PHNO HEADLINE NEWS EARLY THIS PAST WEEK

DREAMING OF PRESIDENCY, BINAY VOWS TO CONTINUE AQUINO'S ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE   

Vice President Jejomar Binay vowed to continue the government’s anti-corruption drive should he get elected president in 2016. Binay said he agreed with Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II’s statement that the next president should continue the “tuwid na daan” (straight path) that this administration has started. I believe that the good that this government has done should be continued by the next rightful leader. When I became mayor, I continued the good projects of my predecessor—just like the hospital and health services of my constituents. Just because I did not start it doesn’t mean that I will not continue it. I am not the kind of a leader. So I don’t think (Roxas) was alluding to me.) Binay recognized that the administration’s drive against corruption is something that must be pursued by President Aquino’s successor. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Binay campaign donors face tax evasion raps  

Vice President Jejomar Binay’s biggest campaign donors in the 2010 elections were charged with tax evasion before the Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed the criminal complaint against James Tiu and his wife Ann Loraine. “Using the expenditure method of investigation, investigators determined that spouses James and Ann Loraine committed substantial underdeclaration of income as they were able to make the aforementioned expenses and investments without any identifiable source of income. Their income for the subject taxable years combined was in fact considerably short vis-à-vis their expenditures,” the BIR said. Interviewed in Angat, Bulacan, Binay said the tax evasion charges against the Tius are baseless. “You know, we are being investigated by the BIR, we are being investigated by the Ombudsman, it seems that all government agencies are targeting us,” he said. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: NBI confirms file on Mercado partner’s death missing  

Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado MANILA, Philippines - National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Virgilio Mendez confirmed yesterday the loss of files on the mysterious death of former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado’s live-in partner in 2002. In an interview, Mendez said he had checked their records on Raquel Ambrosio’s alleged suicide after it was raised during a Senate hearing last month. “We have conducted a thorough search for the (Ambrosio) case folder, but we couldn’t find it,” he said. However, Mendez said the NBI can reopen the case for reinvestigation following the loss of records. “We are open to a reinvestigation, of course,” he said. “We’re just waiting for a formal request or complaint, if there’s any.” The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) asked yesterday Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to investigate the suspicious disappearance of Ambrosio’s case folder. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: P-Noy won’t run for lower office 

DEC 5 ---After considering and then junking plans for a second term, President Aquino now says he has lost interest in seeking another elective office. Aquino said yesterday that he did not intend to go the way of his two predecessors and run for a position lower than the presidency upon his retirement in 2016. Instead he prefers to laze around and write a book. After serving as president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Joseph Estrada ran and won as Pampanga representative and Manila mayor, respectively. “After 2016, I think foremost on my mind, together with my Cabinet, is to take at least a year’s break and recharge and recover from all the tensions, turmoil, concerns over the past six years. I will try to look for a means to serve in another capacity rather than have an elective office,” Aquino said at the 28th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas party yesterday. READ FULL REPORT...

(ALSO) Blame game backfires: Palace blasted for bungling priorities 

PHOTO: Sereno --Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno has found an ally in the House of Representatives with two opposition lawmakers supporting her position against Malacanang on the issue of the country’s slowing economic growth. Even House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. agreed that there were other factors that explain for the economic slowdown, and not just the SC ruling on the DAP. “Perhaps, (the) effects of world economy and reduced government spending,” Belmonte said. Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate said “it is not only unfair but even criminally anomalous” for the Aquino administration to blame the Supreme Court for its unfavorable decision on the Disbursement Acceleration Program. “The real causes of the economy’s slowdown are its lopsided economic policies and its highly anomalous and unconstitutional acts of sabotaging the congress’ power of the purse,” Zarate, a member of the left-leaning Makabayan Bloc, said. Zarate pointed out Aquino’s “fiscal dictatorship” that is sabotaging the country’s economy. READ FULL REPORT...

(ALSO) Roxas’ loss, Binay’s gain: 48 LP members jump ship 

AT LEAST 48 of the 120-member Liberal Party have so far trooped to Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp to signify their intention to back his presidential bid, in the process defecting and abandoning Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II, the LP’s presumptive standard bearer. The “inevitable exodus” was disclosed during the news conference of the members of the House Independent Minority Bloc on Wednesday. Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza and Abakada Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz said the LP “turncoats” would eventually abandon Roxas because he was trailing in the popularity surveys. “In the recent survey, the voters were polled as to who would they vote for if elections were held today and out of the six presidential candidates, Mar was sixth,” Atienza said without disclosing the outfit that conducted the surveys and who commissioned them.. “Kulelat siya. SI VP Binay pa rin and Number 1 and strongest presidential bet. The LP incumbents said they did not want to place a bet on a losing candidate.”  But LP’s officials denied the exodus to Binay’s camp. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO Opinion: 48 Liberal Party Members Jumping Ship to UNA to Support Vice President Binay Instead of Mar Roxas? 

Are the LP members jumping ship? At least 48 members of of the 120 member Liberal Party have reportedly tropped to Vice President Binay’s camp to convey their desire to back his presidential bid, effectively defecting and abandoning the Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II, the LP’s presumptive standard bearer and Binay’s main opponent during the 2010 elections. This was disclosed during a news conference of the members of the House Independent Minority Bloc yesterday. It is said that the LP turncoats would eventually abandon Roxas because he is considered “unwinnable” and has always trailed in the surveys. In the most recent survey, voters were polled as to who they would vote for if elections were held today and of out of six presidential candidates, Mar Roxas finished last at 6th place. READ FULL BLOG COMMENT...


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Dreaming of presidency, Binay vows to continue Aquino’s anti-corruption drive

MANILA, DECEMBER 8, 2014 (INQUIRER)  Maila Ager @inquirerdotnet - Vice President Jejomar Binay vowed to continue the government’s anti-corruption drive should he get elected president in 2016.

Binay said he agreed with Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II’s statement that the next president should continue the “tuwid na daan” (straight path) that this administration has started.

“’Yun ho ay sang-ayon sa kaniya. Basta’t ako ho, ‘yun hong mga magaganda at tamang ginawa dapat ipagpatuloy s a tamang namamahala ,” the Vice President said in an interview Thursday.

(That is according to him. I believe that the good that this government has done should be continued by the next rightful leader.)

” Ako noong maging mayor po ako , ‘yung mga mabuting ginawa ‘nung aking pinalitan halimbawa ho ‘yung ospital, ‘yung sa kalusugan, pinagpatuloy ko po ‘yun. Hindi porke sa kaniya nagsimula kahit na maganda hindi ko ho ipagpapatuloy. Hindi po ako ‘yung ganoong klase. So, palagay ko hindi ho sa akin pinasasabi ‘yun,” he said.

(When I became mayor, I continued the good projects of my predecessor—just like the hospital and health services of my constituents. Just because I did not start it doesn’t mean that I will not continue it. I am not the kind of a leader. So I don’t think (Roxas) was alluding to me.)

Binay recognized that the administration’s drive against corruption is something that must be pursued by President Aquino’s successor.

“Ang maganda naman ho doon ‘yung paglaban ho sa graft and corruption. Maganda ho ‘yun. Ipagpapatuloy po natin ‘yun at pag-iibayuhin pa ho natin, a t ipapakita nating may resulta,” said the Vice President.

(The great thing about this administration is its fight against graft and corruption. It is a great policy. I will continue it and even improve it by showing its results.)

Binay himself though is being confronted with corruption allegations such as receiving kickbacks when he was still the mayor of Makati City. He has also been accused of using dummies to hide his allegedly unexplained wealth.

But the Vice President has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Binay won against Roxas during the 2010 vice presidential race and the two are again being pitted against each other, this time, for the 2016 presidential race.

Unlike Binay, Roxas has yet to publicly announce his intention to run for president.


FROM PHILSTAR

Binay campaign donors face tax By Zinnia dela Peña (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 5, 2014 - 12:00am 4 239 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar Binay’s biggest campaign donors in the 2010 elections were charged with tax evasion before the Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed the criminal complaint against James Tiu and his wife Ann Loraine.

“Using the expenditure method of investigation, investigators determined that spouses James and Ann Loraine committed substantial underdeclaration of income as they were able to make the aforementioned expenses and investments without any identifiable source of income. Their income for the subject taxable years combined was in fact considerably short vis-à-vis their expenditures,” the BIR said.

Interviewed in Angat, Bulacan, Binay said the tax evasion charges against the Tius are baseless.

“You know, we are being investigated by the BIR, we are being investigated by the Ombudsman, it seems that all government agencies are targeting us,” he said.

James was accused of deliberately failing to provide correct and accurate information in his income tax return for 2010 and 2011 in violation of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997.

Ann Loraine was found to have failed to file her ITR from 2010 to 2012.

The Tius were assessed an aggregate tax deficiency of P39.03 million, inclusive of surcharges and interest.

James is the brother of Antonio Tiu, whom former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado accused of being Binay’s dummy for a vast estate in Rosario town in Batangas.

Records of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) showed that James contributed a total of P7.5 million to Binay’s campaign in 2010.

Another P2.5 million was donated to the PDP-Laban political party in the same year.

Spokesman James Jimenez said yesterday the Comelec does not look into the funding sources of campaign contributors.

“The Comelec does not monitor campaign funding sources… It’s beyond our jurisdiction,” he said.

The Comelec’s responsibility is to check if candidates filed their statements of contributions and expenditures after the elections and if they exceeded their campaign spending limits, Jimenez said.

In 2010, James was found to have made a down payment for a BMW3351 Cabrio in the amount of P5.85 million.

He also sold shares of stocks not traded in the local stock exchange worth P259.5 million and incurred cost and other expenses amounting to P150,000.00.

He paid capital gains tax of P9,511.

Based on his 2010 ITR, James only paid P58,750 in income tax after declaring P4.01 million in total sales and claiming P3.65 million worth of expenses.

A BIR investigation showed that James secured in 2011 a P3.34-million loan from Philippine Business Bank (PBB) and injected P7.5 million in additional capital in publicly listed Greenergy Holdings Inc., where he served as principal financial officer and treasurer from Nov. 9, 2010 to April 29, 2013.

During the same year, he paid only P43.5 million in income tax.

Ann Loraine’s total contribution to Binay’s candidacy amounted to P7.5 million in 2010.

She also contributed P2.5 million to PDP-Laban.

She was found to have divested P172,000 worth of shares and made additional investment in Greenenergy in the amount of P7.5 million. – With Sheila Crisostomo, Helen Flores


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NBI confirms file on Mercado partner’s death missing (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 5, 2014 - 12:00am 11 1596 googleplus0 1

Former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado MANILA, Philippines - National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Virgilio Mendez confirmed yesterday the loss of files on the mysterious death of former Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado’s live-in partner in 2002.

In an interview, Mendez said he had checked their records on Raquel Ambrosio’s alleged suicide after it was raised during a Senate hearing last month.

“We have conducted a thorough search for the (Ambrosio) case folder, but we couldn’t find it,” he said.

However, Mendez said the NBI can reopen the case for reinvestigation following the loss of records.

“We are open to a reinvestigation, of course,” he said. “We’re just waiting for a formal request or complaint, if there’s any.”

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) asked yesterday Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to investigate the suspicious disappearance of Ambrosio’s case folder.

De Lima made no response when asked about the missing folder.

UNA interim secretary general JV Bautista said the folder’s disappearance raises serious concerns on the integrity of the NBI’s procedure in keeping case folders of other high-profile and sensitive cases.

“It is extremely disappointing to learn from media reports that the case folder for such a sensitive and high-profile case is missing,” he said.

“This is the NBI we are talking about. Case folders just don’t disappear. If this could happen in the case of Mercado, then we are concerned about the folders of other sensitive cases being handled by the agency, among them the Napoles case and the probe into the PDAF irregularities involving the same senators who are crucifying the Vice President.”

Bautista said Mercado, “ the main attack dog” in the Senate “inquisition” of Binay, has been placed under the Witness Protection Program (WPP).

“Unless a satisfactory answer is given, one cannot help but conclude that the convenient disappearance of his case folder is part of the deal he cut with the Senate and DOJ,” he said.

The NBI is willing to reopen and reinvestigate the death of Ambrosio, but that Director Mendez has found that the case folder has gone missing, Bautista said. – Edu Punay, Helen Flores


FROM PHILSTAR

P-Noy won’t run for lower office (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 6, 2014 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0


PNoy

MANILA, Philippines - After considering and then junking plans for a second term, President Aquino now says he has lost interest in seeking another elective office.

Aquino said yesterday that he did not intend to go the way of his two predecessors and run for a position lower than the presidency upon his retirement in 2016.

Instead he prefers to laze around and write a book.

After serving as president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Joseph Estrada ran and won as Pampanga representative and Manila mayor, respectively.

“After 2016, I think foremost on my mind, together with my Cabinet, is to take at least a year’s break and recharge and recover from all the tensions, turmoil, concerns over the past six years. I will try to look for a means to serve in another capacity rather than have an elective office,” Aquino said at the 28th Annual Bulong Pulungan Christmas party yesterday.

Asked if he would be part of a constructive opposition with the entry of a new administration, the President said there were “many roles that can be done not just in politics.”

“Perhaps, I owe it to those closest to me, especially my sisters and even some of my staff who have been with me since Congress, they are all looking forward to some time off,” he said.

Aquino said after a new president will be sworn in, he would go back to his residence on Times street, Quezon City and would relish the time he would be “staying in my own bed in my own house.”

He admitted he was looking forward “to the following day when I don’t have to wake up too early.”

“And perhaps visit the neighborhood charms like the supermarket and the fast food joints all around,” Aquino said.

“People from our political persuasion seem to note that there is – how should I put it – a dearth of institutionalizing the lessons that have been learned. Maybe one of my dreams is to write a book to share the experiences. But more importantly, we would really want to interact with the youth and help shape the next generation so that we don’t repeat the same mistakes,” Aquino said.


FROM THE MANILA STANDARD

Blame game backfires: Palace blasted for bungling priorities  By Maricel Cruz | Nov. 30, 2014 at 12:01am


Sereno

Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno has found an ally in the House of Representatives with two opposition lawmakers supporting her position against Malacanang on the issue of the country’s slowing economic growth.

Even House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. agreed that there were other factors that explain for the economic slowdown, and not just the SC ruling on the DAP.

“Perhaps, (the) effects of world economy and reduced government spending,” Belmonte said.

Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate said “it is not only unfair but even criminally anomalous” for the Aquino administration to blame the Supreme Court for its unfavorable decision on the Disbursement Acceleration Program.

“The real causes of the economy’s slowdown are its lopsided economic policies and its highly anomalous and unconstitutional acts of sabotaging the congress’ power of the purse,” Zarate, a member of the left-leaning Makabayan Bloc, said.

Zarate pointed out Aquino’s “fiscal dictatorship” that is sabotaging the country’s economy.

“Now it can be told that it is unadulterated lie when the Aquino administration earlier claimed that DAP was successful in stimulating our laggard economy and it was stopped as it already served its purpose. Pure lies,” Zarate said.

Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, member of the House Independent Bloc, echoed Sereno’s message to the Palace not to blame the High Court decision declaring the acts and practices under the DAP unconstitutional for the economy’s lackluster performance in the third quarter.

Sereno was one of the 13 SC justices who voted to strike down as unconstitutional salient provisions in the controversial DAP.

The SC justices ruled that the acts and practices under the DAP violated the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers as well as the provision prohibiting the inter-branch transfer of appropriations.

“I agree with the Chief Justice. It is unfair and utterly ridiculous to blame the SC ruling on DAP for the slow down,” de la Cruz, member of the Bloc of Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, said.

“It is the administration’s skewed priorities and bungling which is causing the problem. It must be emphasized that even without the DAP ruling, their utilization of budgeted funds has been slow and uneven up to now the average,” de la Cruz said.

Sereno ealier defended the high court ruling on the DAP, which the Executive branch on Thursday claimed resulted in slower government spending that resulted in a lower growth of the gross domestic product.

But a Palace ally, Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao said the weak economy during the third quarter of this year was due to the SC decision on the DAP.

Public works spending declined by a whopping six percent last quarter. That is obviously because of the SC decision in the DAP cases to stop govt spending,” Aggabao, a House deputy speaker, said.

“The SC was forewarned by the government that its decision would impact on the national economy. Now, it should carry part of the blame for a slowing economy,” Aggabao added.

The Philippine Statistics Authority said economic growth in the third quarter unexpectedly slowed to 5.3 percent compared to 6.4 percent in the previous quarter, the weakest pace since 2011 as government spending fell, diluting the gains from private consumption and industrial production.

The figure was lower than the 7-percent expansion in the same quarter last year and below all the estimates of 24 economists in a Bloomberg survey.

Sereno rejected the Palace’s insinuation that the slower growth in the third quarter could be partly attributed to the new “spending protocols” arising from the declaration that the DAP is unconstitutional.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed a 2.6-percent decline in public spending from a year earlier.

However, Sereno said the Supreme Court’s decision on DAP had nothing to do with the GDP growth rate.

In its ruling on the DAP, the high court specifically declared as illegal the withdrawal of unobligated allotments from implementing agencies and their use as savings before the end of a fiscal year.

The Court also declared as unconstitutional the cross-border transfers of savings of the Executive to augment the funds of agencies outside the department, as well as the funding of projects and programs not covered in the General Appropriations Act.

The tribunal also voided the use of unprogrammed funds despite the absence of a certification by the national treasurer that the revenue collections exceeded the revenue targets.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad had earlier said that the high court’s ruling on the DAP may have sent a chilling effect across the bureaucracy’s expenditure practices and thus resulting in cautious government spending.

Public construction in the third quarter contracted from a double-digit growth of 19.1 percent to -6.2 percent due to the lags in the submission of documentary requirements for spending by government agencies. The agriculture sector also held down the economy when farm output dropped by 2.7 percent.

Growth in the third quarter was driven by manufacturing, trade, real estate, renting and business activities and construction.

The slowdown in the sub-sectors such as financial intermediation and contractions in agriculture and public administration “tempered the pace of growth.”

Despite the slower growth, Balicasan said the Philippines was still among the fastest-growing economies in the region. The Philippines aims to increase its GDP by 8.5 percent when President Aquino’s term ends in 2016.


FROM THE MANILA STANDARD

Roxas’ loss, Binay’s gain: 48 LP members jump ship  By Christine F. Herrera | Dec. 04, 2014 at 12:01am

AT LEAST 48 of the 120-member Liberal Party have so far trooped to Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp to signify their intention to back his presidential bid, in the process defecting and abandoning Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II, the LP’s presumptive standard bearer.

The “inevitable exodus” was disclosed during the news conference of the members of the House Independent Minority Bloc on Wednesday.

Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza and Abakada Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz said the LP “turncoats” would eventually abandon Roxas because he was trailing in the popularity surveys.

“In the recent survey, the voters were polled as to who would they vote for if elections were held today and out of the six presidential candidates, Mar was sixth,” Atienza said without disclosing the outfit that conducted the surveys and who commissioned them..

“Kulelat siya. SI VP Binay pa rin and Number 1 and strongest presidential bet. The LP incumbents said they did not want to place a bet on a losing candidate.”

But LP’s officials denied the exodus to Binay’s camp.

LP spokesman Ben Evardone, LP vice president for the Visayan block Jerry Trenas and LP secretary-general Mel Senen Sarmiento separately denied the exodus and affirmed their “all-out support” for Roxas.

“The LP is solidly behind Roxas and no one is abandoning ship because the LP, just like in the 2010 presidential polls, will again seize the presidency,” Sarmiento said.

Atienza and Dela Cruz said the LP lawmakers had been secretly meeting with Binay and his camp was making sure they would be in the good graces of who they considered “most probably the next President.”

Atienza, the most often companion of Binay in his provincial sorties, declined to name names but described the LP turncoats as “the same ones who also jumped ship from the Lakas-CMD when they felt then LP presidential candidate Senator Benigno Aquino III was winning the presidential race.”

Dela Cruz said the running joke in the House about the LP turncoats was that they were now described as “LP—Lakas Pala,” owing to their being in their old party before jumping ship to the LP.

United Nationalist Alliance interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco confirmed the ongoing talks but claimed the turncoats were not as many as Atienza and Dela Cruz had projected.

“The LP incumbents are just being practical,” Tiangco said.

“But we don’t expect them to jump ship this early because now is the time that Mar Roxas would need them considering that he was tailing the surveys.”

Tiangco said the LP members would not openly defect just yet because Roxas would woo them by granting them more projects.

“We know for a fact that the national budget was tailor-fitted for Roxas’ presidential campaign, and the Liberals would be showered with projects,” Tiangco said.

In the P22.46-billion supplemental budget alone, Tiangco said, Roxas’ department was allocated P3.03 billion that was broken down into P199.16 million for the procurement of 33 fire trucks for the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and P2.83 billion for the operational transformation plan for the Philippine National Police.

But Tiangco said as was the practice in the previous elections, these LP members would inevitably jump ship and join UNA to back Binay.

He said the LP members who wanted to join UNA left word that they would maintain an “open line of communications.”

“These Liberals who would eventually join VP Binay’s camp are only making sure that they would win their reelection bid because the first thing that they asked us as concession for defecting was to make them our official candidates,” Tiangco said.

He said UNA understood why the LP would-be-defectors wanted to remain with the party for now.


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48 Liberal Party Members Jumping Ship to UNA to Support Vice President Binay Instead of Mar Roxas?


Are LP lawmakers jumping ship to support VP Binay?

Are the LP members jumping ship?

At least 48 members of of the 120 member Liberal Party have reportedly tropped to Vice President Binay’s camp to convey their desire to back his presidential bid, effectively defecting and abandoning the Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II, the LP’s presumptive standard bearer and Binay’s main opponent during the 2010 elections.

This was disclosed during a news conference of the members of the House Independent Minority Bloc yesterday.

It is said that the LP turncoats would eventually abandon Roxas because he is considered “unwinnable” and has always trailed in the surveys.

In the most recent survey, voters were polled as to who they would vote for if elections were held today and of out of six presidential candidates, Mar Roxas finished last at 6th place.

According to Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza, “Kulelat siya. Si VP Binay pa rin ang number 1 and strongest presidential bet. The LP incumbents said they did not want to bet on a losing candidate.”

LP Officials Deny Exodus to Binay’s Camp

Three officials of the Liberal Party has denied the exodus and has expressed their all-out support for Roxas. LP spokesman Ben Evardone, LP vice president for the visayan block Jerry Trenas and LP secretary general Mel Senen Sarmiento separately voice out their stand to back up Mar Roxas.

“The LP is solidly behind Roxas and no one is abandoning ship because the LP, just like in the 2010 presidential polls, will again seize the presidency,” Sarmiento said.

Professional Turncoats

Atienza said the LP lawmakers had been secretly meeting with Binay to make sure that they were in the good graces of who they thought as “most probably the next president”

Atienza, who is the often companion of VP Binay in his provincial sorties declined to name any of the LP lawmakers but said “they are the same one who also jumped ship from the Lakas-CMD when the LP presidential candidate Senator Benigno Aquino III was winning the presidential race”.

United Nationalist Alliance interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco confirmed that there was indeed talks but claimed that they are not as many as Atienza had projected.

“They are just being practical”.

National Budget Designed for Mar Roxas to Gain Support

According to Tiangco, they don’t expect the LP lawmakers to jump ship as early as now because Mar Roxas will give them projects. He said that the national budget was tailor-fitted for the Presidential campaign of Roxas and the LP members will be showered with projects.

Mar Roxas department has a P3.03 billion allocation in just passed national budget.

But Tiangco said, as was the practice in the previous elections, these LP members will inevitably jump ship and join UNA to back the presidential bid of Vice President Binay.


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