestyunable ang accuracy rating ng PCOS system ng Smartmatic,” he said.

Tuazon also pointed out the earlier pattern observed by an Ateneo professor that constantly showed administration bets garnering 60 percent of votes while the opposition and the independent candidates received 30 and 10 percent, respectively.,

“How about ‘yung pattern na nakita 60-30-10, very interesting pattern, although, hindi pa naman conclusive ‘yan. Pero it really raises this question, kung iko-correspond sa sinabi ni Chairman Brillantes, sinabi niya na ‘we decide the result of the election not on the basis of concrete results, but on the basis of projection and anticipated votes.’ I mean, saan galing ‘yung ganung klase?” Tuazon said. — Patricia Denise Chiu/DVM, GMA News




Local Government Relations With People’s Organizations, Non governmental Organizations, and the Private Sector

ARTICLE 62. Role of People’s Organizations, Nongovernmental Organizations and the Private Sector. — LGUs shall promote the establishment and operation of people’s organizations, NGOs, and the private sector, to make them active partners in the pursuit of local autonomy. For this purpose, people’s organizations, NGOs, and the private sector shall be directly involved in the following plans, programs, projects, or activities of LGUs:

(a) Local special bodies;

(b) Delivery of basic services and facilities;

(c) Joint ventures and cooperative programs or undertakings;

(d) Financial and other forms of assistance;

(e) Preferential treatment for organizations and cooperatives of marginal fishermen;

(f) Preferential treatment for cooperatives development; and (g) Financing, construction, maintenance, operation, and management of infrastructure projects.

ARTICLE 63. Local Special Bodies. —

(a) Local Development Councils — The duly designated representatives of accredited people’s organizations, NGOs, and the private sector operating in the provinces, cities, municipalities, or barangays shall sit as members in the provincial, city, municipal, or barangay development councils, as the case may be. The number of NGO representatives in each LDC shall not be less than one-fourth (1/4) of the total membership of the fully organized council. The local chief executive shall undertake the necessary information campaign to ensure participation of all NGOs operating within his territorial jurisdiction.

(b) Local Pre-qualification, Bids and Awards Committees — Two (2)representatives of people’s organizations or NGOs that are represented in the LDC concerned, to be chosen by the organizations themselves, and a practicing certified public accountant from the private sector, to be designated by the local chapter of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountant, if any, shall sit as members of  the provincial, city, and municipal pre-qualification, bids and awards committees (PBACs).

(c) Local Health Boards — A representative from NGOs or the private sector involved in health services in the province, city, and municipality shall sit as member of the provincial, city or municipal health boards, respectively.

(d) Local School Boards — The representatives of NGOs or the private sector who shall sit as members of the local school boards are as follows:

(1) Provincial school board — the duly elected president of the provincial federation of parents-teachers associations, the duly elected representative of teachers’ organizations in the province, and the duly elected representative of the non-academic personnel of public schools in the province;

(2) City school board — the duly elected president of the city federation of parents-teachers associations, the duly elected representative of teachers’ organizations in the city, and the duly elected representative of the non-academic personnel of public schools in the city;

(3) Municipal school board — the duly elected president of the municipal federation of parents-teachers associations, the duly elected representative of the teachers’ organizations in the municipality, and the duly elected representative of the non-academic personnel of the public schools in the municipality;

(e) Local Peace and Order Councils — The representatives of people’s organizations or NGOs in the local peace and order councils shall be the same as those provided under Presidential EO 309, series of 1988, as amended, and the implementing rules and regulations issued pursuant thereto (Annex B).

(f) People’s Law Enforcement Boards — The representatives of people’s organizations or NGOs who sit as members of the boards shall be the same as those provided under RA 6975, and the rules and regulations issued pursuant thereto.

ARTICLE 64. Procedures and Guidelines for Selection of Representatives of People’s Organizations, Nongovernmental Organizations, or the Private Sector in Local Special Bodies. —

(a) Call for application — Within thirty (30) days from the approval of these Rules and thereafter, within thirty (30) days from the organization of the newly elected sanggunian, each sanggunian concerned shall call all community-based people’s organizations or NGOs, including business and professional groups, and other similar aggrupations to apply with the LGU concerned for accreditation for membership in the local special bodies. The application shall include a duly approved board resolution of the people’s organizations, NGOs or the private sector concerned, certificate of registration, list of officers, accomplishments, and financial data of the organization;

(b) Accreditation — The sanggunian concerned shall accredit the organizations based on the following criteria:

(1) Registration with either the Securities and Exchange Commission, Cooperatives Development Authority, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare and Development, or any recognized NGA that accredits people’s organizations, NGOs, or the private sector. If not formally registered, the said organizations may be recognized by the sanggunian for purposes only of meeting the minimum requirements for membership of such organizations in local special bodies;

(2) Organizational purpose and objectives include community organization and development, institution-building, local enterprise development, livelihood development, capability-building, and similar developmental objectives and considerations;

(3) Community-based with project development and implementation track record of at least one (1) year;

(4) Reliability as evidenced by the preparation of annual reports and conduct of annual meetings duly certified by the board secretary of the organization; and

(5) In the case of PBACs, the organization or any of its members shall have no conflict of interest in the awarding of infrastructure or other projects.

(c) Completion of the accreditation process — The sanggunian shall complete the accreditation process within sixty (60) days from the promulgation of these Rules or within the same period from the organization of the newly elected sanggunian.

(d) Meeting to choose representatives of people’s organizations, NGOs, or the private sector — Within fifteen (15) days after the accreditation process, the DILG field officer assigned in the LGU shall call all accredited people’s organizations, NGOs, or the private sector to a meeting where these organizations shall choose from among themselves which people’s organizations, NGOs or private sector will be represented in the local special bodies. The selected people’s organizations, NGOs or private sector shall then designate their principal and alternate representatives who are residents of the LGU concerned. In no case shall an organization or a representative thereof be a member of more than one local special body within a province, city, or municipality.

(e) Term of office of selected representatives — The term of office of a selected representative shall be coterminous with that of the local chief executive concerned. Should a vacancy arise, the selected people’s organizations, NGOs, or the private sector shall designate a replacement for the unexpired term.

SWS: Corruption In LGUs Rising

MANILA, Philippines — More Filipinos believe that corruption in local government units (LGUs) is more widespread now than in the past year, based on the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results.

The nationwide 2012 Good Local Governance Survey, conducted among 1,500 household heads from Aug. 20 to 28, found that 56 percent of Filipinos still consider the level of corruption now in the city/municipality government as similar to the level a year ago, 33 percent said it is more widespread now, and 23 percent said it is more widespread last year.

The SWS noted that those who see “a lot” of corruption in the city/municipal government hardly changed from 25 percent this year to 22 percent last year.

As compared to last year, the same offices where corruption is considered most widespread occupy the top three positions, namely, the Budget Office (from 40 percent to 48 percent), Mayor’s Office (from 30 percent to 32 percent), and the Engineer’s Office (from 20 percent to 30 percent).

The SWS also listed the top 11 offices where corruption happens. These are the Treasurer’s Office (27 percent, up from 5th to 6th), Business Permit and Licensing Office (24 percent, stayed at 5th place), Transport and Traffic Management Office (19 percent, up from 7th place), Accountant Office (18 percent, up from 9th place), and Public Market Office (16 percent, up from 12th rank), Barangay Affairs and Public Assistance Center (13 percent, down from 4th place), Assessors Office (13 percent, up from 13th to 14th place), and Agriculture Office (13 percent, down from 8th place).

Over the past three years, Filipinos’ awareness of any anti-corruption effort of the city/municipal government has grown from 26 percent to 35 percent.

The survey also found 73 percent of household heads satisfied, and 14 percent dissatisfied, with the performance of their city/municipal government, for a net satisfaction rating of “very good” +59 (percentage of satisfied minus percentage of dissatisfied).

Net satisfaction ratings are termed as +70 and above, “excellent”; +50 to +69, “very good”; +30 to +49, “good”; +10 to +29, “moderate”, +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69, “very bad”; -70 and below, “execrable.”

The +59 rating is five points below the very good net rating of +64 (75 percent satisfied, 11 percent dissatisfied) in July 2011, but 15 points above the good +44 (68 percent satisfied, 23 percent dissatisfied in September 2009.

The survey also found 70 percent satisfied and 7 percent dissatisfied with the performance of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), for a very good net satisfaction rating of +63, up by five points from the good +48 (58 percent satisfied, 11 percent dissatisfied) in July 2011.

Very good net satisfaction ratings were also obtained by key local officials and institutions: Governor (down from +67 in July 2011 to +56 in August 2012), Mayor (down from an excellent +73 to +65), Vice-Mayor (down from +68 to +60), Barangay-Chairman (down from an excellent +70 to +63), City/Municipal Council (down from +61 to +57), and City/Municipal Police (hardly moving from +53 to +54).

The 2012 Survey on Good Local Governance was supported through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and The Asia Foundation (TAF) Partnership in the Philippines.

By ELLALYN B. DE VERA | October 30, 2012, 7:11pm

Federated TODA of Marikina City

Maraming suliranin ang mga nabubuhay sa pamamasada ng Tricycle. Maliban sa kinagisnang problema sa TODA ang mismong mga ahensya ng pamahalaan ay siya mismong problima suliranin ng mga nabubuhay sa pamamasada. Sa Marikina ang Comittee sa Transportation ay walang aksyon sa mga suliranin ng Tsuper ng Tricycle. Ang CTMDO mismo ay mukhang halimaw na nagugutom sa laman ng kawawang nagpapawis para pakainin ang kanilang pamilya sa pamamagitan ng malinis at marangal na paraan.

“Leather shoes Leadership” attack to the “Tsinelas Leadership” of former Sec. Robredo

First attack of “Leather shoes Leadership” of New DILG Secretary Roxas to the “Tsinelas Leadership” of former Secretary Robredo. The first marching order of now DILG Secretary Mar Roxas is kick out DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno and all staffs of former Sec. Robredo.

Iwinasiwas na naman ng isang Haciedero at pagiging traditional na politiko para lamang magsilbi sa sariling pangarap na ikonsolid ang sariling pwersa tungo sa sariling pangarap. Ang hakbanging ito traditional na kaugalian ng mga trapo.

Newly appointed Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas’ first marching order was to have DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno kicked out of his agency. The Daily Tribune | DILG’s Roxas kicks out Puno, Jesse’s men

“Leather Shoes Leader” Mar Roxas also..

kicking out all of the DILG officers and staffers of the late Jesse Robredo who have been declared by Roxas as being co-terminus with the late DILG secretary. The Daily Tribune | DILG’s Roxas kicks out Puno, Jesse’s men

Ang pag-aalis ni “Leather Shoe Leader and Leadership style” kay Undersecretary Rico Puno ay, ayon kay President Aquino ilalagay bilang tagapamahala ng PNP pero iginiit ni “Leader shoe leader” Mar Roxas siya ng binigyan ng buong kapangyarihan sa lahat ng sangay ng DILG.

It is not President Pnoy, who decide in matter to DILG now, it is obvious that the Liberal Party who calls a shot. The Nation loosed of the late SILG Robredo now a big opportunity for LP to consolidate their forces in coming presidential election.  It seems look traditional political strategy of the elite. What is in their minds are their future political careers and NOT TO CONTINOU WHAT SILG Jesse Robredo was started during his time as DILG. Ang pangulo ng Liberal Party ang tila mapagpasya sa mga dapat gawin sa Pamahalaan at hindi ang pangulo ng Pilipinas

I’m sure that P-Noy put Mar Roxas at the DILG because first and foremost, he is the Liberal Party (LP) personified and therefore, he must ensure an LP victory in the 2013 mid-term elections. This appointment clearly prepares Sec. Mar for the 2016 Presidential race surely to the consternation of Vice-President Jejomar Binay. Unfortunately for Vice Pres. Binay, he is a reluctant “oppositionist” and never issued any damaging statement vs P-Noy, even if the latter is self-destructing. The DOTC slot was given to Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio Abaya. Few people know who he is. Mar Roxas at DILG:The road to 2016? :  SHOOTING STRAIGHT By Bobit S. Avila | The Philippine Star

Sa simula palang the “Leather Shoe leader” of  SILG Roxas sa kanyang pagtangap ng posisyon ay nagpahayag na ng kanyang PALUSOT  para sa justification ng kanyang mga hakbangin sa bago niyang position. SILG Mar Roxas said…

“More than this, I have big shoes or big tsinelas to fulfill. I am not Jesse Robredo. Unlike him, I have many shortcomings but rest assured, I will do my best to respect the legacy of Secretary Jesse. His memory will be my guide while I fulfill the responsibilities as DILG secretary,“ he added.

Roxas said he plans to sustain the reforms initiated by Robredo especially on “transparency, accountability, and people empowerment“ which are the “hallmarks“ of the late secretary’s leadership. Read more: http://www.tempo.com.ph/2012/big-tsinelas/

Ang pagtanggal ni Mar Roxas sa mga dating tauhan ni dating SILG at pag-aalis Undersecretary ay pagpapakita na nais niya (Roxas) na ipagpatuloy ang mga sinimulan ni “Tsinelas Leader”?

There’s a lot of work that Secretary Robredo left in his office that his wife, Lenny Robredo, wished that whoever will replace him will finish the job.

“Yung mga dapat alisin sana maalis,” Mrs. Robredo was quoted as saying during her press conference last Thursday morning.

I just hope that what Secretary Jesse started, his successor would be able to finish it. Robredo was working on something impossible—to weed the government of corrupt officials and to make our country a better nation.  Robredo, the epitome of ‘daang matuwid’

Kung malaki ang tsinelas na pupunuan ni SILG Mar Roxas at nais niya itong punuan, bakit kailangan bawasan o alisin ang mga taong kahit papaano ay may naunang karanasan sa mga programang naiwan ni Sec. Robredo. Ganun padin, nais lamang ni Roxas na bitbitin niya ang kaniyang mga personal at piling tauhan upang kaagapay niya hindi sa pagpapatuloy ng simulain ni Sec. Robredo, bagkus ay para isakatuparan ang kanyang (Roxas) pagnanasa sa politika at hindi para sa pagpapatuloy at pagsasakatuparan ng “GOOD GOVERNANCE”.

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By: Bishop Benny Navarro
    C2G2, Chairman

We always hear the phrase about the separation of church and state; but, working together, like the church helping the state to uplift the spiritual, mental and moral status of the people is greatly possible and can be worked out.

In Marikina alone, there are more than two hundred Christian churches of different denominations and most of them are very active in the communities where they are located. Most of the churches have organized themselves into associations and one of the biggest, influential and most active is Marikina Pastors and Christian Workers Association, Inc. or MARVAL for short.

The association is almost thirty years old, one of the oldest association of pastors and the biggest association of pastors and church workers in the City. This author was one of the past presidents and now one of the members of the board of advisers of the association.

Marval has worked very closely with the local government of Marikina. In some barangays, the lupons are composed mostly of pastors. Pastors are the ones who take charge of prayers during the Monday flag ceremonies of the City Hall. It has its own radio program aired in our local government station broadcasting not only the Word of God but programs that give instructions to the local populace about livelihood, cooking, health-tips, etc. The local government allows pastors to hold Spiritual Retreats during Holy Week and City-wide March for Jesus. During times of calamities and disasters, the churches distributes, clothing, medicines, food and water to the communities where their churches are located, thereby helping the local government in the work of rehabilitation. I have seen so many instances wherein churches and our local government have helped each other to help the local population.

Some of the present officers of Marval are the following: Ptr. Oscar Josef, Ptr. Ver LaPena,  Ptr. Edgar Bangit, Ptr. Ferdie Atanacio, Ptr. Rey Faigao, Ptr. Noel Camo, Ptr. Jess Llantada, Dra. Editha Zulueta.

Members of the Board of Advisers are the following: Bishop Benny Navarro, Bishop Mark Jara, Ptr. Richard Doromal, Kap. Oddie Francisco.

Failure to file SALN carries stiff penalties – Ombudsman

Ombudsman- 19 June 2012

 The Office of the Ombudsman reminded government employees anew to take the duty of filing their annual Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) seriously.

The Office issued the call following the May 17, 2012 Decision of the Sandiganbayan that convicted Danilo Collantes, former Provincial Engineer for the Province of Rizal, of two counts of Violation of Sec. 8(a) in relation to Sec. 11 of Republic Act 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees) for his failure to file his SALNs for the years 2001 and 2002.

Records of the case showed that Collantes started his employment as Supervising Civil Engineer I with the Rizal Provincial Government in July 1986. He was Provincial Engineer from June 1998 until his retirement in June 2004, with an annual income of P277,008 or a monthly income of P23,084.

Certifications duly issued by the Human Resources Management Office for the Province of Rizal, the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon and the Integrated Records Division of the Civil Service Commission state that Collantes failed to file his SALN for the years 2001 and 2002.

Collantes was ordered to submit his counter-affidavit and other controverting evidence but failed to comply with said directive. During trial, respondent initially entered a “not guilty” plea but later pleaded guilty to the offense charged. Hence, the Sandiganbayan First Division rendered a Decision finding him guilty beyond reasonable doubt. He was sentenced to pay a fine of P5,000 for each case, with subsidiary imprisonment in case of insolvency.

Assistant Ombudsman Asryman T. Rafanan cited that Sec. 8 of RA 6713 mandates “all public officials and employees, except those in an honorary capacity, laborers and casual or temporary workers” to file their SALNs “within 30 days after assumption of office; on or before April 30, of every year thereafter; and within 30 days after separation from the service.”

AO Rafanan warned that under Sec. 11 of RA 6713, violation of Section 8 thereof is “punishable with imprisonment not exceeding five (5) years, or a fine not exceeding five thousand pesos (P5,000), or both, and, in the discretion of the court of competent jurisdiction, disqualification to hold public office.” http://www.ombudsman.gov.ph/index.php?home=1&pressId=Mjcz

Fernandos should explain status of § 1.3 M World Bank grant

The Daily Tribune-without Fear of Favor

Thousands of members of the local biking community are upbeat regarding the plan of Marikina City Hall to revive its 52-kilometer long bike network in line with their “Make It Marikina Year 2012” (MIMY) campaign which is designed to perk up the local economy.

MIMY 2012 is actually a marketing gimmick conjured up by the well-meaning bright boys of Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman in a bid to promote the city’s products and services, as well as to attract new investors to set up their business there, convince more people to build houses in several of the sprawling subdivisions and housing projects that they have and to lure transients or visitors to patronize their parks, recreation centers and other amenities.

Marikina, which is situated at the eastern portion of Metro Manila, right at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range, used to be known as the “Shoe Capital of the Philippines” with easily more than 60 percent of the businesses located there devoted to shoe manufacturing.

Unfortunately, it lost its proud title (its present inhabitants are descendants of shoemakers dating back to the late 19th century) in recent years when virtually all of the shoe-making companies were forced to fold up because they could simply not compete with the super-cheap imports from China which began flooding the local market due to unabated bigtime smuggling in the 1990s during the Ramos administration. Adding to their woes was the runaway growth of housing subdivisions, coupled with the uncontrolled influx of informal settlers (squatters, if you may) which made doing business in Marikina unfeasible.

In lieu of this sorry development, we were told Mayor de Guzman now envisions Marikina as the new “Bike Capital of the Philippines.” In a recent executive order, he had the Marikina Bikeways Office resurrected to supervise and monitor the implementation of the bikeways program.

City Hall sources say the idea behind the refurbishing of the old bike network is to entice the local biking community to come over and make Marikina their destination of choice.

Each and every weekend, literally thousands of bike aficionados and health buffs pass through Marikina town proper on their way to the Sierra Madres to get their regular exercise spin and dose of fresh mountain freshness. But they don’t end up staying for long since the Marikina air is so polluted, the streets are so crowded, there is so much traffic and too many unruly motorcycle, tricycle and jeepney drivers and there are no suitable places where they can congregate and shoot the breeze among themselves.

By proposing to repaint the bike lanes, install CCTV cameras and public address speakers, put up lampposts, repair rutted roads, assign security guards and bike patrols to ensure compliance with city ordinances on the proper use of the bike lanes and to deter untoward incidents, Marikina officials are hoping they can create the right kind of atmosphere that bikers could enjoy.

The plan works both ways, as this would somehow encourage Marikina residents to embrace the culture of biking rather than rely on motorized vehicles for their means of transportation, in going to work or school especially if it is only within city confines.

“We also hope that this will create a change in the lifestyle of the city residents which will benefit both their health and the environment,” Mayor De Guzman said in a statement.

In furtherance of the bikeways revitalization effort, City Hall is also eyeing the possibility of extending the present 52-kilometer network from the Riverbanks Center to Eastwood City in Quezon City, and the conversion of Daang Bakal into a dedicated bikeway where vehicles will be prohibited from passing or parking. Now that would be cool!

But before we get carried away with all these grandiose ideas, there is something that I’d like to ask Mayor De Guzman, and this has something to do with the huge funds (yup, huge) that had already been allocated to the Marikina local government, which was then under Mayor Bayani Fernando, by the World Bank (WB) for the development of its proposed bike program.

From what I had gathered, the novel endeavor was launched through a $1.3-million grant (approximately P50 million) from the WB’s Global Environment Facility in 2001 specifically intended for the construction of the bikeways network, the first of its kind in the country.

Sometime in 2008, then Mayor Marides Fernando inexplicably discontinued the WB-funded bike program and shuttered the Marikina Bikeways Office, and together with it went the upkeep and maintenance of the bike lanes and the bikeways network.

Therefore, if Mayor De Guzman expects the public to believe he is dead serious in his desire to bring back to life the highly-praiseworthy bike program that was originally conceptualized to help address environmental concerns, and ask for donations from NGOs and various green advocacy groups which I must assume is his ultimate objective, the proper procedure here is that he should ask the Commission on Audit for a report regarding the status of the WB funds entrusted to the Fernandos in 2001 to determine if indeed such were put to good use.

Seriously, whatever happened to the $1.3 million of the World Bank? The Fernandos should be told to explain.