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GRACE, CHIZ VISIT FVR


JULY 27 ---FVR wants 'younger ones' for president, he may be tight-lipped for now, but he already has a profile in mind. SOURCE FVR's TUMBLR A visit to one of the country’s senior statesmen and former presidents appears to further highlight an emerging tandem of Sens. Grace Poe and Francis Ecudero for the 2016 elections. The meeting of the two senators with former President Fidel Ramos Friday night was the latest in a series of occasions that they were seen together in public, since the release of surveys showing them leading other possible candidates for president and vice president in next year’s elections. Escudero emphasized they did not discuss the 2016 elections. The meeting took place in the office of the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation Inc. at the Export Bank Plaza in Makati City. A photo of the meeting showed Ramos and the two senators giving the thumbs up sign. In a text message, Escudero said Ramos “asked to meet Grace and me (again) after I had the chance to meet with him a few weeks ago.” “It was fun, enriching and informative. He (Ramos) shared the challenges and experiences in life that he had to overcome,” Escudero said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Legarda replaces Chiz as chief of Senate finance committee


AUGUST 3 --Sen. Loren Legarda will chair the Senate committee on finance. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, file
Senate President Franklin Drilon announced on Monday that Sen. Loren Legarda has been appointed the new chair of Senate committee on finance. Drilon noted that Legarda, as a vice chair of the finance panel, is equipped with experience to take over the post left by Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero last week. "She is one of the best vice chairs of the finance committee. She has sufficient exposure, so we can hit the ground running with Sen. Loren," Drilon said in a televised interview. Drilon said he expects the development budget coordination committee to brief the finance committee on the proposed Php3.002-trillion national budget for 2016 by August 17 at the start of the budget process. "We are committed to pass the budget by the end of session in December," the Senate president said. Other vice chairs of the finance committee are Sens. Serge Osmeña III, Ralph Recto and Teofisto Guingona III. Escudero who resigned on July 28 as the chairman of the powerful committee on finance and co-chairman of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Public Expenditures purportedly to make the national budget deliberations free from politics.THIS ISTHE FULL REPORT...RELATED NEWS....

ALSO: No more haciendero leadership, says Binay camp


AUGUST 10 --Vice President Jejomar Binay Edd Gumban /Philstar.com/File MANILA, Philippines - A spokesman for Vice President Jejomar Binay reminded yesterday the ruling Liberal Party (LP) that it cannot stay in power “forever.” Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesperson for media affairs, also lambasted presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda for using the 1986 EDSA people power revolution to justify the LP’s “sinister agenda” of staying in power for up to 20 years. “The Filipino people do not want six more years of an uncaring haciendero leadership. They surely do not want 20 years of inept and uncaring government. Roxas and the LP patrons should realize one thing: walang forever (there’s no forever),” Salgado said in a statement. He said “there are those in the administration who claim EDSA 1986 as their birthright, including their anointed one,” referring to Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II who was recently endorsed as the LP’s presidential candidate for 2016. Salgado was reacting to comments made by Lacierda on his Facebook account on Saturday, where he reacted to the Vice President’s description of the LP’s plan for 20-year rule as a one-party dictatorship. He urged Lacierda to stop lecturing the Vice President about democracy. Salgado said the truth is that these personalities who now hijack EDSA 1986 were nowhere near the picket lines and barricades during the Marcos dictatorship. “They were partying in New York or wherever it is that rich haciendero families party in the United States during martial law,” he added. “It is very convenient, and much safer, to claim to be vanguards of democracy when the democratic order has been restored. The true test of courage is to stare down the armed might of the state when it had the license for summary executions,” Salgado said. READ MORE...

ALSO: More Pinoys are poor, hungry, jobless, corruption still rampant after 5 years – VP
[VP Salutes Fallen SAF 44; As he speaks behind him is a mural of the SAF 44]


AUGUST 4 --Vice President Jejomar Binay delivers his ‘True State of the Nation Address’ at Cavite State University in Indang, Cavite yesterday. Behind him is a mural of the SAF 44. EDD GUMBAN
INDANG, Cavite, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered here yesterday what he said was the “True State of the Nation Address,” saying more Filipinos became poor, hungry and jobless while corruption remained rampant after five years of the Aquino administration.
Binay said the figures on economic growth that President Aquino presented during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week masked the painful truth that only a few, which include rich Filipinos and those close to him, benefitted from the much-vaunted economic growth, while a majority of Filipinos are still poor, hungry and unemployed. “It is so easy to throw numbers around. Numbers that, at first glance, seem brilliant and desirable,” Binay said in his speech at the gymnasium of the Cavite State University (CvSU) here, attended by his family and allies. “But the glaring truth cannot be suppressed, the truth that has been hidden from and denied the Filipino people,” he said. The Vice President said after five years of the Aquino administration, the economic growth it flaunted failed to benefit millions of workers, farmers and the urban poor. Instead, the rewards of growth remained “exclusive” to those already rich. READ MORE...

ALSO Palace to Binay: Aquino not a dictator


AUGUST 5 --COLOMA
Malacañang on Wednesday belied Vice President Jejomar Binay’s statement branding President Benigno Aquino 3rd as a dictator for supposedly meddling in the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012. According to Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., the impeachment trial of Corona was fair and was even led by Binay’s ally in the Senate. “It’s wrong to accuse the President of being a dictator. The impeachment and consequent conviction of Chief Justice Corona was in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution,” he said in Filipino. “The Senate acting as an impeachment court earned praises for its fair handling of the trial. It was then- Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, an ally of Vice President Binay, who presided over the trial,” Coloma added. Binay, in a radio interview on Tuesday, claimed that he had advised President Aquino against pushing for the impeachment of Corona or risk becoming a dictator like late former President Ferdinand Marcos. Sitting as an impeachment court, the Senate found Corona guilty of betraying the public trust and committing culpable violation of the Constitution. It was a move that shook the normally secretive Supreme Court and caused many to worry about a perceived rift between the executive and judiciary. READ MORE...

ALSO Palace to Binay: Pumalakpak ka noon sa mga 'palpak' ngayon


AUGUST 3 ---Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda pointed out that Binay is now bashing the administration and its programs which he used to praise when he was still part of then Aquino Cabinet. Willy Perez
Malacañang on Monday responded to Vice President Jejomar Binay's speech countering President Benigno Aquino III's State of the Nation Address (SONA). Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda pointed out that Binay is now bashing the administration and its programs which he used to praise when he was still part of then Aquino Cabinet. "Limang taon kang pumapalakpak noon sa mga sinasabi mong palpak ngayon," Lacierda told reporters in a text message. Meanwhile, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, the proponent of the Disbursement Acceleration Program criticized by Binay in his speech today, hoped that the latter was truthful like Aquino. "I did not listen to VP Binay. I hope he was as specific, factual and evidence-based as PNoy's SONA," Abad said. "I hope he was as uplifting as PNoy was. I hope he inspired in the future. If not, I am lucky then to have used my time with work," he added. READ MORE...

Kris Aquino: President scolded us for Binay plug
[Kris remained evasive when asked about her brother’s endorsement of Roxas and whether she’d lend her star power to it. “My brother and I had a long talk. He’s not the type who will ever impose,” she said.]


AUGUST 3 ---BIOMETRICS President Aquino’s sister Kris Aquino undergoes the biometrics process at the Commission on Elections office in Quezon City so they can vote next year. LYN RILLON Remember when President Aquino’s sisters seemed to have endorsed Vice President Jejomar Binay to be their brother’s successor last year? Apparently, they were scolded for it. In an interview with the media over the weekend, the President’s youngest sister, television host and actress Kris Aquino, recalled the reaction of her brother after her statements were aired, widely perceived to be an endorsement of Binay. “I remember I was flying to Dumaguete when that came out. When I turned on my phone, there was a long lecture from my brother,” Kris told reporters as she lined up to register as a voter in Quezon City on Sunday.
“I said [to the President], ‘I’d like to apologize if it put you in a bad light. There were certain words taken out of context. And at the end of the day, you know I will follow you,’” she said. READ MORE...RELATED STORY...


ALSO Kilusang Mayo Statement: On Binay’s ‘True State of the Nation Address’


AUGUST 3 ---KMU LOGO FACEBOOK COVER PHOTO In the main, Vice-President Jejomar Binay’s so-called “True State of the Nation Address” is closer to the real state of the nation than Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s State of the Nation Address last July 27. Binay seems to have taken a cue from the criticisms made by progressive organizations and ordinary Filipinos of Aquino’s SONA and of the Aquino government’s so-called accomplishments. He makes it clear, however, that he and Aquino are serving the same “bosses,” the big foreign and local capitalists and big landlords, in his pitch for removing the nationalist provisions of the 1987 Constitution. While he rightly criticizes the widespread poverty, hunger and unemployment, there is no doubt that his “solution” to these remain those of Aquino’s: policies favoring big foreign and local capitalists and big landlords. READ MORE...


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Grace, Chiz visit FVR


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MANILA, AUGUST 10, 2015  (PHILSTAR) By Marvin Sy - A visit to one of the country’s senior statesmen and former presidents appears to further highlight an emerging tandem of Sens. Grace Poe and Francis Ecudero for the 2016 elections.

The meeting of the two senators with former President Fidel Ramos Friday night was the latest in a series of occasions that they were seen together in public, since the release of surveys showing them leading other possible candidates for president and vice president in next year’s elections. Escudero emphasized they did not discuss the 2016 elections.

The meeting took place in the office of the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation Inc. at the Export Bank Plaza in Makati City.

A photo of the meeting showed Ramos and the two senators giving the thumbs up sign.

In a text message, Escudero said Ramos “asked to meet Grace and me (again) after I had the chance to meet with him a few weeks ago.”


Flashback 2013 What Chiz said. From his Facebook photos

“It was fun, enriching and informative. He (Ramos) shared the challenges and experiences in life that he had to overcome,” Escudero said.

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Poe, for her part, called the meeting “a casual courtesy call” on the former president. She said she paid him a “courtesy call” because she failed to attend his book launching last week.

“We had a nice chat and discussed many historical and political events. He maintains his wit and humor,” Poe said in a separate text message.

The two senators are widely believed to be preparing to establish an independent team-up for the coming polls.

But they said they have not yet made up their mind on the matter.

The two senators, whose terms are expiring in 2019, have been going around the country together or separately, in what some observers said was their way of testing the waters.

Escudero has aired his interest in running for vice president and on numerous occasions, Poe said she would like him to be her runningmate if she decides to run for president.

Various sectors have also aired their support for a Poe-Escudero tandem.

Poe has stated that she is close to making a decision on whether to run for president in 2016.

President Aquino met with Poe several times, reportedly to convince her to be the running mate of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, the presumptive standard bearer of the administration Liberal Party.


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Legarda replaces Chiz as chief of Senate finance committee By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated August 3, 2015 - 6:47pm 1 34 googleplus0 0


Sen. Loren Legarda will chair the Senate committee on finance. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, file

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Franklin Drilon announced on Monday that Sen. Loren Legarda has been appointed the new chair of Senate committee on finance.

Drilon noted that Legarda, as a vice chair of the finance panel, is equipped with experience to take over the post left by Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero last week.

"She is one of the best vice chairs of the finance committee. She has sufficient exposure, so we can hit the ground running with Sen. Loren," Drilon said in a televised interview.

Drilon said he expects the development budget coordination committee to brief the finance committee on the proposed Php3.002-trillion national budget for 2016 by August 17 at the start of the budget process.


Senate President Franklin Drilon made the announcement on Monday

"We are committed to pass the budget by the end of session in December," the Senate president said.

Other vice chairs of the finance committee are Sens. Serge Osmeña III, Ralph Recto and Teofisto Guingona III.

Escudero who resigned on July 28 as the chairman of the powerful committee on finance and co-chairman of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Public Expenditures purportedly to make the national budget deliberations free from politics.


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No more haciendero leadership, says Binay camp By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 10, 2015 - 12:00am 3 2 googleplus0 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay Edd Gumban/Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines - A spokesman for Vice President Jejomar Binay reminded yesterday the ruling Liberal Party (LP) that it cannot stay in power “forever.”

Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesperson for media affairs, also lambasted presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda for using the 1986 EDSA people power revolution to justify the LP’s “sinister agenda” of staying in power for up to 20 years.

“The Filipino people do not want six more years of an uncaring haciendero leadership. They surely do not want 20 years of inept and uncaring government. Roxas and the LP patrons should realize one thing: walang forever (there’s no forever),” Salgado said in a statement.

He said “there are those in the administration who claim EDSA 1986 as their birthright, including their anointed one,” referring to Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II who was recently endorsed as the LP’s presidential candidate for 2016.

Salgado was reacting to comments made by Lacierda on his Facebook account on Saturday, where he reacted to the Vice President’s description of the LP’s plan for 20-year rule as a one-party dictatorship.

He urged Lacierda to stop lecturing the Vice President about democracy.

Salgado said the truth is that these personalities who now hijack EDSA 1986 were nowhere near the picket lines and barricades during the Marcos dictatorship.

“They were partying in New York or wherever it is that rich haciendero families party in the United States during martial law,” he added.

“It is very convenient, and much safer, to claim to be vanguards of democracy when the democratic order has been restored. The true test of courage is to stare down the armed might of the state when it had the license for summary executions,” Salgado said.

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He said what the people want is a government that is not manhid (insensitive) at palpak (inept) and not the elite leaders who treat the nation as their hacienda.

“Still, you must applaud the hubris. An administration that proudly proclaims to the world that it took five years to build a four-kilometer road is one that displays its incompetence as a badge of honor. That is the kind of governance they want to inflict on the Filipino people for the next 20 years,” he said.

Salgado also said recent government actions bring back memories of the period preceding the declaration of martial law in 1972.

“How to get to 20 years in power? Use government agencies to harass political enemies. Suppress dissent, even in state universities and colleges. Coerce, intimidate or bribe independent institutions. Use the police and other coercive agencies for political ends. And ensure the support of the status quo by making the rich more wealthy from the honest toil of the masses,” he said.

The Vice President’s camp has repeatedly accused the administration of using government resources to harass its political opponents.

Binay and his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, are facing plunder and graft charges in connection with the alleged overpricing of at least two Makati buildings.

The Vice President last week accused the LP of laying the groundwork for a dictatorial government in the guise of extending the so-called daang matuwid (straight path), the anti-corruption campaign of the Aquino administration.

Binay made the accusation in reaction to Malacañang’s recent statement that the administration party needs 18 to 20 years for Aquino’s straight path to become institutionalized.

He said the 18-year plan included the election of Roxas in 2016, followed by Sen. Grace Poe in 2022.

Presidential debate Meanwhile, the camp of Binay welcomed yesterday the Commission on Elections (Comelec)’s plan to hold presidential debates in different parts of the country.

Salgado said this would provide the candidates equal opportunity to present their concrete programs, particularly those that would improve the lives of the poor.


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More Pinoys poor, hungry, jobless – VP By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 4, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay delivers his ‘True State of the Nation Address’ at Cavite State University in Indang, Cavite yesterday. Behind him is a mural of the SAF 44. EDD GUMBAN

INDANG, Cavite, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered here yesterday what he said was the “True State of the Nation Address,” saying more Filipinos became poor, hungry and jobless while corruption remained rampant after five years of the Aquino administration.

Binay said the figures on economic growth that President Aquino presented during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week masked the painful truth that only a few, which include rich Filipinos and those close to him, benefitted from the much-vaunted economic growth, while a majority of Filipinos are still poor, hungry and unemployed.

“It is so easy to throw numbers around. Numbers that, at first glance, seem brilliant and desirable,” Binay said in his speech at the gymnasium of the Cavite State University (CvSU) here, attended by his family and allies.

“But the glaring truth cannot be suppressed, the truth that has been hidden from and denied the Filipino people,” he said.

The Vice President said after five years of the Aquino administration, the economic growth it flaunted failed to benefit millions of workers, farmers and the urban poor.

Instead, the rewards of growth remained “exclusive” to those already rich.

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“Among them are the rich who have become even richer in the past five years, including our President’s friends, classmates and colleagues in the Liberal Party,” he said.

Misleading figures Binay noted that while the country’s foreign direct investment exceeded P6 billion in 2014, the President did not say that this is the lowest FDI among countries in Southeast Asia.

“Even if the 2014 foreign direct investments are indeed record-breaking, they did not result in employment for the majority,” he pointed out.

The Vice President said the bulk or 21 percent of the FDI went to financial and insurance activities, which did not generate enough jobs.

The labor-intensive sectors like manufacturing and mining got only six percent of the FDI, he added.

Moreover, Binay said that while the country’s upgraded credit ratings helped attract the interest of foreign investors, these did not translate into actual investment.

“They remained just that: an interest to invest and nothing else,” he said.

“Why? Because the administration’s refusal to amend the economic provisions of the Constitution that prohibits the entry of FDIs stop foreign investors from coming in,” he said.

The Vice President said if the economic provisions of the Constitution were amended, the primary sectors of the country would be opened to foreign investors, resulting in increased jobs and employment opportunities for Filipinos.

“Once these economic provisions are amended, public utilities will be opened up and will speed up formation of public-private partnerships and much-improved services and facilities for everyone,” he said.

Meanwhile, Binay also questioned figures flaunted by the President in last week’s SONA showing a decrease in the number of poor Filipinos.

“What the administration failed to tell us is that they used a very low poverty threshold. For them, a person who has P58 to spend in a day is no longer considered poor,” he said.

Citing the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations, Binay said five in every 10 Filipinos still considered themselves poor.

“That is more than 11 million people saying that up until today, after five years of traversing the ‘right path,’ they remain stuck in poverty,” Binay said.

He went on to question the President’s claim that there are fewer overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) now because there are more job opportunities in the country.

“According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration itself, there has been an increase in the number of Filipinos wanting to leave the Philippines to find work in other countries,” he said.

From 2,500 average daily deployment before Aquino became president, the number rose to 6,092 during the first quarter of this year, Binay said.

The Vice President said that while it was true many OFWs were returning to the country, the administration refused to admit the real reason they have returned.

“There is the policy in Saudi Arabia where citizens are given priority over overseas workers. There is also the financial crisis in Europe, which led to the closure of businesses and massive layoff of workers. This happened almost at the same time as the Middle East and African crises that affected numerous OFWs,” Binay said.

In his speech, the Vice President cited what he said reflected the Aquino administration’s insensitivity and incompetence.

Binay cited the Luneta hostage taking in 2010, Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, and the Mamasapano, Maguindanao carnage last Jan. 25 where he said the administration displayed its insensitivity.

“In Tacloban, in the midst of the damage brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda, while bodies lay scattered, people roamed hungry, thirsty, crying, pleading for relief, did the administration not say, ‘Oh, but you’re still alive anyway’.”

Meanwhile, he said the three acronyms that symbolized the administration’s incompetence are MRT (Metro Rail Transit), BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) and DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program).

“There was a more than P5-billion budget for DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) to overhaul the MRT-3 in 2014. But it has not been done until today. And despite the poor service, they raised the MRT fare,” he said.

Binay blamed the replacement of the MRT maintenance providers for the inefficient service.

“They switched maintenance providers. They replaced Sumitomo, who had extensive experience, with the fledgling PH Trams Company. And who is behind PH Trams? The allies and partymates of the former and the current secretaries of the DOTC,” he said.

He also slammed the non-inclusion of the former DOTC secretary Manuel Roxas II and current Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya in the case filed by the ombudsman in connection with irregularities in the bidding for the MRT contract.

The Vice President blasted the administration’s view that those who oppose the BBL are automatically against peace.

“The administration has no monopoly in wanting peace. All of us have prayed and longed for a peaceful and well-developed Mindanao,” he said.

Binay asked Malacañang yesterday not to pressure members of Congress to pass the proposed BBL.

He said Malacañang should respect Congress being a co-equal branch of government.

“Congress should not be threatened, be forced into anything, or be offered bribes so it can do what the Palace wants,” he said in is 45-minute speech.

Binay urged lawmakers to scrutinize the BBL and ensure it hews to the Constitution and does not compromise national sovereignty.

On DAP, Binay said it is the brightest example of wasting government funds in our history.

“According to experts who have reviewed the DAP, for every peso spent, only one centavo benefits the poor. I repeat, a measly centavo for the poor,” he said.

While Aquino enumerated his accomplishments, Binay said Aquino forgot to mention that a number of the programs were started or were planned by previous administrations as early as President Ramos’ time and were merely continued or completed by the Aquino administration as required by government rules.

“We should also recognize that the past administrations contributed reforms that are now bearing fruit,” he said.

Salute to SAF 44 Finally, Binay assailed the President for failing to even thank the 44 Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who gave up their lives to neutralize Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, who was killed during the operations in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25.

Binay recited the names of all the 44 slain police officers whose faces were printed on a mural placed on stage.

“In Mamasapano, 44 officers gave up their lives for the country. But their heroism was neither acknowledged nor mentioned in the SONA. They did not even get a TY (Thank you),” Binay said.

“The hair stylist and fashion designer were more fortunate, as they were dutifully included in the long ‘gratitude list’,” he said.

Binay concluded his speech by thanking the SAF 44 one by one and saluted their mural, which served as backdrop for the counter-SONA.

Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesman for media affairs, said the mural, Tagaligtas 44, measuring 7 by 26 feet, was produced by the Erehwon Art Collective. It depicts each of the fallen heroes, in full combat gear, in various unit configurations.

The mural was placed at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City but was “ordered” removed, according to Salgado.

He said the mural would be displayed at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City, where Binay is holding office.

He said the country’s progress does not merely rely on the “tuwid na daan (straight path)” slogan of the Aquino administration.

He said the country could not afford another six years under an “insensitive” administration.

“The Filipinos will continue to suffer if the people who will lead the country haven’t experienced hunger and haven’t slept on the floor,” he said.

Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III and his brother Isabela Vice Gov. Antonio Albano, both members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), have expressed support to the presidential bid of Binay.

The Albanos explained that they support Binay, whose mother is an Ibanag.

Rep. Silvestre Bello III, of the 1BAP party-list who is from the Ilagan City in Isabela, also supports Binay.

Binay and Bello are fraternity brothers in Alpha Phi Omega.

The Albanos and Bello told The STAR the next elections would be an opportunity for Isabela and Cagayan Valley to install a President coming from the region. – With Raymund Catindig

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Binay bewails Aquino’s ‘palpak,’ ‘manhid’ leadership in counter-Sona By: Marc Jayson Cayabyab @MJcayabyabINQ INQUIRER.net 04:43 PM August 3rd, 2015

VICE President Jejomar Binay on Monday blasted the Aquino administration’s “palpak” and “manhid” governance in light of various calamities the country went through during its watch.

In his version of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) delivered in jampacked gymnasium of the Cavite State University, Binay said Aquino’s response to calamities and disaster is “Buhay pa naman kayo, hindi ba?”

Binay highlighted the Quirino Grandstand hostage-taking crisis, the Mamasapano incident, the disorganized government response to the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda, among others, to criticize the administration.

To illustrate the Aquino administration’s supposed “manhid” governance, Binay cited four places, which he claimed, experienced the government’s insensitivity:
Luneta for the 2010 Quirino hostage-taking crisis,
Tacloban for the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda,
Zamboanga city for the siege of the Moro National Liberation Front Nur Misuari faction, and
Mamasapano, Maguindanao for the botched anti-terror raid of the Special Action Force (SAF)

Binay hit Aquino for failing to acknowledge in his Sona the heroism 44 SAF members who died in the botched anti-terror raid in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25.

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“Sa Mamasapano, apatnapu’t apat ang nagbuwis ng buhay at marami ang sugatan. Ngunit kahit pahapyaw, hindi nabanggit ang kanilang kabayanihan sa Sona. Kahit TY ay wala,” Binay said. (In Mamasapano, 44 officers gave up their lives for the country. But their heroism was neither acknowledged nor mentioned in the Sona. They did not even get a “thank you.”)


JAN 25 PHOTO A representative of one of the families told broadcaster Anthony Taberna of radio station dzMM that the one-on-one talks turned into an open forum where the families repeatedly asked pointed questions about how the government will deliver justice for their slain loved ones. Aquino was apparently disturbed by the repeated questions and blurted out: “Anong gusto ninyo, kunan namin ng fingerprints ang lahat ng MILF? [What do you want us to do, get the fingerprints of all members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front?] The remark, Taberna said, angered the families who were growing impatient at the slow pace of the investigation.” FROM MANILA STANDARD

He said Aquino instead chose to say thank you to members of his Cabinet, even his stylist and designer, while ignoring the 44 SAF troops.

“Buti pa ang hair stylist at fashion designer, kasama sa mahabang listahan ng pinasalamatan,” Binay added. (The hair stylist and fashion designer were more fortunate, as they were dutifully included in the long “gratitude list.”)

In the case of Tacloban, Binay said Interior Secretary Mar Roxas politicized the rescue operations when he took issue of Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez being the nephew of former first lady Imelda Marcos, widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

President Aquino’s father Ninoy Aquino was assassinated under the Marcos administration.

Binay also criticized Aquino’s supposed response during the onslaught of Yolanda: “You’re still alive, aren’t you?”

“Sa Tacloban, sa gitna ng malawak na pinsala ng Super Bagyong Yolanda, habang nagkalat ang mga patay, nagugutom, nauuhaw, lumuluha at nagmamakaawa ng dagliang tulong, ang sagot ng administrasyon: buhay pa naman kayo, hindi ba?” Binay said. (In Tacloban, in the midst of the damage brought by super typhoon Yolanda, while bodies lay scattered, people roamed hungry, thirsty, crying, pleading for relief, did the administration not say, “Oh, but you are all still alive, aren’t you?”)

Binay also cited the latest United Nations report, which noted the shortcomings of the rehabilitation efforts since Yolanda.

“Mismong ang United Nations, kamakailan lamang, ang nagbigay ng kanilang kongklusyon: kulang na kulang ang ginagawa ng pamahalaan para makapag-bagong buhay ang mga nasalanta ng Yolanda,” he said. (The United Nations itself just recently presented its conclusion: the government was lacking. It did not do enough to alleviate the problems of the people affected by Yolanda.)

Binay said Aquino proved his insensitivity in handling the Luneta crisis when tourist bus was seized by a disgruntled police officer, which left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.

Aquino has refused to apologize for the hostage taking, calling the casualties “collateral damage,” Binay said.

“Kung inyong natatandaan, buwan ng Agosto noong 2010 nang mangyari ang trahedya sa Luneta. Mistulang hinayaan na lamang mapatay ang walong inosenteng turista na ginawang hostage. Collateral damage o hindi sinasadya daw,” he said.

(If you will recall, the Luneta tragedy happened in August of 2010. It appeared then that they just allowed innocent tourists to be taken hostage and be killed. They termed it as collateral damage, unintentional.)

In Zamboanga city, meanwhile, the evacuees in evacuation centers have resorted to prostitution amid slow response by the government, Binay said.

“Sa Zamboanga, daan-daan ang namatay, libu-libong bahay ang nasunog. Ngunit mas malaking trahedya ang sinapit ng ating mga kababayan sa mga evacuation centers na pinamahalaan ng national government. Mas masaklap pa rito ang ulat ng mga kababaihan at kabataan na naging biktima ng panggagahasa at napunta sa prostitusyon,” Binay said. (In Zamboanga, 200 were killed and thousands of homes were reduced to ashes. But a greater tragedy awaited our people in the evacuation centers that our national government provided. What’s worse are the reports of women and children raped and forced into prostitution.)

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Binay decries DAP, BBL, MRT woes in 'true SONA' By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated August 3, 2015 - 6:22pm


Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered his own version of the state of the nation address on Monday. He is seen in this photo at the United Nationalist Alliance Rally in July. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday hit the faulty operations of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) in his own version of the state of the nation address (SONA).

The vice president delivered what he called was the "true SONA" in response to President Benigno Aquino III's final SONA last week.

In his speech, Binay claimed that the mastermind behind the DAP was "untouchable."

"Ayon sa mga ekspertong sumuri sa DAP, sa bawat pisong ginastos ng DAP isang sentimo lamang ang para sa mahirap. Malinaw na ang DAP ang pinakamatingkad na halimbawa ng pagwawaldas sa pondo ng bayan sa ating kasaysayan," Binay said.

The Supreme Court has earlier ruled that the DAP was unconstitutional.

READ: Supreme Court affirms DAP unconstitutionality

"Saan kinuha ang pondo para sa DAP? Ito ay inagaw sa pondo na nakalaan sana sa pagpaayos ng airports, pag-aayos ng MRT, pagpapatayo ng mga eskwelahan, mga kalsada at tulay," Binay explained.

Binay insisted that the Aquino administration is refusing to hold the proponents of the DAP accountable since they are the president's allies.

"Iba ang trato sa kalaban sa pulitika, iba naman para sa kapartido at kaalyado," Binay said.

The vice president also called on the Palace to respect Congress as a co-equal branch of government in relation to the passage of the proposed BBL. He claimed that the Palace is forcing Congress to pass the proposed measure.

Binay also noted that the proposed BBL should adhere to the Constitution and suggested that stakeholders should be consulted in drafting the bill.

"Isipin na lang natin ang maaaring mangyari sakaling ang bersyon ng BBL na gustong ipasa ng administrasyon ay ibasura naman ng Korte Suprema. Hindi ba't 'yan ang maaring magdulot ng gulo at maging hadlang sa matagal nating inaasam na kapayapaan sa Mindanao?" Binay asked.

The vice president also slammed the faulty operations of the MRT, noting that the Department of Transportation and Communication was given around P5 billion budget for its repair which has not yet started.

"Ang sigaw ng mga pasahero: Lagi kaming late sa trabaho. Ang sigaw ng MRT: 'Eto ang excuse letter. Ang daing ng pasahero: Ayusin ang serbisyo. Ang sagot ng Palasyo: Kung ayaw ninyo sa MRT, mag-bus na kayo," Binay said.

Binay also blamed the current administration for replacing MRT's experienced maintenance provider for a newly registered maintenance firm.

The vice president claimed that Aquino failed to report the real state of the nation during his latest SONA.

On the other hand, the president defended his SONA and insisted that he gave the true state of the country.


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Palace to Binay: Pumalakpak ka noon sa mga 'palpak' ngayon By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated August 3, 2015 - 7:03pm 0 287 googleplus0 0


Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda pointed out that Binay is now bashing the administration and its programs which he used to praise when he was still part of then Aquino Cabinet. Willy Perez

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Monday responded to Vice President Jejomar Binay's speech countering President Benigno Aquino III's State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda pointed out that Binay is now bashing the administration and its programs which he used to praise when he was still part of then Aquino Cabinet.

"Limang taon kang pumapalakpak noon sa mga sinasabi mong palpak ngayon," Lacierda told reporters in a text message.

Meanwhile, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, the proponent of the Disbursement Acceleration Program criticized by Binay in his speech today, hoped that the latter was truthful like Aquino.

"I did not listen to VP Binay. I hope he was as specific, factual and evidence-based as PNoy's SONA," Abad said.

"I hope he was as uplifting as PNoy was. I hope he inspired in the future. If not, I am lucky then to have used my time with work," he added.

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In his counter-SONA speech in Cavite, Binay again described the Aquino administration as incompetent and insensitive to the needs of Filipinos.

Binay lamented that after five years under Aquino, the country is still suffering from poverty, hunger and unemployment.

He claimed that Aquino's "Daang Matuwid" slogan has not led to inclusive growth since the masses cry for basic social services.

Binay also cited some of the national tragedies that were supposedly due to the Aquino government's ineptitude such as the 2010 Luneta bus hostage crisis, the Zamboanga siege and Typhoon Yolanda devastation in 2013 and the Mamasapano incident in 2015.

He also criticized the administration for the deterioration of the MRT, the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law and the supposed protection given to Aquino's allies accused of corruption and incompetence.

Binay has been attacking Aquino's governance following his resignation from the Cabinet in June.

Aquino had said that as former Cabinet member, Binay had an obligation to help the administration in addressing the country's problems.

Earlier on Monday, Aquino said Binay should stick to facts in his counter-SONA and not misinform the public.

"One would hope that he would honor his pledge to serve the people, and part of that is giving them the right information," Aquino told reporters.

Aquino insisted that he gave the true state of the country in his address before Congress last week.

"Walang akong tradisyon o record na nagsisinungaling kanino man. I stand by what we said," he said.


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Palace: Aquino not a dictator August 5, 2015 11:09 pm
by CATHERINE S. VALENTE, REPORTER


COLOMA

Malacañang on Wednesday belied Vice President Jejomar Binay’s statement branding President Benigno Aquino 3rd as a dictator for supposedly meddling in the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012.

According to Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., the impeachment trial of Corona was fair and was even led by Binay’s ally in the Senate.

“It’s wrong to accuse the President of being a dictator. The impeachment and consequent conviction of Chief Justice Corona was in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution,” he said in Filipino.

“The Senate acting as an impeachment court earned praises for its fair handling of the trial. It was then- Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, an ally of Vice President Binay, who presided over the trial,” Coloma added.

Binay, in a radio interview on Tuesday, claimed that he had advised President Aquino against pushing for the impeachment of Corona or risk becoming a dictator like late former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Sitting as an impeachment court, the Senate found Corona guilty of betraying the public trust and committing culpable violation of the Constitution.

It was a move that shook the normally secretive Supreme Court and caused many to worry about a perceived rift between the executive and judiciary.

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“I spoke to him before he left for another country. I told him that what he was doing to Corona wasn’t right,” Binay said of Aquino, dispelling criticism from administration allies who questioned why he was quiet when he was Cabinet secretary for five years.

The Vice President added, “I told him, you already have the executive department.

Congress is yours. If you touch the judiciary, Justice Corona, that turns you into a dictator. Everyone would be afraid of you. And it happened, the judiciary feared him.”

Binay insisted that he tried to give his two cents on various issues but said Aquino was “hard-headed.”

Meanwhile, Malacanang spokesman Edwin Lacierda branded Binay’s so-called ‘true State of the Nation Address (Tsona)” as charot–a joke, in Filipino gay lingo–as the pitch verbal battle between the administration and opposition camps continued on Wednesday.

“Sadly the Vice President has been hitting everyone like a shotgun. It’s like his Tsona was charot,” Lacierda said in a news conference.

Reiterating his previous statements, he noted that Binay kept mum “where he could have been part of the solution” and even praised Aquino “in many instances” during his five-year stint in the Cabinet.

“[I don’t know what he was doing in] the past five years…We have been governing for the entire five years. We’ve been very serious about governance and the accomplishments,” the Palace spokesman added.

4 Responses to Palace: Aquino not a dictator
upnNgrad says:
August 6, 2015 at 8:21 pm
Duvalier? Dictator… hanggang sa sawa (hanggang talagang nag-sawa ang mga tao).
Si Saddam? Dictator… hanggang sa sawa (hanggang giniyera ng USA coalition — hanging).
Remember Idi Amin? Add another name — Sekou Toure. Dapat, one term lang, pero gusto pala “Hanggang sa Sawa!” kaya bagsak ang bansang Guinea of Africa.
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fyi says:
August 6, 2015 at 12:09 pm
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.
The Dept of Justice and the Ombudsman only charge people who the president wants charged.
The Dept of Justice only charged 3 opposition senators on the Napoles list while shielding the other 15 Aquino allies.
So the President owns the Justice Dept… check
The Ombudsman was ordered by the Supreme Court to investigate the Dap fund giveaway.
Ombudsman Morales did not investigate or charge anyone.
So the President owns the Office of the Ombudsman….Check
The Congress allowed the President to impeach the chief of the supreme court in exchange for P50 million each that they then gave to fake non government organizations.
So the President owns the congress….check
Looks like a duck to me.
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Marlo says:
August 6, 2015 at 7:25 am
Ikaw Lacierda, ngaw-ngaw ka ng ngaw-ngaw. Absent ka ba sa Grade I class nung sabihin ng teacher na “think before you leap” and “think before you talk”? Kung wala kang masabing matino, lagyan mo na lang ng packaging tape ang bunganga mo.
By the way, tignan mo kaya uli ang mukha mo sa salamin. What do you notice in your face? The face of a liar? A crossbreed of a buldog and a pitbull?
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ed1151 says:
August 6, 2015 at 2:21 am
the palace spokesmen conveniently skip (or totally forgotten) the DAP money that floated around before, during and after corona’s impeachment trial exposed by jinggoy.
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Kris Aquino: President scolded us for Binay plug

SHARES: 5971 VIEW COMMENTS By: Jaymee T. Gamil, Nikko Dizon @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 03:44 AM August 3rd, 2015

Remember when President Aquino’s sisters seemed to have endorsed Vice President Jejomar Binay to be their brother’s successor last year? Apparently, they were scolded for it.

In an interview with the media over the weekend, the President’s youngest sister, television host and actress Kris Aquino, recalled the reaction of her brother after her statements were aired, widely perceived to be an endorsement of Binay.

“I remember I was flying to Dumaguete when that came out. When I turned on my phone, there was a long lecture from my brother,” Kris told reporters as she lined up to register as a voter in Quezon City on Sunday.

“I said [to the President], ‘I’d like to apologize if it put you in a bad light. There were certain words taken out of context. And at the end of the day, you know I will follow you,’” she said.

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Last year, Kris declared on television her and her sisters’ support for a Binay presidency, pointing out that the ruling Liberal Party (LP) could take him as its standard-bearer for 2016.


AUGUST 8, 2014 PHOTO: Vice President Jejomar Binay, who has declared his intention to run for President in 2016, thanked the Aquino sisters (inset from left) Kris Aquino, Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Viel Aquino-Dee and Pinky Aquino-Abellada for their support, saying the ties between their families “transcend politics.”  Philippines–This early, the sisters of President Aquino have cast their lot with Vice President Jejomar Binay, the first among presidential aspirants who has declared that he will run for the highest post in the land in 2016. Acknowledging the gesture, Binay thanked the Aquino sisters, saying the ties between their families “transcended politics.” TV host and actress Kris Aquino declared her and her three sisters’ support for Binay as a potential successor of the President on her program with cohost Boy Abunda on that Tuesday night. INQUIRER FILE NEWS PHOTOS MANILA,

My sisters and I have been talking about it and we say that if this can bring about unity … and if he continues what Noy (Aquino) has started, why not?” Kris had said on the television program she cohosts with Boy Abunda.

Binay was an ally of the late President Corazon Aquino. But a rift is feared between the two families, especially after President Aquino endorsed Interior Secretary Mar Roxas to succeed him in 2016.

Roxas, Aquino’s running mate in 2010, was Binay’s opponent for the vice presidency then.

No rift with Binays

But Kris dismissed speculation of a rift. “They’ve maintained our friendship,” Kris said, referring to Binay’s daughter Anne and son Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.
 


From left: Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Kris Aquino, Mayor Junjun Binay, Vice President Jejomar Binay GOOGLED PHOTO POSTED 2010:

“I don’t think there’s a rift. Noy hasn’t said anything super-evil. And from the start, I think they (Binays) knew where Noy’s heart was,” Kris said.

“We can’t avoid that when [Binay] attacks my brother, it hurts. And I’m sure when Noy says stuff, they [Binays] get hurt. But I’d like to really believe our friendship will survive,” Kris said.

“You can’t be oversensitive in politics. Anne and I have talked about it, and we understand. This has been our lives. Our kids are classmates and friends. For us to be able to maintain this friendship, we just avoid talking about it,” she said.

Kris registers for polls

Kris went to the Commission on Elections office at Quezon City Hall on Sunday to transfer her voter’s registration from Makati to Quezon City.

Kris said she had been a resident of a subdivision in Barangay (village) Bagumbayan for a year and eight months and had been running two businesses in Cubao.

By the elections in May, Kris will have transferred to a nearby subdivision in Barangay Ugong Norte.

Kris remained evasive when asked about her brother’s endorsement of Roxas and whether she’d lend her star power to it. “My brother and I had a long talk. He’s not the type who will ever impose,” she said.

Remembering Cory

Kris, however, disclosed that Roxas had invited her for coffee, which she agreed to, mainly because Roxas was her “god brother.”

Kris reiterated she had no plans to run in the 2016 elections as she was bound by endorsement contracts until 2017.


Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas is “happy” that Makati Mayor Junjun Binay finally respected the law and vacated his post. “Masaya akong nanaig at nangibabaw ang batas sa araw na ito,” (I am happy that the law prevailed today) Roxas said in a statement on Wednesday. He then thanked the mayor for heeding the call for him to obey the law. INQUIRER FILE

On Saturday, Kris stressed her family’s unity when she joined her siblings and friends in remembering the sixth death anniversary of their mother, democracy icon President Corazon Aquino.

Pinky’s text message

“We are united as a family and that has kept us strong,” Kris said as she thanked those who came to Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City.

Kris also shared the text message sent to her by sister, Pinky Aquino-Abellada, last week when the President fell ill.

Kris did not mention what ailed her brother but he admitted being sick when he delivered his last State of the Nation Address to Congress on July 27. The Inquirer learned the President had a bad case of vertigo that morning.

“The gist of (Pinky’s) text was … ‘Maybe we have been selfish. Maybe it’s time we prayed that he finds a real partner in life because it is sad to be alone,’” Kris said.

Kris told her sister, who was seated with the guests, that her text was still on her phone: “It was there, Pinky. You said it’s sad to be alone. I can show them!”

Taking care of President

The audience and Aquino laughed as he stood on one side of the seats, beside his brother-in-law and Pinky’s husband, Manolo.

“It is sad to be alone and hopefully there’s someone who would take care of him,” Kris continued, quoting Pinky’s text message.

The story of the 55-year-old Aquino’s bachelorhood has endured throughout his presidency.

Aside from Aquino, the late President Elpidio Quirino was the only other Chief Executive who served in Malacañang without a wife.

Quirino, who became President in 1948, was a widower when he assumed office. His wife, Alicia, was killed with three of their children by Japanese soldiers during the Liberation of Manila in 1945.

His daughter, Victoria, assumed the role of first lady.

Lack of love

Kris is the youngest of five children of Cory and assassinated opposition leader, Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. She was in her element on Saturday, regaling the crowd with stories about her siblings.

Aquino pretended he was getting nervous by touching his chest when she began to talk about him and their sisters—Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Pinky and Viel Aquino-Dee.

But aside from her brother’s love life, or lack of it, Kris told her mother’s loyal supporters how proud she and her sisters were of their brother.

Love, not fight

“In any family, all of you have moments when you are very proud of each other and I think no one can take away from us how proud we are that our brother is Noynoy Aquino,” Kris said as everyone applauded.

She said she was certain that their mother “is very happy in heaven because we fulfilled our promise.”

“It is simply to help each other and love each other and not to fight among ourselves,” Kris said.

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‘Cory magic is still there’ @inquirerdotnet 02:00 AM August 2nd, 2015

AQUINO URGED TO STUMP FOR ROXAS AS IF HE HIMSELF WERE RUNNING


AUGUST 2 ---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.


Aquino siblings gather for mom's 6th death anniversary By CNN Philippines Staff Updated 13:00 PM PHT Sun, August 2, 2015

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.

“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.


MAR ARRIVES AT CORY AQUINO DEATH ANNIVERSARY, AUG 2---PHOTO TWEETED BY TRICIA ZAFRA OF GMA NEWS NETWORK.

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.


The flowers sent by Vice President Jejomar Binay and suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, suspended Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay, were among the first to send flowers to the grave of former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino on Saturday, marking her sixth death anniversary. Two wreaths, bearing the names of the two officials, were seen placed near Cory’s tomb, which is surrounded by the graves of other members of the Aquino family including Senator Ninoy Aquino Jr., whose death was pivotal in the uprising against the Marcos dictatorship. INQUIRER PHOTOS/TETCH TORRES TUPAS AND TARRA QUISMUNDO

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


IS IT MAR OR GRACE? “I promised Noy to keep quiet about that. ABS-CBN FILE

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.


KILUSANG MAYO

Press Statement 03 August 2015

On Binay’s ‘True State of the Nation Address’


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In the main, Vice-President Jejomar Binay’s so-called “True State of the Nation Address” is closer to the real state of the nation than Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s State of the Nation Address last July 27.

Binay seems to have taken a cue from the criticisms made by progressive organizations and ordinary Filipinos of Aquino’s SONA and of the Aquino government’s so-called accomplishments.

He makes it clear, however, that he and Aquino are serving the same “bosses,” the big foreign and local capitalists and big landlords, in his pitch for removing the nationalist provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

While he rightly criticizes the widespread poverty, hunger and unemployment, there is no doubt that his “solution” to these remain those of Aquino’s: policies favoring big foreign and local capitalists and big landlords.

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It is not clear whether Binay’s long-delayed criticisms of the Aquino government would boost his chances of winning in the 2016 elections. It is clear, however, that these are hurting the candidacy of DILG Sec. Mar Roxas.

Binay’s “TSONA” shows that the Aquino-Roxas clique would find it hard to frame the 2016 elections as that between Good and Evil. It shows that Aquino-Roxas cannot easily project themselves as good guys given their numerous and grave crimes against the Filipino workers and people.

Binay should have pushed his criticisms of Aquino to their logical conclusion: that of a vow to hold the chief executive accountable for his crimes. That is also a demand of the Filipino workers and people.

Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-1636597


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