JV Estrada and the ease of doing business in San Juan

factcheck estradaIn ANC’s morning show Headstart, Karen Davila asked former San Juan mayor JV Estrada “How many signatures does it take in San Juan to open a business?”

Estrada replied, “I cannot count exactly… probably four or five… We really cut down on the red tape… So that was my very first policy, to make San Juan business-friendly...”

The World Bank and International Finance Corporation conducted research in 2011 to measure the ease of doing business in the Philippines. The study surveyed 25 Philippine cities, finding “that starting a business was easiest in General Santos and most difficult in San Juan.” The study also mapped the procedures, time and cost to build a warehouse and ranks Davao City as the most efficient and San Juan as the least efficient.  Data for doing business in San Juan can be viewed here.

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Zubiri's perfect attendance

In his website, former Senator Miguel Zubiri claims that he "maintained a perfect attendance in the Plenary Sessions for the last 12 years (4 Congresses) both as Congressman and as Senator, and including this 15th Congress."

Fact check

Based on the official attendance registered in the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives, Zubiri did not register perfect attendance in all session days since 1998. He was absent:

  • Twelve times in the second regular session of the thirteenth congress
  • Six times in the first regular session of the fourteenth congress
  • Five times in the second regular session of the fourteenth congress

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Trillanes and the FOI bill

In the student-oriented elections forum The Rundown, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claimed that he was the principal author of the Freedom of Information Bill in the Senate.

Fact check

The legislative history of the senate version of the Freedom of Information bill confirms that Trillanes is the first to file a bill (SB 11) to uphold “the right of access to information on matters of public concern.”  Subsequent bills were filed by other senators (SB 25, 126, 149, 158, 162, 1254, 1440, 1773, 2086, 2189, 2283, 2354) and were consolidated to become SB 3183 or the People’s Ownership of Government Information (POGI) Act of 2012.

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