PHNO HEADLINE NEWS EARLY THIS PAST WEEK

GRACE POE SURGES IN NEWEST SURVEY
Binay retains lead but sheds 5 points, Pulse Asia says  

DEC 20 ---SENATOR Grace Poe-Llamanzares surged in the latest presidential preference survey of pollster Pulse Asia, jumping eight percentage points from 10 percent to 18 percent behind Vice President Jejomar Binay who slipped five points but remained the top presidential favorite. The survey of 1,200 Filipino voters that was conducted Nov. 14-20 showed the 46-year-old Poe, daughter of the late movie star Fernando Poe Jr, posting substantial increases in Metro Manila, Luzon and Mindanao and a statistically-negligible one point drop in the Visayas. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Roxas-Poe tandem will stop Mar’s skid, says LP 

DEC 20 --The ruling Liberal Party (LP) is eyeing to field Interior and Local government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd as its candidate for President in the 2016 elections and Sen. Grace Poe as its bet for Vice President. Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento of Western Samar, also LP secretary-general, made the announcement on Friday, noting that a good number of LP members are in favor of a Roxas-Poe team-up. “Proposals of LP members for a Mar Roxas-Grace Poe tandem would be definitely considered. Senator Poe would be a perfect choice as Secretary Roxas’ running mate because they share the same to serve our people and both are unblemished from corruption. READ FULL REPORT,,,

ALSO: LP, UNA in tug-of-war over Grace Poe

DEC 20 ---The ruling Liberal Party (LP) and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) are in a tug-of-war over Sen. Grace Poe to be their vice presidential candidate for the 2016 elections. LP secretary general and Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento said the party is strongly considering proposals from its members for a tandem of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Poe. Poe has been surging in the surveys for the 2016 presidential and vice presidential elections. On the other hand, Roxas’ ratings in the latest Pulse Asia presidential poll declined to six percent in November from 13 percent in September compared to Vice President Jejomar Binay – his closest rival so far – at 26 percent. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: De Lima given task of cleaning up Nationl Bilibid Prison

The task of cleaning up the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) is for Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to carry out, Malacañang said yesterday. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said President Aquino has instructed De Lima to lead the cleanup of the NBP even if she had expressed openness to assuming the chairmanship of the Commission on Elections. “There is an ongoing assessment of what measures should be taken by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). READ FULL REPORT...

Aquino yet to appoint new DOH head, Ona replacement  

PHOTO: HEALTH SECRETARY ONA: Malacañang on Saturday said President Benigno Aquino III has yet to appoint a new head for the Department of Health (DOH) after Secretary Enrique Ona resigned. “The President has not yet decided on who to appoint (as) the successor to Secretary Ike Ona,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during a press briefing. Lacierda said Undersecretary Janette Garin will remain acting secretary in the meantime. On Friday, Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. announced that the President accepted Ona’s resignation. He did not mention why the official decided to resign though he was earlier made to explain his decision to purchase P800-million worth of pneumococcal vaccine 10 (PCV 10). READ FULLL REPORT...

President OKs Ona’s quitting post but no reasons cited

President Benigno Aquino III has accepted the resignation of Health Secretary Enrique Ona more than a month after he was asked to go on leave to explain an allegedly questionable purchase of antipneumonia vaccines. The Palace announcement did not state why the President had accepted Ona’s resignation, nor did it cite the reasons that the health official gave for quitting his post. There was also no information on whether Mr. Aquino had completed his review of Ona’s explanation behind the approval of the purchase of P800 million worth of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) 10 instead of the supposedly more cost-efficient PCV 13. Malacañang did not say who would be replacing Ona. READ FULL REPORT...

(ALSO Commentary) Mar Roxas: Capable but not Winnable in 2016?

Binay, the leader in early voter-preference polls, is hounded by allegations of corruption, with the Senate investigating charges of questionable contracts he entered into for the Makati government when he was mayor of the city.Political analysts have said it is not unlikely that Roxas will again lose to Binay in 2016. Filipinos must realize that we need two consecutive good Presidents in order to take off. Yet now that the Philippines is cleaning up its act and open for business, a critical question must be asked: Now what? Where does Aquino go from here? The trouble is, Aquino can't run for re-election in 2016. READ FULL STORY...


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Grace Poe surges in newest survey; Binay retains lead but sheds 5 points, Pulse Asia says


POE

MANILA, DECEMBER 22, 2014 (MANILA STANDARD) SENATOR Grace Poe-Llamanzares surged in the latest presidential preference survey of pollster Pulse Asia, jumping eight percentage points from 10 percent to 18 percent behind Vice President Jejomar Binay who slipped five points but remained the top presidential favorite.

The survey of 1,200 Filipino voters that was conducted Nov. 14-20 showed the 46-year-old Poe, daughter of the late movie star Fernando Poe Jr, posting substantial increases in Metro Manila, Luzon and Mindanao and a statistically-negligible one point drop in the Visayas.

Compared to the last Pulse Asia survey in September, the November poll showed Poe gaining nine points from her 10 percent in Metro Manila and 11 points in the rest of Luzon from 9 percent.

In Mindanao, she also jumped from 8 percent to 19 percent, but lost one point from 14 percent to 13 percent in the Visayas, home region of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the presumptive presidential candidate of the ruling Liberal Party.

Poe’s media officer Judith Sto. Domingo said the senator was unavailable for comment, although sources in the senator’s camp said she was aware of the survey but did not want to comment until Pulse Asia officially releases the results today.

According to Pulse Asia, Poe posted double-digit ratings across the board: 17 points among the ABC, 20 points among the D, and 15 points among the E. In the September survey, she managed 9 points among the ABC classes, 12 points among the D, and 6 points among the E.

Significantly, Poe is in a tie with Binay among the ABC, and is within striking distance in Luzon.

While Binay remained the top presidential favorite in the survey with 26 percent of respondents, that was a decrease of five points from 31 percent in September.

“[But] the 5 percent decline in marginal, according to Pulse Asia,” said Binay’s spokesman Joselito Salgado.

Salgado said the survey in fact “was welcome news because the survey was taken at a time when the VP’s detractors were aggressively throwing mud against him in the Senate and in media.”

“For us, it means that the people have seen through the motives of the senators who style themselves as presidentiables. The people have seen the absence of substance behind the posturing and drama,” he added.

The survey showed that Binay suffered his biggest drop in Luzon where his 32 percent preference rating in September dropped to 22 percent in the latest survey.

The vice president lost 4 points in Metro Manila and 3 points in Mindanao, but gained a negligible one point the Visayas, where he has recently had a number of speaking engagements.

“[But] if the May 2016 elections were held during the survey period, 26 percent of Filipinos would elect Vice President Jejomar C. Binay as their next president,” Pulse Asia said in a statement.

“Across geographic areas and socio-economic classes, Vice President Binay is the leading presidential candidate in the Visayas (28 percent) and the poorest Class E (30 percent),” the pollster added.

Almost the same voter preferences are obtained by Binay and Poe in Metro Manila (29 percent vs 19 percent), Mindanao (30 percent vs 19 percent) and Class D (26 percent vs 20 percent)

Aside from Poe, other supposed candidates placing behind Binay were Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago (12 percent), former President Joseph Estrada (10 percent) and Senator Francis Escudero (7 percent).

Also notable in the survey was the showing of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who lost seven points from 13 percent to 6 percent, worse than Binay’s five-point slip.

Pulse Asia said the survey had an error margin of ±3 points and listed 14 names for respondents to choose from while the September survey had 15 candidates in the list.

Other supposed candidates on the list were Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr (4 percent), Alan Peter Cayetano (3 percent), former Senator Panfilo Lacson (2 percent), Senate President Franklin Drilon (2 percent), Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr (1 percent), former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro (1 percent), former senator Richard Gordon (1 percent) and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte (0.4 percent).

During the time of the survey, Pulse Asia said Binay had just withdrawn from a scheduled debate with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and had just been battered with allegations of corruption by his former vice mayor Ernesto Mercado.


FROM THE MANILA TIMES

Roxas-Poe tandem will stop Mar’s skid, says LP December 19, 2014 11:13 pm
by Llanesca T. Panti, Reporter


PHOTO CREDIT, THE RANKING

The ruling Liberal Party (LP) is eyeing to field Interior and Local government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd as its candidate for President in the 2016 elections and Sen. Grace Poe as its bet for Vice President.

Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento of Western Samar, also LP secretary-general, made the announcement on Friday, noting that a good number of LP members are in favor of a Roxas-Poe team-up.

“Proposals of LP members for a Mar Roxas-Grace Poe tandem would be definitely considered. Senator Poe would be a perfect choice as Secretary Roxas’ running mate because they share the same to serve our people and both are unblemished from corruption. This is a combination of leadership, experience and expertise in governance with mass appeal, honesty and idealism,” Sarmiento said in a statement.

While Roxas logged at sixth place with a mere six percent of voters pulling for him in a recent Pulse Asia survey, Poe topped the vice presidential bet survey with 33 percent, followed by seasoned colleagues Sen. Francis Escudero (20 percent) and Allan Peter Cayetano (13 percent).

“They [Roxas and Poe] can complement each other,” Sarmiento said in the statement. Sec. Roxas has a proven track record as a public servant but he seems to lack the mass appeal of Senator Poe. With Senator Poe as partner, Sec. Roxas can effectively reverse the false perception about him as a result of relentless political mudslinging,” the LP secretary-general pointed out.

“Senator Poe, on the other hand, won’t have to worry about the huge logistical requirement and the far-reaching political machinery needed to run a national political campaign since the LP and Sec. Roxas have a political machinery that extends even to the smallest barangay (village),” Sarmiento said.

Getting Poe to board the administration wagon, according to him, is a logical move, considering that the senator is supportive of the reforms and programs initiated by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
A member of the majority bloc in the Senate, Poe is not a member of any political party.

Also, Sarmiento said, a successful run for the vice presidency by Poe would put her in a good position to seek the presidency by 2022.

The LP secretary-general, however, clarified that Roxas remains the sentimental choice of the LP members as the ruling party’s standard-bearer even if Poe is way ahead of Roxas in the opinion polls for the presidency with 18-percent share.

Poe only trails Vice President Jejomar Binay’s 26 percent.

Sarmiento said it could not be denied that Roxas works real hard to serve the nation and has always excelled in all his endeavors long before he became a favorite target of demolition attacks by political foes.

“He had been a congressman, a senator and a member of the Cabinet in different capacities and has excelled in all these positions. He is one of President’s Aquino’s most reliable troubleshooters in nearly all aspects of governance because he is an outstanding problem solver,” he added.

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales of Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila), also an LP member, earlier appealed to the public to refrain from dismissing Roxas’ performance as mere propaganda just because Roxas was born rich.

The Interior secretary is a son of late Senator Gerry Roxas and Judy Araneta of the old rich Araneta clan. Roxas’ grandfather is late President Manuel Roxas.

“I would say he [Roxas] has failed to get his message across so far. The problem is whenever people see him helping in managing traffic, carrying the confiscated rice or driving a motorcycle, he’ll be perceived as trying hard [to be someone who wants to help the poor]. It is not his fault that he was born rich,” Gonzales said in an earlier news conference.

The most recent incident was the flak that Roxas drew for not wearing a helmet when he was pictured falling off a motorcycle in Dolores, Eastern Samar, where Typhoon Ruby made landfall.

He led the government’s rescue and aid operations during the typhoon.

“Iyong galing lang ba sa mahirap ang may karapatan na gumawa ng maganda? Eh ano kung mayaman siya? Puede rin naman niyang gustuhin na maiangat ang antas ng buhay ng mahihirap [Is it only those who were once poor who can help the poor? So what if he is rich? He can also seek to improve the lives of the poor],” Gonzales said.


FROM PHILSTAR

LP, UNA in tug-of-war over Grace Poe By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 20, 2014 - 12:00am 2 300 googleplus0 1


UNA's BINAY-POE-LP's ROXAS

MANILA, Philippines - The ruling Liberal Party (LP) and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) are in a tug-of-war over Sen. Grace Poe to be their vice presidential candidate for the 2016 elections.

LP secretary general and Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento said the party is strongly considering proposals from its members for a tandem of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Poe.

Poe has been surging in the surveys for the 2016 presidential and vice presidential elections.

On the other hand, Roxas’ ratings in the latest Pulse Asia presidential poll declined to six percent in November from 13 percent in September compared to Vice President Jejomar Binay – his closest rival so far – at 26 percent.

Poe got 18 percent from 10 percent in the same Pulse Asia survey.

Sarmiento said the proposed tandem of Roxas and Poe “combines leadership, experience and expertise in governance with mass appeal, honesty and idealism.”

“A Roxas-Poe team in 2016 is really worth considering. They can complement each other in terms of their strengths and weaknesses. Sec. Roxas has deep experience in governance and has a proven track record as a public servant but he seems to lack the ‘masa’ appeal of Sen. Poe,” Sarmiento said.

“Sec. Roxas will be very effective in managing the nation and in pursuing the reforms and programs that were started by President Aquino, while Sen. Poe can be the rallying figure for our people to unite and work together in building our nation,” he said.

Sarmiento said the LP would definitely consider forging coalitions with other political parties and independent personalities, “especially those that are already in the majority coalition that are known to share the party’s ideals and principles and are committed in pursuing the reforms and programs initiated by President Aquino.”

He said Roxas worked hard to serve the nation and performed well long before he became a target of demolition attacks by political foes.

Sarmiento said Roxas remains the sentimental choice for most LP members as their presidential standard bearer because of their personal knowledge of his sacrifices and accomplishments as Aquino’s “troubleshooter.”

Sarmiento said Roxas would be more effective in reversing the negative perceptions about him while Poe, on the other hand, will not have to worry about the huge logistical requirement and the far-reaching political machinery that is needed to run a national political campaign.

“An opportunity to serve as vice president can also provide Sen. Poe the needed training to prepare her to run for president in 2022,” he said.

Sarmiento said the LP has a political machinery that extends to the smallest barangay and the expertise to run a nation.

He said most LP members would accept Poe since she won under the administration coalition and has remained with it.

“Like Sec. Roxas, she shares the vision and the principles of President Aquino and the Liberal Party. They both share the same passion to serve our people and both are unblemished from corruption. Sen. Poe has the charisma and the idealism to inspire unity among our people,” he added.

However, Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, a prospective UNA senatorial candidate, said a Binay-Poe tandem is a combination of “unbeatable track record and genuine empathy for the poor.” – With Jess Diaz


FROM PHILSTAR

De Lima given task of cleaning up NBP By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 21, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - The task of cleaning up the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) is for Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to carry out, Malacañang said yesterday.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said President Aquino has instructed De Lima to lead the cleanup of the NBP even if she had expressed openness to assuming the chairmanship of the Commission on Elections.

“There is an ongoing assessment of what measures should be taken by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). So we defer to Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima as to the reform measures she intends to do and the President’s directive is that this thing should never be allowed to happen again, and this contraband and all these luxury amenities that these people should not be enjoying should not be there in the first place,” Lacierda said.

Last week, De Lima – with police and operatives from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) – made a surprise visit to the NBP where she discovered special air-conditioned cells for 19 convicted drug lords and heads of robbery syndicates which yielded automatic weapons, illegal drugs and cash amounting to around P2 million.

The cells were also found to have luxurious amenities like jacuzzis and a home theater system.

While three NBP officials have lost their jobs as a result of the discovery, BuCor director Franklin Bucayo has kept his. The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered an investigation of BuCor officials, including Bucayu.

De Lima said their investigation into the irregularity continues as more hidden rooms, appliances, contraband and even sex toys were discovered Friday.

Spiritual break

As the controversy over the VIP treatment of convicted drug lords at the NBP simmers, Manila Archbishop Antonio Cardinal Tagle celebrated his yearly mass at the maximum security penitentiary yesterday.

A prisoner presented to Tagle an image of a smiling Pope Francis drawn using wood burning art (pyrography), and asked the prelate to give it to the pope. The NBP is not in Francis’ itinerary in his visit to the Philippines next month.

“It was the image of a smiling Pope Francis, a wood burning art. Cardinal Tagle was asked to hand it over to Pope Francis when he visits the country this January to please the prisoners. The artwork was very good, it resembled Pope Francis,” Fr. Anton Pascual, executive director of Caritas Manila, said.

Tagle reportedly promised the inmates that their gift would reach the pope. “The cardinal will try to hand it over to the pope this January and take a picture, that is the request of the NBP inmates,” Pascual added.

Pascual said that visiting the prisoners at the NBP during Christmas time has been a yearly tradition for Tagle.

He clarified that Tagle’s visit had nothing to do with the recent raids on VIP cells launched by the police and the NBI.

In his homily, the archbishop told inmates that even if they were going through difficult times, they should keep their faith in God.

“They should not lose hope that they can still change. Even if they committed a sin, they could still change. They should show that they could change with the help of God,” Pascual said, recalling the cardinal’s homily.

Tagle arrived at the NBP at 9 a.m. After the hour-long mass at the chapel, he distributed certificates to some 50 inmates who took part in the Caritas Manila-Restorative Justice Ministry’s program wherein the participants were taught values formation, legal rights and short livelihood courses like wood burning art and reflexology. He left the compound after lunch.

No final word

Meanwhile, Lacierda also said there were no official discussions yet on whether De Lima or Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino is being groomed as possible replacement for retiring Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr.

“We cannot confirm that. There is no discussion yet as to who is going to be recommended as the next Comelec chair because that will still pass through...a confirmation process,” he said. “The President has not made any decision. The President has not informed us...of his choice.”

The STAR cited Comelec sources as saying Tolentino was being considered by Malacañang to replace Brillantes, who would retire in February 2015 together with Commissioners Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph.

Also being eyed as Comelec chief, sources said, was De Lima. Sources said De Lima was being considered for the post because of her being an election lawyer before joining the government. Tolentino, meanwhile, specialized in public international law.

“The Palace is aware of the oncoming vacancies in some important positions,” Lacierda said.

He also said the Palace would help Comelec ensure peaceful and orderly elections, particularly in disseminating information so that voters would register and avoid getting disenfranchised.

“If we can help without violating any principles of independence from the Comelec, why not? But that will depend also on the specific assistance they will ask,” he said. “We just want to make sure that our help will not be interpreted as the executive branch having other intentions. If it’s something that we can help spread or disseminate the information for the need to register new voters, and it will not violate or it will not impinge on any requirements on independence on the Comelec, we can work something out.” – With Evelyn Macairan


FROM THE INQUIRER

Aquino yet to appoint new DOH head, Ona replacement Kristine Angeli Sabillo
@KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net 12:27 PM | Saturday, December 20th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Saturday said President Benigno Aquino III has yet to appoint a new head for the Department of Health (DOH) after Secretary Enrique Ona resigned.

“The President has not yet decided on who to appoint (as) the successor to Secretary Ike Ona,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during a press briefing.

Lacierda said Undersecretary Janette Garin will remain acting secretary in the meantime.

On Friday, Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. announced that the President accepted Ona’s resignation. He did not mention why the official decided to resign though he was earlier made to explain his decision to purchase P800-million worth of pneumococcal vaccine 10 (PCV 10).

Lacierda said they still do not have information on why Ona resigned and why Aquino accepted it.

“What we were told and as mentioned by Secretary (Sonny) Coloma yesterday is that the Executive Secretary informed Secretary Ike Ona of the President’s acceptance of his resignation. Other than that statement, we have no information anymore,” he explained.

More than a month ago, reports said Ona went on leave because of health reasons. However, it was later revealed that he asked for an opportunity to explain his side on the issue.

Lacierda said Aquino is still assessing Ona’s report on the transaction, which the National Bureau of Investigation is already looking into.

“The President is still assessing the report. As (the President) mentioned also in Busan, there are other areas that we are looking into,” he said.

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima earlier said that while the PCV 10 was cheaper, the PCV 13 was the one recommended by the World Health Organization. Ona denied the claim and said that there was no anomaly in the purchase of the vaccines.

Lacierda assured the public that the DOH will continue its ongoing projects with Garin overseeing the operations.


FROM THE INQUIRER

President OKs Ona’s quitting post but no reasons cited Nikko Dizon and Jocelyn R. Uy @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 6:22 AM | Saturday, December 20th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III has accepted the resignation of Health Secretary Enrique Ona more than a month after he was asked to go on leave to explain an allegedly questionable purchase of antipneumonia vaccines.

The Palace announcement did not state why the President had accepted Ona’s resignation, nor did it cite the reasons that the health official gave for quitting his post.

There was also no information on whether Mr. Aquino had completed his review of Ona’s explanation behind the approval of the purchase of P800 million worth of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) 10 instead of the supposedly more cost-efficient PCV 13.

Malacañang did not say who would be replacing Ona. Since his leave in October, Health Undersecretary Janette Garin, a former Iloilo representative from the President’s Liberal Party, has been designated acting secretary and has been occupying Ona’s office.

President Aquino had ealier asked Ona to go on a monthlong leave to put together an explanation for the allegedly questionable government transaction involving the vaccines.

‘Happy’

But a source close to the former health chief said Ona was already anticipating the President’s decision to accept his resignation and was “happy” about it, “because now he can defend himself openly,” he said.

On Monday, Ona asked his staff at the Department of Health (DOH) to pack his belongings and have them delivered to his residence. On the same day, he went to Malacañang to submit his resignation letter.

“Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. informed Health Secretary Enrique Ona that the President has accepted his resignation effective today,” read the note that Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. e-mailed to the media on Friday afternoon.

The source said Mr. Aquino was not around to personally accept the letter, so Ona left it with a staff member at the Office of the President.

In his resignation letter, Ona said it was time for him to move on so he could spend more time with his family.

“I have now reached an age that compels me to go on in life that will allow me to spend more time with my family and take a less demanding task,” the 75-year-old surgeon wrote. “It is, therefore, in this regard that I tender my resignation from my position as secretary of the [DOH].”

Ona’s letter also mentioned his major contributions as health chief, which included the passage of two landmark legislations: the reproductive health bill and sin tax law.

“It has been a great honor, a privilege and a humbling experience to have served as your secretary of (health) for more than four years,” wrote Ona.

Lasting effect

“It was because of your vision and unrelenting support that two landmark legislations on health… were passed that will have a profound and lasting effect in the health care of our people,” the health official said in his letter.

Universal health care was also achieved, with coverage for almost 100 percent of poor Filipino households, Ona wrote.

“This initial achievement will define the health direction of your administration for the years to come,” he wrote President Aquino, adding that the DOH was continuing to address human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome as well as tuberculosis cases in the country. It was also tackling other emerging diseases, such as the dreaded Ebola virus and the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.

In his explanation to the President about the vaccines, Ona maintained that his decision to approve the purchase of PCV 10 instead of PCV 13 was the “best judgment” to “optimize limited government resources.”

He said PCV 10 costs $1 less per dose compared to PCV 13, and thus saved the government at least P231.7 million.

No complaint from WHO

President Aquino earlier directed the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the alleged irregularities in the procurement of the vaccines, following a complaint allegedly filed directly in the Office of the President by the National Center for Pharmaceutical Access and Management and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO, however, denied it had filed a complaint against Ona.

The antipneumonia vaccination initially targeted 700,000 children under 1-year-old belonging to the poorest households listed in the government’s National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.

But the government eventually decided to roll out a nationwide vaccination program for some one million children belonging to the country’s poorest households.


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Mar Roxas: Capable but not Winnable in 2016?


MAR ROXAS

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein

Binay, the leader in early voter-preference polls, is hounded by allegations of corruption, with the Senate investigating charges of questionable contracts he entered into for the Makati government when he was mayor of the city.

Political analysts have said it is not unlikely that Roxas will again lose to Binay in 2016.

Filipinos must realize that we need two consecutive good Presidents in order to take off.

Yet now that the Philippines is cleaning up its act and open for business, a critical question must be asked: Now what? Where does Aquino go from here?

The trouble is, Aquino can't run for re-election in 2016. What if his successor has very different ideas about reform? From Bloomberg News

The 2016 presidential election is therefore very crucial. Are we going to elect an honest president again?


Another Trapo in 2016?

Or are we going back to our old ways of electing a popular "trapo" candidate?

From Inquirer:
It isn’t so much the possibility that he could lose to Vice President Jejomar Binay in the 2016 presidential election that bothers him.

What annoys Interior Secretary Mar Roxas more is the possibility that the anticorruption policy of President Benigno Aquino III will not continue under the leadership of Binay.

In a roundtable discussion with Inquirer editors and reporters on Tuesday night, Roxas was asked if he would be bothered by a Binay presidency.

Roxas replied: “I am bothered by the possibility that daang matuwid (straight path) will not continue.”

But Roxas said he believed the Filipino voters would choose their next President wisely.

“I think Filipinos are smart. I think Filipinos know what is in their best interest. I think Filipinos know what would be good choices,” he said.

Binay, the leader in early voter-preference polls, is hounded by allegations of corruption, with the Senate investigating charges of questionable contracts he entered into for the Makati government when he was mayor of the city.

At the center of the investigation by a Senate blue ribbon subcommittee is the alleged overpricing in the construction of the P2.28-billion Makati City Hall Building II, but the probe has been expanded to cover allegations that Binay owns an 8,877-square-meter lot in Makati and a 350-hectare agricultural farm in Rosario town, Batangas province.

The Vice President has denied all the allegations against him, claiming these are part of a smear campaign aimed at eliminating him from the 2016 race for Malacañang.

Binay defeated Roxas in the 2010 vice-presidential election, but Roxas is contesting the results of that race.

Political analysts have said it is not unlikely that Roxas will again lose to Binay in 2016.

Roxas gave way to Mr. Aquino in the 2010 presidential election. Mr. Aquino, then a senator, became the popular choice following the death of his mother, former President Cory Aquino.

With 18 months to go before the next presidential election, President Aquino and the Liberal Party have yet to declare a presidential candidate although it is widely believed they will pick Roxas.

The President has repeatedly said he wants a successor who will press his good government program, which he claims has achieved significant gains, including an improved image of the Philippines that is attracting more foreign investment.

Asked if the presidency is on his mind, Roxas replied that he did not allow the thought to distract him from his work.

So much to do

There is so much to do from now until the Aquino administration winds down in 2016 that it feels the election is still so far away, he said.

Roxas extensively discussed a “deliberate, systematic and programmatic” approach he had developed with the Philippine National Police that he said had reduced the crime rate in Metro Manila by half after a yearlong test run.

But there was no escaping the 2016 question. Asked about President Aquino’s possible anointed one, Roxas said he would support whomever Mr. Aquino chose as the Liberal Party’s presidential standard-bearer.

Roxas likened the election to the Olympics—it is scheduled, it will take place.

So how is he, President Aquino and the Liberal Party preparing for the Olympics?

“The best preparation is performance,” Roxas said.

“The President and his party have delivered on a whole slew of items that were part of the agenda of the President and the party. I am not saying everything’s perfect. I am not saying we have attained nirvana. I am just saying that we are certainly better off today than where we were, exponentially different than where we were [before],” Roxas said.

Attributes Of A Great Leader
Humble: A leader that does not consider oneself better than everyone else yet is confident and assertive. A leader that is a servant at heart and a commander in practice.

People Builder: A leader that invests time and resources into the personal development of their team. A leader that teaches, coaches, and shares their wisdom and experience with others to help them become stronger leaders. They encourage, uplift, and praise their employees when their performance aligns with the vision and convictions of the company.

Visionary: A leader that has a vision and purpose. They communicate that vision regularly and are willing to allow others to create their own vision under the umbrella of the overall company vision. A leader that is positive and willing to encourage others to greatness.

Ability to Execute: A leader that is able to turn words into action and inspire others to give their best every day. They know the strategy of the company and execute it daily.

Willing to Listen and be Challenged: A leader that cares to hear other view points, makes decisions based on input from others, and does not mind having ideas challenged. They actively listen to the needs and wants of their people.

Candid Communicator: A leader that is a straight-shooter and honest with employees. They don’t sugar coat bad news and they don’t hold back praise. They give you honest feedback on performance and areas of improvement. They connect with their employees through open and consistent communication. They are not afraid to talk about the tough issues.

Risk Taker: A leader that is not afraid to try new strategies, adapt to ever changing markets, and implement the ideas of workers in the trenches. They confidently take risks that align with their overall vision."

Surrounded by Other Leaders: A leader that is surrounded by other great leaders. Someone that knows their weaknesses and finds the right people to fill those gaps. They promote leadership development from within the company."

Makes Conviction Based Decisions: A leader that consistently returns to the convictions/values of the company when decisions are being made. Decisions reflect the values of the organization and are in line with vision and mission.

Believes in Accountability: A leader that is not afraid to be held accountable and is not afraid to hold people accountable to performance standards. Does not allow mediocrity to exist. Works with employees to create performance standards and goals. Has the right people in the right seats on the bus. FromCoachDanFoster Posted by EQ at Thursday, December 04, 2014


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