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GRACE POE:  P-NOY WANTS ALTERNATIVE CANDIDATE FOR LP, BEST BET VS OPPOSITION


MAY 12 ---Sen. Grace Poe. STAR/File photo
MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino is looking for an alternative candidate who can be the best bet of the administration against the political opposition and pursue the reforms he has initiated, Sen. Grace Poe said yesterday. Poe said she had this impression when Aquino discussed with her last week the possibility of her running for a higher position in the 2016 general elections. She said the meeting would help her decide whether to seek higher office, adding that there was no specific position offered by Aquino. Poe said the President talked to her on the eve of his official trip to the United States. She said Aquino indicated that they were looking for an alternative candidate who would continue the administration’s programs. Poe was mum on her presidential plans or on being tapped as running mate of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II. “What is clear is that (the President) is thinking about 2016, and it is clear that they are looking for somebody whom they can support, and that person can continue the reforms,” she said. “The President did not say whether (he was looking for a candidate for) president or vice president, but he indicated that this will generate a message that there is an alternative bet for the administration,” Poe said. READ MORE...

ALSO LP: Mar still top presidential bet for 2016


MAY 13 ---Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas is expecting another meeting with Sen. Grace Poe regarding the 2016 presidential elections. AJ Bolando
- Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II remains as top presidential bet of the Liberal Party (LP) for the 2016 national elections despite President Benigno Aquino III's meeting with Sen. Grace Poe. Aquino earlier bared that he met with Poe to discuss the forthcoming elections but refused to divulge the details. Aquino said that the next president should be able to continue his "tuwid na daan" principle. READ MORE...

ALSO: Dodong leaves 2 dead in Cagayan


MAY 12 ---STAR/File photo
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines – Two persons were electrocuted while over 4,000 residents were evacuated from coastal villages as Typhoon Dodong made landfall in Cagayan on Sunday. Chief Inspector Mina Domingo, police chief of Aparri, Cagayan, identified the fatalities as Rogelio Paa, 74, and his son Neil, 46, a school teacher, who were both electrocuted while fixing the roof of their house in Barangay Mabanguc in Aparri. Domingo said the victims died at the Bangag Medicare Hospital. She said 113 residents were forcibly evacuated from the coastal Barangay Dodan and Zone 4 and were given temporary shelter at the Aparri Gymnasium at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night. They were allowed to return to their homes at 6 a.m. yesterday. Typhoon Dodong, packing winds of up to 185 kilometers per hour and gustiness of 220 kph, made landfall in Sta. Ana town Sunday afternoon. Sr. Supt. Franklin Mabanag, assistant police regional director, said 549 families or 4,272 people were evacuated from the coastal villages in the towns of Gonzaga, Sta. Teresita, Buguey, Sta. Ana and the island town of Calayan. Lilibeth Gaydowen, spokesperson for the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) in Northern Luzon, said the Sta. Ana 69 KV line tripped at about 5:40 p.m. and caused a blackout in some parts of the province, particularly Sta. Ana, Sta. Teresita, Gonzaga and Buguey. Gaydowen said that as of noon yesterday power had been restored to the towns covered by the Cagayan Electric Cooperative II (Cagelco II). READ MORE...

ALSO: Thousands flee as typhoon Noul / Dodong hits north Philippines


MAY 11 ---A member of the Armed Forces help volunteers repack food rations at the Department of Social Welfare Development headquarters in Pasay on Saturday. Photo by Romeo Ranoco, Reuters FROM ABS-CBN Typhoon Noul (local name: Dodong) slammed into the northern tip of the Philippines Sunday, triggering warnings of possible flash floods, landslides and storm surges and prompting almost 3,000 people to flee their homes. The storm hit Cagayan province late Sunday afternoon and was expected to move north towards Japan, the government weather station said. The civil defense office said there were no immediate reports of storm-related deaths but the typhoon knocked out power in much of the province, making it difficult to get data. Meteorologists said Dodong’s movement slowed slightly before reaching the Philippines, but it also strengthened to pack gusts of 220 kilometers per hour. In Taiwan, authorities warned sailors of strong winds and high waves and evacuated almost 1,000 tourists from an island off the southeast coast. “This is a very dangerous storm. It is the strongest so far this year,” said Rene Paciente, head of the Philippines’ marine weather division. More than 1,680 people in Cagayan were evacuated from coastal villages before the storm hit and the exercise was continuing, said Norma Talosig, regional civil defense chief. “They have to evacuate to higher ground, not in their village. They are being assisted by the local governments using buses and trucks, even ambulances,” she told AFP. READ MORE...

ALSO: El Niño is here; Asia braces for crop damage
[INDIA WORST HIT]


MAY 13 ---Labourers walk through a parched land of a dried lake on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura April 23, 2013. Reuters/Jayanta Dey Tue May 12, 2015 5:55am EDT Singapore – In 2009, the El Niño brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia. Food prices surged. A closely watched forecast by Japan on Tuesday confirmed its return this year. A strong El Niño will roil economies that are heavily dependent on agriculture, particularly India which is already reeling from bad weather. It would also unhinge supply chains of commodities such as rice, corn and palm oil. In fact, the heat is already up in some places in the Asia Pacific. “We’ve already been hit by a three-month dry spell. We could not plant anything since January. All of us here in Taculen are praying for more rains,” said Benny Ramos, a rice farmer in North Cotabato. Prayers for rains in Asia, however, may not be answered as weather forecasts show an intensifying El Niño has set in. The El Niño, or a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific, can lead to scorching weather across Asia and east Africa but heavy rains and floods in South America. This year, the El Niño arrived in spring and is likely to continue into autumn, said the Japan Meteorological Agency, which was the first bureau to project the emergence of an El Niño in 2015. Forecasts in May tend to be more accurate as weather models become more dependable here onwards, said Paul Deane, senior agricultural economist at ANZ Bank, Melbourne. “Now we are getting to a point that you start having more confidence in those models,” he said. Grain prices have, however, not yet factored in the threat to supplies from an El Niño, largely because similar calls for bad weather in 2014 did not come to pass. In fact, good crops replenished stocks last year. READ MORE...

ALSO: Filipinos welcome, Canada tells PNoy


MAY 12 ---Back in Manila. President Benigno Aquino III is welcomed by his official family led by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin upon his arrival at the airport on Monday from his visits to the United States and Canada. Malacañang Photo Bureau
MALACAÑANG said Monday British Columbia in Canada will offer jobs to up to a million migrants—including Filipino migrants—during the next seven years. The Palace quoted British Columbia Premier Christy Clark following President Benigno Aquino III’s three-day state visit to Canada. “All of you, all of you can become part of that, should be a part of that in running businesses,” Malacañang quoted Clark as saying. “In becoming people who are going in inter-trainings—lawyers, doctors, accountants, managers, pipe fitters, drivers—all of those jobs, all of those bleachers are available for British Columbians and people who want to participate.” Clark also referred to temporary migrant workers as “potential new Canadians,” and in her speech commended the Filipinos for being “strivers.” “People with a sense of adventure, people who are brave, people who are loyal and patriotic, people with resilience and a capacity for hard work and, most of all, the thing that we know the Filipino community best: strivers,” she said. With the presence of Clark and Minister of National Defense and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney, and Minister of International Trade Edward Fast, Aquino thanked Canada’s government for taking care of the Filipinos living and working in Canada. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino back with a multi million dollar ‘surprise’


MAY 12 ---President Benigno Aquino III AP FILE PHOTO 
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday arrived from his three-day state visit to Canada and a working visit to Chicago in the United States that he described as a huge success, taking home with him a “surprise” deal that would earn the government billions over time. In Canada, the President signed the Philippines-Canada Mutual Accountability Framework, which will pour in some 80 million Canadian dollars in investments in the country. The President also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on occupational safety and health, and another MOU on human resource deployment and development in the Canadian province of British Columbia. “The rationale of this agreement is simple, to safeguard the welfare and interests of our compatriots who are working or are interested in working in Canada. “We are also looking forward to the start of exploratory discussions on the possibility of having a free trade agreement with Canada. Once this gets going, I’m sure our trade relations will flourish which will result in more jobs and opportunities for Filipinos,” he said in his arrival speech which he delivered in Filipino. READ MORE...

ALSO TIMES COMMENTARY: The siege of the Binay dynasty


MAY 13 ---by YEN MAKABENTA 
The Germans, with their love of precision and big ideas, has a word for it: schadenfreude, or the pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. This German word literally means “harm-joy.”  Our closest Filipino equivalent is isip talangka or crab mentality. I always believed that after Vice President Jejomar Binay declared his candidacy for president and recorded high approval ratings, exceeding Aquino’s, he would come down to earth, a victim of schadenfreude and the envy and scheming of others. Antonio Trillanes, Alan Peter Cayetano and Koko Pimentel turned Binay-bashing into their senatorial avocation at public expense. They are clearly taking pleasure from inflicting pain and embarrassment on the vice president and his family. And they measure success by how far they can bring Binay’s ratings down. After 20 hearings of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee, you would think that the shaming would already have run its course by now. His inquisitors would be weary of their dark mission; or the vice president, showing grit and resilience, would turn the situation around against them.

But now it appears to this observer that the entire project of bringing down Binay is reaching its climacteric or turning point. And it’s a real riddle what is going to happen. One headline to lift Binay up --This paper, never a slouch in reporting the news and developments, seems to me better informed about this drama than others. In two days and two headlines this week, The Manila Times, without premeditation or pleasure, strangely raised the spirits of Vice President Binay with a positive headline in bold black letters, and then after just a span of 24 hours, dashed his confidence with a negative headline in equally bold black fonts. First, on Tuesday, May 12, the Times ran this headline, “No Binay indictment.” The supporting story reported that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales described as untrue the report of one paper (not the Times) that the Ombudsman’s office is close to indicting the Vice President and his son, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. READ MORE....


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Grace: P-Noy wants alternative candidate


Sen. Grace Poe. STAR/File photo

MANILA, MAY 18, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Christina Mendez  May 12, 2015 - 12:00am  - President Aquino is looking for an alternative candidate who can be the best bet of the administration against the political opposition and pursue the reforms he has initiated, Sen. Grace Poe said yesterday.

Poe said she had this impression when Aquino discussed with her last week the possibility of her running for a higher position in the 2016 general elections.

She said the meeting would help her decide whether to seek higher office, adding that there was no specific position offered by Aquino.

Poe said the President talked to her on the eve of his official trip to the United States.

She said Aquino indicated that they were looking for an alternative candidate who would continue the administration’s programs.

Poe was mum on her presidential plans or on being tapped as running mate of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

“What is clear is that (the President) is thinking about 2016, and it is clear that they are looking for somebody whom they can support, and that person can continue the reforms,” she said.

“The President did not say whether (he was looking for a candidate for) president or vice president, but he indicated that this will generate a message that there is an alternative bet for the administration,” Poe said.

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She said it is too early to tell whether she will be tapped by the administration as presidential bet for next year. Neither is she ready to run for a higher post.

“It’s an honor to be called but it does not mean that you should jump the gun that easy,” Poe said.

Sources, however, revealed that Poe had vowed support for the possible vice presidential bid of Sen. Francis Escudero next year.

“She has been open that she will support Sen. Chiz for vice president. So whether or not she runs for a higher post, it won’t be easy for her to renege on that promise to Chiz,” said a source privy to Poe’s political plans.

Anything remains possible for Poe, who the sources think is in a better position to choose since she is an independent candidate who had the support of both the administration and political opposition when she ran for the Senate in 2010.

Sen. Vicente Sotto III, acting minority leader, said he will support Poe whether she runs for president or vice president next year.

Sotto attributed his commitment to back Poe’s candidacy to the strong ties between their families, especially his wife actress Helen Gamboa and Poe’s parents, the late action star Fernando Poe Jr. and actress Susan Roces.

Presidential prerogative

Senate President Franklin Drilon, vice chairman of the Liberal Party (LP), said the administration party will abide by the President’s decision on who its presidential and vice presidential bets will be next year.

“It’s the prerogative of the President to consult every sector,” Drilon said when asked about Aquino’s recent talks with Poe.

As far as he is concerned, Drilon said Roxas remains the “presumptive candidate” of the LP.

“But of course, we have to seek the opinion of the highest official of the land and our party chairman,” he said.

In case Poe, a non-LP member, runs for a higher post under the administration party, Drilon said he and his partymates would then express their views.

“At this point, the President is doing the consultations,” he said.

Asked if Poe would make a good vice president, Drilon said he leaves the matter for the President to decide.

“The President is undertaking consultations and I do not want to preempt him. As LP vice chairman, I will rely on the judgment of the President,” Drilon said.

Cover-up

Meanwhile, the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) claimed yesterday that President Aquino’s daang matuwid (straight path) slogan is just a cover for cases of corruption taking place under his administration.

“Scratch the surface of any act of large-scale corruption under the cloak of the Aquino administration and you will find the color yellow,” said UNA president and Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco.

Tiangco said the slogan has become “one big foolishness” after a witness in the plunder case of suspected pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles alleged that Budget Secretary Florencio Abad was among Napoles’ clients.

He said administration officials and Aquino’s allies “have been involved in a string of multibillion-peso under-the-table deals since President Aquino assumed office in 2010, but the administration has not lifted a finger to file and pursue cases against them.”

This is the reason why Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is hesitant to file a new batch of pork barrel scam-related cases, he said.

Tiangco lamented that while De Lima was quick to file charges against administration critics, she would not go against Aquino allies accused of wrongdoing.

“De Lima is playing blind,” he said.

Merlinda Suñas, former employee of Napoles, has told the Sandiganbayan that they solicited funds and projects from Abad when he was still Batanes congressman but that no deal with him pushed through, unlike with other House members and senators.

Besides Abad, Tiangco said administration allies who have been linked to wrongdoing include Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Wilson de Vera of Calasiao in Pangasinan and Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice.


UNA Secretary General Toby Tiangco

Tiangco said as agriculture secretary, Alcala has given funds to Napoles foundations as discovered by government auditors, while Erice’s and businessman Francis Enrico Gutierrez’s San Roque Metals, Inc. has been accused of smuggling nickel and other minerals.

Tiangco described Gutierrez as the President’s close friend and campaign fund contributor in the 2010 elections.

He said former Czech ambassador Josef Rychtar had accused De Vera and several other persons of extorting $30 million from Czech firm Inekon.

Preoccupied with politics

Anakpawis party-list Rep. Fernando Hicap, for his part, hit President Aquino for his preoccupation with the 2016 elections while many typhoon victims have yet to receive government assistance.

Hicap said the administration also has yet to act on the plight of some 88 Filipinos facing execution in various countries as well as 3,000 others suffering in jails abroad.

“It is annoying to hear Aquino and his party politicking while the country is hounded by many problems,” said Hicap, who is listed as the poorest lawmaker in the House of Representatives.

He added that Aquino’s statements on the LP’s preparations for the elections are “only symptomatic of the biases of traditional politics which are more focused on staying in power than concretely serving the Filipino people.”

He also blasted Aquino’s statement that continuing criticisms against him prove his endorsement remains valuable in next year’s elections.

“Criticisms against Aquino speak of legitimate demands of the Filipino people for reforms in the country, not because his endorsement is valuable for the election. We all know that politicians only ask for his endorsement for access to funds, machinery and influence, the interests of traditional politicians,” he said. – With Jess Diaz, Paolo Romero


PHILSTAR

LP: Mar still top presidential bet for 2016 By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated May 13, 2015 - 10:19am


Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas is expecting another meeting with Sen. Grace Poe regarding the 2016 presidential elections. AJ Bolando

MANILA, Philippines - Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II remains as top presidential bet of the Liberal Party (LP) for the 2016 national elections despite President Benigno Aquino III's meeting with Sen. Grace Poe.

Aquino earlier bared that he met with Poe to discuss the forthcoming elections but refused to divulge the details.

Aquino said that the next president should be able to continue his "tuwid na daan" principle.

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According to a report from radio dzMM, LP Secretary General and Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad said that the party agrees that Roxas is still their standard bearer in 2016.

Abad added that Roxas has more experience in politics and government administration.

Roxas admitted that he had prior knowledge of the meeting between Aquino and Poe regarding the 2016 polls and clarified that the LP is still discussing elections issues.

The Palace earlier clarified that Aquino has not yet made any commitment to endorse Roxas for the presidency in the forthcoming elections.

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Palace: No Noy commitment to endorse Mar in 2016 By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 16, 2015 - 12:00am


ROXAS, AQUINO
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang clarified yesterday that President Aquino has not made any commitment to endorse Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II once he decides to run in the May 2016 presidential elections.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Senate President Franklin Drilon has the right to identify who among Liberal Party (LP) stalwarts best fits the characteristics that Aquino wanted in his successor.

Drilon has revealed that Roxas, who remains tightlipped about his 2016 plans until now, will be the administration’s presidential candidate for 2016 although it is still not clear who will be his running mate.

“While the President has yet to endorse his candidate, it does not preclude the Senate President to identify the person who Sen. Drilon believes will tread the straight path and push the reforms the President started beyond 2016,” declared Lacierda.

“The President has described the virtues of someone he believes should succeed him, one that will continue to tread the straight path and continue the reforms he started in 2010,” Lacierda said.

Drilon revealed in Dagupan City that Roxas would be the LP standard-bearer in 2016.

“Roxas is the presidential candidate we will present and the party is ready for 2016,” Drilon, a fellow LP stalwart, said in response to questions from journalists.

While the LP has not yet discussed its entire lineup, Drilon said some names are already in the party’s possible senatorial slate, and one of them is former Pangasinan Third District Rep. Rachel Arenas, daughter of Rep. Rosemarie Arenas.

The popularity of Aquino has suffered a setback in recent surveys and some say his endorsement might adversely affect his candidates for 2016.

But Drilon said, “Surveys are the perception for a particular period and I am certain that over several months, with constant explanations, the people would be enlightened that the policies being pursued by the government are really for the public.”

Six months from the onset of election fever, Aquino has reportedly warned Roxas to work harder to reverse his plunging ratings.

Palace insiders revealed that Aquino, the LP chairman, issued the warning to Roxas, whom he is expected to endorse for the May 2016 presidential elections.

The remarks were issued out of “exasperation,” considering that Aquino gave Roxas all the resources he needed, from funds, access to agencies, to manpower and network.

Another source confirmed the presidential warning, which was made during a meeting with members of the Cabinet.

“Pinagsabihan na siya na ayusin na nga kasi medyo malapit na rin ang certificate of filing of candidacy,” the source revealed, referring to the October 2015 Commission on Elections deadline for presidential and other candidates to declare their electoral bid. – With Aurea Calica, Raffy Viray


PHILSTAR

Dodong leaves 2 dead in Cagayan By Raymund Catindig (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 12, 2015 - 12:00am


STAR/File photo

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines – Two persons were electrocuted while over 4,000 residents were evacuated from coastal villages as Typhoon Dodong made landfall in Cagayan on Sunday.

Chief Inspector Mina Domingo, police chief of Aparri, Cagayan, identified the fatalities as Rogelio Paa, 74, and his son Neil, 46, a school teacher, who were both electrocuted while fixing the roof of their house in Barangay Mabanguc in Aparri.

Domingo said the victims died at the Bangag Medicare Hospital.

She said 113 residents were forcibly evacuated from the coastal Barangay Dodan and Zone 4 and were given temporary shelter at the Aparri Gymnasium at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night. They were allowed to return to their homes at 6 a.m. yesterday.

Typhoon Dodong, packing winds of up to 185 kilometers per hour and gustiness of 220 kph, made landfall in Sta. Ana town Sunday afternoon.

Sr. Supt. Franklin Mabanag, assistant police regional director, said 549 families or 4,272 people were evacuated from the coastal villages in the towns of Gonzaga, Sta. Teresita, Buguey, Sta. Ana and the island town of Calayan.

Lilibeth Gaydowen, spokesperson for the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) in Northern Luzon, said the Sta. Ana 69 KV line tripped at about 5:40 p.m. and caused a blackout in some parts of the province, particularly Sta. Ana, Sta. Teresita, Gonzaga and Buguey.

Gaydowen said that as of noon yesterday power had been restored to the towns covered by the Cagayan Electric Cooperative II (Cagelco II).

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said 27 evacuation centers were set up in Cagayan and Isabela at the height of the storm, but as of yesterday only 14 evacuation centers remained open after residents returned to their homes after the storm passed.


'DODONG' BATTERED CAGAYAN TOWN

Albert Balajadia, Sta. Ana municipal disaster office head, said there were no reports of casualty but an initial estimate of P5 million worth of agricultural crops were damaged in the town.

As part of preemptive measures for Typhoon Dodong, Sta. Ana Mayor Darwin Tobias deployed disaster teams to landslide-prone areas and and low-lying villages to help evacuate the residents last Sunday, said Balajadia.

Sr. Insp. Gary Matagay, Sta. Teresita police chief, said the municipal agricultural office had reported that the typhoon destroyed at least 80 hectares of palay and corn that were ready for harvesting.

In Isabela, authorities of the coastal towns of Dinapigue, Maconacon, Divilacan and Palanan also conducted preemptive evacuation that involved at least 2,000 residents from landslide-prone villages last Sunday afternoon.

Isabela Gov. Faustino Dy III said local officials have been monitoring the typhoon to evacuate the people in areas that the storm might affect. – With Aurea Calica, Helen Flores, Cecille Suerte Felipe, Rainier Ronda, Victor Martin


MANILA TIMES

Thousands flee as typhoon Noul / Dodong hits north Philippines May 11, 2015 8:54 am


A member of the Armed Forces help volunteers repack food rations at the Department of Social Welfare Development headquarters in Pasay on Saturday. Photo by Romeo Ranoco, Reuters FROM ABS-CBN

Typhoon Noul (local name: Dodong) slammed into the northern tip of the Philippines Sunday, triggering warnings of possible flash floods, landslides and storm surges and prompting almost 3,000 people to flee their homes.

The storm hit Cagayan province late Sunday afternoon and was expected to move north towards Japan, the government weather station said.

The civil defense office said there were no immediate reports of storm-related deaths but the typhoon knocked out power in much of the province, making it difficult to get data.

Meteorologists said Dodong’s movement slowed slightly before reaching the Philippines, but it also strengthened to pack gusts of 220 kilometers per hour.

In Taiwan, authorities warned sailors of strong winds and high waves and evacuated almost 1,000 tourists from an island off the southeast coast.

“This is a very dangerous storm. It is the strongest so far this year,” said Rene Paciente, head of the Philippines’ marine weather division.

More than 1,680 people in Cagayan were evacuated from coastal villages before the storm hit and the exercise was continuing, said Norma Talosig, regional civil defense chief.

“They have to evacuate to higher ground, not in their village. They are being assisted by the local governments using buses and trucks, even ambulances,” she told AFP.

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More than 2,000 were expected to flee but Talosig expressed fears some people would refuse to go due to complacency.

“The weather was good there earlier so it was a bit hard to get the message out,” she said.

“Some people were worried about the security of the belongings they may leave behind. We have been trying our best, aiming for zero casualties but our efforts will be useless if some people don’t listen,” she added.

Over 1,200 other people evacuated their homes in the neighboring province of Isabela as a precautionary measure before the storm, the civil defense office said.

National civil defense chief Alexander Pama said that given the possibility of storm surges of up to two meters (6.5 feet), they were taking no chances.

“There is no exact science in this. So we will stay on the safe side” by ordering evacuations in vulnerable areas, he said.

“Even as we speak, our armed forces are already moving… to help in the evacuation. So too are our police forces who are conducting evacuations in their municipalities,” he told reporters.

Storm surges — tsunami-like waves generated by powerful typhoons — have become a major concern during storms.

In November 2013 storm surges were the main killers as Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) ravaged the central Philippines, leaving more than 7,350 people dead or missing.

Several hundred people living in a farming hamlet below the restive Bulusan volcano on Luzon were also evacuated due to fears that rain would mix with volcanic ash on its slopes and form deadly and fast-moving mudflows.

The civil defense office also cited numerous areas that could be hit by landslides or flash floods due to the “heavy to intense rainfall” brought by the typhoon.

The government suspended ferry services in affected areas and some domestic flights were also cancelled.

About 20 typhoons and storms hit the Philippines each year, many of them deadly.

In Taiwan nearly 1,000 tourists had been evacuated from scenic Green Island by noon, an official from the county government said.

“Tourists would otherwise be stranded there for at least two days,” he said.

All ferries and flights to Green Island and another tourist attraction, Orchid Island, were suspended and people were urged to stay away from coastal areas. The storm was expected to pass to the east of Taiwan on Monday. AFP


MANILA BULLETIN

El Niño is here; Asia braces for crop damage by Reuters May 13, 2015


Labourers walk through a parched land of a dried lake on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura April 23, 2013. Reuters/Jayanta Dey Tue May 12, 2015 5:55am EDT

Singapore – In 2009, the El Niño brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia. Food prices surged. A closely watched forecast by Japan on Tuesday confirmed its return this year.

A strong El Niño will roil economies that are heavily dependent on agriculture, particularly India which is already reeling from bad weather. It would also unhinge supply chains of commodities such as rice, corn and palm oil. In fact, the heat is already up in some places in the Asia Pacific.

“We’ve already been hit by a three-month dry spell. We could not plant anything since January. All of us here in Taculen are praying for more rains,” said Benny Ramos, a rice farmer in North Cotabato.

Prayers for rains in Asia, however, may not be answered as weather forecasts show an intensifying El Niño has set in.

The El Niño, or a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific, can lead to scorching weather across Asia and east Africa but heavy rains and floods in South America.

This year, the El Niño arrived in spring and is likely to continue into autumn, said the Japan Meteorological Agency, which was the first bureau to project the emergence of an El Niño in 2015.

Forecasts in May tend to be more accurate as weather models become more dependable here onwards, said Paul Deane, senior agricultural economist at ANZ Bank, Melbourne.

“Now we are getting to a point that you start having more confidence in those models,” he said.

Grain prices have, however, not yet factored in the threat to supplies from an El Niño, largely because similar calls for bad weather in 2014 did not come to pass. In fact, good crops replenished stocks last year.

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In the absence of a weather premium, prices of grains such as wheat and rice remain near multi-month lows. Wheat futures, down a fifth so far this year, are near five-year lows, while Asia rice is at its weakest since June.

The last El Niño led to tens of billions of dollars in economic damages in the Asia Pacific. This year, a strong El Niño could take an even bigger toll in certain countries, analysts said.

For India, it would be a double whammy.

INDIA: AMONG THE WORST HIT

Dozens of farmers have already committed suicide in India after damage from unseasonal rains this year. Now if the summer rains are below normal, rural discontent will deepen.

The monsoons are vital for India as half its croplands lack irrigation while the farm sector accounts for 14 percent of its economy. India’s weather bureau has forecast weaker rainfall this year, citing a 70 percent El Niño probability.

“Crops like soybean and cotton are under El Niño watch for being sown mainly in rainfed conditions,” said K.K. Singh, the head of agricultural meteorology division of the Indian weather office. “El Niño looms large over soybean areas of the central parts and cotton belts of the western and the northern regions.”

Fewer domestic soybeans, which are crushed to produce soyoil, will prompt the world’s No. 1 edible oil importer to buy more palm oil from top producers Indonesia and Malaysia.

India’s rice crop would also be hit.

While the No. 2 rice exporter could use its record-high stocks to meet a local shortfall, it would leave less available for sales at a time when demand could rise from countries like the Philippines.

More than half of the provinces in the Philippines, one of the world’s top rice importers, are already suffering from dryness which has curbed its rice output.

AUSTRALIA: EARLY SIGNS OF EL NIÑO

Early signs of El Niño also emerged on Australia’s east coast, with a poor end to the wet season in Queensland and a dry autumn in Victoria, said ANZ’s Deane.

Australia’s high protein wheat output could suffer as an El Niño brings below-average late winter and spring rainfall to the east coast. Spring rains in September are vital for wheat yields in the fourth-biggest exporter of the grain.

Australia’s weather bureau, which in April projected at least a 70 percent chance of an El Niño emerging from July, on Tuesday said the weather pattern had already formed and that models indicated a “substantial” event.

The other countries bracing for an El Niño are China, Indonesia and Malaysia.

China typically escapes the fury of El Niño, but it is still on guard for its corn crop, which needs a lot of water, said Ma Wenfeng, analyst at Beijing Orient Agri-business Consultant Co.

For the Southeast Asian countries, concerns are about palm.

Although the impact of a dry spell on oil palm trees will be felt later, rising Indian demand and fears of tight supply should drive up prices of the tropical oil. Palm prices soared 57 percent in 2009, partly due to El Niño.

Palm yields may be hit if it is really dry because that will hurt the fruits, but otherwise if an El Niño emerges in June, the effect will only be seen nine to 12 months later, said Roy Lim, group plantations director at planter Kuala Lumpur Kepong.


MANILA STANDARD

Filipinos welcome, Canada tells PNoy By Sandy Araneta | May. 12, 2015 at 12:01am


Back in Manila. President Benigno Aquino III is welcomed by his official family led by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin upon his arrival at the airport on Monday from his visits to the United States and Canada. Malacañang Photo Bureau

MALACAÑANG said Monday British Columbia in Canada will offer jobs to up to a million migrants—including Filipino migrants—during the next seven years.

The Palace quoted British Columbia Premier Christy Clark following President Benigno Aquino III’s three-day state visit to Canada.

“All of you, all of you can become part of that, should be a part of that in running businesses,” Malacañang quoted Clark as saying.

“In becoming people who are going in inter-trainings—lawyers, doctors, accountants, managers, pipe fitters, drivers—all of those jobs, all of those bleachers are available for British Columbians and people who want to participate.”

Clark also referred to temporary migrant workers as “potential new Canadians,” and in her speech commended the Filipinos for being “strivers.”

“People with a sense of adventure, people who are brave, people who are loyal and patriotic, people with resilience and a capacity for hard work and, most of all, the thing that we know the Filipino community best: strivers,” she said.

With the presence of Clark and Minister of National Defense and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney, and Minister of International Trade Edward Fast, Aquino thanked Canada’s government for taking care of the Filipinos living and working in Canada.

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“Their respective works in the aspects of cultural relations and trade have contributed in bringing our two nations closer to each other,” Aquino said.


British Columbia Premier Christy Clark

He described Clark as a “partner” of the Filipino people.

He cited the Memorandum of Understanding concerning Cooperation in Human Resources Deployment and Development, which the Philippines signed with the Province of British Columbia.

“We indeed laud her efforts, and we hope to see more of her initiatives translate into the mutual benefit of our countrymen here and the rest of the province and its communities,” Aquino said.

Meanwhile, Aquino boasted of the continuing reforms his administration had instituted in the Philippines, transforming the country from a corrupt to a progressive nation, when he met his “bosses,” the Filipino community in Vancouver, on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

Aquino, in his speech facing hundreds of Filipino-Canadians, cited the continuing transformation in the Philippines from being a corrupt country into a progressive nation brought about by good governance.

“I must admit even I, when I was elected President, thought that it was impossible to solve the problems we inherited. It seemed that every day, a new anomaly and additional problem was being discovered. But we didn’t give up,” Aquino said.

He said they were fulfilling their vow to bequeath the Philippines a better economy,a better society and a more developed nation than when they arrived.

He said it had been about five years of the “Daang Matuwid” but the people had seen the transformation of the society.

Aquino boasted of the reforms being felt by the country in the economy, justice system, education, trade, employment, infrastructure development, weather forecasting and Armed Forces of the Philippines modernization.

Aquino said they had been focusing on an agenda of reforms.

He said that the government had widened the opportunities in the country and prepared the future so that the Filipinos did not have to be forced to go to other countries to make money.

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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) shakes hands with Philippines' President Benigno Aquino following his arrival on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Chris WattieReuters Photo By CHRIS WATTIE/Reuters Fri, 8 May, 2015 1:04 PM EDT.  .

Canada is home to about 700,000 Filipinos of whom around 136,000 live in Vancouver.

Kenney welcomed the growing population of Filipinos in Canada under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

She said Canada will continue to work closely with Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, whom he and Clark lauded for efforts to protect the rights of migrant workers in Canada.

Kenney said the Philippines will be the top country for Canadian humanitarian development assistance and a priority country for investment and trade.

She reiterated the potential exploratory discussions towards having a free trade agreement between the Philippines and Canada.

“One of the decisions we have taken is to support the Filipino communities who are working hard to send remittances back home for their families, and so we decided to set up a framework for accountability, for remittance companies to put forth greater transparency, to encourage them to lower their remittance fees so people can send more of their support back to their families,” she said.


MANILA TIMES

Aquino back with a multi million dollar ‘surprise’ May 12, 2015 12:35 am by JOEL M. SY EGCO SENIOR REPORTER


President Benigno Aquino III AP FILE PHOTO

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday arrived from his three-day state visit to Canada and a working visit to Chicago in the United States that he described as a huge success, taking home with him a “surprise” deal that would earn the government billions over time.

In Canada, the President signed the Philippines-Canada Mutual Accountability Framework, which will pour in some 80 million Canadian dollars in investments in the country.

The President also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on occupational safety and health, and another MOU on human resource deployment and development in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

“The rationale of this agreement is simple, to safeguard the welfare and interests of our compatriots who are working or are interested in working in Canada.

“We are also looking forward to the start of exploratory discussions on the possibility of having a free trade agreement with Canada. Once this gets going, I’m sure our trade relations will flourish which will result in more jobs and opportunities for Filipinos,” he said in his arrival speech which he delivered in Filipino.

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In Chicago, Aquino met with members of the US Chamber of Commerce, US-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Business Council and National Center for APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) where many businessmen expressed readiness to expand trade in the Philippines.

He said private companies from both countries were interested in investing in Philippine business, tourism and agricultural sectors..

The President added that he had a meeting with the leader of a big business enterprise who promised to pump more dollars into the Philippine economy. Aquino did not name the businessmen but hinted that it is an existing firm in the country that is worth P1.3 billion.

“We have a saying: Save the best for last. In our last business meeting in Vancouver, we met the leader of a big business venture. We’ll not yet name the company so as not to jeopardize plans, but what’s important is we now have a $20 million or P1.3 billion in investment commitment from that company which plans to put up a waste-to-energy facility which is expected to be finished this year,” he said.

Once completed, the President claimed the government stands to earn P8.5 billion from the investment over 30 years.


MANILA TIMES COMMENTARY

The siege of the Binay dynasty May 13, 2015 10:44 pm YEN MAKABENTA


by YEN MAKABENTA

The Germans, with their love of precision and big ideas, has a word for it: schadenfreude, or the pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. This German word literally means “harm-joy.”

Our closest Filipino equivalent is isip talangka or crab mentality.

I always believed that after Vice President Jejomar Binay declared his candidacy for president and recorded high approval ratings, exceeding Aquino’s, he would come down to earth, a victim of schadenfreude and the envy and scheming of others.

Antonio Trillanes, Alan Peter Cayetano and Koko Pimentel turned Binay-bashing into their senatorial avocation at public expense. They are clearly taking pleasure from inflicting pain and embarrassment on the vice president and his family. And they measure success by how far they can bring Binay’s ratings down.

After 20 hearings of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee, you would think that the shaming would already have run its course by now. His inquisitors would be weary of their dark mission; or the vice president, showing grit and resilience, would turn the situation around against them.

But now it appears to this observer that the entire project of bringing down Binay is reaching its climacteric or turning point. And it’s a real riddle what is going to happen.

One headline to lift Binay up This paper, never a slouch in reporting the news and developments, seems to me better informed about this drama than others.

In two days and two headlines this week, The Manila Times, without premeditation or pleasure, strangely raised the spirits of Vice President Binay with a positive headline in bold black letters, and then after just a span of 24 hours, dashed his confidence with a negative headline in equally bold black fonts.

First, on Tuesday, May 12, the Times ran this headline, “No Binay indictment.”

The supporting story reported that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales described as untrue the report of one paper (not the Times) that the Ombudsman’s office is close to indicting the Vice President and his son, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.

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“It’s not true that the Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause for indictment, it’s not true,” Morales said.

But she continued: “Now, whether or not the Special Panel of Investigators found one, we do not know. We were caught by surprise when it came out in today’s papers that the panel found probable cause.”

As far as her office is concerned, the case against the Binays remains pending.

Another headline to bring him down The following day, the Times came up with a follow-up.

It ran the following headline: “CA freezes Binay’s bank accounts.”

The story reported that the Court of Appeals (CA) had frozen 242 bank accounts and insurance policies belonging to Vice President Jejomar Binay.

A freeze order was issued by the First Division, which is composed of Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr. and Associate Justices Edwin Sorongon and Ricardo Rosario. The order is for a period of six months.

The report also said that the CA, in a resolution, granted a petition of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to allow the council to scrutinize the bank accounts of Binay and members of his family, as well as corporations linked to the Vice President.

The AMLC and the Ombudsman wanted to assure that personal assets of Binay that are allegedly ill-gotten would not be dissipated and so a freeze order had to be issued by the appellate court.

The CA issued the resolution after finding probable cause with the petition filed by AMLC.

It also ordered banks to immediately make a reporting of amounts remaining in the bank accounts of the Binays within 24 hours after the banks concerned receive a copy of the order.

The AMLC filed the petition upon request of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, who had ordered preventive suspension of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. for six months.

The Manila Times learned that it was also Morales who made a request for examination of the bank accounts of the Binay family last February.

Highest official to be subjected to freeze order

The freeze order, if confirmed and implemented, is a huge blow against the Vice President.

Since the AMLC law, Republic Act 9160, was passed in 2001, this is the first time that the bank accounts of a Vice President of the republic were ordered frozen.

This makes Binay the highest-ranking government official investigated by AMLC over allegedly ill-gotten wealth.

In response to the Times scoop, the spokesman of the vice president could only say that court proceedings are supposed to be confidential.

A change of topics I thought it was time for me to write more on the politics of 2016, when I read that Sen. Grace “ultimately responsible” Poe, is suddenly being touted as a possible presidential candidate next year, and as President Aquino’s horse.

It seems but proper to start with Vice President Binay, because he is already a certain candidate, and because he is generally regarded as the frontrunner in the race, based on some tentative surveys.

Binay also has the most extensive political organization, and a living and breathing political dynasty. Besides himself, he has a daughter who is a

senator, another daughter who is a representative representing Makati, and a son who succeeded him as mayor of Makati.

With his frontrunner status and his apparent wealth, he is a natural target for the crabs and political operators.

The combined resolve of the AMLC, the Ombudsman and the Court of Appeals to subject Binay’s affairs to close scrutiny will materially affect the political landscape. More factors will come into play in coming days.

At this point, the fate of Jejomar Binay appears to be hanging on a laundry line of suspicions and accusations.

They should be listened to this time because it’s no longer just Trillanes and Cayetano dishing out the dirt. yenmakabenta@yahoo.com 

27 Responses to The siege of the Binay dynasty

Amnata Pundit says:

May 14, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Why is it that every time Binay’s corruption comes up, his defenders’ IQ drops down to zero? What kind of power does he possess that he can achieve this miracle?

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Henry says:

May 14, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Binays much face the charges in the court of justice. He cannot just DENY.

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arabo says:

May 14, 2015 at 1:19 pm

I was thinking twice in choosing between the vice president vs the others. This time, I have had choosen. I’ll vote for BINAY as president. He will be a good leader of the country.

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Tilamsik says:

May 14, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Unless there is no law prohibiting political dynasty there is no cause to be alarmed with the Binay dynasty after all Ninoy Aquino, Cory, Noynoy, Butch Aquino, Peping Cojuangco, Tingting, Danding, Mark Cojuangco, Paul Aquino, Tanjuatco and Sumulong and many of their relatives are the longest reigning political dynasties in history. It is also no surprise that Mar Roxas family is also an old political dynasty. VP Binay will surely win in 2016. I can feel the people from the grassroot level.

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jesso says:

May 14, 2015 at 10:30 am

Meron namang pagpipilian. Alisin nyo sila Binay, Roxas, Poe, Trillianes, Cayetano, at Escudero. Ang mga alternative-Gibo, Santiago, Duterte, Bongbong, Alunan, Gordon at iba pa na may magandang track record sa paglilingkod. Hindi kailangan ang popular, namesake o Celebrity. Experienced and competence and dapat.

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genesisbughaw says:

May 14, 2015 at 10:09 am

Until proven guilty. On this score, let the Binay’s and if i’m not mistaken most of them are lawyers. Let them prove themselves before the Court of Justice not in Media.

Iba na to di na po politika.

Kala ko nga e nag fishing expedition lang yung Senado.

Parang modern Al Capone po ang approach.

Di po kaya sila iwanan ng mga kaibigan niya?

Abangan…

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Paragos says:

May 14, 2015 at 9:57 am

Ka Brod! :D

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apolonio reyes says:

May 14, 2015 at 9:47 am

IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME RIGHT, AS IT WAS ONLY LESS THAN 30 YEARS AGO, WHEN I USED TO GO IN RALLIES AT AYALA AVENUE, WHEN MABINE LAWYERS JOJEMAR BINAY TOGETHER WITH JOKER ARROYO, RENE SAGUISAG, BERT LINA, ETC., WERE SHOUTING AT THE PICK OF THEIR VOICES ” IBAGSAK ANG CONJUGAL DICTATORSHIP AT MARCOS DYNASTY. THAT IN EVERY CONTRACT MAY KICK-BACK SI MARCOS, NA SYA ANG MAY-ARI NG PLDT, LUCIO TAN’S GROUP OF COMAPNIES, BENEDICTO GROUP, CDCP ETC., ” BAKIT KAYA NGAYON SI VP BINAY ANG MERON DYNASTY AT ISA NA LANG SA PAMILYA NYA ANG WALANG PWESTO SA MAKATI AT KASO NG TAGO NA YAMAN. ANO KAYA, PINAG-ARALAN NYA KAYA KUNG PAPANO NAGPA YAMAN SI PRES. MARCOS AT NAKATAYO NG DYNASTIA? SI FERDIE AT IMELDA KAYA ANG IDOL NYA? VP BINAY, UTUSAN MO NA LUMABAS SI GERRY LIMLINGAN ETC., AT SAGUTIN NILA NA HINDI SILA ANG MGA DUMMIES MO AT BUWAGIN MO ANG BINAY DYNASTY PARA PANIWALAAN KA NG TAONG BAYAN AT BAKA SAKALING MAGING PRESIDENTE (?) KA PA?

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bill says:

May 14, 2015 at 9:13 am

Binay was a regular guy before Cory put him in charge of Makati. Except for one 3 year term, he was the mayor until he became the VP. He is now very rich. These are facts. Everything else is suspicions and allegations, whether well founded or not. Those allegations are awaiting proofs and evidences.

Trilla – claimed to be double crossed during his stupid ‘adventure/coup/rebellion’ to take over a shopping mall ( ano yan zombies movie?) and hotel

Tano – Led Taguig dynasty fighting Binay dynasty led Makati for BGC, pera pera lang.

Koko – Undeservedly felt that he deserved to be the leader of PDP Laban just because his Dad was a leader who actually earned his due. Personalan din.

Unfortunately the accusers are all tainted, this is the real tragedy.

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Thai anton says:

May 14, 2015 at 8:28 am

Overpriced building of makati city hall ? Ha ha ha try to make that stick , malalagas na buhok mo pero you will NEVER ever prove that Binays DIRECTLY pocket money , suntok sa buwAn which is more corrupt Pnoy abnoy who presided over PdAp bribery worth millions spread over senatongs And tongressman that is PROVEN Facts and yet he represent daang matuwad . binay allegations vs abnoy pnoy proven corrupt practices.

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chthonic monster says:

May 14, 2015 at 7:50 am

so all of these accusations are debatable(?) because this beenay is such an astute politician he knows for sure how to cover his ass pretty good even the ongoing senate investigation is in disarray! but here’s a fact and it is non debatable anybody who’s been in the position of political power for so long and does not want to let go of his power must be in a very PROFITABLE position! and continues to profit from it in billions(?) eh ano pa kundi sakim, masiba, matakaw, magnanakaw!

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Romy A. Cator says:

May 14, 2015 at 6:43 am

Ako ay 75 taong gulang na at hanggang ngayon ay mahilig pa din akong magbasa ng mga Komentaryo lalo na kapag ito ay tungkol sa politika, Nabigla ako at nagulat sa pamagat komentaryong ito “The siege of the Binay dynasty”, Nabanggit sa artikulong ito na si VP Binay ay ang may hawak ng pinakamataas na rating sa poll survey, At si VP Binay diumano ang unang nagpahiwatig o nagdeklara nang kanyang hangaring kumandidato bilang pangulo ng Pilipinas sa 2016, Nang dahil dito ay mayroon daw mga kalaban ni VP Binay ang nais sirain ang tiwala ng taong bayan kaya sila ay kung anu ano ang ibinibintang sa kaniya na ayon sa sumulat at tila daw may crab mentality ang mga naninirang ito, Ang mga paratang kay VP Binay ay may hinalaman sa overpriced parking building sa Makati city at ang overpriced Makati City Hall Bldg ii, Ayon sa paratang ang magamang Binay daw ay tumanggap ng kickback sa akusasyong ito. At ang mga paratang na ito ay hindi pa nabibigyan ng tamang kasagutan mula sa mga Binay. Malinaw ang paratang kaya “these allegations deserve answers.” Ito ba ay “crab mentality”? or These are llegations that deserve answers.The Binay dynasty is not blocked and we do not know how they do it that they can move freely.up until now.

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noel says:

May 14, 2015 at 7:46 am

I agree with you Sir. And this time, since an overwhelming evidence are starting to lined up in the open, the Binays should start looking now for a real battle..Battle of TRUTHFULLNESS AGAINST THEIR OWN SCRIPTED LIES. As you may recall, when all this tip of the iceberg of wrongdoing begins, they were given ample time and opportunities by the senate investigating the allegation to come forward and air their sides, they refused and said, we will answer all this in the proper forum..Court of Law..Now when the Ombudsman wrapped up a more than a year investigation of highly competent honest lawyers working for the govt., now they were saying Ombudsman abused their discretions and runs to Court of Appeals. Ah..Binays, all your good number days are nearing to an end. Face the court and not the media asking for mercy. Dnt intimidate the MEDIA for simply reporting what has given to them for fair and balance reporting…Stop grouchieng that you The Binays are being persecuted because of your declaration of running for the high office in Phil. Politics..Tell that to the MARINES…he he. Isnt it you are a reservist from the ‘MARINES’ ANYWAY.. YOU BINAY’S ARE SO FUNNY…

jose btaganahan says:

May 14, 2015 at 5:40 am

The PDI issue dated 13 July 2015 stated that the 600 million pesos was in the accounts of VP Binay alone. But the combined amount of money involving the accounts of the Binays and its allies and dummies was 16 billion pesos.

This should open the eyes of our citizenry.

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james cruz says:

May 14, 2015 at 5:34 am

Yen, several years ago an acquaintance of mine went to Makati city hall to apply for a building permit.. do u know what Binay’s bagman/city engineer asked for? That jerk asked for a bribe! he said if he doesnt comply, they wont grant him the permit. They were charging ,or should i say, extorting roughly P20,000 pesos ! Per floor! Yen, P20,000 pesos per floor! The Binays are corrupt! no doubt about it. please dont defend this guy. IF THIS GUY BECOMES PRESIDENT HE WILL PLUNDER THIS NATION!

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Julien Boisfeuras says:

May 14, 2015 at 8:04 am

This is true. Even way back in the 80’s when Jojo Binay was on his first years as Makati Mayor, this form of an extortion racket by the City Engineer’s Office, (no doubt with Binay’s assent) was going on. Just compute the number of years this family of Binay has held a grip on Makati, and the revenue they have amassed from illicit activities at City Hall — it’s staggering. The City Engineer (from the late Nelson Morales to present) would even demand bribes for occupancy permits from companies which built buildings in Makati. All sorts of permits one has to get from Makati City Hall were (and still are) subjected to extortion. The whistleblower Mercado may be telling the truth, but he himself was part and parcel of the extortion rackets and corruption in Makati. He was just double crossed hence he got pissed off — but a saint? of course not. The bigger question now is how to bring the Binay dynasty to an end in Makati, and how to recover this ill gotten wealth ….. within the lifetime of the present generation of Pinoys 20-30 years old. Maybe I ‘m asking for too much.

Tilamsik says:

May 14, 2015 at 1:11 pm

That building permit goes to the government with receipt via 80% LGU and 20% for the building officials. That is what the New Building Code is all about. Stop whining read first before making such wild and baseless complains and guesses.

Rosalina Rojas says:

May 14, 2015 at 4:51 am

A biased, clueless, hindsight perspective.

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bebot says:

May 14, 2015 at 3:27 am

Sa commento ko tunkol sa bintang nila ill gotten wealth, over price sa mga at (ect.) contructions ng mga goverment buildings sa Makati city ay let the court decide it siyempre mayroon naman magagaling na abogados ng mga pamilyang Binays na puwedeng magdepensa sa kanila.

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P.Akialamiro says:

May 14, 2015 at 1:51 am

Kawawa naman ang Pilipinas; Kundi ang isang ‘askusado’ na ‘kurap’ at may ‘dynasty’, isang ‘celebrity’ at ‘neophyte’ ang magiging presidente o bise presidente. Wala na bang mabuti-buti na kandidato?

Mga kapulisan, mga sundalo, mga guro, mga manggawa, mga estudyante, mga magsasaka, mga OFW, etc., kontennto na ba kayo sa mga liderato natin? Gising na, Juan dela Cruz!

I hope the media will be impartial that they be writing the pros and cons about a candidate during the campagn, especially those who run for the two major positions. Mga Netrizens, let’s be pro-active and do our part in the coming elections. For once, we all should do something to break the culture of voting those who are moneyed corrupt, but unqualified, candidates. The media has the obligation to inform the electors about the good qualitictions of certain candidates, as well as their “so-so” qualifications and disqualifications.

We need everyone from the different sectiors of the society with principles to lead; others will follow!

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ren fuentes says:

May 14, 2015 at 11:13 am

p.akialamero, tama ka that the citizens should take action. we should not be contended with poor choices like the one being called corrupt and the other non-action man and the other a new tyro being propped up to protect boy sisi after. but the most important action the citizens should focus first is the throwing away in the bin the magical hocos pcos machine which could be used to elect boy sisi’s choice. kahit may mga matinong kumandidato walang pagasang mananalo ang mga ito sa magical hocos pcos machines

Johnny Ramos says:

May 14, 2015 at 1:16 am

This the biggest blunder of Pnoy and Mar Roxas on VP Binay . It will make him more popular than ever, to impeach him after this drastic move might no longer. It will bring more problems to Ricky Carandang and Edwin Lacierda on how they keep Mar politically alive until election time. The worse scenario here is the liberal party will be wipe out to extinction. Drillon and Belmonte will end up as minority leaders on both houses if the NP will allow it on July 2016.

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Niteowl says:

May 14, 2015 at 1:00 am

Their downfall was attributed to their arrogance and their attitudes. Right before the eyes of the masa, the elite, the middle class and the netizens. They eluded, they colluded and corrupted established conglomerates, industrialists, the courts, and financial sectors and never stood up to protect these same people who cater to their ambitions. What can we say, they did it to themselves long before the Makati scandals ! Everything has to end.

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Jun Adan says:

May 14, 2015 at 12:33 am

Vp BINAY as a declared front runner for the highest post of the land, the Presidency, must indeed be subjected to minute and sharp scrutiny if his integrity, character and moral values in open, honest and beyond moral reproach to good government can pass the litmus test of a highly qualified and competent national leadership. It is only proper that BINAY, a shrewd and a personification of a traditional opportunistic politician prone to beguiling and deceptive approach of endearing to poor electorate (which constitutes as the winning faction or factor in a competitive election) by showering them with goodies ( free education, medicines, hospitals, cake sack of rice on seniors bdays) at the expense of Makati city government). In the process of these false generosity, it is alleged BINAY had made millions in kickbacks/commissions, a wily way to be loved by the residents of his mayoral constituents in Makati and ingenious way to make money on the backend. As a scheming politician, BINAY was able to establish his own political party which itself was used to create The BINAY DYNASTY ( VP BINAY, Mayor Elenita BINAY, Mayor Jun BINAY, Senator BINAY and Rep. Abigail BINAY), fU!nded allegedly by illegally acquired wealth from various.constructions of Makati buildings, City, Hall, Hospitals, Schools, Housing for chosen poor residents, land sale manipulations, as exposed by Vice Mayor Mercado, Binay’s co-conspirators in Makati illegal municipal deals and others, now a state witness! With all the accusations against him by the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee, for graft and corruptions in Makati government deals, together with his son and wife, who both were accused by Ombudsman of corruptions, it is inconceivable that VP BINAY Is indeed clean, honest and devoid of g reed for money and power. Now even BINAY’s bank accounts are being frozen by AMLMAC for various graft and corruption shenanigans. How BINAY can defend himself as clean and still qualified to be President is an imposible task and a miracle. BINAY deserves a ” cell” in a rat ridden jail than an armchair throne in Malacanan!

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Edward Larubis says:

May 14, 2015 at 12:29 am

“The song remains the same”

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citaquidilla says:

May 13, 2015 at 11:44 pm

we will not vote for the accused and the accuser. pare pareho lang sila.

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Nancy Bulok Cake says:

May 13, 2015 at 11:15 pm

All the Binays do is to face the court and explain their amassed wealth with their meager income as VP, senator (very questionable because she had no income except that she was the former alalay of the VP-mukhang katulong naman talaga), congresswoman (her pork barrel was consumed by her bulate business), ang kuhol na mayor (na may elevator pa ang bahay). How do these Binays explain their wealth. They cannot except to hire stupid lawyers.

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