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ISIS TERROR THREATS: JULY 4th CELEBRATIONS CANCELLED AT U.S. AIRFORCE BASE IN U.K.

 
JULY 4 ---Nation wary as officials monitor for possible Fourth of July threats LONDON, JULY 6, 2015
(NBC ONLINE) by ALASTAIR JAMIESON — Annual July 4 celebrations for personnel at Britain's largest U.S. Air Force base have been canceled amid heightened fears of a terrorist attack, military officials said. Traditionally attended by thousands of service members and their families, the two-day event was organized by RAF Lakenheath — home to the 48th Fighter Wing — and nearby RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England. However, it was canceled "due to the most current, local threat assessments," the base announced Thursday. "WE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR AIRMEN" It comes amid worldwide fears of lone-wolf terrorist attacks inspired by an ISIS spokesman who urged supporters to unleash "a month of disaster" during the current Muslim holy period of Ramadan. And while the military did not mention a specific terror threat, Britain is preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London transit bombings that killed 52 people. In the U.S., authorities say there is no specific threat but the New York Police Department was already stepping up patrols after last week's deadly terror attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait. In New York, where people will turn toward the East River to view Macy's annual Fourth of July fireworks show, "enhanced counterterrorism and security measures" will be greater than in past years, police said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Philippine Republic Day


July 4, 1946: In ceremonies held in the temporary Independence Grandstand (built in front of the Rizal Monument), the Philippine flag is raised while the U.S. flag is lowered. The flagpole in front of the Rizal Monument is thus known as the Independence Flagpole, commemorating the culmination of the quest for national independence.
On July 4, 1946, the United States formally recognized the independence of the Republic of the Philippines. This was the culmination of the process that began in 1916, when the Jones Law pledged the eventual recognition of Philippine independence, and the Philippine Independence (or the Tydings-McDuffie) Act of 1934, which provided for a ten-year transitional period to prepare for independence. The independence of the Philippines was marked by Manuel Roxas retaking his oath as President of the Philippines, eliminating the pledge of allegiance to the United States required prior to independence. Independence thereafter was celebrated on July 4th of every year until 1962. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO ORMOC TRAGEDY: Owner, crew of capsized Ormoc ferry charged with murder


JULY 4 --Rescuers help passengers from a capsized ferry boat, right, in Ormoc city on Leyte Island, Philippines, Thursday, July 2, 2015. AP  Philippine police have filed murder charges against the owner and crew of a passenger ferry that capsized and left 56 dead, an official said Saturday.
The charges were filed late on Friday in the central city of Ormoc over the sinking of the Kim Nirvana ship, according to regional police head Chief Superintendent Asher Dolina.
An initial police investigation and interviews with survivors showed the vessel abruptly turned in waters off the central port of Ormoc on Thursday, causing it to capsize, Dolina told Agence France-Presse.
“They were not careful, showing there was an intent to kill. They were reckless on purpose,” Dolina said.
A total of nineteen people were charged, including ship operator Joge Bong Zarco, captain Warren Oliviero, and 17 crew members, according to Dolina. Under Philippine law, murder is punishable by up to 40 years imprisonment. The police investigation is separate from a coast guard inquiry, which will primarily determine the cause of the mishap. However, the coast guard may also recommend criminal and administrative charges. “We filed the charges as soon as we could because we don’t want the suspects to leave the country,” Dolina said.
Fifty-six people were confirmed dead from the sinking, Ormoc city councilor Godiardo Ebcas told AFP. Overloading of cargo and passengers might have been to blame for the disaster, according to Ebcas, who helped oversee rescue operations.READ MORE...

ALSO: Politics of patronage enslaves people — Tagle


JULY 5 --TAGLE 
The leader of the local Catholic Church lashed out at politicians who provide the needs of the community, not out of charity, but to make the people beholden to them.  “There is a form of giving that further enslaves the other people,” Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said. “They do not contribute to the common good,” he added.  Tagle said true public servants are guided by real mission for the common good and are not taking  advantage of their positions.  Tagle did not specifically say who he is referring to but recently the Aquino administration’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program was under serious criticism for being used as a tool for political patronage of the Liberal Party (LP). The country’s system of political patronage is among the biggest impediments to good governance, Tagle said. At a conference on “Servant Leadership in Public Service,” Tagle criticized opportunistic patronage politicians who exacerbate the country’s problems. “Stones falling from the sky, may they hit us all… says Tagle in allusion to a Filipino adage which says that the guilty feels allegations referring to stones from the sky the most.  “Socially, culturally and politically, our society has not graduated from patronage,” Tagle said. “And ultimately, patronage politics or the patronage style of leadership is not service,” he said. The cardinal was among the speakers of the two-day pastoral conference held at a hotel in Ortigas Center, Quezon City. READ MORE...

ALSO BINAY: THEY’RE AFTER MY NECK


JULY 3 ---VICE President Jejomar Binay yesterday bared that an impeachment complaint has been readied by the Aquino administration as part of an s attack plan leading up to the 2016 campaign period.
Binay said in a radio interview that the Aquino administration is bent on putting him behind bars, which is one of the reasons he resigned from the Cabinet last week. He said prior to his resignation from the Cabinet, he received a complaint-affidavit from the Ombudsman stating that the complaint is preparatory to filing of an impeachment complaint against him. The complaint was based on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II. He said before this, he has been receiving reports that he will be detained while his son Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay will be suspended. There were also reports of talks with police and military officials. “Naging matingkad na po ang usapang ‘yon at ‘yon pong mga military at police official [ay] tinatawag, tinatanong [kung] si Binay ba ay humihingi ng tulong. Ang sabi, wala. Ang sabi, ‘Kaya namin tinatanong sa inyo dahil si Binay ay aarestuhin na ‘yan at ikukulong’,” he said. Then on June 19, or three days before he resigned, he received a complaint-affidavit from the Ombudsman and asking for a counter-affidavit. “Ang ebidensya sa ‘kin ay double hearsay. Halimbawa po si Letter A, ang testigo nila, ang sabi sinabi sa kanya ni Letter B na sinabi ni Letter B roon sa mga bidder na ito ang mananalo dahil utos ni Vice President Binay,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Belmonte rules out Binay impeachment


JULY 4 ---BELMONTE 
There is no brewing impeachment move against Vice President Jejomar Binay, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. said on Saturday. Belmonte issued the statement amid claims by the Binay camp that an impeachment complaint will be filed against the vice president before candidates who will seek elective posts in 2016 file their certificates of candidacy in October. “Well, I don’t expect it, nor have l heard about it,” Belmonte said when asked if there were plans to impeach the vice president. House Deputy Minority Leader Antonio Tinio of Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list said the investigation of Binay and members of his family shows that impeachment is farthest from the lawmakers’ minds. The Court of Appeals has issued a freeze order on Binay’s bank deposits as the Office of the Ombudsman investigated allegations that the Makati City Hall Building Parking 2, which was built when Binay was the mayor of Makati City, was overpriced. Binay’s son, Makati Mayor Erwin Binay, was suspended by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales in connection with the case. “Unlike Presidents of the Republic, Vice Presidents are not immune from suit. So why bother with impeachment?” Tinio said. Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano, a member of the Commission on Appointments, said lawmakers do not have the energy to pursue an impeachment case with less than a year before the 2016 elections. READ MORE...

ALSO Opinion: THE BINAY MAGIC


JULY 3 ---by ROMEO Y. LIM
THE successful launch of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) yesterday was expected. Even though its leader Vice President Jejomar Binay continues to be besieged by attacks from many fronts, the support from the masses and political allies continues to be overwhelming. What then fuels this support? It cannot be easy to be affronted day in and day out with allegations of corruption, overspending and the penchant for perpetuating a political dynasty. Moreover, the accusations just keep coming like water from a leaky faucet. The Nazi propagandist Dr Joseph Goebbels said the famous line that “a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.” VP Binay and his family have been the subject of all this vicious propaganda more than a thousand times and it is not far- fetched to think that some of those who once believed in him have faltered. For the sake of argument let us say that any or all of what was said about them are true. Are media and the Senate the proper forums to lash out and hurl allegations? Is trial by publicity the way to go? Despite the dubious procedures and actions that have been used to discredit the country’s number two man, he has often remained calm and collected. In fact, he has done things the right way even when faced with “low blows” from an administration bent on making him obsolete. I was told that when Sen. Nancy Binay was raring to answer a number of accusations with facts and figures during Senate hearings, her father told her to keep calm and present the counter evidence in the proper forum. What exactly is this forum? The judiciary. READ MORE...


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IN UK: July 4 Celebrations Canceled at U.S. Air Force Base


Nation wary as officials monitor for possible Fourth of July threats

LONDON, JULY 6, 2015 (NBC ONLINE) by ALASTAIR JAMIESON — Annual July 4 celebrations for personnel at Britain's largest U.S. Air Force base have been canceled amid heightened fears of a terrorist attack, military officials said.

Traditionally attended by thousands of service members and their families, the two-day event was organized by RAF Lakenheath — home to the 48th Fighter Wing — and nearby RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England.

However, it was canceled "due to the most current, local threat assessments," the base announced Thursday.

"WE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR AIRMEN" It comes amid worldwide fears of lone-wolf terrorist attacks inspired by an ISIS spokesman who urged supporters to unleash "a month of disaster" during the current Muslim holy period of Ramadan.

And while the military did not mention a specific terror threat, Britain is preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 London transit bombings that killed 52 people.

In the U.S., authorities say there is no specific threat but the New York Police Department was already stepping up patrols after last week's deadly terror attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait.

In New York, where people will turn toward the East River to view Macy's annual Fourth of July fireworks show, "enhanced counterterrorism and security measures" will be greater than in past years, police said.

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Facebook Twitter Google PlusEmbed Go inside NYPD's security effort for Fourth of July 2:51 Jitters were underscored on Thursday when a firearms alert at Washington's Navy Yard drew a huge police response.

"We sincerely apologize," RAF Lakenheath said, saying the cancelation decision had been taken "with heavy hearts."

"The decision was made due to the most current, local threat assessments. We make every effort to ensure the safety of our airmen, their families and our U.K. partners and must make difficult decisions like this when lives are on the line," it said.

The event was due to be held on the grounds of RAF Feltwell in southwest Norfolk, which is close to RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall and is home to many USAF personnel.


OFFICIAL GAZETTE OF THE PRESIDENT

Republic Day


July 4, 1946: In ceremonies held in the temporary Independence Grandstand (built in front of the Rizal Monument), the Philippine flag is raised while the U.S. flag is lowered. The flagpole in front of the Rizal Monument is thus known as the Independence Flagpole, commemorating the culmination of the quest for national independence.

On July 4, 1946, the United States formally recognized the independence of the Republic of the Philippines. This was the culmination of the process that began in 1916, when the Jones Law pledged the eventual recognition of Philippine independence, and the Philippine Independence (or the Tydings-McDuffie) Act of 1934, which provided for a ten-year transitional period to prepare for independence.

The independence of the Philippines was marked by Manuel Roxas retaking his oath as President of the Philippines, eliminating the pledge of allegiance to the United States required prior to independence. Independence thereafter was celebrated on July 4th of every year until 1962.

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I. Independence of the Philippines from the United States

On May 28, 1946, President Sergio Osmeña descended the stairs of the Palace accompanied by the President-elect Manuel Roxas—marking the formal act of leaving office for the incumbent.

The President-elect then symbolically marked the start of his presidency by climbing the same stairs later in the day, an act which, according to President Manuel L. Quezon, was “a constant reminder to every president of the portion of the oath of office which pledges justice to every man.”

Later, in a temporary structure built in front of the ruins of the Legislative Building destroyed in the battle for the liberation of Manila, President Manuel Roxas took his oath as the third president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, still under the sovereignty of the United States. He delivered his first inaugural address, in which he said:

Our appointment with destiny is upon us. In five weeks, we will be a free Republic. Our noble aspirations for nationhood, long cherished and arduously contended for by our people, will be realized. We will enter upon a new existence in which our individual lives will form together a single current, recognized and identified in the ebb and flow of world events as distinctly Filipino.


May 28, 1946: President Sergio Osmeña ( front left) is accompanied by President-elect Manuel Roxas (front right in white), as they descend the staircase of the Malacañan Palace from the Reception Hall, a tradition of the Philippine presidency.

On July 4, 1946, pursuant to the provisions of the Tydings-McDuffie Law or the Philippine Independence Act, the Commonwealth of the Philippines became the Republic of the Philippines—the Third Republic. It was on this date that the United States of America formally recognized the independence of the Philippines and withdrew its sovereignty over the country. In ceremonies held at the Independence Grandstand (a temporary structure built in front of the Rizal Monument), the flag of America was lowered and the Philippine flag was raised to fly alone over the country.

The independence of the Philippines—and the inauguration of its Third Republic—was marked by Manuel Roxas re-taking his oath, eliminating the pledge of allegiance to the United States of America which was required prior to independence, this time as the first President of the Republic of the Philippines. The Congress of the Commonwealth then became the First Congress of the Republic, and international recognition was finally achieved as governments entered into treaties with the new republic.

From Blue Book of the First Year of the Republic:

The Philippine flag, its red bar below the blue in token of beneficent and dearly bought peace at last, began to wave in the sweeping wind. The wind came in swift, low gusts… From the west came a rain-laden gale. And the long, slender crystal threads came down from the gray, white masses in the sky, as if to unravel the blending, shifting, immaterial fleece. And the rain blended with our tears—tears of joy, of gratitude, and of pride in supreme accomplishment. Above us flew for the first time and over this embattled land, alone, happy, and unperturbed amidst sweeping gales and whipping rain—the flag of the Philippines.


July 4, 1946: The Philippine flag flies alone in Philippine skies. (Colorized by the PCDSPO)


The front cover of the Official Program of the Inauguration of the Republic of the Philippines, July 4, 1946. (Courtesy of Mr. Daniel Enrique Ladioray)

II. Independence Day moved from July 4 to June 12

In 1962, President Diosdado Macapagal issued Proclamation No. 28, s. 1962, effectively moving the date of Philippine independence from July 4 to June 12—the date independence from Spain was proclaimed in Emilio Aguinaldo’s home in Kawit, Cavite.

In his proclamation, President Macapagal cited “the establishment of the Philippine Republic by the Revolutionary Government under General Emilio Aguinaldo on June 12, 1898, marked our people’s declaration and exercise of their right to self-determination, liberty and independence.”

Macapagal adopted the view of historians and many political leaders, that the foundation date of the nation should be June 12, since July 4 was the restoration of that independence.

Moreover, the move was made in the context of the rejection of the U.S. House of Representatives on the proposed $73 million additional war reparation bill for the Philippines on May 28, 1962.

The rejection, according to President Macapagal, caused “indignation among the Filipinos” and a “loss of American good will in the Philippines.”

He explained that he deemed it the right time to push the change of the independence date, a political move he was planning even before his ascent to the presidency. [Diosdado Macapagal, A Stone for the Edifice: Memoirs of a President, (Quezon City: Mac Publishing House, 1968), p. 248]

I decided to effect the change of independence day at that time not as an act of resentment but as a judicious choice of timing for the taking of an action which had previously been decided upon. [Ibid., p. 249.]

Prior to the moving of the date of Philippine independence, June 12 was celebrated as Flag Day, a holiday originally observed in October, since 1919, when the Philippine Flag was once again permitted to be displayed.

In 1941, June 12 became Flag Day, in recognition of the importance of June 12 when independence was proclaimed, and the national flag and anthem formally presented to the Filipino people. Thereafter, June 12 was Flag Day until 1962.

Meanwhile, Congress had not yet approved the measure by statute. Rep. Ramon Mitra Sr. had been pushing for the House to approve the June 12 independence day bill.

The bill was authored by Rep. Mitra and Rep. Justiniano Montano. President Macapagal also spoke with Senator Gerardo Roxas, son of President Roxas.

Macapagal was concerned that the Senator might be “lukewarm” towards the bill since the “historical focus on the first Presidency of the Republic may shift from Roxas to Aguinaldo.” Apparently, the delay was not caused by ill-feelings but rather, out of the desire of some legislators to retain some significance for July 4.

A compromise was reached in which Congress decided to include a provision in the bill making July 4 “Republic Day.”

Thereafter, in 1964, the Congress of the Philippines passed Republic Act No. 4166 in 1964, formally designating June 12 of every year as the date of Philippine independence.

The date commemorates the anniversary of the Proclamation of Philippine Independence, because the date remains the foundation date for the modern, independent Republic of the Philippines and of our independent nationhood, as recognized by the world community.

At the same time, July 4 was designated as Republic Day, the foundation date for our modern, independent republic. From 1964 until the 1984, Philippine Republic Day was celebrated as a national holiday.

III. From Philippine-American Friendship Day to Republic Day

The origin of Philippine–American Friendship Day dates to 1955, when President Ramon Magsaysay, by virtue of Proclamation No. 212, s. 1955, established the observance of “Philippine American Day.”

The following year, by virtue of Proclamation No. 363, s. 1956, the celebration became a yearly event.


July 4, 1946: During the inauguration of the Third Republic, President Manuel Roxas shakes the hand of General Field Marshal Douglas MacArthur of the United States, then the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP).

Sometime during the Marcos administration, Philippine–American Day was renamed Philippine–American Friendship Day and moved to July 4, overshadowing the observance of the date as Republic Day.

Since the Third Republic and the 1935 Constitution were discarded by Martial Law, it was impolitic to remind the public of the old republic. This is why, when President Marcos issued Presidential Proclamation No. 2346 s. 1984, reference was made only to Philippine–American Friendship Day, which was relegated to a working holiday.

During the administration of President Corazon C. Aquino, the practice of celebrating Philippine–American Friendship Day and Philippine Republic Day as a non-working holiday was formally abolished.

The Administrative Code of 1987 specified a list of non-working holidays that did not include July 4.

In 1996, President Fidel V. Ramos would once again commemorate the anniversary of Republic Day through Proclamation No. 811, s. 1996, not with a holiday but with public celebrations to commemorate 50 years of independence.

On June 12, however, the country observes the anniversary of the proclamation of the independence that was lost after the defeat of the First Republic, and restored in 1946.

That is why as of July 4, 2015, the Philippines has been an independent nation for sixty-nine years.

[VIEW on Flicker: Original scans of historical photographs taken during Republic Day]

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An activist made up to symbolize the Motherland holds an American flag as militant groups held a demonstration near the US Embassy in Manila on the eve of US Independence Day which is locally marked as Filipino-American Friendship Day. Photo by Bong Ranes


INQUIRER

ORMOC TRAGEDY: Owner, crew of capsized Ormoc ferry charged with murder SHARES: 612 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet Agence France-Presse 04:02 PM July 4th, 2015


Rescuers help passengers from a capsized ferry boat, right, in Ormoc city on Leyte Island, Philippines, Thursday, July 2, 2015. AP

Philippine police have filed murder charges against the owner and crew of a passenger ferry that capsized and left 56 dead, an official said Saturday.

The charges were filed late on Friday in the central city of Ormoc over the sinking of the Kim Nirvana ship, according to regional police head Chief Superintendent Asher Dolina.

An initial police investigation and interviews with survivors showed the vessel abruptly turned in waters off the central port of Ormoc on Thursday, causing it to capsize, Dolina told Agence France-Presse.

“They were not careful, showing there was an intent to kill. They were reckless on purpose,” Dolina said.

A total of nineteen people were charged, including ship operator Joge Bong Zarco, captain Warren Oliviero, and 17 crew members, according to Dolina.

Under Philippine law, murder is punishable by up to 40 years imprisonment.

The police investigation is separate from a coast guard inquiry, which will primarily determine the cause of the mishap.

However, the coast guard may also recommend criminal and administrative charges.

“We filed the charges as soon as we could because we don’t want the suspects to leave the country,” Dolina said.

Fifty-six people were confirmed dead from the sinking, Ormoc city councilor Godiardo Ebcas told AFP.

Overloading of cargo and passengers might have been to blame for the disaster, according to Ebcas, who helped oversee rescue operations.

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Survivors reported seeing up to 150 sacks of cement and more of rice and fertilizer in the ship’s cargo area before it capsized in relatively calm seas, he said.

Bloated bodies spilled out of the Kim Nirvana’s wooden hull as a crane lifted it from the water and placed it on Ormoc port, Ebcas added.

Poorly-maintained boats

The city councilor said the death toll stood at 56 with 142 survivors. His toll was higher than the 45 reported by the coast guard, which was based on the ship’s passenger list, though the guard counted the same number of survivors.

The coast guard earlier said the 33-tonne ship could carry 194 people including 178 passengers and 16 crew, but according to the casualty count of the city council, the ship was carrying at least 198.

“The ship might not be too overloaded in terms of passengers, but imagine the weight of its cargo,” Ebcas said.

Each sack of rice, cement and fertilizer weighs 50 kilos (110 pounds), and 150 sacks would easily add 7,500 kilos to the ship’s load, excluding passengers, he said.

Passengers on the ferry’s regular route from Ormoc to the Camotes islands regularly bring supplies from the city to their remote fishing villages.

Search operations with rescue divers were stopped on Friday before the ship was lifted to port’s berthing area.

Poorly-maintained, loosely-regulated ferries form the backbone of maritime travel in the Philippines, a sprawling archipelago of 100 million people.

Many sea disasters occur during the typhoon season, which starts in June.

Frequent accidents in recent decades have claimed thousands of lives, including the world’s worst peacetime maritime disaster in 1987 when the Dona Paz ferry collided with an oil tanker, leaving more than 4,300 dead.


TRIBUNE

Politics of patronage enslaves people — Tagle Written by Charlie V. Manalo Sunday, 05 July 2015 00:00


TAGLE

The leader of the local Catholic Church lashed out at politicians who provide the needs of the community, not out of charity, but to make the people beholden to them.

“There is a form of giving that further enslaves the other people,” Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said. “They do not contribute to the common good,” he added.
Tagle said true public servants are guided by real mission for the common good and are not taking advantage of their positions.

Tagle did not specifically say who he is referring to but recently the Aquino administration’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program was under serious criticism for being used as a tool for political patronage of the Liberal Party (LP).
The country’s system of political patronage is among the biggest impediments to good governance, Tagle said.

At a conference on “Servant Leadership in Public Service,” Tagle criticized opportunistic patronage politicians who exacerbate the country’s problems.

“Stones falling from the sky, may they hit us all… says Tagle in allusion to a Filipino adage which says that the guilty feels allegations referring to stones from the sky the most.

“Socially, culturally and politically, our society has not graduated from patronage,” Tagle said.

“And ultimately, patronage politics or the patronage style of leadership is not service,” he said.

The cardinal was among the speakers of the two-day pastoral conference held at a hotel in Ortigas Center, Quezon City.

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Part of serving the common good, Tagle said, is inviting everyone “to participate in the achievement of the common good.”

“Are we truly serving, or are we keeping people beholden to us?” Tagle asked.
As the national election is fast approaching, the cardinal gave the audience an idea on what to give to politicians: “a washbasin, towel and pitcher.”

The three items were what Pontius Pilate used in washing his hands off from his order to crucify Jesus and instead blame it on the demand of a mob asking for the death of Christ.

“When they ask, ‘What is this?’ you say, ‘Read John 13,” Tagle said, referring to the classic Biblical account that demonstrated Jesus’ leadership and practice.
Tagle said the teachings and life style of Jesus are important in Christian life and in leadership.
“This environment of common good will be achieved if there is real service for others even those who do not belong to my group, even not to my persuasion,” he said.
Tagle then criticized politicians who have an excessive sense of self-importance, saying they should “contemplate the humility of a servant.”

“Pride ruins leaders,” Tagle said. “Pride sets me above the others, even if it’s not true. I start thinking of myself as better than the others.”

“Pride places ambition ahead of mission and people,” he also said.

Bill seeks bets to resign posts

The House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms, meanwhile, approved a proposal to disqualify election candidates that failed to vacate their appointive office or position on the day of filing the Certificate of Candidacy (COC).

The committee chaired by Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro approved the proposal embodied in House Bill 1976 authored by Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said Batas Pambansa 881, otherwise known as the Omnibus Election Code, provides that persons holding an appointive office or position are automatically resigned on the date of the COC filing. However, subsequent election laws, Republic Act 8436 (Automated Elections Act) and RA 9006 (Fair Elections Act) are both silent on this election rule, thereby making BP 881 still the applicable law insofar as the deemed resigned provisions for appointive office is concerned according to Rodriguez.

Then came RA 9369, said Rodriguez, which amended RA 8436, but still retained the deemed resigned provision for appointive officials.

However, the lawmaker said since RA 9369 adjusted the deadline for the COC filing to an earlier date, confusions arose on the interpretation as to the exact time of the deemed resignation, whether at the time of the COC filing or during the start of the campaign period.

“There is a need to clarify the law on appointive public officials as they file their COC. We should continue with the long-honored rule that appointive officials shall be considered resigned upon the filing of their respective COCs for public positions,” said Rodriguez, a lawyer and the chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Rodriguez stressed there is a marked distinction between appointive public officials from elective public officials. He said unlike their elective counterparts, who have fixed term as willed by the electorate, appointive officials are either co-terminus with their appointive authority or career officials who are prohibited from electioneering and partisan activity.

“Appointive officials can also utilize vast government resources for their political operation, if not considered resigned, when they file their COCs,” said Rodriguez.

During the 15th Congress, Rodriguez’s proposal, through House Bill 3629, was approved by the Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms and was substituted as HB 5481. The House approved the measure on third and final reading, but it was not acted upon in the Senate, according to the lawmaker.

House Bill 1976, co-authored by the lawmaker’s brother, Rep. Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Abante Mindanao), seeks to amend Section 15 of RA 8436.

The amendment provides that “Further, any person holding a public appointive office or position, including active members of the armed forces, and officers, and employees in government-owned-and-controlled corporations, shall be considered ipso facto resigned from his/her office and must vacate the same at the start of the day of the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy: Provided, finally, that any appointive official who fails to vacate the office on the day of filing the Certificate of Candidacy shall be automatically disqualified as candidate for the elective position and shall not be eligible to assume the functions of the elective office.”


MALAYA

BINAY: THEY’RE AFTER MY NECK Submitted by JP LOPEZ on July 03, 2015

VICE President Jejomar Binay yesterday bared that an impeachment complaint has been readied by the Aquino administration as part of an s attack plan leading up to the 2016 campaign period.

Binay said in a radio interview that the Aquino administration is bent on putting him behind bars, which is one of the reasons he resigned from the Cabinet last week.

He said prior to his resignation from the Cabinet, he received a complaint-affidavit from the Ombudsman stating that the complaint is preparatory to the filing of an impeachment complaint against him.

The complaint was based on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II.

He said before this, he has been receiving reports that he will be detained while his son Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay will be suspended.

There were also reports of talks with police and military officials.

“Naging matingkad na po ang usapang ‘yon at ‘yon pong mga military at police official [ay] tinatawag, tinatanong [kung] si Binay ba ay humihingi ng tulong. Ang sabi, wala. Ang sabi, ‘Kaya namin tinatanong sa inyo dahil si Binay ay aarestuhin na ‘yan at ikukulong’,” he said.

Then on June 19, or three days before he resigned, he received a complaint-affidavit from the Ombudsman and asking for a counter-affidavit.

“Ang ebidensya sa ‘kin ay double hearsay. Halimbawa po si Letter A, ang testigo nila, ang sabi sinabi sa kanya ni Letter B na sinabi ni Letter B roon sa mga bidder na ito ang mananalo dahil utos ni Vice President Binay,” he said.

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Binay again lambasted what he called “selective justice” and “demolition by perception” being applied by the Aquino administration against his allies and those critical to the administration.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Aquino government would let its record speak for itself and leave the public to decide who to believe.

Coloma said Aquino has run government under the “Matuwid na Daan” principle with the main goal of uplifting the lives and promoting welfare of all Filipinos.

Binay, during the launch of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) as a political party Wednesday, branded the Aquino government as a failure, insensitive and slow.

Coloma said the Aquino government is prepared to answer every point that the Binay camp would raise but it is to the Vice President’s camp to back its claims with data instead of making “speculations, clichés and rhetorics.”

He also said Malacañang continues to recognize the contributions of Binay in government in the past five years.

He said no less than the President had commended Binay for his work in the housing sector and in promoting the welfare of the overseas Filipino workers.

Coloma also dismissed reports that he is allied with Binay’s group.

Coloma is reported to be with the “Samar” faction of the administration, which is supposedly supportive of Binay and Senator Francis Escudero. It was named after a street in Quezon City where the main election campaign headquarters of then Senator Aquino, during the 2010 elections, was located.

The other faction is the Balay group, supposedly supporting Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II and named after the Liberal Party headquarters in Cubao in Quezon City.

For his part, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad accused Binay of misleading the public by claiming that the budget for housing initiatives had been diverted to the interior department led by Roxas.

Abad said records from the budget department showed that the four housing agencies under Binay have received a total of P116.3 billion pesos from 2010 to 2015.

“The challenge of accountability is one where the Vice President continues to disappoint. To this day, he refuses to address the corruption allegations against him in the proper forum, preferring instead to spread lies about the Administration. That’s not public service. But that’s exactly what politicking looks like,” he added.

REDRAWING POLITICAL LINES

Radio dzRH reported that the Partido ng Masang Pilipino of former President and now Manila mayor Joseph Estrada has cut its ties with the United Nationalist Alliance of Binay.

DZRH, quoting Sen. JV Ejercito, said Estrada is no longer an official member of the UNA. Erap, together with Binay and currently under hospital arrest, Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile were the pillars of the said alliance.

However, Ejercito clarified that his father’s failure to show up in Wednesday’s UNA launch doesn’t mean that he’s supporting Senator Grace Poe’s impending candidacy.

The senator admitted that if Poe decides to run for president in 2016, Estrada’s party will have difficulties in choosing its allegiance.

But Ejercito said if his father endorses Poe, the relationship between the Binays and Estradas will not be severed.

On the part the Nacionalista Party, Sen. Cynthia Villar said the NP could coalesce with UNA.

Villar said the only problem is that Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano are against it.

“We’re talking to everybody. Pero tingin ko nothing is definite (at this point),” she said.

She said it’s unlikely for the NP to come up with a senatorial lineup next year, although her son and eldest child, Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar, might throw his hat in the senatorial race. – With Jocelyn Montemayor


MANILA TIMES

Belmonte rules out Binay impeachment  July 4, 2015 8:45 pm
by LLANESCA T. PANTI, REPORTER


BELMONTE

There is no brewing impeachment move against Vice President Jejomar Binay, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. said on Saturday.

Belmonte issued the statement amid claims by the Binay camp that an impeachment complaint will be filed against the vice president before candidates who will seek elective posts in 2016 file their certificates of candidacy in October.

“Well, I don’t expect it, nor have l heard about it,” Belmonte said when asked if there were plans to impeach the vice president.

House Deputy Minority Leader Antonio Tinio of Alliance of Concerned Teachers party-list said the investigation of Binay and members of his family shows that impeachment is farthest from the lawmakers’ minds.

The Court of Appeals has issued a freeze order on Binay’s bank deposits as the Office of the Ombudsman investigated allegations that the Makati City Hall Building Parking 2, which was built when Binay was the mayor of Makati City, was overpriced.

Binay’s son, Makati Mayor Erwin Binay, was suspended by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales in connection with the case.

“Unlike Presidents of the Republic, Vice Presidents are not immune from suit. So why bother with impeachment?” Tinio said.

Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano, a member of the Commission on Appointments, said lawmakers do not have the energy to pursue an impeachment case with less than a year before the 2016 elections.

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“There’s no talk of impeachment,” Albano stressed.

Caloocan Rep. and Liberal Party (LP) Chairman Edgar Erice however lashed out at Binay for criticizing the Aquino administration after he resigned from the Cabinet.

“How can he criticize the government when he was part of the [Aquino] Cabinet?

He kept saying that he can’t see the government yet he was there, and did not speak [about the alleged ‘wrongdoings’ of the administration],” Erice said in Filipino.

At the launch of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party last week, Binay slammed the administration for being a failure and insensitive.

“Paano naging tamad, manhid, at palpak ang administrasyon? Kung totoo ‘yan, hindi tayo magiging second fastest-growing economy in the world right now (How can the government be lazy, inept and insensitive? If that is true, we won’t be the second fastest growing economy in the world),” Erice said.


MALAYA OPINION

THE BINAY MAGIC Submitted by ROMEO Y. LIM on July 03, 2015


by ROMEO Y. LIM

THE successful launch of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) yesterday was expected.

Even though its leader Vice President Jejomar Binay continues to be besieged by attacks from many fronts, the support from the masses and political allies continues to be overwhelming.

What then fuels this support? It cannot be easy to be affronted day in and day out with allegations of corruption, overspending and the penchant for perpetuating a political dynasty. Moreover, the accusations just keep coming like water from a leaky faucet.

The Nazi propagandist Dr Joseph Goebbels said the famous line that “a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.”

VP Binay and his family have been the subject of all this vicious propaganda more than a thousand times and it is not far- fetched to think that some of those who once believed in him have faltered.

For the sake of argument let us say that any or all of what was said about them are true.

Are media and the Senate the proper forums to lash out and hurl allegations? Is trial by publicity the way to go?

Despite the dubious procedures and actions that have been used to discredit the country’s number two man, he has often remained calm and collected. In fact, he has done things the right way even when faced with “low blows” from an administration bent on making him obsolete.

I was told that when Sen. Nancy Binay was raring to answer a number of accusations with facts and figures during Senate hearings, her father told her to keep calm and present the counter evidence in the proper forum.

What exactly is this forum? The judiciary.

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Some of my colleagues in the industry continue to barrage the news of how VP Binay has never bothered to answer the tirades against him. But they forgot to mention that these allegations were already answered by Binay in an affidavit.

So when the vice-president unleashed several months of frustration in his speech at the UNA launch, I was both elated and saddened.

Elated he has finally voiced what was in his heart. Saddened that many of his points against President PNoy’s administration are true. Worse, I am saddened that the team I was rooting for all these years has disintegrated.

But then, I have to be honest about the lapses I see in this government and while I laud many accomplishments, I am equally aghast at some of the inaction and callousness it has displayed with the impunity that they accuse the Vice President of.

So as I earlier asked, what fuels the support for VP Binay?

Results you can see. Results that have never happened before in any LGU and are being copied by other towns and cities. Results you have to be blind not to see.

I think that is why people continue to stand by him. Perhaps because people are tired of motherhood statements and are truly looking for the leader who walks the walk.

Because, to paraphrase Sen. Nancy Binay, services in Makati are better than in (place appropriate city here).


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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