PROPOSED BANGSAMORO ENTITY IN LIMBO

They said creating a “mutually acceptable” draft law on BBL would take some time.
“I believe that the draft BBL bill will undergo scrutiny in the House of Representatives considering the concerns of legislators from Mindanao. However, I believe that with the political will and the willingness to work double time by conducting extended session hours, the BBL can be passed before the year ends,” Tugna stressed. “It will all depend on when the House gets the draft of the BBL, but the Speaker has given his assurance, so we will do everything that we can to ensure the passage of the proposed bill,” Banal said. Malacañang, for its part, said the government panel and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are working together to make sure that the BBL will be passed into law smoothly. Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., said both panel will utilize “appropriate language” to ensure compliance with the Constitution.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives will deliberate the BBL in their respective plenary sessions and will stipulate in the proposed law. During the sessions the language used and constitutionality is often debated. Coloma noted that Senate President Franklin Drilon said they needed sufficient time to discuss the BBL in both houses of Congress. He added the President Aquino and MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim have both expressed their determination to have peace in Mindanao. Last week, the President gave Congress the government’s priority list of proposed laws, the BBL is one of those bills. In March 27, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro was signed after the MILF and the Philippine government panel came up with an agreement. The MILF, meanwhile, is insisting that a peace agreement with the government could still be reached amid the “deadlock” due to the delay of the passage of BBL if both sides would only be faithful to the already signed Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB). * READ MORE...

ALSO: 50 Pinoys cross into Tunisia just before Libya border closed 

A group of 50 Filipinos escaping the war in Libya made it to neighboring Tunisia before the border was closed on Friday. The Filipinos crossed into the Tunisian border outpost at Ras Ajdir, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Sunday. They were taken to the island of Djerba, more than 120 kilometers from the border, where they are waiting for their flights to Manila on Monday. The DFA has appealed to the remaining Filipinos in Libya to sign up soon for the government’s repatriation program because “the avenues of repatriation are quickly diminishing.”
The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli has repatriated 831 of the 13,000 Filipinos who are still in Libya, many of whom refused to leave their jobs despite the escalating conflict.

Fighting between militia groups has shut down the international airport in the capital Tripoli, forcing the Philippine mission to look for other routes for Filipinos who want to leave. With Libya’s borders with Tunisia and Egypt closed, the only way out is by sea, from the ports of Benghazi and Misrata. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, who is in Tunisia to better supervise the repatriation efforts, met on Saturday with the 50 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Del Rosario lauded the group for their decision to take advantage of the Philippine government’s mandatory repatriation program. He asked them “to continue to convince their friends and co-workers who are still in Libya to likewise avail of the said program.” Del Rosario said the DFA has chartered a ship to bring Filipino evacuees from Benghazi and Misrata across the Mediterranean Sea to Malta for their flights home. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Typhoon ‘Jose’ packs stronger winds 

Typhoon “Jose” (international name: Halong) packed stronger winds as it continued to move west northwest of the Philippines, the state weather bureau said Sunday. In its latest weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that “Jose” was last spotted at 1,020 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, and recorded maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour and gusts of 230 kph. The southwest monsoon (Habagat) continues to affect parts of Luzon as rains are expected in Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon. The Ilocos Region and Central Luzon, in particular, will experience monsoon rains that may trigger landslides, Pagasa said. Visayas and Mindanao may also get rainshowers.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT/

ALSO: Super Typhoon 'Jose' spares Phl  

Typhoon Jose (international name Halong) intensified into a super typhoon yesterday and it would continue to enhance the southwest monsoon which would dump rains over the western section of the country, including Metro Manila, in the next three days. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the southwest monsoon would bring occasional rains over Metro Manila, central Luzon, Ilocos region, Calabarzon and Mimaropa. Jose, the strongest cyclone to enter the Philippine area of responsibility so far this year, is unlikely to make landfall in the country but it could bring heavy to intense rain (10 to 25 millimeters per hour) in areas within its 650-kilomter radius. PAGASA warned residents of Ilocos and Central Luzon against possible flashfloods and landslides due to monsoon rains.

PAGASA also said Visayas and Caraga would have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms. The rest of Mindanao would be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. The US’ Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has upgraded Jose into a super typhoon, which is equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The typhoon is more likely to move toward southern Japan, according to the JTWC. As of 5 p.m. yesterday, PAGASA spotted the eye of the typhoon some 1,010 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, packing winds of 185 kilometers per hour near center and gusts of up to 220 kph. * READ MORE.....

ALSO: Strong quake kills at least 150 in southern China 

BEIJING — A strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province has killed at least 150 people and injured more than 1,400. China’s official Xinhua News Agency says at least 150 people died in Sunday’s quake. Yunnan province’s information bureau says at least 120 of the dead were in densely populated Ludian county, with another 180 missing and 1,300 people injured there. Yunnan’s seismological bureau says another 24 people died and more than 100 were injured in Qiaojia county. The US Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.1 quake struck at 4:30 p.m. at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said the quake was the strongest to hit Yunnan in 14 years.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT/

ALSO: US envoy concerned over spate of media killings 

The top United States diplomat in Manila has expressed concern over the safety of media practitioners and the lack of court convictions for recent murders in the Philippines. Reemphasizing freedom of the press as a fundamental human right, US Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg also reiterated during a meeting with civil society organizations this week America’s support of an open media environment where journalists are free to work safely without fear of being threatened or killed. According to the US Embassy in Manila, Ambassador Goldberg’s purpose in meeting with the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists (CAJ), the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), the National Press Club (NPC), Kapisanan ng Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) was to learn more about the challenges facing members of the media in the Philippines, including extra judicial killings, media killings, and also to discuss what can be done to address these very important issues. * READ MORE...

(ALSO) Nancy: VP Binay hoping but not anticipating Noy’s ‘blessings’ 

Sen. Nancy Binay yesterday admitted that her father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, is hoping but not anticipating an “endorsement” from President Aquino on his presidential bid in 2016.
“Yung mindset ng father ko ngayon, para sa kanya, magtrabaho muna tayo pare-pareho. Tsaka na lang natin intindihin kung mai-endorse siya o hindi. Kasi, unang-una, may sarilli naman kasi kaming partido. Kumbaga, icing na lang sa cake yung ma-endorse pa siya ng Pangulo,” she said to reporters at the Senate. “Kasi, para sa amin, it’s all about destiny. Lalong-lalo na kung siya nanggaling, (from) 2 percent (standing in surveys on vice presidentiables prior to 2010 elections). Tapos nanalo siya as Vice President. So, kung talagang nakatakda, nasa tadhana na maging Presidente siya, kahit anong pigil matutuloy at matutuloy yun,” she said. “In politics, anything is possible. Marami pa ang mangyayari between now and 2016,” Binay added. Yet the neophyte senator herself admitted that she’s not sure on the chances of the administration backing up the Vice President’s presidential ambition “Hindi ba, lahat nga posible pero yung percentage na mangyayari yun e hindi ko sigurado,” she said. * READ MORE...


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Proposed Bangsamoro entity in limbo

MANILA, AUGUST 4, 2014 (MANILA STANDARD) Written by Mario J. Mallari and Gerry Baldo - The creation of the Bangsamoro entity is in danger of dissolution with the delay in the submission of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to the House of Repre-sentatives, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. yesterday warned.

The House leader noted that the House of Representatives may not be able to approve the bill by the end of the year.
“Time is running out,” Belmonte said of the BBL.

Basilan Rep. Jim Hataman-Salliman shared Belmonte’s apprehensions.

“It’s hard to predict if we can still meet the deadline now, but what had been agreed with the Speaker that as soon as it will be submitted to us, we will do everything so that it will be passed,” Hataman-Salliman said.

House deputy majority leaders Sherwin Tugna of Citizens Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) partylist and Rep. Jorge Banal of Quezon City aired similar concern over the continued delay in the submission of the proposed BBL.

They said creating a “mutually acceptable” draft law on BBL would take some time.

“I believe that the draft BBL bill will undergo scrutiny in the House of Representatives considering the concerns of legislators from Mindanao. However, I believe that with the political will and the willingness to work double time by conducting extended session hours, the BBL can be passed before the year ends,” Tugna stressed.

“It will all depend on when the House gets the draft of the BBL, but the Speaker has given his assurance, so we will do everything that we can to ensure the passage of the proposed bill,” Banal said.

Malacañang, for its part, said the government panel and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are working together to make sure that the BBL will be passed into law smoothly.

Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., said both panel will utilize “appropriate language” to ensure compliance with the Constitution.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives will deliberate the BBL in their respective plenary sessions and will stipulate in the proposed law. During the sessions the language used and constitutionality is often debated.

Coloma noted that Senate President Franklin Drilon said they needed sufficient time to discuss the BBL in both houses of Congress.

He added the President Aquino and MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim have both expressed their determination to have peace in Mindanao.

Last week, the President gave Congress the government’s priority list of proposed laws, the BBL is one of those bills.

In March 27, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro was signed after the MILF and the Philippine government panel came up with an agreement.

The MILF, meanwhile, is insisting that a peace agreement with the government could still be reached amid the “deadlock” due to the delay of the passage of BBL if both sides would only be faithful to the already signed Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB).

* In its website, the MILF expressed optimism that the prospect of striking a peace deal with the Aquino administration remains despite the recent kinks in the negotiations due to the delayed passage of the BBL which would pave the way for a Bangsamoro entity.

“The road ahead still offers some promises. One good determining factor is that both parties have expressed willingness to travel the extra miles to be able to produce a mutually agreed version of the BBL,” the MILF said.

“All what is needed is a little time more; and more importantly, both sides must be truthful and faithful to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and its Annexes, which is the basis of the BBL,” it added.

The MILF has insisted that the signed FAB and its Annexes should not be renegotiated even after Malacañang returned what MILF branded as heavily diluted version of the BBL.

“All those issues that are settled in the FAB and its Annexes will not be subject for renegotiation; and settled language in the FAB and its Annexes will not be subject for renegotiation,” the MILF stressed.

The Muslim group branded the Malacañang version of the BBL as not meant to address the Bangsamoro Question and departed from the letter and spirit of the FAB signed last Oct. 15, 2012.

The FAB signing led to the creation of the Bangsamoro Transision Commission (BTC), led by MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal.

The BTC managed to craft the proposed BBL and submitted the same to the Office of the President last March 27. But the OP returned the proposed BBL last June 23, already diluted.

The MILF, however, reiterated that pushing the peace negotiations remains the better path for both the government and the MILF.

“It is better for the government and the MILF to continue the path of peace, which they have already invested so much, rather than go back to where they started, which is not only practical but also laden with dangers and uncertainties,” the MILF said.

Military observers earlier told the Tribune that the delay on the passage of BBL is worrisome and has impact on the ground.

The MILF expressed belief that the difficulty in coming up with an “agreed version” of the BBL can only be temporary. “If they persevere and remain committed to solve the Bangsamoro Question, no obstacle, God willing! can stop their way. ‘If there is a will,’ said an old adage, ‘there is a way,’” the MILF said.

It added that while it is true that the peace panels have not beaten the most desirable time to submit the BBL, which is immediately after the State of the Nation Address of Aquino last July 28.

“But this is no reason to give up — rather, there are more to proceed,” it added. PNA

FROM THA MANILA TIMES

50 Pinoys cross into Tunisia just before Libya border closed August 3, 2014 11:07 pm by BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON REPORTER


In this handout photo provided by Hellenic Navy, evacuees wait to board the Greek frigate Salamis, anchored outside Libya’s capital Tripoli, late Thursday, July 31, 2014. The ship was used to transport 186 people, including Greek Embassy staff, other Greek nationals and citizens from China, Britain, Belgium, Russia and Albania to a port near Athens. With the violence in Libya escalating to its worst level since the 2011 ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, governments from around the world are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from the country, many seeking help from nearby Greece. (AP Photo/Hellenic Navy)

A group of 50 Filipinos escaping the war in Libya made it to neighboring Tunisia before the border was closed on Friday.

The Filipinos crossed into the Tunisian border outpost at Ras Ajdir, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Sunday.

They were taken to the island of Djerba, more than 120 kilometers from the border, where they are waiting for their flights to Manila on Monday.

The DFA has appealed to the remaining Filipinos in Libya to sign up soon for the government’s repatriation program because “the avenues of repatriation are quickly diminishing.”

The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli has repatriated 831 of the 13,000 Filipinos who are still in Libya, many of whom refused to leave their jobs despite the escalating conflict.

Fighting between militia groups has shut down the international airport in the capital Tripoli, forcing the Philippinemission to look for other routes for Filipinos who want to leave.

With Libya’s borders with Tunisia and Egypt closed, the only way out is by sea, from the ports of Benghazi and Misrata.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, who is in Tunisia to better supervise the repatriation efforts, met on Saturday with the 50 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Del Rosario lauded the group for their decision to take advantage of the Philippine government’s mandatory repatriation program.

He asked them “to continue to convince their friends and co-workers who are still in Libya to likewise avail of the said program.”

Del Rosario said the DFA has chartered a ship to bring Filipino evacuees from Benghazi and Misrata across the Mediterranean Sea to Malta for their flights home.

* The DFA put up 24-hour hotline numbers (02) 552-7105 / (02) 834-4685 for families who have questions and concerns about the condition of their relatives in Libya. The DFA may also be reached via oumwa@dfa.gov.ph.

A small group of Filipino workers flew home from Libya also on Saturday.

The 21 Filipinos, red-eyed and weary from lack of sleep and a long journey, arrived home using tickets paid for by the Philippine government.

“It was difficult. There were explosions night and day,” oil pipeline welder Michael Antalan, 37, said.

Their Libyan company stopped work on July 20 and allowed them to seek refuge in the embassy in Tripoli, about two hours’ drive away.

Rose Biros, 33, a domestic worker in Tripoli, and husband Abraham, the family cook and also 33, sought permission to return home after a bullet slammed into a terrace wall of their employer’s home on July 20.

“At first he refused, insisting it was safe to stay. How can it be safe when there were stray bullets flying around? After three days he finally let us go,” she said.

The Philippine government imposed a travel ban on Libya on May 30, when it also warned Filipinos there to leave.
With PNA and AFP

FROM THE INQUIRER

‘Jose’ packs stronger winds INQUIRER.net6:00 pm | Sunday, August 3rd, 2014


Pagasa satellite image as of 5:00 PM, Sunday, August 3, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—Typhoon “Jose” (international name: Halong) packed stronger winds as it continued to move west northwest of the Philippines, the state weather bureau said Sunday.

In its latest weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that “Jose” was last spotted at 1,020 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, and recorded maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour and gusts of 230 kph.

The southwest monsoon (Habagat) continues to affect parts of Luzon as rains are expected in Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon.

The Ilocos Region and Central Luzon, in particular, will experience monsoon rains that may trigger landslides, Pagasa said. Visayas and Mindanao may also get rainshowers.

FROM PHILSTAR

Super Typhoon Jose spares Phl By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 4, 2014 - 12:00am 28 31 googleplus1 0


A man walks in the rain at a bayside park in Navotas yesterday. AP

MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon Jose (international name Halong) intensified into a super typhoon yesterday and it would continue to enhance the southwest monsoon which would dump rains over the western section of the country, including Metro Manila, in the next three days.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the southwest monsoon would bring occasional rains over Metro Manila, central Luzon, Ilocos region, Calabarzon and Mimaropa.

Jose, the strongest cyclone to enter the Philippine area of responsibility so far this year, is unlikely to make landfall in the country but it could bring heavy to intense rain (10 to 25 millimeters per hour) in areas within its 650-kilomter radius.

PAGASA warned residents of Ilocos and Central Luzon against possible flashfloods and landslides due to monsoon rains.

PAGASA also said Visayas and Caraga would have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms. The rest of Mindanao would be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

The US’ Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has upgraded Jose into a super typhoon, which is equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

The typhoon is more likely to move toward southern Japan, according to the JTWC.

As of 5 p.m. yesterday, PAGASA spotted the eye of the typhoon some 1,010 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, packing winds of 185 kilometers per hour near center and gusts of up to 220 kph.

* It was forecast to move west northwest at 11 kph.

The typhoon is predicted to be at 870 km east of Casiguran this morning; 800 km east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan tomorrow morning; and 800 km east of Basco, Batanes by Wednesday morning.

PAGASA said the coastal waters throughout the archipelago would be moderate to rough.

Last Saturday afternoon, a motor tugboat sank off the coast of Anilao in Batangas, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said yesterday.

M/T Gothong 3 was sailing from an oil depot in Calaca, Batangas to Maricaban, Batangas when battered by strong waves at high seas at around 4 p.m.

The tugboat, which was accompanied by M/T Gothong 5, was then swamped and sank near Barangay Bagalangit with three crew members aboard.

The PCG Batangas Station sent its men on board an aluminum boat to the site but they had difficulty getting close to the area because of the bad weather

Incidentally, technical divers from the PCG were in the area. They were able to respond promptly and rescued the crewmen from the sunken vessel.

The PCG said all three crew of the ill-fated tugboat were safe.

Authorities were still checking as of yesterday afternoon if the incident caused oil spill in the area. – With Edu Punay, Arnell Ozaeta, Ed Amoroso

Strong quake kills at least 150 in southern China Associated Press7:42 pm | Sunday, August 3rd, 2014


In this photo taken by cellphone and released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, men at rubbles of buildings look for survivors after an earthquake in Ludian County of Zhaotong City in southwest China’s Yunnan Province Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. AP

BEIJING — A strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province has killed at least 150 people and injured more than 1,400.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency says at least 150 people died in Sunday’s quake. Yunnan province’s information bureau says at least 120 of the dead were in densely populated Ludian county, with another 180 missing and 1,300 people injured there. Yunnan’s seismological bureau says another 24 people died and more than 100 were injured in Qiaojia county.

The US Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.1 quake struck at 4:30 p.m. at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said the quake was the strongest to hit Yunnan in 14 years.

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

US envoy concerned over spate of media killings by Roy Mabasa
August 2, 2014

The top United States diplomat in Manila has expressed concern over the safety of media practitioners and the lack of court convictions for recent murders in the Philippines.

Reemphasizing freedom of the press as a fundamental human right, US Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg also reiterated during a meeting with civil society organizations this week America’s support of an open media environment where journalists are free to work safely without fear of being threatened or killed.

According to the US Embassy in Manila, Ambassador Goldberg’s purpose in meeting with the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists (CAJ), the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), the National Press Club (NPC), Kapisanan ng Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) was to learn more about the challenges facing members of the media in the Philippines, including extra judicial killings, media killings, and also to discuss what can be done to address these very important issues.

* The Committee to Protect Journalists ranks the Philippines third, after Iraq and Somalia, in its impunity index, which tracks the worst records for solving murders of journalists.

During the dialogue, Goldberg gave his assurance that the US government continues to partner with the Philippine government to strengthen the judicial system, build the capacity of law enforcement to investigate crimes and address impunity, and train journalists in media ethics and standards.

The embassy in a statement issued after the meeting noted that the targeted killing of journalists has continued in the Philippines and impunity for these crimes has remained a serious issue.

It cited a Human Rights Watch report which revealed a total 12 journalists killed in the Philippines in 2013.

FROM THE TRIBUNE

Nancy: Binay hoping but not anticipating Noy’s ‘blessings’ Written by Angie M. Rosales Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00



Sen. Nancy Binay yesterday admitted that her father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, is hoping but not anticipating an “endorsement” from President Aquino on his presidential bid in 2016.

“Yung mindset ng father ko ngayon, para sa kanya, magtrabaho muna tayo pare-pareho. Tsaka na lang natin intindihin kung mai-endorse siya o hindi. Kasi, unang-una, may sarilli naman kasi kaming partido. Kumbaga, icing na lang sa cake yung ma-endorse pa siya ng Pangulo,” she said to reporters at the Senate.

“Kasi, para sa amin, it’s all about destiny. Lalong-lalo na kung siya nanggaling, (from) 2 percent (standing in surveys on vice presidentiables prior to 2010 elections). Tapos nanalo siya as Vice President. So, kung talagang nakatakda, nasa tadhana na maging Presidente siya, kahit anong pigil matutuloy at matutuloy yun,” she said.

“In politics, anything is possible. Marami pa ang mangyayari between now and 2016,” Binay added.

Yet the neophyte senator herself admitted that she’s not sure on the chances of the administration backing up the Vice President’s presidential ambition

“Hindi ba, lahat nga posible pero yung percentage na mangyayari yun e hindi ko sigurado,” she said.

* The neophyte senator further confessed that the standing in the mock polls of the Vice President is actually sending them chills down the spine not only because of possible black propaganda by political rivals but most especially on physical harm that may be inflicted on any member of their family by some desperate quarters out to dissuade the Vice President from seeking the presidency.

“Personally, pag lumalabas ang mga ganyang survey parang ninenerbiyos na ako. Oh no, mataas na naman sa survey.

Yung mga kalaban namin sa pulitika naku, magdo-double, magti-triple effort para pababain na naman itong survey na ito. In fact, yung daddy ko, tuwing tumataas yung resulta niya, parang meron din siyang hirit na ‘Ang taas, pano ko mame-maintain yun.’ Usually pag ganyan kataas ang tendency nyan is to go down. Ang nakakatuwa sa kanya, from the time he assumed his position as Vice President, hindi, yung galaw nung rating niya hindi ganun kalaki,” she said.

Meanwhile, Presidential Communications chief Herminio Coloma has downplayed the insinuations that Binay could be the potential aspirant to bag the endorsement of the Aquino administration in the coming 2016 presidential elections.

“The focus of the President and the administration is to fulfill the promised reforms and providing social services for the remaining 23 months of the administration. any political issue is disregarded,” Coloma said.

Extemporaneously, Aquino had mentioned Binay, in passing while delivering his state of the nation, about his experience during a coup d’etat in 1988.

Aquino said after the incident happened to him, he considered it as his second life.

Speculations had spread in the political scene that Binay could be the one that Aquino would probably indorse for 2016. With Paul Atienza


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