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PULSE ASIA: ONLY 3 OUT OF 10 FILIPINOS BELIEVE AQUINO FULFILLED 'TUWID NA DAAN' PROMISE 

OCT 13 --President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO. MANILA, Philippines—Only three in 10 Filipinos believe that President Benigno Aquino III has delivered on his promise of “tuwid na daan” (straight path) brand of governance, according to a survey released Monday by pollster Pulse Asia. In a nationwide survey conducted from September 8-15, it was revealed that 29 percent of the 1,200 adult respondents believe that Aquino was able to fulfill his promise. Meanwhile, four in 10 Filipinos or 36 percent of respondents said that he has failed to carry out “tuwid na daan.” The survey also revealed that three out of 10 Filipinos or 34 percent of survey participants are ambivalent on the matter.

Three-way split of public opinion --The survey showed that pluralities in Metro Manila (36 percent) and Luzon (45 percent) think that Aquino was unable to execute his “tuwid na daan” policy. Meanwhile, a big plurality of Visayans (43 percent) are ambivalent on the issue while 43 percent of Mindanao residents believe that the “tuwid na daan” promise was fulfilled by Aquino. Pulse Asia said that the duration of the survey coincided with reports of the request of Aquino for emergency powers to address the impending power shortage in 2015, Aquino’s expression of trust to embattled PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima amid calls demanding his resignation, and the transmittal of the draft Bangsamoro Law to Congress. The survey has a ± 3% error margin and pegged at 95% confidence level.YHIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Binay despite drop to its lowest, still gets ‘very good’ public satisfaction rating on SWS poll

OCT 14 --Despite dropping to its lowest since he assumed office in 2010, Vice President Jejomar Binay still managed to obtain a “very good” satisfaction mark and his rating remains the highest among government officials, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results showed.
In the nationwide poll conducted September 26-29, 70 percent of Filipinos said they are satisfied with Binay’s performance in the past three months, while 17 percent claimed otherwise. He scored 78 percent satisfaction rating in the second quarter of the year, or a drop of 8 percentage point.
His lowest satisfaction grade was recorded on the first quarter of 2013 at 75 percent while his highest (82 percent) was recorded on March 2013.

This brings the net satisfaction rating of the Vice President to “very good” +52 (percentage of satisfied minus dissatisfied) In the same poll, SWS recorded a net satisfaction score of 36 percent for Senate President Franklin Drilon; 13 percent for Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.; 10 percent for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Binay’s camp said the Vice President remains grateful for the “very good” rating he received from the Filipino people,
“Vice President Jojo Binay is happy and thankful that 70 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with his performance,” said Gov. Jonvic Remulla, vice presidential spokesman for political concerns.

“The numbers are surprising. Despite the toxic atmosphere brought about by the kangaroo court of the Senate and the incessant attacks by political detractors, he still outperforms the rest of the field. It really goes to show that it’s hard to put a good man down.” He added the survey results “make him more committed to bring the issues directly to the people and perform his duties.” SWS used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide. It classifies net satisfaction ratings of +70 and above as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “very good”; +30 to +49, “good”; +10 to +29, “moderate”; +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69, “very bad”; and -70 and below, “execrable.”  It also has a ±3 percent sampling error margin for national and ±6 percent for area percentages.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Impeach rap to be filed by LP member vs Binay mulled in House 

OCT 14 --PHOTO: Caloocan City Vice Mayor Edgar Erice and Vice President Jejomar Binay (inset).
INQUIRER FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines — Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice is considering filing an impeachment complaint against Vice President Jejomar Binay. In a press conference on Tuesday, Erice said Binay may be impeached for betrayal of public trust as he faces a Senate investigation on alleged corruption when he was Makati mayor.

Erice, a member of President Benigno Aquino III’s Liberal Party, cited the alleged use of Makati funds by Binay for his vice presidential campaign in 2010, as well as his purported failure to declare his properties in Batangas and Tagaytay in his Statement of Assets and Liabilities Networth (SALN). “Mahalaga ito sapagkat ayaw natin magkaroon ng Pangulo na korap,” Erice said of Binay who seeks the presidency in 2016. (This is important because we don’t want a president who is corrupt.) Erice had been vocal in having Binay removed as a Cabinet official. Erice is also seeking to amend the Constitution to allow Aquino a shot for reelection in 2016. Militant lawmakers have filed several impeachment complaints against Aquino but which were dismissed by their colleagues at the House of Representatives for lack of substance. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: CATHOLIC BISHOP, ANALYST BARE ‘FARCE’; Palace, LP behind attacks on Binay

OCT 14 --THE Senate investigation of alleged anomalies committed by Vice President Jejomar Binay and members of his family is nothing but a “drama” and a “strategy” concocted by Malacañang and the Liberal Party (LP) to weaken the administration’s most formidable opponent in the 2016 elections, according to a renowned political analyst and a retired Catholic bishop. In separate interviews with The Manila Times, Ramon Casiple and former Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz both see the hands of the Palace and the LP as the puppet masters dictating the flow of the Senate blue ribbon committee’s inquiry into alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2 and the supposed 35-hectare farm owned by the Binays in Rosario, Batangas.
“The drama is Malacañang-fueled. It too shall pass away,” Cruz said. He likened the Senate probe to previous controversies that ended up “nowhere.”

Short of calling the probe a farce, the prelate said the public should sit back and enjoy the show.“My advice to [the] people: Enjoy it till its ending, which is neither here nor there,” Cruz added.Casiple, a political analyst, said there is no doubt that the Aquino administration is behind the attacks on Binay, judging from the timing of the probe and the line of questioning by the Senate panel members. While senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes 4th and Aquilino Pimentel 3rd are not LP members, Casiple said they are allies of the ruling administration party. “It [probe] is certainly within the 2016 presidential election context. What you are seeing is the strategy toward strengthening of the winning hand of the administration candidate,” Casiple noted. When asked if he could categorically say the LP is behind the “drama” involving Binay, he replied, “None other. Unless may sumasakay [somebody is hitching a ride].”
Sought by The Times for comment, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said while some sectors may offer differing views on the conduct of the Senate probe, Malacañang will respect moves of the Senate.
“We respect the processes of the Senate as a separate and co-equal body,” Coloma added. President Benigno Aquino 3rd earlier told reporters in an interview in Bali, Indonesia, that he respects Binay as a “friend” and a “senior” who is “the best judge as to what he has to do.” “At the end of the day, I really believe that the truth will come out. Anybody and everybody who knows and who has personal knowledge of the issue should help contribute to ferreting the truth [out],” the President said. He added that he was not interested in the investigation of the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2 or Binay’s alleged farm in Batangas province. * READ MORE...

ALSO: I’m not a Binay dummy, says Chinese-Filipino businessman Antonio Tiu

OCT 14 --PHOTO: TIU. Contributed Photo. MANILA, Philippines–“I am not a dummy.” Chinese-Filipino businessman Antonio Tiu issued the statement on Monday after senators advised him to admit fronting for Vice President Jejomar Binay on the ownership of a 350-hectare property in Batangas province. Tiu, executive chair of AgriNurture Inc. (ANI), said that his accusers were wrong and that he would prove his innocence when he appears before the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee investigating the Vice President’s alleged hidden wealth.

“I am not a dummy. I am engaged in legitimate business here and abroad primarily on agriculture. I made my fortune through sheer hard work and my determination to succeed. If we really want to count the number of farmers we have been providing jobs and markets, it will run into more than 100,000,” Tiu said. The businessman explained that he was getting his primary revenues from the export of banana, mango and coconut water. He also claimed that he pioneered the postharvest facility, processing and marketing of coconut water, and is promoting the processing and export of tamarind. “I have a joint venture with China’s biggest agricultural firm Beidahuang in 2010. It has invested in developing hybrid rice in the Philippines to augment the rice shortage. Over the years, Beidahuang has spent more than $10 million in the field of research and development,” he added. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Plot ‘Oplan Nognog (Dark Skin)' vs Binay hatched by Roxas, Cayetano, Trillanes bared 

OCT 14 --PHOTO: MAKATI PARKING BUILDING: Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV (center) and Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano (left) talk to Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (right), who heads the Senate Blue Ribbon Sub-Committee. THE United Nationalist Alliance on Monday bared an elaborate plot called Operation Plan Stop Nognog 2016 allegedly hatched by Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV to prevent Vice President Jejomar Binay from becoming the next president. UNA, Binay’s party, said the demolition plot was funded by billionaire businessman Salvador Zamora, who is believed to be a big financier of Roxas, the presumptive standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party in 2016.

UNA’s interim secretary general JV Bautista identified Roxas as the mastermind behind the conspiracy. “This is a well-funded, well-financed, well-organized conspiracy, the principal aim of which is to destroy the chances of Vice President Binay to become the next President in 2016,” Bautista said. He said President Benigno Aquino III was not part of the plot, however. “This conspiracy goes up only to Mar Roxas,” he said. Bautista said the allegations being raised at the Senate sub-committee were part of Oplan Stop Nognog 2016. “Nognog is the derisive name used by LP operatives to refer to Binay because of his dark skin,” Bautista noted. The LP’s Roxas, and Cayetano and Trillanes of the Nacionalista Party, are all vying for the highest post but Binay, a frontrunner in the opinion polls, stands in their way.

A high-ranking official of the NP said Zamora, including his brothers banker Manuel Zamora and House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora were funding the operations of the LP and NP against Binay. UNA said the helicopter, which former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado said he used to take aerial photos and videos of Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park in Rosario, Batangas, is owned by financier of Roxas. Speaking in a morning television program, Bautista said the helicopter, a Eurocopter EC-130B-4, is owned by Salvador Zamora, who has interests in mining and said to be one of Roxas’ principal financiers; and Eric Gutierrez, Zamora’s partner. Gutierrez is also a mining business partner of Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, an LP stalwart, Bautista said. Erice confirmed that Gutierrez was his partner in SR Metals, Inc., a mining company. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Mar, partymates laugh off bared conspiracy plan 

OCT 14 --PHOTO: ROXAS --OFFICIALS of the ruling Liberal Party on Monday laughed off accusations that LP president-on-leave Manuel Roxas II was part of the conspiracy to stop Vice President Jejomar Binay from becoming the next President, saying the plot was a product of the United Nationalist Alliance’s fertile imagination. They said Roxas has no time for such a demolition job and that it was Binay’s own doing that he is now in a predicament over allegations of corruption. “Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas is too busy helping President Aquino in managing the country and has no time to be involved in a so-called demolition job against Vice-President Jejomar Binay,” LP secretary general and Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento said.  Sarmiento issued the statement to refute claims made by his counterpart UNA interim secretary general JV Bautista that Roxas was behind the series of exposés alleging corruption and immense unexplained wealth involving Binay and his family.

“Attorney Bautista must be seeing hearing and seeing things that are outside the realm of reality. The so-called OPLAN: SN16 is just a product of his fertile imagination,” Sarmiento said. “Secretary Roxas would never be involved in such a so-called demolition job because for one, he doesn’t need it and two, he is too busy with his job as DILG secretary and has no time for such nonsense,” Sarmiento added. Sarmiento pointed out that the witnesses in the ongoing Senate probe that include former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado are not in anyway connected with LP, not are Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV, who are leading the charge against Binay. “These people are not even members of LP. Secretary Roxas is focused on his job right now as one President Aquino’s most reliable all-around troubleshooters and does not have time for such counterproductive endeavors. There will be time for politics but not now,” Sarmiento said. LP Visayas party-whip and Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Trenas hand advised Bautista to just convince Binay to answer all the allegations against him instead of blaming other people for his woes. “I think that the camp of VP Binay should stop the finger-pointing and stop diverting the issue. * READ MORE...

ALSO: 'The Lipa Declaration' as written by Archbishop Oscar V.Cruz 

OCT 14 --So many things are wrong from the top to the bottom of the Republic of the Philippines — from the disabled holder of power and wealth in Malacañang to the thus miserable and pitiful people living under bridges and at the sidewalks; from the incompetent and wherefore distrusted highest leadership in the Executive Department to the perplexed and disgusted Filipinos who are the infallible victims of such disability and consequent distrust in government. And such a composite miserable phenomenon has no more than enough realities to squarely stand on — some of which are the following:

The persisting influential and maneuvering KKK allies. The continuous Hacienda Luisita curse. The imposition of all conceivable taxes from one’s natal to the burial date. The continuously rising prices of consumers’ goods, food well-included. The stagnant salaries, especially of government employees. The privatization of entities intended for public service. The ominous payments for the use of purposely public utilities. The payments made for an impeachment process. The subordination of the Legislature to the Executive Department. The bullying of the Judicial Department by the Executive Department. The exemption of the incumbent President from Impeachment. The ignominious Priority Development Assistance Fund and Disbursement Acceleration Program graft and corruption incarnate practices. The eventual non-issue of the ownership of Sabah. The passage of the Edca, making the Philippines an American Base. The instigation of enemies from within and outside of the country. The lack of power instigating the issuance of Emergency powers. *READ MORE...


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Pulse Asia: Only 3 in 10 Filipinos believe Aquino fulfilled ‘tuwid na daan’ promise


President Benigno Aquino III. PHOTO COURTESY OF PHILSTAR

MANILA, OCTOBER 20, 2014
(INQUIRER)
By Aries Joseph Hegina - Only three in 10 Filipinos believe that President Benigno Aquino III has delivered on his promise of “tuwid na daan” (straight path) brand of governance, according to a survey released Monday by pollster Pulse Asia.

In a nationwide survey conducted from September 8-15, it was revealed that 29 percent of the 1,200 adult respondents believe that Aquino was able to fulfill his promise.

Meanwhile, four in 10 Filipinos or 36 percent of respondents said that he has failed to carry out “tuwid na daan.”

The survey also revealed that three out of 10 Filipinos or 34 percent of survey participants are ambivalent on the matter.

Three-way split of public opinion

The survey showed that pluralities in Metro Manila (36 percent) and Luzon (45 percent) think that Aquino was unable to execute his “tuwid na daan” policy.

Meanwhile, a big plurality of Visayans (43 percent) are ambivalent on the issue while 43 percent of Mindanao residents believe that the “tuwid na daan” promise was fulfilled by Aquino.

Pulse Asia said that the duration of the survey coincided with reports of the request of Aquino for emergency powers to address the impending power shortage in 2015, Aquino’s expression of trust to embattled PNP Chief Director General Alan Purisima amid calls demanding his resignation, and the transmittal of the draft Bangsamoro Law to Congress.

The survey has a ± 3% error margin and pegged at 95% confidence level.

FROM THE TRIBUNE

Binay still gets ‘very good’ public satisfaction rating on SWS poll Written by Tribune Wires Tuesday, 14 October 2014 00:00

Despite dropping to its lowest since he assumed office in 2010, Vice President Jejomar Binay still managed to obtain a “very good” satisfaction mark and his rating remains the highest among government officials, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results showed.

In the nationwide poll conducted September 26-29, 70 percent of Filipinos said they are satisfied with Binay’s performance in the past three months, while 17 percent claimed otherwise.

He scored 78 percent satisfaction rating in the second quarter of the year, or a drop of 8 percentage point.

His lowest satisfaction grade was recorded on the first quarter of 2013 at 75 percent while his highest (82 percent) was recorded on March 2013.

This brings the net satisfaction rating of the Vice President to “very good” +52 (percentage of satisfied minus dissatisfied)
In the same poll, SWS recorded a net satisfaction score of 36 percent for Senate President Franklin Drilon; 13 percent for Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.; 10 percent for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Binay’s camp said the Vice President remains grateful for the “very good” rating he received from the Filipino people,
“Vice President Jojo Binay is happy and thankful that 70 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with his performance,” said Gov. Jonvic Remulla, vice presidential spokesman for political concerns.

“The numbers are surprising. Despite the toxic atmosphere brought about by the kangaroo court of the Senate and the incessant attacks by political detractors, he still outperforms the rest of the field. It really goes to show that it’s hard to put a good man down.”

He added the survey results “make him more committed to bring the issues directly to the people and perform his duties.”

SWS used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide. It classifies net satisfaction ratings of +70 and above as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “very good”; +30 to +49, “good”; +10 to +29, “moderate”; +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69, “very bad”; and -70 and below, “execrable.”

It also has a ±3 percent sampling error margin for national and ±6 percent for area percentages.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Impeach rap to be filed by Erice vs Binay mulled in House By Marc Jayson Cayabyab |INQUIRER.net12:24 pm | Tuesday, October 14th, 2014


Caloocan City Vice Mayor Edgar Erice and Vice President Jejomar Binay (inset). INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice is considering filing an impeachment complaint against Vice President Jejomar Binay.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Erice said Binay may be impeached for betrayal of public trust as he faces a Senate investigation on alleged corruption when he was Makati mayor. Erice, a member of President Benigno Aquino III’s Liberal Party, cited the alleged use of Makati funds by Binay for his vice presidential campaign in 2010, as well as his purported failure to declare his properties in Batangas and Tagaytay in his Statement of Assets and Liabilities Networth (SALN).

 “Mahalaga ito sapagkat ayaw natin magkaroon ng Pangulo na korap,” Erice said of Binay who seeks the presidency in 2016. (This is important because we don’t want a president who is corrupt.) Erice had been vocal in having Binay removed as a Cabinet official. Erice is also seeking to amend the Constitution to allow Aquino a shot for reelection in 2016.

Militant lawmakers have filed several impeachment complaints against Aquino but which were dismissed by their colleagues at the House of Representatives for lack of substance.

FROM THE MANILA TIMES

CATHOLIC BISHOP, ANALYST BARE ‘FARCE’; Palace, LP behind attacks on Binay October 12, 2014 11:06 pm by JOEL M. SY EGCO SENIOR REPORTER


PHOTO COURTESY OF PHILSTAR

THE Senate investigation of alleged anomalies committed by Vice President Jejomar Binay and members of his family is nothing but a “drama” and a “strategy” concocted by Malacañang and the Liberal Party (LP) to weaken the administration’s most formidable opponent in the 2016 elections, according to a renowned political analyst and a retired Catholic bishop.

In separate interviews with The Manila Times, Ramon Casiple and former Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz both see the hands of the Palace and the LP as the puppet masters dictating the flow of the Senate blue ribbon committee’s inquiry into alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2 and the supposed 35-hectare farm owned by the Binays in Rosario, Batangas.

“The drama is Malacañang-fueled. It too shall pass away,” Cruz said. He likened the Senate probe to previous controversies that ended up “nowhere.”

Short of calling the probe a farce, the prelate said the public should sit back and enjoy the show.

“My advice to [the] people: Enjoy it till its ending, which is neither here nor there,” Cruz added.

Casiple, a political analyst, said there is no doubt that the Aquino administration is behind the attacks on Binay, judging from the timing of the probe and the line of questioning by the Senate panel members.

While senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes 4th and Aquilino Pimentel 3rd are not LP members, Casiple said they are allies of the ruling administration party.

“It [probe] is certainly within the 2016 presidential election context. What you are seeing is the strategy toward strengthening of the winning hand of the administration candidate,” Casiple noted.

When asked if he could categorically say the LP is behind the “drama” involving Binay, he replied, “None other. Unless may sumasakay [somebody is hitching a ride].”

Sought by The Times for comment, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said while some sectors may offer differing views on the conduct of the Senate probe, Malacañang will respect moves of the Senate.

“We respect the processes of the Senate as a separate and co-equal body,” Coloma added.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd earlier told reporters in an interview in Bali, Indonesia, that he respects Binay as a “friend” and a “senior” who is “the best judge as to what he has to do.”

“At the end of the day, I really believe that the truth will come out. Anybody and everybody who knows and who has personal knowledge of the issue should help contribute to ferreting the truth [out],” the President said.

He added that he was not interested in the investigation of the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building 2 or Binay’s alleged farm in Batangas province.

* When asked if he would advice Binay to appear before the Senate, Aquino said like his mother, the late former President Corazon Aquino, he does not give “unsolicited advice.”

“Well, the Vice President is my senior in public service, he’s senior also chronologically . . . He is an astute politician, he’s a lawyer. He’s older. He should know what should be done,” he added.

Aquino said he would give Binay “the respect and courtesy due his office and as a friend.”

“He will be the best judge as to what he has to do,” he added.

The Vice President “is entitled to due process, perhaps in a forum that is proper,” Aquino said.

“I’m not saying that the Senate is not a proper forum. That is one of the forums that is available to him. And . . . when I force him to explain to me, at this point in time, allegations [they merely are]. I will wait,” the President added.

According to him, getting the facts straight is principally the job of the Ombudsman.

“But, perhaps other departments [having] relevant information will start giving me established facts. At that point in time, then I guess that would be the proper time to inquire from him,” he said. Referring to Binay.

Desperate

Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Binay’s spokesman on political concerns, said detractors of the Vice President have started mobilizing other government resources in their desperate attempt to pin him down.

According to Remulla, the Department of Justice (DOJ), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) have joined the fray.

Last week, Julia Bacay-Abad, AMLC executive director, confirmed that the government is monitoring “possible money-laundering offenses” in connection with the Senate inquiry into the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima last week said the allegations against Binay have caught the “interest” of the DOJ and the agency is considering investigating the charges.

De Lima admitted ordering the NBI on Friday to locate a former staff of the Vice President who allegedly received the former Makati City mayor’s kickbacks.

“His opponents are desperate. The impending crisis of the gross violation of the Constitution brought about by the DAP [Disbursement Acceleration Program] has everyone running scared,” Remulla told The Manila Times in a text message.

Malacanang also earlier dared critics of the Vice President to prove allegations that he got kickbacks from the construction of the controversial building and that his family owns a vast estate in Batangas.

But Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the government is not using any of its resources in what appears to be an effort to reveal the Binays’ supposedly undeclared wealth. WITH FERNAN MARASIGAN

FROM THE INQUIRER

I’m not a Binay dummy, says Chinese-Filipino businessman Antonio Tiu 2:57 am | Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 DAILY INQUIRER


TIU. Contributed Photo

MANILA, Philippines–“I am not a dummy.”

Chinese-Filipino businessman Antonio Tiu issued the statement on Monday after senators advised him to admit fronting for Vice President Jejomar Binay on the ownership of a 350-hectare property in Batangas province.

Tiu, executive chair of AgriNurture Inc. (ANI), said that his accusers were wrong and that he would prove his innocence when he appears before the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee investigating the Vice President’s alleged hidden wealth.

“I am not a dummy. I am engaged in legitimate business here and abroad primarily on agriculture. I made my fortune through sheer hard work and my determination to succeed. If we really want to count the number of farmers we have been providing jobs and markets, it will run into more than 100,000,” Tiu said.

The businessman explained that he was getting his primary revenues from the export of banana, mango and coconut water.

He also claimed that he pioneered the postharvest facility, processing and marketing of coconut water, and is promoting the processing and export of tamarind.

“I have a joint venture with China’s biggest agricultural firm Beidahuang in 2010. It has invested in developing hybrid rice in the Philippines to augment the rice shortage. Over the years, Beidahuang has spent more than $10 million in the field of research and development,” he added.

* His name was recently dragged into the Binay controversy when he was accused of covering up and acting as front for the Vice President’s property in Rosario, Batangas, where the businessman’s Sunchamp agri-nature farm is also located.

At the Senate hearing last week, former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado accused Tiu of acting as a dummy for Binay in the ownership of the Batangas property.

In a joint statement, ANI employees, suppliers and distributors said that the Senate could file the appropriate charges against Binay if he committed any crime but asked it to not play with their lives “for the sake of political grandstanding.”

“We collectively represent around 5,000 people whose livelihood solely depends on ANI. From the rank-and-file employees of ANI to its suppliers and distributors of fruits and vegetables, seasonal farmers, contract growers and other allied agricultural and nonagricultural service providers, we are the engine that has made ANI one of the country’s biggest distributor and exporter of agricultural products,” the group’s statement read.

The ANI employees, suppliers and distributors claimed that their livelihood and the lives of their families were “at serious risk” because of the accusations that Tiu and ANI were Binay’s dummies.–Maricar B. Brizuela

FROM THE MANILA STANDARD

Plot ‘Oplan Nognog' vs Binay hatched by Roxas, Cayetano, Trillanes bared By Christine F. Herrera | Oct. 14, 2014 at 12:01am MANILA STANDARD


MAKATI PARKING BUILDING: Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV (center) and Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano (left) talk to Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (right), who heads the Senate Blue Ribbon Sub-Committee

THE United Nationalist Alliance on Monday bared an elaborate plot called Operation Plan Stop Nognog 2016 allegedly hatched by Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV to prevent Vice President Jejomar Binay from becoming the next president.

UNA, Binay’s party, said the demolition plot was funded by billionaire businessman Salvador Zamora, who is believed to be a big financier of Roxas, the presumptive standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party in 2016.

UNA’s interim secretary general JV Bautista identified Roxas as the mastermind behind the conspiracy.

“This is a well-funded, well-financed, well-organized conspiracy, the principal aim of which is to destroy the chances of Vice President Binay to become the next President in 2016,” Bautista said.

He said President Benigno Aquino III was not part of the plot, however.

“This conspiracy goes up only to Mar Roxas,” he said.

Bautista said the allegations being raised at the Senate sub-committee were part of Oplan Stop Nognog 2016.

“Nognog is the derisive name used by LP operatives to refer to Binay because of his dark skin,” Bautista noted.

The LP’s Roxas, and Cayetano and Trillanes of the Nacionalista Party, are all vying for the highest post but Binay, a frontrunner in the opinion polls, stands in their way.

A high-ranking official of the NP said Zamora, including his brothers banker Manuel Zamora and House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora were funding the operations of the LP and NP against Binay.

UNA said the helicopter, which former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado said he used to take aerial photos and videos of Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park in Rosario, Batangas, is owned by financier of Roxas.

Speaking in a morning television program, Bautista said the helicopter, a Eurocopter EC-130B-4, is owned by Salvador Zamora, who has interests in mining and said to be one of Roxas’ principal financiers; and Eric Gutierrez, Zamora’s partner.

Gutierrez is also a mining business partner of Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, an LP stalwart, Bautista said.

Erice confirmed that Gutierrez was his partner in SR Metals, Inc., a mining company.

* According to an NP source, Manuel and Ronaldo Zamora were the NP’s finance managers and Ronaldo was political strategist in the 2010 presidential polls.

But Erice denied having anything to do with the chopper and said the helicopter that he and Gutierrez owned was not used to spy on the 350-hectare farm, which Trillanes alleged was really owned by Binay.

Binay has denied the accusation, saying that Sunchamp was owned by businessman Antonio Tiu.

Erice said the other owner of the Eurocopter was Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano, but the congressman denied his colleague’s assertion.

“I don’t own or co-own a chopper. Yes, it is owned by Buddy Zamora,” Albano said.

“Buddy and I are best friends. I borrow that chopper from him from time to time. But Buddy was not aware that that chopper was used to spy on the farm,” Albano told the Manila Standard.

Albano explained that since Gutierrez was a partner of Buddy Zamora, he could use it if his own ride, a company chopper he co-owned with Erice, was not available.

“Among the chopper owners, there is this thing called time-sharing so they could use each other’s chopper whenever available. But Buddy Zamora was not aware at the time that it was for spying,” said Albano, who claimed to be a distant relative of the vice president.

Albano also confirmed that Buddy Zamora and Roxas knew each other.

“Yes, they are friends, too. I was the one who introduced them,” Albano said.

But Albano said he does not believe Roxas needed funding.

“The Aranetas and Roxases are a moneyed family. They don’t need any Zamora,” he said.

“Zamora is not the financier of Mar Roxas. The family of Mar I think is wealthier than Zamora. Gutierrez is my business partner. Our company has a chopper but JV is lying. It was not used by Mercado’s group,” Erice said.

Bautista said Mercado lied to the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee last week when he said he was the one who took photos and videos of the agricultural estate.

In his testimony last week, Mercado said he had paid for the chopper and was on board when he surveyed the property from the air.

But Bautista insisted Mercado’s name was not on the flight manifest.

“Mercado was not (on the flight). He was lying when he said he was there,” Bautista said.

Bautista also showed a flight plan from the Civil Aviation Authority listing the helicopter passengers as Dexter Estacio, Marl Jogardi and Ariel Olivar.

Estacio, he said, is a graphic artist who works for Cayetano.

“(Estacio) works at the Taguig City Hall,” Bautista added.

Records show that in early October, two flights took off for the Batangas Aerodome. The first, on Oct. 2, carried Estacio. A second flight operated by Lion Air, took off Oct. 6, and carried Trillanes, who has been leading the attack on Binay.

Bautista said they have uncovered the plot through the help of friends in the media and inside the Liberal Party, but declined to identify them.

Erice has been engaged in a word war with UNA interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco after the former mounted a series of privilege speeches and media campaign first against the vice president’s daughter, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, and later against the entire Binay family.

Tiangco branded Erice as “Mar’s lapdog” for the persistent attacks and pushing for political Charter change to lift the term limits and allow President Aquino to seek a second term.

The push for political Cha-cha came after Roxas claimed the only way to have continuity in “reforms” was if the President ran for reelection.

It was also Erice, who broached the idea of Roxas-Aquino ticket for 2016, a proposal that was immediately rejected by his party mates, including House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

Mar partymates laugh off bared conspiracy plan By Christine F. Herrera, Macon Ramos Araneta | Oct. 14, 2014 at 12:01am MANILA STANDARD


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OFFICIALS of the ruling Liberal Party on Monday laughed off accusations that LP president-on-leave Manuel Roxas II was part of the conspiracy to stop Vice President Jejomar Binay from becoming the next President, saying the plot was a product of the United Nationalist Alliance’s fertile imagination.

They said Roxas has no time for such a demolition job and that it was Binay’s own doing that he is now in a predicament over allegations of corruption.

“Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas is too busy helping President Aquino in managing the country and has no time to be involved in a so-called demolition job against Vice-President Jejomar Binay,” LP secretary general and Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento said.

Sarmiento issued the statement to refute claims made by his counterpart UNA interim secretary general JV Bautista that Roxas was behind the series of exposés alleging corruption and immense unexplained wealth involving Binay and his family.

“Attorney Bautista must be seeing hearing and seeing things that are outside the realm of reality. The so-called OPLAN: SN16 is just a product of his fertile imagination,” Sarmiento said.

“Secretary Roxas would never be involved in such a so-called demolition job because for one, he doesn’t need it and two, he is too busy with his job as DILG secretary and has no time for such nonsense,” Sarmiento added.

Sarmiento pointed out that the witnesses in the ongoing Senate probe that include former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado are not in anyway connected with LP, not are Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV, who are leading the charge against Binay.

“These people are not even members of LP. Secretary Roxas is focused on his job right now as one President Aquino’s most reliable all-around troubleshooters and does not have time for such counterproductive endeavors. There will be time for politics but not now,” Sarmiento said.

LP Visayas party-whip and Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Trenas hand advised Bautista to just convince Binay to answer all the allegations against him instead of blaming other people for his woes.

“I think that the camp of VP Binay should stop the finger-pointing and stop diverting the issue.

* Dragging the name of Secretary Roxas into his mess will not help him explain the allegations of massive corruption being thrown against him,” Trenas said.

Trenas said Roxas should be kept out of this controversy because clearly, the allegations against Binay were made by an angry and disgruntled former political sidekick who knows a lot of his secrets and now wants to get even.

“This is their fight so they should stop dragging the name of Secretary Roxas into this. Secretary Roxas would not waste his time on politicking especially at this time when there is a need to sustain

the momentum of the economic gains achieved under the Aquino government,” Trenas said.

Another LP party whip Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice disputed claims that his business partner Eric Gutierrez owned the chopper used in an aerial survey of Binay’s alleged properties in Batangas and Tagaytay.

“Attorney. JV Bautista is either a liar or incompetent. Our company has a chopper but it was never used in either Batangas or Tagaytay property of VP Binay. We have no connections with former vice mayor Mercado but I believe his stories and if he will ask my help I will help him in my personal capacity,” Erice said.

“The real issue here is not the ownership of the chopper but the ownership of the Batangas and Tagaytay farm that proves the vice president’s ill-gotten wealth,” Erice told the Manila Standard. “The issue here is plunder.”

“The Vice President is now paranoid. The issue here is not the chopper but the overpriced Makati Parking Building and the unexplained wealth of VP Binay,” Erice added.

Trillanes also denied allegations that he was part of a conspiracy aimed at keeping Binay out of Malacanang.

He said the first time he heard of the conspiracy was from Bautista himself.

“That’s not true. I am not a part of any conspiracy to bring him down,” said Trillanes, who said the public cannot be fooled.

He said the public saw witnesses and heard their testimony when they appeared before the Senate probe on the alleged overpricing in the construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.

These are not mere fabrication. Our people are intelligent,” said Trillanes.

He urged Binay to face the issues, saying if he did nothing wrong, there would be no attempts to bring him down.

“But he is a thief! That’s the sad truth that he cannot accept. He stole. He was caught and now, they’re all coming out. That’s the reason why he’s falling down,” Trillanes said.

He also dismissed as absurd that he and Cayetano, both from the Nacionalista Party, would conspire with Roxas of the ruling Liberal Party.

Trillanes said talk of a conspiracy only showed that the Binays were being affected by the Senate investigation.

He also blasted Bautista for failing to use his time on TV to show the deed of sale or the lease agreement to prove that the Vice President did not own the agricultural estate.

Instead, he talked about a conspiracy theory, the senator said.

A spokesperson for Roxas said he was too busy to issue a statement on Bautista’s allegations. – With Rio N. Araja

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The Lipa Declaration Written by Archbishop Oscar V.Cruz Tuesday, 14 October 2014 00:00

So many things are wrong from the top to the bottom of the Republic of the Philippines — from the disabled holder of power and wealth in Malacañang to the thus miserable and pitiful people living under bridges and at the sidewalks; from the incompetent and wherefore distrusted highest leadership in the Executive Department to the perplexed and disgusted Filipinos who are the infallible victims of such disability and consequent distrust in government.

And such a composite miserable phenomenon has no more than enough realities to squarely stand on — some of which are the following:
The persisting influential and maneuvering KKK allies.

The continuous Hacienda Luisita curse.

The imposition of all conceivable taxes from one’s natal to the burial date.

The continuously rising prices of consumers’ goods, food well-included.

The stagnant salaries, especially of government employees.

The privatization of entities intended for public service.

The ominous payments for the use of purposely public utilities.

The payments made for an impeachment process.

The subordination of the Legislature to the Executive Department.

The bullying of the Judicial Department by the Executive Department.

The exemption of the incumbent President from Impeachment.

The ignominious Priority Development Assistance Fund and Disbursement Acceleration Program graft and corruption incarnate practices.

The eventual non-issue of the ownership of Sabah.

The passage of the Edca, making the Philippines an American Base.

The instigation of enemies from within and outside of the country.

The lack of power instigating the issuance of Emergency powers.

* The 100 percent foreign ownership of banks in the Philippines.

The disservice of Metro Rail Transit, the flooding of streets, the rise of criminality.

The opted second term of the President plus the constitutional amendments.

The Lipa Declaration for National Transformation is thus a natural expression of distrust and disgust for the way the country is fast deteriorating not only on matter of justice and peace, nor simply on the question of non-economic development.

The said Declaration is in effect a loud and clear yearning for renewal.

After more than four long years, the public offices have become more for private gains, the wealthy are now wealthier, politics infallibly proved to be great business ventures.

Competence, honor and integrity are irrelevant in political aspirations and agenda.

Philippines, my Philippines — where art thou going?


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