Early this week headlines:

BINAY STILL TOPS PRESIDENTIAL BET DESPITE 8-10% POINTS DROP IN RATINGS 

SEPT 30 --He was followed by Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the presumptive standard bearer for the ruling Liberal Party, with 13 percent; followed by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago at 11 percent; and Senator Grace Poe and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada at 10 percent. Senator Francis Escudero had 5 percent; Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., 4 percent; former vice president Noli De Castro, 3 percent; and former senator Richard Gordon, 2 percent. In a separate survey by Pedro Laylo Jr. commissioned by Binay’s private sector supporters, the vice president polled 36 percent, followed by Poe at 19 percent; Estrada at 13 percent; Santiago and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte tied at 8 percent; and Roxas and Marcos tied at 7 percent.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who has led the attack on Binay in the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee corruption hearings, polled 3 percent in the Laylo survey and only 1 percent in the Pulse Asia poll. As in the Pulse Asia survey, Binay also lost some ground, shedding eight percentage points from his 44 percent showing in August, but Laylo said this could be attributed to a longer list of contenders in the latest survey. Santiago, Duterte and Marcos were not included in the previous survey. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay braces for bigger smear drive after ratings dip

OCT 1 --Detractors of Vice President Jejomar Binay are expected to “redouble” their attacks now that they have succeeded in causing a slight dip in his popularity ratings in the recent Pulse Asia survey, his spokesman said yesterday. “We expect his political detractors to continue their campaign of lies against the Vice President,” Joey Salgado, head of Binay’s media affairs office, said. Binay, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers’ (OFW) concerns, said the attacks against him would not distract him from his responsibilities.

A recent Pulse Asia survey conducted from Sept. 8 to Sept. 15 showed 31 percent of Filipinos would vote for Binay as president or down from 41 percent in June. He remains, however, the top contender for the 2016 presidential polls. Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the presumptive standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party, saw his ratings improve but still came in a distant second with 13 percent. “Again, if the detractors feel strongly about the allegations made by discredited local politicians, they should bring it before a court of law,” Salgado said. “This would afford us the opportunity to cross-examine the accusers and scrutinize their so-called evidence, unlike in the Senate subcommittee probe where such rights are not allowed,” he said.

He noted that the ratings of his main accusers in the Senate – Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV – have not improved either. “The drop in the ratings of personalities involved in the ongoing Senate subcommittee probe shows that people do not appreciate abuse of senatorial privilege,” he said while describing the Senate probe as a “witch hunt in aid of ambition.” “Unfortunately these personalities will probably ignore this lesson and just redouble their vicious attacks,” Salgado said. He stressed the accusations against Binay were “of no importance” to the Vice President as he continues to lead “despite their grandstanding and baseless attacks, and amid a widening field of contenders” in the presidential race. “He will remain focused on his work,” Salgado said. *READ MORE...

(ALSO) PNoy: No evil design in extra power request 

OCT 1 --PHOTO --Focus on energy. President Benigno Aquino III views the exhibits on energy efficiency and renewable energy during the Energy Smart Philippines 2014 exhibition at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on Tuesday.

President Aquino said on Tuesday he has no evil design in his request for emergency powers to address an expected power shortage of 300 megawatts by the summer of 2015. “I am aware that investors in the energy sector are worried about these measures distorting the market, but let me assure you: government intervention is meant only to address the shortage,” he said in a speech at the Energy Smart Philippines 2014 forum. “The goal of this initiative is to make sure our economy does not lose its momentum in the event of an energy shortage,” Aquino said. The energy sector expect an estimated shortfall of 300 megawatts, but experts said it could go up to 1,000 megawatts. The government can implement energy conservation measures and tap into other sources such as renewable energy such as solar power.

During the president’s speech, Luzon was placed on alert due to tripping of the National Grid, which resulted in the outage of Quezon Power coal plant in Quezon and Pangasinan. An unscheduled power interruption was also reported in some parts of Caloocan City, Malabon and Navotas. Aquino, invoking the emergency powers to be provided by Congress to address the problem, said his administration was committed at exploring and investing in clean and renewable energy sources. “We remain committed to the National Renewable Energy Program, which aism to add 9,931 megawatts of renewable energy-based capacity by 2030, and we are making early strides,” he said. Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said energy saving is one of the government’s options in addressing the looming power crisis next year. “If we make it mandatory, especially for energy extensive activities, then, perhaps, we can also reduce a few megawatts on the demand,” he told reporters. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Purisima admits ‘ashamedly’ to corruption in PNP 

SEPT 30 --Beleaguered Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima (photo) admitted Tuesday to the presence of corruption even at the PNP but vowed to stop it “no matter who got hurt”. Testifying for the first time before the Senate committee on peace and order, Purisima said in Filipino how he was “ashamed” to admit that the former firearms and explosives office became “the seat of crime and corruption for the longest time”. He said there were syndicates within the PNP that have enriched themselves by releasing fake license firearms permits and identification cards to security guards as well as fake permits to carry firearms outside of residence.

He cited how he put a stop to these abuses so it was but natural for those who profited from the corruption to want to destroy him so that it would be “business as usual” again. “Hinding-hindi po ako papayag na magkakaganun. Hindi na uubra ang mag modus operandi nila, yan ang pinatigil ko at patuloy kong babantayan kahit sino man ang tamaan,” Purisima said. (I will never allow that to happen. Their modus operandi will no longer work. That is what I put a stop to and I will continue to be vigilant no matter who gets hurt.) THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO at the Senate grilling: Alan Purisima’s ‘saving grace’ and ‘big discount’ 

SEPT 30 --It pays to be chief of the Philippine National Police. Why? For Director General Alan Purisima, whose gross monthly income as PNP chief is P107,000, the payment for the construction of the “White House”, for which he has been criticized, was covered by a “deed of donation” and he got a “big discount” for the purchase of two luxury vehicles. As for his property in Nueva Ecija, Purisima told the Senate committee on peace and order Tuesday that the property was already there.

Senator Grace Poe, head of the committee on peace and order, initially invited Purisima to talk about PNP modernization and the rising criminality but was eventually grilled on his statement of assets and liabilities and net worth (SALN) due to the controversy surrounding his properties and vehicles. “Wala po akong pinapatayong property, may nakatayo na po…” said Purisima when asked by Poe about his property in Nueva Ecija. Purisima said he bought the 4.7-hectare lot in 1998 from his salary and savings. When asked by Poe about the controversial “White House”, Purisima clarified that contrary to reports, the donation which amounted to P11 million, was for the construction of a new building beside an old one at the PNP. He said the construction of the building started in 2013 and was turned over to the PNP on Dec. 31, 2013. Poe noted, however, that the deed of donation was dated Sept. 3, 2014.* READ MORE...

ALSO: PNP chief Alan Purisima won’t resign 

SEPT 30 --Amid resignation calls, Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima told a Senate hearing on Tuesday that he would not turn his back on his sworn duty to serve the country and said he wasn’t surprised at efforts to force him to do so. “Hindi na tayo nagulat na sadya tayong sinisiraan para mapilitan tayong talikuran ang paglilingkod sa bayan,” Purisima said in his opening statement when he faced the committee on public order and danger. (We are no longer surprised that there are people who are trying to destroy us to force us to turn our backs from serving our country.) “Hinding-hindi po ako tatalikod sa aking sinumpaang tungkulin. Hindi po ako papayag na manalo ang katiwalian, Ipagpapatuloy ko po ang paglilingkod sa bayan…” he added. (I will never turn my back on my sworn duty. I will not allow corruption to win. I will continue to serve my country.) Purisima, who has been charged before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly amassing ill-gotten wealth, lamented that his efforts to cleanse the national police were met with “doubts.” * READ MORE...

(ALSO) Poll: Pinoys divided on term extension  

OCT 1 --An administration-commissioned survey in Metro Manila showed that Filipinos are equally divided on the issue of allowing President Aquino to have another term in office. A senior administration lawmaker disclosed that he was shown the results of a Pulse Asia survey conducted in Metro Manila early this month where a little over 30 percent out of 300 respondents were in favor of allowing a term extension for Aquino. However, about the same percentage were against allowing Aquino to remain in office. The lawmaker said 27 percent of the respondents remain undecided. “The difference between those for and against term extension was small and well within the margin of error of plus or minus three percent so they’re statistically equal,” the source told The STAR.

He said the poll was apparently commissioned by “somebody in the administration” and was just one question included in the entire poll of Pulse Asia on other issues. He said the result has apparently weakened the drive of some quarters in Malacańang to push for a second term for Aquino. The survey was conducted at a time when Aquino made several references on his willingness to seek a second term. However, to achieve this, the political provisions of the Constitution particularly on term limits of elected officials, would have to be amended. Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone said he believes that Aquino should run again for president and that enough numbers — or two-thirds vote of members — could be generated in the House of Representatives to amend the political provisions of the Constitution. He however said the opposite could be the case in the Senate where there are only 24 members. - With Jess Diaz THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO Opinion from Asian Journal: Philippine Presidential Election 2016: History Will Repeat Itself 

Oct --Cory Aquino was God-sent to challenge a corrupt dictator, to stop the human rights abuses, and to restore freedom and democracy in the Philippines and to its people. Cheated in a presidential election by the despotic Marcos, Cory was installed by the people as President via a peaceful People Power or EDSA revolution. Surviving several coup attempts that tried to destabilize her government, she competently, efficiently, effectively and successfully governed as the country transitioned to a vibrant republican and democratic government. Initially running the country under a revolutionary Freedom Constitution, she got a commission to draft a constitution that is responsive to the needs, ideals and principles of a true and human democracy.

By overwhelmingly ratifying the 1987 Constitution, the Filipino people reaffirmed their trust and confidence in President Cory Aquino. Through the voice of the people, the voice of God was heard! In the first election after the Cory Constitution was ratified, the Filipino people who earlier clamored for her to challenge dictator Marcos, again reaffirmed their full trust on her God-inspired judgment. In that election, it was Cory’s choice all the way. The choices of Cory from national to local levels won overwhelmingly. Then running a representative government under a living and vibrant constitution, she rejected appeals to extend her term. She preferred to prepare the country for a truly functioning democratic government by electing a new set of national and local officials as mandated by the new constitution. Cory chose to endorse Fidel Ramos, then Defense Secretary, co-leader in the People Power Revolution, and more importantly, defender of Cory against all coup attempts to topple her government.

Because of Cory’s endorsement, Fidel Ramos won the election against formidable and well-funded opponents. President Ramos did well as President. He ran a relatively peaceful country and almost a totally labor-strike free regime. His economic policies were bringing our country to what was described as a baby tiger status. In fact, some sectors even clamored for an extended term. Sticking to the mandates of the Cory Constitution, Ramos’ presidency ended. Cory and the Yellow Brigade remained a political force especially during the Estrada and the Macapagal-Arroyo regimes that brought plunder and corruption in government. Exposed to another set of evils, the death of Cory revived the people’s yearning for one who embodied Honesty, Humility, Honor, and Hope a la Cory. This was when a grieving public clamored for Noynoy Aquino to run for President. He never intended to do so. The people asked him to run, so he ran. They expected him to win, so he did!

History repeating itself just began! Like his mother, Noynoy heeded the clamor. He also fought against formidable and well-funded candidates. By virtue of the power vested upon the Filipino people, Noynoy became President Noynoy or PNoy. Last year, the Philippines had its national and local elections under PNoy’s term. In a column/blog (http://benmaynigo.blogspot.com/2013/04/philippine-election-2013-history.html), I wrote, “This time, it will also be PNoy’s Choices. The big difference is that PNoy is backing his choices with achievements, substantial resources, overwhelming organizational advantage, a successful and indisputable anti-corruption “Daang Matuwid” campaign message, and the attainable promise and hope of better things to come not only for local leaders but most especially for their constituents.”  Indeed, it was an overwhelming victory for most of PNoy’s choices – not unlike Cory’s choices during her term. Presidential Election 2016 In 2016, the Filipino people will be electing PNoy’s successor. * CONTINUE READING...


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Binay still top pres’l bet

OCTOBER 6, 2014 (MANILA STANDARD) By Christine F. Herrera, Joyce Pangco Pańares - VICE President Jejomar Binay retained his lead in two separate surveys released Monday, maintaining his position as the strongest presidential contender in the 2016 polls despite losing some ground amid corruption charges filed against him and his son.

A Pulse Asia survey for the third quarter showed Binay ahead with 31 percent of respondents picking him for president, a 10 percentage point drop from his 41 percent showing in June.

He was followed by Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the presumptive standard bearer for the ruling Liberal Party, with 13 percent; followed by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago at 11 percent; and Senator Grace Poe and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada at 10 percent.

Senator Francis Escudero had 5 percent; Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., 4 percent; former vice president Noli De Castro, 3 percent; and former senator Richard Gordon, 2 percent.

In a separate survey by Pedro Laylo Jr. commissioned by Binay’s private sector supporters, the vice president polled 36 percent, followed by Poe at 19 percent; Estrada at 13 percent; Santiago and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte tied at 8 percent; and Roxas and Marcos tied at 7 percent.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who has led the attack on Binay in the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee corruption hearings, polled 3 percent in the Laylo survey and only 1 percent in the Pulse Asia poll.

As in the Pulse Asia survey, Binay also lost some ground, shedding eight percentage points from his 44 percent showing in August, but Laylo said this could be attributed to a longer list of contenders in the latest survey. Santiago, Duterte and Marcos were not included in the previous survey.

* The Laylo survey, a copy of which was furnished the Manila Standard, showed that Roxas also suffered a five percentage point drop from 12 percent in August.

The survey of 1,200 respondents nationwide was undertaken from Sept. 7-11, covering the dates during which the Senate was investigating allegations of corruption against Binay and his son for a Makati City Hall building that was said to be overpriced.

But the Laylo survey said only 33 percent of the respondents believed that there was a basis for the accusations.

Respondents were split over whether Binay should attend the Blue Ribbon hearings, with 52 percent saying it was a good idea to stay away because this would be a distraction from his work as vice president, and 48 percent saying he should face up to the allegations and tell the truth.

In Metro Manila, 49 percent said Binay should stay away from the hearings, while 51 percent believed he was deliberately avoiding them.

The Laylo survey also showed that in Northern and Central Luzon, Binay was perceived by 39 percent as the “most likely to continue” President Benigno Aquino III’s policies.

Only 13 percent in the same regions said they believed Aquino’s party mate Roxas would continue his policies.

Poe had a stronger showing with 19 percent saying she was likely to continue the President’s policies.

Some 29 percent believed that Binay would fight for them, as against 16 percent for Estrada, 15 percent for Poe, 10 percent for Roxas, 6 percent for Duterte and 5 percent for Cayetano.

Binay was perceived to be hardworking by 36 percent, compared to 18 percent for Poe and 9 percent for Roxas.

Some 36 percent also believed Binay had pro-poor polices, compared to Poe with 19 percent and Roxas at 7 percent.

But Santiago was perceived to be the toughest among all the candidates, a train that respondents considered positive.

Some 32 percent of the respondents believed Santiago tough, followed by Duterte with 21 percent, Binay with 19 percent, Estrada with 13 percent, Roxas with 5 percent, Poe and Cayetano with 4 percent each and Marcos, 3 percent.

The Laylo survey also showed that if Estrada pulls out of the race, it would be his political ally, Binay, who would benefit from the withdrawal, with Binay still winning the race with 40 percent; followed by Poe at 22 percent; Santiago at 10 percent; Duterte, Roxas and Marcos at 8 percent each and Cayetano at 4 percent.

If Poe pulls out of the race, the votes would still go to Binay at 41 percent, Estrada with 16 percent, Santiago with 11 percent, Roxas with 10 percent, Duterte with 9 percent, Marcos with 8 percent and Cayetano, 4 percent.

The survey has an error margin of plus or minus 3 percent.

In the Pulse Asia survey, presidential aspirants who got 1 percent were rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson, Cayetano and Senator Ramon Revilla Jr.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Senate President Franklin Drilon got 0.4 percent while former senator Francis Pangilinan received 0.2 percent.

Malacańang remained unfazed with the latest survey results, saying Binay’s ratings may continue to drop if he is unsuccessful in defending himself against the allegations of corruption.

“Our political landscape remains very fluid. A lot of things can still happen between now and 2016,” presidential political adviser Ronald Llamas said.

Binay has been accused of receiving kickbacks from the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall car park building.

“But the results are very significant in relation to the Vice President. It is definitely a result of the Senate investigation on alleged corruption of the Vice President and his family,” Llamas said.

“Corruption will still be a dominant issue going into 2016. If the Vice President will be unable to confront these issues head on and convincingly, his ratings may continue to unravel,” he added.

Binay lost supporters across all locations and classes, with preference from those belonging to the upper classes A, B, and C showing the biggest dip at 13 percentage points.

The Pulse Asia survey covered 1,200 respondents with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent and a confidence level of 95 percent.

Heading the vice presidential bets was Poe, who received a five-point increase in preference to 31 percent.

Poe was followed by Escudero (19 percent), Cayetano (9 percent), Senator Antonio Trillanes IV (7 percent), Marcos (6 percent), Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos (5 percent), Drilon (5 percent) and Senator Jinggoy Estrada (3 percent).

Businessman Manuel Pangilinan, whom Binay wants to be his running mate, got only 2 percent.

In the senatorial race, Senator Vicente Sotto III and Francis Pangilinan, incumbent presidential assistant for food security, were in a statistical tie, with Sotto getting the nod from 51.6 percent and Pangilinan getting 51.5 percent.

Other candidates who will likely make it to the Magic 12 in 2016 are Roxas (47.6 percent); Marcos (47.2 percent); Lacson (47.1 percent); Gordon (45.9 percent); Santos (44.5 percent); Senator Ralph

Recto (44.1 percent); Drilon (42.6 percent); former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri (41.5 percent); former Senator Jamby Madrigal (35.9 percent) and Senator Sergio Osmeńa III (35.4 percent).

Other aspirants who have a fighting chance to make it to the top 12 are Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (35.3 percent), boxing champ and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao (31.3 percent), and former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros (30.7 percent).

Binay’s camp on Monday shrugged off the decline in his poll results, saying they expected a bigger hit as a result of the allegations being hurled against him and his family.

“Given the very challenging and rough times that the Vice President faced in the past weeks, we expected a bigger decline--but the latest survey results are a surprise for us,” said the interim president of the United Nationalist Alliance, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco.

“The public is aware that the allegations against the Vice President are part of the modus operandi of the administration allies to discredit him and his family,” he added.

But Trillanes, who along with Cayetano has pressed the investigation against Binay, said the 10 percentage point drop in the vice president’s standing in the Pulse Asia survey showed that people were aware of what was happening. With Maricel V. Cruz and Macon Ramos-Araneta

FROM PHILSTAR

Binay braces for bigger smear drive after ratings dip By Jose Rodel Clapano (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 1, 2014 - 12:00am 1 88 googleplus0 0


VP BINAY

MANILA, Philippines – Detractors of Vice President Jejomar Binay are expected to “redouble” their attacks now that they have succeeded in causing a slight dip in his popularity ratings in the recent Pulse Asia survey, his spokesman said yesterday.

“We expect his political detractors to continue their campaign of lies against the Vice President,” Joey Salgado, head of Binay’s media affairs office, said.

Binay, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers’ (OFW) concerns, said the attacks against him would not distract him from his responsibilities.

A recent Pulse Asia survey conducted from Sept. 8 to Sept. 15 showed 31 percent of Filipinos would vote for Binay as president or down from 41 percent in June.

He remains, however, the top contender for the 2016 presidential polls.

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the presumptive standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party, saw his ratings improve but still came in a distant second with 13 percent.

“Again, if the detractors feel strongly about the allegations made by discredited local politicians, they should bring it before a court of law,” Salgado said.

“This would afford us the opportunity to cross-examine the accusers and scrutinize their so-called evidence, unlike in the Senate subcommittee probe where such rights are not allowed,” he said.

He noted that the ratings of his main accusers in the Senate – Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV – have not improved either.

“The drop in the ratings of personalities involved in the ongoing Senate subcommittee probe shows that people do not appreciate abuse of senatorial privilege,” he said while describing the Senate probe as a “witch hunt in aid of ambition.”

“Unfortunately these personalities will probably ignore this lesson and just redouble their vicious attacks,” Salgado said.

He stressed the accusations against Binay were “of no importance” to the Vice President as he continues to lead “despite their grandstanding and baseless attacks, and amid a widening field of contenders” in the presidential race. “He will remain focused on his work,” Salgado said.

* He said Binay, in fact, is set to meet with beneficiaries of government housing projects.

“The Vice President is pressing his appeal for the restoration of the budget allocation for overseas absentee voting which has been removed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) from the 2015 budget,” Salgado said. “He is encouraging our OFWs to join his appeal for Congress to restore the budget.”

Turning the tables

Meanwhile, the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) dared Cayetano and Trillanes to undergo lifestyle check to prove their own credibility.

“Just because you are part of the Blue Ribbon subcommittee investigating the Makati City Hall Building 2 does not make you a credible or honorable person, or reading Biblical passages make you any holier than anyone,” said UNA interim secretary general JV Bautista.

“The case is that these people (Trillanes and Cayetano) think they’re more popish than the pope, and speaking as though they are morally upright. The truth is that the telenovela in the Blue Ribbon are their shield on their PDAF, DAP, etcetera, etcetera,” Bautista said.

Bautista cited Cayetano’s even admitting that no public official puts his assets in his name.

“Maybe, he is the one doing that. The fish is caught by his own mouth. He (Cayetano) should be the one to be investigated,” Bautista said.

Bautista said that last week, Binay took the initiative to show his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) covering almost three decades.

“The Vice President has already expressed his willingness to undergo a lifestyle check. Are the two senators ready to reveal their true lifestyles? They should also be transparent and open, and show they have no skeletons in their closets,” Bautista said.

Bautista pointed out that one senator’s PDAF has been “red flagged” by the Commission on Audit (COA) and his name appears on at least three lists of those who had received millions of kickbacks from alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. PDAF stands for Priority Development Assistance Fund, the official term for congressional pork barrel. The Supreme Court has declared it unconstitutional.

“These senators should be more forthcoming about their PDAF, their ties with Mrs. Napoles and their DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program),” he said.

Bautista emphasized that Binay, a former Makati City mayor, has never been suspended or penalized for corruption or unethical practice.

“The funny thing here is that this one senator projects himself as Mr. Clean kuno, and dismisses the reports as politically motivated,” he said. “And they have not said anything about their DAP as payoffs for impeaching former Chief Justice Renato Corona.”

Bautista said Binay has religiously released his SALN and income tax returns for the last 28 years, proving his openness to lifestyle check.

Too early to tell

For Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, it was still too early to tell if the 10-point drop in Binay’s rating in the latest Pulse Asia survey would have an effect on the Vice President’s chances in 2016.

Gatchalian pointed out that when Binay declared that he was running for vice president in 2009, he started with only a three percent rating, or a far third from then vice presidential candidates Loren Legarda and Roxas.

“But look what happened, from being a cellar dweller, Binay’s numbers started to rise, overtaking Senator Legarda and eventually wrestling the vice presidency from erstwhile frontrunner and sure winner Mar Roxas by a margin of more than 800,000 votes,” he said.

He said Binay is capable of bouncing back from a “temporary setback in his ratings.”

“The drop in his ratings could serve both as a challenge and a wake-up call for VP Binay that there is no room for complacency since the presidential election is still more than a year away and many things can still happen on the way to 2016,” he said.

But Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone said he expects his LP colleagues secretly planning to join Binay’s camp to now have second thoughts.

He said Roxas’ ratings are beginning to climb and he has not even started campaigning yet.

Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes said the controversy over the Makati City hall parking building project was to blame for the 10-point decline in Binay’s ratings.

“The biggest factor is the negative reports from the Senate investigation,” Holmes said in a television interview. But he said the figures could still change as the election is still months away. – With Helen Flores, Paolo Romero

FROM THE MANILA STANDARD

PNoy: No evil design in extra power request By Joyce Pangco Panares, Alena Mae S. Flores | Oct. 01, 2014 at 12:01am MANILA STANDARD


Focus on energy. President Benigno Aquino III views the exhibits on energy efficiency and renewable energy during the Energy Smart Philippines 2014 exhibition at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on Tuesday.
Malacańang Photo Bureau

President Aquino said on Tuesday he has no evil design in his request for emergency powers to address an expected power shortage of 300 megawatts by the summer of 2015.

“I am aware that investors in the energy sector are worried about these measures distorting the market, but let me assure you: government intervention is meant only to address the shortage,” he said in a speech at the Energy Smart Philippines 2014 forum.

“The goal of this initiative is to make sure our economy does not lose its momentum in the event of an energy shortage,” Aquino said.

The energy sector expect an estimated shortfall of 300 megawatts, but experts said it could go up to 1,000 megawatts. The government can implement energy conservation measures and tap into other sources such as renewable energy such as solar power.

During the president’s speech, Luzon was placed on alert due to tripping of the National Grid, which resulted in the outage of Quezon Power coal plant in Quezon and Pangasinan. An unscheduled power interruption was also reported in some parts of Caloocan City, Malabon and Navotas.

Aquino, invoking the emergency powers to be provided by Congress to address the problem, said his administration was committed at exploring and investing in clean and renewable energy sources.

“We remain committed to the National Renewable Energy Program, which aism to add 9,931 megawatts of renewable energy-based capacity by 2030, and we are making early strides,” he said.

Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said energy saving is one of the government’s options in addressing the looming power crisis next year.

“If we make it mandatory, especially for energy extensive activities, then, perhaps, we can also reduce a few megawatts on the demand,” he told reporters.

* He said the energy saving programs will be implemented in government offices and even the households will be forced to comply and help bring down electricity consumption.

“We experimented last summer, we maintained air-con temperature at government offices at 25 degrees. There were those that followed, trhere were others who did not because it was voluntary,” he said.

Petilla said he expected a “mild” El Nino by summer next year, which will translate to a projected additional capacity of 800 megawatts and “we are closely monitoring the weather as it will affect the ability of hydro-power plants to deliver power during the dry months.”

He called on power plants to finish their rehabilitation work and go on line before summer next year and “if there will still be a deficit, then we will resort to load management.

Load management refers to possible rotating brownouts, which will last anywhere from one hour to three hours.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Purisima admits ‘ashamedly’ to corruption in PNP INQUIRER.net12:22 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014


PURISIMA

MANILA, Philippines – Beleaguered Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima admitted Tuesday to the presence of corruption even at the PNP but vowed to stop it “no matter who got hurt”.

Testifying for the first time before the Senate committee on peace and order, Purisima said in Filipino how he was “ashamed” to admit that the former firearms and explosives office became “the seat of crime and corruption for the longest time”.

He said there were syndicates within the PNP that have enriched themselves by releasing fake license firearms permits and identification cards to security guards as well as fake permits to carry firearms outside of residence.

He cited how he put a stop to these abuses so it was but natural for those who profited from the corruption to want to destroy him so that it would be “business as usual” again.

“Hinding-hindi po ako papayag na magkakaganun. Hindi na uubra ang mag modus operandi nila, yan ang pinatigil ko at patuloy kong babantayan kahit sino man ang tamaan,” Purisima said. (I will never allow that to happen. Their modus operandi will no longer work. That is what I put a stop to and I will continue to be vigilant no matter who gets hurt.)

Alan Purisima’s ‘saving grace’ and ‘big discount’ By Maila Ager |INQUIRER.net2:26 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014


PURISIMA

MANILA, Philippines–It pays to be chief of the Philippine National Police. Why?

For Director General Alan Purisima, whose gross monthly income as PNP chief is P107,000, the payment for the construction of the “White House”, for which he has been criticized, was covered by a “deed of donation” and he got a “big discount” for the purchase of two luxury vehicles.

As for his property in Nueva Ecija, Purisima told the Senate committee on peace and order Tuesday that the property was already there.

Senator Grace Poe, head of the committee on peace and order, initially invited Purisima to talk about PNP modernization and the rising criminality but was eventually grilled on his statement of assets and liabilities and net worth (SALN) due to the controversy surrounding his properties and vehicles.

“Wala po akong pinapatayong property, may nakatayo na po…” said Purisima when asked by Poe about his property in Nueva Ecija.

Purisima said he bought the 4.7-hectare lot in 1998 from his salary and savings.

When asked by Poe about the controversial “White House”, Purisima clarified that contrary to reports, the donation which amounted to P11 million, was for the construction of a new building beside an old one at the PNP.

He said the construction of the building started in 2013 and was turned over to the PNP on Dec. 31, 2013.

Poe noted, however, that the deed of donation was dated Sept. 3, 2014.

* Purisima explained that the deed of donation was belatedly done because the donors wanted to make it on record. He said he even had to convince the donors to legalize the donation as questions have been raised over its construction.

He said the “White House” was a “design and build” concept but admitted that he had not seen it.

“E kung dog house ang itinayo, tatanggapin ninyo?” Senator Serge Osmeńa III asked. (And if a dog house was built, would you have accepted it?)

But Purisima said that while he would benefit from the “White House,” it was just “incidental”, being the incumbent chief of the PNP, and would leave it behind when he steps down from office.

“That’s your saving grace,” Poe said, adding that the process of accepting the donation remained “questionable” and “suspect.”

Poe also asked how Purisima managed to buy a Toyota Alphard in 2013 worth P3.2 million and a Toyota Land Cruiser worth P1.5 million.

The senator particularly asked how the PNP chief got the Land Cruiser at P1.5 million when the vehicle costs from P6 million to P7 million.

“I got a big discount,” Purisima said in Filipino.

PNP chief Alan Purisima won’t resign By Maila Ager |INQUIRER.net12:01 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014


MANILA, Philippines – Amid resignation calls, Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima told a Senate hearing on Tuesday that he would not turn his back on his sworn duty to serve the country and said he wasn’t surprised at efforts to force him to do so.

“Hindi na tayo nagulat na sadya tayong sinisiraan para mapilitan tayong talikuran ang paglilingkod sa bayan,” Purisima said in his opening statement when he faced the committee on public order and danger. (We are no longer surprised that there are people who are trying to destroy us to force us to turn our backs from serving our country.)

“Hinding-hindi po ako tatalikod sa aking sinumpaang tungkulin. Hindi po ako papayag na manalo ang katiwalian, Ipagpapatuloy ko po ang paglilingkod sa bayan…” he added. (I will never turn my back on my sworn duty. I will not allow corruption to win. I will continue to serve my country.)

Purisima, who has been charged before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly amassing ill-gotten wealth, lamented that his efforts to cleanse the national police were met with “doubts.”

* He then blamed those affected by the reforms being implemented at the Philippine National Police as those behind attempts to pin him down.

“Sa ating pagpapatupad ng reporma, madalas nating nakakabangga ang mga puspusang humahadlang sa pagbabago. Ang nais nila magpatuloy ang tiwaling sistema kung saan ang mismong proseso at patakaran ng kapulisan ang kanilang nagagamit para pakapalin ang kanilang bulsa,” said the PNP chief. (In our implementation of reforms, we often run into those who are trying to prevent change. What they would like is for the corrupt system to continue in which they use the very system of the law to enrich themselves.)

He also lamented that even his businesses and a house that he had legitimately acquired were allegedly being targeted by his detractors.

Before this, Purisima apologized to the committee headed by Senator Grace Poe for his failure to attend its hearing last September 16.

“I’d like to apologize to the honorable chairperson and to the honorable committee for my absence during the first public hearing,” he said, adding that it was not his intention to give the committee an impression that he did not want to cooperate with its proceeding.

Purisima and the Philippine National Police have been under fire over the alleged involvement of law enforcers in the recent spate of criminal activities, highlighted by the robbery-kidnapping along the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) in early September.

Purisima himself has been accused of amassing illegal wealth.

FROM PHILSTAR

Poll: Pinoys divided on term extension By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 1, 2014 - 12:00am 5 266 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines – An administration-commissioned survey in Metro Manila showed that Filipinos are equally divided on the issue of allowing President Aquino to have another term in office.

A senior administration lawmaker disclosed that he was shown the results of a Pulse Asia survey conducted in Metro Manila early this month where a little over 30 percent out of 300 respondents were in favor of allowing a term extension for Aquino.

However, about the same percentage were against allowing Aquino to remain in office.

The lawmaker said 27 percent of the respondents remain undecided.

“The difference between those for and against term extension was small and well within the margin of error of plus or minus three percent so they’re statistically equal,” the source told The STAR.

He said the poll was apparently commissioned by “somebody in the administration” and was just one question included in the entire poll of Pulse Asia on other issues.

He said the result has apparently weakened the drive of some quarters in Malacańang to push for a second term for Aquino.

The survey was conducted at a time when Aquino made several references on his willingness to seek a second term. However, to achieve this, the political provisions of the Constitution particularly on term limits of elected officials, would have to be amended.

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone said he believes that Aquino should run again for president and that enough numbers — or two-thirds vote of members — could be generated in the House of Representatives to amend the political provisions of the Constitution.

He however said the opposite could be the case in the Senate where there are only 24 members. - With Jess Diaz

FROM THE ASIAN JOURNAL

Philippine Presidential Election 2016: History Will Repeat Itself  by Benjamin Maynigo

Cory Aquino was God-sent to challenge a corrupt dictator, to stop the human rights abuses, and to restore freedom and democracy in the Philippines and to its people.

Cheated in a presidential election by the despotic Marcos, Cory was installed by the people as President via a peaceful People Power or EDSA revolution.

Surviving several coup attempts that tried to destabilize her government, she competently, efficiently, effectively and successfully governed as the country transitioned to a vibrant republican and democratic government.

Initially running the country under a revolutionary Freedom Constitution, she got a commission to draft a constitution that is responsive to the needs, ideals and principles of a true and human democracy.

By overwhelmingly ratifying the 1987 Constitution, the Filipino people reaffirmed their trust and confidence in President Cory Aquino. Through the voice of the people, the voice of God was heard!

In the first election after the Cory Constitution was ratified, the Filipino people who earlier clamored for her to challenge dictator Marcos, again reaffirmed their full trust on her God-inspired judgment.

In that election, it was Cory’s choice all the way. The choices of Cory from national to local levels won overwhelmingly.

Then running a representative government under a living and vibrant constitution, she rejected appeals to extend her term. She preferred to prepare the country for a truly functioning democratic government by electing a new set of national and local officials as mandated by the new constitution.

Cory chose to endorse Fidel Ramos, then Defense Secretary, co-leader in the People Power Revolution, and more importantly, defender of Cory against all coup attempts to topple her government.

Because of Cory’s endorsement, Fidel Ramos won the election against formidable and well-funded opponents.

President Ramos did well as President. He ran a relatively peaceful country and almost a totally labor-strike free regime.

His economic policies were bringing our country to what was described as a baby tiger status. In fact, some sectors even clamored for an extended term.

Sticking to the mandates of the Cory Constitution, Ramos’ presidency ended.

Cory and the Yellow Brigade remained a political force especially during the Estrada and the Macapagal-Arroyo regimes that brought plunder and corruption in government.

Exposed to another set of evils, the death of Cory revived the people’s yearning for one who embodied Honesty, Humility, Honor, and Hope a la Cory.

This was when a grieving public clamored for Noynoy Aquino to run for President. He never intended to do so. The people asked him to run, so he ran. They expected him to win, so he did!

History repeating itself just began! Like his mother, Noynoy heeded the clamor. He also fought against formidable and well-funded candidates. By virtue of the power vested upon the Filipino people, Noynoy became President Noynoy or PNoy.

Last year, the Philippines had its national and local elections under PNoy’s term. In a column/blog (http://benmaynigo.blogspot.com/2013/04/philippine-election-2013-history.html), I wrote,

“This time, it will also be PNoy’s Choices. The big difference is that PNoy is backing his choices with achievements, substantial resources, overwhelming organizational advantage, a successful and indisputable anti-corruption “Daang Matuwid” campaign message, and the attainable promise and hope of better things to come not only for local leaders but most especially for their constituents.”

Indeed, it was an overwhelming victory for most of PNoy’s choices – not unlike Cory’s choices during her term.

Presidential Election 2016

In 2016, the Filipino people will be electing PNoy’s successor.

* Many are already speculating on the people who may run. Vice President Binay announced that he is forming a new party to prepare for his presidential run.

Columnists think that NP might field Senator Alan Cayetano, Senator Bongbong Marcos, or former presidential candidate Villar; Lakas will field Senator Bong Revilla; and LP will field DILG Secretary Mar Roxas.

Among the Vice Presidentiables mentioned were: Vilma Santos, Manny Pangilinan or Senator Jinggoy under Binay; Senator Antonio Trillanes under Cayetano; and Senator Chiz Escudero under Mar Roxas.

In my column/blog (http://benmaynigo.blogspot.com/2013/05/elections-you-win-some-you-lose-some.html in analyzing the 2013 election results I wrote,

“The Visayans and the Bicolanos delivered 10 winners for Team PNoy and only 2 UNA. The Mindanao provinces including the Muslims delivered 9-3 while NCR and all the Regions north of it delivered 8 – 4.”

What this means is that the Visayans led by Roxas and Drilon delivered to deserve the 2016 Presidential endorsement and the Senate Presidency, respectively.

It also means that the Bicolanos led by Escudero, Robredo and LP followers delivered to probably deserve and reserve the Vice Presidential seat for their region in 2016.”

In fact, in Capiz, the bailiwick of Roxas, it was 11 winners for Team PNoy and only 1 for UNA.

This explains why the LP/NPC coalition is pushing for a Roxas-Escudero tandem. The latter is a Bicolano.

History will repeat itself!

My prediction is that PNoy’s choice will be the next President of the Philippines. It would take a whole generation to institute the reforms needed in our society. Six years is not enough.

The country needs to continue PNoy’s economic achievements, anti-corruption “Daang Matuwid” campaign, the rehabilitation and recovery of disaster areas, judicial, political, electoral, military and other reforms.

The country cannot afford to change direction again and start a new cycle. PNoy’s GPS (Grand Prosecution of the Sleazy) must proceed speedily without obstruction, stoppage and interruption. The people want to see the detention and incarceration of a powerful group of politicians who plundered public funds.

For this, it must be his choice. He has their trust and confidence.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

The future is 2016 and beyond. PNoy by good governance started creating a bright future. With a great message (Daang Matuwid) and a platform backed by an efficient and effective Public Relations and Propaganda machine; substantial financial, intellectual, and material resources; a precinct level national political party machinery; and a competent and effective presidential candidate personally anointed by PNoy, this future is being created every minute of the day silently and without fanfare.

History demands it! It happened in the past. It is happening today. It will happen tomorrow!


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