CRITICS: NOY ENDORSEMENT IN 2016 KISS OF DEATH

Critics of President Aquino yesterday belied Malacañang’s claim that whoever would be anointed by the administration in the 2016 presidential elections would have the advantage over other presidential aspirants. The militant Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said an endorsement coming from Aquino would be a kiss of death. “We agree that an Aquino endorsement in 2016 is lethal. It means kiss of death to and death of the political career of that presidential wannabe,” Pamalakaya vice chairman Salvador France said. France described presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda as a propagandist of Malacañang. “That is the trouble with Malacañang propagandists like presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda – they just open their big mouths for nothing except to glorify the inglorious regime of Aquino,” he said.

ALSO: Archbishop’s observation contradicts Aquino survey good rating

President Aquino got a high mark from the victims in his performance after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda but a church official’s observation is different. Palo Archbishop John Du refused to comment on the Social Weather Station survey’s “very good rating” for Aquino, but said many victims gave more credit to the help of non-government groups. “All I know is that they are always waiting and it is the Church that’s always giving them what they want especially those who would say that they have not received anything yet,” Du said. He said that it is the international humanitarian agencies and church-based organizations that played major role after the devastation. “I have observed that it is really the church people, those from foreign agencies, non-government organizations and other religious communities who are working very hard in the area,” he said. According to the latest SWS survey, which was conducted on Dec. 11 to 16, 73 percent of Yolanda victims are satisfied and only 19 percent are dissatisfied of Aquino’s performance.

ALSO: Vatican official to inspect ‘Yolanda’ rehab effort

One of the most touted “papabili” or cardinal who could be pope during last year’s conclave that elected Pope Francis is visiting typhoon-ravaged areas in Leyte next week. Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, will arrive in Manila on Jan. 27, and will proceed to Tacloban City the following day. Former Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See Henrietta de Villa said Cardinal Sarah wants to get a first-hand look at the progress of the Church’s ongoing recovery efforts. De Villa is a consultor to the Cor Unum, an administrative body that serves in the name of Pope Francis for the Church’s worldwide charitable activities. It also distributes papal funds to disaster-torn areas in the world. “He will visit some areas worst hit by the typhoon the whole day,” De Villa said. The cardinal, she added, will just return to Manila on the same day. Upon his arrival on Monday, Cardinal Sarah is also scheduled to meet the country’s Catholic bishops who will gather for their plenary assembly in Manila starting on Saturday, January 25.

ALSO: SWS: Noy gets high marks from Yolanda victims

President Aquino received a “very good” satisfaction rating from the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda despite criticisms over his administration’s purportedly slow response to the recent calamity, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said in its latest survey. Results of the SWS December 2013 poll found 73 percent of Yolanda victims said they were satisfied with the President’s performance while only 19 percent were dissatisfied, for a net satisfaction rating of 54 percent. The survey, conducted from Dec. 11 to 16, used face-to-face interviews of 1,550 persons nationwide. Thirteen percent of the respondents claimed they suffered “serious harm” from Yolanda. The SWS survey question on families victimized by Yolanda was directed to the household head, and was non-commissioned, the pollster said. “The December 2013 survey found higher satisfaction ratings for President Aquino among victims of Yolanda compared to those who were not victimized by the super typhoon,” the SWS said. Among non-victims of Yolanda, 69 percent were satisfied and 21 percent were dissatisfied, for a net satisfaction rating of 48, classified as good, the SWS said. The satisfaction rating of the President was first reported by SWS-BusinessWorld last Dec. 26. Malacañang yesterday expressed appreciation for the latest SWS survey.


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‘Noy endorsement in 2016 is kiss of death’

MANILA, JANUARY 27, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Michelle Zoleta - Critics of President Aquino yesterday belied Malacañang’s claim that whoever would be anointed by the administration in the 2016 presidential elections would have the advantage over other presidential aspirants.

The militant Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said an endorsement coming from Aquino would be a kiss of death.

“We agree that an Aquino endorsement in 2016 is lethal. It means kiss of death to and death of the political career of that presidential wannabe,” Pamalakaya vice chairman Salvador France said.

France described presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda as a propagandist of Malacañang. “That is the trouble with Malacañang propagandists like presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda – they just open their big mouths for nothing except to glorify the inglorious regime of Aquino,” he said.

The group said those who will be endorsed by Aquino will suffer heavily at the electoral box-office contrary to Lacierda’s claim that President Aquino will make his candidates win because of the strong confidence the administration enjoys from the people.

“That is baloney. Lacierda is in full-state political dementia and he is harboring illusions and fantasies that is bordering on hallucination,” Pamalakaya said.

Lacierda said critics have been attempting to tear Aquino down as a way of weakening his endorsement power in the 2016 elections, knowing that whoever the President would anoint would have the advantage over the other aspirants.

“Whoever the President will endorse... The power of the President’s endorsement is lethal. It is effective and that’s the reason – whoever the President would anoint, would certainly have an advantage,” Lacierda said.

He argued that all the accusations raised against Aquino and his aides would have no adverse effect on the candidate to be supported by the administration in the 2016 elections.

Lacierda said the Aquino government has been consistent on its tuwid na daan (straight path), citing the latest approval ratings of the President.

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Archbishop John Du (left) and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, president of Catholic Relief Services check damage to the cathedral in Palo, Nov. 17, 2013.

MANILA, Jan. 26, 2014— President Aquino got a high mark from the victims in his performance after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda but a church official’s observation is different.

Palo Archbishop John Du refused to comment on the Social Weather Station survey’s “very good rating” for Aquino, but said many victims gave more credit to the help of non-government groups.

“All I know is that they are always waiting and it is the Church that’s always giving them what they want especially those who would say that they have not received anything yet,” Du said.

He said that it is the international humanitarian agencies and church-based organizations that played major role after the devastation.

“I have observed that it is really the church people, those from foreign agencies, non-government organizations and other religious communities who are working very hard in the area,” he said.

According to the latest SWS survey, which was conducted on Dec. 11 to 16, 73 percent of Yolanda victims are satisfied and only 19 percent are dissatisfied of Aquino’s performance.

Among the non-victims, 69 percent of non-victims said they were satisfied while 21 percent dissatisfied with Aquino’s performance, for a net satisfaction rating of +48 or “good”.

The Aquino administration was criticized earlier for the slow response in delivering emergency assistance after the typhoon.

“I cannot give a confirmation to what the people in the survey are saying. I do not go into it asking them if they are satisfied with the government or not. We are just doing our part,” Du said.

The head of the social action center in the Archdiocese of Capiz, one of the hard-hit areas apart from Leyte, meanwhile, could not believe with the result of the survey.

As far as Capiz SAC Director Fr. Mark Granflor is concerned, the presence of local and foreign NGOs in Capiz province is “overwhelming” compared to the government.

“When I heard that (survey), I kept on smiling,” Granflor said. “I’m sorry but the people here did not really feel the presence and response of the government during and after Yolanda.”

“Maybe the respondents of the survey really received enough aid from the government but it’s not the case here in our area,” he said.

The priest said the archdiocese’s aid efforts have now shifted from emergency assistance to recovery and rehabilitation programs to help affected communities return to normal.

“The situation is returning to normal with people trying to work to support their needs but many groups are still helping with the archdiocese facilitating and coordinating the works,” he added.

In Leyte, rehabilitation efforts are also ongoing as the archdiocese tries to provide livelihood for the victims “so they will be able to stand and not just depend on whatever dole outs”.

“We want to help them earn a living,” Du said. (CBCPNews)

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Cardinal Robert Sarah

MANILA, Jan. 24, 2014— One of the most touted “papabili” or cardinal who could be pope during last year’s conclave that elected Pope Francis is visiting typhoon-ravaged areas in Leyte next week.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, will arrive in Manila on Jan. 27, and will proceed to Tacloban City the following day.

Former Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See Henrietta de Villa said Cardinal Sarah wants to get a first-hand look at the progress of the Church’s ongoing recovery efforts.

De Villa is a consultor to the Cor Unum, an administrative body that serves in the name of Pope Francis for the Church’s worldwide charitable activities.

It also distributes papal funds to disaster-torn areas in the world.

“He will visit some areas worst hit by the typhoon the whole day,” De Villa said. The cardinal, she added, will just return to Manila on the same day.

Upon his arrival on Monday, Cardinal Sarah is also scheduled to meet the country’s Catholic bishops who will gather for their plenary assembly in Manila starting on Saturday, January 25.

Fr. Marvin Mejia, CBCP Secretary General, said the cardinal is expected to deliver a talk and discuss the Church’s recovery works in areas worst hit by Typhoon Yolanda last November.

“I think his talk has something to do with the efforts of the Church to address the situation in Yolanda hit areas,” Mejia said.

De Villa said Cardinal Sarah will return to Rome on January 30.

The 68-year old Guinean cardinal was among the leading names drawing buzz in Rome as the conclave was drawing near last year.

According to US-based Catholic News Service, he was known as a defender of rights and promoter of charity.

As Pope Benedict XVI prepared to leave office in late February last year, Cardinal Sarah was visiting Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. (Roy Lagarde)

FROM PHILSTAR

SWS: Noy gets high marks from Yolanda victims By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 24, 2014 - 12:00am 5 60 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino received a “very good” satisfaction rating from the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda despite criticisms over his administration’s purportedly slow response to the recent calamity, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said in its latest survey.

Results of the SWS December 2013 poll found 73 percent of Yolanda victims said they were satisfied with the President’s performance while only 19 percent were dissatisfied, for a net satisfaction rating of 54 percent.

The survey, conducted from Dec. 11 to 16, used face-to-face interviews of 1,550 persons nationwide. Thirteen percent of the respondents claimed they suffered “serious harm” from Yolanda.

Families that suffered serious harm were 38 percent in the Visayas, 11 percent in balance Luzon, four percent in Mindanao, and three percent in Metro Manila.

The SWS survey question on families victimized by Yolanda was directed to the household head, and was non-commissioned, the pollster said.

“The December 2013 survey found higher satisfaction ratings for President Aquino among victims of Yolanda compared to those who were not victimized by the super typhoon,” the SWS said.

Among non-victims of Yolanda, 69 percent were satisfied and 21 percent were dissatisfied, for a net satisfaction rating of 48, classified as good, the SWS said.

The satisfaction rating of the President was first reported by SWS-BusinessWorld last Dec. 26.

Palace grateful

Malacañang yesterday expressed appreciation for the latest SWS survey.

“We are inspired by this manifestation of support for the government’s continuing effort to help Yolanda victims rebuild their lives and construct disaster-resilient communities,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

“It is gratifying that those who suffered greatly appreciate what their President and their government have done to ease their pain and alleviate their plight despite the shortcomings and challenges still being hurdled,” he said.

Yolanda, the world’s strongest storm in 2013, devastated the Visayas and Southern Luzon last Nov. 8, leaving more than 6,100 dead.

SWS said Yolanda victims even pulled up Aquino’s net satisfaction rating for the last quarter of 2013 by a percentage point.

“Aquino’s net satisfaction rating among non-Yolanda victims would have been net 48 instead of net 49 without the Yolanda victims,” it said.

SWS’s net satisfaction ratings consider scores of 70 and above as “excellent”; 50 to 69 as “very good”; 30 to 49 as “good”; 10 to 29 as “moderate”; 9 to -9 as “neutral”; -10 to -29 as “poor”; -30 to -49 as “bad”; -50 to -69 as “very bad”; and -70 and below as “execrable.” – With Delon Porcalla


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