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BINAY, ERAP MEET BEHIND CLOSED DOORS


MAY 25 ---Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) confers with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) spokesperson Toby Tiangco during Binay's visit at Manila City Hall on Wednesday, May 27. Binay and Estrada did not disclose the agenda of their meeting, which was held behind closed doors. Roy Lozano VP Binay: What’s wrong with UNA alliance with Lakas-CMD?  Vice President Jejomar Binay sees nothing wrong with the opposition United Nationalist Alliance entering into a coalition with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's party Lakas-CMD. Binay on Wednesday said that it was likely there would be a coalition between the UNA and the Lakas-CMD, two groups that have been on opposing sides since the Arroyo administration. “Sa malamang (magkaroon ng coalition). Ano bang masama doon kung mag-coalition kami?” Binay told reporters. “Sa pulitika 'yung dati mong kagalit 'pagka lumapit sa'yo, ‘iboboto kita’. Alangan naman sabihin mo, ‘hindi, ayoko sa'yo kagalit kita eh.’ Alam mo kada-boto binibilang sa halalan,” he added. Arroyo ran for Vice President in 1998 and for President in 2004 under the Lakas banner. Binay was the late opposition standard-bearer Fernando Poe Jr.'s campaign manager in 2004. The Poe camp, including Binay, accused Arroyo of fraud and filed an election protest against her. Poe, however, died in late 2004. READ MORE...

ALSO PNoy: VP Binay’s chances in 2016 depend on how he’ll answer corruption allegations
[“I am very confident that we can debunk all the false, erroneous, and misleading conclusions of AMLC, which is just part of a conspiracy of the Liberal Party to unleash government agencies against my family and private individuals in their efforts to malign me,” Binay said.]


MAY 27 ---Jejomar Binay
Vice President Jejomar Binay’s responses to corruption allegations being hurled against him will make or break his chances in the 2016 presidential polls, President Benigno Aquino III said Monday. Asked during an interview if he still perceives Binay as the man to beat in the 2016 presidential race, Aquino acknowledged that the vice president has been leading pre-election popularity surveys. Aquino, however, said that Binay’s chances of winning the 2016 presidential elections will largely depend on how he will defend himself from accusations that he was involved in corrupt practices when he was Makati mayor. “Iyong the impression has been that he has been at the forefront of the challenge, if we look at all of the surveys. At the same time, I think that question rest on his ability to be able to answer all of the allegations that he is being confronted with at this present time,” he said. Last week, 242 bank accounts belonging to Binay, his family members and his supposed allies were reported frozen, after the Court of Appeals granted a petition from the Anti-Money Laundering Council’s to undertake such actions. READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay-Arroyo party alliance in 2016? Palace unfazed


MAY 28 ---Former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is under hospital arrest for a plunder case in connection with the alleged misuse of about P360 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds. File photo
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Wednesday was unfazed by the reported talks between Vice President Jejomar Binay's United Nationalist Alliance and the Lakas-CMD party for a possible coalition in 2016. In a press briefing, Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino III remains the most dominant political party. "If you talk about the positions per party, the administration coalition is also likewise a force to be reckoned with. You have a majority of lawmakers on your side," Valte said. "The administration coalition counts for many officials and local government officials as well," she added. Binay reportedly revealed on Tuesday that they are in talks with Lakas-CMD, the political party of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. READ MORE...

ALSO: Come join me, Roxas tells Poe


MAY 28 ---POE 
SENATOR Grace Poe on Wednesday said it was now clear that Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II had been training his eyes on the presidency because he had asked her to team up with him. She recalled Roxas telling her when they sometimes saw each other that their team would be better. “His intention is clearer to me now,” Poe said when she was asked if Roxas had asked her to be his running mate. Question hour. Senator Grace Poe, head of the Senate committee on public order and illegal drugs, questions Gerard Belimac, the Health Department’s HIV program manager, on the security of the country’s borders against illegal drugs. Lino Santos “When we sometimes met, he told me it would be better if we joined forces. But as I said, it was not only the friendship. You should also share the same views on many things—and confidence in each other—before you make a decision on such [matter].” Poe made her statement even as the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay described the Senate as a “wrecking machine” composed of people maligning their political opponents to support their presidential or vice presidential ambitions in the 2016 elections. Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman for political affairs, said the Senate was also “gunning for a Guinness record of having the longest inquiry in the world not in aid of legislation but in aid of political demolition.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Softer China stance seen after Philippines elects new president


MAY 28 ---Time may be on China’s side when it comes to its South China Sea territorial dispute with the Philippines.
The Philippines will elect a new president in less than a year, bringing a potential reset to ties that have deteriorated to the point President Aquino was once uninvited to visit China. While candidates have yet to formally declare their plans, those regarded as front-runners are now flagging a softer approach on China, including possible joint exploration of resources in the sea. That would mark a return to the policies of Aquino’s predecessor Gloria Arroyo, and could give the Philippine economy further support. Under Aquino, the Philippines – vastly outnumbered in soldiers, planes and ships, has taken China to an international court for arbitration on the South China Sea dispute. It has sought to rally support from other Southeast Asian nations for a tougher stance against China, and expanded an alliance with its ally, the US. China has rebuffed Aquino’s actions, escalating the pace of building work on reefs and shoals it claims and using radio to warn Philippine boats and aircraft away from the area. READ MORE...

ALSO: Think before you speak, Poe tells UNA spokesman


MAY 28 ---Think before you speak.
This was the response of Sen. Grace Poe to the statement of lawyer JV Bautista, a spokesperson for the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), that the ruling Liberal Party (LP) is composed of politicians who "tormented" her father, the late actor-turned-presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr. Bautista said many LP members were former allies of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who allegedly cheated in the 2004 presidential elections to win against the actor. Poe, however, adverted to UNA's likely alliance with Arroyo's Lakas-CMD in the 2016 elections, something that opposition leader and UNA's presumptive standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay confirmed on Wednesday. "Ayoko nang sumama ang sitwasyon pero siguro dapat mag-isip-isip sila bago magsalita dahil meron silang mga kaalyansa na pinakasangkot sa pandaraya na kasama na nila ngayon," Poe said in an interview. UNA is led by Fernando Poe Jr.'s close friends, Binay and former President and incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada. Binay was the actor's campaign manager in 2004. Poe said that while she is grateful for their friendship, she would not use this as the basis for her next political move. READ MORE...

ALSO Binay camp: Why does Senate subcommittee recommend plunder?


MAY 28 ---BINAY CAMP 
Vice President Jejomar Binay's camp on Thursday questioned the recommendation of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee for the filing of plunder charges against the Vice President and 19 others over the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II. VP Binay's spokesperson Joey Salgado said the Ombudsman has already reviewed the case and thinks the Vice President can only be held liable for graft and malversation, and not plunder. "We would like to remind the senators that a plunder complaint was filed last year by Mr. (Renato) Bondal over the same issue. The Ombudsman, after review of the documents which the senators said they furnished the agency, asked the Mayor and city officials to comment on a finding of graft and malversation, not plunder," he said, adding that the Ombudsman's findings are baseless, too. "We are confident that given a fair and impartial venue, these allegations will be dismissed. [But], we do not see any impartiality in the Senate and in the Ombudsman," said Salgado. Moreover, he said they have been consistent in saying that there is no legal and factual basis for the charges against the Vice President and Mayor Junjun Binay. "The purported report of the subcommittee is based on perjured statements, outright lies and unfounded conclusions," he said, and that the senators should instead answer how much they spent in the hearings. "Ang dapat sagutin ng mga senador, magkano ang ginastos nila na pera ng taumbayan sa sampung buwan ng paninira sa pangalan ni Vice President Binay?"  READ MORE...

ALSO: 4 senators signed plunder raps report vs. VP Binay, 19 others, needs 5 more to make 9 official


MAY 28 ---The draft report of the Blue Ribbon subcommittee recommending plunder charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay and 19 others is now only five signatures short of the nine needed to make it official.
In an interview with reporters, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, subcommittee chairman and author of the report on the alleged irregularities in the construction of Makati City Hall Building II, said four senators have already affixed their signatures to the report. “Sa ngayon ang good news na natanggap ko, apat na ang nakapirma, isa na ko dun,” he said. He, however, refused to name the other three and to provide an official copy of the report until a majority of the 14 members of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, headed by Senator Teofisto Guingona III, have signed it. READ MORE...

ALSO Malaya Opinion of the day: 'Poe and Ping'
[Who among lawmakers have the character and integrity of Lacson/? I see none. Who among the lawmakers are widely being pushed to run for President but Grace Poe, but, refuses to become heady?]


MAY 29 ---by Amado P. Macasaet 
DILG Secretary Manuel Araneta Roxas, better known as Mar, need not declare his intention to run for president next year. His actions point to that direction. He is emboldened by President Aquino who said his secretary of interior and local government is on top of the list of Liberal Party contenders. Last Wednesday, Sen. Grace Poe said Mar is the presidential aspirant of his party. That leaves her in limbo. Loyal first to her responsibilities as lawmaker and to President Aquino, she cannot figure out whether the President wants her to be the party’s standard bearer. She said the President was not categorical. She did not look like she had any emotions about being the candidate. Now she says Mar is the bet. Mar is said to have told Senator Grace to be his VP. From what I gathered in our brief conversation in her Senate office, Grace Poe will take orders from the President, not from Roxas. She never dreamed of occupying the highest office in the land. She may have been emboldened by the outpouring of support from nearly all sectors of society. In fairness, she has not become heady. Which means she relies solely on the fate, whatever it is, that awaits her. If it comes, it comes. Everybody talks about this or that politician more particularly Vice President Jejomar Binay and Rudy Duterte among a few who aspire to succeed President Aquino. Former Senator and former PNP chief Panfilo M. Lacson does not deny he is available for the post. But he wants to see manifestations of support for his plans. Having learned from his defeat as presidential candidate to Gloria Arroyo, Ping Lacson does not have word about his possibility of winning. He has not declared he is aspiring for the post. The critical problem about the coming election is picking a candidate who is not tainted with corruption and has the capability to push the programs of growth President Aquino started. READ MORE...


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Binay, Erap meet behind closed doors


Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) confers with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) spokesperson Toby Tiangco during Binay's visit at Manila City Hall on Wednesday, May 27. Binay and Estrada did not disclose the agenda of their meeting, which was held behind closed doors. Roy Lozano

MANILA, JUNE 1, 2015 (GMA NEWS) By AMITA O. LEGASPI, May 27, 2015 5:43pm - VP Binay: What’s wrong with UNA alliance with Lakas-CMD?  Vice President Jejomar Binay sees nothing wrong with the opposition United Nationalist Alliance entering into a coalition with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's party Lakas-CMD.

Binay on Wednesday said that it was likely there would be a coalition between the UNA and the Lakas-CMD, two groups that have been on opposing sides since the Arroyo administration.

“Sa malamang (magkaroon ng coalition). Ano bang masama doon kung mag-coalition kami?” Binay told reporters.

“Sa pulitika 'yung dati mong kagalit 'pagka lumapit sa'yo, ‘iboboto kita’. Alangan naman sabihin mo, ‘hindi, ayoko sa'yo kagalit kita eh.’ Alam mo kada-boto binibilang sa halalan,” he added.

Arroyo ran for Vice President in 1998 and for President in 2004 under the Lakas banner.

Binay was the late opposition standard-bearer Fernando Poe Jr.'s campaign manager in 2004.

The Poe camp, including Binay, accused Arroyo of fraud and filed an election protest against her. Poe, however, died in late 2004.

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“Ano bang problema sa Lakas? E political party ‘yon… Alam mo sa pulitika, kada election e tingnan mo kung anong lumalabas. Tulad na lang no’ng kay FPJ (Poe's initials), ‘di ba ‘yong mga nandaya kay FPJ, sila ngayon [ang] magkakasama,” Binay said.

Binay, however, didn't go into detail who he was referring to as those who cheated Poe.

Former Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, one of the leaders of Lakas, said over the weekend that the party would most likely support Binay’s presidential bid.

"We're polarizing towards the UNA. Number One, our chairman emeritus, the former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.... We're very grateful to the Vice President [for being] the only, the highest elected official who is sympathetic to her," Suarez said.

In October last year, Binay said that Arroyo, incumbent Pampanga representative and detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center for plunder case, was not being treated fairly. -NB, GMA News


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