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VP, FAMILY EXPECT ATTACKS TO LAST UNTIL 2016 -- NANCY  

OCT 28 ---Sen. Nancy Binay yesterday expressed pessimism on whether the alleged demolition job against her father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, will end soon even if the Vice President makes a good case against the allegations thrown at him in the planned public debate with Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. “We have information that the propaganda drive will last until 2016. They won’t stop until the Vice President is removed as a threat to their ambition in (the) 2016 (presidential elections),” she said. The neophyte senator admitted to reporters in an interview that she’s not fully supporting the idea of seeing her father engaging in a debate with one of her colleagues. Aside from the fact that she feels that the Vice President is not in equal footing with Trillanes, in terms of the offices both hold, Sen. Binay said what would matter to her is whether her colleague will agree with the arguments of her father.

“In a debate, they would be facing each other to exchange views but it seems that one party already had made up his mind,” she said. “Every week we get several variations of lies so I guess I will not be surprised if this coming week a new issue will brought up against the Vice President and his family, new lies are expected to be concocted in the next hearing,” she added. Sen. JV Ejercito, on the other hand, practically cleared Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas of any possible involvement in the alleged demolition job against the Vice President. “I’m quite sure that there is a conspiracy, probably it’s a conspiracy among different parties. They have a common denominator, to eliminate the leading presidential candidate so they have to conspire,” he said. “But I doubt if Roxas is the brains (behind it) because even if he belongs to the LP (Liberal Party), I know him, I don’t think he will adhere to this kind of dirty politics. I have respect for Mar (Roxas), I don’t think he is capable (of dirty tricks). But the LP and NP (Nacionalista Party), they have attack dogs like (Rep. Edgar) Erice and others who have started this as early as last year,” he said. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Guingona III to invite Binay to carpark probe just one time to give his side on graft allegation 

OCT 20 ---Vice President Jejomar Binay will be formally invited to attend the Senate hearing on the alleged overpriced Makati parking building so he can give his side on the graft allegations raised against him. Sen. Teofisto Guingona III said yesterday the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, which he chairs, will issue the invitation this week. Guingona said members of the panel have yet to agree on the exact date when the Vice President would be asked to appear before the Senate hearing. Binay would wait for the formal invitation before deciding on whether to attend the probe, his spokespersons said yesterday.

“We welcome the invitation and will respond to it when we get the copy of the invitation,” Joey Salgado said in a text message to The STAR. Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Binay’s spokesman for political concerns, said he would comment on the matter after receiving the invitation. A Blue Ribbon subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, is investigating the alleged hidden wealth the Vice President supposedly accumulated through kickbacks from various projects in Makati City, such as the allegedly overpriced city hall parking building. * READ MORE...

ALSO: BINAY SAYS HE WAS THE ONE WHO MADE CHALLENGE, HE'S NOT BACKING OUT ON DEBATE WITH TRILLANES 

OCT 29 ---VICE President Jejomar Binay yesterday said he would not back out of a debate with Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. He made the statement after Rep. Toby Tiangco, interim president of his party, the United Nationalist Alliance, said there is no point in having the Vice President debate with Trillanes who is accusing him of corruption. Binay said he was the one who challenged Trillanes, so there would be no reason for him to back out. The Vice President issued the challenge last week during an event of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas. He said the debate should be held outside the Senate so Trillanes could not claim immunity. The KBP is making the arrangements. Trillanes has said the Vice President might find a reason to get the debate cancelled. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano expressed belief Binay will back out. Cayetano and Trillanes have been grilling resource persons they have invited to hearings on allegations of an overpriced building built when Binay was mayor of Makati City. The hearing was prompted by a resolution filed by Trillanes.

The overpriced building is subject of an investigation of the Ombudsman before which a plunder case was filed by Binay’s detractors last July. Binay has refused to attend the inquiry which is being conducted by a sub-committee of the Blue Ribbon committee. His camp has said the Vice President will attend the hearing only if he is invited by the mother committee. Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, Blue Ribbon chair, has acceded to Binay and said last week the main committee would issue the invitation. Yesterday, he said the invitation will be sent to Binay this week. The next hearing has yet to be scheduled and the date will depend on the availability of senators, he said. The main committee is taking over the inquiry Guingona said: “No, no, not the subcommittee anymore. It would be the main committee.”  * READ MORE...

ALSO: Trillanes expects Binay to cancel debate despite advantage 

OCT 28 --PHOT5O: Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Antonio Trillanes are set to engage in a public debate on the corruption allegations hurled against the former. Edd Gumban/Senate PRIB Photo MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV believes that his debate with Vice President Jejomar Binay will be a lopsided match in favor of his political nemesis. Speaking to ANC's Headstart on Monday, Trillanes said the debate with Binay will be a "mismatch on paper" given the Vice President's political and professional background. "He is a 30-year veteran in Philippine politics and he is a human rights lawyer who is presumed to be a master of argumentation and debate," Trillanes told ANC. "On the other hand, myself being a former soldier, I got used to having either giving orders or receiving orders. There's no room for debate. We are not wired for that," he added.

Trillanes admitted that he has not engaged in a debate in his life and that he is one of the worst public speakers in the Senate. The senator said Binay may have challenged him since he is not a lawyer. But Trillanes believes that Binay's camp may not allow the debate to push through despite the perceived advantage of the Vice President. "I'm waiting for the time that they will try to wiggle their way out of this. They will try to find a reason why this has to be cancelled," he said, noting that Binay has repeatedly refused to face the Senate investigation. Trillanes is standing by allegations that Binay is the real owner of a 350-hectare land in Rosario, Batangas that has become the subject of the Senate probe on the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall II parking building. "For the country's sake, Vice President Jejomar Binay deserves to go in jail," Trillanes said. In the same ANC interview, Trillanes said more witnesses and documents will be presented against Binay in the next Senate hearing on Thursday. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Binay ally disapproves debate with Trillanes  

OCT 28 --Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco expressed his disapproval of the impending debate between Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. During an interview with DZMM, the interim president for United Nationalist Alliance said that Trillanes is a liar and that it would be useless for Binay to have a debate with the senator. "Paano naman makikipag-debate si VP Binay sa taong walang isang salita? Matapos n'yang sabihin 'to, bukas iba na sasabihin n'ya. So it's useless to debate with someone like that," Tiangco said.

Tiangco, a Binay ally, also noted that the vice president was ill-advised to go through with the debate. The lawmaker further said that the Office of the Ombudsman is the right venue for Binay to face allegations on corruption. "Yan ho ang tamang proseso, ngayon kung ayaw natin na may prosesong ganyan, palitan na ho natin ang ating saligang batas. Magpaliwanag na lang po at magdebate na lang po," the Navotas lawmaker said. Binay and Trillanes is set to have a debate in November regarding the former's alleged corruption. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

(ALSO) Binay camp slams Trillanes: ‘How can you debate with a liar?’ 

OCT 23 ---United Nationalist Alliance interim president Congressman Toby Tiangco said Thursday that the planned debate between Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is going to be pointless because the senator is a “liar.” In an interview over Radyo Inquirer 990 AM, Tiangco said that although he has expressed his reservation on the conduct of the debate, he said that he is confident that the vice president will prove his innocence to the public. “Wala naman akong worry doon sa debate. Ang sinasabi ko lang, paano ka makikipagadebate doon sa isang tao na hindi nagsasabi ng totoo? Walang pupuntahan ‘yung debate na ‘yun.

I am confident na mapapatunayan ni VP [Binay] sa taumbayan na siya ang tama dito,” Tiangco said. (I am not worried about the debate. All I am saying is how can you debate with a liar? That debate is pointless. I am confident that VP Binay will prove that he is right.)  He added that the public should not even listen to what Trillanes has to say. “Bakit pa bibigyan ng pagkakataon si Senator Trillanes? Why will you honor what he is saying?” Tiangco added. (Why will we give Senator Trillanes a chance? Why will you honor what he is saying?) Trillanes earlier accepted the vice president’s challenge to the one-on-one debate. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Fair probe on VP vowed by Cayetano; Tells people in Dagupan Binay is now in panic mode  

OCT 28 ---DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines – Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano assured the people over the weekend that the ongoing Senate investigation in connection with alleged corruption involving Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family would be fair. Cayetano told media here last Sunday after meeting with jeepney drivers and operators that the senators would welcome any representative of the Binays in the Senate investigation. “Any representative of the Vice President is welcome anytime, it’s just that the one he authorized, Mr. (JV) Bautista, is not speaking for the Vice President but for himself,” Cayetano said, adding that this would not help the investigation any.

He said that since the proceedings were being covered via radio and live streaming, the public would be angered if the panel were rude to the Vice President. Cayetano said the Vice President has the assurance that he could say whatever he wants in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearing. He said that more evidence would come out because everyday in text messages, Facebook and even personal messages, there are sources that claim to know the Binays own the properties mentioned in the Senate hearings. “If he is not hiding anything, he (Binay) should not hide. If he can answer all these, we will give him all the time,” Cayetano added. He said that rating well in popularity surveys or being a Vice President does not mean immunity from investigation. He said everyone from barangay chairman up can be investigated if warranted, not just by the Senate but also by the ombudsman and the Commission on Audit.

He said the investigations would continue as long as the Senate receives new evidence. Cayetano also said that Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV does not have to debate with the Vice President, “all he has to do is ask the right questions.” He said that Binay is in no position to claim that he is being persecuted as a representative of the poor by the country’s rich. Cayetano said that the Vice President is clearly trying to take a page out of former President and now Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada’s book of accusing the country’s elitists of being behind the efforts to oust him from office. “He’s in a panic mode. Like someone gasping for breath. He’s trying to read all the political books and all the strategies used by other politicians, and applying it to himself, although it doesn’t apply,” Cayetano said. * READ MORE...

ALSO Philstar Opinion: Erap clears Binay   

OCT 28 ---Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada said he believes Vice President Jejomar Binay will overcome his present difficulties and will continue to be the leading candidate for the presidency in 2016. At the same time, he expressed doubts that Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas is the one who conceptualized the campaign against Binay dubbed as ‘Oplan Stop Nognog in 2016,’ meant to derail his bid for the presidency in 2016. Mayor Estrada has told close friends he has no intention to run for president in 2016. Liberal Party (LP) member and Caloocan Rep.Edgar Erice claimed that VP Binay’s camp hatched ‘Oplan Maligno,’ meant to divert the public’s attention from the corruption allegations being hurled at Vice President Binay. They picked the name Oplan Maligno since they expect the disinformation campaign to gain traction before the Halloween.

Erice said the political strategists of Vice President Binay were in panic mode. In desperation, they came up with the counterplot soon after Pulse Asia released its survey showing that the number of Filipinos who would vote for Binay as president dropped from 41% last June to 31% in September. He added that Binay has also been staging “media events” in the provinces to amplify his accusations against Liberal Party (LP) leaders. US to pay P87 million Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario announced in a Senate hearing that the United States (US) has agreed to pay P87 million for the widespread damage one of its minesweepers caused at the Tubbataha Reef after it ran aground in the biodiversity-rich area in January 2013. * READ MORE...


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VP, family expect attacks to last until 2016 — Nancy


VP J.BINAY

MANILA, NOVEMBER 3, 2014 (TRIBUNE) Written by Angie M. Rosales Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:00 - Sen. Nancy Binay yesterday expressed pessimism on whether the alleged demolition job against her father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, will end soon even if the Vice President makes a good case against the allegations thrown at him in the planned public debate with Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

“We have information that the propaganda drive will last until 2016. They won’t stop until the Vice President is removed as a threat to their ambition in (the) 2016 (presidential elections),” she said.

The neophyte senator admitted to reporters in an interview that she’s not fully supporting the idea of seeing her father engaging in a debate with one of her colleagues.

Aside from the fact that she feels that the Vice President is not in equal footing with Trillanes, in terms of the offices both hold, Sen. Binay said what would matter to her is whether her colleague will agree with the arguments of her father.

“In a debate, they would be facing each other to exchange views but it seems that one party already had made up his mind,” she said.

“Every week we get several variations of lies so I guess I will not be surprised if this coming week a new issue will brought up against the Vice President and his family, new lies are expected to be concocted in the next hearing,” she added.

Sen. JV Ejercito, on the other hand, practically cleared Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas of any possible involvement in the alleged demolition job against the Vice President.

“I’m quite sure that there is a conspiracy, probably it’s a conspiracy among different parties. They have a common denominator, to eliminate the leading presidential candidate so they have to conspire,” he said.

“But I doubt if Roxas is the brains (behind it) because even if he belongs to the LP (Liberal Party), I know him, I don’t think he will adhere to this kind of dirty politics. I have respect for Mar (Roxas), I don’t think he's capable (of dirty tricks).

But the LP and NP (Nacionalista Party), they have attack dogs like (Rep. Edgar) Erice and others who have started this as early as last year,” he said.

* Trillanes, for his part, told reporters in an interview that he held a meeting with the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) last Friday and said that he did not impose any condition for the proposed debate which the KBP will arrange.

“Whatever the KBP decides on, we will accede. We are hoping this will be done on or before Nov 10,” he said.

Trillanes admitted that he has started preparations for the debate, being a former soldier who is not used to engaging in such kind public discussion of a particular issue.

“We will leave it to the people, who they think is more believable. I am confident that I stand on a moral high ground and that we’re on the side of truth so it’s giving us confidence despite the fact that on paper I have the handicap because he is a veteran politician and a lawyer.

He knows the nitty-gritty of debating while I am a soldier who either follows or gives orders which are not subjected to debates. So we are not wired that way. But I will not retreat from this,” he said.

Trillanes said he does not see the debates affecting the Senate inquiry on the issues affecting Binay especially since there were nine other public hearings that will support their contention on the need to conduct further proceedings.

The Palace, meanwhile, stressed that it is focusing on government work rather than participate in political talks outside the executive, saying the mudslinging between the Vice President and some allies of President Aquino are outside the scope of Aquino’s routine.

In a Palace briefing, Press Secretary Edwin Lacierda said the concern of the administration is on governance, which is outside the realm of battle between Binay and Palace allies in Congress. Lacierda said the Palace does not have the luxury of time to participate in political mudslinging going on outside the Palace.

“First, I suppose our concern is on governance. There is political noise out there, but to be frank, we do not engage on anything (related to) 2016. We do not have the luxury in talking on that, we focus on concerns that the country needs today,” he said.

Lacierda noted that although allies in Congress have been engaged in hurling accusations against others, they have done well in passing the budget. The Palace official said Malacañang cannot, in any way, direct Congress on dealing with its members as it is a separate branch of the government.

“You saw the response of the President already, the President said we have 24 independent republics in the Senate, these people are all answerable to the Filipino people. The President clearly told us that he is focused on addressing the concerns of the day,” Lacierda said.

“The congressional allies have assisted us in passing the budget on time,” he added. “We are focused on governance. We appreciate their help in governance, and their investigations, we appreciate it since it is in aid of legislation.”

Lacierda said the President does not want to “kick the can down the road,” inisting that their eyes are set in making projects beyond 2016, particularly reforms initiated by the current administration. Lacierda also dismissed criticisms mounted by Binay against administration allies that implies weak governance under Aquino.

“Regardless of who he is criticizing, we just want the public to know we are addressing all these concerns,” Lacierda said.

“Whether those mentioned by the Vice President, and those which were not mentioned because there are many problems in the country , we focus on what concerns the people. As the President said, we don’t want to kick the can down the road,” he said.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma earlier made the distinction clear that Binay’s feud was not against the Palace,not commenting when asked whether the Vice President should finally show his “true colors.”

Binay, who has long showed his intent to run for President in 2016, is under Senate investigation for alleged corruption when he was mayor of Makati City. Binay has denied the charges, saying they are politically motivated, and called the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee that is looking into the allegations a “kangaroo court.”

A stalwart of the Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC) also laughed off suggestions by two administration congressmen that Binay gives up his presidential ambition so he can concentrate on his defense against mounting charges of unexplained wealth against him and his family.

“How can a presidential frontrunner like VP Binay give up on his plan to run in 2016 just because he is being accused of various charges which have not been fully substantiated by his accusers,” Rep. Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian of Valenzuela City said.

Gatchalian pointed out that despite the massive negative attacks on the vice president, which caused his ratings to drop by 10 points, Binay remained at the top of the presidential aspirants based on the latest survey of Pulse Asia and Social Weather Station.

“I have never heard of a candidate quitting when he is on top of all the surveys with the next aspirant placing a far second. Aspirants who decide to quit are those who lag behind the surveys. Not the frontrunner like VP Binay,” said Gatchalian of the NPC.

Gatchalian said VP Binay, being a former human rights lawyer, can readily defend himself from all the allegations as what he is now doing whenever he gets to be interviewed by the media in his provincial sorties.

The recent ocular inspection made on the Sunchamp agro-industrial park in Rosario, Batangas disproved the earlier allegations made during the Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearings.

Among the media findings are: The agro-industrial park is 146 hectares, not 350 hectares as alleged. The piggery structures are not airconditioned and are in fact being leased by San Miguel Corporation. The so-called Kew Gardens replica is not really a replica since the hedge garden is only waist-high and not 10 feet high.

Gatchalian said quitting the presidential race is not an option for VP Binay as doing so will be misconstrued as an admission of guilt.

“As I have been saying, it will be the Filipino people who will be the ultimate judge on whether VP Binay will be the next president of the Republic.

And the ultimate survey will be held on election day of 2016,” Gatchalian concluded. Joshua L. Labonera

FROM PHILSTAR

Senate Blue Ribbon to invite Binay to carpark probe just one time to give his side on graft allegation By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 29, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Former Makati mayor Elenita Binay posts bail at the Sandiganbayan yesterday for the second case of graft and malversation of public funds filed against her. BOY SANTOS

MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar Binay will be formally invited to attend the Senate hearing on the alleged overpriced Makati parking building so he can give his side on the graft allegations raised against him.

Sen. Teofisto Guingona III said yesterday the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, which he chairs, will issue the invitation this week.

Guingona said members of the panel have yet to agree on the exact date when the Vice President would be asked to appear before the Senate hearing.

Binay would wait for the formal invitation before deciding on whether to attend the probe, his spokespersons said yesterday.

“We welcome the invitation and will respond to it when we get the copy of the invitation,” Joey Salgado said in a text message to The STAR.

Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Binay’s spokesman for political concerns, said he would comment on the matter after receiving the invitation.

A Blue Ribbon subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, is investigating the alleged hidden wealth the Vice President supposedly accumulated through kickbacks from various projects in Makati City, such as the allegedly overpriced city hall parking building.

* Binay has repeatedly refused to attend the hearings, and criticized the subcommittee for being “politically motivated.”

He said Senators Alan Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV, who initiated the probe, only want to stop his presidential bid.

Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, interim president of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), earlier said the Senate probe “is not in aid of legislation but in aid of demolition.”

He said Binay should not attend the Senate probe even if the mother committee would conduct the proceedings.

He maintained that the Office of the Ombudsman is the proper venue for any investigation involving the Vice President.

Tiangco said Binay had been prejudged in the Senate hearing.

Clash of institutions

Guingona said he decided to step into the Makati parking building probe to “avoid a clash of institutions.”

“We do not want a clash of institutions. The Vice President said that he will not attend and if he will not attend, the subcommittee will invite him. So it is clear that this will go to the Supreme Court,” he said.

“In order to avoid a clash between the Office of the Vice President and the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, I deemed it best to invite (the Vice President).”

Guingona said the Blue Ribbon committee may conduct just one hearing so Binay can give his side on the corruption allegations against him.

While the date for the Vice President’s “special hearing” is being worked out, the Blue Ribbon subcommittee would push through with its 10th inquiry into the Makati parking building tomorrow.

‘Binay’s criticism of P-Noy unfair’

It is unfair for the beleaguered Vice President to criticize the administration of President Aquino for its supposed inaction on nagging problems the nation is facing, a Liberal Party congressman said yesterday.

“It is unfair because the Vice President is a member of the Cabinet and is an alter ego of the President. I think he should not be criticizing the Aquino administration while he is a member of the Cabinet,” Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice told a news conference.

He said Binay’s criticism of the Aquino administration is in effect criticism of the President.

Erice was reacting to Binay’s speech a few days ago before a civic club in Manila.

The Vice President said the country is facing a power crisis, rising consumer prices, rampant crimes, traffic jams and flooding. He said the recurring breakdown of the mass rail line along EDSA has not been solved.

He said instead of solving these problems, administration allies chose to investigate the alleged overpricing of the Makati parking building, his supposed ill-gotten wealth and other irregularities during his time as Makati mayor.

Erice said the Vice President cannot lambast Aquino’s allies for the projected power shortfall next year, high consumer prices, crimes, traffic congestion and flooding without hitting the President.

It is Aquino and his Cabinet officials who, after all, are principally responsible for addressing these issues, he said. – With Helen Flores, Jess Diaz

FROM MALAYA

NO MORE BACKING OUT, SAYS BINAY October 29, 2014 MALAYA BUSINESS INSIGHTS HEADLINE NEWS

VICE President Jejomar Binay yesterday said he would not back out of a debate with Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

He made the statement after Rep. Toby Tiangco, interim president of his party, the United Nationalist Alliance, said there is no point in having the Vice President debate with Trillanes who is accusing him of corruption.

Binay said he was the one who challenged Trillanes, so there would be no reason for him to back out.

The Vice President issued the challenge last week during an event of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas. He said the debate should be held outside the Senate so Trillanes could not claim immunity.

The KBP is making the arrangements.

Trillanes has said the Vice President might find a reason to get the debate cancelled.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano expressed belief Binay will back out.

Cayetano and Trillanes have been grilling resource persons they have invited to hearings on allegations of an overpriced building built when Binay was mayor of Makati City. The hearing was prompted by a resolution filed by Trillanes.

The overpriced building is subject of an investigation of the Ombudsman before which a plunder case was filed by Binay’s detractors last July.

Binay has refused to attend the inquiry which is being conducted by a sub-committee of the Blue Ribbon committee. His camp has said the Vice President will attend the hearing only if he is invited by the mother committee.

Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, Blue Ribbon chair, has acceded to Binay and said last week the main committee would issue the invitation.

Yesterday, he said the invitation will be sent to Binay this week.

The next hearing has yet to be scheduled and the date will depend on the availability of senators, he said.

The main committee is taking over the inquiry Guingona said: “No, no, not the subcommittee anymore. It would be the main committee.”

* Asked later during the same interview if the mother committee is taking over the probe from the sub-committee, he said: “We’re not clear about that. Ganito na lang, the mother committee will invite the Vice President so that he can give his side. Right now I just want to take it step by step.”

The subcommittee is supposed to resume its hearing tomorrow.

Guingona said he saw it fit for his committee to invite Binay to avoid a “clash of institutions.”

“The step is to avoid the clash of institutions so that we can make sure that everything, as much as possible, can go on smoothly,” he said.

Binay’s camp has questioned the inquiry, saying the sub-committee has no jurisdiction, and threatened to raise the issue before the Supreme Court.

Asked if the hearing will be held before or after Binay’s debate with Trillanes, Guingona said the debate will not be a consideration for the date of the hearing.

“I don’t have any idea on the debate so I’m just proceeding independently. I don’t use the debate as a reckoning point,” he said.

Guingona also said the committee decided to cancel a meeting set for yesterday afternoon after Trillanes withdrew his recommendation to cite in contempt executives of Hilmarc’s Construction Corporation, contractor of the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II.

“The two Hilmarc’s executives were recommended to be cited for contempt for ignoring the subpoenas but their attendance last hearing effectively remedied that situation. Hence, the contempt recommendation was withdrawn,” Trillanes said.

Trillanes expects Binay to cancel debate despite advantage By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated October 27, 2014 - 1:56pm 17 1202 googleplus0 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Antonio Trillanes are set to engage in a public debate on the corruption allegations hurled against the former. Edd Gumban/Senate PRIB Photo

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV believes that his debate with Vice President Jejomar Binay will be a lopsided match in favor of his political nemesis.

Speaking to ANC's Headstart on Monday, Trillanes said the debate with Binay will be a "mismatch on paper" given the Vice President's political and professional background.

"He is a 30-year veteran in Philippine politics and he is a human rights lawyer who is presumed to be a master of argumentation and debate," Trillanes told ANC.

"On the other hand, myself being a former soldier, I got used to having either giving orders or receiving orders. There's no room for debate. We are not wired for that," he added.

Trillanes admitted that he has not engaged in a debate in his life and that he is one of the worst public speakers in the Senate.

The senator said Binay may have challenged him since he is not a lawyer.

But Trillanes believes that Binay's camp may not allow the debate to push through despite the perceived advantage of the Vice President.

"I'm waiting for the time that they will try to wiggle their way out of this. They will try to find a reason why this has to be cancelled," he said, noting that Binay has repeatedly refused to face the Senate investigation.

Trillanes is standing by allegations that Binay is the real owner of a 350-hectare land in Rosario, Batangas that has become the subject of the Senate probe on the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall II parking building.

"For the country's sake, Vice President Jejomar Binay deserves to go in jail," Trillanes said.

In the same ANC interview, Trillanes said more witnesses and documents will be presented against Binay in the next Senate hearing on Thursday.

Binay ally disapproves debate with Trillanes By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated October 27, 2014 - 6:14pm 0 3 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco expressed his disapproval of the impending debate between Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

During an interview with DZMM, the interim president for United Nationalist Alliance said that Trillanes is a liar and that it would be useless for Binay to have a debate with the senator.

"Paano naman makikipag-debate si VP Binay sa taong walang isang salita? Matapos n'yang sabihin 'to, bukas iba na sasabihin n'ya. So it's useless to debate with someone like that," Tiangco said.

Tiangco, a Binay ally, also noted that the vice president was ill-advised to go through with the debate.

The lawmaker further said that the Office of the Ombudsman is the right venue for Binay to face allegations on corruption.

"Yan ho ang tamang proseso, ngayon kung ayaw natin na may prosesong ganyan, palitan na ho natin ang ating saligang batas. Magpaliwanag na lang po at magdebate na lang po," the Navotas lawmaker said.

Binay and Trillanes is set to have a debate in November regarding the former's alleged corruption.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Binay camp slams Trillanes: ‘How can you debate with a liar?Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 1:21 PM | Thursday, October 23rd, 2014


Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV and Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines—United Nationalist Alliance interim president Congressman Toby Tiangco said Thursday that the planned debate between Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is going to be pointless because the senator is a “liar.”

In an interview over Radyo Inquirer 990 AM, Tiangco said that although he has expressed his reservation on the conduct of the debate, he said that he is confident that the vice president will prove his innocence to the public.

“Wala naman akong worry doon sa debate. Ang sinasabi ko lang, paano ka makikipagadebate doon sa isang tao na hindi nagsasabi ng totoo? Walang pupuntahan ‘yung debate na ‘yun. I am confident na mapapatunayan ni VP [Binay] sa taumbayan na siya ang tama dito,” Tiangco said.

(I am not worried about the debate. All I am saying is how can you debate with a liar? That debate is pointless. I am confident that VP Binay will prove that he is right.)

He added that the public should not even listen to what Trillanes has to say.

“Bakit pa bibigyan ng pagkakataon si Senator Trillanes? Why will you honor what he is saying?” Tiangco added.

(Why will we give Senator Trillanes a chance? Why will you honor what he is saying?)

Trillanes earlier accepted the vice president’s challenge to the one-on-one debate.

FROM PHILSTAR

Fair probe on VP vowed by Cayetano By Cesar Ramirez (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 28, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


CAYETANO

DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines – Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano assured the people over the weekend that the ongoing Senate investigation in connection with alleged corruption involving Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family would be fair.

Cayetano told media here last Sunday after meeting with jeepney drivers and operators that the senators would welcome any representative of the Binays in the Senate investigation.

“Any representative of the Vice President is welcome anytime, it’s just that the one he authorized, Mr. (JV) Bautista, is not speaking for the Vice President but for himself,” Cayetano said, adding that this would not help the investigation any.

He said that since the proceedings were being covered via radio and live streaming, the public would be angered if the panel were rude to the Vice President.

Cayetano said the Vice President has the assurance that he could say whatever he wants in the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearing.

He said that more evidence would come out because everyday in text messages, Facebook and even personal messages, there are sources that claim to know the Binays own the properties mentioned in the Senate hearings.

“If he is not hiding anything, he (Binay) should not hide. If he can answer all these, we will give him all the time,” Cayetano added.

He said that rating well in popularity surveys or being a Vice President does not mean immunity from investigation.

He said everyone from barangay chairman up can be investigated if warranted, not just by the Senate but also by the ombudsman and the Commission on Audit.

He said the investigations would continue as long as the Senate receives new evidence.

Cayetano also said that Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV does not have to debate with the Vice President, “all he has to do is ask the right questions.”

He said that Binay is in no position to claim that he is being persecuted as a representative of the poor by the country’s rich.

Cayetano said that the Vice President is clearly trying to take a page out of former President and now Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada’s book of accusing the country’s elitists of being behind the efforts to oust him from office.

“He’s in a panic mode. Like someone gasping for breath. He’s trying to read all the political books and all the strategies used by other politicians, and applying it to himself, although it doesn’t apply,” Cayetano said.

* In his interviews over the past few weeks, the Vice President has claimed that some of the country’s rich and elitists do not want him to become president in 2016 because he came from the ranks of the poor.

Cayetano said that there is no way that Binay and his family could be considered poor now and he even has the country’s richest people supporting him.

Binay, who served several terms as mayor of Makati City since he was appointed to the post in 1986, was accused of amassing ill-gotten wealth, including a 150-hectare estate in Rosario, Batangas, which he denied owning.

“He’s trying to do an Erap. Whether you believe President Erap’s statement or not, that’s on the record. As for Vice President Binay, he’s known to party officially or unofficially with the richest of the rich of the country,” Cayetano said.

“There is less than five percent who doesn’t know him, or has problems with him. But most have either told him that they will support him or are very close to him for the longest time. That’s why we wonder who is the rich he’s talking about that is against him,’’ he added.

Senator Nancy Binay said that the individuals accusing her family of owning the Batangas estate, which their critics have dubbed “Hacienda Binay,” should look elsewhere because they do not own any hacienda. With Marvin Sy

PHILSTAR OPINION

Erap clears Binay SEARCH FOR TRUTH By Ernesto M. Maceda (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 28, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


 Ernesto M. Maceda

Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada said he believes Vice President Jejomar Binay will overcome his present difficulties and will continue to be the leading candidate for the presidency in 2016.

At the same time, he expressed doubts that Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas is the one who conceptualized the campaign against Binay dubbed as ‘Oplan Stop Nognog in 2016,’ meant to derail his bid for the presidency in 2016.

Mayor Estrada has told close friends he has no intention to run for president in 2016.

Liberal Party (LP) member and Caloocan Rep.Edgar Erice claimed that VP Binay’s camp hatched ‘Oplan Maligno,’ meant to divert the public’s attention from the corruption allegations being hurled at Vice President Binay. They picked the name Oplan Maligno since they expect the disinformation campaign to gain traction before the Halloween.

Erice said the political strategists of Vice President Binay were in panic mode. In desperation, they came up with the counterplot soon after Pulse Asia released its survey showing that the number of Filipinos who would vote for Binay as president dropped from 41% last June to 31% in September.

He added that Binay has also been staging “media events” in the provinces to amplify his accusations against Liberal Party (LP) leaders.

US to pay P87 million

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario announced in a Senate hearing that the United States (US) has agreed to pay P87 million for the widespread damage one of its minesweepers caused at the Tubbataha Reef after it ran aground in the biodiversity-rich area in January 2013.

* Del Rosario said it was an interagency mechanism that determined the amount of compensation the Philippines would demand from the US.

Republic Act 10067, the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act, the country’s prime marine protected area and World Heritage Site, clearly states that any damage to the reef shall subject the responsible person or entity to the payment of administrative fines set by the Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board (TPAMB) based on current valuation standards, as well as the cost of restoration, according to Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on foreign relations.

Senator Chiz Escudero, chair of the Senate committee on environment and natural resources, called on the US government to actively get involved in the restoration of the damaged reef.

The US government said it would pay $1.4 million for the damage caused to the reef.

That’s too small. The US should pay $5 million. We should demand not only for indemnity for damages but also for the restoration costs. Reefs are grown over centuries, the extent of the damage and what it will leave cannot be quantified in any amount.

Not enough policemen

Better late than never, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas ordered National Capital Region Police Office Regional Director Carmelo Valmoria to deploy additional 1,300 policemen to crime-prone areas in Metro Manila, namely Masambong, EDSA, E. Rodriguez, and Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City (QC); Sampaloc and University Belt in Manila; Monumento in Caloocan; Baclaran in Pasay; and Kalentong and Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong.

Certainly, 1,300 is not large enough to cover all the crime-prone areas.

8-point reform areas

The 40th Philippine Business Conference has submitted to President Aquino an 8-point program of priorities the administration should focus in the last 20 months of the Aquino presidency.

Energy and power; education and human resources development; economic integration in Southeast Asia; port congestion; traffic congestion; transportation and infrastructure; agriculture; and rehabilitation in Super Typhoon Yolanda-hit areas in Eastern Visayas are the 8-point reform areas that businessmen urge the government to act on.

The resolution asking for mass government focus on the 8-point reform areas certainly implies that the administration has not effectively solved the problems in the last four years and four months.

The practical reality is that 20 months is not enough time to accomplish the solutions to the 8 major problems.

In addition, we have the serious crime situation compounded by police corruption and criminality in its ranks.

Binay wont’ give up

Congressmen Edgar Erice and Walden Bello have suggested that Vice President Binay should give up his presidential bid and concentrate on defending himself from charges hurled at him at the Senate.

Congressman Toby Tiangco, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president said in reaction: “Never, the Vice President will not turn his back on the poor who are expecting to have a free private school quality education, assurance of free hospitalization and financial allowance for senior citizens. These basic social services should be prioritized while the government is creating a job and livelihood opportunities.”

“The VP is the only one with the proven heart for the poor and the track record. He will go through all this black propaganda in order to fulfill his dreams of uplifting the life of the poor whom he has served since he was a human rights lawyer,” Tiangco added.

Congressman Rodito Albano of Isabela said he did not believe quitting, the presidential race is the best option for the Vice President. He has gone too far already and to quit now is an admission of guilt.

“People will gravitate sooner or later to him, especially the poor. He has a very high performance rating. In the end people will choose a candidate who will make a big difference in their lives,” Albano added.


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