PNoy CITES MANILA BULLETIN FOR 'RESPONSIBLE' REPORTING

President Benigno S. Aquino III last night lauded the Manila Bulletin for its “sober and responsible reporting” as well as being a “strong voice” in sharing the good news. Speaking during the 114th anniversary of the Manila Bulletin in Intramuros, Manila, the President praised the newspaper for living up to its motto of being an exponent of Philippine progress. “Of course, we all know this does not mean that you, or in fact, media must only be bearers of good news. The progress of our country can only be accounted for when it is measured against, and in spite of, the challenges that we have endured,” the President said. “The Manila Bulletin has always lived up to this: exhibiting discernment and accountability through sober and responsible reporting. This is what I have always asked of media: to raise the level of public discourse, instead of fueling unnecessary speculation and negativity that contributes to national apathy,” he added.

ALSO: Aquino bares grooming of future leaders

With the 2016 elections a few years away, President Benigno S. Aquino III is grooming the potential government leaders who will sustain his “matuwid na daan” policy. The President has disclosed that the administration party has started to recruit “talents,” particularly the “younger ones.” Among the Liberal Party political leaders cited by the President are Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and Samar Rep. Mel Sarmiento. “We are looking through all of these talents. We are trying to recruit them within the party and a lot of them hopefully have demonstrated their worth to the country, to society not the current stage of political development but even if it was very dangerous to do so,” Aquino said in an interview with “The Bottomline” aired over Channel 2 last Saturday night. “So the next step is to give them an opportunity to demonstrate this promise that they hold and in that sense, get them known to the people who will then give them the mandate to continue what we are trying to do,” he added. Aquino, who has vowed a transformational presidency wherein the people is his boss, said he hopes to inspire other people to be transformation leaders as well. “Parang napaka-useless naman lahat ng sacrifice if it will not continue. You hope to show that things you are aspiring for are possible and hopefully inspire others to do and set up the mechanisms to give them the wherewithal to be able to do that,” he said. The President acknowledged that the Liberal Party is the “best mechanism” to continue the “daang matuwid” policy and issue-based platform. Aquino is currently chairman of the Liberal Party.

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His administration and political party are focused on rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in typhoon-hit areas, not on grooming anyone for the presidency, President Benigno S. Aquino told a media forum yesterday. The guest of honor at the 27th annual Christmas party of Bulong Pulungan yesterday, the President also hinted that he does not want his sister Kris Aquino to get into politics. The President said the Liberal Party is not grooming Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II for the presidency. Roxas is currently focused on his daunting task as Interior Secretary at this time, Aquino said. “Is he being groomed? Our party has not decided on that. We have not discussed it. We are focused on solving the problems of today,” Aquino said. As for his youngest sister, Kris, the President said she is busy being a stage mother rather than entertaining ideas of entering politics. “In the latest pronouncement I heard from her is she is aiming to be the perfect stage mother,” Aquino said. “The last time she made a pronouncement, she was concerned about the topic of being a stage mother and of course, Joshua’s achievements,” he said.

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Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero announced that he will no longer run for the presidential race in 2016. The senator said he is contented with his professional and personal life right now. (Photo by Jacqueline Hernandez) Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero has announced that he will no longer run for president and that he is contented with being a senator. Escudero, who was one of the senators who aspired to join the presidential race in 2010, said he is no longer even aspiring for it in the future. “I’m on my last term (of office) and just doing my job, my mandate. I’m quite satisfied with where I am right now, with my professional and personal life,” Escudero told reporters in an interview. The senator categorically admitted he’s not eyeing the post and no preparations are being done for the presidential elections which is just two years away. “There’s none,” he said in answer to reporters’ query.


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PNoy cites Manila Bulletin for ‘responsible’ reporting

MANILA, FEBRUARY 3, 2014 (MANILA BULLETIN)  by Genalyn Kabiling — President Benigno S. Aquino III last night lauded the Manila Bulletin for its “sober and responsible reporting” as well as being a “strong voice” in sharing the good news.

Speaking during the 114th anniversary of the Manila Bulletin in Intramuros, Manila, the President praised the newspaper for living up to its motto of being an exponent of Philippine progress.

“Of course, we all know this does not mean that you, or in fact, media must only be bearers of good news. The progress of our country can only be accounted for when it is measured against, and in spite of, the challenges that we have endured,” the President said.

“The Manila Bulletin has always lived up to this: exhibiting discernment and accountability through sober and responsible reporting. This is what I have always asked of media: to raise the level of public discourse, instead of fueling unnecessary speculation and negativity that contributes to national apathy,” he added.

The President shared an anecdote that people read the Manila Bulletin “because, unlike other newspapers, yours did not elevate their blood pressure.”

“Likely, those people felt that, instead of displaying a propensity to trump up the worst news possible, causing them to despair, you have consistently given them a true accounting of the facts, and reason enough to be optimistic,” Aquino said.

“I have said it before, and I will say it again: you truly live up to your masthead’s motto of being ‘the exponent of Philippine progress,’” he added.

Headlines Highlighted

Aquino went on to highlight the recent headlines of the Manila Bulletin, from the country’s impressive 7.2 percent economic growth in 2013 to last week’s signing of the final annex on normalization to the Bangsamoro peace agreement.

“After almost four years of steadily breathing new life into so many sectors—from filling backlogs in education to expanding healthcare coverage in both quantity and quality, from building quality infrastructure at substantially lower costs to gaining ground in the fight against corruption, from paving the way to a just and lasting peace in Mindanao to defending the territorial integrity of our nation, while upholding international law—it can be said that the Philippines under-promises, and over-delivers,” the President said.

Tribute To Filipinos

In the same remarks, the President paid tribute to the Filipinos who have chosen the “path of positivity and solidarity” in the face of negativity.

“The naysayers, the irrational critics, the vested interests who measure their success through their ability to sacrifice the well-being of the nation to pursue their own, selfish agenda—all of them have been left in the dust by a nation that no typhoon, no faction, and no irresponsible columnist can break,” he said.

He said Filipinos have proven themselves more united, more discerning, more cooperative, and in particular, more committed to making change permanent than those who once tried to take advantage of them.

Citing an example, Aquino said Filipinos flooded repacking centers when the government appealed for volunteers to repack relief goods in the aftermath of super-typhoon “Yolanda.”

“Tita Deedee Sytangco knows my mother’s saying: it is not just fear, but courage, that is contagious. And so is simply being a good citizen,” he said.

Aquino said it is because of these good citizens that the country has made so much progress.

“They work and study hard, pay their taxes, follow the rules, and do their part in lifting our nation. They know that, not since 1986 have Filipinos been able to go anywhere in the world and hold their heads high, as we do today. They know this because they took it upon themselves to give us a mandate for change back in 2010, and they have stayed the course ever since,” he said.

More Readers

As the nation takes greater strides to inclusive growth, stability and peace, the President said the Manila Bulletin can look forward to “more readers, more ads, and even more tourists who will stay at Don Emilio’s famed hotel.”

“As we move closer to inclusive growth, the rising tide will lift all boats: giving all of us more time to sit down and read the pages of newspapers like yours,” he said.

Aquino said he hopes the Manila Bulletin will sustain its style “that has made you the choice of many of our countrymen—that you continue exhibiting the understanding that progress requires change, and that being the exponent of progress is equivalent to that rare commitment in journalism: to share the good news.”

“That is why I am here today: to celebrate with you, and thank you for being a strong voice, one that dares to tell our people that good things are, indeed, happening,” he added.

Among the guests who celebrated Manila Bulletin’s anniversary were former President Fidel Ramos, Senators Sonny Angara and Cynthia Villar, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, former Speaker Jose de Venecia, other top government officials, diplomats and businessmen.

Aquino bares grooming of future leaders by Genalyn Kabiling February 3, 2014 Share this:

Manila, Philippines — With the 2016 elections a few years away, President Benigno S. Aquino III is grooming the potential government leaders who will sustain his “matuwid na daan” policy.

The President has disclosed that the administration party has started to recruit “talents,” particularly the “younger ones.”

Among the Liberal Party political leaders cited by the President are Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and Samar Rep. Mel Sarmiento.

“We are looking through all of these talents. We are trying to recruit them within the party and a lot of them hopefully have demonstrated their worth to the country, to society not the current stage of political development but even if it was very dangerous to do so,” Aquino said in an interview with “The Bottomline” aired over Channel 2 last Saturday night.

“So the next step is to give them an opportunity to demonstrate this promise that they hold and in that sense, get them known to the people who will then give them the mandate to continue what we are trying to do,” he added.

Aquino, who has vowed a transformational presidency wherein the people is his boss, said he hopes to inspire other people to be transformation leaders as well. “Parang napaka-useless naman lahat ng sacrifice if it will not continue. You hope to show that things you are aspiring for are possible and hopefully inspire others to do and set up the mechanisms to give them the wherewithal to be able to do that,” he said.

The President acknowledged that the Liberal Party is the “best mechanism” to continue the “daang matuwid” policy and issue-based platform. Aquino is currently chairman of the Liberal Party.

“In our system of representative democracy, you have the direction, you have the issues, you have the agenda (but if) you don’t have the people who will carry it through, who will not have a striking chance to get into positions of responsibility to exercise this philosophy, it will be useless. So we are not letting it go to chance,” he said.

Aquino said he is counting on these individuals to sustain his reform agenda “even beyond the next elections.”

“We are hoping the younger people, our youth arm in particular and other allied organizations will be given again an opportunity to show themselves in the public, to be scrutinized by the people and hopefully garner the support of the public,” he added.

Meantime, the President talked at length about his leadership style during the television interview, saying he prefers to “lead by example.”

“Don’t ask anything of anybody you are not ready to do yourself,” Aquino said of his leadership style. “I really hate the phrase of ‘Do what I say rather than do what I do.’ For me, that’s a complete opposite,” he added.

Asked about the leadership traits he learned from his parents, Aquino said he is a combination of his parents. He works “fast” like his father but remains “deliberate as possible” like his mother.

“I’m very particular about studying a particular problem before embarking on what decision it is,” Aquino said. “If you don’t define the problem correctly, there’s no hope of finding the correct solution,” he added.

After a decade of stagnation and political uncertainties, the country has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in the region under the watch of President Aquino. The President however still faces a number of challenges, including poverty and hunger, the lingering rebel conflict in Mindanao, and maritime row with China, in the remainder of his six-year term.

LP not grooming Mar – President by Madel Sabater - Namit December 3, 2013 Share this:

Manila, Philippines – His administration and political party are focused on rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in typhoon-hit areas, not on grooming anyone for the presidency, President Benigno S. Aquino told a media forum yesterday.

The guest of honor at the 27th annual Christmas party of Bulong Pulungan yesterday, the President also hinted that he does not want his sister Kris Aquino to get into politics.

The President said the Liberal Party is not grooming Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II for the presidency.

Roxas is currently focused on his daunting task as Interior Secretary at this time, Aquino said.

“Is he being groomed? Our party has not decided on that. We have not discussed it. We are focused on solving the problems of today,” Aquino said.

As for his youngest sister, Kris, the President said she is busy being a stage mother rather than entertaining ideas of entering politics.

“In the latest pronouncement I heard from her is she is aiming to be the perfect stage mother,” Aquino said. “The last time she made a pronouncement, she was concerned about the topic of being a stage mother and of course, Joshua’s achievements,” he said.

“The bottom line is, I adhere to that saying, ‘If you want to get even with somebody, get them into politics,’ he said. “And I love my sister.”

Escudero presidentiable no more by Hannah Torregoza January 10, 2014 (updated) Share this:


Chiz Escudero

Manila Bulletin -Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero announced that he will no longer run for the presidential race in 2016.

The senator said he is contented with his professional and personal life right now. (Photo by Jacqueline Hernandez) Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero has announced that he will no longer run for president and that he is contented with being a senator.

Escudero, who was one of the senators who aspired to join the presidential race in 2010, said he is no longer even aspiring for it in the future.

“I’m on my last term (of office) and just doing my job, my mandate. I’m quite satisfied with where I am right now, with my professional and personal life,” Escudero told reporters in an interview.

The senator categorically admitted he’s not eyeing the post and no preparations are being done for the presidential elections which is just two years away.

“There’s none,” he said in answer to reporters’ query.

It has been public knowledge that the senator and television and movie actress Heart Evangelista are currently romantically involved. Speculations are rife the two are already engaged and are planning to get married.

While some politicians are openly hinting their presidential bid for 2016, Escudero said he is not even grooming himself as a possible successor of President Benigno Aquino III.

“I’m not getting additional staff (members) or doing anything that has something to do with the next round or any elections in the future,” he said. “Like I said, I’m happy where I am professionally and personally. I could not ask for anything more,” he added.

During the last quarter of 2009, the senator insinuated his presidential ambitions after he decided to resign from his last political party, the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). The NPC then was already grooming him as standard bearer for the 2010 elections.

After his resignation from the party, Escudero called for a press conference to announce his decision to abandon his presidential ambition saying that the timing is not right for him.


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