SENATE HEARING: HECHANOVA TELLS TRILLANES, VP GAVE P200K MONTHLY OFFICIALS TO RIG PROJECT BIDDINGS  

SEPT 5 --Senator Trillanes called for sub-hearing presenting Hechanova who said during VP Binay's  term as Makati City mayor, Binay allegedly gave about P200,000 monthly allowance to local officials to manipulate the bidding for government projects. This was the revelation of Mario Hechanova, former head of the Makati City government general service department, during the resumption of the Senate hearing on the Makati City Hall II parking building on Thursday. He said they were given the allowance to ensure that favored contractors won the bidding. Hechanova claimed that the bidding for the controversial parking building was among those rigged. "Bilang bids and awards committee, may natatanggap po kaming allowance kay mayor buwan-buwan. Halos P200,000 po kada buwan," Hechanova told Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who called for the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearing. "Siguro po, senador, para gawin lang namin kung ano 'yung dapat naming gawin... which is ako, on my part, e ayusin namin yung lahat ng bidding namin," he added. Hechanova answered in the affirmative when asked if he meant was to rig the project biddings. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Trillanes bullying of witness reveals VP real target in probe 

SEPT 5 --In a slip of the tongue, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday practically confessed that the
Senate investigation on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Parking Building has as prime target Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay. Binay is being made accountable before the Office of the Ombudsman over the P2.7-billion worth building as he was still the Makati City mayor at the time of its construction. During his interrogation of a witness in the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee hearing, Trillanes told his colleagues that he did not “threaten” the witnesses into testifying against Binay but was merely trying to persuade him to cooperate in the ongoing inquiry into the said building.

The exchange between Trillanes and president of the Makati building contractor, Hilmarc Construction Corp., Robert Henson took place right inside the Senate session hall immediately after last Tuesday’s proceedings. “Actually what I told you was meant to save you, I was trying to save all of you in reminding you that if you tell the truth, we will protect you. We will make sure of it but if you insist on being part of the coverup, I can’t do anything about that,” he said.  “So what I am saying is for you to think carefully. Now if all of you are betting that Vice President Binay will become the President someday then if he wins you are then assured of being rewarded. It’s a risk and if you’re willing to take that risk, fine,” Trillanes said. Trillanes was addressing the allegations made by the Vice President last Wednesday, the day after the second public hearing on the issue, that he supposedly intimidated the executives from Hilmarc’s in an attempt to stop them from testifying before the panel. “In fact you agreed, that you will observe first (the proceedings)?

However, you were summoned, your time to explain. Fine. But you asked not to present your side last week,” the senator said in confronting Hilmarc’s assistant vice president for legal Rogelio Peig who did not directly identify him as the person concerned. “I would like to be accurate, he said something like ‘wag nyo akong sisihin kasi sinabihan ko kayo. Bubuhusan namin ito.’ Yun po yung term nya, I did not know what he meant but that was what he said,” Peig said in describing how Trillanes confronted the officials of the contracting firm. Peig, under interrogation by Sen. JV Ejercito, attested that Trillanes tried to prevail upon them not testify on the issue when they attended last Tuesday’s hearing to give way to a supposed bombshell to be presented against Binay. “He asked us not to make our presentation because of a revelation from (former) Vice Mayor (Ernesto) Mercado. I told myself I will just play it by ear. If we were not called, that would not be a problem for us, if it’s our turn we don’t have any choice but to say what we know,” Peig said.*READ MORE...

ALSO: Making VP’s foes state witnesses no surprise to Binay camp 

SEPT 3 --Governor Jonvic Remulla of Cavite (photo) on Wednesday said he will not be surprised if former
Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado and other detractors of Vice President Jejomar Binay are given immunity from criminal prosecution by the Senate and eventually made state witnesses. “Given the way Mr. Mercado was accommodated by some senators during the hearings even after he admitted committing a criminal act, I won’t be surprised if they give him immunity just so he can continue to make baseless allegation after allegation against [the] Vice President,” Binay’s spokesman on political concerns added. “We have information that a former purchasing officer of Makati who is a protege of Mercado will appear. We expect him to show spurious and questionable documents. This is part of their game plan. Mercado and Mario Hechanova colluded to rig biddings, especially to favor Twin Leaf, which is owned by Mercado,” Remulla said.

The Cavite governor earlier slammed Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano for allowing Mercado to get away “without so much as an admonition” after his admission of wrongdoing. Meanwhile, Remulla said, the Vice President “is busy working on things which matter to the people. Sen Trillanes is desperate to cover up his failure to prove anything in his ongoing Senate witchhunt. The Vice President finds no need to employ squid tactics to cover up the failures and shortcomings in the investigation, particularly the glaring absence of concrete evidence to back up allegations of overpricing [of Makati City Hall Building 2].” *READ MORE...

ALSO: Still no VP Binay, son in 3rd Senate hearing on Makati parking building

SEPT 4 --PHOTO: Vice President Jejomar Binay and Makati Mayor Junjun Binay chat during a joint
meeting of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines and the Management Association of the Philippines at the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City. Ernie Penaredondo --MANILA, Philippines - The Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee on Thursday resumed its investigation into the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall II parking building. Like in the first two hearings, Vice President Jejomar Binay did not attend the probe this morning.

His son, Makati City Mayor Erwin "Junjun" Binay, was also absent in the third hearing and only sent a letter to the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee. The elder Binay criticized the Senate investigation last week for being biased, politically motivated and intended to malign him and his family. He said he is only willing to face a "fair" investigation of the controversy. In a television interview on Monday, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay said there was no formal invite from the Senate panel nor a subpoena that would compel the vice president to attend the inquiry. Related: VP Binay may run to SC if required to attend Senate probe --The vice president and his son are facing a plunder complaint over the allegedly overpriced parking building. Both have denied amassing kickbacks from the controversial project, which cost the city government more than P2 billion to construct.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Rep Abigail Binay advised VP not to attend hearing because it 's set to malign him

SEPT 1 -- --Makati 2nd District Rep. Abigail Binay (photo) advised her father, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, to go to the Supreme Court in case the Senate subpoenas him to the probe on the Makati City Hall building 2. Speaking to ANC, the congresswoman said her father should not attend the hearing because it was set up to malign him. "Para siyang ginagawa na siyang impeachment proceeding because you have to remember the position of the Vice-President is an impeachable position. In fact, kahit sa Ombudsman di siya pinapasagot kasi nga dapat muna impeach mo muna bago ka makasuhan," she said. "My advice is not to show up and go to the Supreme Court."  The younger Binay said the investigation is "in aid of election" and not "in aid of legislation" since there is no clear legislation that senators wish to pass after the inquiry. She also scored senators allied with the administration for being too lenient on former Makati Vice-Mayor Ernesto Mercado despite his admission that he pocketed kickbacks from the construction of the building. "After his admission that nakinabang siya, parang 'Ah ok. Nakinabang ka.' Di man lang sinabi na how much," she said. "You can even check their questions, very leading. Yung mga 'Ok ka ba? May death threat ba?'"  "Kulang na lang sila na magtestify sila para dun sa in-invite nila dun sa Senate hearing." *READ MORE...

(ALSO) Trillanes wants to be VP in 2016: I can be second banana  

AUGUST 18 --Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (photo) believes he is good enough to be the country's
vice
president. In an interview with ANC, Trillanes, a second-termer senator, confirmed that he will be seeking for a higher post in the 2016 national elections. He also made a pitch for Senator Allan Peter Cayetano who was reportedly planning to run for president in 2016. Both senators were under the Nacionalista Party (NP). “Senator Allan Cayetano is very capable to be President of this country,” he said. Trillanes said his party-mates have yet to decide on who will be their standard bearer.

But he said he would accede to whatever the decision of the party. “You have to be ready for both because you’re not just saying that you’re preparing to run for Vice President because as Vice President you should ready to assume the Presidency,” he said. “So our level of preparation is individual at this point meaning we are studying the different policies of government,” he added. Trillanes said the NP has other “viable” candidates who could run in the 2016 presidential elections like Senator Bongbong Marcos and former Senator Manny Villar. Trillanes also said NP is open to tying up with any party except the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. “We’re not closing our doors to any coalition with any party except probably the party of VP Binay because we are ideologically opposites,” he said. *READ MORE...

(ALSO) Jinggoy: Senators using Blue Ribbon Committee to destroy reputations

SEPT 2 --Detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Tuesday said that fellow senators are using the Blue Ribbon Committee to destroy reputations, especially of those who have strong showings in political surveys. “Sa mga imbistigasyon na nangyayari sa senado, ako po ay nalulungkot sa mga nangyayari na yun, sapagkat ginagamit ang Senate Blue Ribbon Committee para manira ng mga personalidad. Ginawa na sa amin 'yan, nung panahon na iniimbistigahan ang PDAF, at talagang siningle out yung tatlong senador,” Estrada said following his bail hearing at the Sandiganbayan. Estrada, along with fellow senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon “Bong” Revilla, face plunder and graft charges for allegedly siphoning off millions in public funds by diverting their Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel to bogus NGOs owned by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

In particular, Estrada called out Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes for their roles in sparking investigations versus Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family. Binay’s son Junjun, who is currently mayor of Makati, is under fire for the alleged overpriced construction of Makati City Hall Building II. “Ganyan din ngayon ang ginagawa kay VP Binay, out of the blue, ay biglang inimbestigahan itong parking building sa Makati. Porket ba tatakbo si Vice President Binay bilang president ng ating bansa, bigla nilang wawasakin ang reputasyon? Ginamit pa ang senado para wasakin ang reputasyon. Nakakalungkot at dapat 'wag hayaan ni Senate President [Franklin] Drilon. Alam din siguro niya na nagagamit ang Blue Ribbon Committee para manira ng mga personalidad,” Estrada said, adding that both Trillanes and Cayetano have expressed desire to run for higher office in the coming 2016 national elections. *READ MORE...

ALSO Manila Times Opinion: The NP is imploding. The UNA is poaching. The LP is plotting  

SEPT 2 --Our kind of politics is more about personal ambition than serving the broader society–and never about the pursuit of lofty ideals. The institutions of politics such as political parties, therefore, serve raw and naked personal ambition not institution-building or nation-building for that matter. The political parties have been sadly reduced to platforms that serve – literally – the ego and power trips of our leading politicians. With the presidential election just two years away, the full intensity (some use the word venality) and scale of ambition is in full display. And the political parties, or what is happening to them, aptly mirror the chaos and the turmoil that are the brutal wages of these overarching ambitions. Take the case of the Nacionalista Party, the political party with the grandest tradition, the party that elected five presidents from the Commonwealth period to the declaration of martial rule. The party founded at the turn of the previous century.

The NP is right now imploding and is about to go the way of the old CPP, which, after the breakup, had this configuration: one solid Reaffirm Group and seven or so smaller Rejectionist Groups. Alan Peter Cayetano, who intends to run for president in 2016 heads one NP group. This is a serious group with all the wherewithal of a serious campaign. Funders have been lined up. Advisers, strategists and pollsters, including advertising people, are now working to make the young Cayetano president. Quietly, another senator, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., has operators all over the regions preparing for a possible presidential run. The matriarch, Rep. Imelda Marcos has publicly stated the grand dream of recapturing Malacañang through Bongbong. Whether this will go far, we do not know. But the young Cayetano has to fight it out with Bongbong on who has the cache to use the NP in 2016 in case Senator Marcos runs.

At a recent news conference of the sure UNA candidate, Vice President Jejomar Binay, a faction of the NP showed up its true color. It is for Binay and Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, a NP leader, was assigned to speak for Mr. Binay. Did Remulla’s designation come with the approval of billionaire real estate developer and former Senate President Manny Villar? No word from Mr. Villar yet. But would Gov. Revilla speak for the Binay camp without the nod of Mr. Villar? Impossible. Villar is not only the richest politician in the country. He is the president of the NP and within the party, he carries a big stick. *CONTINUE READING...


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'VP Binay gave P200K monthly allowance to rig project biddings'


TRILLANES CALLED FOR SUB-HEARING

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 (PHILSTAR) POSTED SEPTEMEBR 5 By Louis Bacani - During his term as Makati City mayor, Vice President Jejomar Binay allegedly gave about P200,000 monthly allowance to local officials to manipulate the bidding for government projects.

This was the revelation of Mario Hechanova, former head of the Makati City government general service department, during the resumption of the Senate hearing on the Makati City Hall II parking building on Thursday. He said they were given the allowance to ensure that favored contractors won the bidding.

Hechanova claimed that the bidding for the controversial parking building was among those rigged.

"Bilang bids and awards committee, may natatanggap po kaming allowance kay mayor buwan-buwan. Halos P200,000 po kada buwan," Hechanova told Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who called for the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearing.

"Siguro po, senador, para gawin lang namin kung ano 'yung dapat naming gawin... which is ako, on my part, e ayusin namin yung lahat ng bidding namin," he added.

Hechanova answered in the affirmative when asked if he meant was to rig the project biddings.

* Hechanova said they were told that the allowance was from Binay himself.

"'Pag inaabot po sa amin 'yun e pinasasabi heto yung allowance ninyo galing kay mayor," Hechanova said.

He further claimed that Binay knew all of these shady transactions in the city hall.

"Being the mayor, alam niya po ang nangyayari sa gobyerno niya," Hechanova said.

During the testimony, Trillanes moved to put Hechanova under the witness protection program of the Department of Justice.

Binay, who has yet to attend the probe, has repeatedly denied benefiting from the projects of the Makati City goverment.

FROM THE TRIBUNE

Trillanes bullying of witness reveals VP real target in probe
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In a slip of the tongue, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday practically confessed that the Senate investigation on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Parking Building has as prime target Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay.

Binay is being made accountable before the Office of the Ombudsman over the P2.7-billion worth building as he was still the Makati City mayor at the time of its construction.

During his interrogation of a witness in the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee hearing, Trillanes told his colleagues that he did not “threaten” the witnesses into testifying against Binay but was merely trying to persuade him to cooperate in the ongoing inquiry into the said building.

The exchange between Trillanes and president of the Makati building contractor, Hilmarc Construction Corp., Robert Henson took place right inside the Senate session hall immediately after last Tuesday’s proceedings. “Actually what I told you was meant to save you, I was trying to save all of you in reminding you that if you tell the truth, we will protect you.

We will make sure of it but if you insist on being part of the coverup, I can’t do anything about that,” he said.

“So what I am saying is for you to think carefully. Now if all of you are betting that Vice President Binay will become the President someday then if he wins you are then assured of being rewarded. It’s a risk and if you’re willing to take that risk, fine,” Trillanes said.

Trillanes was addressing the allegations made by the Vice President last Wednesday, the day after the second public hearing on the issue, that he supposedly intimidated the executives from Hilmarc’s in an attempt to stop them from testifying before the panel.

“In fact you agreed, that you will observe first (the proceedings)? However, you were summoned, your time to explain.

Fine. But you asked not to present your side last week,” the senator said in confronting Hilmarc’s assistant vice president for legal Rogelio Peig who did not directly identify him as the person concerned.

“I would like to be accurate, he said something like ‘wag nyo akong sisihin kasi sinabihan ko kayo. Bubuhusan namin ito.’ Yun po yung term nya, I did not know what he meant but that was what he said,” Peig said in describing how Trillanes confronted the officials of the contracting firm.

Peig, under interrogation by Sen. JV Ejercito, attested that Trillanes tried to prevail upon them not testify on the issue when they attended last Tuesday’s hearing to give way to a supposed bombshell to be presented against Binay.

“He asked us not to make our presentation because of a revelation from (former) Vice Mayor (Ernesto) Mercado. I told myself I will just play it by ear. If we were not called, that would not be a problem for us, if it’s our turn we don’t have any choice but to say what we know,” Peig said.

* Peig recalled the incident when initially, it was Henson, who was seated beside him at the VIP gallery section listening to the proceedings and waiting for their turn to be called to testify, was approached by one of Trillanes’ staff.

Escorted by Trillanes’ staff, Henson was allegedly ushered to a corner of the session hall where the senator was supposedly waiting and was told not to make a presentation on the company’s involvement in the controversial project.

“When he (Henson) went back to his seat I asked him what happened and he said we should not make a presentation yet. We talked and agreed that it’s beyond our control especially if there will be some senators who will try to ask us on the issue,” he said.

In the said “conversations” with Trillanes, Peig said he was with Henson when the senator made the alleged threatening remark.

Still, he added, that did not deter them from proceeding with their initial presentation but was cut short due to lack of time.

Trillanes, who stepped out of the hearing when Peig was testifying, went back and requested to air his side of the story since his name was mentioned.

“Actually you were not mentioned but you are free (to explain) if you feel you’re being alluded to,” said Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel.

“I will volunteer, I feel alluded to. Okay Atty Pieg, did I ask you to make up a story? Did I ask you to implicate anybody?” Trillanes asked.

Sen. Nancy Binay could not help but take note of the fact that Peig appeared to be very careful when he was engaged in the face off with Trillanes.

“It sounded like somebody was trying to employ intimidation on the witness,” she said.

Senator Binay also assailed the manner by which Trillanes and Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano were handling the issues concerning the Makati City government, going into details on some issues not related to the building.

The senator also belied Trillanes’ allegations that they have employed the services of a public relations firm to fan negative stories against her colleague.

Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, the Vice Presidential spokesman for political concerns, said former Makati city engineer Nelson Morales and Mario Hechanova were protégés of former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado and not of the Vice President.

“Ask any Makati city government official, City Engineer Nelson Morales and Mario Hechanova were known protégés of Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, not of the Vice President,” he said.

Remulla stressed that what Hechanova said in his testimony was his own conclusion and that he gave no direct evidence.

“Hechanova conveniently uses the name of a dead person - Engr. Morales-knowing fully well that the person cannot attest if his statement is true or not. Such a statement not backed by evidence will not stand in a court of law but in a kangaroo court where such a statement, no matter how ridiculous or false, is encouraged,” he said.

“Any doubt that the hearing is being used as a venue for character assassination and political demolition has been erased by the appearance of Hechanova and the wild conclusions immediately made by Senator Trillanes and Senator Cayetano,” he added.

Remulla also said that Hechanova should be charged for also admitting to doing an illegal act.

“It is known in Makati that the ex-vice mayor, city engineer and Mario Hechanova are the ones cooking the bidding, especially those related to infrastructure,” he said.

Remulla had earlier said they expected a former purchasing officer of Makati, who is a protégé of Mercado, to appear in Senate and show spurious and questionable documents against the Vice President.

Senator Binay also called the former General Services Office head of the Makati City Hall to present proof of her involvement in the cakes given to Makati City senior citizens.

She likewise reiterated her earlier denial that she benefitted from the cakes.

FROM THE MANILA TIMES

Making VP’s foes state witnesses no surprise to Binay camp
September 3, 2014 10:49 pm MANILA TIMES


REMULLA

Governor Jonvic Remulla of Cavite on Wednesday said he will not be surprised if former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado and other detractors of Vice President Jejomar Binay are given immunity from criminal prosecution by the Senate and eventually made state witnesses.

“Given the way Mr. Mercado was accommodated by some senators during the hearings even after he admitted committing a criminal act, I won’t be surprised if they give him immunity just so he can continue to make baseless allegation after allegation against [the] Vice President,” Binay’s spokesman on political concerns added.

“We have information that a former purchasing officer of Makati who is a protege of Mercado will appear. We expect him to show spurious and questionable documents. This is part of their game plan. Mercado and Mario Hechanova colluded to rig biddings, especially to favor Twin Leaf, which is owned by Mercado,” Remulla said.

The Cavite governor earlier slammed Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano for allowing Mercado to get away “without so much as an admonition” after his admission of wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, Remulla said, the Vice President “is busy working on things which matter to the people. Sen Trillanes is desperate to cover up his failure to prove anything in his ongoing Senate witchhunt. The Vice President finds no need to employ squid tactics to cover up the failures and shortcomings in the investigation, particularly the glaring absence of concrete evidence to back up allegations of overpricing [of Makati City Hall Building 2].”

* Mercado admitted to receiving kickbacks from the project during his term as vice mayor. He then speculated that the Vice President may also have benefited from the project.

Remulla questioned Trillanes’ recommendation to place Mercado under the Witness Protection Program (WPP), saying Mercado is the least qualified person to become state witness.

“That Sen. Trillanes is insisting that Mercado be placed under the [WPP] is proof of bias and disregard for the law. First of all, in order for a person to qualify for the WPP, the court needs to determine if that person is not the most guilty.

Mercado would definitely not qualify as he admitted receiving kickbacks, and that is guilt by his very own admission,” he said.

“Second, Mercado has not presented any credible evidence to support his allegation against the Vice President [that] was clearly his own speculation,” Remulla added.

But going by the heavy-handed approach of Trillanes and Cayetano and the obvious connivance of other opponents of the Vice President, the Binay spokesman said he will not be surprised if efforts are exerted to make Mercado a state witness.

According to Remulla, the Senate would be “coddling a self-confessed grafter with questionable motives and morals” if it made the former vice mayor a state witness.

“This [apparent scenario] all reeks of a badly-written script, with the Senate set as the stage for this political drama,” he said.

FROM PHILSTAR

Still no VP Binay, son in 3rd Senate hearing on Makati parking building By Louis Bacani (Associated Press) | Updated September 4, 2014 - 11:12am
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Vice President Jejomar Binay and Makati Mayor Junjun Binay chat during a joint meeting of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines and the Management Association of the Philippines at the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City. Ernie Penaredondo

MANILA, Philippines - The Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee on Thursday resumed its investigation into the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall II parking building.

Like in the first two hearings, Vice President Jejomar Binay did not attend the probe this morning.

His son, Makati City Mayor Erwin "Junjun" Binay, was also absent in the third hearing and only sent a letter to the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee.

The elder Binay criticized the Senate investigation last week for being biased, politically motivated and intended to malign him and his family.

He said he is only willing to face a "fair" investigation of the controversy.

In a television interview on Monday, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay said there was no formal invite from the Senate panel nor a subpoena that would compel the vice president to attend the inquiry.

Related: VP Binay may run to SC if required to attend Senate probe

The vice president and his son are facing a plunder complaint over the allegedly overpriced parking building. Both have denied amassing kickbacks from the controversial project, which cost the city government more than P2 billion to construct.

FROM ABS-CBN

Rep Abigail Binay advised VP not to attend probe because it 's set to malign him ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 09/01/2014 11:25 AM | Updated as of 09/01/2014 11:25 AM


ABIGAIL BINAY

MANILA - Makati 2nd District Rep. Abigail Binay advised her father, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, to go to the Supreme Court in case the Senate subpoenas him to the probe on the Makati City Hall building 2.

Speaking to ANC, the congresswoman said her father should not attend the hearing because it was set up to malign him.

"Para siyang ginagawa na siyang impeachment proceeding because you have to remember the position of the Vice-President is an impeachable position. In fact, kahit sa Ombudsman di siya pinapasagot kasi nga dapat muna impeach mo muna bago ka makasuhan," she said.

"My advice is not to show up and go to the Supreme Court."

The younger Binay said the investigation is "in aid of election" and not "in aid of legislation" since there is no clear legislation that senators wish to pass after the inquiry.

She also scored senators allied with the administration for being too lenient on former Makati Vice-Mayor Ernesto Mercado despite his admission that he pocketed kickbacks from the construction of the building.

"After his admission that nakinabang siya, parang 'Ah ok. Nakinabang ka.' Di man lang sinabi na how much," she said.

"You can even check their questions, very leading. Yung mga 'Ok ka ba? May death threat ba?'"

"Kulang na lang sila na magtestify sila para dun sa in-invite nila dun sa Senate hearing."

* She also denied Senator Alan Peter Cayetano's allegation that she is behind the plunder and graft charges against the senator and his wife, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano.

The complainant, Attorney Rod Vera, was Binay's batchmate in Ateneo Law School.

"You give me too much credit. Wala akong kinalaman dun sa kaso na yun. I myself was surprised by the case," she said.

"Ang hirap naman. There are over 100 of my batchmates in ALS. Am I accountable for all their actions? Kapag nagfile sila ng kaso lahat linked sa akin?"

Binay also addressed the issue of allegedly overpriced cakes given to senior citizens in Makati.

She said the cake supplier is not in any way related to her family.

She also said her family does not own any businesses that have transactions with Makati City.

FROM POLITICS.COM.PH

Trillanes: I can be second banana Published 6:15 AM, Aug 18, 2014 Updated 2:30 AM, Sep 03, 2014 By: Administrator

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (photo) believes he is good enough to be the country's vice president.

In an interview with ANC, Trillanes, a second-termer senator, confirmed that he will be seeking for a higher post in the 2016 national elections.

He also made a pitch for Senator Allan Peter Cayetano who was reportedly planning to run for president in 2016. Both senators were under the Nacionalista Party (NP).

“Senator Allan Cayetano is very capable to be President of this country,” he said.

Trillanes said his party-mates have yet to decide on who will be their standard bearer. But he said he would accede to whatever the decision of the party.

“You have to be ready for both because you’re not just saying that you’re preparing to run for Vice President because as Vice President you should ready to assume the Presidency,” he said.

“So our level of preparation is individual at this point meaning we are studying the different policies of government,” he added.

Trillanes said the NP has other “viable” candidates who could run in the 2016 presidential elections like Senator Bongbong Marcos and former Senator Manny Villar.

Trillanes also said NP is open to tying up with any party except the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile.

“We’re not closing our doors to any coalition with any party except probably the party of VP Binay because we are ideologically opposites,” he said.

* Trillanes recently filed a resolution in the Senate seeking for an investigation into the alleged overpriced car park building during Binay’s term as Makati City mayor and other anomalies involving him.

The senator has summoned Binay to face the Senate hearing that will be conducted by the blue ribbon committee to be headed by Senator Koko Pimentel, whom Binay had a squabble when the Vice President picked former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri to be included in UNA’s senatorial line up during the 2010 elections.

Binay said accusations against him were just part of a demolition job.

Trillanes, however, is determined to push through with the investigation saying “do you expect us to sweep this (allegations) under the rug.”

He added that Binay should not be afraid to face the Senate if he is innocent.

Nacionalista Party is the oldest political party in the Philippines. It is currently chaired by former Senator Manny Villar. Among its prominent members are senators Cynthia Villar, Pia Cayetano, Miriam Defensor Santiago, former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos and daughter Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos.

FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Jinggoy: Senators using Blue Ribbon Committee to destroy reputations By PATRICIA DENISE CHIU, GMA NewsSeptember 2, 2014 5:22pm 3 18 0 45 Tags: Bantay Kaban , Jinggoy Estrada


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Detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Tuesday said that fellow senators are using the Blue Ribbon Committee to destroy reputations, especially of those who have strong showings in political surveys.

“Sa mga imbistigasyon na nangyayari sa senado, ako po ay nalulungkot sa mga nangyayari na yun, sapagkat ginagamit ang Senate Blue Ribbon Committee para manira ng mga personalidad. Ginawa na sa amin 'yan, nung panahon na iniimbistigahan ang PDAF, at talagang siningle out yung tatlong senador,” Estrada said following his bail hearing at the Sandiganbayan.

Estrada, along with fellow senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon “Bong” Revilla, face plunder and graft charges for allegedly siphoning off millions in public funds by diverting their Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel to bogus NGOs owned by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.

In particular, Estrada called out Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes for their roles in sparking investigations versus Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family. Binay’s son Junjun, who is currently mayor of Makati, is under fire for the alleged overpriced construction of Makati City Hall Building II.

“Ganyan din ngayon ang ginagawa kay VP Binay, out of the blue, ay biglang inimbestigahan itong parking building sa Makati. Porket ba tatakbo si Vice President Binay bilang president ng ating bansa, bigla nilang wawasakin ang reputasyon? Ginamit pa ang senado para wasakin ang reputasyon. Nakakalungkot at dapat 'wag hayaan ni Senate President [Franklin] Drilon. Alam din siguro niya na nagagamit ang Blue Ribbon Committee para manira ng mga personalidad,” Estrada said, adding that both Trillanes and Cayetano have expressed desire to run for higher office in the coming 2016 national elections.

* Estrada also compared the Blue Ribbon Committee's investigation of Makati City Hall Building II to PDAF scam probes conducted by the same committee.

“Let’s face it, alam naman ng taong bayan na si Sen. Alan at si Sen. Trillanes, may mga political ambitions yan sa 2016. Kung sinong malakas, yun ang gusto nilang hatakin pababa. Katulad kaming tatlo, ako I was perceived to run for a higher position, pero anong ginawa ng mga kapwa ko senador sa akin? Hinatak akong pababa,” Estrada said.

Estrada also had a few words of advice for colleagues who want to run for office in 2016: concentrate on your work first.

“Isang taon pa yan. Magtrabaho na lang muna sila at wag na sila magimbistiga ng kung anu-ano, dahil alam ng taongbayan kung anong motibo nila eh. Motibo nila manira ng tao, wala nang iba. Let’s move on. I advise my colleagues to be mature enough, and not to use the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee as the forum to prosecute people,” he said.

Estrada himself has expressed a desire to run for Vice President. He was expected to be Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate before he was implicated in the PDAF scam. — BM, GMA News

MANILA TIMES OPINION

The NP is imploding. The UNA is poaching. The LP is plotting
September 2, 2014 8:43 pm by MARLEN V. RONQUILLO


Marlen V. Ronquillo

Our kind of politics is more about personal ambition than serving the broader society–and never about the pursuit of lofty ideals.

The institutions of politics such as political parties, therefore, serve raw and naked personal ambition not institution-building or nation-building for that matter.

The political parties have been sadly reduced to platforms that serve – literally – the ego and power trips of our leading politicians.

With the presidential election just two years away, the full intensity (some use the word venality) and scale of ambition is in full display. And the political parties, or what is happening to them, aptly mirror the chaos and the turmoil that are the brutal wages of these overarching ambitions.

Take the case of the Nacionalista Party, the political party with the grandest tradition, the party that elected five presidents from the Commonwealth period to the declaration of martial rule. The party founded at the turn of the previous century.

The NP is right now imploding and is about to go the way of the old CPP, which, after the breakup, had this configuration: one solid Reaffirm Group and seven or so smaller Rejectionist Groups. Alan Peter Cayetano, who intends to run for president in 2016 heads one NP group. This is a serious group with all the wherewithal of a serious campaign. Funders have been lined up. Advisers, strategists and pollsters, including advertising people, are now working to make the young Cayetano president.

Quietly, another senator, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., has operators all over the regions preparing for a possible presidential run.

The matriarch, Rep. Imelda Marcos has publicly stated the grand dream of recapturing Malacañang through Bongbong. Whether this will go far, we do not know.

But the young Cayetano has to fight it out with Bongbong on who has the cache to use the NP in 2016 in case Senator Marcos runs.

At a recent news conference of the sure UNA candidate, Vice President Jejomar Binay, a faction of the NP showed up its true color.

It is for Binay and Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, a NP leader, was assigned to speak for Mr. Binay. Did Remulla’s designation come with the approval of billionaire real estate developer and former Senate President Manny Villar?

No word from Mr. Villar yet. But would Gov. Revilla speak for the Binay camp without the nod of Mr. Villar? Impossible.
Villar is not only the richest politician in the country. He is the president of the NP and within the party, he carries a big stick.

* This early, with no formal announcement of a schism within the NP ranks, there are already factions a-building.

The designation of Gov. Remulla as NP spokesman (note that the Manila Times op-ed was first to point out that Mr. Tiangco had to get a decent haircut were his desire his to be the permanent spokesman of Mr. Binay and the UNA), supports the second sentence in the three-sentence headline of this column: that right now, the UNA is poaching from other parties.

May we add that the poaching is effortless.

Pragmatic political leaders (and you are talking about 99 percent of the Filipino politicians) are making an exodus to the Binay camp. The polls all point out to a Binay win and the destination of most is toward the Binay camp. Ted Kennedy, in his concession speech after losing in his challenge to incumbent Jimmy Carter, said something like this: “Often we sailed against the wind but held the rudder true.”

That idealism does not apply in the local context. Ours is a politics of impossible pragmatism and “balimbingan” is the busiest activity in politics after a new president is elected. No one sails against the wind and no one holds the rudder with a firm grip.

What if the Binay campaign loses momentum as the elections nears? Easy. The new converts to his cause will desert his foundering ship.

The LP, quite unusual for a party in power, is stricken with a great malady. It does not have a winnable presidential candidate in 2016. Its pool of candidates are as stern and dour-faced as the old Kremlin apparatchiks before the breakup of the USSSR. They all look like Leonid Brezhnev, I said in a previous column. Senator Grace Poe, the candidate that could bolster the party’s chance of retaining the presidency, said it is still premature to even think of a presidential run. Without Poe, the LP does not have a viable, competitive candidate.

In that state of hopelessness, they are plotting for Plan B, a charter change initiative that would remove the constitutional provision that provides for a one presidential term of six years. A resolution filed seeks a return to the old pre martial law structure, two terms of four years each for the president.

But there is a problem with this proposition. The PNoy Fans Club, whose other name is Big Business, had stated their piece on the matter. Against. No term extension. This melds perfectly with the sentiment at my level, the Joes and the Everyman. Where the opposition is probably in the high 90 percent.

Pushing Cha-Cha, the plotters have to be reminded, is the equivalent of laying the ideal environment for EDSA Kwatro.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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