PNoy revealed to media today Mar is still his top choice for president By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated May 25, 2015 - 1:07pm
Interior Secrteary Manuel Roxas II and President Benigno Aquino III. STAR file photo
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III revealed on Monday that Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II is still his top choice among the possible presidential candidates in the 2016 elections.
In an ambush interview with reporters in Marikina, Aquino said he was "surprised" to hear from the media that Roxas was reportedly not being eyed as the Liberal Party's standard bearer.
Aquino said Roxas is a "staunch leader of the party" and a "valuable member" of the Cabinet with "quite a wide range of expertise."
Roxas also showed his "ability to sacrifice" when he withdrew his presidential plan in 2010 and ran instead as Aquino's vice presidential candidate.
"All of these traits should point out that he is ,to my mind, as far as our coalition is concerned, he is at the top of the list," Aquino said.
The president said he will announce his presidential bet in July after his final State of the Nation Address.
Aquino, who earlier stated that he will name his anointed one in June, said the Liberal Party is still conducting consultations and consensus-building.
"We just want this dialogue to be as thorough and encompassing as possible with all the sectors that are involved in the coalition," Aquino said.
Despite his poor performance in the surveys on voter preferences, Roxas remains the presumptive standard bearer of the ruling party.
However, reports said Sen. Grace Poe is also being eyed as the administration's presidental candidate after her recent rise in surveys.
Poe, who topped the 2013 senatorial elections under the administration ticket, is now ranked second and behind Vice President Jejomar Binay among the possible presidential contenders.
She recently met and discussed the 2016 polls with Aquino, who said the neophyte senator can continue the reforms of his administration.
PNoy: Philippines will be First World country if my reforms continue By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated May 25, 2015 - 11:57am
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III claimed on Monday that the country will reach First World status if the reforms of his administration will be continued.
In his speech in Marikina Elementary School, Aquino trumpeted the country's economic achievements under his watch and the decline in unemployment and hunger incidence among families.
Aquino also boasted of his administrations' anti-corruption efforts and programs for education, health and poverty alleviation that contributed to the country's progress.
"Kung madidiligan ang ating mga ipinunla... baka po tuluyan nang nasa First World status tayo sa panahong iyon," Aquino said.
"Napakasarap pong pangarapin nito lalo pa't alam nating maaabot ito kung maipagpapatuloy lang natin ang pagsisikap, pag-aambagan at pagsisigurong maayos at matapat ang pamamahala sa ating bansa," he added.
Aquino made these statements ahead of his expected announcement of the Liberal Party's standard-bearer in the 2016 presidential elections.
Aquino had said that his successor should sustain the programs that he started.
He had also revealed that this feat can be done by Sen. Grace Poe, who topped the 2013 senatorial elections under the administration ticket.
Poe, who met recently with Aquino, is reportedly being eyed as the standard-bearer of the Liberal Party along with Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.
READ: Noy wants to keep alliance with Poe
Tiangco dares Noy: ‘walk the talk’ on corruption raps of allies
Written by Tribune Wires Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:00
The gloves appear to be off, especially after President
Aquino stated that for Vice President Jejomar Binay to win the presidency in
2016, he should answer the charges of corruption leveled against him.
This statement appeared to have gotten the gander of Rep. Toby Tiangco, interim president of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), who shot back, saying that the Aquino administration has been playing “godfather” to allies who are charged with corruption, and if President Aquino dares Binay to answer charges, the Liberal Party Aquino’s allies should answer the corruption charges that have been leveled against them.
He dared Aquino and his allies to walk the talk.
UNA took a swipe yesterday at the President’s remarks on the Vice President and turned the tables on Aquino and his allies, saying his administration also needs to answer allegations of corruption hurled at their allies.
“As I have been consistent in saying, that tuwid na daan is the height of hypocrisy. The government agencies under the Administration are being used against the opposition.
At the same time, the administration is harboring allies
who are deeply involved in anomalies and other allegations of corruption. It
is the administration itself that is defending the presidential allies and
are even lawyering for them,” the UNA interim president said.
Tiangco explained that the administration should walk its (anti-corruption) talk and let the wheels of justice freely roll for those (in the administration) charged.
“We will keep on saying that this administration, until we see otherwise, is quick in dismissing charges against their allies, as well as employing selective prosecution against members of the opposition,” Tiangco added.
The Navotas representative said that if the Liberal Party claims that it and its members adhere to the “tuwid na daan”, there should be no impediment for them to allow the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to look into the bank accounts of LP members allegedly involved in corruption.
Tiangco said that there are instances when Malacañang is fast in diverting or muddling the issue or even playing godfather for their allies.
He added that LP members and allies facing charges even get appointed to plum positions in government.
“As long as you are an ally, you get appointed and even the President himself pays for the bail of ( former Comelec commissioner) Grace Padaca,” Tiangco said.
“If you are Drilon, you are quickly cleared by the Ombudsman. If you are congressmen with high ranking positions in the House of Representatives which the President controls, no cases will be filed against them even when there is a 452-page report of the Commission on Audit (CoA) since August 2013,” he added.
“If you are a very close ally and “bata” of the President like Butch Abad, you will be defended even when the Supreme Court already ruled that the PDAF at DAP are unconstitutional,” Tiangco stressed,
“The AMLC should look into the bank accounts of Drilon and Abad,” Tiangco said. “We will all know if they truly tread the the tuwid na Daan or make money on the path, (dito makakita kung tunay nga sila ay nasa tuwid na daan o kumikita sa daan,)” he added.
Grace: Mar wants me as his VP May 27, 2015 10:57 pm by JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA, LLANESCA T. PANTI AND JAIME R. PILLAPIL REPORTERS
Poe reiterated that she is still trying to determine the reason why she needs to gun for a higher position.
SEN. Grace Poe on Wednesday admitted that Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd has already told her that he wants her to be his running mate in the 2016 elections.
But the greenhorn lawmaker, who is closing in on Vice President Jejomar Binay in popularity surveys, said she remains undecided about her political plans.
Poe told reporters that she met Roxas by chance in a restaurant where the presumptive standard-bearer of the administration-backed Liberal Party purportedly floated the idea that they join hands in next year’s polls.
“For me, the intention of Secretary Roxas is clearer, he mentioned that it will be better if we join forces,” she said.
But while they both have similar objectives of pursuing the reform program of President Benigno Aquino 3rd and in fighting corruption, the senator pointed out that she believes there are still a lot of things that should be done to help improve the lives of Filipinos people and effectively address poverty.
Poe reiterated that she is still trying to determine the reason why she needs to gun for a higher position.
She was a common candidate of the LP and the United Nationalist Alliance in the 2013 elections but the opposition party later dropped her after she reportedly refused to join their sorties and stuck with the administration party. Poe would eventually top the senatorial race.
Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero also admitted having discussed the possibility of teaming up with Poe in the 2016 elections, but said there was no decision taken yet. “This is what we have been discussing, maybe it is also due to the clamor for her to run for President next year,” Escudero, who served as the campaign spokesman of the late actor Fernando Poe Jr.–Poe’s father–when he ran for President in the 2004 elections, said.
Join the opposition
Deposed President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada also on Wednesday expressed his wish for Poe to “change her mind and join the opposition” instead.
The former leader said he is asking his goddaughter to backtrack from her pronouncement that she has no plans of becoming Vice President Jejomar Binay’s runningmate.
Estrada, a close friend of the senator’s late father, said there is “nothing permanent” in politics.
“Everything can change. May 2016 is still far. So, everything is fluid,” he noted. When asked if there is still a possibility for him to run for President, Estrada replied, “Binay is still the presidential candidate of the opposition.”
“I am seeking reelection as mayor of Manila,” he said.
Grace or no Grace, run
At the House of Representatives, congressmen affiliated with the LP urged Roxas to pursue his bid for presidency even if Poe will not agree to be his runningmate.
Representatives Christopher Belmonte (Quezon City), Jerry Treñas (Iloilo City) and Sonny Collantes (Batangas) made the call in light of the President Aquino’s statement that Roxas remains on top of his list as his preferred successor.
“He [Roxas] should declare already so that the party can make a decision. While we are moving individually, it will be different if we make a move as a party. We have always wanted Secretary Roxas in so far as possible presidential candidates are concerned because he has the experience needed to be the Chief Executive and he won’t be there to enrich himself,” Treñas said.
“He [Roxas] should declare so that we can show you that surveys change,” Collantes said.
Noy's annointed: It’s elementary Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:00
Noynoy appears to be doing a strip tease on who his
anointed would be, emitting signals that it would be Grace Poe and lately,
He has also said, at one time, that during the administration’s election campaign, he would be there to focus on the success of his claimed change and reforms programs, with the latest spiel on the Philippines becoming a First World Country soon, with the continuity of his reforms and his daang matuwid, but which no longer has any currency among the Filipino people.
But whether the choice is Mar Roxas or Grace Poe, the foremost question among the electorate is whether either would continue to protect Noynoy and his Liberal Party (LP) biggies from from prosecution, should either or both win the two top political slots in 2016.
For Noynoy and the LPs, the campaign thrust against VP Jojo Binay, who is definitely running as the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer, appears to be pretty clear-cut: the continued portrayal of the VP as corrupt to make their anti-corruption stance gain currency.|
Already, Noynoy has publicly stated that Binay needs to answer the allegations of corruption if he wants to win the presidency.
At the same time of course, he makes no mention of the fact that none of his LP biggies who are also alleged of having committed corruption and plunder, complete with filed complaints with the Ombudsman, has answered allegations of plunder and corruption charges against them.
As a matter of fact, the so-called third batch of
legislators, which include some of his close friends and allies, has not
even been filed, after the umpteenth promise of Leila de Lima to file this.
Not to be left behind, presidential wannabe Alan Cayetano has been quoted as saying that Binay no longer enjoys the presumption of innocence because the evidence and that he has been already been proved guilty.
Wow. Cayetano is said to be lawyer and he doesn’t know that even an accused before the court, is always presumed innocent until proven guilty?
Besides, what evidence is he talking about that proves the VP’s guilt?
The Malacanañg puppet Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC)
report on the 242 bank accounts in the names of legitimate businessmen
alleged to be dummies of Binay by the trio in the Senate as proof of guilt?
Have Cayetano and the yellow ribbon subcommittee and even the ALMC proved that these are the dummies of Binay? Duh, Alan, Koko and Trillanes, all you have are baseless accusations.
But what would be more important to the electorate in 2016 is the public’s cry for the prosecution of Noynoy and his protected species, such as Budget Secretary Butch Abad, Franklin Drilon, Dinky Soliman, Ging Deles and many of Noynoy’s other Cabinet members, among other biggies.
And this is where Mar has an edge over Grace in becoming Noynoy and his LPs’ standard bearer, as far as the LP as party desires go.
Mar can be trusted to continue protecting Noynoy and the LP biggies, should he win the presidential race.
Grace, who now speaks and acts like a true blue politician, will undoubtedly protect Noynoy, but as public pressure mounts for her to charge the LP biggies and prosecute them, what are her chances of losing public support immediately if she insists on protecting Noynoy and his LP biggies?
of course, if she does win the presidency, which is iffy at this point.
For that matter, will Grace even sign the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) committee report of Sen. Miriam Santiago, as well as Sen. Marcos’ committee report, which would be largely based on the constitutional infirmities, that is, if Marcos and the Noynoy allies do a Rufus Rodriquez ad hoc committee, especially as Noynoy has already sent loud feelers that he wants a meeting with the senators on the BBL’s constitutionality.
One meeting loaded with projects and cash offered should do it.
As things stand, eight senators, Noynoy’s allies among them, have already signed the Santiago committee report. Grace’s name isn’t on it yet.
But will she, knowing that her political patron, Noynoy wants it approved, by project hook, or crooked cash?
That Grace will protect Noynoy at all cost is probably a given.
But the LP members can’t be too sure of their protection
from prosecution under a Grace Poe presidency.
And this is why the LPs want Mar as their standard bearer.
As Sherlock always tells Watson, It’s elementary.