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PEOPLE POWER VETERAN SLAMMED PRO PNoy ENTERTAINERS PAREDES, LEAH NAVARRO FOR BETRAYING 'EDSA 1' IDEALS
[“Maliwanag na namumulitika lang sila lalo pa’t kasama nila sina (ex-Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto) Mercado sa rally nila,” Pelayo said].


JUNE 12 ---2013 PHOTO FILE: JIM PAREDES (APO HIKING) AND LEAH NAVARRO --LOYAL SUPPORTERS OF NOYNOY AQUINO A veteran of the Edsa People Power, which resulted in the toppling of two administrations a decade and-a-half apart, yesterday lashed out at entertainers Jim Paredes and Leah Navarro for “betraying the ideals of the people’s uprising” after the two led a rally the other day calling on Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay to abandon his plan of running in the 2016 presidential elections. “Lest they forget, People Power was about restoring democracy, freedom,” former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo said. Pelayo added the first Edsa was the culmination of decades of struggle of the Filipino people in their quest to restore democracy during the Marcos time. “So, why are they now imposing their own dictatorial rule by imposing their will on the Vice President for him to abandon his presidential ambition?” said Pelayo, who was actively involved with Paredes and Navarro during the popular uprising in 1986 and 2001. “One of the things we fought for in Edsa was for every Filipino to have the chance to exercise his freedom of choice, the very essence of democracy. If that is what Vice President Binay wants, then let him. Why stop him?” Pelayo stressed. “Anyway, running is different from winning. Not because Binay wants to run for president means he would automatically clinch it. It is the people who have to decide. The choice to run is Binay’s but the choice to select and elect who will sit as president is that of the people. That is democracy,” Pelayo said. READ MORE...

ALSO: 'Stop-Binay' group holds Makati rally


JUNE 11 ---Protesters led by musician-writer Jim Paredes (center with gray hair) and other members of the civil society reach Ayala Avenue on Wednesday in a rally called Stop Binay. They urge Vice President Jejomar Binay not to run for President in 2016. NESTOR CORRALES
Thousands of protesters marched through Makati City’s business district on Wednesday, demanding that Vice President Jejomar Binay drop his plan to run for President next year as Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III vowed to break up the Binay political dynasty. Led by entertainers Jim Paredes, Leah Navarro and Cynthia Patag, the #StopBinay protest was joined by people from various sectors of the Makati community, exceeding the 200 that the organizers said they had expected. “We only expected about 200 people to show up but we were shocked that those people also brought other people with them,” Paredes told reporters. The march started from Freedom Park at Ayala Avenue and Gil Puyat Avenue and made its way to the side streets and underpasses of Ayala and ended at the Ninoy Aquino monument at Paseo de Roxas. “We have finally walked our talk,” Paredes said, addressing the protesters who demanded an end to the rule of politicians with questionable integrity. “The Vice President does not deserve to be President. Today, we declare that we must #StopBinay,” the organizers said in a statement. Paredes said Binay owed the people a lot of explanation for the charges of corruption against him in the Senate and the Office of the Ombudsman. A Senate blue ribbon subcommittee is investigating allegations of corruption against Binay during his three terms as mayor of Makati. READ MORE...

ALSO IN MANILA: Erap & VP Binay lead Luneta Park Independence Day rites
[I'm done being Vice President -This was the response of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada to the offer of incumbent Vice President and prospective presidential candidate Jejomar Binay to become his running mate in 2016.]


JUNE 12 ---Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (left) and Vice President Jejomar Binay lead the Independence Day celebration at the Luneta Park in Manila on Friday. NESTOR CORRALES/INQUIRER.net Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (left) and Vice President Jejomar Binay lead the Independence Day celebration at the Luneta Park in Manila on Friday. NESTOR CORRALES/INQUIRER.net
“I am done being Vice President.”  This was the response of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada to the offer of incumbent Vice President and prospective presidential candidate Jejomar Binay to become his running mate in 2016. “Tapos na ‘yun. Marami pa akong gagawin dito sa ating lungsod ng Maynila. I’ve been there. Tama na. Natapos na ako du’n,” Estrada said during the Independence Day celebration in Luneta where he and Binay led the flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies at the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal. (It’s over. I still have a lot to do in Manila. I’ve been there. I am done (being Vice President).) Estrada served as Vice President of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998. He won as President in 1998, but was ousted through a people power revolution in 2001. He ran but lost in the 2010 presidential elections, while his running mate Binay won as vice president. He was elected mayor of Manila in 2013. READ MORE...

ALSO Freedom day: Noy to public: Try to be positive


JUNE 12 ---AY AMBOT! President Aquino said the people would always be the “most powerful force” to continue the changes the country is experiencing, and to remain free and progressive. File photo
 - This Independence Day, Filipinos should learn to think out of the box rather than dwell on negativism, President Aquino said yesterday. In a speech delivered in Iloilo where he inspected and inaugurated various infrastructure projects, the President said he could understand that people are free to speak their minds in a democracy, but took exception to what he described as “contrarians” or those who would counter anything he says. “When I say it’s white, they would say: ‘No, it’s black.’ When I say, ‘Oh yes, it’s black,’ they would say: ‘No, it’s white.’ Whatever we say, they also object. That’s where they derive happiness. They are the ones who, whatever you suggest, they will oppose. Maybe we can’t say anything more to them than...Ay, ambot,” Aquino said, using a Visayan expression of exasperation. READ MORE...

ALSO: Freedom Day in Iloilo, PNoy extols Mar Roxas ('tunay na anak ng Panay') 


JUNE 12 ---Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II and President Benigno Aquino III. STAR/File photo
- President Benigno Aquino III extolled Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II during the celebration of the country's 117th Independence Day in Iloilo. In his speech in Santa Barbara town, Aquino cited the role of Roxas in the integration of the Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental provinces into one region. "Nang inilapit sa akin ni Secretary Mar Roxas ang mungkahi niyang ito, at naisagawa ang mga nararapat na konsultasyon, agad na natin itong pinirmahan," Aquino said. "Alam naman po ninyo, itong tunay na anak ng Panay island na si Secretary Mar ang nanguna sa pagsusulong nito. Gaya po ng nabanggit ko na, alam nating kapag inatas nating pamunuan ng isang Mar Roxas ang isang proyekto o programa, asahan mong magtatagumpay po ito," he added. Aquino then urged Filipinos to keep treading the straight path and reiterated that they will be the ones to continue the reforms of the administration. "Tiwala po ako: Basta’t nananatili tayong tumatahak sa Daang Matuwid, maipagpapatuloy natin ang pagbabagong ating tinatamasa sa kasalukuyan," Aquino said. READ MORE...

ALSO On Independence Day: Hackers deface gov’t website twice, leave message for Aquino

 

 

 

 


JUNE 12 ---Filipino hackers commemorated Independence Day on Friday by defacing the website of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and leaving a message for President Benigno Aquino III. The hackers identified themselves as members of the following groups: Pinoy Vendetta, Anonymous Rizal, Magdalo Cyber Army and Ghost Security Hackers. The first hack showed a message written in Filipino. Later in the morning, however, it was replaced by a message written in English. Titled “Message to the President,” the post questioned Aquino’s efforts to bring positive change in the country. “Greetings Mr. President. It’s been five years since you’ve been elected on your position. And since then, we have been observing you carefully,” the post read. “In those years, Do you think you’ve done enough for the country? In those years, Do you think our economy improved? Or it became worst just like the previous presidents’ reign.”  The hackers then asked Aquino, “How about your pledge to end the corruption? Where is the justice for the 44 Fallen soldiers? We are seeking answers from you Mr. President.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino calls for unity against corruption as country celebrates Independence Day


JUNE 12 ---Iloilo City – The Visayan stage is set for the celebration of the 117th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence today. President Aquino will lead the Independence Day celebration in the historic town of Sta. Barbara in Iloilo where the Philippine flag was raised by Filipino revolutionaries on November 17, 1898 – the first outside Luzon. “I join all Filipinos across the globe in celebrating the 117th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence. Today, our shared heritage comes to the fore, as our hearts swell with pride to commemorate this pivotal milestone in our history,” the President said in his Independence Day message posted in websites of Philippine embassies abroad. “We honor the courage, selflessness, grit, resolve, and passion of our forefathers that won us our liberty and marked our identity as a people. 117 years later, we stand humbled by, and grateful for their gift of sovereignty,” said Aquino who arrived in Iloilo City yesterday to inspect various government infrastructure projects. ROLE OF REGIONS Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda explained that the Independence Day celebration in Iloilo “is part of the President’s ongoing thrust to commemorate the role of our regions in our nation’s liberation.”  READ MORE...


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People Power veteran slams entertainers Paredes, Navarro for betraying Edsa ideals


2013 PHOTO: JIM PAREDES (APO HIKING) AND LEAH NAVARRO --STAUNCHED AND LOYAL SUPPORTER OF NOYNOY AQUINO

MANILA, JUNE 15, 2015 (TRIBUNE) Written by Charlie V. Manalo Friday, 12 June 2015 - A veteran of the Edsa People Power, which resulted in the toppling of two administrations a decade and-a-half apart, yesterday lashed out at entertainers Jim Paredes and Leah Navarro for “betraying the ideals of the people’s uprising” after the two led a rally the other day calling on Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay to abandon his plan of running in the 2016 presidential elections.

“Lest they forget, People Power was about restoring democracy, freedom,” former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo said.


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Pelayo added the first Edsa was the culmination of decades of struggle of the Filipino people in their quest to restore democracy during the Marcos time.

“So, why are they now imposing their own dictatorial rule by imposing their will on the Vice President for him to abandon his presidential ambition?” said Pelayo, who was actively involved with Paredes and Navarro during the popular uprising in 1986 and 2001.

“One of the things we fought for in Edsa was for every Filipino to have the chance to exercise his freedom of choice, the very essence of democracy. If that is what Vice President Binay wants, then let him. Why stop him?” Pelayo stressed.

“Anyway, running is different from winning. Not because Binay wants to run for president means he would automatically clinch it. It is the people who have to decide. The choice to run is Binay’s but the choice to select and elect who will sit as president is that of the people. That is democracy,” Pelayo said.

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The other day a group of rallyists led by Paredes and Navarro marched from Freedom Park on Ayala Avenue to the Ninoy Aquino monument on Paseo de Roxas in Makati City vowing to stop Binay from seeking the presidency in 2016.

“The Vice President does not deserve to be President. Today, we declare that we must Stop Binay,” the organizers of the rally said in a statement.

According to Paredes, Binay owes the people a lot of explanation for the charges of corruption against him in the Senate and the Office of the Ombudsman.

After a record-breaking 21 hearings at the Senate, the blue ribbon committee has recommended the filing of plunder against Binay and his son, Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay, over the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II by P2.3 billion.

“He has refused to show up at Senate hearings. I think as a possible presidential candidate, he should at least answer the charges against him,” Paredes was quoted saying.

Binay has refused to attend the Senate hearings as he acused Senators Koko Pimentel, Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano of bullying their resource persons, including the younger Binay.

“It is totally out of line to say they have to stop Binay from running for the residency because he is alleged to be corrupt as that would be tantamount to insulting the intelligence of the voting public,” Pelayo said.

“If VP Binay is really corrupt as they claim, do they think the people are stupid enough to vote for him? The problem is they also want to impose their will on the people. That is anti-democratic.

They are reverting back to dictatorship. They are betraying the ideals of Edsa,” Pelayo said.

The former Candaba mayor added if Paredes and his group are really against corruption, he is challenging them to join in filing cases, ranging from graft and corruption to plunder, against the members of the Liberal Party who have been found by the Commission on Audit (CoA) to have squandered people’s money through their allocations coming from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Accelration Program (DAP).

“A number of lawmakers and Cabinet officials all coming from the Liberal Party have been found by CoA to have questionably disposed of hundreds of millions and even billions of pesos in public funds. Plunder cases have already been filed against Secretaries Butch Abad and Proceso Alcala and Rep. Boyet Gonzales,” Pelayo said.

“And despite the findings of the CoA, the Department of Justice has refused to file the appropriate cases against the third batch of those involved in the alleged pork scam,” he added.

“But surprisingly, we have yet to hear a word from Paredes and Navarro,” he said.

Pelayo said there were also allegations President Aquino’s relatives were involved in the alleged $30-million extortion try against one of the losing bidders in the MRT rehabilitation, the Inekon, and another presidential relative, alleged to have benefitted from the P51-million milk program courtesy of DAP but, in both cases, Paredes and his group failed to act.

“Smuggling of agricultural products, including rice, onion, garlic, you name it, they continue to persist. Didn’t 2,000 container vans mysteriously disappear in broad daylight and up to now they have to be located? But still, we haven’t heard even a groan from these two moral crusaders,” Pelayo said.

“The fares of the MRT and the LRT have been raised but still their services suck. Just where are Jim Paredes and Leha Navarro when you need them to speak?” Pelayo said.

“And now they are ganging up on Binay, not only accusing him of being corrupt but also ridiculing his skin color, calling him nognog and pandak,” Pelayo said.

“Maliwanag na namumulitika lang sila lalo pa’t kasama nila sina (ex-Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto) Mercado sa rally nila,” Pelayo said.


INQUIRER

Stop-Binay group holds Makati rally By: Maricar B. Brizuela @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:19 AM June 11th, 2015


Protesters led by musician-writer Jim Paredes (center with gray hair) and other members of the civil society reach Ayala Avenue on Wednesday in a rally called Stop Binay. They urge Vice President Jejomar Binay not to run for President in 2016. NESTOR CORRALES

Thousands of protesters marched through Makati City’s business district on Wednesday, demanding that Vice President Jejomar Binay drop his plan to run for President next year as Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III vowed to break up the Binay political dynasty.

Led by entertainers Jim Paredes, Leah Navarro and Cynthia Patag, the #StopBinay protest was joined by people from various sectors of the Makati community, exceeding the 200 that the organizers said they had expected.

“We only expected about 200 people to show up but we were shocked that those people also brought other people with them,” Paredes told reporters.

The march started from Freedom Park at Ayala Avenue and Gil Puyat Avenue and made its way to the side streets and underpasses of Ayala and ended at the Ninoy Aquino monument at Paseo de Roxas.

“We have finally walked our talk,” Paredes said, addressing the protesters who demanded an end to the rule of politicians with questionable integrity.

“The Vice President does not deserve to be President. Today, we declare that we must #StopBinay,” the organizers said in a statement.

Paredes said Binay owed the people a lot of explanation for the charges of corruption against him in the Senate and the Office of the Ombudsman.

A Senate blue ribbon subcommittee is investigating allegations of corruption against Binay during his three terms as mayor of Makati.

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Binay is also facing plunder and graft charges in the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the construction of Makati City Hall Building II, allegedly overpriced at P2.3 billion.

“He has refused to show up in Senate hearings. I think as a possible presidential candidate, he should at least answer the charges against him,” Paredes said.

Binay’s invariable answer that the charges are politically motivated is not enough, Paredes said.

“That is a lame answer. So if the government is timid in treating him, it’s time the people spoke up,” he said.

Charges against Binays

Paredes said the online movement was inspired by the Senate inquiry into the alleged overpricing of the building and the other charges against the members of Binay’s family, including the alleged cornering of contracts such as for the supply of birthday cakes for the city’s senior residents, catering and maintenance services at Makati City Hall.

“It took a while for us to realize that we should go beyond posting memes and opinions on Facebook,” Paredes said, explaining why the movement held a protest rally only on Wednesday.

“When the Binays talk, it’s as if they were already the winners. We want them to know that there are many people who will not vote for them,” Paredes said.

Binay’s son, Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay, is mayor of Makati. His daughter, Mar-len Abigail Binay-Campos holds the seat of Makati’s second district in the House of Representatives. Another daughter, Maria Lourdes Nancy Sombillo Binay, was unknown but was elected to the Senate in 2013.

In their statement, the organizers of #StopBinay expressed confidence that with proper information, the people will be able to choose the right leaders and reject those who will lead the country backward.

End of dynasties?

If a Senate substitute bill against political dynasties becomes law before next year’s elections, the Binays will be facing tough choices.

Pimentel, chair of the Senate committee on electoral reforms, said his “stricter” substitute bill would allow only one member of a family up to the second civil degree to hold elective office if a national office is concerned.

If it is approved in its current form before the next elections, Vice President Binay may not be able to run for President since Senator Binay’s term would not end until 2019, Pimentel said.

For the Vice President to pursue his presidential ambition, Senator Binay would have to resign, he said.

Mayor Binay would also be unable to run for reelection, Pimentel said.

The bill would also prohibit siblings from concurrently serving in the Senate, he said.

House version

In the House, however, the antipolitical dynasty bill could institutionalize the dominance of political clans.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Wednesday said he agreed with some House members whose view was to allow other members of political families to branch out and run for elective posts in “other political jurisdictions.”

Belmonte said the maximum of two positions per family proposed under the antipolitical dynasty bill would apply only to the family’s province, with other members of the family allowed to run in another city or province.

But House members have yet to decide whether to allow other family members to run in provinces, cities, towns and barangays (villages), he said.

“I agreed because a political dynasty is largely localized and not on a national scale. A dynasty in Quezon City has nothing to do with a dynasty in Taguig or Makati,” Belmonte said.–With reports from Leila B. Salaverria and Gil C. Cabacungan



INQUIRER

On Independence Day: Hackers deface gov’t website twice, leave message for Aquino By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo @KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net 09:46 AM June 12th, 2015

Filipino hackers commemorated Independence Day on Friday by defacing the website of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and leaving a message for President Benigno Aquino III.

The hackers identified themselves as members of the following groups: Pinoy Vendetta, Anonymous Rizal, Magdalo Cyber Army and Ghost Security Hackers.

The first hack showed a message written in Filipino. Later in the morning, however, it was replaced by a message written in English.

Titled “Message to the President,” the post questioned Aquino’s efforts to bring positive change in the country.

“Greetings Mr. President. It’s been five years since you’ve been elected on your position. And since then, we have been observing you carefully,” the post read.

“In those years, Do you think you’ve done enough for the country? In those years, Do you think our economy improved? Or it became worst just like the previous presidents’ reign.”

The hackers then asked Aquino, “How about your pledge to end the corruption? Where is the justice for the 44 Fallen soldiers? We are seeking answers from you Mr. President.”

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READ: Hackers attack gov’t sites, call for justice for slain SAF men

NHCP hackingThe “44 Fallen soldiers” refers to the 44 members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force who died last January 25, during the so-called Mamasapano operation. Aquino was accused of allowing then PNP chief Alan Purisima to direct the operation, despite being suspended for his alleged involvement in an anomalous transaction.

Filipino and foreign hackers have been defacing government websites in a bid to send a message to government officials or to call on the public to protest against corruption.

In 2013, Anonymous Philippines made headlines after it defaced at least 30 government websites as it called for the scrapping of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). That was at the height of the exposés on the pork barrel scam.

READ: What Went Before: Anonymous Philippines | ‘Hacktivist’ tagged in defacing gov’t websites during DAP protests falls


MANILA BULLETIN

Aquino calls for unity against corruption as country celebrates Independence Day by Genalyn Kabiling June 12, 2015

Iloilo City – The Visayan stage is set for the celebration of the 117th anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine Independence today.

President Aquino will lead the Independence Day celebration in the historic town of Sta. Barbara in Iloilo where the Philippine flag was raised by Filipino revolutionaries on November 17, 1898 – the first outside Luzon.

“I join all Filipinos across the globe in celebrating the 117th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence. Today, our shared heritage comes to the fore, as our hearts swell with pride to commemorate this pivotal milestone in our history,” the President said in his Independence Day message posted in websites of Philippine embassies abroad.

“We honor the courage, selflessness, grit, resolve, and passion of our forefathers that won us our liberty and marked our identity as a people. 117 years later, we stand humbled by, and grateful for their gift of sovereignty,” said Aquino who arrived in Iloilo City yesterday to inspect various government infrastructure projects.

ROLE OF REGIONS

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda explained that the Independence Day celebration in Iloilo “is part of the President’s ongoing thrust to commemorate the role of our regions in our nation’s liberation.”

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Shortly after the inauguration of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Visayas in 1898, Roque Lopez was elected President. The Philippine flag was raised by General Martin Delgado. The provisional government became a precursor to the Federal State of the Visayas that was eventually abolished upon the island’s joining of the First Republic.

Today, President Aquino will raise the Philippine flag in front of the Sta.Barbara municipal hall, lay a wreath at the nearby General Martin Delgado Monument and deliver his Independence Day speech.

Afterwards, the President will host the traditional Vin d’ Honneur at the old provincial Capitol building where he is expected to deliver a speech, followed by Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, the Dean of the diplomatic corps. This is the first time the diplomatic toast will be held outside Malacañang. At least 91 ambassadors are attending the rites in Sta. Barbara.

CLARION CALL

The President likewise called on all Filipinos here and abroad to help fight corruption and attain an inclusive and progressive nation.

“Through the tides of fate have brought us to different shores, our rallying cry resonates with the same dream for our countrymen: An inclusive, progressive nation,” Aquino said.

“When our forefathers declared our country’s independence, they bore in mind not just the liberation of the motherland but also the uplifting of our countrymen from poverty and oppression,” he said.

“We call on you to exercise the rights and freedom borne from the toil of our ancestors and continue towards shaping a more proactive and mature discourse, perpetuating positive change to the broader spectrum of society, and emancipating our citizenry from the shackles of poverty, corruption, and greed,” the President said in his Independence Day message.

“Together, let us weave our own voices of compassion and hope into a narrative of resilience and empowerment and make the tangible the legacy we are crafting: The Philippines we will all be proud of,” Aquino added.

“Today, as we witness more and more developments in various sectors, and as we lay down further foundations to secure this progress, we continue the work of the Filipinos who came before us, and help shape an evolving national vision for our country which we hope will be cultivated by future generations,” he added.

REAL FREEDOM

While the President leads independence day rites in Iloilo, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay will lead the flag-raising ceremony at the Rizal Park at 8 a.m. today.

Binay called on all Filipinos to “seize the real freedom by getting rid of poverty”.

“Because of our collective struggle, the Filipino now enjoys many liberties. Yet, our freedom is not complete, for the specter of poverty continues to cast its large shadow on many of our people despite the nation’s macroeconomic progress over the recent years,” he added.

Binay said getting out of poverty is both the responsibility of the government and its people.

“Government must channel economic gains into better public transport systems, better schools, better hospitals; and invest in infrastructure and energy that could entice the setting up of industries that can provide decent jobs,” Binay said.

“The same should be done in the sectors of tourism, manufacturing, and other job-generating sectors, besides ensuring the viability and health of agriculture and fisheries, which are major sources of employment and ensure our food security,” he added.

Binay said the people can effect meaningful changes, “through the power of the vote, and in the inherent and protected right and responsibility to hold accountable our public officials and participate in the policy making and implementing processes.”

ZAMBO IN 2016

The President has been celebrating Independence day in historic sites since 2011. Last year, Aquino led celebrations in Naga City, Camarines Sur to mark the contribution of the Bicol region to the Philippine revolution. The Independence Day rites was held in Liwasang Bonifacio in 2013, in Malolos Bulacan in 2012 and Kawit, Cavite in 2011.

Next year, the President’s last year in office, Aquino will lead Independence Day rites in Zamboanga City in recognition of the “Republic of Zamboanga”, which was formed after the collapse of the Spanish colonial rule in 1899. The Republic of Zamboanga was soon overtaken by the American occupation. (With a report from JC Bello Ruiz)


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