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CORY MAGIC IS STILL THERE
[AQUINO URGED BY PARTY LEADERS TO STUMP FOR ROXAS AS IF HE HIMSELF WERE RUNNING]


AUGUST 1 ---ENDLESSLY REMEMBERED President Aquino sprinkles holy water on the tombs of his parents, former Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. and President Corazon Aquino, to mark the 6th anniversary of her death on Saturday. Beside him is President Cory’s spiritual adviser, Fr. Catalino Arevalo, who celebrated Mass for the gathering of the “yellow army” at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA
 The “Cory magic” is still there. So, President Benigno Aquino III needs to stump for Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as if he were the candidate to get him elected President next year, Liberal Party (LP) leaders said on Saturday. Six years after her death, democracy icon President Corazon Aquino’s memory and impact continue to reverberate even in the small group that gathered at her tomb at the Manila Memorial Park on Saturday to remember her.
Her only son, President Aquino, said that through the decades of unity and cooperation, “we have reached, in a sense, harvest time.” “Our parents and grandparents would say that all the trials and tribulations in raising us were somehow worth it. I have to reiterate that none of the things that have been done [was] done by a single individual. [It] has always been we working for everybody,” Mr. Aquino said. Mrs. Aquino’s death from colon cancer on Aug. 1, 2009, triggered calls for then Sen. Noynoy Aquino to run for President amid the country’s growing discontent with the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which was mired in allegations of corruption.
The public clamor for Senator Aquino to run for President forced then Sen. Mar Roxas to step aside and run for Vice President. He lost the race to former Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay. Immeasurable On Friday, President Aquino announced that Roxas was the administration coalition’s presidential candidate in next year’s general elections. Leaders of the ruling LP said on Saturday that the President should stump for Roxas as if he were the candidate to help him win the presidential race. They said his endorsement would improve Roxas’ poll standing. READ MORE...

ALSO: Roxas sees no problem being tagged ‘Noynoy 2.0’


AUGUST 2 --President Benigno Aquino III raises the hand of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas during “A Gathering of Friends” at the Cory C. Aquino Kalayaan Hall, Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan on Friday, July 31, 2015. The President endorses Sec. Roxas to be the presidential candidate of his political party LP. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE
 What’s wrong with being President Benigno Aquino III’s clone?  Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Saturday dismissed criticisms that he would merely be “Noynoy 2.0” after he was endorsed by President Aquino as the administration coalition’s presidential candidate in 2016. “What is wrong with Noy 2.0?” Roxas told reporters after the Mass commemorating the sixth death anniversary of former President Corazon Aquino at Manila Memorial Park. After President Aquino endorsed Roxas’ presidential bid, Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes said Roxas clearly only wanted to be “Noynoy 2.0,” noting the “symbols and colors” of the endorsement gathering at Club Filipino in Mandaluyong City and his speech.
More of the same “He too will run in the name of Cory and Ninoy, in the name of daang matuwid (straight path), in the name of continuing Noynoy Aquino’s failed legacy. He promises us more of the same,” Reyes said in a statement. Reyes added that people “do not want a Noynoy 2.0,” saying reform program of Mr. Aquino was a “sham.” “The people demand real change,” Reyes said. But Roxas defended the accomplishments of the Aquino administration. He said the country was now in a place never reached or imagined before in five years because of President Aquino. “I don’t need to enumerate the statistics and proof but our country’s standing before the people and the world is now different than before,” he said. “I think we know, and the rest of the country knows, that what P-Noy has done, we have to continue them… I can contribute my experience and what I have done as well to enhance and strengthen the straight path that has been started,” Roxas said. Poe still considered for VP Roxas said Sen. Grace Poe remained one of the people he hoped would agree to be his vice-presidential running mate. READ MORE...


ALSO: Nothing to continue about straight path ­— UNA


AUGUST 2 ---'Yellow is the color of continuity'  Yellow is the color of Noynoy's Tuwid Na Daan The opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has said there is nothing to continue about the much ballyhooed ‘Tuwid na Daan’ of President Aquino. UNA president and Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco said that the Aquino government has established a track record of being insensitive to the needs of the Filipino people. Tiangco said the Aquino government’s claim of economic growth did not actually tickle down to the poor. “There may be economic recovery but it was not really felt by the Filipino people, especially the poor,” Tiangco said as President Aquino III endorsed Friday Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as the Liberal Party’s presidential bet in 2016. Tiangco said that Vice President Jejomar Binay is still the man to beat in 2016 elections as UNA’s platform of government is anchored on the rule of law and fiscal rules to all levels of government. “We believe that Vice President Binay has a lot to offer for the Filipino people,” Tiangco added. But as far as Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga, Jr. , stalwart of the National Unity Party (NUP), is concerned, Roxas has the track record, competence and strong political will to lead the country. “Mar is the only one who can continue what [President Aquino] has ​started and this is our battle cry—continuity​, and this is Mar’s strongest card,” Barzaga said. Barzaga said that another edge Roxas possesses over his rivals is the established political machinery of the Liberal Party and its allies, many of whom are running unopposed in their provinces, districts, cities and municipalities and yet others with opponents are still sure winners. “With a machinery like that in place, it will be a lot easier to campaign for a Roxas presidency in the grassroots level where administration allies are entrenched,” Barzaga added. READ MORE...

ALSO UNA: Marcos, 5 others considered as Binay’s VP
[COMPLETE OPPOSITION LINEUP KNOWN BY SEPT. 30]


AUGUST 2 ---BONGBONG MARCOS 
Six individuals, one of which is Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., are being considered as Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate for next year’s presidential elections, a top official of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said yesterday. “That has been mentioned already and I will have to admit that Marcos is on the list,” UNA interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said in a radio interview. Tiangco, however, refused to identify the other personalities being considered as UNA’s vice presidential bet in tandem with Binay who will be the UNA standard bearer. “What happens is that if we mention names, first of all, it’s unfair to those who would not be cited and sometimes it is misinterpreted that they are the final choices when they are just among those being considered,” Tiangco said. Nonetheless, Tiangco said that UNA has a self-imposed deadline of September 30 to complete its slate for 2016 that would include Binay’s vice presidential candidate and a complete senatorial lineup. Tiangco expressed confidence that voters would be able to compare Binay with Roxas after the official anointment by President Aquino of the Interior Secretary as the administration candidate. Tiangco conceded that Roxas as Aquino’s candidate will have the advantage of the machinery of government.“This year is the election budget year. We are sure that there wouldbe the element of persuasive effect (among House members) on where they would put the funds. So that would be a big deal in Roxas’ favor,” he said. Malacañang said Aquino will focus on improving the public’s perception of the recently anointed Roxas. Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said no less can be expected of Aquino. “The President’s support was seen on those candidates he backed in 2013 (midterm elections). The President really helped in their campaign. The President really pushed for their candidacy,… Valte said. “You can expect no less from President Aquino on Secretary Mar Roxas,” she said. “We have seen that in 2013. This is not the first election the administration has been involved with. We saw the President’s stands but he ensured that government resources won’t be used. We know the law and we follow it,” Valte said.Valte also scored the Vice President and his camp for downplaying the chances of Roxas in the polls.Valte said that there are more allegations of corruption against Binay now that has yet to be answered. “There are many changes since 2010 to 2016. Maybe now there are more allegations of corruption that Vice President Binay faces that he has yet to answer. I think there’s a big difference between 2010 and 2016,” she said. “As the President said, it only validates the integrity and the hard work of Secretary Roxas when all these people use him to prompt themselves up. They are not talking about the merits of their candidate but instead bash on President’ Aquino’s candidate,” she said. It’s now all up to Mar — Belmonte READ MORE...

ALSO Poe to P-noy SONA remark: 'Poe likes it not too ripe'
[“But sometimes the people choose the one that is just about to ripen because it lasts longer.”]


AUGUST 1 ---POE
INTERIOR Secretary Mar Roxas is indeed ripe for the presidency, “but sometimes the people choose the one that is just about to ripen because it lasts longer,” Senator Grace Poe said on Saturday. “It cannot be denied that Secretary Mar has had longer experience in government. He is ripe for the picking, so to speak,” Poe said in Filipino. “But sometimes the people choose the one that is just about to ripen because it lasts longer.” Poe was apparently responding to the remarks of President Benigno Aquino III on Friday when he endorsed Roxas as his preferred successor.In his endorsement, Aquino said “those who need to learn more should have the opportunity to ripen and understand the real depth of leadership” when he explained how he reached the decision to endorse Roxas. Nonetheless, Poe thanked Aquino for considering to endorse her as his successor although she reiterated that she has not made up her mind on whether she will seek the highest office in the land. “I thank President Aquino for considering me among those who can continue his vision for Daang Matuwid. I see this as an acknowledgement of my efforts in our shared desire to improve the lives of all Filipinos,” Poe said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Sen. Osmena gives PNoy a grade of ‘D’
[“So, what was that? You are personally honest, but you are covering up, an accessory after the fact for the corruption of your Cabinet members,” the senator said.]


AUGUST 2 ---‘THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING’ – President Aquino’s final State-of-the-Nation Address (SONa) (MB photo)
For running a student government, erstwhile ally of the current administration Senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III gave President Benigno Aquino III’s a harsh assessment of his five years in office. “I would give him a D score, D as in dog,” Osmeña said in an interview over Radio dZBB. Osmeña also said President Aquino’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) also “sophomoric”. “It was like a speech in college na second year high. It was so long. I only watched it now. The message is the state of the nation, hindi state of Aquino’s hair. (Whoever drafted that speech was obviously an amateur),” he said. While he may give the President a grade of A for his integrity, this is overshadowed by the fact he turned a blind eye to the incompetencies and questionable actions of his “KKK” which stands for “Kaibigan, Kabarilan, Kaklase.” Osmeña also picked on the President for his tendency to pick his close friends for key positions instead of appointing tried and tested individuals.“His government is a student government because of his incompetence. Kasi hina-hire nya ang mga kaklase nya eh. Ano ba naman ito, he was elected by 50 million voters, hindi sinabi ng 50 million voters na we are electing you and your classmates, iyong KKK nya,” the senator said. “Kaya kapalpakan ang patakbo ng iba’t ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno (that’s why operations of other government agencies failed,” added. Osmeña. READ MORE...

ALSO by Ignacio Bunye: The looooooong SONA
[Here in the Philippines, the longest official speech lasted 18 hours, 30 minutes. This speech of the late Senator Roseller T. Lim in 1963 earned him the title “The Great Filibuster.” Lim delivered the speech in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the election of Ferdinand Marcos as Senate president.]



AUGUST 2 ---By Ignacio Bunye
The brickbats thrown at President PNoy by his arch critics for his loooooong SONA prodded me to look up online for comparative precedents. While surfing through the Internet, I came up with the following oddities. Here are examples of speeches delivered by famous personalities ranging from long to very long, from short to very short. The inauguration speech of William Henry Harrison, the 9th US president, was just a few minutes short of our President’s sixth SONA. But it was the longest and deadliest speech of a US President. Harrison, not well at the time, spoke for two hours on a cold rainy day. But in a misplaced display of bravado, Harrison did not wear an overcoat or a hat. Thirty-one days later, Harrison died of pneumonia. In the books, Harrison thus established two records: One, For the longest inaugural speech and Two, For the shortest presidency. In contrast, George Washington gave the shortest inaugural address of a US president. His second inaugural address, consisting of 135 words, was delivered in less than two minutes. Historians say that Washington’s reluctance to run for a second term may explain the short inaugural. In the case of Abraham Lincoln, it was not an inaugural speech but one which was delivered during the inauguration of a memorial park. Not Eternal Gardens. But the Gettysburg Memorial. His speech, consisting of 246 words was estimated at between 2 and 3 minutes, depending on the pacing. The speech to honor the “great men living and dead who struggled here” is now considered one of the greatest speeches of all time. READ MORE...


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Cory magic is still there - according to LP leaders
[AQUINO URGED TO STUMP FOR ROXAS AS IF HE HIMSELF WERE RUNNING]


ENDLESSLY REMEMBERED President Aquino sprinkles holy water on the tombs of his parents, former Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. and President Corazon Aquino, to mark the 6th anniversary of her death on Saturday. Beside him is President Cory’s spiritual adviser, Fr. Catalino Arevalo, who celebrated Mass for the gathering of the “yellow army” at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

MANILA, AUGUST 3, 2015  
(INQUIRER) By: Nikko Dizon and Gil C. Cabacungan @inquirerdotnet - The “Cory magic” is still there.

So, President Benigno Aquino III needs to stump for Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as if he were the candidate to get him elected President next year, Liberal Party (LP) leaders said on Saturday.

Six years after her death, democracy icon President Corazon Aquino’s memory and impact continue to reverberate even in the small group that gathered at her tomb at the Manila Memorial Park on Saturday to remember her.

Her only son, President Aquino, said that through the decades of unity and cooperation, “we have reached, in a sense, harvest time.”

“Our parents and grandparents would say that all the trials and tribulations in raising us were somehow worth it. I have to reiterate that none of the things that have been done [was] done by a single individual. [It] has always been we working for everybody,” Mr. Aquino said.

Mrs. Aquino’s death from colon cancer on Aug. 1, 2009, triggered calls for then Sen. Noynoy Aquino to run for President amid the country’s growing discontent with the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which was mired in allegations of corruption.

The public clamor for Senator Aquino to run for President forced then Sen. Mar Roxas to step aside and run for Vice President. He lost the race to former Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay.

Immeasurable
On Friday, President Aquino announced that Roxas was the administration coalition’s presidential candidate in next year’s general elections.
Leaders of the ruling LP said on Saturday that the President should stump for Roxas as if he were the candidate to help him win the presidential race.
They said his endorsement would improve Roxas’ poll standing.

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“The President’s endorsement is immeasurable. It will increase the support base of Secretary Mar on a week-to-week, month-to-month basis. The degree of increase will really depend on the time and effort the President will extend,” said Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, one of the most avid supporters of Roxas in the LP.

Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas said the President’s endorsement should immediately lead to a spike of 5 to 10 percentage points in Roxas’ poll ratings.

In the latest Social Weather Stations poll, Roxas ranks third, behind Binay and the new front-runner, junior Sen. Grace Poe.

In the latest Pulse Asia poll, Roxas ranks fourth, behind Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Binay and Poe.

Poe and Duterte, however, have yet to decide whether to run.

“The [President’s] endorsement will give the candidacy of Secretary Mar the momentum so that it will take off. A lot will really depend during the next nine months as Secretary Mar goes around the country and continues to explain the gains of [the administration’s reform program], the need for its continuity and why Mar Roxas as President can ensure that the gains will be continued and even strengthened,” Treñas said.

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone said the President’s endorsement alone should push Roxas within striking distance of the front line.

“We must remember that we have a very popular sitting President who will be campaigning nationwide for Mar Roxas. The anticorruption campaign of P-Noy is fitting for Mar Roxas, who is untainted with any corruption issue during his long stint in the government,” Evardone said.

Being remembered, too

Roxas joined Mr. Aquino, his sisters, and the rest of the Aquino family in remembering Mrs. Aquino, whose tomb and that of her husband, assassinated opposition leader Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., were both bedecked with bright yellow flowers.

Standing along with other wreaths was one from Binay, who resigned from the Cabinet in late June to become leader of the opposition and had since been criticizing the Aquino administration.

Loyal friends of the Aquino family were also present, including Fr. Catalino Arevalo, who celebrated the commemorative Mass.

Arevalo is also spiritual adviser to President Aquino as he was to President Cory.
As “Bayan Ko” was sung at the end of the Mass, President Aquino flashed the L, for the Laban, sign and everybody followed.

Mrs. Aquino’s former spokesperson, Deedee Siytangco, said that the “yellow army” would certainly support Roxas’ candidacy, as it would be a continuation of the Aquino family’s fight for democracy.

Kris mum on Roxas

The President’s youngest sister, celebrity Kris Aquino, however, gave an enigmatic answer when asked what she thought of Roxas carrying on her parents’ legacy.

“I promised Noy to keep quiet about that. My brother and I spoke about [it],” she said, adding that the public would know it “in due time.”

Kris said she and Binay’s daughter Anne remained close friends.

She also said she would no longer vote in Makati City, as she had moved to Quezon City. She said she would have her biometrics taken today by the Commission on Elections.


INQUIRER

Roxas sees no problem being tagged ‘Noynoy 2.0’ By: Nikko Dizon @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:16 AM August 2nd, 2015


President Benigno Aquino III raises the hand of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas during “A Gathering of Friends” at the Cory C. Aquino Kalayaan Hall, Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan on Friday, July 31, 2015. The President endorses Sec. Roxas to be the presidential candidate of his political party LP. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

What’s wrong with being President Benigno Aquino III’s clone?

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Saturday dismissed criticisms that he would merely be “Noynoy 2.0” after he was endorsed by President Aquino as the administration coalition’s presidential candidate in 2016.

“What is wrong with Noy 2.0?” Roxas told reporters after the Mass commemorating the sixth death anniversary of former President Corazon Aquino at Manila Memorial Park.

After President Aquino endorsed Roxas’ presidential bid, Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes said Roxas clearly only wanted to be “Noynoy 2.0,” noting the “symbols and colors” of the endorsement gathering at Club Filipino in Mandaluyong City and his speech.

More of the same
“He too will run in the name of Cory and Ninoy, in the name of daang matuwid (straight path), in the name of continuing Noynoy Aquino’s failed legacy. He promises us more of the same,” Reyes said in a statement.

Reyes added that people “do not want a Noynoy 2.0,” saying reform program of Mr. Aquino was a “sham.”

“The people demand real change,” Reyes said.

But Roxas defended the accomplishments of the Aquino administration.

He said the country was now in a place never reached or imagined before in five years because of President Aquino.

“I don’t need to enumerate the statistics and proof but our country’s standing before the people and the world is now different than before,” he said.

“I think we know, and the rest of the country knows, that what P-Noy has done, we have to continue them… I can contribute my experience and what I have done as well to enhance and strengthen the straight path that has been started,” Roxas said.

Poe still considered for VP

Roxas said Sen. Grace Poe remained one of the people he hoped would agree to be his vice-presidential running mate.

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“The short answer is yes,” Roxas said when asked if Poe remained on the Liberal Party’s list of potential candidates for Vice President.

Roxas expressed hope that the public would accept and understand that having Poe as the coalition’s vice-presidential candidate is being considered.

“This is not diminishing her stature. I respect her. For me this is part of a bigger plan that is generational. There is a saying that politicians think of the next elections, statesmen think of the next generation,” Roxas said.

President Aquino had spoken several times with Poe about a possible coalition but all the meetings failed to bring any definitive decision.

Poe is the front-runner in the presidential polls, followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Roxas is in third place in the Social Weather Stations poll and fourth, behind Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, in the Pulse Asia survey.

Poe is the frontrunner in presidential surveys, with Vice President Jejomar Binay a close second. Roxas, on the other hand, lags behind the polls prompting President Aquino to urge supporters to campaign hard for Roxas to make him known to more people.

Roxas said that President Aquino would still spearhead the meetings with possible vice presidential candidates of the Liberal Party.

“We will get there. Honestly, I have not spoken to anyone. I am not speaking to anybody yet because I don’t want to preempt the President. Perhaps the talks and the deep reflection (on who will be the vice presidential candidate) will happen in the coming days,” Roxas said.


MANILA STANDARD

Nothing to continue about straight path ­— UNA
By Maricel Cruz | Aug. 02, 2015 at 12:01am


'Yellow is the color of continuity'  Yellow is the color of Noynoy's Tuwid Na Daan.....

The opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has said there is nothing to continue about the much ballyhooed ‘Tuwid na Daan’ of President Aquino.

UNA president and Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco said that the Aquino government has established a track record of being insensitive to the needs of the Filipino people.

Tiangco said the Aquino government’s claim of economic growth did not actually tickle down to the poor.

“There may be economic recovery but it was not really felt by the Filipino people, especially the poor,” Tiangco said as President Aquino III endorsed Friday Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as the Liberal Party’s presidential bet in 2016.

Tiangco said that Vice President Jejomar Binay is still the man to beat in 2016 elections as UNA’s platform of government is anchored on the rule of law and fiscal rules to all levels of government.

“We believe that Vice President Binay has a lot to offer for the Filipino people,” Tiangco added.

But as far as Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga, Jr. , stalwart of the National Unity Party (NUP), is concerned, Roxas has the track record, competence and strong political will to lead the country.

“Mar is the only one who can continue what [President Aquino] has ​started and this is our battle cry—continuity​, and this is Mar’s strongest card,” Barzaga said.

Barzaga said that another edge Roxas possesses over his rivals is the established political machinery of the Liberal Party and its allies, many of whom are running unopposed in their provinces, districts, cities and municipalities and yet others with opponents are still sure winners.

“With a machinery like that in place, it will be a lot easier to campaign for a Roxas presidency in the grassroots level where administration allies are entrenched,” Barzaga added.

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He pointed out that Roxas is the country’s “best shot” to ensure that the people “will be able to continue harvesting the fruits of the seeds that PNoy has sowed. “Knowing Mar Roxas, he will be prepared to lay his program of government before the Filipino people.”

Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, member of the House Independent Bloc of Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, said Roxas, being the anointed one of President Aquino III should be made answerable to the failures of the present administration.

“They will have to stand by their record of neglect and lost opportunities, including which the vast majority of our people witness and suffer from everyday lack of jobs and basic services, high cost of goods, transport woes, worsening corruption and breakdown in peace and order,” de la Cruz said.

De la Cruz said “it will really be a hard and exhausting climb for Roxas now that he has t beat the burden of explaining to our people why we have to come to this sorry state.”


TRIBUNE

UNA: Marcos, 5 others considered as Binay’s VP
Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 02 August 2015 00:00


BONGBONG MARCOS

COMPLETE OPPOSITION LINEUP KNOWN BY SEPT. 30

Six individuals, one of which is Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., are being considered as Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate for next year’s presidential elections, a top official of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said yesterday.

“That has been mentioned already and I will have to admit that Marcos is on the list,” UNA interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said in a radio interview.

Tiangco, however, refused to identify the other personalities being considered as UNA’s vice presidential bet in tandem with Binay who will be the UNA standard bearer.

“What happens is that if we mention names, first of all, it’s unfair to those who would not be cited and sometimes it is misinterpreted that they are the final choices when they are just among those being considered,” Tiangco said.

Nonetheless, Tiangco said that UNA has a self-imposed deadline of September 30 to complete its slate for 2016 that would include Binay’s vice presidential candidate and a complete senatorial lineup.

Tiangco expressed confidence that voters would be able to compare Binay with Roxas after the official anointment by President Aquino of the Interior Secretary as the administration candidate. Tiangco conceded that Roxas as Aquino’s candidate will have the advantage of the machinery of government.

“This year is the election budget year. We are sure that there wouldbe the element of persuasive effect (among House members) on where they would put the funds. So that would be a big deal in Roxas’ favor,” he said.

Malacañang said Aquino will focus on improving the public’s perception of the recently anointed Roxas.

Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said no less can be expected of Aquino.

“The President’s support was seen on those candidates he backed in 2013 (midterm elections). The President really helped in their campaign. The President really pushed for their candidacy,… Valte said.

“You can expect no less from President Aquino on Secretary Mar Roxas,” she said.

“We have seen that in 2013. This is not the first election the administration has been involved with. We saw the President’s stands but he ensured that government resources won’t be used. We know the law and we follow it,” Valte said.

Valte also scored the Vice President and his camp for downplaying the chances of Roxas in the polls.

Valte said that there are more allegations of corruption against Binay now that has yet to be answered.

“There are many changes since 2010 to 2016. Maybe now there are more allegations of corruption that Vice President Binay faces that he has yet to answer.

I think there’s a big difference between 2010 and 2016,” she said.

“As the President said, it only validates the integrity and the hard work of Secretary Roxas when all these people use him to prompt themselves up. They are not talking about the merits of their candidate but instead bash on President’ Aquino’s candidate,” she said.

It’s now all up to Mar — Belmonte

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While saying he does not believe the ruling Liberal Party (LP) is headed for a split following Aquino’s anointment of a consistent tail-ender in all presidential surveys, Roxas as the administration’s bet for 2016, Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte said it is now in the hands of Roxas to prevent such thing from happening by running after their party-mates who are reportedly supporting the bid of Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares.

In an interview after the “anointment ritual” at the historic Club Filipino in San Juan where Aquino officially endorsed Roxas’ 2016 candidacy, Belmonte shrugged off reports of a possible break-up among LP members, many of whom were reportedly unhappy with Aquino’s decision.

Out of the some of 112 LP members in the House of Representatives, only 60 attended the event.

“I don’t think so,” Belmonte answered when asked if he believe there would be movement within the party.

However, Belmonet was quick to add that it should be Roxas who “should ran after” those alleged members who are planning bolt from the administration ticket since “he’s the man of the hour.”

“It’s Mar who has have the initiative to run after them (LP members). It’s now his call to prevent the party from splitting. He has to run his own campaign, I don’t want to interfere in his own campaign,” said Belmonte.

The Speaker however reiterated he remained supportive of the party leadership amid earlier rumors he would be backing Poe-Llamanzares if ever the two would face off in the 2016 elections.

Belmonte has since clarified his statement was not meant to express support for the neophyte senator but more of as a challenge to Roxas.

Belmonte, the party’s vice chair said that Roxas “is the best for the country.”

“If I were to choose, definitely I would opt to be loyal to my party-mate,” said Belmonte.

He added he would be willing to extend help to Roxas in any capacity in the upcoming campaign period.

“If he (Roxas) will ask me to help him in any way, definitely, I will help. Actually, He has already asked me but there was no specifics yet,” said Belmonte.

A former legislator also advised electorates to be wise enough in choosing Aquino’s successor.

He said the 100-million plus Filipinos have at the moment two choices to govern them from 2016 to 2012 and the two are considered almost evenly match because of their long experience in governance, only on totally different dimension.

“One belongs to one of the richest families in the Philippine while the other one is an Ibanag, who successfully became a lawyer. The people should think carefully,” the former lawmaker during the term of President Arroyo told The Daily Tribune in an interview at Alabang Golf and Country Club.

He gave his insights after President Aquino officially anointed Roxas last July 31 as his preferred successor, citing the programs that he instituted that will surely be continued by the current Interior secretary.

He said the public should not take lightly the anointment received by Roxas as it will give him at least five percent additional voters’ preference. “Don’t count him out; he learned from his mistakes already,” the observer added.

Binay, on the other hand, expects no endorsement from anybody because he is a pure blooded opposition, he said.

The former official said experience wise, Roxas is considered having the advantage because of the three national positions he held in the past.

The 58-year-old Wharton School of Business graduate has became a Trade a secretary after serving for three terms as congressman. Prior to his entry to government, he was an investment banker for almost a decade in New York, USA.

Binay, meanwhile, was a law scholar of the late senator Benigno Aquino, the president’s father. When Cory Aquino became president in 1986, he was named officer-in-charge of Makati. Binay, a former human rights lawyer, served for seven terms as mayor of Makati.

In the 2010 presidential elections, the vice president made the biggest political upset in the country’s history when he beat Roxas for the second highest position in the land by just roughly 700,000 votes.

Before becoming a mayor, the 73-year-old Binay was lawyering for Marcos human rights victim, often holding cases pro-bono (free of charge), and often included among those being hit by water cannons when joining anti-Marcos rallies.

The observer said Filipinos should learn a lesson from American experience where former governors were proven to be effective president than those who served as senators or congressmen.

Binay never held a legislative position like senator or congressman unlike Roxas. “Look at Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Bush they had track record of making their states prosperous before they were elected president.” The current US president, Barack Obama, was just a junior senator when he became president in 2008.

“America is now a third world country because of him. Let’s not be like America,” the official said. The observer said a governor is an effective manager because he directs the people and knows the problem from grassroots level.

“Those holding national positions are fond of creating laws they think essential while those who govern directly experience the problem by themselves. The two presidential candidates are on these scenario,” the official said.

“The presidential fight is between an orator who projects himself as poor while the other one is a certified poor who is not good in speaking but very effective in governing. The electorates should know who is who,” he said.
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Poe likes it not too ripe By Vito Barcelo, Sara D. Fabunan | Aug. 02, 2015 at 12:01am


POE

INTERIOR Secretary Mar Roxas is indeed ripe for the presidency, “but sometimes the people choose the one that is just about to ripen because it lasts longer,” Senator Grace Poe said on Saturday.

“It cannot be denied that Secretary Mar has had longer experience in government. He is ripe for the picking, so to speak,” Poe said in Filipino. “But sometimes the people choose the one that is just about to ripen because it lasts longer.”

Poe was apparently responding to the remarks of President Benigno Aquino III on Friday when he endorsed Roxas as his preferred successor.

In his endorsement, Aquino said “those who need to learn more should have the opportunity to ripen and understand the real depth of leadership” when he explained how he reached the decision to endorse Roxas.

Nonetheless, Poe thanked Aquino for considering to endorse her as his successor although she reiterated that she has not made up her mind on whether she will seek the highest office in the land.

“I thank President Aquino for considering me among those who can continue his vision for Daang Matuwid. I see this as an acknowledgement of my efforts in our shared desire to improve the lives of all Filipinos,” Poe said.

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Also on Saturday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said Aquino has urged all his Cabinet secretaries to help boost the candidacy of Roxas, who has been trailing behind Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay in voter preference surveys.

“You can expect (that again) no less from the President, especially when it comes to the candidacy of Secretary Mar Roxas,” Valte said in a radio interview over a state-owned Radyo ng Bayan.

Valte said Roxas is expected to soon tender his resignation as the secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government after Roxas ensures a smooth turnover of pending projects.

“He will not stay in office so he cannot be accused of using his position. It is a given that he will step down. That does not even have to be asked for. That is really the plan of Secretary Roxas,” she added.

“What he is actually preparing for is the transition already to whoever will lead the DILG next,” she added.

Valte said Roxas wants to smoothly turnover his projects, particularly the SALINTUBIG (Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig Para sa Lahat), Oplan Lambat Sibat at the Philippine National Police and the deployment of the new patrol jeeps to every town nationwide.


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Sen. Osmena gives PNoy a grade of ‘D’ by Hannah Torregoza August 2, 2015 Share21 Tweet11 Share0 Email2 Share129


‘THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING’ – President Aquino’s final State-of-the-Nation Address (SONa) (MB photo)

For running a student government, erstwhile ally of the current administration Senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III gave President Benigno Aquino III’s a harsh assessment of his five years in office.

“I would give him a D score, D as in dog,” Osmeña said in an interview over Radio dZBB.

Osmeña also said President Aquino’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) also “sophomoric”.

“It was like a speech in college na second year high. It was so long. I only watched it now. The message is the state of the nation, hindi state of Aquino’s hair. (Whoever drafted that speech was obviously an amateur),” he said.

While he may give the President a grade of A for his integrity, this is overshadowed by the fact he turned a blind eye to the incompetencies and questionable actions of his “KKK” which stands for “Kaibigan, Kabarilan, Kaklase.”

Osmeña also picked on the President for his tendency to pick his close friends for key positions instead of appointing tried and tested individuals.

“His government is a student government because of his incompetence. Kasi hina-hire nya ang mga kaklase nya eh. Ano ba naman ito, he was elected by 50 million voters, hindi sinabi ng 50 million voters na we are electing you and your classmates, iyong KKK nya,” the senator said.

“Kaya kapalpakan ang patakbo ng iba’t ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno (that’s why operations of other government agencies failed,” added. Osmeña.

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Aquino, he said, simply fell short of making the people around him accountable for their misdeeds or shortcomings.

“In certain areas, like his integrity, bibigyan ko siya ng A. Ngunit ang mahirap, nalalaman ng taumbayan na ang nakapaligid sa kanya ay mga corrupt. Idenedepensa pa nya, hindi pinalalabas ang mga kabahuan nila. (I would give him an A. But it’s difficult because the people know he is surrounded by corrupt officials. He would even defend them and shield them from criticisms),” he said.

“So, what was that? You are personally honest, but you are covering up, an accessory after the fact for the corruption of your Cabinet members,” the senator said.

Osmeña said Aquino merely read his self-serving letter and neglected to address the issues people would have wanted to hear.


Senator Sergio Osmeña

“Nakalimutan nya pasalamatan niya ang driver nya…Malalaking isyu ang SAF 44 and Yolanda rehabilitation, those are very important issues to the public. Dapat na-mention iyon (He forgot to thank his driver. The issue about the SAF 44 and Yolanda rehabilitation was very important issues to the public. He should have mentioned that,)” he said.

Osmeña is referring to the 44 Special Action Forces (SAF) who were killed in a covert operation last Jan. 25 to neutralize a Malaysian terrorist. President Aquino drew flak for allowing then Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima to lead the operation despite under six months preventive suspension by the Ombudsman.

The senator pointed out that until now, most survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayan region still have no homes and electricity. A lot of the disaster victims, he said, are still homeless.


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The looooooong SONA by Ignacio Bunye August 2, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share4


By Ignacio Bunye

The brickbats thrown at President PNoy by his arch critics for his loooooong SONA prodded me to look up online for comparative precedents. While surfing through the Internet, I came up with the following oddities.

Here are examples of speeches delivered by famous personalities ranging from long to very long, from short to very short.

The inauguration speech of William Henry Harrison, the 9th US president, was just a few minutes short of our President’s sixth SONA. But it was the longest and deadliest speech of a US President.

Harrison, not well at the time, spoke for two hours on a cold rainy day. But in a misplaced display of bravado, Harrison did not wear an overcoat or a hat. Thirty-one days later, Harrison died of pneumonia. In the books, Harrison thus established two records: One, For the longest inaugural speech and Two, For the shortest presidency.

In contrast, George Washington gave the shortest inaugural address of a US president. His second inaugural address, consisting of 135 words, was delivered in less than two minutes. Historians say that Washington’s reluctance to run for a second term may explain the short inaugural.

In the case of Abraham Lincoln, it was not an inaugural speech but one which was delivered during the inauguration of a memorial park. Not Eternal Gardens. But the Gettysburg Memorial. His speech, consisting of 246 words was estimated at between 2 and 3 minutes, depending on the pacing. The speech to honor the “great men living and dead who struggled here” is now considered one of the greatest speeches of all time.

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Talking of speeches before the UN General Assembly, the following heads of state were clocked as follows:

Indonesian President Soekarno – 2 hours, 1 minute, 1960.

USSR Chairman Nikita Krushchev – 2 hours, 10 minutes, 1960.

Guinea President Sekou Toure – 2 hours, 24 minutes, 1960.

But Cuban President Fidel Castro smashed all records at the UN General Assembly with his speech, also in 1960, which lasted 4 hours, 29 minutes. And yet Castro still chided the United Nations for restricting his time at the podium!

Former Libyan strongman Muammar al-Gaddafi was a non-performer at the UN. He only spoke for 1 hour, 36 minutes. But in his own court, and his home crowd, Khaddafy could ramble on for hours. According to one report, roughly 20 minutes of his speech were devoted to talking about his fashion trends.

When it comes to bashing his favorite punching bag – who else but “The Devil Bush” (George W. Bush) – there is no stopping Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez. Chavez’s longest tirade lasted eight hours.

Josef Stalin’s speech before the Communist Central Committee could also drag on and on. Anybody who tried to leave while Stalin was speaking faced the risk of arrest the following day. At the end of Stalin’s marathon speech in one Central Committee meeting, the party members were probably so relieved that they gave Stalin a standing ovation lasting 11 minutes! That’s another record for longest ovation.

Falling in the “just the right length category” is the “I have a dream” speech of Martin Luther King which lasted 16 minutes. It was delivered during “the greatest demonstration of freedom in the history of our nation.” MLK’s speech, just like Lincoln’s, is ranked among the greatest speeches in history.

Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, gave one of the shortest speeches ever. On touching the lunar surface in 1969, Armstrong said these famous words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Not as well known as Armstrong’s – because of the absence of TV – was the remark of Sir Edmund Hillary. Upon conquering Mt. Everest, together with Sherpa Tenzing, Hillary said: “Well George, we knocked the bastard off.”

Here in the Philippines, the longest official speech lasted 18 hours, 30 minutes. This speech of the late Senator Roseller T. Lim in 1963 earned him the title “The Great Filibuster.” Lim delivered the speech in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the election of Ferdinand Marcos as Senate president.

Lim wanted to buy time to enable the Senator Alejandro Almendras, scheduled to arrive from the US, to cast the deciding vote. Upon learning of the arrival of Almendras inside the Senate hall, Lim terminated his filibuster.

Out of exhaustion, Lim had to be carried out in a stretcher. Lim found out later that Almendras voted for Marcos.


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