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TRILLANES OUTS GRACE POE, TOLD ABS-CBN: SHE WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016


JUNE 30 ---Senators Antonio Trillanes (left), Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS  Senator Grace Poe has allegedly decided to run for president in 2016, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said on Tuesday, citing own sources. “Based on the information we have, she (Poe) has made her decision to run for president with Sen. Chiz as her vice president and they’re going at it as independents so that’s their plan and we’ll just wait for a formal announcement which they will make probably in September,” Trillanes said over ABS-CBN News Channel’s (ANC) “Headstart.”  Chiz is Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who earlier said that he would run for vice president should he decide to seek a higher post in 2016. READ: Escudero to run for vice president if… INQUIRER.net tried but failed to get the side of Poe and Escudero on Trillanes’ statement. READ MORE...

ALSO as main opposition party: VP Binay launches UNA, hits 'numb, flawed' Noy gov't


JULY 1 --(From left) Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, Dr. Elenita Binay, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito take their oath as members of the United Nationalist Alliance during its launch as the main opposition party for the 2016 national elections. Jonathan Asuncion
Vice President Jejomar on Wednesday slammed the current administration for being "numb and flawed" during the launch of the United Nationalist Alliance as the main opposition party for the 2016 elections.
During his speech, the vice president bared the three pillars of his platforms - improvement of basic services, economic dynamism and effective governance. "Ang sigaw ng UNA at ng taumbayan sawa na tayo sa kahirapan, sawa na tayo sa kawalan ng hanapbuhay, sawa na tayo sa kriminalidad at ilegal na droga. Sawa na tayo sa kakulangan ng basic services... hirap na tayo sa manhid at palpak na pamahalaan," Binay said. Binay criticized the current administration and stressed that UNA is different from the ruling party. "Mga kasama, ang UNA ay hindi samahan ng mga palpak at manhid. Hindi ito samahan ng mga tamad, usad-pagong at teka-teka," the vice president said. The vice president, who is also the standard bearer of UNA, emphasized that he has more experience to lead the country. READ MORE...

ALSO: 10 promises UNA made in party launching


JULY 1 --Vice President Jejomar Binay enumerated the plans of his party for the country once seated as president during the launch of UNA on Tuesday, July 1, 2015. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion
Vice President Jejomar Binay laid down on Tuesday the United Nationalist Alliance's platform for the 2016 elections campaign based on what it called as three pillars: improvement of basic services, economic dynamism and effective caring governance.
“Ating inihaharap ang plataporma ng UNA para sa bagong paglaban sa kahirapan ito ang bandera ng ating paglilingkod. Ang ating dakilang misyon at ang ating saligang gabay sa paglilingkod sa sambayanan,” Binay said. “Ipapatupad natin sa buong bansa ang ibayong serbisyong panlipunan na nagawa na sa Makati na sa gayon maraming Pilipino ang maiaahon sa kahirapan,” he added. Here are ten promises and plans Binay highlighted in his speech: Promise of employment “Pagbibigay ng hanap-buhay mula sa limang sector na pinakamalaking magbigay ng trabaho. Palalakasin natin ang agrikultura, manufacturing, turismo, business process outsourcing at export. Providing quality education “Pagpapalawak ng dekalidad at libreng basic education at subsidized higher education. Kasama dito ang ayuda para sa uniporme, gamit sa eskwela libro at mga tamang pagkain para sa mga batang magaaral lulutasin ang matagal nang kakulangan sa silid-aralan.” CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Veep Binay describes Aquino gov’t: Lazy, slow, indecisive


JULY 2 --FROM FRIEND TO FOE Vice President Jejomar Binay added “tamad, usad-pagong at teka-teka” (lazy, slow and indecisive) to describe the Aquino administration at the launching of the main opposition party, United Nationalist Alliance, at Makati Coliseum. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ 
Where is the government? Vice President Jejomar Binay repeated this sentence throughout the 15-minute speech in Filipino as he delivered his sharpest words yet against the Aquino administration at the launch of his political party on Wednesday in Makati, the city that the Binay family has controlled for almost 30 years. He devoted a large part of his stinging and emotionally charged speech lambasting the government, at one point describing it as an association of “tamad, usad-pagong at teka-teka (lazy, slow and indecisive)” people. “After five years, so many are still without jobs, hungry, ill and with no one to turn to, youths who cannot go to school, rampant crime and illegal drugs in the community. Poverty is widespread,” the Vice President said. “The nation asks: ‘Where is the government?’” he said, addressing the crowd from a glowing red lectern shaped like the No. 1, resembling the digit in the logo of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace counters VP Binay with opposite descriptions, claims PNoy admin diligent, prompt


JULY 2 --COLOMA  After Vice President Jejomar Binay again criticized the administration for supposedly being lazy, slow and tentative, Malacañang on Thursday answered with opposite descriptions of President Benigno Aquino’s government, describing it as diligent, prompt and organized.
In a prepared statement, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma sought to refute new allegations made by Binay against the administration. “Itinaguyod ni Pangulong Aquino ang kabutihan nila Juan at Juana dela Cruz sa pamamagitan ng mabuting pamamahala sa tuwid na daan nitong nakaraang limang taon. Masipag, maagap, at masinop ang gobyerno sa pagtugon sa mga pangangalilangan ng mamamayan,” Coloma said at a press briefing. The Palace official said better disaster preparedness under the Aquino government is a clear proof that the administration is promptly doing its job. He cited savings from infrastructure projects as an indication that the Aquino government is careful in handling public funds. During the launch of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Wednesday, Binay once again publicly attacked the administration, indicating that the Philippines seems to have an absentee government under Aquino. READ MORE...

ALSO: Kiko, Ping top SWS 2016 senatorial polls


JULY 1 --Former senators Kiko Pangilinan and Ping Lacson topped the latest SWS senatorial polls. File photo
- Former senators Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan and Panfilo "Ping" Lacson topped the latest Social Weather Stations survey for senatorial preferences for the 2016 elections. Pangilinan, the presidential assistant for food security and agricultural modernization, topped the list with 60 percent while Lacson, who is the former presidential assistant on rehabilitation and recovery, scored 51 percent. Ranking third is Sen. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III with 50 percent, followed by Senate President Franklin Drilon with 42 percent. Sen. Ralph Recto and Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos both scored 41 percent. Landing on the seventh spot is Taguig City Rep. Lino Edgardo Cayetano with 40 percent, followed by Justice Secretary Leila De Lima with 33 percent. Sen. Sergio Osmeña III is tied at the ninth spot with Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, both scoring 32 percent. Former Sen. Richard "Dick" Gordon garnered a rating of 31 percent while Sen. Teofisto "TG" Guingona III got 28 percent. Lacson and Sotto topped the Pulse Asia survey for senatorial preferences during the same period. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT...

ALSO Under Commish Lim: Comelec reverses ruling disqualifying Smartmatic


JULY 1 --Voting 4-2-1, Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said the Comelec had decided to grant the plea of Smartmatic-TIM after finding that the firm’s OMR demonstration machines were compliant with the requirements of the P2.5-billion project. File photo
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday reversed the disqualification of Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) Corp. in the contract to supply some 23,000 new optical mark reader (OMR) machines to be used in the 2016 polls.
Voting 4-2-1, Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said the Comelec had decided to grant the plea of Smartmatic-TIM after finding that the firm’s OMR demonstration machines were compliant with the requirements of the P2.5-billion project. “Because of the 4-2-1, the Notice of Awards will be given to Smartmatic and we will now proceed to the discussions on the contracts in so far as the 23,000 OMR are concerned,” Lim said in a press briefing. “The instant protest is hereby granted. Accordingly, the commission hereby declares the joint venture of Smartmatic-TIM as the bidder with the lowest calculated responsive bid in connection with the public bidding for the lease with option to purchase 23,000 new units for use in the May 9, 2016 national and local elections,” the resolution added. READ MORE...

ALSO Tribune commentary: An adopted member of Noynoy’ family? Count me out!


JULY 2 --by Charlie V. Manalo Being an adopted member of the one of the country’s buena familia — that of the Cojuangco-Aquino which has already produced two of the country’s presidents, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay would have nothing more to wish for. Anyway, he is second in command of the country, next to President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, whose mother, the late Cory Aquino he had also served. Thus, it would seem understandable for Noynoy when he lambasted Binay last week, calling him an ingrate for bolting his Cabinet and criticizing his administration. After all the things he had done for him, treating him like a member of his family, that was what Binay had repaid him. To Noynoy, Binay is an ingrate, someone who has no idea what a debt of gratitude is. Or is it really the case?  Could Noyoy really brag before the world that he had treated Binay like he was a member of his family? About three months ago, Noynoy’s partymate and presumptive Liberal Party standard bearer in 2016, Department Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas, deployed “battalions” of police at the Makati City Hall so that another partymate could takeover an illegally suspended mayor, the Vice President’s son, Junjun. Is that the way to treat a family member?
Noynoy appointed Binay to head his government’s housing agency. But then, the budget supposedly intended for his agency for the housing program of those affected by natural calamities was impounded and rechanneled to Roxas’ agency, which is in no way concerned with the government’s housing program. Obviously, the additional budget for DILG was intended to prop up Roxas’ presidential chances as he continues to lag in all surveys. Was that the proper way of treating a family member, giving undue advantage to Binay’s political rival?  READ MORE...


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Trillanes outs Grace Poe: She will run for President


Senators Antonio Trillanes (left), Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, JULY 6, 2015 (INQUIRER) By Maila Ager June 30, 2015 - Senator Grace Poe has allegedly decided to run for president in 2016, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said on Tuesday, citing own sources.

“Based on the information we have, she (Poe) has made her decision to run for president with Sen. Chiz as her vice president and they’re going at it as independents so that’s their plan and we’ll just wait for a formal announcement which they will make probably in September,” Trillanes said over ABS-CBN News Channel’s (ANC) “Headstart.”|

Chiz is Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who earlier said that he would run for vice president should he decide to seek a higher post in 2016.

READ: Escudero to run for vice president if…

INQUIRER.net tried but failed to get the side of Poe and Escudero on Trillanes’ statement.

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Unlike Poe and Escudero, who have yet to publicly declare their plans for 2016, Trillanes is bent on running for vice president in 2016.

“Yes, very sure,” he said.

READ: Trillanes ‘100% sure’ to run as VP

Trillanes said he would pursue his vice presidential bid with or without the support of his group, the Nacionalista Party (NP), or even if it would mean running against his own party mate, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano.

“Yes. That’s who we are. I was never afraid of losing,” he said.

All four senators — Trillanes, Cayetano, Poe and Escudero — will continue to serve until 2016 even if they run and lose in the upcoming elections. Arianne F. Merez, INQUIRER.net trainee/IDL


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VP Binay launches UNA, hits 'numb, flawed' gov't By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated July 1, 2015 - 6:06pm 2 597 googleplus0 0


(From left) Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, Dr. Elenita Binay, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito take their oath as members of the United Nationalist Alliance during its launch as the main opposition party for the 2016 national elections. Jonathan Asuncion

MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar on Wednesday slammed the current administration for being "numb and flawed" during the launch of the United Nationalist Alliance as the main opposition party for the 2016 elections.

During his speech, the vice president bared the three pillars of his platforms - improvement of basic services, economic dynamism and effective governance.

"Ang sigaw ng UNA at ng taumbayan sawa na tayo sa kahirapan, sawa na tayo sa kawalan ng hanapbuhay, sawa na tayo sa kriminalidad at ilegal na droga. Sawa na tayo sa kakulangan ng basic services... hirap na tayo sa manhid at palpak na pamahalaan," Binay said.

Binay criticized the current administration and stressed that UNA is different from the ruling party.

"Mga kasama, ang UNA ay hindi samahan ng mga palpak at manhid. Hindi ito samahan ng mga tamad, usad-pagong at teka-teka," the vice president said.

The vice president, who is also the standard bearer of UNA, emphasized that he has more experience to lead the country.

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"Sa paghrap sa mga problema ng bayan, may sapat na karanasan at hindi bagitong mag-aaral pa lang sa pamamahal at pagsisilbi sa bayan," Binay explained.

Binay, who recently resigned from President Benigno Aquino III's Cabinet, criticized the state of the Metro Rail Transit, which he referred to as a "running train coffin," for its flawed services. He also cited the case of the Mamasapano incident which led to the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.

"Nagbuwis ng buhay ang 44 na magigitng na miyembro ng ating kapulisan, ang SAF 44. Nagkaroon ng katakot takot na imbestigasyon at report ngunit walang nasampahan ng kaso. Ang tanong ng bayan nasaan ang gobyerno?" Binay asked.

The vice president promised to strengthen the agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, business process outsourcing and export sectors.

He also vowed to strengthen the three branches of government that have been weakened by corruption.

"Samahan ninyo ako upang magkatotoo ang ating pangarap na iangat ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino. Ipalalaganap natin ang ating panawagan ng bagong laban sa kahirapan," Binay told his supporters.

UNA was first formed in 2013 as a coalition between Vice President Jejomar Binay's Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan party and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada's Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino party.

Binay currently ranks second in surveys for the presidential race in 2016, next to Sen. Grace Poe.


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10 promises UNA made in party launching By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated July 1, 2015 - 7:05pm 1 437 googleplus0 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay enumerated the plans of his party for the country once seated as president during the launch of UNA on Tuesday, July 1, 2015. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay laid down on Tuesday the United Nationalist Alliance's platform for the 2016 elections campaign based on what it called as three pillars: improvement of basic services, economic dynamism and effective caring governance.

“Ating inihaharap ang plataporma ng UNA para sa bagong paglaban sa kahirapan ito ang bandera ng ating paglilingkod. Ang ating dakilang misyon at ang ating saligang gabay sa paglilingkod sa sambayanan,” Binay said.

“Ipapatupad natin sa buong bansa ang ibayong serbisyong panlipunan na nagawa na sa Makati na sa gayon maraming Pilipino ang maiaahon sa kahirapan,” he added.

Here are ten promises and plans Binay highlighted in his speech:

Promise of employment “Pagbibigay ng hanap-buhay mula sa limang sector na pinakamalaking magbigay ng trabaho. Palalakasin natin ang agrikultura, manufacturing, turismo, business process outsourcing at export.

Providing quality education “Pagpapalawak ng dekalidad at libreng basic education at subsidized higher education. Kasama dito ang ayuda para sa uniporme, gamit sa eskwela libro at mga tamang pagkain para sa mga batang magaaral lulutasin ang matagal nang kakulangan sa silid-aralan.”

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“Aasikasuhin ang kapakanan ng mga guro na matagal ng pinapabayaan nitong pamahalaang ito. Ibayong suporta sa mga state universities and colleges ukol sa agrikultura at food section, science and technologu, sining at patakarang pambayan.”

Improvement of health services “Pagagandahin natin ang serbisyo ng mga pampublikong hospital. Magbibigay tayo komprehensibong healthcare para sa lahat at libreng serbisyo medikal para sa mga mahihirap. Isusulong natin ang preventive healthcare sa pamamagitan ng malawakang bakuna sanitasyon at tamang nutrisyon.

“Ibayong suporta sa mga lokal na pamahalaan na siyang may pangunahing mandato upang pangalagaan ang kalusugan ng kanilang nasasakupan at kasing halaga nito ang pagbibigay ng kalinga sa ating mga health workers sa lahat ng antas.”

Strenghtening economy “Pundasyon ng serbisyong panlipunan ang masiglang ekonomiya ito ang lilikha ng maraming trabaho at dagdag na pondo para sa ibayong serbisyo ng pamahalaan mga negosyong lumalago malinaw at di pabago-bagong mga batas,”

Fast and systematic system of document filing and registrations “Mas mabilis at simpleng proseso sa pagpaparehistro pagbubuwis at pagkuha ng mga permiso at lisensya,”

Modern infrastructures “Maayos at modernong imprastraktura,”

Betterment of transportation “Public transport na ‘di palpak tulad ng MRT, airport at pantalan,”

Affordable energy “Abot kayang presyo ng kuryente,”

Better government coordination “Titiyakin natin ang mahigpit na pagkakaisa at koordinasyon ng pamahalaan sa mga patakaran programa at alituntunin,”

Reinforcement of the three branches of government “Patitingkarin ang tatlong sangay ng pamahalaan (legislative: senate and house or representatives, executive, judicial: Supreme Court and lower Courts)na pinahina ng panunuhol at pananakot,”

Vice President Binay said UNA is not indifferent and slow in taking action in addressing problems.

He also vowed that its members will take responsibility, accept shortcomings with humility and will always respect the Constitution.

“Ang UNA ay hindi samahan ng palpak at manhid, hind samahan ng mga tamad usad pagong at teka-teka sa pagharap sa problema ng bayan,” Binay stressed.

“Aakuin natin ang responsibilidad at pananagutan ng buong pagpapakumbaba at lagi nating igagalang ang ating konstitusyon at paiiralin ang batas,” he added.


INQUIRER

Veep Binay describes Aquino gov’t: Lazy, slow, indecisive SHARES: 24 VIEW COMMENTS By: Christine O. Avendaño, DJ Yap @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:27 AM July 2nd, 2015


VICE PRESIDENT STEPS UP ATTACK AT UNA LAUNCH-- FROM FRIEND TO FOE Vice President Jejomar Binay added “tamad, usad-pagong at teka-teka” (lazy, slow and indecisive) to describe the Aquino administration at the launching of the main opposition party, United Nationalist Alliance, at Makati Coliseum. He called the administration “palpak” (bumbling) and “manhid” (insensitive) after he resigned from the Aquino Cabinet last week. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Where is the government?

Vice President Jejomar Binay repeated this sentence throughout the 15-minute speech in Filipino as he delivered his sharpest words yet against the Aquino administration at the launch of his political party on Wednesday in Makati, the city that the Binay family has controlled for almost 30 years.

He devoted a large part of his stinging and emotionally charged speech lambasting the government, at one point describing it as an association of “tamad, usad-pagong at teka-teka (lazy, slow and indecisive)” people.

“After five years, so many are still without jobs, hungry, ill and with no one to turn to, youths who cannot go to school, rampant crime and illegal drugs in the community. Poverty is widespread,” the Vice President said.

“The nation asks: ‘Where is the government?’” he said, addressing the crowd from a glowing red lectern shaped like the No. 1, resembling the digit in the logo of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

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Binay noted that until now no charges had been filed against the killers of the 44 members of the police Special Action Force in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province, on Jan. 25. (Seventeen fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and five civilians also died in the clashes.)

Bungling, insensitive

Binay kept repeating the phrase “palpak at manhid (bungling and insensitive),” which he first used last week in explaining his split with the Aquino administration.

“UNA is not an association of the bungling and insensitive,” he said. “It is not a group of people who are lazy, turtle-paced, and hesitant in facing the nation’s problems.”

The Vice President said that should UNA make any mistakes, it would own up to them immediately. “We will not blame or accuse others. We will own up to the responsibility with humility.”

Dig at Grace Poe

Apparently taking a dig anew at Sen. Grace Poe, who has overtaken him in recent surveys on voters’ choice for president, Binay said his party was made up of people with “experience and not newbies just studying governance and public service.”

If elected President, Binay said he would advance social services, strengthen agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, BPOs, quality basic education and healthcare.

He said the party would respect the Constitution and always let the law prevail.

People first

“Una ang bayan! Una ang tao! Una ang Pilipino (The country first! The people first! The Filipino first!)” Binay said in concluding his speech.

Binay assumed the chair of the newly formed political party.

Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco was formally elected UNA president; Sen. Gregorio Honasan, vice president; JV Bautista, secretary general; and former Finance Secretary Gary Teves, treasurer.

Tiangco said Binay’s speech set the tone for his campaign for the presidency in 2016.

“This kind of governance cannot continue. They are for continuing the legacy. What we’re saying is we should not continue this,” he said, alluding to the Aquino administration’s touted tuwid na daan (straight path) governance.

Tiangco said Binay rightly pointed to the problems facing the nation, such as the troubled Metro Rail Transit system and the slow rehabilitation of the places ravaged by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) in 2013.

Manny Pacquiao

In attendance at the UNA convention were Sen. JV Ejercito, former Sen. Ernesto Maceda, former Tarlac Gov. Tingting Cojuangco, former Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay, Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama and UNA lawmakers, including Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.

Binay’s son, Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay, who stepped down on the strength of a suspension order by the Ombudsman, appeared minutes after the program started.

He waved to the crowd and was met by cheers inside the 3,000-seat auditorium, which was filled to capacity.

Loudest cheers


Manny with Binay at the UNA rally

But the loudest cheers were reserved for UNA’s most famous member: Pacquiao. “We have a right to choose who’s in our heart,” he told reporters when asked if he was afraid of reprisal from the administration.

He said he was still in the process of deciding whether to run for senator.

Asked if he would campaign for Binay, Pacquiao was evasive: “That depends. We have not talked about that. I am here to support the party declarations.”


INQUIRER Photo of October 10, 2014 --
Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao THE NEWS: GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines—The scandal over alleged ill-gotten wealth now hounding Vice President Jejomar Binay seemed to have thrown and landed punches on Binay’s most famous ally here, boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao, who accompanied Binay, appeared to have been stung by what he said was a demolition job against the Vice President that also targeted him. “This is what I hate about politics in this country,” said the boxer, who is also a member of the House of Representatives and now coach of a professional basketball team. “Why destroy the reputation of other people just to boost your own political stock? Can we not focus on our program of government instead of resorting to demolition and mudslinging?” said Pacquiao. Pacquiao was reacting to the distribution, shortly before Binay’s arrival here, of leaflets labeling his coming fight with American boxer Chris Algieri as a drive to raise funds to enable Pacquiao to pay his taxes. The same leaflets carried allegations of corruption against Binay, too. The leaflets were labeled “Dyaryo Bistado” and appeared to be Manila-based but with no editorial box. “We all know who are behind this demolition job against Vice President Binay and me,” said Pacquiao. “Why hit me below the belt? I am not even the number one among the possible senatorial aspirants in the recent Pulse Asia survey,” Pacquiao added. ----

Joseph Estrada absent

Notably absent was former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, one of the three pillars of UNA, along with Binay and detained Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile.

Binay spokesman Mon Ilagan said the former President had a prior engagement but acknowledged that the latter was “contemplating” a number of issues, such as possibly supporting Senator Poe, the daughter of the late Fernando Poe Jr., or running for President again himself.

Tiangco said a city mayor had plenty of responsibilities and would not take Estrada’s absence against him. “None,” he replied when asked if he was concerned Estrada would end up supporting Senator Poe.

Replying to the Inquirer, Ejercito said he went to the party launch “as a friend of Binay.”

Ejercito said it would be a problem for him if Poe would run for President against Binay.

Festive atmosphere

The atmosphere at Makati Coliseum was festive, a cacophony of drums and cymbals filled the air and stage lights flickered around the auditorium.

Radio jocks Nicole Hyala and Chris Tsuper served as emcees, cracking jokes and engaging the audience in comic banter.

Makati residents and UNA members from the provinces turned up in droves and by the busload, many wearing campaign shirts bearing Binay’s name and slogans.
The emcees spent the first few hours acknowledging the politicians in attendance, along with their constituencies.

Binay’s combative words came as a surprise to the media. Ilagan, a few hours before, said Binay’s speech, would be “not as fiery as before.”

Surprised by speech

“What you will hear now are the programs, the vision, the plans, of UNA as a political party,” he said. “The speech of the VP will have a more positive theme this time.”

Tiangco said he was surprised by the content of the Vice President’s speech.
“I didn’t expect it would go like that. I didn’t see the final speech. We were busy in the organization. I don’t know who wrote it,” he said.

“What we should ask is: ‘Did he speak the truth?’ … No one will argue that the problems he mentioned are the problems being felt by people,” he said.

Tiangco said there was no plan to incite the people’s anger against the government. He said Mayor Binay’s suspension had nothing to do with the elder Binay’s fiery words.

Self-description

Liberal Party stalwarts scoffed at Vice President’s stabs at his former colleagues in the Aquino Cabinet.

“What a beautiful self-description,” Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said in a text message.

Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice brushed off Binay’s claims saying that the Aquino administration would not have achieved its glowing economic record by being lazy and indecisive.

“And more importantly, you can’t hit your economic goals if the cost of your projects are overpriced like the P2.3-billion Makati [City Hall] Building II and the P1.2-billion Makati Science High School building,” Erice said.

Calling Binay the “master trapo (traditional politician)”, Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas said the Vice President merely “enumerated a litany of promises but he did not explain how he will do it.”

“Makati has a lot of money and a very small population thanks to the big business whose existence predates Binay. But because of corruption a considerable number of communities in Makati are still depressed,” Treñas said.–With a report from Gil C. Cabacungan


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Palace counters VP Binay with opposite descriptions, claims PNoy admin diligent, prompt By ANDREO CALONZO, GMA News July 2, 2015 2:17pm 0 0 0 New Tags: Jejomar Binay


COLOMA

After Vice President Jejomar Binay again criticized the administration for supposedly being lazy, slow and tentative, Malacañang on Thursday answered with opposite descriptions of President Benigno Aquino’s government, describing it as diligent, prompt and organized.

In a prepared statement, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma sought to refute new allegations made by Binay against the administration.

“Itinaguyod ni Pangulong Aquino ang kabutihan nila Juan at Juana dela Cruz sa pamamagitan ng mabuting pamamahala sa tuwid na daan nitong nakaraang limang taon. Masipag, maagap, at masinop ang gobyerno sa pagtugon sa mga pangangalilangan ng mamamayan,” Coloma said at a press briefing.

The Palace official said better disaster preparedness under the Aquino government is a clear proof that the administration is promptly doing its job.

He cited savings from infrastructure projects as an indication that the Aquino government is careful in handling public funds.

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During the launch of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Wednesday, Binay once again publicly attacked the administration, indicating that the Philippines seems to have an absentee government under Aquino.

“Ang UNA ay hindi samahan ng mga palpak at manhid. Hindi ito samahan ng mga tamad, usad-pagong at teka-teka sa pagharap sa mga problema ng bayan. May sapat na karanasan at hindi bagitong mag-aaral pa lang sa pamamahala at pagsisilbi sa bayan,” the vice president said.

Binay recently severed his ties with the administration by quitting his Cabinet posts.

At the same event, the vice president and presumptive UNA standard-bearer in 2016 laid out his platform of governance which will focus on social inclusion and improvement of basic services, economic dynamism, and effective and caring governance.

Malacañang earlier indicated that Binay’s platform is nothing new since Aquino is already addressing these matters. -NB, GMA News


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Kiko, Ping top SWS 2016 senatorial polls By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated July 1, 2015 - 10:33am 8 321 googleplus0 0


Former senators Kiko Pangilinan and Ping Lacson topped the latest SWS senatorial polls. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Former senators Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan and Panfilo "Ping" Lacson topped the latest Social Weather Stations survey for senatorial preferences for the 2016 elections.

Pangilinan, the presidential assistant for food security and agricultural modernization, topped the list with 60 percent while Lacson, who is the former presidential assistant on rehabilitation and recovery, scored 51 percent.

Ranking third is Sen. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III with 50 percent, followed by Senate President Franklin Drilon with 42 percent.

Sen. Ralph Recto and Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos both scored 41 percent. Landing on the seventh spot is Taguig City Rep. Lino Edgardo Cayetano with 40 percent, followed by Justice Secretary Leila De Lima with 33 percent.

Sen. Sergio Osmeña III is tied at the ninth spot with Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, both scoring 32 percent.

Former Sen. Richard "Dick" Gordon garnered a rating of 31 percent while Sen. Teofisto "TG" Guingona III got 28 percent.

Lacson and Sotto topped the Pulse Asia survey for senatorial preferences during the same period.


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Comelec reverses ruling disqualifying Smartmatic By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 1, 2015 - 12:00am 4 64 googleplus0 0


Voting 4-2-1, Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said the Comelec had decided to grant the plea of Smartmatic-TIM after finding that the firm’s OMR demonstration machines were compliant with the requirements of the P2.5-billion project. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday reversed the disqualification of Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) Corp. in the contract to supply some 23,000 new optical mark reader (OMR) machines to be used in the 2016 polls.

Voting 4-2-1, Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said the Comelec had decided to grant the plea of Smartmatic-TIM after finding that the firm’s OMR demonstration machines were compliant with the requirements of the P2.5-billion project.

“Because of the 4-2-1, the Notice of Awards will be given to Smartmatic and we will now proceed to the discussions on the contracts in so far as the 23,000 OMR are concerned,” Lim said in a press briefing.

“The instant protest is hereby granted. Accordingly, the commission hereby declares the joint venture of Smartmatic-TIM as the bidder with the lowest calculated responsive bid in connection with the public bidding for the lease with option to purchase 23,000 new units for use in the May 9, 2016 national and local elections,” the resolution added.

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During the post-qualification evaluation stage of the first round of bidding in May, Smartmatic-TIM was disqualified by the Comelec Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) after it failed to submit valid Articles of Incorporation and its OMR machines in a demonstration failed to simultaneously store data.

Smartmatic-TIM had filed a protest before the Comelec and last June 23, the joint venture was allowed to do a technical demonstration of its units.

The Technical Evaluation Committee found that the machines “can and do write election data in two storage devices simultaneously” and this was upheld by the Comelec.

In a statement, Smartmatic-TIM lauded the decision of the Comelec, saying it only affirms the joint venture’s stand all along.

Bidding failure The Comelec’s Special Bids and Awards Committee - 2 (SBAC-2) declared yesterday a failure in the public bidding for the repair and refurbishment of 81,896 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

In yesterday’s Submission and Opening of Bids, SBAC-2 chair Jubil

Surmieda said that three bidders have bought the bid documents but all three firms failed to submit an actual bid for the project amounting to P2,074,088.878.

“There was no bid offers although three bidders have bought the bid documents. So under the rules, that is equivalent to a failure of bidding,” he told reporters.

Bidders Smartmatic-TIM, Indra Sistemas S.A. and Vertex Business Applications, Inc. purchased bid documents for the project.

Smartmatic-TIM and Vertex Business Applications Inc. manifested that they were backing out from the bidding, while Indra Sistemas did not give any explanation.

Surmieda noted the SBAC-2 would be conducting a “mandatory review” of the project’s specification and then submit a recommendation to the Comelec.

For his part, Smartmatic president for Asia Pacific Cesar Flores claimed that his company decided to withdraw because Comelec had slashed the budget for PCOS refurbishment by P805,911,121 last June 23.

The project’s original price was P2.880 billion but Comelec cut it down to P2,074,088,878.92 after removing a component, which pertains to the replacement of the “unrepairable” PCOS units with new machines.

Flores added that the budget cut was “very surprising to us as they never encountered a situation where in the middle of a bid, basically with less than one week, bidders are told that budget is slashed in such a dramatic way.

“The amount was cut by 45 percent. Meaning with the budget reduction, the amount per PCOS was P20,513.82 to do all the refurbishment and upgrades and it was lowered to P11,141.52. With that drastic reduction, it was not economically viable anymore,” he said.

Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro, chairman of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reform, urged yesterday the Comelec to study the possibility of seeking an exemption from government procurement laws so it could directly negotiate a favorable contract for the refurbishment of the PCOS machines. – With Paolo Romero, Christina Mendez, Marvin Sy


TRIBUNE COMMENTARY

An adopted member of Noynoy’ family? Count me out!
Written by Charlie V. Manalo Thursday, 02 July 2015 00:00


by Charlie V. Manalo

Being an adopted member of the one of the country’s buena familia — that of the Cojuangco-Aquino which has already produced two of the country’s presidents, Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay would have nothing more to wish for. Anyway, he is second in command of the country, next to President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, whose mother, the late Cory Aquino he had also served.

Thus, it would seem understandable for Noynoy when he lambasted Binay last week, calling him an ingrate for bolting his Cabinet and criticizing his administration. After all the things he had done for him, treating him like a member of his family, that was what Binay had repaid him. To Noynoy, Binay is an ingrate, someone who has no idea what a debt of gratitude is.

Or is it really the case?

Could Noyoy really brag before the world that he had treated Binay like he was a member of his family?

About three months ago, Noynoy’s partymate and presumptive Liberal Party standard bearer in 2016, Department Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas, deployed “battalions” of police at the Makati City Hall so that another partymate could takeover an illegally suspended mayor, the Vice President’s son, Junjun. Is that the way to treat a family member?

Noynoy appointed Binay to head his government’s housing agency. But then, the budget supposedly intended for his agency for the housing program of those affected by natural calamities was impounded and rechanneled to Roxas’ agency, which is in no way concerned with the government’s housing program. Obviously, the additional budget for DILG was intended to prop up Roxas’ presidential chances as he continues to lag in all surveys.

Was that the proper way of treating a family member, giving undue advantage to Binay’s political rival?

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Binay and his family were treated shabbily by Noynoy’s allies, subjected to 11 grueling months of probe, ably assisted by Binay’s political opponents who were accommodated as state witnesses despite the fact they admitted that they are corrupt officials, having produced no evidence to substantiate their allegations against the Vice President, while all resource persons who could have absolved the Binays were bullied and threatened.

Of course, Noynoy could easily reason out he has no control over the troika of Senators Koko Pimentel, Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes even though they ran under the banner of Team PNoy in 2013.

But according to reports, the Senate probe, which has so far utilized countless consultants, deployed machineries, equipment and bottomless resources, was funded by the alternate Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and through contributions of Roxas’ billionaire friend.

And also, it should be remembered that this administration’s demolition job on the Binays started way back in 2013 at the height of the campaign for the midterm elections wherein spokesmen of the administration party revived long resolved cases against Binay and his wife, Dra. Elenita, and their family trip to Vatican questioned.

While Noynoy could insist he has no control over the members of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee, the spokesman of his political party in 2013 were all directly under his command. He could have easily told them to refrain from throwing unfounded accusations against the man he treats as a member of his family as their opponents then were the senatorial candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance and not necessarily its head.

For five years, except for a short statement saying he believes the DAP was unconstitutional, which prompted Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice to demand his immediate resignation form the Aquino Cabinet. We never heard a word from Binay campaigning against the illegal fund program.

He chose to remain mum for all the time he was with the administration, even as he served as witness on how the illegal fund program was being used by the administration and its allies in furtherance of their political agenda, instead of being used for the welfare and benefits of the people. He chose to remain silent out of respect for the administration as he declared it was up to the court to decide on the matter.

But even as the court decided against the controversial fund, Binay would later reveal that the administration, did not heed to his advice to heed the court’s ruling and instead made a mockery of the judicial system by trying to run around the ruling and simply renamed DAP.

The second suspension against Junjun had been circulating for weeks courtesy of a businessman friend of Roxas. There are also rumors the Vice President himself would be put behind bars, and that is on top o the insults he and his family have been getting. Is that how a family member should be treated?

Binay has no debt of gratitude?

With the way he and his family are being treated by this administration would make his status as an adopted family member of the Cojuangco-Aquino so unenviable.

In fact, if I would be asked, I would not even think of being associated with such family.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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