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SONA 2015 FASHION: STYLES AND STARS


JULY 28 ---It’s that time of the year again. Celebrity politicians and celebs associated with politicians attended the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in their finest clothes. Some of these were: KRIS AQUINO MANNY and Jinkee Pacquiao CONTINUE WATCHING...

ALSO: Grace out as LP standard bearer


JULY 30 --Sen. Grace Poe no longer expects President Aquino to endorse her as the Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer for next year. Senate PRIB/Albert Calvelo
Sen. Grace Poe no longer expects President Aquino to endorse her as the Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer for next year.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Poe said she would not be surprised if Aquino endorsed Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II today or tomorrow because they are from the same party. She said she did not want to expect any endorsement because she did not want to be disappointed. Poe said Aquino never told her directly that he had already decided on Roxas, and that he wanted her to run as his vice president. During their meetings, Aquino only told her “we should be together,” she added. Poe said she does not want to interpret what Aquino had told her. READ MORE...

ALSO: CHIZ ASKED TO DROP 2016 POLITICAL PLAN?


JULY 30 --ROXAS, ESCUDERO 
SEN. Francis “Chiz” Escudero yesterday said members of the Liberal Party want him to back out from the presidential or vice presidential race in next year’s elections, although he has not made any decision yet on whether to seek higher office. “Malaking desisyon ito (ang pagtakbo). May nagsabi nga dati, willing ka bang mag-sacrifice at huwag kang tumakbo?” Escudero said in a TV interview. He said it was Budget Secretary Butch Abad who asked if he was willing to make a “sacrifice.”  “I think hindi direkta sa akin, sinabi sa akin ni Secretary Abad iyon, sa isang interview niya, na kaming tatlo daw na kinausap ni Pangulong Aquino,” he said referring to President Aquino’s meetings with him, Sen. Grace Poe and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. Abad denied he asked Escudero to forego his 2016 plans. “No such thing,” Abad said in a text message. Escudero said it is more a sacrifice to run than not to run. “Ang sagot ko nga, mas malaking sakripisyo yata yung pagtakbo kaysa hindi pagtakbo. Kasi kapag hindi ka tumakbo papitik-pitik ka lang. Pero kapag tumakbo ka, mabigat na trabaho iyon. Masama nga palagi yung mukha ng pulitika sa kampanyahan, kaya magiging personal karamihan ang mga isyu,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: 10 things to know about Mar Roxas


JULY 30 --MANILA - According to several sources, President Benigno S. Aquino III is set to endorse Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II as Liberal Party standard-bearer for the 2016 presidential elections anytime this week. Let's take a look at some of the interesting facts about Mar Roxas. 1. Perhaps one of the most known fact about Mar Roxas is his presidential pedigree. Mar is the grandson of former President Manuel A. Roxas, who co-founded the Liberal Party in 1945. 2. Mar Roxas graduated from the Wharton School, the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, with a degree in economics in 1979 The Wharton School is reputed to be the first business school in the United States. 3. Prior to government service, Mar Roxas worked as an investment banker. He was assistant vice president for boutique firm Allen and Company. Under North Star Capitals, Inc., Roxas participated in taking Filipino fast food giant Jollibee public. 4. Mar Roxas reportedly took a leave of absence from work to join the presidential campaign of Corazon Aquino during the 1986 snap elections. READ MORE...

ALSO: Erap delivers on promises, vows more benefits for poor, urban changes


JULY 30--Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, in his second State of the City Address yesterday, had reasons to take pride in his adminstration’s first and second years as Manila mayor, as the city now has improved financial condition, and he expects for this year, to bring about more urban changes as more package of benefits for poor. Estrada had declared that Manila is no longer buried in debt and has successfully improved its financial condition. This was the main theme of Estrada’s State of the City Address speech held at the PICC yesterday morning as he assured that more projects and benefits will be delivered to Manileños this coming final year of his first term as chief local executive of the country’s capital city. Estrada stated that its revenues continue to increase due to proper collections, from P6.6 billion in 2012, to P7.2 billion in 2013 and P9.2 billion for the last year. He added that last year’s collection rose to 40 percent, or P 2.6 billion more than the total collection in 2012. Due to the increase in collection the Manila barangays that has the biggest number of all barangays in the land have benefitted from the improved financial collection that more than doubled. Even the business permits collection have greatly improved with the increase by 53 percent for last year also. With improved collection Estrada pointed out that based on reports the city which as P4.4 billion obligations, were paid and the P613 million unpaid electric bills had been settled including the debt from water services and other obligations left by his predecessor, Fred Lim. READ MORE...

ALSO: UNA slams Aquino’s ‘gutter’ language in SONA


JULY 29 --COUGHING FIT: Despite saying that he was under the weather, Aquino spent two hours and nine minutes on an address that again attacked his predecessor, highlighted the gains of his reform program and gave thanks to 86 people—including his Cabinet secretaries, the Palace staff and even his maid. MANILA STANDARD FILE
UNITED Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general JV Bautista criticized President Benigno Aquino 3rd for using “gutter language” in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA). “Maybe he [Aquino] can do that when campaigning to project himself as a “populace and cute.” Where is this guy bringing our country? What is he teaching to our children? What is he telling our people, that the highest official of the land will engage in gutter language?” Bautista said. “It would be inappropriate for any head of government to speak such kind of language. That has absolutely no place [in SONA], otherwise civility in the society will be lost.” “I think it is the duty of the president to preserve a high level of discussion and deliberations of national issues. It has to be with dignity and this must be in the most dignified language,” he added. An excerpt of Aquino’s speech during Monday’s SONA read: “Kahit kaliwa’t kanan na ang ebidensiya ng pagbabago, mayroon pa ring kontra sa Daang Matuwid. Ang hirit nila: Mabagal daw tayo. Kapag sila raw ang naging Pangulo, sigurado, gaganda ang buhay. Sa mga medyo may edad po, ang isasagot dito, ‘Ah, ganun?’ sabay taas ng kilay. Para naman sa kabataan, iba na raw po ang tugon nila sa ganoong pahayag, iba na daw po ang uso ngayon eh: ‘E di wow!” Bautista lamented that Aquino chose to attack his political enemies instead of highlighting the most significant issues that hounded his administration. “When you’re standing before the entire nation, you have to look after the dignity of your office and you have to avoid very personalistic attacks which he [Aquino] did. READ MORE...

ALSO Poe on SAF 44: Noy still responsible [“The SONA was like two-hour daydreaming narrative made by the President. It was a daydream where the country was supposedly prosperous, development was creeping into the long-forgotten rural cities and the bad guys were in prison. Now we wake up, back to reality about the Filipino people’s miserable plight,” Zarate said. Both Hicap and Zarate scored the President for failing to mention the SAF 44 or efforts to bring their killers to justice.]


JULY 30 --POE SENATOR Grace Poe said Wednesday her committee stands by its findings that President Benigno Aquino III was “ultimately responsible” for the covert Mamasapano operation in which 44 police commandos were killed by Muslim rebels in January. “We must not forget that we have seen who were responsible,” said Poe, chairman of the Senate committee on public order, which investigated the incident. Poe, however, said she respected the decision of the Ombudsman not to include the President in the list of persons who should be charged for the deaths of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos. Looking back. In this file photo taken on March 17 this year, Senator Grace Poe gestures as she holds up a copy of the results of the investigation on the Mamasapano operation in Maguindanao on Jan. 25, 2015, in which 44 police commandos died, and for which she said President Benigno Aquino had been responsible because she approved the operation. Reacting to a proposal from Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, she said the committee could reopen the probe if new facts about the case surface. First, however, the plenary would have to discuss Cayetano’s proposal. Senate President Franklin Drilon said this has already been calendared. “If Senator Grace Poe wants to sponsor it, that’s in order. It is already part of our calendar. There is nothing unusual about that,” he said. He said the senators must vote on reopening the investigation in plenary because the committee report was already before all the senators. “It is outside the jurisdiction of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs since the report has been submitted. It is in the calendar for ordinary business of the Senate as a whole. To bring it back to the Committee will require the vote of the plenary,” Drilon said. Two days after delivering a two-hour valedictory State-of-the-Nation Address, Aquino continued to draw flak for failing to mention the sacrifices made by the slain police commandos. Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna; Luz Ilagan of Gabriela; and Fernando Hicap of Anakpawis, said the President did not really report to the true state of the country, just his accomplishments. READ MORE...


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SONA 2015 fashion: Stars and Styles


KRIS AQUINO
On Instagram, Kris shared that her pastel blue Filipiniana gown – an off-shoulder trumpet piña callado – was designed by Michael Leyva, noting it was sewn in Antipolo City. She also shared that the brooch holding her pañuelo was from her mom, former president Cory Aquino. Her sons’ barongs, on the other hand, were made by Bang Pineda using materials sourced from Lucban, Quezon. To complete the look, the TV host commissioned a team of stylists composed of Juan Sarte, Gian Carlo David, Kim and Boop Yap.

MANILA, JULY 30, 2015 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Rowena Tan - It’s that time of the year again.

Celebrity politicians and celebs associated with politicians attended the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in their finest clothes.

Some of these were:


MANNY AND JINKEE PACQUIAO
The power couple from Sarangani both wore creations by Francis Libiran in this year’s SONA. It was a simple Barong Tagalog for the pugilist-turned-Saranggani congressman; while Vice Governor Jinkee opted to wear a beige and green off-shoulder gown paired with Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) clutch.
 (Photo by John Ganzon)


JONI VILLANUEVA

The younger sister of TESDA Director Sec. Joel Villanueva wore a Blanc et Noire Terno in Neoprene fabric embellished with hand-embroidered black and dove grey Rosal and Sampaguita.

She shared that the embroidery was a creation of a fellow Bulakeño, making clear her intent to patronize products that create jobs for townmates.


HEART EVANGELISTA

Heart showed up at the SONA red carpet in a dazzling white gown by Inno Sotto; while her husband, Senator Chiz Escudero looked dapper in a Paul Cabral barong.

Last year, Evangelista wore a cleavage-baring white dress matched with detachable cage terno sleeves by Joey Samson. In 2013, the actress wore a body-hugging white terno by Ivarluski Aseron.


DAWN ZULUETA

Dawn graciously walked the SONA red carpet with her husband, Davao del Norte Rep. Anton Lagdameo, wearing a white off-shoulder neoprene gown with butterfly sleeves.

Designer Cary Santiago embellished the gown with an elaborate rose design on the left sleeve, to make it stand out.

Dawn finished off her look with the help of stylist Eric Pe Benito.


Sen. Nancy Binay in a 'boring' blue terno of Randy Ortiz | via @MBHTorregoza #SONA2015 pic.twitter.com/r9ROAHJli8


Sen. Legarda proudly shows her recycled outfit. | via @MBHTorregoza pic.twitter.com/wN34Q7ZLZ7


Shalani Soledad- Romulo
In a sea of nudes and pastels, Shalani's Anthony Ramirez emerald filipiniana stood out. We were torn between her and Atty. Karen Jimeno as both sported plain jewel toned frocks. But it was the draping in Shalani's dress that made us pick her over the esteemed lawyer.


Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez with husband Richard and daughter Juliana.


PHILSTAR

Grace out as LP standard bearer By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 30, 2015 - 12:00am 1 2 googleplus0 0


Sen. Grace Poe no longer expects President Aquino to endorse her as the Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer for next year. Senate PRIB/Albert Calvelo

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Grace Poe no longer expects President Aquino to endorse her as the Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer for next year.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Poe said she would not be surprised if Aquino endorsed Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II today or tomorrow because they are from the same party.

She said she did not want to expect any endorsement because she did not want to be disappointed.

Poe said Aquino never told her directly that he had already decided on Roxas, and that he wanted her to run as his vice president.

During their meetings, Aquino only told her “we should be together,” she added.

Poe said she does not want to interpret what Aquino had told her.

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“That was probably what he meant, but I cannot say definitively that’s what he meant,” she said about a pitch for her to run as Roxas’ vice president in 2016.

Poe said she continues to respect Aquino and so in spite of some differences in opinions, they understand and respect where they stand.

“Like I said, I am a principled ally of the President,” she said.

“This means that even though we are not always on the same side, the bottom line is we are always for what is best for the people.”

Aquino was clearly torn between her and Roxas because he saw that they were both on the same page with regard to what they want for the country, she added.

Poe said since their last meeting more than a week ago, she only managed to talk to Aquino again during the State of the Nation Address last Monday.

“We spoke briefly during the SONA,” she said.

“It was not about 2016 or Mamasapano. It was not about politics but about governance.”

Poe said she was not at liberty to disclose the details of their discussion because it was “classified.”

One thing that stood out in their various meetings was how Aquino saw their relationship beyond 2016, she added.

‘Escudero to run as Poe’s VP’ Sen. Francis Escudero’s resignation from his various posts in the Senate paves the way for him to be Poe’s running mate in the 2016 presidential elections, Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao, Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) president, told The STAR yesterday.

“He (Escudero) would not want to be seen as using his position for gain,” he said.

“I thought he sounded the drumbeat for other politicians seeking higher office to display more delicadeza.”

Escudero has resigned as chairman of the Senate finance committee and as co-chairman of the joint congressional oversight committee on public expenditures.

Last week, Aggabao and other NPC stalwarts said the country’s second largest party was leaning toward supporting a Poe-Escudero tandem based on feedback from its members.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has called on officials eyeing higher public office to take their cue from Escudero.

“Nice political move from a master,” he said. “Others similarly situated should take their cue.”

Deputy Majority Leader Sherwin Tugna said other public officials, similarly situated, should also resign their posts.

“I believe that all public officials should have the delicadeza to resign from their post if they believe and feel that their integrity will be questioned, in case they run and win the election,” he said. - With Paolo Romero, Jose Rodel Clapano


MALAYA

CHIZ ASKED TO DROP 2016 POLITICAL PLAN? By JP LOPEZ on July 30, 2015


ROXAS, ESCUDERO

SEN. Francis “Chiz” Escudero yesterday said members of the Liberal Party want him to back out from the presidential or vice presidential race in next year’s elections, although he has not made any decision yet on whether to seek higher office.

“Malaking desisyon ito (ang pagtakbo). May nagsabi nga dati, willing ka bang mag-sacrifice at huwag kang tumakbo?” Escudero said in a TV interview.

He said it was Budget Secretary Butch Abad who asked if he was willing to make a “sacrifice.”

“I think hindi direkta sa akin, sinabi sa akin ni Secretary Abad iyon, sa isang interview niya, na kaming tatlo daw na kinausap ni Pangulong Aquino,” he said referring to President Aquino’s meetings with him, Sen. Grace Poe and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

Abad denied he asked Escudero to forego his 2016 plans.

“No such thing,” Abad said in a text message.

Escudero said it is more a sacrifice to run than not to run.

“Ang sagot ko nga, mas malaking sakripisyo yata yung pagtakbo kaysa hindi pagtakbo. Kasi kapag hindi ka tumakbo papitik-pitik ka lang. Pero kapag tumakbo ka, mabigat na trabaho iyon. Masama nga palagi yung mukha ng pulitika sa kampanyahan, kaya magiging personal karamihan ang mga isyu,” he said.

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Poe and Escudero are independents who ran under the administration coalition. Poe is reportedly being wooed by Aquino to be Roxas’ running mate.

Aquino will announce his endorsement of Roxas’ candidacy tomorrow, according to Rep. Edgar Erice, LP political affairs chief.

Poe said she would not be surprised if Aquino indeed endorses Roxas.

Aquino and Poe had four meetings in Malacañang in connection with the 2016 polls.

The two met again Monday afternoon before the President delivered his state of the nation address at the House of Representatives.

Poe said the President never directly asked her to be Roxas’ running mate.

“Sinasabi niyang dapat magsama kami pero ayoko kasing interpretahin, siguro ganun na nga pero hindi ko masasabi definitively na ‘yun nga ‘yun,” she said.

She said she is just thankful for the President for considering her.

Poe earlier said she “could sense the very difficult position Aquino is in.

A source said that in one of the meetings, an official suggested the withdrawal of Escudero.

“Bakit di na lang si Chiz ang umatras,” the source quoted the LP official who he refused to identify.

Escudero on Tuesday resigned as chairman of the Senate committee on finance and as chairman of the oversight committee on public expenditure.

The move was described by Poe as laudable and said it only means that Escudero is more certain to join in next year’s election.

Escudero has repeatedly said that if ever he would seek higher post, he would run as vice president. – With Jocelyn Montemayor and Wendell Vigilia


ABS-CBN

10 things to know about Mar Roxas ABS-CBN NEWS.COM

MANILA - According to several sources, President Benigno S. Aquino III is set to endorse Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II as Liberal Party standard-bearer for the 2016 presidential elections anytime this week.

Let's take a look at some of the interesting facts about Mar Roxas.

1. Perhaps one of the most known fact about Mar Roxas is his presidential pedigree. Mar is the grandson of former President Manuel A. Roxas, who co-founded the Liberal Party in 1945.

2. Mar Roxas graduated from the Wharton School, the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, with a degree in economics in 1979 The Wharton School is reputed to be the first business school in the United States.

3. Prior to government service, Mar Roxas worked as an investment banker. He was assistant vice president for boutique firm Allen and Company. Under North Star Capitals, Inc., Roxas participated in taking Filipino fast food giant Jollibee public.

4. Mar Roxas reportedly took a leave of absence from work to join the presidential campaign of Corazon Aquino during the 1986 snap elections.

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5. Mar Roxas first joined government service after winning a special congressional election to succeed his brother, Dinggoy, who died in office as representative of the first district of Capiz.

6. Mar Roxas held three Cabinet positions in three administrations. He was Trade and Industry secretary under Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Transport and Communications secretary and Interior secretary under Aquino.

7. While best-known as Mr. Palengke during his stint as DTI Secretary, Roxas launched 'Make IT Philippines,' pioneering the establishment of high-technology industry centers and the promotion of the business process outsourcing (BPO) market in the Philippines, particularly call center operations.

8. Mar Roxas received the third highest number of votes in Philippine electoral history. In 2004, he received 19,372,888 votes in the senatorial elections.

9. Mar Roxas is married to news anchor Korina Sanchez, and has a son named Paolo Gerardo from a previous relationship.

 

10. His net worth as of December 31, 2014 is P202,080,452.71, making him the fourth richest Cabinet member in the Aquino administration.


TRIBUNE

Erap delivers on promises, vows more benefits for poor, urban changes Written by Tribune Wires Thursday, 30 July 2015 00:00 fo



Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, in his second State of the City Address yesterday, had reasons to take pride in his adminstration’s first and second years as Manila mayor, as the city now has improved financial condition, and he expects for this year, to bring about more urban changes as more package of benefits for poor.

Estrada had declared that Manila is no longer buried in debt and has successfully improved its financial condition.

This was the main theme of Estrada’s State of the City Address speech held at the PICC yesterday morning as he assured that more projects and benefits will be delivered to Manileños this coming final year of his first term as chief local executive of the country’s capital city.

Estrada stated that its revenues continue to increase due to proper collections, from P6.6 billion in 2012, to P7.2 billion in 2013 and P9.2 billion for the last year.
He added that last year’s collection rose to 40 percent, or P 2.6 billion more than the total collection in 2012.

Due to the increase in collection the Manila barangays that has the biggest number of all barangays in the land have benefitted from the improved financial collection that more than doubled.

Even the business permits collection have greatly improved with the increase by 53 percent for last year also.

With improved collection Estrada pointed out that based on reports the city which as P4.4 billion obligations, were paid and the P613 million unpaid electric bills had been settled including the debt from water services and other obligations left by his predecessor, Fred Lim.

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Estrada also thanked the city council headed by Vice Mayor Isko Moreno for their cooperation for daring to enact ordinance 8330 which provided revised schedule of fair market values of real property in the city as well as ordinance number 8331 which adjusted the local tax rates calling it it a political suicide among councilors.
For peace and order Estrada said that the city continues improving where based on the MPD crime index in 2014-2015 is 21percent lower compared to 2013-2014 and only an 8,841 crimes were reported last year as against the 11, 468 crimes recorded in 2013



“94 out of 110 most wanted persons in Manila have been arrested which includes leaders of the notorious gang and the #1most wanted in Manila named Jonathan Bassey,” Estrada said in his speech.

The campaign against illegal drugs netted 317 pushers, 985 users with the confiscation of some 8,689 grams of shabu with street value 43 million and some loose firearms.

He also stressed there were significant increases in the response on disaster management response and traffic control with the establishment of computerized CCTV control and monitoring under the helm of Vice Mayor Moreno which was set up at the fourth floor of the building from its former dumping area of old papers files of the city.

The city has acquired rescue vans, amphibious trucks, jeeps and fiber boats all on standby during storm and other types of disasters.

For health care the city has now the biggest dialysis facility in the land and it is given free for those who were issued orange health card.

Some 500 million wase allocated for the modernization, renovation of the six hospital and 59 health centers. Two of its city owned hospital is now undergoing renovation : Ospital ng Maynila and Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center with the purchase of latest medical equipments.

Some 700,000 thousand orange cards holders and their dependents are benefitting a 100 percent free health services in all city owned hospitals and health centers.


This speech was delivered by former President Joseph e. Estrada during his 75th birthday celebration at Le pavilion in Pasay City on April 19, 2012. MANILA, Philippines - Isang magandang gabi sa inyong lahat at isang mainit na pasasalamat sa inyong mga pagbati at pagdalo sa pagdiriwang ng aking kaarawan. Sa palagay ko, tamang-tama ang timing ng selebrasyon ng aking ika-75 years dahil ito ang taon na dapat ideklarang year of the senior citizen. Sa kasalukuyang impeachment trial, ang presiding officer, senior citizen; and defense counsel, senior citizen; may mga prosecutor na mga senior citizen; ang mga witness, senior citizen; ang akusado, senior citizen pa rin. Kaya ang masasabi ko lang ngayon, this is the year of the senior citizen! At hindi pa tayo laos! FROM RAPPLER.COM

Estrada also raised warnings among hospital workers after he received reports of charging fees to poor patients saying that these people are intending to sabotage his projects.

“Let me assure you that any hospital director, official or employee who causes any orange card holders to pay a single centavo for hospital services or test will not only be dismissed from the service but will also made criminally liable” Estrada warned.

“For school buildings, the construction of the Padre Burgos Elementary School has been finished and some 10 elementary and high school are now undergoing construction with the 250 million budget was allocated. The city had distributed around 375 million worth of schools equipment that include 50 digital computer laboratories, 16,00 desktop computers more laplop printers projectors and many more.

Estrada also fulfilled his promise by giving free daycare centers special education on each barangays where some 202,810 pre schoolers benefited.

More: Senior citizens of Manila will be given P300 cash for their birthdays and those who are in need of wheelchairs will get them from the City government.
Repairs of 83 roads were undertaken and gave assistance to thousands of informal settlers numbering to around 7,403 about 500 of them have received new houses in relocation sites in Cavite and laguna with the help of National Housing Authority and Pasig river rehabilitation Commission.

Sports complex and parks were repaired and rehabilitated as well as the proposals for the local public-private partnerships or joint venture for the development of Manila Zoo and of some of the public markets have been under studies.
Estrada clarified the joint venture agreement for the Quinta Market have been received and construction will soon starts after the old market was demolished.
He gave the assurance to original vendors that they will be given priority and the charges will be fair and acceptable.

“No to privatization is what some politicians and critics say but there is a big difference between privatization and joint ventures. We are not selling the market and Quinta market will be retained by the City of Manila under our joint venture agreement” Estrada noted.

Estrada said that the former “reign of corruption” in Manila has been rectified as the previous city administration of Lim left the office “bankrupt and full of anomalies”.

“When I was elected as mayor in 2013, the burden that the previous administration left was a bankrupt city and full of anomalies that made the city of Manila sinking in debt,” Estrada said before thousands gathered in the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

“Manila is now debt-free! The city’s total unpaid liabilities of P4.44 billion is now fully paid,” a dignified Estrada said. “We fought corruption and we won.”

It was under Lim’s administration that tourists from Hong Kong were killed in a hostage drama in Luneta that caused a negative effect in the city and the country’s relationship with the former. Only Estrada’s sincere apologies before the Hong Kong government restored good ties as the City Mayor established a good partnership with the Filipino-Chinese community that in return became generous benefactors of Manila. Among their coordinated projects are the 27 new patrol cars for the MPD.

In his speech that lasted for about an hour, Estrada also revealed other achievements won by his administration: increased disaster management response capabilities, enhanced health services, new and refurbished public school buildings, special protection for pre-schoolers and senior citizens, 83 road projects, benefits and relocations for 7,403 informal settler families, increased budget allocations per barangay and improvement of sports facilities.

His rival Lim has been debunked time and again on his criticisms on Estrada such as that of the controversial Torre de Manila, dubbed as the national photo-bomber to the Rizal Monument in Luneta, Manila.

It has been proven that it was the former mayor who tolerated the construction project at the expense of a cultural site.

“There is great hope ahead of Manila. We must remain to our commitment: Manila forward ever, backward never,” Estrada declared.

Estrada, who remains mum on his 2016 presidential endorsement, is reportedly convinced to seek reelection as Manila’s chief executive and his protégé Vice Mayor Moreno will try his luck in the Senate.

Meanwhile, personalities from the solid oppositionist United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) such as deposed Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito said that his uncle, Mayor Estrada, “gave a comprehensive report that proves his worth as a leader, unlike the blame games of President Aquino last Monday.”
By Pat C. Santos and Ted Tuvera


MANILA TIMES

UNA slams Aquino’s ‘gutter’ language in SONA July 29, 2015 10:33 pm by NEIL A. ALCOBER AND CATHERINE S. VALENTE


COUGHING FIT: Despite saying that he was under the weather, Aquino spent two hours and nine minutes on an address that again attacked his predecessor, highlighted the gains of his reform program and gave thanks to 86 people—including his Cabinet secretaries, the Palace staff and even his maid. MANILA STANDARD FILE

UNITED Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general JV Bautista criticized President Benigno Aquino 3rd for using “gutter language” in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA). “Maybe he [Aquino] can do that when campaigning to project himself as a “populace and cute.” Where is this guy bringing our country?

What is he teaching to our children? What is he telling our people, that the highest official of the land will engage in gutter language?” Bautista said.

“It would be inappropriate for any head of government to speak such kind of language. That has absolutely no place [in SONA], otherwise civility in the society will be lost.” “I think it is the duty of the president to preserve a high level of discussion and deliberations of national issues. It has to be with dignity and this must be in the most dignified language,” he added.

An excerpt of Aquino’s speech during Monday’s SONA read: “Kahit kaliwa’t kanan na ang ebidensiya ng pagbabago, mayroon pa ring kontra sa Daang Matuwid. Ang hirit nila: Mabagal daw tayo. Kapag sila raw ang naging Pangulo, sigurado, gaganda ang buhay. Sa mga medyo may edad po, ang isasagot dito, ‘Ah, ganun?’
sabay taas ng kilay.

Para naman sa kabataan, iba na raw po ang tugon nila sa ganoong pahayag, iba na daw po ang uso ngayon eh: ‘E di wow!” Bautista lamented that Aquino chose to attack his political enemies instead of highlighting the most significant issues that hounded his administration. “When you’re standing before the entire nation, you have to look after the dignity of your office and you have to avoid very personalistic attacks which he [Aquino] did.

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The President has also engaged in very personalistic expressions of gratitude. That’s really out of place. You don’t do that during a SONA,” he said.

“I mean, who cares if you have gratitude to your yaya (nanny)? Or you have gratitude to your hairdresser, who cares? Everybody has gratitude to somebody but you have spent precious time of the SONA doing that,” Bautista added.

Bautista also lambasted Aquino for praising his cabinet secretaries in his SONA. “If he praises them, he will praise himself, right? He’s patting himself at the back while praising his alter egos,” he said.

“The President should have told the people what he can do to solve pressing problems under his administration and what have been solved already. It’s very simple, right?

I really can’t fathom why Noynoy Aquino for all his educational background and, you know, his experience in government, can go implement that kind of rumbling,” the opposition leader added.


LACIERDA: “Siguro tingnan muna niya ang sarili niya sa salamin at gayahin niyang ginagawa ni Boy Abunda,” Lacierda added.

As if to rile the Binay camp, Malacañang again said “e di wow!” in reaction to the announcement of Vice President Jejomar Binay that he will deliver a “statesman” SONA.

“The State of the Nation Address of the President is supported by a SONA Technical Report. There is a Technical Report that is put out for everyone to see the basis for the President citing those figures. So they are all based on figures and statistics,” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said. Lacierda challenged Binay to make sure that his SONA will be backed by data. “It’s up to the Vice President whatever he wants to quote. He wants to quote from Andersen’s Fairy Tales, it’s up to him,” the Palace official said.

“Siguro tingnan muna niya ang sarili niya sa salamin at gayahin niyang ginagawa ni Boy Abunda,” Lacierda added.


MANILA STANDARD

Poe on SAF 44: Noy still responsible By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Jul. 30, 2015 at 12:01am


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SENATOR Grace Poe said Wednesday her committee stands by its findings that President Benigno Aquino III was “ultimately responsible” for the covert Mamasapano operation in which 44 police commandos were killed by Muslim rebels in January.

“We must not forget that we have seen who were responsible,” said Poe, chairman of the Senate committee on public order, which investigated the incident.

Poe, however, said she respected the decision of the Ombudsman not to include the President in the list of persons who should be charged for the deaths of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.

Looking back. In this file photo taken on March 17 this year, Senator Grace Poe gestures as she holds up a copy of the results of the investigation on the Mamasapano operation in Maguindanao on Jan. 25, 2015, in which 44 police commandos died, and for which she said President Benigno Aquino had been responsible because she approved the operation.

Reacting to a proposal from Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, she said the committee could reopen the probe if new facts about the case surface.

First, however, the plenary would have to discuss Cayetano’s proposal.

Senate President Franklin Drilon said this has already been calendared.

“If Senator Grace Poe wants to sponsor it, that’s in order. It is already part of our calendar. There is nothing unusual about that,” he said.

He said the senators must vote on reopening the investigation in plenary because the committee report was already before all the senators.

“It is outside the jurisdiction of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs since the report has been submitted. It is in the calendar for ordinary business of the Senate as a whole. To bring it back to the Committee will require the vote of the plenary,” Drilon said.

Two days after delivering a two-hour valedictory State-of-the-Nation Address, Aquino continued to draw flak for failing to mention the sacrifices made by the slain police commandos.

Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna; Luz Ilagan of Gabriela; and Fernando Hicap of Anakpawis, said the President did not really report to the true state of the country, just his accomplishments.

“The SONA is the chance to report to the people the real state of the nation, and not an accomplishment report,” Colmenares said.

Zarate added that the SONA was far from reality.

“The SONA was like two-hour daydreaming narrative made by President. It was a daydream where the country was supposedly prosperous, development was creeping into the long-forgotten rural cities and the bad guys were in prison. Now we wake up, back to reality about the Filipino people’s miserable plight,” Zarate said.

Both Hicap and Zarate scored the President for failing to mention the SAF 44 or efforts to bring their killers to justice.

“It has been 183 days since the gruesome Mamasapano incident and yet the President appeared to have forgotten already the SAF 44,” Zarate said.

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Ilagan also lambasted the President for mentioning the past and the future, but failing to talk about the present.

“He has mentioned the past as far back as Martial Law...[and the future] even up to 2055. But what about the present?” Ilagan said, who dismissed the President’s speech as empty, with no mention of women’s concerns, or the worsening power situation in the Visayas and Mindanao.

On Tuesday, relatives of the slain police commandos took the President to task for failing to mention the sacrifice made by the SAF 44 in his SONA.

“It was very sad. Imagine, he was able to thank even his barber but he never mentioned the fallen SAF 44,” said Celesino Bilog, father of PO1 Russel Bilog, one of the slain police commandos.


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