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Fund for slain civil servants set up

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 17:10:00 11/03/2008

MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Service Commission (CSC) launched a financial assistance and scholarship program for the families of government workers killed in the line of duty on Monday, getting a head start with a P1-million donation from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

CSC chief Ricardo Saludo stressed the importance of highlighting the heroism of civil servants at a time when government is besieged with allegations of corruption.

“Now that it is fashionable to attach to the government all sorts of things, the high corruption that is alleged here and there, we see this occasion as a time to acknowledge and show [that] there are indeed people in government, so many of them, I can say [the] great majority, who have given their lives in dedicated selfless and often heroic service to motherland and their duties in public sector,” Saludo said in a speech during the launch at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang.

Saludo said recipients of the “Pondong Pamanang Lingkod Bayan [Legacy Fund for Civil Servants]” will initially include the families of slain civil servants who were also declared winners of the CSC’s annual search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees.

The beneficiaries will receive a one-time financial assistance of P20,000 and scholarship grants, he said.

Arroyo did not deliver a speech during the ceremonies but she handed the P1-million check to the fund, which was received by Saludo.

Saludo said Vice President Noli de Castro, Federation of Philippine Industries President Jesus Arranza, and himself each donated P100,000 to the fund.

In his speech, Salludo paid tribute to the following slain civil servants: former Assistant Solicitor General Nestor Ballacillo, who represented the government in high-profile cases including the P28-billion refund of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco); Senior Police Officer Rosita Lacay, who rescued a woman and a three-year-old boy from hostage takers; midwife Teresita Dondon, who was sideswiped by a bus while making a sick call; District Attorney Teresita Vidamo, who represented indigent litigants; and Master Teacher Filomena Tatlonghari, who was shot defending a ballot box from snatchers during the 1995 elections.

“Many of these people did not make it to the headlines but their deeds are no less heroic than the soldiers and servicemen whom we honor with medals and other commemorative ceremonies,” Saludo said.

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PNP general in Moscow row seen at Palace

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But President asked about another case, he says

By Joel Guinto
First Posted 15:30:00 11/03/2008

MANILA, Philippines — One of eight police generals in the controversial trip to Russia last October said he was summoned to Malacañang on Monday, but that it was not over the issue.

Deputy Director General Emmanuel Carta said he briefed President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the status of the case of former assistant solicitor general Nestor Ballacillo, who was gunned down in late 2006.

Ballacillo’s family was among those awarded scholarships by the Civil Service Commission in ceremonies at the Palace on Monday.

Arroyo and Carta were seen at Malacañang’s Rizal Hall after the program.

Asked if he and the President talked about the Russia trip, Carta said: “Hindi, pinatawag lang ako because pinapa-check kung ano yung

development [No, I was summoned because I was asked to check about the development.” Carta was referring to the Ballacillo killing.

Asked if the President asked about the Russia incident, Carta said: “Wala, wala [None, none].”

He evaded further questions and talked on his mobile phone, telling reporters: “Wala akong alam dun e, yung tungkol lang sa incident [I don’t know anything about that. It’s just about the incident].”

On October 11, former Philippine National Police (PNP) comptroller Eliseo dela Paz, who was part of the PNP’s eight-man delegation to an Interpol conference, was held for questioning at the Moscow Airport for carrying an undeclared €105,000 or P6.9 million.

Dela Paz claimed that the money was the “contingency fund” of the delegation. A Senate investigation uncovered several violations of the delegation of government regulations on foreign travel.

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