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CAMPAIGN FOR MAR STARTS: AT LP 'SHOW OF FORCE' AQUINO, MAR ROXAS ARRIVE TOGETHER; "ERAP" SHOWS UP


AUGUST 4 ---President Benigno Aquino III arrived with his anointed presidential candidate Interior Secretary Mar Roxas at the gathering of Liberal Party members and supporters in Greenhills, San Juan on Tuesday past noon.
Aquino and Roxas, his running mate in the 2010 elections, were joined by LP stalwarts Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Senate President Franklin Drilon, and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima. De Lima has been reported to be considering a senatorial candidacy with the ruling party. At the table they were joined by LP members and potential vice presidential candidates Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos and Camarines Rep. Leni Robredo. Folk singer Noel Cabangon, a friend of Aquino's, was singing when the President and Roxas arrived at the venue. Roxas promptly joined Cabangon onstage to sing with him. Roxas then went over to Aquino at the table and brought him to the stage to join the singing.The attendees were surprised when hosts Siquijor Vice Governor Dingdong Avanzado and his wife Jessa Zaragoza announced that "President Mayor Erap Estrada" was present at the gathering. Apparently it was not the real Erap Estrada but impersonator Willie Nepomuceno. -NB, GMA News THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: PNoy takes swipe anew at Binay's campaign promises
["Siyempre po, kahit kaliwa’t kanan na ang ebidensiya ng pagbabago, mayroon pa ring kontra sa Daang Matuwid. Ang hirit nila: Mabagal daw tayo. Kapag sila raw ang naging Pangulo, sigurado, gaganda ang buhay," Aquino said.]


AUGUST 4 ---President Benigno Aquino III graces the gathering of friends of the Liberal Party in a restaurant in San Juan on Tuesday, August 4. Malacañang Photo Bureau/ Gil Nartea
President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday took another apparent swipe at Vice Jejomar Binay for promising better lives for Filipinos despite lack of concrete plan.
According to reports, Aquino again made reference to Binay's campaign slogan "Gaganda ang buhay" during a Liberal Party event in San Juan City earlier today that showed support to Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II. Aquino reportedly criticized politicians for giving campaign promises without presenting programs. The president said he is still waiting to hear from these politicians on how they intend to deliver on their promises. Aquino first referenced Binay's slogan during his sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week. In his speech, Aquino responded to Binay's criticism that the administration is incompetent and slow. READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay dismayed with 'corrupt' image allegation by critics


AUGUST 4 ---Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered his own version of the state of the nation address on Monday. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file
Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday expressed his dismay over the "corrupt" image associated with him. In an interview with radio dzMM, Binay said the corruption allegations against him are part of his critics' "demolition by perception." "Ang malungkot na parte sa akin, 'yung sinasabing pagkakorupsyon e Binay 'yun. Mga kababayan, 'yan hong mga salitang ganyan, kayo ho ay naging bahagi ng biktima ng sinasabi naming demolition by perception," Binay said. The vice president maintained that he is not corrupt and that his track record is clean despite unproven allegations against him. "Sa sako-sakong ibinintang po sa akin, na siyang nagdaan na kami ho ay binansagan na may imaheng korupsyon, ni minsan, hindi ako nakatikim ng suspension, lalong-lalo na ang conviction," Binay added. Binay also defended his non-appearance in Senate inquiries on allegations against him. He insisted that he has already sent an affidavit answering the alleged anomalous transactions in Makati City during his term as mayor. The vice president reiterated that the Senate hearing is not the proper venue for him to explain the alleged anomalous transactions. READ MORE...

ALSO VP Binay: Only the courts can say I'm corrupt


AUGUST 4 ---Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday urged the public not to believe lies that he is a corrupt politician, saying he has never been suspended much less convicted for corruption after over 20 years in public service.
Binay pointed out that anyone can accuse politicians of corruption but they have to prove their accusations in court. "Ang malungkot na parte sa akin, 'yung sinasabing pagka sinabing korupisyon e Binay ho yun. Mga kababayan, 'yan hong mga salitang ganyan, kayo ho ay nagiging bahagi ng biktima ng sinasabi naming demolition by perception," he said in a radio DZMM interview. He added: "Yan pong demolition na 'yun, alam po ng mga naninira sa akin noon pa man na sila ay nagsisinungaling. Sila po ay alam po nila na hukuman lang ang makapagsasabi." Binay said he also heard reports that his critics will file a murder complaint against him. "Yan po ang gawain po - demolition by perception," he said. Binay was ordered suspended by the Department of the Interior and Local Government in 2006 after he was accused of maintaining ghost employees on the city payroll. The Court of Appeals, however, stopped the implementation of the order. The vice-president is accused of various corruption scandals during his time as mayor of Makati including alleged rigging of biddings for various building projects as well as ownership of huge tracts of land in Rosario, Batangas. The Court of Appeals has also issued a freeze order on more than 200 bank accounts, investments, and insurance policies of Vice-President Binay, Elenita Binay, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, and others linked to their family based on a petition from the Anti-Money Laundering Council. READ MORE...

ALSO by Young Blood: Not only the Binays [This isn’t a simple case of corruption or a political family accused of corrupt practices. This is the ugly system of politics in the country—a political system which is said to hear the voice of the many but actually maintains an economic order that benefits only a few. In fact, some of those exposing the corruption of the Binays are not the poor or the common people, but their fellow rich politicians who would want to grab the opportunity to snag the presidency. This isn’t a battle between good and bad, but a battle among the “bads.”]
 

AUGUST 4 ---Photo appended by PHNO from: blogspot.com YEAH, YOU are against Vice President Jejomar Binay running for president, mainly based on testimonies at the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee hearings on his alleged corruption cases. And yes, you are disgruntled with his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, for the supposedly overpriced construction projects and alleged irregularities in the bidding process. Yes, the pieces of evidence seem to be strong and the Binays have chosen not to answer these allegations. Yes, many of us are mad, but unfortunately, just at the Binays.But the cases involving the Binays are not isolated cases of corruption. In fact, it is an open secret that many of our politicians have used their positions, not to bring wealth to the people in their jurisdiction, but to bring wealth to their bank accounts. They will do everything to keep these corrupt practices from being discovered, and to keep their post, they will pass it on to a family member, as if we were under a monarchy. This shouldn’t be a surprise in this country where almost 90 percent of its wealth is in the hands of only a few families—the top 1 percent of the population. Indeed, it isn’t a surprise that these few families dominate a political system where practically everyone votes but only a few have the means to run a costly political campaign. We call this a democracy—the voice of the many. I call it maneuvers of the few political families. Intellectuals would debate about political dynasties and their impact on democracy. But the Binays are not the only political dynasty in this country. We have the Enriles and the Marcoses in the north, the Angaras in Aurora, the Arroyos in Central Luzon, the Romualdezes in the Visayas, and before and despite the Maguindanao massacre, the Ampatuans in Mindanao. READ MORE...

ALSO Post-Roxas anointment: NPC, NP weigh options for 2016


AUGUST 3 ---Sen. Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS
With President Benigno Aquino III slated to endorse Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as his presidential candidate in 2016, his coalition partners are either moving to decide whether they will continue to support him and his candidate or are in a wait-and-see attitude on a continued partnership. Sen. Vicente Sotto III said that the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) of businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco was to meet next week to come up with a party stand on whether to continue supporting Mr. Aquino beyond his term.
In a phone interview, Sotto reiterated that the NPC was not in a coalition with the ruling Liberal Party (LP) but was in partnership only with Mr. Aquino since 2013.The senior NPC member said most members were inclined to support the possible tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero.READ: NPC may field Poe-Escudero team “But the meeting next week will see whether this will be confirmed or not, or the party will decide whether we support (national candidates) as a group or as individual members,” Sotto said.
Sotto backs Poe As for himself, Sotto said he would support Poe personally. READ MORE...

ALSO Abaya: Binay doesn't understand MRT-3's problem


AUGUST 4 ---Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya lashes back at Vice President Jejomar Binay, saying the second highest official of the land does not understand the root problem of the Metro Rail Transit-3.
Vice President Jejomar Binay does not understand Metro Rail Transit 3's (MRT-3) root problem, according to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Jun Abaya.
Reacting to Binay's so-called True State of the Nation Address speech, Abaya said the Vice President did not offer any solution to the issues hounding the MRT-3 system. "This is proof that you cannot solve a problem that you do not understand," Abaya said. "Moreover, one who chooses to be blind to reality also loses the ability to hope for a better situation for the public– which may be why he has given up on finding solutions and calling MRT-3 trains 'rolling coffins'," he added in a statement on Monday. Abaya said that unlike Binay, the DOTC has been finding solutions to correct the build-lease-transfer contract which should have been implemented by the private owner of the MRT-3. "The DOTC has already purchased 48 new train cars.. In fact, the prototype will arrive this month. This will increase the 15 train sets currently running during peak hours. 15 train sets is equivalent to 45 train cars, which number is nowhere near the seven trains he misleadingly claimed," Abaya said. He also noted that the rehabilitation of the MRT station's escalators, elevators, toilets are ongoing. READ MORE...

ALSO COMMENTARY: Zeroing in on Mar


AUGUAT 5 ---By Alejandro Del Rosario
The battle lines are drawn. With Mar Roxas formally endorsed by President Aquino as the ruling Liberal Party’s 2016 standard bearer, the opposition United Nationalist Alliance has started zeroing in on him. Until Grace Poe and Rodrigo Duterte decide to run, they are for now just a side show to the Mar Roxas-Jojo Binay rematch. With all cylinders blazing, UNA senatorial candidate Lito Atienza fired the first salvo against Roxas signaling the start of the political fireworks in the run-up to 2016 I chanced upon Lito at the lobby of the Manila Peninsula where I had taken refuge from a heavy downpour Saturday afternoon. Over coffee, Lito said he had just come from Cavite with Vice President Jejomar Binay who had met with local leaders. As I had no line to UNA and I was not going anywhere with the rain not letting up, I thought I might as well make the most of the afternoon and get a story. So, what do you think of Mar Roxas being anointed by Aquino as LP candidate for president? “Good, now that he’s no longer just LP ‘presumptive candidate’ we in the opposition know the real opponent is,” said the Buhay Party List congressman. That was just for starters as Atienza then proceeded to pick Roxas apart on the issue of local government. As a former mayor of Manila who served an unprecedented three terms, local government is a subject visceral and intrinsic to Atienza’s politics “All politics is local, and Roxas miserably failed as Interior and Local Government Secretary,” said Atienza who tracked Mar’s record in five years with the Aquino administration. The problem of the Metro Rail Transit started with Mar as Department of Transportation and Communication secretary when he failed to take inventory of MRT assets and did not stockpile on spare parts to keep the trains running without disruption, according to Atienza. “An efficient public transport system for moving people to and from work is basic and essential to good local governance. Sadly, the MRT is a monument to the failure of both Aquino and Roxas,” said Atienza. I pointed out that Mar served for only a year as DOTC secretary before he was moved to the Department of the Interior and Local Government after the death of then-Secretary Jesse Robredo. “Yes, but Mar Roxas handpicked Jun Abaya who still consults and takes orders from him,” said Atienza. CONTINUE READING AND MEET LITO ATIENZA....


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PNoy, Mar Roxas arrive together at LP ‘show of force’; ‘Erap’ shows up

MANILA, AUGUST 10, 2015  (GMA NEWS NETWORK) August 4, 2015 1:50pm By AMITA O. LEGASPI - President Benigno Aquino III arrived with his anointed presidential candidate Interior Secretary Mar Roxas at the gathering of Liberal Party members and supporters in Greenhills, San Juan on Tuesday past noon.

Aquino and Roxas, his running mate in the 2010 elections, were joined by LP stalwarts Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Senate President Franklin Drilon, and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima.

De Lima has been reported to be considering a senatorial candidacy with the ruling party.

At the table they were joined by LP members and potential vice presidential candidates Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos and Camarines Rep. Leni Robredo.

Folk singer Noel Cabangon, a friend of Aquino's, was singing when the President and Roxas arrived at the venue. Roxas promptly joined Cabangon onstage to sing with him.

Roxas then went over to Aquino at the table and brought him to the stage to join the singing.

The attendees were surprised when hosts Siquijor Vice Governor Dingdong Avanzado and his wife Jessa Zaragoza announced that "President Mayor Erap Estrada" was present at the gathering.

Apparently it was not the real Erap Estrada but impersonator Willie Nepomuceno. -NB, GMA News


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PNoy takes swipe anew at Binay's campaign promises By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated August 4, 2015 - 5:36pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


President Benigno Aquino III graces the gathering of friends of the Liberal Party in a restaurant in San Juan on Tuesday, August 4. Malacañang Photo Bureau/ Gil Nartea

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday took another apparent swipe at Vice Jejomar Binay for promising better lives for Filipinos despite lack of concrete plan.

According to reports, Aquino again made reference to Binay's campaign slogan "Gaganda ang buhay" during a Liberal Party event in San Juan City earlier today that showed support to Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

Aquino reportedly criticized politicians for giving campaign promises without presenting programs.

The president said he is still waiting to hear from these politicians on how they intend to deliver on their promises.

Aquino first referenced Binay's slogan during his sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week.

In his speech, Aquino responded to Binay's criticism that the administration is incompetent and slow.

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"Siyempre po, kahit kaliwa’t kanan na ang ebidensiya ng pagbabago, mayroon pa ring kontra sa Daang Matuwid. Ang hirit nila: Mabagal daw tayo. Kapag sila raw ang naging Pangulo, sigurado, gaganda ang buhay," Aquino said.

"Sa mga medyo may edad po, ang isasagot dito, 'Ah, ganun?' sabay taas ng kilay. Para naman sa kabataan, iba na raw po ang tugon nila sa ganoong pahayag, iba na daw po ang uso ngayon eh: E di wow," he added.

Aquino lamented in his SONA that those already giving campaign promises have yet to propose detailed and concrete plans to solve the country's problems.

"Ang tanong natin: Paano nila gagawin ang mga pangakong iyan? Ang sagot nila: Basta. Nasaan ang detalye at kongkretong mga plano? Basta. Paano ninyo ipatutupad ang inyong mga pangako? Basta. Pakiramdam yata nila nadadaan sa basta-basta ang solusyon sa ating mga problema."

Aquino and Binay started trading criticisms when the latter resigned from the Cabinet after failing to get the president's endorsement for the 2016 elections.

Binay has been calling the administration incompetent and uncaring. In response, Aquino said the vice president is obligated to help the government in addressing the nation's woes.

Last week, Aquino officially endorsed Roxas, Binay's rival, as his preferred successor.

Aquino made a surprise appearance at the Liberal Party this noon to show his support to Roxas' presidential bid.

The president joined other Liberal Party members including Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto.


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Binay dismayed with 'corrupt' image By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated August 4, 2015 - 2:33pm 6 596 googleplus0 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered his own version of the state of the nation address on Monday. Philstar.com/Jonathan Asuncion, file

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday expressed his dismay over the "corrupt" image associated with him.

In an interview with radio dzMM, Binay said the corruption allegations against him are part of his critics' "demolition by perception."

"Ang malungkot na parte sa akin, 'yung sinasabing pagkakorupsyon e Binay 'yun. Mga kababayan, 'yan hong mga salitang ganyan, kayo ho ay naging bahagi ng biktima ng sinasabi naming demolition by perception," Binay said.

The vice president maintained that he is not corrupt and that his track record is clean despite unproven allegations against him.

"Sa sako-sakong ibinintang po sa akin, na siyang nagdaan na kami ho ay binansagan na may imaheng korupsyon, ni minsan, hindi ako nakatikim ng suspension, lalong-lalo na ang conviction," Binay added.

Binay also defended his non-appearance in Senate inquiries on allegations against him. He insisted that he has already sent an affidavit answering the alleged anomalous transactions in Makati City during his term as mayor.

The vice president reiterated that the Senate hearing is not the proper venue for him to explain the alleged anomalous transactions.

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Binay, meanwhile, clarified that his "true" state of the nation address (SONA) also presented solutions and not just criticized the current administration.

"Merong mga bahagi doon na nagsabi ako ng solusyon. Pero sinabi ko naman sa aking report na ang panahon ay napakaiksi, kaya ibinungad ko lang ang maiikling rekomendasyon," the vice president explained.

On Monday, Binay delivered his version of the SONA in response to Aquino's final SONA last week.

In his speech at the Cavite State University, Binay reported that more Filipinos became poor, hungry and jobless under the Aquino administration in the past five years.


ABS-CBN

VP Binay: Only courts can say I'm corrupt ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 08/04/2015 9:30 AM | Updated as of 08/04/2015 11:24 AM

MANILA - Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday urged the public not to believe lies that he is a corrupt politician, saying he has never been suspended much less convicted for corruption after over 20 years in public service.

Binay pointed out that anyone can accuse politicians of corruption but they have to prove their accusations in court.

"Ang malungkot na parte sa akin, 'yung sinasabing pagka sinabing korupisyon e Binay ho yun. Mga kababayan, 'yan hong mga salitang ganyan, kayo ho ay nagiging bahagi ng biktima ng sinasabi naming demolition by perception," he said in a radio DZMM interview.

He added: "Yan pong demolition na 'yun, alam po ng mga naninira sa akin noon pa man na sila ay nagsisinungaling. Sila po ay alam po nila na hukuman lang ang makapagsasabi."

Binay said he also heard reports that his critics will file a murder complaint against him. "Yan po ang gawain po - demolition by perception," he said.

Binay was ordered suspended by the Department of the Interior and Local Government in 2006 after he was accused of maintaining ghost employees on the city payroll. The Court of Appeals, however, stopped the implementation of the order.

The vice-president is accused of various corruption scandals during his time as mayor of Makati including alleged rigging of biddings for various building projects as well as ownership of huge tracts of land in Rosario, Batangas.

The Court of Appeals has also issued a freeze order on more than 200 bank accounts, investments, and insurance policies of Vice-President Binay, Elenita Binay, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, and others linked to their family based on a petition from the Anti-Money Laundering Council.

READ MORE...

In the DZMM interview, Binay denied that he has yet to answer the corruption allegations presented before the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee.

He said he submitted an affidavit instead of appearing before the Senate because he did not want to be maligned by senators conducting the inquiry.

"Uulitin ko po hindi kasi isang lugar ito na makakatikim ka ng disente at hindi tamang lugar na marinig ang iyong paliwanag. Bintang dito, bintang doon," he said.

He added: "Sa sako-sakong ibinintang po sa akin, na siyang naging daan na kami ho ay binansagan na may imaheng korupsiyon...ni minsan hindi ako nakatikim ng suspension, lalong-lalo na ang conviction. Hindi ako [convicted]. Wala hong napatunayan."

The vice-president, who is running for president next year, continued his attacks against the Aquino administration, saying that only a few benefited from the economic growth experienced in the country.

He also said that if he is elected president, he will only put experienced officials in his Cabinet so there would be less of a learning curve.

He also promised a "unifying administration", saying he will not take revenge against his critics if he wins the presidency.

Asked why he gave few solutions during his "true" state of the nation address, he said he will explain his proposed platform of governance in the coming days.

During his speech on Monday, Binay said there are more Filipinos who are poor, hungry and jobless five years into the Aquino presidency.

[POOR, HUNGRY AND JOBLESS: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/08/03/15/binays-sona-more-pinoys-poor-jobless-hungry ]

"Hindi makakamit ang tunay na ginhawa sa biyaheng tuwid na daan na manhid at palpak naman. Lalong maghihirap ang masang Pilipino kung magpapatuloy ang pamumuno ng mga di nakakaunawa sa kapwa Pilipino, kung ang mamumuno ay ni minsan sa buhay nila hindi naranasan ang gutom at mahiga sa matigas na sahig," he said.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, however, said Binay has no credibility to criticize the Aquino administration, saying the vice-president is trying to divert attention away from the corruption issues he is facing.

"I think kailangang manalamin ng Vice President (I think the Vice President has to face the mirror)," said Cayetano.

"If he’s against corruption, bakit siya mismo ayaw magpaimbestiga at ayaw niyang ilabas ang SALN niya o true SALN (Why does he refuse to be investigated and release his true SALN)?"


INQUIRER BY YOUNG BLOOD

Not only the Binays By: Norman N. Tubera @inquirerdotnet 01:34 AM August 4th, 2015


It isn’t only the Binays; it can be any other family. Let’s just collectively call them the politicians. GOOGLED PHOTO APPENDED BY PHNO

YEAH, YOU are against Vice President Jejomar Binay running for president, mainly based on testimonies at the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee hearings on his alleged corruption cases.

And yes, you are disgruntled with his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, for the supposedly overpriced construction projects and alleged irregularities in the bidding process.

Yes, the pieces of evidence seem to be strong and the Binays have chosen not to answer these allegations. Yes, many of us are mad, but unfortunately, just at the Binays.

But the cases involving the Binays are not isolated cases of corruption.

In fact, it is an open secret that many of our politicians have used their positions, not to bring wealth to the people in their jurisdiction, but to bring wealth to their bank accounts.

They will do everything to keep these corrupt practices from being discovered, and to keep their post, they will pass it on to a family member, as if we were under a monarchy.

This shouldn’t be a surprise in this country where almost 90 percent of its wealth is in the hands of only a few families—the top 1 percent of the population.

Indeed, it isn’t a surprise that these few families dominate a political system where practically everyone votes but only a few have the means to run a costly political campaign.

We call this a democracy—the voice of the many. I call it maneuvers of the few political families. Intellectuals would debate about political dynasties and their impact on democracy.

But the Binays are not the only political dynasty in this country. We have the Enriles and the Marcoses in the north, the Angaras in Aurora, the Arroyos in Central Luzon, the Romualdezes in the Visayas, and before and despite the Maguindanao massacre, the Ampatuans in Mindanao.


Political clans in the Philippines. From VARSITARIAN.NET

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There are a number of political families and clans in the country occupying important positions in the executive and legislative branches of government. It’s not only the Binays—we know that.

We are scandalized by the alleged corruption cases lodged against the Binays. In fact, these were the cases that the Senate investigated the most in the past Congress. This investigation could have been a good move by our senators, if only the other cases of corruption and malversation of public funds were looked into with the same degree of interest.

The Supreme Court has declared the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) and DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) unconstitutional, and yet we have not seen other high government officials being investigated in connection with these two budgeting mechanisms.

These were taken advantage of by corrupt officials to enrich themselves, and concocted by the P-Noy administration to bribe officials to support its political ambitions. These were the means by which some politicians robbed the nation’s cash register.

We should be scandalized by corruption, but some of us, admit it or not, are scandalized only by the Binays.

I am more scandalized by this group of protesters who, armed with tarpaulins, called for the stop of Vice President Binay’s run for president. Watching them marching with “Stop Binay” tarpaulins was comical, to say the least. Were they protesting against those who will vote for or who believe in VP Binay?

Or were they asking VP Binay not to run for higher office? Either way, it was funny how they made use of their freedom to assemble and how they called for a stop to VP Binay’s right to run for a government office and the people’s freedom to vote for whoever they deem right for the position. Obviously, their act did not make us better than the Binays.

What should be protested against is the political and economic system of this country that allows the dominance of the few. For this shouldn’t be called a democracy if the people lack participation in governance and their voice is dependent on only a few options.



What we should call for is, not a stop to VP Binay’s candidacy, but a stop to this system that prevents people from liberating themselves from poverty, a stop to the lack of knowledge, and a stop to the culture of hopelessness.

In order to stop corrupt officials, we need to provide an educational system that opens the people’s eyes to the realities of this society, and an economic order that provides enough opportunities to uplift the standards of living of our countrymen.

This isn’t a simple case of corruption or a political family accused of corrupt practices. This is the ugly system of politics in the country—a political system which is said to hear the voice of the many but actually maintains an economic order that benefits only a few.

In fact, some of those exposing the corruption of the Binays are not the poor or the common people, but their fellow rich politicians who would want to grab the opportunity to snag the presidency. This isn’t a battle between good and bad, but a battle among the “bads.”

So next time you protest against the Binays, I hope you are disgruntled not only with the family but also with the political system that they carry along with their name.

It isn’t only the Binays; it can be any other family. Let’s just collectively call them the politicians.

Norman N. Tubera, 27, is a business administration graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He works as a marketing manager in an educational system.


INQUIRER

Post-Roxas anointment: NPC, NP weigh options for 2016 @inquirerdotnet 03:42 AM July 30th, 201


Sen. Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

With President Benigno Aquino III slated to endorse Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as his presidential candidate in 2016, his coalition partners are either moving to decide whether they will continue to support him and his candidate or are in a wait-and-see attitude on a continued partnership.

Sen. Vicente Sotto III said that the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) of businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco was to meet next week to come up with a party stand on whether to continue supporting Mr. Aquino beyond his term.

In a phone interview, Sotto reiterated that the NPC was not in a coalition with the ruling Liberal Party (LP) but was in partnership only with Mr. Aquino since 2013.
The senior NPC member said most members were inclined to support the possible tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero.

READ: NPC may field Poe-Escudero team

“But the meeting next week will see whether this will be confirmed or not, or the party will decide whether we support (national candidates) as a group or as individual members,” Sotto said.

Sotto backs Poe

As for himself, Sotto said he would support Poe personally.

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“If she runs (for President), I’m with her,” said Sotto, who was the personal campaign manager of her father, the late Fernando Poe Jr., who ran and lost in the 2004 presidential election to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said the Nacionalista Party (NP) of former Sen. Manny Villar was in a “wait-and-see attitude” if Mr. Aquino and the LP were open to a coalition with other parties.

“Any coalition survival or growth depends on the individual actions of each coalition partner. So it’s positive that the President is saying he wants to keep the coalition together,” said Cayetano, an NP stalwart.

He said the NP had always assumed Mr. Aquino wanted a free hand in endorsing his presidential candidate. But he said the party would want to know what kind of partnership the President wanted with coalition partners, the platform of government and the positions his party would offer.

But Cayetano said the President’s camp would have to knock on the NP door if it wanted a partnership with them.

Otherwise, he said, the NP would be free to choose its own candidates

‘Political flirtations’

Cayetano, who is considering a run for the presidency, said that he had not received any solid offer to join political tickets in 2016, only saying that people close to Roxas and Poe were seeking a possible alliance with him.

He described this as “political flirtations.”


PHILSTAR

DOTC: Binay does not understand MRT-3's problem By Dennis Carcamo (philstar.com) | Updated August 4, 2015 - 10:11am 3 1195 googleplus0 0


Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya lashes back at Vice President Jejomar Binay, saying the second highest official of the land does not understand the root problem of the Metro Rail Transit-3.

MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar Binay does not understand Metro Rail Transit 3's (MRT-3) root problem, according to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Jun Abaya.

Reacting to Binay's so-called True State of the Nation Address speech, Abaya said the Vice President did not offer any solution to the issues hounding the MRT-3 system.

"This is proof that you cannot solve a problem that you do not understand," Abaya said.

"Moreover, one who chooses to be blind to reality also loses the ability to hope for a better situation for the public– which may be why he has given up on finding solutions and calling MRT-3 trains 'rolling coffins'," he added in a statement on Monday.

Abaya said that unlike Binay, the DOTC has been finding solutions to correct the build-lease-transfer contract which should have been implemented by the private owner of the MRT-3.

"The DOTC has already purchased 48 new train cars.. In fact, the prototype will arrive this month. This will increase the 15 train sets currently running during peak hours. 15 train sets is equivalent to 45 train cars, which number is nowhere near the seven trains he misleadingly claimed," Abaya said.

He also noted that the rehabilitation of the MRT station's escalators, elevators, toilets are ongoing.

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Abaya said that the DOTC has procured over 7,000 new rail tracks which will replace the worn-out rails over the coming months.

"We are also about to award the contract to upgrade MRT-3’s signaling system. Other improvement projects such as new radio communication devices and rail grinding machines are also being procured," he said.

Abaya advised Binay to cooperate with the government investigating bodies such as the Senate and the Office of the Ombudsman looking into his alleged corruption.

"The DOTC has fully cooperated, attended and answered every investigation into alleged anomalies by the institutions established to fight corruption and to promote transparency in government, be it the Senate, the House, the Office of the Ombudsman, the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation), or the COA (Commission on Audit)," Abaya said.


MANILA STANDARD COMMENTARY

Zeroing in on Mar By Alejandro Del Rosario | Aug. 05, 2015 at 12:01am


By Alejandro Del Rosario

The battle lines are drawn. With Mar Roxas formally endorsed by President Aquino as the ruling Liberal Party’s 2016 standard bearer, the opposition United Nationalist Alliance has started zeroing in on him. Until Grace Poe and Rodrigo Duterte decide to run, they are for now just a side show to the Mar Roxas-Jojo Binay rematch.

With all cylinders blazing, UNA senatorial candidate Lito Atienza fired the first salvo against Roxas signaling the start of the political fireworks in the run-up to 2016

I chanced upon Lito at the lobby of the Manila Peninsula where I had taken refuge from a heavy downpour Saturday afternoon. Over coffee, Lito said he had just come from Cavite with Vice President Jejomar Binay who had met with local leaders.

As I had no line to UNA and I was not going anywhere with the rain not letting up, I thought I might as well make the most of the afternoon and get a story.

So, what do you think of Mar Roxas being anointed by Aquino as LP candidate for president?

“Good, now that he’s no longer just LP ‘presumptive candidate’ we in the opposition know the real opponent is,” said the Buhay Party List congressman.

That was just for starters as Atienza then proceeded to pick Roxas apart on the issue of local government. As a former mayor of Manila who served an unprecedented three terms, local government is a subject visceral and intrinsic to Atienza’s politics

“All politics is local, and Roxas miserably failed as Interior and Local Government Secretary,” said Atienza who tracked Mar’s record in five years with the Aquino administration.

The problem of the Metro Rail Transit started with Mar as Department of Transportation and Communication secretary when he failed to take inventory of MRT assets and did not stockpile on spare parts to keep the trains running without disruption, according to Atienza.

“An efficient public transport system for moving people to and from work is basic and essential to good local governance. Sadly, the MRT is a monument to the failure of both Aquino and Roxas,” said Atienza.

I pointed out that Mar served for only a year as DOTC secretary before he was moved to the Department of the Interior and Local Government after the death of then-Secretary Jesse Robredo.

“Yes, but Mar Roxas handpicked Jun Abaya who still consults and takes orders from him,” said Atienza.

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Going on to Mar’s present turf as DILG chief, Atienza rattled off instances and cases that were mishandled—the Moro National Liberation Front siege of Zamboanga: the relief and rehabilitation of typhoon Yolanda victims, and the Mamasapano massacre of 44 members of the PNP-Special Action Force at the hands of Moro Islamic Liberation Front ILF rebels.

Again, I pointed out that Mar was not involved in the Mamasapano police operation as he was kept out of the loop by President Aquino who put suspended PNP chief Gen. Alan Purisima in charge.

“Well, the PNP is directly under Mar Roxas. In both the Zamboanga siege and the Mamasapano incident, he didn’t know what was happening on the ground until the shooting started. As Interior and Local Government secretary, he should have built a good intelligence network of barangay and village officials,” said Atienza. He chided Mar for not resigning when he was bypassed and kept in the dark on the Mamasapano operation by Aquino.

Coordination and supervision of local governments is key in the campaign against crime, particularly drug trafficking and illegal gambling, said Atienza. He cited the Atimonan, Quezon rubout as a turf war by rival law enforcement groups over jueteng.

If jueteng was widespread during the time of former President Erap Estrada, don’t think it has been stopped during Mar Roxas’ watch as DILG chief, said Atienza.

How does UNA stack up against the administration party’s political machinery and campaign chest of discretionary lump sum at the President’s disposal?

“Fortunately, Vice President Binay has a good head start in building up a nationwide organization at the grassroots level as early as 2010 when he first campaigned as VP. That network is intact and will be UNA’s foil to the LP’s vaunted political machinery, said Atienza, adding “you’ll see a defection of local politicians from a lame-duck president to an emerging one.”

It stopped raining and the sky had cleared outside. On that bright note, the man who had become familiar in his signature floral shirt and I parted ways at the Manila Pen.

FROM WIKIPEDIA


José Livioko Atienza, Jr. (born August 10, 1941), commonly known by his nickname Lito Atienza, is the former city mayor of Manila and former secretary of the Department of Environment and Resources. He stepped down as mayor of Manila on June 30, 2007, after serving a three-year three-term limit for local government executives set by the Philippine Constitution of 1987.

IN OFFICE: Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Buhay Party-List Incumbent Assumed office June 30, 2013

He currently hosts GMA Network's Maynila since 1999. Atienza was born in the San Andrés Bukid district of Manila, four months before the outbreak of World War II.

Atienza’s father, Jose J. Atienza, Sr., was a distinguished public servant to three Philippine presidents.

An uncle, Herminigildo Atienza, was a World War II guerrilla leader and after the war was appointed Military Mayor of Manila by Gen. Douglas McArthur himself and one of the founders of the Liberal Party in 1946.

Since the early-1960s, Atienza aligned himself with the Liberal Party and up to the present, he has been a staunch party supporter.

During the political upheavals calling for the resignation of President Gloria Arroyo in 2005, Atienza established himself and those who supported Arroyo as the “true” Liberal Party and expelled party members who are opposed to Arroyo.

After the review made by the Supreme Court of the Philippines, the faction of Senator Franklin Drilon was considered the legitimate Liberal Party. Recently, the Drilon faction expelled all Atienza faction Liberal Party members from the party.

Atienza started his political career in 1968 when he organized the Democratic Youth Movement. He was one of those who survived the Plaza Miranda bombing in 1971.

Another uncle, Rigoberto Atienza, a World War II veteran, a victim of the Bataan Death March and former Philippine Army commanding general, became Chief of Staff of the Philippine Armed Forces in the 1960s during the term of President Diosdado Macapagal.

A third uncle, Arturo, became a renowned lawyer. The four brothers were all members of the Hunters resistance against the Japanese occupation during World War II.

After the 1971 elections, Atienza was given a job by then Manila Mayor Ramon Bagatsing as his chief information officer at the City Hall. He worked closely under the stewardship of Mayor Bagatsing for almost ten years.

During Martial Law, Atienza was arrested twice for exposing human rights abuses under the dictatorship regime of President Ferdinand E. Marcos at that time. He remained with the opposition even if he was on constant threat of incarceration for opposing Marcos.

Leadership style: Atienza’s leadership can be described into three aspects;  social and community development – where he focused on improving the welfare of senior citizens and of children, especially for abandoned children,  improving living conditions by improving government services and facilities, and  simplifying the bureaucracy in dealing with the city government of Manila.


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