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PNoy WANTS BBL, WITH NEW TIMELINE


PHOTO COURTESY OF POLITICO.COM --Aquino allies to the rescue as fate of BBL hangs ----For President Aquino, there is no other option but to continue with peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) despite the Mamasapano, Maguindanao incident on Jan. 25. A new timeline for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may, however, have to be followed. In a press briefing yesterday, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the bill to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao had been pushed back even before the Mamasapano incident, since the original target date for its passage was November or December of last year. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Aquino leads EDSA 1 anniversary amid ouster calls


Aquino said he has lived up to the spirit of the historic revolution that catapulted his mother to the presidency. Photo shows the monument of the People Power Revolution in 1986 along EDSA, a major thoroughfare in Metro Manila, Philippines. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando ..... The nation is remembering the triumphant struggle that toppled the Marcos dictatorship while Aquino himself is now facing ouster calls over his ineptitude in handling Mamasapano operation that killed 44 Special Action Force troopers. But on the eve of the EDSA revolution anniversary, Aquino called for unity among Filipinos amid the calls for his resignation. "Ngunit ngayon pa ba tayo susuko kung kailan ang mga dating inaambisyon lang, naisasakatuparan na natin? Ngayon pa ba tayo aatras kung kailan mas marami na tayong nakikilahok tungo sa malawakang kaunlaran?" Aquino said in his speech during the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations awarding ceremonies at the Palace on Tuesday. Aquino said he has lived up to the spirit of the historic revolution that catapulted his mother to the presidency. READ FULL REPORT FROM BEGINNING...

ALSO: "I won’t let those against peace succeed" - PNoy


The President stated: I won’t let those against peace succeed ---.......When there's no enemy ----- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle also called on Filipinos to shun war and take the path to peace on Wednesday during the commemoration of the 29th EDSA People Power Anniversary. “The path of peace is to find a neighbor, a brother and a sister. When I don’t see anyone as an enemy, I don’t have to fight,” Tagle said during a Holy Mass to mark the EDSA People Power Anniversary. The EDSA People Power commemoration came a month after the Mamasapano incident. The Roman Catholic Church official said the People Power Revolution showed the world the “Filipino’s deep capacity to see a brother, a sister in an enemy.” Aquino and Cabinet officials were present during the Holy Mass. READ FULL REPORT FROM BEGINNING...

ALSO: Attendees disappointed at not being able to attend EDSA 1 anniversary Mass


Members of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines link arms as they march along EDSA for a unity walk during the 29th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on Wednesday, February 25. GMA News ---Some people, most of them dressed in yellow, expressed disappointment Wednesday for failing to attend the annual Mass at the EDSA Shrine to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the 1986 People Power revolt that toppled Marcos regime. Waiting near the ESDA Shrine stage, some People Power celebration attendees were surprised that the Mass was already commencing at the small EDSA Shrine Chapel. The group rushed to the chapel but were denied entry by the security personnel, most of them belonging to the Presidential Security Group. READ MORE...

ALSO Cardinal Tagle in Edsa rites: Find a neighbor, shun war


TAGLE AT 28th EDSA 1 MASS attended by Aquino and his cabinet - Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle called on Filipinos to shun war and take the path to peace on Wednesday during the commemoration of the 29th EDSA People Power Anniversary. “The path of peace is to find a neighbor, a brother and a sister. When I don’t see anyone as an enemy, I don’t have to fight,” Tagle said during a Holy Mass to mark the EDSA People Power Anniversary. The EDSA People Power commemoration came a month after the Mamasapano incident, which left over 60 people killed and placed the government’s peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in peril. The Roman Catholic Church official said the People Power Revolution showed the world the “Filipino’s deep capacity to see a brother, a sister in an enemy.” President Benigno Aquino III and Cabinet officials were present during the Holy Mass. READ MORE...

ALSO INQUIRER EDITORIAL: Reboot and recover


Mr. Aquino must do his part. He needs to reboot his last year in office and recover his political capital—to talk candidly about Mamasapano, among other things, and fully address the issue of accountability, to overhaul his style of governance and do justice to his claim of being “father of the nation,” to focus on uplifting the lot of the poor, generating jobs and further improving the economy, and, not least, to pass the freedom of information bill. Then perhaps his presidency would not itself be written off as another farce. --
First as tragedy, then as farce. That is how history repeats itself, according to Marx, and that is how recent Philippine history would have repeated itself had the gaggle of dubious personalities lately hogging the headlines and airwaves and urging the public to head to Edsa succeeded in generating critical mass to unseat President Aquino. Asked if the group was aiming for another Edsa People Power Revolution, one of the instigators, the Arroyo-era national security adviser Norberto Gonzales, said: “Yes, what’s wrong with that?” But that hardly anyone turned up or listened to the group’s fulminations—the reactions to which ranged from indifferent shrug to derisive laughter across much of the country—testifies to the capacity of ordinary citizens to discern what is truly at stake in this critical time. Mr. Aquino’s presidency may be floundering on the shoals of its largely self-inflicted blunders, but the alternative being offered by those itching to replace him in Malacañang with an ersatz uprising is not only worse, it’s also the stuff of nightmares. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO Peping Cojuangco: I am for Jejomar Binay


Former Tarlac Rep. Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / RODEL ROTONI --
MANILA, Philippines — Former Tarlac representative Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. said that he would support Vice President Jejomar Binay’s bid for the presidency in 2016.
Cojuangco, uncle of President Benigno Aquino III, declared support for Binay on the ABS-CBN news program “Bandila,” which aired late Tuesday night, Feb. 24, 2015. Asked during the program’s “Yes or No” segment if he would support Binay in the 2016 polls, Cojuangco said “Yes.”  However, the President’s uncle said that while he was calling for the ouster of Aquino, he did not think that Binay should take over the presidency. He said he regretted supporting Aquino—his sister’s son—in 2010. READ MORE...


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P-Noy wants BBL, with new timeline


President Benigno Aquino III's allies in the Senate and House of Representatives renewed their support for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) following the bloody encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao which killed 44 elite police troops. POLITICO.COM

MANILA, MARCH 2, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Aurea Calica - For President Aquino, there is no other option but to continue with peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) despite the Mamasapano, Maguindanao incident on Jan. 25.

A new timeline for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) may, however, have to be followed.

In a press briefing yesterday, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the bill to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao had been pushed back even before the Mamasapano incident, since the original target date for its passage was November or December of last year.

Because of the developments in Mamasapano where 44 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) were killed in a clash with MILF forces and other Moro rebels in Mamasapano, further delays in the passage of the proposed bill were inevitable.

SAF troopers clashed with MILF, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and a private armed group in the operation to get suspected international terrorists – Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, and his Filipino cohort Basit Usman.

“Ito po ang sinabi ng Pangulo: Uulitin natin, tuloy na tuloy ito (This is what the President said: I repeat, this will continue). There is not a better alternative for the rest of the country. How does banditry by ASG (Abu Sayyaf group) help anyone? It’s time to make a stand. I am for peace or I am for war,” Coloma quoted the President as saying during his meeting with leaders and members of the House of Representatives in Malacañang last Monday.

Coloma said there is no politician who will stand up for war. – With Delon Porcalla, Louella Desiderio, Mike Frialde, Robertzon Ramirez


PHILSTAR

Aquino leads EDSA 1 anniversary amid ouster calls By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated February 25, 2015 - 12:25pm 1 1 googleplus0 0


Aquino said he has lived up to the spirit of the historic revolution that catapulted his mother to the presidency. Photo shows the monument of the People Power Revolution in 1986 along EDSA, a major thoroughfare in Metro Manila, Philippines. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday led the commemoration of the 29th anniversary of the first People Power Revolution amid calls for his resignation following the Mamasapano debacle.

Aquino arrived at the People Power Monument at Camp Aguindalo in Quezon City past 11:30 a.m. for a wreath-laying ceremony to honor all past heroes including the military personnel who were at the 1986 revolution.

He then proceeded to the EDSA Shrine in Ortigas for a mass officiated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

The nation is remembering the triumphant struggle that toppled the Marcos dictatorship while Aquino himself is now facing ouster calls over his ineptitude in handling Mamasapano operation that killed 44 Special Action Force troopers.

But on the eve of the EDSA revolution anniversary, Aquino called for unity among Filipinos amid the calls for his resignation.

"Ngunit ngayon pa ba tayo susuko kung kailan ang mga dating inaambisyon lang, naisasakatuparan na natin? Ngayon pa ba tayo aatras kung kailan mas marami na tayong nakikilahok tungo sa malawakang kaunlaran?" Aquino said in his speech during the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations awarding ceremonies at the Palace on Tuesday.

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Aquino said he has lived up to the spirit of the historic revolution that catapulted his mother to the presidency.

He said in regaining democracy through a peaceful uprising against the dictatorial rule of the Marcos regime, the interest of the majority prevailed, along with freedom from a crooked system that could be passed on to the next generation.

"Interes ng mas nakakarami, kalayaan mula sa baluktot na kalakaran, magandang kinabukasan para sa susunod na henerasyon: ang mga ito ang isinaalang-alang ng mga nakipaglaban sa EDSA noong taong 1986," Aquino said.

"At bilang pinuno ng ating bansa, ang ganitong diwa ng EDSA ang ating isinasabuhay sa pagharap sa mga hamon ng ating panahon," he added.

He said the mistakes of the past should not be repeated.

"Ito nga ang tangi nating hangad: Ang hindi na maulit pa ang kamalian ng nakaraan, at maipamana sa susunod na salinlahi ang di-hamak na mas maunlad at magandang Pilipinas kaysa ating dinatnan," he said.


GMA NEWS NETWORK

PNoy: I won’t let those against peace succeed By ANDREO CALONZO, GMA NewsFebruary 25, 2015 1:33pm 363 0 0 363 Tags: Mamasapano clash

President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said he would not let those against the peace process succeed, a month after the deadly Mamasapano incident put peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in peril.

"Kung magpapatalo sa mga kontra-kapayapaan, parang hinayaan na rin natin ang kaguluhan sa Mindanao... Hindi ko ito papayagan," Aquino said during the 29th EDSA People Power commemoration.

The President also appealed for calm amid public outrage following the Mamasapano incident, which left 44 elite policemen dead.

"Sa harap ng video na nagpapakita ng karahasan, sa kabila ng galit sa ating puso, mas makapangyarihan pa rin ang pagtitiwala, malasakit, pag-ibig at kapayapaan," Aquino said.

Aside from the 44 commandos, 18 MILF members and three civilians were also killed in the Mamasapano clash.

Congress suspended deliberations on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law after the misencounter in Mamasapano but Aquino meeting with House leaders on Monday supposedly placed the passage of the bill back on track at least as far as the House of Representatives is concerned.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. the chairman of the House ad hoc committee on the BBL, Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, said the draft could be tackled in the plenary by May 4.

The creation of a new Bangsamoro political entity through the BBL is the centerpiece of the peace agreement the government signed with the MILF in March 2014.

When there's no enemy

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle also called on Filipinos to shun war and take the path to peace on Wednesday during the commemoration of the 29th EDSA People Power Anniversary.

“The path of peace is to find a neighbor, a brother and a sister. When I don’t see anyone as an enemy, I don’t have to fight,” Tagle said during a Holy Mass to mark the EDSA People Power Anniversary.

The EDSA People Power commemoration came a month after the Mamasapano incident.

The Roman Catholic Church official said the People Power Revolution showed the world the “Filipino’s deep capacity to see a brother, a sister in an enemy.”

Aquino and Cabinet officials were present during the Holy Mass. —KBK/NB, GMA News


GMA NEWS

Attendees disappointed at not being able to attend EDSA 1 anniversary Mass By ELIZABETH MARCELO,GMA NewsFebruary 25, 2015 12:40pm 3 1 0 4


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Members of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines link arms as they march along EDSA for a unity walk during the 29th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on Wednesday, February 25. GMA News


PNP prepares for arrival of militants at EDSA PNP prepares for arrival of militants at EDSA. PNP anti-riot personnel on standby at the barricaded area of EDSA Ortigas near the EDSA Shrine for the expected arrival of militant groups on Wednesday, February 25. Elizabeth Marcelo

Some people, most of them dressed in yellow, expressed disappointment Wednesday for failing to attend the annual Mass at the EDSA Shrine to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the 1986 People Power revolt that toppled Marcos regime.

Waiting near the ESDA Shrine stage, some People Power celebration attendees were surprised that the Mass was already commencing at the small EDSA Shrine Chapel.

The group rushed to the chapel but were denied entry by the security personnel, most of them belonging to the Presidential Security Group.


People Power celebration attendees wait outside the EDSA Shrine Chapel while the Mass for the 29th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution is ongoing. Elizabeth Marcelo

Chapel already full

A PSG member said the chapel was already full of government officials and accredited members of the media. The PSG member said Pres. Benigno Aquino III was already inside the chapel.

The people contented themselves in watching the Mass from the glass doors of the chapel. It was already near the middle of the Mass when the crowd outside the chapel were provided with a sound system.

"Taon-taon sa mismong Shrine ginaganap yung Mass bakit naman ngayon bigla diyan sa Chapel, natural konti lang ang makakapasok. Ang sikip-sikip dun," a lady dressed in yellow, who claimed to be a supporter of the Aquino family said. She refused to be named.

"Lagi kaming uma-attend ng asawa ko ng People Power celebration. Ngayon lang kami hindi napayagan umattend ng Mass, e iyan yung isa sa pinaka-important part ng celebration," another woman said. — RSJ, GMA News


GMA NEWS

Cardinal Tagle in Edsa rites: Find a neighbor, shun war By ANDREO CALONZO, GMA NewsFebruary 25, 2015 12:55pm 41 1 0 46

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle called on Filipinos to shun war and take the path to peace on Wednesday during the commemoration of the 29th EDSA People Power Anniversary.

“The path of peace is to find a neighbor, a brother and a sister. When I don’t see anyone as an enemy, I don’t have to fight,” Tagle said during a Holy Mass to mark the EDSA People Power Anniversary.

The EDSA People Power commemoration came a month after the Mamasapano incident, which left over 60 people killed and placed the government’s peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in peril.

The Roman Catholic Church official said the People Power Revolution showed the world the “Filipino’s deep capacity to see a brother, a sister in an enemy.”

President Benigno Aquino III and Cabinet officials were present during the Holy Mass.

The EDSA People Power commemoration came a month after the Mamasapano incident, which left over 60 people killed and placed the government’s peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in peril.

The Roman Catholic Church official said the People Power Revolution showed the world the “Filipino’s deep capacity to see a brother, a sister in an enemy.”

President Benigno Aquino III and Cabinet officials were present during the Holy Mass. —NB, GMA News


INQUIRER

Reboot and recover Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:47 AM | Wednesday, February 25th, 2015


First as tragedy, then as farce. That is how history repeats itself, according to Marx, and that is how recent Philippine history would have repeated itself had the gaggle of dubious personalities lately hogging the headlines and airwaves and urging the public to head to Edsa succeeded in generating critical mass to unseat President Aquino.

Asked if the group was aiming for another Edsa People Power Revolution, one of the instigators, the Arroyo-era national security adviser Norberto Gonzales, said: “Yes, what’s wrong with that?” But that hardly anyone turned up or listened to the group’s fulminations—the reactions to which ranged from indifferent shrug to derisive laughter across much of the country—testifies to the capacity of ordinary citizens to discern what is truly at stake in this critical time. Mr. Aquino’s presidency may be floundering on the shoals of its largely self-inflicted blunders, but the alternative being offered by those itching to replace him in Malacañang with an ersatz uprising is not only worse, it’s also the stuff of nightmares.

The people know well what happened the last time they took to the streets to unseat a plunderer.

Once Joseph Estrada was booted out of Malacañang in a reprise of the original People Power uprising, much of the nation’s hope had rested on his successor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s promise to be “the steward of the people’s victory,” as she put it during her first television appearance as head of state.

But the nine-year presidency that followed would turn out to be anything but. It was riddled with shocking cases of plunder and corruption, with the various institutions of government conscripted into the overriding mission of protecting GMA’s political survival (hence Benjamin Abalos in the Commission on Elections, Renato Corona in the Supreme Court), and, worst of all, her second term itself apparently the product of election thievery that was even caught on tape.

“Everybody cheats, anyway” was how Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, one of those now connected to a so-called National Transformation Council that is being pushed to replace the Aquino presidency, dismissed questions on Arroyo’s moral legitimacy to lead.

That was the tragedy of Edsa II. Can one blame people now if they’ve had it with knee-jerk, band-aid solutions to bad presidencies, and are holding their noses at the farce being proffered by the likes of Vidal and other GMA bishops, egged on by such characters as Gonzales and Marcos mouthpiece Francisco Tatad (hilariously now hectoring Malacañang on morality and integrity in government)? And then there’s the disaffected Cojuangco wing of the Aquino clan, led by the late Cory Aquino’s brother Peping and his wife Tingting, who have slammed their nephew for his handling of the Mamasapano operation and made noises about regime change.

The call for accountability regarding the bloody fate of 44 elite policemen, among other fatalities, in Mamasapano is a fair one. But the call for resignation from the Cojuangcos and the likes of Tatad, Gonzales, and their cohorts strikes many as crassly opportunistic, and only serves to remind the public of one unassailably good thing that Mr. Aquino has done: He has not appointed his uncle, widely perceived as the “kingmaker” during his mother’s time, to public office.

The 29th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution that ousted the Marcos dictatorship is an opportunity not only to learn from hindsight, but also to acquire context and perspective to unfolding events.

The President has much to answer for regarding the problems and pitfalls of his administration, but it is only right that he complete his term and be succeeded by his duly elected successor. It’s time the Philippines seriously trekked the road to becoming a modern and democratic society.

But Mr. Aquino must do his part.

He needs to reboot his last year in office and recover his political capital—to talk candidly about Mamasapano, among other things, and fully address the issue of accountability, to overhaul his style of governance and do justice to his claim of being “father of the nation,” to focus on uplifting the lot of the poor, generating jobs and further improving the economy, and, not least, to pass the freedom of information bill. Then perhaps his presidency would not itself be written off as another farce.


Peping Cojuangco: I am for Jejomar Binay Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 12:20 PM | Wednesday, February 25th, 2015


Former Tarlac Rep. Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / RODEL ROTONI

MANILA, Philippines — Former Tarlac representative Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. said that he would support Vice President Jejomar Binay’s bid for the presidency in 2016.

Cojuangco, uncle of President Benigno Aquino III, declared support for Binay on the ABS-CBN news program “Bandila,” which aired late Tuesday night, Feb. 24, 2015.

Asked during the program’s “Yes or No” segment if he would support Binay in the 2016 polls, Cojuangco said “Yes.”

However, the President’s uncle said that while he was calling for the ouster of Aquino, he did not think that Binay should take over the presidency.

He said he regretted supporting Aquino—his sister’s son—in 2010.

Cojuangco denied allegations that he was “bitter” towards his nephew for not appointing him to a higher position in the government.

“I have my own things to do. I am now involved in sports. I am the president of the Olympics Committee. Hindi naman ako nabubuhay sa politika (I do not live for politics),” he said.

Ironically, many observers say Philippine sports have sunk to its lowest levels during Cojuangco’s leadership, noting the poor performance of Filipino athletes in recent regional and international sports competitions.

Cojuangco said he was urging the president to resign as a duty to the Filipino people.

“I feel that I owe it to the country. I owe it to the people. I served the people from being a congressman and as a private citizen. I think I did my part in restoring the democracy in the country and I don’t want to lose it,” he said.

Cojuangco and his wife, former-Tarlac governor Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, joined various groups during protests on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, urging government officials to resign en masse in order to facilitate “system change.”


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