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BINAY DOWN BUT STILL 70% SATISFIED WITH VP's PERFORMANCE 

OCT 14 --Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, notwithstanding the corruption allegations thrown
against him, remains the best performing official of the country despite a dip in his ratings, the latest survey shows. In the nationwide survey conducted last September 26-29, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said that 70 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with the Vice President’s performance in the past three months, while 17 percent were dissatisfied for a net rating of +52 or “very good.” Despite the record-low rating, Binay remains the highest rated government official.
Binay’s previous record-low rating was +57 registered in November, 2010. HOW BINAY WAS RATED The Vice President’s net rating is down by 15 points from his +67 rating (78 percent satisfied, 11 percent dissatisfied) three months earlier. However, the Vice President’s latest rating remains “very good,” SWS said.

Net satisfaction ratings of +70 and above is classified by SWS as “excellent”; +50 to +69, “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.”  The survey used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents. Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, vice presidential spokesman for political concerns, said despite the “incessant attacks by political detractors,” the results of the survey show that “it’s hard to put a good man down.” “Vice President Jojo Binay is happy and thankful that 70 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with his performance,” Remulla said in a statement. “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,” Remulla said. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay beats Aquino, Roxas for president - Laylo Reports 

OCT 14 --By Manila Times' Dr. Dante A. Ang --I hate to be a spoiler but I have bad news for
President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas which could be one of the reasons why PNoy has been singing a different tune altogether lately. FRONTRUNNER: Vice President Jejomar Binay (center) will emerge the winner if pitted against President Benigno Aquino 3rd (left) or DILG Secretary Mar Roxas in the 2016, according to Laylo Reports. PHOTO: FRONTRUNNER: Vice President Jejomar Binay (center) will emerge the winner if pitted against President Benigno Aquino 3rd (left) or DILG Secretary Mar Roxas in the 2016, according to Laylo Reports.

If the elections were held today, Binay would beat PNoy and Roxas by a proverbial mile, documents obtained last week by The Manila Times show. It has a three percent plus or minus margin of error. In a nationwide survey conducted by Laylo Reports from Sept. 7 to 11 with 1,200 respondents using face-to-face interview, Binay bested PNoy with a whooping 62 percent to the President’s 36 percent with two percent undecided. Following is the breakdown of the two-way scenario results between Pnoy and Binay region by region: SEE GRAPH BELOW.. The survey results are portentous and instructive on several counts. The first is that despite being the object of the incessant negative publicity, Binay’s presidential chances have not diminished. His ratings have not contracted.

On the contrary, his preference figures have breached the 50 percent threshold, leaving the President literally eating dust. If Binay can hold on to his bailiwick, it is highly possible that the 2016 elections will give us a majority President. Previous Presidents, from Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno S. Aquino 3rd, were elected into office with less than 50 percent of the votes cast. They were all elected minority Presidents.
The second is the undisputed strength of Binay in Northern Luzon. It was a total rout of PNoy by Binay. The reason could be that the Vice President hails from that region. His father is from Tuguegarao. He speaks Ibanag. His mother, on the other hand, comes from Batangas, Region 4, the most populous region and has the highest number of registered voters which could explain why his ratings in Southern Luzon hit a high 58 percent to PNoy’s miserable 39 percent. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay is real owner of Batangas estate - Trillanes  

Trillanes insists Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park chief Tony Tiu a 'dummy' Senator Antonio Trillanes IV
on Wednesday bared before the blue ribbon sub-committee another alleged "dummy" used by Vice President Jejomar Binay to hide properties he supposedly acquired from ill-gotten wealth.
Trillanes laid out the alleged links between Binay and Filipino-Chinese businessman Antonio Tiu, who he said is the dummy owner of the vice president's 350-hectare property in Rosario, Batangas, concealing it under the name of Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park. In his testimony during Wednesday's hearing, former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado claimed that Binay owns a 350-hectare estate in Rosario, Batangas which is equivalent to "six Luneta Parks, 10 Araneta Centers or even half the city of San Juan." Mercado said the estate has two mansions, an air-conditioned piggery, orchid farm, cockbreeding farm, horse ranch, and a man-made lagoon.

The camp of Binay quickly denied this, claiming that the lessor of the property is Sunchamp Real Estate Development Corp., the operator of Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park. Lawyer Martin Subido also stressed that Binay only used to lease, and not own, 9 hectares of the total lot for his piggery business JCB Farms from 1994 to 2010. Subido said Binay sold JCB Farms to businessman Laureano Gregorio's Agrifortuna Inc. when he ran for vice president in 2010. Gregorio then later sold his rights over the property to Tiu's Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park. 'COVER-UP' Trillanes, however, insisted during the hearing that Binay is just using Tiu and his Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park to hide his property. Trillanes shared to the Senate that last August 5, he attended the "launch" of the Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park along with Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan, and Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes.THIS IS THE FULL REPROT.

(ALSO) Binay camp: ‘Moral crusader’ Trillanes owns ‘eight expensive vehicles’ undeclared in SALN  

OCT 14 --Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO. MANILA, Philippines — United
Nationalist Alliance has accused Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of owning eight “luxury vehicles” not listed on his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). “Senator Trillanes styles himself as a moral crusader, but all these years he has evaded the issue of how he was able to afford eight luxury vehicles with his salary in the military and why he did not declare them in his SALN. This is a clear violation of the law,” Atty. JV Bautista, interim secretary general UNA said in a statement on Tuesday. Vice President Jejomar Binay’s political party, claimed that the luxury vehicles include two sports utility vehicles, five vans and a big motorcycle. These were not included when he was a Navy lieutenant second grade.

At that time, a salary of his rank was around P22,000, Bautista said. “Mahirap ang nagmamalinis. Kung anu-ano ang sinasabi laban kay Vice President Binay ‘yun pala sya ang may nilabag na batas at may malaking itinatago,” he added. (He is self-righteous. He has been hurling allegations against Vice President Binay when he is the one who breaks the law and is hiding wealth.) * READ MORE...

ALSO: Trillanes denies owning luxury cars 

OCT 14 --Senator Antonio Trillanes IV strongly denied on Tuesday owning eight luxury cars,
saying he only had a second-hand 1996 Nissan Terrano which he sold to bankroll his senatorial bid in 2007. “The allegation of UNA that I owned eight luxury vehicles enumerated in their press release is a blatant lie. In truth, what I owned was a second-hand 1996 Nissan Terrano, which could not be considered a luxury vehicle. I sold the said vehicle in 2007 to help finance my senatorial campaign,” Trillanes said in a statement. Trillanes was reacting to the United Nationalist Alliance’s (UNA) statement that he owned eight luxury vehicles — which included two Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), five vans, and a big motorcycle–when he was a Navy lieutenant second grade.

UNA spokesman JV Bautista said the luxury cars were not included in the senator’s statement of assets , liabilities, and net worth (SALN). But Trillanes said UNA’s claim was a “baseless and desperate move” by Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp to divert attention from the corruption allegations being hurled at him. “It is apparent that VP Binay’s camp is trying to revive an old issue, which has been already dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman and the Makati Court. This matter was raised at the height of GMA administration, when the CIDG filed cases against us, including this issue, due to Magdalo’s corruption exposés against the said administration,” he said. GMA is former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo while CIDG is Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police. “The cases regarding the alleged vehicles were dismissed because the documents the CIDG submitted in support of its allegation were found to be spurious,” said the senator. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino-Binay break-up looms; Binay: Arroyo mistreated, Purisima protected  

OCT 15 --PHOTO: CROSSING THE RUBICON? Is this the end of the friendship and political
alliance between President Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay? On the defensive the past weeks over allegations of massive corruption in Makati City where he served as mayor, the Vice President is on the offensive, taking to task the Aquino administration for its shortcomings and selective justice in his remarks at a public attorneys’ forum on Tuesday. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE/NIÑO JESUS ORBETA. MANILA, Philippines–Vice President Jejomar Binay appears to be moving to cut his ties with President Aquino as he slams for the first time the latter’s controversial decisions, like allowing the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that the Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional.

Binay, 71, also took a swing at the way the Aquino administration was allegedly mistreating former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo while handling with kid gloves Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima, who like the Vice President is alleged to have amassed unexplained wealth. It was a combative Vice President who spoke at the 5th MCLE (Mandatory Continuing Legal Education) Accredited National Convention of Public Attorneys at the Manila Hotel. He blasted not only the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee investigating the corruption allegations against him but also moves by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate him. Binay took exception to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s statement that she was investigating him upon the request of the Senate, saying the blue ribbon subcommittee had not even completed its inquiry. ‘Anybody but Binay’ --“The cat is out of the bag. It is all part of the script that really, by all means, this is their operation—Operation Anybody but Binay,” the Vice President said during the open forum.

From hurling corruption allegations against him in the Senate inquiry, the next plan against him, Binay said, was to impeach him given De Lima’s statement that he can be investigated and that he can face impeachment. But the Vice President said he would not allow this to happen. “I have fought many times. There were many instances that the law was broken, and I will not allow this. The only reason I can be removed from office, among others, would be for the violation of the Constitution during my term as Vice President. That is very clear,” he said. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay camp goes on the offensive for best defense 

OCT 15 --PHOTO: UNA interim president Toby Tiangco: On the offensive. SENATE POOL FILE PHOTO.
MANILA, Philippines–The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay has adopted a new tack—offense is the best defense—amid the sharp decline in his public satisfaction and trust ratings apparently as a result of allegations that he pocketed huge kickbacks from city projects when he was mayor of Makati. The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), Binay’s political party, is stepping up its counteroffensive against the self-styled inquisitors of Binay in an apparent bid to divert attention from the allegations of graft and ill-gotten wealth against the Binays, who have maintained their grip on Makati since 1986. UNA interim president Toby Tiangco, for instance, on Tuesday challenged Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to make public a video recording of Janet Lim-Napoles purportedly pointing to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad as the brains behind the pork barrel fund scam.

Tiangco, the representative from Navotas City, said the five-and-a-half-hour video, taken in April, implicated close allies of the administration in the P10-billion scam, which would explain De Lima’s refusal to release it to the public.
“Why does Justice Secretary Leila de Lima refuse to release the video of her ‘meeting’ with Janet Lim-Napoles detailing how (Budget) Secretary Butch Abad coached her to set up NGOs and foundations and getting away with murder?” Tiangco said in a statement. “According to those who prepared Napoles’ affidavit, De Lima would not budge to release the video since it detailed how Napoles was able to penetrate the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and skirt the entire process through the help of ‘contacts’ inside the department,” Tiangco said. While Tiangco was focusing on De Lima, UNA interim secretary general Jose Virgilio “JV” Bautista trained his guns on Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. It was the senator who filed the resolution that started the Senate probe of the overpricing of Makati City Hall Building II and the rigging of bidding for projects of the city when Binay was mayor.

Following the release of the Social Weather Stations survey results showing that Binay’s public satisfaction rating plunged 15 points to a net of 52 last month from 67 in June, Trillanes said on Monday: “The people are sending the message that they doubt his explanation, or lack of explanation, and are losing their trust in him.” Trillanes’ vehicles ---Bautista said Trillanes had yet to provide a “convincing and satisfactory explanation” to questions raised during his  court-martial more than a decade ago on how he was able to buy eight “luxury vehicles” on his meager salary as a junior officer and why he did not disclose these in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).
“Senator Trillanes styles himself as a moral crusader, but all these years he has evaded the issue of how he was able to afford eight luxury vehicles on his salary in the military and why he did not declare these in his SALN. This is a clear violation of the law,” said Bautista in a statement. “It’s hard to pretend you’re clean. He’s been saying a lot of things against Vice President Binay but it turns out he is the one who has violated the law and has something big to hide,” said Bautista. * READ MORE...

ALSO Tribune Opinion: Brush up on Charter, Leila  

OCT 15 --by Ninez Cacho-Olivares. Leila de Lima should really read up on the 1987 Constitution
before sayng that only the President and the State have immunity from suit, and that the Vice President does not have any immunity from suit. If Leila reads up on the Constitution, she will find out that there is absolutely no provision in the same Charter where it says that the President is immune from suit. But who is the state? The republic of the Philippines, not Leila de Lima as the Department of Justice (DoJ) secretary, nor even the Senate, although the Ombudsman can grant immunity to a so-called government witness, but only upon approval of a court of law, which can however, be easily subverted when the Ombudsman drops the government witness as an accused and does not press charges against that person.

So where did Leila pick up that notion that only the President enjoys immunity from suit? From the 1973 Marcos Constitution, which provided immunity not only to the President of the Republic but also to his ministers and even after their term of office expires? The truth is, even if the Constitution is silent on the presidential immunity from suit, this immunity has been accepted as tradition. As it has been a tradition for the vice president to enjoy immunity from suit. The president, vice president, as well as all constitutional officers virtually enjoy immunity from suit as they are all impeachable officials and officers, which means they can be removed from office only through conviction in an impeachment trial. But Leila is probably right when she says that these constitutional officers are not immune from investigation.

This being the case, why then hasn’t and isn’t Leila investigating the allies and aides of Noynoy, and even Noynoy himself, given the fact that many graft-ridden scandals have rocked him and his administration? There has not been any announcement from her, and even from the Noynoy appointed Ombudsman, to probe Budget Secretary Butch Abad, or Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, to name but a very few. Neither have they touched on the Malampaya Fund scam, and even in the case of the Priority Development Assistance Fund or the pork barrel allocations of the legislators allied with Noynoy and his Liberal Party, nary a one of them has been indicted, despite the fact that their names and their PDAF projects had been found irregular. Nor, for that matter, did Leila and her NBI bother to probe the Inekon extortion try which which linked the presidential sister and her husband, along with a presidential first cousin. Why not? They certainly do not enjoy immunity, nor, for that matter, immunity from investigation.* READ MORE...


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Binay down but still up 70% satisfied with VP’s performance, but net rating plunges to record-low

MANILA, OCTOBER 20, 2014 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Ellalyn B. De Vera and JC Bello Ruiz

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, notwithstanding the corruption allegations thrown against him, remains the best performing official of the country despite a dip in his ratings, the latest survey shows.

In the nationwide survey conducted last September 26-29, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said that 70 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with the Vice President’s performance in the past three months, while 17 percent were dissatisfied for a net rating of +52 or “very good.” Despite the record-low rating, Binay remains the highest rated government official.

Binay’s previous record-low rating was +57 registered in November, 2010.

HOW BINAY WAS RATED

The Vice President’s net rating is down by 15 points from his +67 rating (78 percent satisfied, 11 percent dissatisfied) three months earlier. However, the Vice President’s latest rating remains “very good,” SWS said.

Net satisfaction ratings of +70 and above is classified by SWS as “excellent”; +50 to +69, “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.”

The survey used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents.

Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, vice presidential spokesman for political concerns, said despite the “incessant attacks by political detractors,” the results of the survey show that “it’s hard to put a good man down.”

“Vice President Jojo Binay is happy and thankful that 70 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with his performance,” Remulla said in a statement.

“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,” Remulla said.

* The survey results make Binay “more committed to bring the issues directly to the people and perform his duties,” according to Remulla.

15-POINT DIP

Incidentally, Binay also had a 15-point decline in his approval and trust ratings in the Pulse Asia survey earlier release to media.

In the Pulse Asia survey conducted last Sept. 8-15, had an approval rating of 66 percent and trust rating of 64 percent, down from his 81 percent and 79 percent approval and trust rating in the second quarter of the year.

During the same survey period, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno saw significant improvements in their public satisfaction ratings in the third quarter of 2014.

Drilon’s net rating gained 16 points from +20 (50 percent satisfied, 30 percent dissatisfied) to +36 (58 percent satisfied, 23 percent dissatisfied).

Belmonte’s ratings increased by 11 points from +2 (34 percent satisfied, 32 percent dissatisfied) to +13 (40 percent satisfied, 27 percent dissatisfied). Sereno’s ratings went up by four points from +6 (36 percent satisfied, 30 percent dissatisfied) to +10 (37 percent satisfied, 27 percent dissatisfied).

Last week, SWS released the performance rating of President Aquino taken during the same survey period – 59 percent satisfied with his performance and 25 percent dissatisfied for a net satisfaction rating of +34 percent or “good.” President Aquino saw improvement in his ratings from +25 in the second quarter.

GOV’T INSTITUTIONS

On the top government institutions’ public satisfaction ratings, the Senate recorded a 16-point increase in its score at +28 (53 percent satisfied, 26 percent dissatisfied) from +12 (46 percent satisfied, 34 percent dissatisfied) three months earlier.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives’ net satisfaction score also gained eight points to +21 (45 percent satisfied, 24 percent dissatisfied) from +13 (44 percent satisfied, 31 percent dissatisfied).

Public satisfaction with the Supreme Court was up two points to +32 (54 percent satisfied, 22 percent dissatisfied.

The Aquino Cabinet also saw an 11-point increase in its public satisfaction rating from +7 (39 percent satisfied, 32 percent dissatisfied) to +18 (43 percent satisfied, 26 percent dissatisfied).

Meanwhile, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV expressed certainty public satisfaction rating of the Vice President will further dip in the next few months as the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee continues its probe into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II. (With a report from Hannah L. Torregoza)

FROM THE MANILA TIMES

Binay beats Aquino, Roxas for president - Laylo Reports
October 13, 2014 11:23 pm by DR. DANTE A. ANG CHAIRMAN EMERITUS, THE MANILA TIMES


 DR. DANTE A. ANG

I hate to be a spoiler but I have bad news for President Benigno S. Aquino 3rd and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas which could be one of the reasons why PNoy has been singing a different tune altogether lately.


FRONTRUNNER: Vice President Jejomar Binay (center) will emerge the winner if pitted against President Benigno Aquino 3rd (left) or DILG Secretary Mar Roxas in the 2016, according to Laylo Reports.

If the elections were held today, Binay would beat PNoy and Roxas by a proverbial mile, documents obtained last week by The Manila Times show. It has a three percent plus or minus margin of error.

In a nationwide survey conducted by Laylo Reports from Sept. 7 to 11 with 1,200 respondents using face-to-face interview, Binay bested PNoy with a whooping 62 percent to the President’s 36 percent with two percent undecided.

Following is the breakdown of the two-way scenario results between Pnoy and Binay region by region:


GRAPH 1

The survey results are portentous and instructive on several counts. The first is that despite being the object of the incessant negative publicity, Binay’s presidential chances have not diminished. His ratings have not contracted. On the contrary, his preference figures have breached the 50 percent threshold, leaving the President literally eating dust.

If Binay can hold on to his bailiwick, it is highly possible that the 2016 elections will give us a majority President.

Previous Presidents, from Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno S. Aquino 3rd, were elected into office with less than 50 percent of the votes cast. They were all elected minority Presidents.

The second is the undisputed strength of Binay in Northern Luzon. It was a total rout of PNoy by Binay. The reason could be that the Vice President hails from that region. His father is from Tuguegarao. He speaks Ibanag. His mother, on the other hand, comes from Batangas, Region 4, the most populous region and has the highest number of registered voters which could explain why his ratings in Southern Luzon hit a high 58 percent to PNoy’s miserable 39 percent.

* The other is his strong hold in the rest of the regions breaching the 50 percent with near zero undecided votes.

Except in the NCR where the undecided had registered six percentage points, it would appear that the voters from Northern Luzon and the Visayas regions have, this early, already decided on who to vote for in the 2016 elections.

Southern Luzon and Mindanao both had three percent undecided, which I consider almost negligible. This is unprecedented in Philippine politics.

I would have imagined that with the 2016 elections still some 19 months away, the percentage of the undecided would hover over double digit figure. But no. If anything, the results of the survey would indicate that the voters are sick and tired of the corruption and incompetence by the PNoy administration and that they could hardly wait for the elections to give the boot to anybody who would run under the Administration ticket.

In the same study, Roxas fared even worse than the President. Observe the figures below:


GRAPH 2

If PNoy was routed by Binay on a one-on-one face off, what would you make of Roxas’ performance against the Vice President? Bombed out?

However, the 2016 elections is still months away and anything can still happen, so says conventional wisdom. And with the continuing Binay saga, his ratings could drop further and weaken his hold on his followers and imperil his chances in 2016. That is why the next round of surveys by SWS, Pulse Asia and Laylo is critical. He must hold on and remain in his lofty perch. And if he keeps his comfortable lead over Roxas, then that would strongly indicate that it would be all over but the proclamation.

* There are reasons to believe that Binay has hard core supporters who would vote for him come hell or high water. He hails from Regions 1 and 4. His father was from Tuguegarao while his mother was from Batangas. The Ilocanos usually vote as a bloc. The Laylo Reports survey results validate that theory.

I also expect Region 4 to go for the Vice President in 2016 regardless. Binay’s late mother was from Batangas. Given the profile of our voters, they will likely vote into office one of their “own.”

Regions 1 and 4 can give Binay a formidable base which he can effectively and efficiently utilize to blunt any attempt to topple him from his number 1 position.

Like the former President Joseph Estrada, it looks like Binay too has some 25 percent solid voter support or even more. If that is so, Roxas, and for that matter the Liberal Party, would be facing a 25 percent handicap even before the campaign period sets in.

What about Mindanao? It is no brainer. Mindanao will go opposition. There are two reasons why it would be so: one, is the power shortage.

Mindanao experiences daily blackouts. And even if the power supply is raised and the daily power outages are temporarily addressed, the cost of electric consumption would be so astronomically high that in the end would crucify and impoverish the consumers. Businesses might close or be forced to lay off workers thus contributing to unemployment.

PNoy cannot escape responsibility for the miseries of the Mindanaoans for he and he alone is in the saddle.

The other reason is the contentious Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). I am assuming that the BBL will pass both Houses of Congress and that it is finally signed into law by the President in 2015 or a year before the 2016 elections. I expect the law’s detractors to challenge it before the Supreme Court. There are only two possibilities: the High Court will either uphold it as constitutional or strike it down for being unconstitutional.

Whichever way the High Court decides, there will be trouble in Mindanao. Armed conflict will resume. And this time, it will be more deadly, more destructive with foreign money, arms pouring in and even foreign fighters joining the ranks of the rebels. Let me explain briefly.

If the Supreme Court sustains the law, the Christians and other Muslim sects, more particularly the MNLF who were shunted aside in the negotiations, would rise up in arms.

Its leaders have already said they would. The big Christian majority, and the Moros living with them harmoniously, even cooperatively, in Zamboanga City have already spoken and sent messages to Malacanang that it did not want to be part of the enlarged Bangsamoro region or substate. Other cities and provinces are of a similar mood.

On the other hand, if the BBL is struck down as unconstitutional, the MILF will not take it sitting down. To the MILF, it will be no less than an act of betrayal by the Philippine government.

The rebels will launch what could be a final battle for the control of Mindanao. It would be interesting how the United States and other foreign powers who had endorsed the peace talks between the Philippines and the MILF would react to this development. Will they interfere and “Balkanize” the Philippines in the name of peace?

The Visayas? Well, it too, will go opposition. Cebu, the premier city in the South, is opposition country. There has been only one instance when it favored the administration party –the 2006 presidential election and it is expected to live up to its reputation as anti-administration stronghold.

The rest of the Visayas, especially Bohol and Leyte, are likely to go opposition. The plight of Bohol and Leyte displays the length, breath and depth of this administration’s corruption and the incompetence, negligence and insensitivity of our national officials.

They are the best argument for Visayan voters to dump the administration bets. The recent history of Bohol and Leyte proclaims to the world what is wrong with our government.

Ah, but there is the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program. With the phenomenal increase of the CCT budget, DSWD can use the CCT to win votes for the administration bets.

If I were Secretary Dinky Soliman, I would think long and hard about allowing herself to be used as a political donkey by Abad and his minions who this early are having sleepless nights for their roles in PDAF and DAP monstrosities. It is bad enough that some opposition members are already sniffing the money trail of the CCT.


SOLIMAN

There are reports that the money that was given to fictitious beneficiaries went to line the pockets of corrupt Aquino officials.

Now, I wonder if Dinky would risk joining them behind bars once Aquino steps down from office.

Oh, yes, there are suspicions that a large part of the CCT was allegedly used by Dinky for election purposes during the last polls. A repeat is not entire improbable.

OK, ok, Malacanang and the Liberal Party might say that “One sparrow doesn’t make a spring.”

That the Laylo Reports is only one survey. But wait, there’s another study conducted by Pulse Asia during the same period that also shows Binay beating the President and Roxas on a one-on-one face off.

I tried getting hold of more data but my source begged off. Anyway, the results of the Pulse Asia nationwide survey conducted from September 11 to 18, with 1,200 respondents using face-to-face interviews squared off Binay on a one-on-one with President Aquino and DILG Secretary Roxas.

Read on and compare its findings with that of Laylo Reports and ask yourself what you think of Roxas’ chances of bagging the Presidency in 2016:

BINAY – 50%
PNOY – 36%
BINAY – 60%
ROXAS – 27%

So, there it goes. Still, the question: “Can Roxas beat Binay in the 2016 presidential elections?” Not with those figures.

FROM ABS-CBN NEWS

Binay is real owner of Batangas estate - Trillanes by Kathlyn dela Cruz, ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 10/08/2014 6:00 PM | Updated as of 10/08/2014 6:00 PM Insists

Trillanes insists Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park chief Tony Tiu a 'dummy'


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MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday bared before the blue ribbon sub-committee another alleged "dummy" used by Vice President Jejomar Binay to hide properties he supposedly acquired from ill-gotten wealth.

Trillanes laid out the alleged links between Binay and Filipino-Chinese businessman Antonio Tiu, who he said is the dummy owner of the vice president's 350-hectare property in Rosario, Batangas, concealing it under the name of Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park.

In his testimony during Wednesday's hearing, former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado claimed that Binay owns a 350-hectare estate in Rosario, Batangas which is equivalent to "six Luneta Parks, 10 Araneta Centers or even half the city of San Juan."

Mercado said the estate has two mansions, an air-conditioned piggery, orchid farm, cockbreeding farm, horse ranch, and a man-made lagoon.

The camp of Binay quickly denied this, claiming that the lessor of the property is Sunchamp Real Estate Development Corp., the operator of Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park.

Lawyer Martin Subido also stressed that Binay only used to lease, and not own, 9 hectares of the total lot for his piggery business JCB Farms from 1994 to 2010.

Subido said Binay sold JCB Farms to businessman Laureano Gregorio's Agrifortuna Inc. when he ran for vice president in 2010. Gregorio then later sold his rights over the property to Tiu's Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park.

'COVER-UP'

Trillanes, however, insisted during the hearing that Binay is just using Tiu and his Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park to hide his property.

Trillanes shared to the Senate that last August 5, he attended the "launch" of the Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park along with Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan, and Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Binay camp: ‘Moral crusader’ Trillanes owns ‘eight expensive vehicles’ undeclared in SALN By Frances Mangosing |INQUIRER.net3:30 pm | Tuesday, October 14th, 2014


Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — United Nationalist Alliance has accused Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of owning eight “luxury vehicles” not listed on his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

“Senator Trillanes styles himself as a moral crusader, but all these years he has evaded the issue of how he was able to afford eight luxury vehicles with his salary in the military and why he did not declare them in his SALN. This is a clear violation of the law,” Atty. JV Bautista, interim secretary general UNA said in a statement on Tuesday.

Vice President Jejomar Binay’s political party, claimed that the luxury vehicles include two sports utility vehicles, five vans and a big motorcycle. These were not included when he was a Navy lieutenant second grade.

At that time, a salary of his rank was around P22,000, Bautista said.

“Mahirap ang nagmamalinis. Kung anu-ano ang sinasabi laban kay Vice President Binay ‘yun pala sya ang may nilabag na batas at may malaking itinatago,” he added. (He is self-righteous. He has been hurling allegations against Vice President Binay when he is the one who breaks the law and is hiding wealth.)

* The accusation comes at a time when Trillanes insisted that Chinese-Filipino businessman Antonio Tiu was used for fronting Binay on the ownership of a 350-hectare property in Batangas. Tiu, however, denied that he was used as a dummy by Binay.

Bautista said that according to Land Transportation Office records, the following vehicles are registered under Trillanes:

Mitsubishi Pajero, license plate RIZ-222 model 2000
Nissan Terrano, license plate UJW-717, model 1996
Mitsubishi Delica, license plate XBD-542
Mitsubishi Delica, license plate XCZ-552
Mitsubishi Delica, license plate XBF-574
Mitsubishi Delica, license plate XBY-183
Mitsubishi Delica, license plate WLU-445
Kawasaki motorcycle, license plate PH-6949, model 1995.

“If he says that his crusade is against corruption, then he should start with himself, being the owner of eight expensive vehicles,” he said.

“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. Ang kaso, these people think they’re more popish than the pope, and speaking as though they are morally upright, eh sa totoo lang panakip-butas nila itong telenobela sa Blue Ribbon sa kanilang PDAF, DAP, etcetera etcetera (These people think they’re more popish than the pope, speaking as though they are morally upright, when the truth is they are just using their show in the Blue Ribbon committee to mask their PDAF, Dap, etcetera, etcetera),” Bautista also said.

Trillanes denies owning luxury cars By Maila Ager |INQUIRER.net6:56 pm | Tuesday, October 14th, 2014


Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Antonio Trillanes IV strongly denied on Tuesday owning eight luxury cars, saying he only had a second-hand 1996 Nissan Terrano which he sold to bankroll his senatorial bid in 2007.

“The allegation of UNA that I owned eight luxury vehicles enumerated in their press release is a blatant lie. In truth, what I owned was a second-hand 1996 Nissan Terrano, which could not be considered a luxury vehicle. I sold the said vehicle in 2007 to help finance my senatorial campaign,” Trillanes said in a statement.

Trillanes was reacting to the United Nationalist Alliance’s (UNA) statement that he owned eight luxury vehicles — which included two Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), five vans, and a big motorcycle–when he was a Navy lieutenant second grade.

UNA spokesman JV Bautista said the luxury cars were not included in the senator’s statement of assets , liabilities, and net worth (SALN).

But Trillanes said UNA’s claim was a “baseless and desperate move” by Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp to divert attention from the corruption allegations being hurled at him.

“It is apparent that VP Binay’s camp is trying to revive an old issue, which has been already dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman and the Makati Court. This matter was raised at the height of GMA administration, when the CIDG filed cases against us, including this issue, due to Magdalo’s corruption exposés against the said administration,” he said.

GMA is former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo while CIDG is Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police.

“The cases regarding the alleged vehicles were dismissed because the documents the CIDG submitted in support of its allegation were found to be spurious,” said the senator.

* Trillanes then answered point by point the issue raised by the opposition group regarding the eight luxury vehicles that he allegedly owned.

“I have never ever owned a Kawasaki motorbike. In fact, I have never driven and I do not know how to ride a motorbike, not even once in my life. My license restriction can easily prove this fact,” he said.

“As for the Pajero with license plate RIZ-222, the true owner thereof, a certain Darlito Roca, operations officer of Lydia’s Lechon, has surfaced to claim and acknowledge his ownership (of the car),” said the senator.

The five Delicas, Trillanes said, are owned by his mother, a businesswoman, who bought those vehicles from the proceeds of a P2-million loan she obtained from a bank in October 2000.

“Delicas were second-hand vans bought in Subic and are not luxury vehicles. In fact, they can be bought in lots for as low as P100,000 to P150,000 each. The intention was to operate a van rental service using these vehicles. These old vehicles, however, proved too costly to maintain. Hence, my mother opted to sell and dispose some of them,” he said.

“The very idea that I would buy five vehicles of the same model and make for my personal use is quite absurd and illogical. My mother’s van rental business was duly registered with the Department of Trade and Industry under her name and was properly stamped and licensed by the Caloocan City Hall,” he pointed out.

Aquino-Binay break-up looms VP: Arroyo mistreated, Purisima protected
By Christine O. Avendaño |Philippine Daily Inquirer12:25 am | Wednesday, October 15th, 2014


CROSSING THE RUBICON? Is this the end of the friendship and political alliance between President Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay? On the defensive the past weeks over allegations of massive corruption in Makati City where he served as mayor, the Vice President is on the offensive, taking to task the Aquino administration for its shortcomings and selective justice in his remarks at a public attorneys’ forum on Tuesday. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE/NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

MANILA, Philippines–Vice President Jejomar Binay appears to be moving to cut his ties with President Aquino as he slams for the first time the latter’s controversial decisions, like allowing the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) that the Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional.

Binay, 71, also took a swing at the way the Aquino administration was allegedly mistreating former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo while handling with kid gloves Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima, who like the Vice President is alleged to have amassed unexplained wealth.

It was a combative Vice President who spoke at the 5th MCLE (Mandatory Continuing Legal Education) Accredited National Convention of Public Attorneys at the Manila Hotel.

He blasted not only the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee investigating the corruption allegations against him but also moves by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate him.

Binay took exception to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s statement that she was investigating him upon the request of the Senate, saying the blue ribbon subcommittee had not even completed its inquiry.

‘Anybody but Binay’

“The cat is out of the bag. It is all part of the script that really, by all means, this is their operation—Operation Anybody but Binay,” the Vice President said during the open forum.

From hurling corruption allegations against him in the Senate inquiry, the next plan against him, Binay said, was to impeach him given De Lima’s statement that he can be investigated and that he can face impeachment.

But the Vice President said he would not allow this to happen.

“I have fought many times. There were many instances that the law was broken, and I will not allow this. The only reason I can be removed from office, among others, would be for the violation of the Constitution during my term as Vice President. That is very clear,” he said.

* Binay said he could not understand why the DOJ was prioritizing him in its investigation when it was still in the midst of investigating the pork barrel controversy and the DAP.

Apparently, it was the alleged impeachment moves by administration officials and allies that broke Binay’s silence over controversial issues that Aquino was facing.

Replying to a question whether he would treat his enemies the same way he was being treated now should he become President, Binay said he wanted to be a “unifying” President who would subject his political foes to a truth commission, for instance.

Then he said that he had “no love lost” for Arroyo, who is detained in a hospital as she awaits the outcome of many cases filed against her by the Aquino administration. Binay said Arroyo made his life difficult when she tried to suspend him from office many times.

“Is the way they are treating Arroyo fair?” he said, asking why the court seemed not to act on her petition for bail after the prosecution had presented its case against her.

“She is no ordinary person because she became President. And she is sick. Is that fair?” he added in Filipino.

Binay then turned his ire on Aquino’s pet program, the illegal DAP. He said “there was no such animal” despite what Malacañang said of the program, which pooled savings from agencies for spending to jumpstart the economy.

“What is their defense? The end justifies the means. That DAP was used for various things. I think it’s high time our lawyers come in where there is a violation of law,” Binay said.

‘Selective justice’

Binay then said that the Aquino administration was implementing “selective justice,” noting how the opposition seems to be its target.

He said that after the administration detained Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla for their alleged misuse of pork barrel funds, it stopped there, no longer pursuing others.

Likewise, Binay said Budget Secretary Florencio Abad had refused to submit documents to legislators on the DAP spending.

Binay then took aim at Purisima, saying that until now, no case had been filed by the administration against the PNP chief, who recently was questioned about his house in Nueva Ecija province and his luxury vehicles.

“The allegations against Jojo Binay come from one person,” he said in Filipino, referring to former Makati City Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado.

Mercado has accused Binay in the Senate of rigging the bidding for infrastructure projects of Makati City when he was still mayor and of accepting kickbacks from favored contractors.

No sense of gratitude

Binay said one of the things that angered him were people who didn’t have a strong sense of gratitude.

“I fed this witness with my hand. He even cried before me,” the Vice President said of his former vice mayor.

Binay did not spare the media, saying that with the controversies against him, media should air both sides.
“If they want to destroy you, they’ll come out only with negative things,” he said in Filipino.

Snubbing subcommittee

During the open forum, Binay vowed he would not appear at the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee hearings for the way it was handling the inquiry.

“I won’t dignify that kind of proceeding by attending it. Ladies and gentlemen, I am the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines.”

During his speech, Binay said he was again being “prosecuted and persecuted by politicians, who seemed to be fueled more by personal ambition than a search for truth.”

Plot against him

Speaking to reporters later, Binay echoed what his party mates had said regarding a plot to destroy his chances in the 2016 presidency. He said this involved Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the presumptive presidential candidate of the Liberal Party.

“Because when you ask who are the people around him, the people who are maligning me, aren’t they with Secretary Roxas?” he said.

It was the first time Binay linked Roxas to the plot supposedly named Oplan Stop Nognog 2016, aimed at derailing the Vice President’s pursuit of the presidency.

Asked to comment on De Lima’s statement that the DOJ would forward its investigation results to the Office of the Ombudsman, Binay said he was wondering why the DOJ was investigating him when the Senate subcommittee had not even completed its inquiry and presented its findings to the Senate blue ribbon mother committee, which will still have to come up with a recommendation.

He said it was “OK” that the DOJ was investigating him and that if he said he would not want to be investigated then some quarters would say that no one was above the law.

“It’s OK. We will meet,” he said.

Told that De Lima spoke on Tuesday with the whistle-blowers in the corruption allegations against him, Binay said his position was that they should not be included in the Witness Protection Program because they were telling lies just to become state witnesses.

On old graft cases against him being reopened by the Ombudsman, Binay said he would just wait for the outcome.
Told that Rep. Edgar Erice of the Liberal Party planned to file an impeachment case against him, he said that was Erice and that the media knew who he was.

“He is part of the group behind Oplan Nognog,” he said.

Binay camp goes on the offensive for best defense Philippine Daily Inquirer1:46 am | Wednesday, October 15th, 2014


UNA interim president Toby Tiangco: On the offensive. SENATE POOL FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay has adopted a new tack—offense is the best defense—amid the sharp decline in his public satisfaction and trust ratings apparently as a result of allegations that he pocketed huge kickbacks from city projects when he was mayor of Makati.

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), Binay’s political party, is stepping up its counteroffensive against the self-styled inquisitors of Binay in an apparent bid to divert attention from the allegations of graft and ill-gotten wealth against the Binays, who have maintained their grip on Makati since 1986.

UNA interim president Toby Tiangco, for instance, on Tuesday challenged Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to make public a video recording of Janet Lim-Napoles purportedly pointing to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad as the brains behind the pork barrel fund scam.

Tiangco, the representative from Navotas City, said the five-and-a-half-hour video, taken in April, implicated close allies of the administration in the P10-billion scam, which would explain De Lima’s refusal to release it to the public.

“Why does Justice Secretary Leila de Lima refuse to release the video of her ‘meeting’ with Janet Lim-Napoles detailing how (Budget) Secretary Butch Abad coached her to set up NGOs and foundations and getting away with murder?”

Tiangco said in a statement.

“According to those who prepared Napoles’ affidavit, De Lima would not budge to release the video since it detailed how Napoles was able to penetrate the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and skirt the entire process through the help of ‘contacts’ inside the department,” Tiangco said.

While Tiangco was focusing on De Lima, UNA interim secretary general Jose Virgilio “JV” Bautista trained his guns on Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

It was the senator who filed the resolution that started the Senate probe of the overpricing of Makati City Hall Building II and the rigging of bidding for projects of the city when Binay was mayor.

Following the release of the Social Weather Stations survey results showing that Binay’s public satisfaction rating plunged 15 points to a net of 52 last month from 67 in June, Trillanes said on Monday: “The people are sending the message that they doubt his explanation, or lack of explanation, and are losing their trust in him.”

Trillanes’ vehicles

Bautista said Trillanes had yet to provide a “convincing and satisfactory explanation” to questions raised during his court-martial more than a decade ago on how he was able to buy eight “luxury vehicles” on his meager salary as a junior officer and why he did not disclose these in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

“Senator Trillanes styles himself as a moral crusader, but all these years he has evaded the issue of how he was able to afford eight luxury vehicles on his salary in the military and why he did not declare these in his SALN. This is a clear violation of the law,” said Bautista in a statement.|

“It’s hard to pretend you’re clean. He’s been saying a lot of things against Vice President Binay but it turns out he is the one who has violated the law and has something big to hide,” said Bautista.

* He said that as Navy lieutenant, Trillanes earned only P22,000 in basic salary a month a decade ago.
Fondness for luxe hotels

Land Transportation Office (LTO) records presented during the Feliciano Commission hearings in 2003, showed that the Oakwood mutiny leader was the registered owner of a Mitsubishi Pajero (license plate No. RIZ 222 model 2000), Nissan Terrano (license plate No. UJW 717, model 1996), a Kawasaki motorcycle (license plate No. PH 6949, model 1995), and five Mitsubishi Delicas (license plates Nos. XBD 542, XCZ 552, XBF 574, XBY 183 and WLU-445). Trillanes did not disclose these vehicles in his SALN.

“How can he afford those luxury vehicles on his pay as a junior officer? It seems Trillanes has a thing for luxury vehicles, aside from his affection for luxury hotels he is fond of taking over. If he says that his crusade is against corruption, then he should start with himself, being the owner of eight expensive vehicles,” said Bautista who had previously called on Trillanes to undergo a lifestyle check himself.

Bautista said Trillanes’ membership in the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee looking into the allegations against Binay did not make him a “credible or honorable person.”

Popish than Pope

Bautista also lambasted Trillanes’ partner in the Senate investigation, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, for peppering his statements with Biblical passages to make himself “holier than anyone.”

“These people think they’re more popish than the Pope, and speak as though they are morally upright but in truth, this blue ribbon telenovela is just meant to cover their (misuse of) the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) and DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program),” Bautista said.–Reports from DJ Yap and Gil C. Cabacungan

TRIBUNE OPINION

Brush up on Charter, Leila Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00


by Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Leila de Lima should really read up on the 1987 Constitution before saying that only the President and the State have immunity from suit, and that the Vice President does not have any immunity from suit.

If Leila reads up on the Constitution, she will find out that there is absolutely no provision in the same Charter where it says that the President is immune from suit.

But who is the state? The republic of the Philippines, not Leila de Lima as the Department of Justice (DoJ) secretary, nor even the Senate, although the Ombudsman can grant immunity to a so-called government witness, but only upon approval of a court of law, which can however, be easily subverted when the Ombudsman drops the government witness as an accused and does not press charges against that person.

So where did Leila pick up that notion that only the President enjoys immunity from suit? From the 1973 Marcos Constitution, which provided immunity not only to the President of the Republic but also to his ministers and even after their term of office expires?

The truth is, even if the Constitution is silent on the presidential immunity from suit, this immunity has been accepted as tradition. As it has been a tradition for the vice president to enjoy immunity from suit.

The president, vice president, as well as all constitutional officers virtually enjoy immunity from suit as they are all impeachable officials and officers, which means they can be removed from office only through conviction in an impeachment trial.

But Leila is probably right when she says that these constitutional officers are not immune from investigation.

This being the case, why then hasn’t and isn’t Leila investigating the allies and aides of Noynoy, and even Noynoy himself, given the fact that many graft-ridden scandals have rocked him and his administration?

There has not been any announcement from her, and even from the Noynoy appointed Ombudsman, to probe Budget Secretary Butch Abad, or Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, to name but a very few. Neither have they touched on the Malampaya Fund scam, and even in the case of the Priority Development Assistance Fund or the pork barrel allocations of the legislators allied with Noynoy and his Liberal Party, nary a one of them has been indicted, despite the fact that their names and their PDAF projects had been found irregular.

Nor, for that matter, did Leila and her NBI bother to probe the Inekon extortion try which which linked the presidential sister and her husband, along with a presidential first cousin. Why not? They certainly do not enjoy immunity, nor, for that matter, immunity from investigation.

* Heck, did Leila even bother to investigate then fugitive Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who had returned through the Cebu airport, where he did not even pass through the regular immigration counter, and more to the point, Leila did not even bother to elevate the murder case to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeals dismissed the case.

The reason is that Lacson was already an ally of Noynoy, who even entertained Lacson in Malacañang, not even asking him to explain where he sought refuge, but merely talked about where the best chicharon can be had — and this, even after the Department of Foreign Affairs stood its ground in stating that it had never issued those bogus travel documents to Lacson.

And why is Noynoy then being protected by Leila from being investigated? She has all the reasons to do so, since the Supreme Court had already ruled that in the case of the DAP funds, he has to prove good faith. That should be enough for Leila to get her NBI and DoJ dogs to probe him and Abad. But she won’t dare, even when Noyny had committed the unspeakable crime of bribing the legislators to impeach and convict then sitting Chief Justice Renato Corona.

But because VP Jojo Binay is seen as the political foe of the Liberal Party bet Noynoy in the elections of 2016, along with the attack dogs of Noynoy in the yellow Senate subcommittee, Leila she is hell bent on investigating Binay and making him appear guilty of a crime. She is no independent DoJ secretary. She does what her master orders her to do.

Noynoy, his allies, and yes, De Lima really should be more careful. They may all find themselves in jail.


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