HOUSE 'KILLS' 4th IMPEACHMENT RAP VS AQUINO 

Colleagues threaten Tinio for ‘squealing’ info on hidden pork ...THE House on Monday used a “flimsy technicality” to drop the fourth impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino III to “conceal his wrongdoing,” the complainants charged on Monday. But the House leadership claimed that the complainants were late in filing their complaint since the three previous impeachment complaints filed last week was transmitted to the House committee on justice a few hours after the fourth complaint was filed. “The one-year ban has already taken effect. Consequently, the fourth impeachment complaint can no longer be referred [to the justice committee],” Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said.

The complainants said Aquino connived with his Cabinet emissaries and congressmen in retaining the P20-billion pork barrel funds this year despite the Priority Development Assistance Fund being declared unconstitutional. ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio, one of the complainants, was immediately threatened by his colleagues with charges of wiretapping and squealing before the House committee on ethics for divulging information that transpired during an “executive session,” which involved Cabinet officials and congressmen who supposedly discussed the continuance the PDAF funds. “Under the House rules, executive sessions are held only when these involve national security,” Tinio said. “What is national security concerns in Commission on Higher Education Chairman Patricia Licuanan and Health Undersecretary Janette Garin talking about the congressmen’s scholars and medical assistance? “President Aquino need not issue an order on what to do with our impeachment complaint. It was unfortunate but expected that they would kill our complaint on technicality. “However, we cannot condone the acts of the President and his allies to conceal wrongdoing and use the government time and resources to suppress the truth that the PDAF remains alive and kicking despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that it was unconstitutional.”  * read more...

ALSO: Binay: Is Noy hearing true voice of the bosses?   

AUGUST 14 --There is nothing wrong with President Aquino’s citing the “voice of the people” for changing his mind and considering term extension, but only if what he has heard “is an authentic and genuine voice, not one manufactured by quarters with vested interests,” Vice President Jejomar Binay said yesterday. Binay was reacting to Aquino’s change of mind on Charter change and term extension – a decision the President said was in accordance with the wishes of the people. The Vice President said that while he respects Aquino’s position, he is worried that the Chief Executive may have been misled into making the decision by allies “driven mainly by self-preservation.”  “I respect the statement of the President. Any national leader would want to hear the voice of the people on issues that will have far-reaching consequences,” Binay, who is also the presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers concerns, said. Binay said the administration should keep its focus on pursuing its goal of improving the lives of the people as the 2016 elections near. He said Aquino should be careful about seeking advice – even from allies – for any final decision for 2016. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Koko Pimentel’s ‘coup’ targets Binay; opposition protests  

PHOTO: PARTY COUP? The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay said he is taking over the duties of Senator Koko Pimentel as PDP-Laban president. COMPOSITE PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE RAPPLER.COM  --SENATOR Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III tried to pull off some sort of a “coup” on Tuesday at the Senate when he sought to take over the Blue Ribbon Committee, saying he needed to look into corruption in the local government units citing the alleged overpricing of the New Makati City Parking, a project initiated by Vice President Jejomar Binay and completed under his mayor-son, Junjun.

Invoking the Makati incident as a test case, Pimentel says he has drafted a bill on local government units and must find out if corruption at LGU-level has been curbed. The Makati issue is also the target of a probe sought by administration ally Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. The blue ribbon chairman, Senator Teofisto Guingona, readily gave in to Pimentel’s special request amid the vehement protest of Senator Nancy Binay who doubted if the other lawmakers could be “fair and objective” in the handling of the Makati case. Nancy saw a demolition job behind the Senate investigation as the other senators have an issue against his father, the vice president. “Is it not obvious? So I don’t know if how they can be fair during the hearing?” Acting Senate Minority Leader Vicente Sotto also questioned the basis for Pimentel’s and Guingona’s actions. “May I know the basis for this?” Senate President Franklin Drilon stepped in, called for a break and later after the resumption of session, referred Pimentel’s takeover of Blue Ribbon to Guingona. “It should be settled among themselves,” Drilon said. * CONTINUE READING...

(ALSO) Nancy Binay tells Trillanes: My father won’t stoop down to your level

2012 PHOTO OF TRILLANES WITH AQUINO: “My father will not stoop down to his level,”
Senator Nancy Binay on Wednesday said of Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV. She issued the statement as she thumbed down Trillanes’ proposal that Vice President Jejomar Binay should face the Senate investigation into the alleged “overpriced” carpark building in Makati City. It was Trillanes who filed a resolution asking the Senate to look into the issue involving the Vice President and his son, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Jun-Jun” Binay. The Senate is set to start its inquiry next week. But Senator Binay said there was no need to invite the Vice President since her brother had already answered the allegations. “Hindi na ho mayor ng Makati ang aking ama. Hindi n’ya ho ka-level si Senator Trillanes. He’s the Vice President of the Philippines. My father will not stoop down to his level,” she said in an interview over DWIZ.

(My father is no longer the mayor of Makati. He is not on the same level as Senator Trillanes. He’s the Vice President of the Philippines. My father will not stoop down to his level.) The lady senator also noted how Trillanes treated invited previous resource persons to a congressional inquiry, citing as example as the case of the late Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes. “My father has to also protect the dignity of his office. Ang hamon ko nga ho ay ang tamang proseso is the impeachment court kasi may courtesy nga hong binibigay sa President pati na rin sa Vice President,” she said. (My father also has to protect the dignity of his office. That’s why I dare him that the right process should be in the impeachment court because a certain courtesy should be given to the President and the Vice President.)
Senator Binay said she was serious when she dared Trillanes Tuesday to just file an impeachment complaint against the Vice President. “Sabi ko nga magpakalalaki at magpakatotoo si Senator Trillanes kasi ‘yung ginawa n’yang resolution, hindi sya in aid of legislation, it’s a demolition job against my father,” she said.* CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Impeach my father, Nancy Binay dares foes  

PHOTO: Sen. Nancy Binay. – Instead of investigating her father, Senator Nancy Binay on Tuesday dared critics in the Senate to file an impeachment complaint against him if there are corruption allegations against him. Binay issued the challenge when asked about Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s statement that Vice President Jejomar Binay should face the Senate probe over the alleged “overpriced” car park building in Makati City. “Di ba si President Aquino, pag may allegations sa kanya we don’t invite him to attend the hearing di ba. Kung meron syang issue, meron syang allegation of corruption I think the proper forum for him is to file an impeachment complaint against my father di ba?” Senator Binay said in an interview with reporters. “I’m not familiar with the rules, ang alam ko kasi di ba ang Vice President, impeachable officer yan.”  “Ano ba talaga yung hearing? In aid of legislation or meron syang patama na may bahid ng corruption kasi kung yun, I think ang tamang proseso is for him to file an impeachment complaint against the Vice President,” she said. It was Trillanes, who filed a resolution asking the Senate to investigate the alleged overpriced car park building built when the Vice President was still the mayor of Makati City.* CONTINUE READING...

(ALSO) Nancy Binay: Is Trillanes posturing for 2016?  

PHOTO OF TRILLANES- SCREENGRAB FROM AFPINSIDER FACEBOOK PHOTOS: Senator Nancy Binay is not bothered by a resolution filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV calling for a blue ribbon committee investigation into an alleged overpricing in the construction of a parking building in Makati City Hall, which is the subject of a plunder case filed against Vice President Jejomar Binay and Makati Mayor Jun-jun Binay. Senator Binay is confident her father and brother would be able to answer the charges. “Hindi (I don’t take offense). ‘Di ba sabi ko ‘Bring it on,” Binay told reporters. If it pushes through, Binay said she would inhibit from the Senate hearing. But Binay sees politics in Trillanes’ move, saying this might be related to posturing for the 2016 elections. “Lahat na lang ibabato nila di ba. Nakakagulat lang at nakakalungkot na gamitin ang Senado to hit on their potential kalaban for 2016,” she said. “Bagsak na nga ang rating namin dito sa Senado tapos hahaluan pa ng pulitika.” Senator Binay is wondering why Trillanes did not just ask for documents from her office to clarify the issue. She said that her office is just beside that of Trillanes’. “There mere fact that COA already said na ‘ung presyo ng building, okay siya, may COA certification na tapos magfa-file pa ng resolution, nakakapagtaka nga lang. E kung ‘yun ang iaangat nila, wala tayong magagawa.” THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: 2016 polls to cost more, Recto said  

PHOTO: Vice President Jejomar Binay topped the latest survey for 2016 presidential election. The survey conducted by Pulse Asia Research, Inc., showed 40 percent of 1,200 respondents preferred Binay as a president for next national elections. POSTED JULY 2014. Here is the complete result of the survey. Jejomar Binay 40% Grace Poe 15% Miriam Defensor-Santiago 10% Chiz Escudero 9% Mar Roxas 6% Bongbong Marcos 5% Alan Peter Cayetano 4% Kris Aquino 4% Bong Revilla 3% Ping Lacson 2% --Taxpayers will shell out P16.8 billion in 2015 or six times more than they did in 2014 for clean presidential elections in 2016, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said Wednesday. Of the total, P3.76 billion would be used to buy P41,800 precinct count optical scan or PCOS machines at P90,000 each, to augment the 80,000 units already in inventory, Recto said. The Commission on Elections is also planning to buy P11.43 billion worth of assorted equipment, Recto added, citing a briefing paper by the Department of Budget and Management on the proposed 2015 national budget. Another P1.2 billion will be used for preparatory activities, including voter registration. Earlier, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, chairman of the Senate electoral reforms and people’s participation committee, filed a resolution calling for a Senate inquiry into the accuracy and integrity of the PCOS machines used by the Comelec in the 2013 local and senatorial elections amid allegations of election fraud. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.


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House ‘kills’ 4th impeachment rap

MANILA, AUGUST 18, 2014 (MANILA STANDARD) By Christine F. Herrera, Maricel V. Cruz and Joyce Pangco Pañares - Colleagues threaten Tinio for ‘squealing’ info on hidden pork ...

THE House on Monday used a “flimsy technicality” to drop the fourth impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino III to “conceal his wrongdoing,” the complainants charged on Monday.

But the House leadership claimed that the complainants were late in filing their complaint since the three previous impeachment complaints filed last week was transmitted to the House committee on justice a few hours after the fourth complaint was filed.


Dead on track. From left, National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, Alliance of Concerned Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio, ACT chairman Benjamin Valbuena, Rep. Neri Colmenares, and other members of the education sector hold up copies of the impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino III—the fourth against him—that they filed at the House of Representatives, but was immediately shot down. Manny Palmero. “The one-year ban has already taken effect. Consequently, the fourth impeachment complaint can no longer be referred [to the justice committee],” Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said.

The complainants said Aquino connived with his Cabinet emissaries and congressmen in retaining the P20-billion pork barrel funds this year despite the Priority Development Assistance Fund being declared unconstitutional.

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio, one of the complainants, was immediately threatened by his colleagues with charges of wiretapping and squealing before the House committee on ethics for divulging information that transpired during an “executive session,” which involved Cabinet officials and congressmen who supposedly discussed the continuance the PDAF funds.

“Under the House rules, executive sessions are held only when these involve national security,” Tinio said.

“What is national security concerns in Commission on Higher Education Chairman Patricia Licuanan and Health Undersecretary Janette Garin talking about the congressmen’s scholars and medical assistance?

“President Aquino need not issue an order on what to do with our impeachment complaint. It was unfortunate but expected that they would kill our complaint on technicality.

“However, we cannot condone the acts of the President and his allies to conceal wrongdoing and use the government time and resources to suppress the truth that the PDAF remains alive and kicking despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that it was unconstitutional.”

* Malacañang, meanwhile, on Monday said allowing lawmakers to nominate projects in the General Appropriations Act was not a violation of a Supreme Court ruling declaring the PDAF or pork barrel unconstitutional.

“The Supreme Court decision spoke that what is unconstitutional with the PDAF is the budget execution participation of congressmen,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

“There’s no problem when you are proposing when you are in the budget proposal phase of the GAA. What the Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional is the legislature’s role in budget execution.”

Tinio has said that Aquino sent his Cabinet officials as emissaries to Congress to offer pork barrel to congressmen in clandestine meetings despite the high court ruling that the PDAF is unconstitutional.

Tinio on Monday said it was expected of the President’s allies to close ranks and protect the President, the Cabinet emissaries and the lawmakers themselves because “all of them have connived to get around the law by concealing wrongdoings that despite the President’s promise to abolish the PDAF, the pork barrel system remains intact.”

In filing the fourth impeachment complaint, Tinio’s group was not accommodated by House Secretary General Marilyn Barua Yap. Only her staff received the complaint.

The House leadership claimed Tinio’s group was late in filing since the three impeachment complaints filed simultaneously last week were ready for transmittal to the House committee on justice, led by Iloilo City Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., a stalwart of the ruling Liberal Party.

The three complaints were transmitted by House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, the LP’s party whip, Monday afternoon a few hours after the fourth complaint was filed.

Licuanan and Garin separately met behind closed doors, and the congressmen and assured them their allocation for scholars and medical assistance for indigents remained intact.

Tinio attached the transcript of what transpired behind closed doors, where Licuanan admitted that she had to tell the regional directors of the State Colleges and Universities that the P14-million allocation was not additional funds for CHED but for the congressmen.

“I had to tell my regional directors that the P14 million is for each congressman and that they should prioritize the list of scholars to be submitted by the congressmen,” Licuanan told the lawmakers as shown in the transcript that was submitted by Tinio’s group as evidence.

Garin had to assure the lawmakers that “These are your funds, not the DOH’s to help the poor patients.”

Licuanan also admitted that some P4.1 billion was earmarked for the lawmakers’ scholars, with each congressman getting an allocation of P14 million.

The Palace and the House agreed to realign the P20-billion PDAF for this year to six national government agencies as follows: 1] CHED, P4.1 billion or P14 million for each congressman’s scholars; 2] Department of Health, P3.1 billion or P10 million for each congressman’s list of indigent patients; 3] TESDA, P1 billion or P3.5 million for the congressman’s scholars; 4] the Department of Labor and Employment, P1 billion or P3.5 million for livelihood projects of workers;

5] Department of Social Welfare and Development, P4.1 billion or P14 million for each congressman’s enrollees for the controversial Conditional Cash Transfer Program; and 6] the Department of Public Works and Highways, P6.8 billion or P23 million for each congressman’s hard infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges.

In all, the congressmen’s total take amounted to P68 million or P2 million short of their previous annual allocation of P70 million each.

But the congressmen were also allowed to nominate other projects from various agencies, such as the Department of Agriculture for its farm-to-market roads and irrigation projects in their districts.

The congressmen are also allowed to avail themselves of P10 million to P20 million in road user’s tax.

FROM PHILSTAR

Binay: Is Noy hearing true voice of the bosses? By Jose Rodel Clapano (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 15, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


BINAY

MANILA, Philippines - There is nothing wrong with President Aquino’s citing the “voice of the people” for changing his mind and considering term extension, but only if what he has heard “is an authentic and genuine voice, not one manufactured by quarters with vested interests,” Vice President Jejomar Binay said yesterday.

Binay was reacting to Aquino’s change of mind on Charter change and term extension – a decision the President said was in accordance with the wishes of the people.

The Vice President said that while he respects Aquino’s position, he is worried that the Chief Executive may have been misled into making the decision by allies “driven mainly by self-preservation.”

“I respect the statement of the President. Any national leader would want to hear the voice of the people on issues that will have far-reaching consequences,” Binay, who is also the presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers concerns, said.

Binay said the administration should keep its focus on pursuing its goal of improving the lives of the people as the 2016 elections near.

He said Aquino should be careful about seeking advice – even from allies – for any final decision for 2016.

“If ever he will ask the people, I hope he will avoid those who are thinking of their selfish interest and self-preservation,” Binay said.

Binay also reminded the administration that the separation of powers of the judiciary and the executive is for purposes of checks and balances.

“They have different functions and it is the true essence of democracy,” Binay said.

Aquino said one of the things he wanted achieved through Charter change is clipping the powers of the judiciary.

Koko Pimentel’s ‘coup’ targets Binay; opposition protests By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Aug. 13, 2014 at 12:01am MANILA STANDARD


PARTY COUP? The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay said he is taking over the duties of Senator Koko Pimentel as PDP-Laban president. COMPOSITE PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE RAPPLER.COM

SENATOR Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III tried to pull off some sort of a “coup” on Tuesday at the Senate when he sought to take over the Blue Ribbon Committee, saying he needed to look into corruption in the local government units citing the alleged overpricing of the New Makati City Parking, a project initiated by Vice President Jejomar Binay and completed under his mayor-son, Junjun.

Invoking the Makati incident as a test case, Pimentel says he has drafted a bill on local government units and must find out if corruption at LGU-level has been curbed. The Makati issue is also the target of a probe sought by administration ally Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

The blue ribbon chairman, Senator Teofisto Guingona, readily gave in to Pimentel’s special request amid the vehement protest of Senator Nancy Binay who doubted if the other lawmakers could be “fair and objective” in the handling of the Makati case. Nancy saw a demolition job behind the Senate investigation as the other senators have an issue against his father, the vice president. “Is it not obvious? So I don’t know if how they can be fair during the hearing?”

Acting Senate Minority Leader Vicente Sotto also questioned the basis for Pimentel’s and Guingona’s actions. “May I know the basis for this?”

Senate President Franklin Drilon stepped in, called for a break and later after the resumption of session, referred Pimentel’s takeover of Blue Ribbon to Guingona. “It should be settled among themselves,” Drilon said.

* Pimentel, being chairman of the committee on local government, said he can take over the probe since it involves corruption in the local government unit.

“I have a proposed bill on “bigger pie, bigger slice in LGU. Allegations of corruption in the local government level is also my concern because I really pushed for my bill which will bring more resources to LGUs. I have to make sure that corruption has been minimized at the local government level,” he explained.

“At the same time, I’m the chairman of the oversight committee on the Local Government Code so because of that hearing on the alleged overpriced Makati building, we can also look into the weaknesses in the local government code, bidding procedure, in the credit finance, and local govt borrowing,” he said.

Pimentel aid he would not ask the Vice President to attend the first hearing.

“We will first see the testimony and evidence. I will first hear the complainant. He has to produce his complaint, documentary evidence, and whoever will corroborate his legal theory. We will take it from there,” said Pimentel.

Guingona, through his media relations officer Lui Belmonte, texted reporters on the issue. His text message cited Section 20 of the Rules of Procedure Governing Inquiries in Aid of Legislation on Subcommittees, Delegation of Authorities which provide that “The chairman of a Committee may create subcommittees as maybe deemed necessary for the purpose of performing any and all act which the committee as a whole is authorized to do and perform except the power to punish for contempt.”

Without making a categorical reply to Drilon on the takeover of his committee, Guingona left the issue hanging.

For his part, Trillanes pressed for the inquiry into the Makati Parking and said he had spoken to witnesses and gone over documents on the issue to able to boost his case in the hearing on August 20.

Binay said its out in the open that the Vice President quit PDP-Laban, the political party put up by Pimentel’s father, former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel and announced that he would put another party for his presidential bid in 2016.

The Vice President consistently topped all political surveys.

Guingona, on the other hand, is a stalwart of LP who is grooming Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas as its standard bearer.

Trillanes, on the otherhand, is also eyeing the Presidency in 2016.

According to the opposition senator, if Trillanes has an issue and an allegation of corruption or anything against her father, he should instead file an impeachment case against him.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Nancy Binay tells Trillanes: My father won’t stoop down to your level  By Maila Ager |INQUIRER.net1:43 pm | Wednesday, August 13th, 2014


MANILA, Philippines – “My father will not stoop down to his level,” Senator Nancy Binay on Wednesday said of Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV.

She issued the statement as she thumbed down Trillanes’ proposal that Vice President Jejomar Binay should face the Senate investigation into the alleged “overpriced” carpark building in Makati City.

It was Trillanes who filed a resolution asking the Senate to look into the issue involving the Vice President and his son, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Jun-Jun” Binay. The Senate is set to start its inquiry next week.

But Senator Binay said there was no need to invite the Vice President since her brother had already answered the allegations.

“Hindi na ho mayor ng Makati ang aking ama. Hindi n’ya ho ka-level si Senator Trillanes. He’s the Vice President of the Philippines. My father will not stoop down to his level,” she said in an interview over DWIZ.

(My father is no longer the mayor of Makati. He is not on the same level as Senator Trillanes. He’s the Vice President of the Philippines. My father will not stoop down to his level.)

The lady senator also noted how Trillanes treated invited previous resource persons to a congressional inquiry, citing as example as the case of the late Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes.

“My father has to also protect the dignity of his office. Ang hamon ko nga ho ay ang tamang proseso is the impeachment court kasi may courtesy nga hong binibigay sa President pati na rin sa Vice President,” she said.

(My father also has to protect the dignity of his office. That’s why I dare him that the right process should be in the impeachment court because a certain courtesy should be given to the President and the Vice President.)

Senator Binay said she was serious when she dared Trillanes Tuesday to just file an impeachment complaint against the Vice President.
“Sabi ko nga magpakalalaki at magpakatotoo si Senator Trillanes kasi ‘yung ginawa n’yang resolution, hindi sya in aid of legislation, it’s a demolition job against my father,” she said.

* (As I said, Senator Trillanes should be a man and get real because his resolution is not in aid of legislation, but a demolition job against my father.)

She noted that Trillanes’ resolution was full of graft and corruption allegations, which she said should be addressed in an impeachment proceeding since the Vice President is an impeachable officer.

“Alam n’yo ho ang aking ama, hindi ho s’ya mayor ng Makati, Vice President of the Philippines na ho sya. Tamang proseso ho kung may allegations ng graft and corruption is to file an impeachment complaint against the Vice President,” Senator Binay stressed.

(You know my father is not the mayor of Makati, he is the Vice President of the Philippines. The right process if there are graft and corruption allegations against him is to file an impeachment complaint against him.)

Impeach my father, Nancy Binay dares foes  By Maila Ager |INQUIRER.net4:32 pm | Tuesday, August 12th, 2014


Sen. Nancy Binay. INQUIRER.net/HOTARU NIITSU

MANILA, Philippines – Instead of investigating her father, Senator Nancy Binay on Tuesday dared critics in the Senate to file an impeachment complaint against him if there are corruption allegations against him.

Binay issued the challenge when asked about Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s statement that Vice President Jejomar Binay should face the Senate probe over the alleged “overpriced” car park building in Makati City.

“Di ba si President Aquino, pag may allegations sa kanya we don’t invite him to attend the hearing di ba. Kung meron syang issue, meron syang allegation of corruption I think the proper forum for him is to file an impeachment complaint against my father di ba?” Senator Binay said in an interview with reporters.

“I’m not familiar with the rules, ang alam ko kasi di ba ang Vice President, impeachable officer yan.”

“Ano ba talaga yung hearing? In aid of legislation or meron syang patama na may bahid ng corruption kasi kung yun, I think ang tamang proseso is for him to file an impeachment complaint against the Vice President,” she said.

It was Trillanes, who filed a resolution asking the Senate to investigate the alleged overpriced car park building built when the Vice President was still the mayor of Makati City.

* A case was already filed at the Office of the Ombudsman against the Vice President and his son, incumbent Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay, on the same subject matter.

Acting on Trillanes’ resolution, the Senate quickly referred the matter to the Senate blue ribbon committee being headed by Senator Teofisto Guingona III. But Guingona manifested on the floor Monday that the issue would be handled by the sub-committee to be led by Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

In an interview with reporters Tuesday, Guingona said it was Pimentel, who requested to handle the investigation on the allegation.

Pimentel and the Vice President used to be part of the opposition’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) but they had a falling out after the former decided to run under the administration coalition during the 2013 elections.

Pimentel admitted in another interview that he and the Vice President have not been talking yet since then. Despite this, he promised a fair and objective hearing, which is scheduled on August 19.

The creation of the sub-committee to handle the Vice President’s case, meanwhile, came as a surprise to Senator Binay.
“Nagugulat lang ako na all of a sudden, nagkaroon ng sub-committee yung blue ribbon committee,” she said.

“Kasi if that’s the case, kahit sino sa amin ngayon can already request the committee na kunyari akuin ko na, ako na lang maghe-hearng Malampaya since ang tagal na nung issue ng Malampaya, hindi pa natin nasisimulan ang hearing,” she said, referring to the pending investigation in the Senate on the Malampaya funds scam.

FROM ABS-CBN

Nancy Binay: Is Trillanes posturing for 2016? by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News Posted at 08/11/2014 4:35 PM | Updated as of 08/11/2014 4:35 PM


SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK PHOTOS

MANILA - Senator Nancy Binay is not bothered by a resolution filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV calling for a blue ribbon committee investigation into an alleged overpricing in the construction of a parking building in Makati City Hall, which is the subject of a plunder case filed against Vice President Jejomar Binay and Makati Mayor Jun-jun Binay.

Senator Binay is confident her father and brother would be able to answer the charges.

“Hindi (I don’t take offense). ‘Di ba sabi ko ‘Bring it on,” Binay told reporters.

If it pushes through, Binay said she would inhibit from the Senate hearing.

But Binay sees politics in Trillanes’ move, saying this might be related to posturing for the 2016 elections.

“Lahat na lang ibabato nila di ba. Nakakagulat lang at nakakalungkot na gamitin ang Senado to hit on their potential kalaban for 2016,” she said.

“Bagsak na nga ang rating namin dito sa Senado tapos hahaluan pa ng pulitika.”

Senator Binay is wondering why Trillanes did not just ask for documents from her office to clarify the issue. She said that her office is just beside that of Trillanes’.

“There mere fact that COA already said na ‘ung presyo ng building, okay siya, may COA certification na tapos magfa-file pa ng resolution, nakakapagtaka nga lang. E kung ‘yun ang iaangat nila, wala tayong magagawa.”

FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

2016 polls to cost more by Mario Casayuran August 13, 2014


Vice President Jejomar Binay topped the latest survey for 2016 presidential election. The survey conducted by Pulse Asia Research, Inc., showed 40 percent of 1,200 respondents preferred Binay as a president for next national elections. POSTED JULY 2014. Here is the complete result of the survey. Jejomar Binay 40% Grace Poe 15% Miriam Defensor-Santiago 10% Chiz Escudero 9% Mar Roxas 6% Bongbong Marcos 5% Alan Peter Cayetano 4% Kris Aquino 4% Bong Revilla 3% Ping Lacson 2%

Taxpayers will shell out P16.8 billion in 2015 or six times more than they did in 2014 for clean presidential elections in 2016, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said Wednesday.

Of the total, P3.76 billion would be used to buy P41,800 precinct count optical scan or PCOS machines at P90,000 each, to augment the 80,000 units already in inventory, Recto said.

The Commission on Elections is also planning to buy P11.43 billion worth of assorted equipment, Recto added, citing a briefing paper by the Department of Budget and Management on the proposed 2015 national budget.

Another P1.2 billion will be used for preparatory activities, including voter registration.

Earlier, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, chairman of the Senate electoral reforms and people’s participation committee, filed a resolution calling for a Senate inquiry into the accuracy and integrity of the PCOS machines used by the Comelec in the 2013 local and senatorial elections amid allegations of election fraud.


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