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NPC NOT SOLID FOR GRACE-CHIZ TANDEM


AUGUST 5 --Contrary to the claims made by its party president, the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) is not solid behind the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero for the presidential and vice presidential derby as there are those rooting not only for Vice President Jejomar Binay but even for the Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate, Interior chief Manuel “Mar” Roxas. Acting Senate Minority Leader Vicente Sotto III yesterday said the NPC has yet to reach a consensus and is slated to hold a meeting sometime next week, in the hope of arriving at such a position as to the “political future of the party and who to support in the coming presidential elections.” “There are those who will support Grace , if she decides to run as president but then again, there are other members of NPC who are inclined to go on with the coalition with some LP members while there are those, especially the provincial leaders, who are for Vice President Binay,” he said in an interview with reporters. “So we really have to sit down and decide and reach a consensus on what the party will do. Also, we might have to consult our elders like (former Ambassador and NPC chairman emeritus Eduardo) Danding (Cojuangco), if we do not arrive at consensus. It will be easier for us if we (in seeking his support), already know the sentiment of the group,” he said. “He will help us decide. I’d rather put it that way. The last time we talked, he told me he does not want to get himself involved full time full time (on the affairs of NPC). I honestly don’t know (if he’s inclined to support Poe and Escudero). At the moment I have no idea. We have not discussed it,” Sotto said, referring to Cojuangco, the founder of their party. Sotto said he will not discount even the possibility of some “splinter” groups emerging from their party, to support a tandem other that what the party had decided to rally behind. READ MORE...

ALSO: Foundling Poe files bill to help found kids


AUGUST 10 --Poe 
SENATOR Grace Poe, whose status as a senator has been challenged on the basis of her citizenship because she was a foundling, has filed a bill to protect abandoned children.
Poe’s bill seeks the inclusion of foundlings in the list of children in need of special protection and mandates their registration within 60 days of their being in custody. “I am doing this no longer for myself but for the thousands of children who were abandoned, who might grow up never knowing their biological parents and whose dreams and aspirations may be limited because of their status,” said Poe in a statement Sunday.Poe said she does not want abandoned children to be considered as second-class citizens just because they were left by their parents. Poe, a first-term senator, was a foundling adopted by movie stars Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces after she was left as a baby in a church in Jaro, Iloilo. While abandoned children are included in the list of children in need of special protection, Poe said existing rules call for a separate registration process for foundlings. READ MORE...

ALSO: Residency complaint vs Poe filed before Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET)


AUGUST 7 --The complaint seeking to unseat Sen. Grace Poe has reached the Senate after 2013 losing senatorial candidate Rizalito David yesterday returned to the upper chamber’s electoral tribunal with P50,000 filing fee and P10,000 cash deposit required for the quo warranto case against the neophyte lawmaker. In the quo warranto petition, David claimed that Poe was unqualified to sit as senator because “she is not a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, hence she is not qualified to sit as a member of the Senate.” David, who ran for senator but lost in 2013, also questioned Poe’s citizenship, stressing there is no proof she was legally adopted. “If there is none, there is more reason that the respondent cannot ever be a natural-born Filipino citizen,” the petition said. “Public policy dictates that a high official of government must be a model and example of morality, integrity and honesty. How can we respect someone who wants to be a leader but is doing something wrong?” it added. Poe is said to be eyeing the presidency in next year’s elections. David also criticized the reaction of some sectors, saying some of Poe’s statements are similar to the reactions of analysts and even legal luminaries. He stood by his arguments, saying it was Poe who should explain why she only lost her US citizenship in 2012. Last Wednesday, David said Poe should not have even become chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board as the senator did not renounce her citizenship. He added he is considering filing an election case against Poe before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) next week. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mar woos Grace; Grace says maybe


AUGUST 6--INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II invited Senator Grace Poe Wednesday on national television to be his running mate when he seeks the presidency in 2016, but the neophyte senator could only ask him to wait some more.
“We are inviting, the party is indeed inviting, and I’m very much open to the possibility of having Senator Grace Poe join us in our tandem, to join our movement, in our fight to continue and expand the ‘straight path’,” Roxas said in a television interview on GMA-7. Reaction. Senator Grace Poe reacts to Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II’s request that she be his vice presidential running mate in the 2016 elections. Macon Ramos-Araneta Roxas said he had asked Poe to be his running mate on several occasions, even before President Benigno Aquino III had endorsed him as the Liberal Party standard bearer on Friday. He said Poe may have thought it was not a formal offer because he had yet been endorsed at the time. Reacting to the offer, Poe said she was thankful but apologized for taking a long time to decide. “We still have until October. I don’t want to them in a compromise because I am still deciding. It’s up to them if they still want to wait and I’m thankful for [their] opening the door to me,” Poe said. Roxas’ invitation came as a defeated senatorial candidate in 2010 and 2013, Rizalito David, filed a petition before the Senate Electoral Tribunal in Quezon City in a bid to unseat Poe. READ MORE...

ALSO: Grace Poe blames country's rotten system for mudslinging; denies drunk, abusive employer allegations


AUGUST 6 --Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday blamed the ‘rotten’ political system in the country for the mudslinging and black propaganda surfacing now months ahead of the campaign period for 2016 polls.
Poe admitted that she expects more thrown against her to come out as the election season nears. “Siyempre nilalakasan mo ang loob mo, naghahanda ka pero para nga sa akin yung bulok na sistema ng pulitika kailangan natin tignan, suriin mabuti,” he said. The senator said she was saddened specifically with reports in tabloid newspapers that she is a drunkard, went to rehabilitation, and was an abusive employer. “Alam mo nalulungkot ako doon, nambubugbog daw, lasenggo, nag-rehab, lahat na po iyan tinatapon nila. May mga lalabas pa daw. Alam ninyo po, kapag nasa panig ninyo ang katotohanan, hindi naman po ako natatakot diyan,” she said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bongbong Marcos gives ‘brotherly advice’ to Grace Poe
["As brotherly advice, ay naku, masanay ka na. Tatlong taon ka palang sa national politics; ganyan talaga, nailagay ka na ngayon sa presidentiable eh mas lalong magiging matindi ang pagbabato sayo ng kung ano-ano.”]


AUGUST 6 --Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. INQUIRER.net PHOTO/RYAN LEAGOGO
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has a piece of “brotherly” advice to Senator Grace Poe amid citizenship and residency issues and other personal attacks being thrown at her now: Get used to it.“Alam niyo, si sis…” Marcos said in jest when asked during a weekly forum in the Senate on Thursday about the disqualification case filed at the Senate Electoral Tribunal against Poe for her being a “foundling” or “stateless.” “She can take care of herself; she does not need my help in anyway. If she asks for it, she has it not because of any suspected familiar connection but she’s my friend, she’s my colleague; kung humingi siya ng tulong sa akin, tutulungan ko siya, asahan niya yun (if she asks for my help, I’ll help her. She can depend on that).”
“Malapit ako sa pamilya niya; eh kung si Manay Susan lumapit sa akin, sabihin, ‘Tulungan mo naman si Grace,’ paano ko namang hihindian yun, eh bata pa ako magkabigan na sila ng magulang ko,” Marcos said, referring to Poe’s adoptive mother, veteran actress Susan Roces. (I’m close to her family; if Manay Susan comes to me and asks me to help Grace, how can I say no? She and my parents have been friends since I was a child) Poe has already denied that Marcos’ father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, was her biological father. The two have since then joked about being brother and sister every time they were asked by the media about each other. READ MORE...

ALSO By Romeo Lim: THE PRESIDENT WE NEED, NOT WANT
[Check your candidates. As of this writing, who actually has a program of government? Experience, empathy, vision and foresight – I think these traits are better than popularity.]


AUGUST 6 --By ROMEO Y. LIM
HOSE the phenomenon that is Jose Mujica to the Philippine setting because we Filipinos have this dangerous habit of choosing our president based on popularity, popular policies, and doing popular “antics” that candidates feel endear them to the people. Back in the day, my observation was that people elected people they looked up to.
If you look at the people who dominated the Philippine Senate in those days, ilustrados and intellectual luminaries hogged the chamber with the likes of Claro M. Recto, Lorenzo Tañada and Jose P. Laurel. We had no actors or TV personalities in Philippine politics save for Rogelio de la Rosa whose unprecedented popularity gained him an ambassadorship to The Hague. Somewhere along this political ride, becoming “just like the ordinary person” became as important as experience, intelligence and qualifications to become an elected official. People who looked like the ordinary common tao and did the same things they did suddenly became the kind of people our citizens wanted to represent them. I think that is why Mar Roxas became the number one senator in the early 2000s.His Mr. Palengke resonated well until people realized he wasn’t a Mr. Palengke but the owner of the palengke. Perhaps that is also why his poor person antics don’t really sit well with the masa because people are aware he will never be masa. Suddenly we crave for leaders who know how to speak our lingo, eat what we eat, do what we do and experience the same fears we have. That is why we go gaga over Pope Francis carrying his own luggage, Grace Poe riding the MRT or even Prince William chasing after Prince George. And, like Jose Mujica, we are in awe of leaders who live their values, those who talk the talk and walk the walk. READ MORE...

ALSO by Joe America: THE INSIDE STORY --- PRESIDENT AQUINO QUOTES AN ANONYMOUS BLOGGER


JULY 29 --JOE AMERICA BLOG- .........JoeAm is anonymous to most. But not all. He is not anonymous to some Society of Honor members (Edgar Lores, Cha, and Andrew Lim who worked together on the Rizal/Robredo Voter’s Guide), or to certain colleagues (blogger Raissa Robles; columnist Tomas “Buddy” Gomez III), or to esteemed people in government to whom it would be disrespectful to remain anonymous. If there is a need to know who JoeAm is, then JoeAm will provide the proper introduction. President Aquino’s first exposure to JoeAm was courtesy of Kris Aquino who read a blog to the President in 2012 (A first class Philippines: President Benigno S. Aquino III). Since then, I have shared a few messages with Kris (she is unfailingly kind and down-to-earth). I’ve also engaged in a few e-mails with the President’s Communications staff, for example, with MLQ3, who is perhaps the nation’s foremost custodian of information about Philippine history and government. I knew MLQ3 from years ago when he, too, was prominent in the nation’s young blogging community. READ FULL STORY FROM THE BEGINNING....


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NPC not solid for Grace



MANILA, AUGUST 10, 2015  
(TRIBUNE) Written by Tribune Wires Wednesday, 05 August 2015- Contrary to the claims made by its party president, the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) is not solid behind the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero for the presidential and vice presidential derby as there are those rooting not only for Vice President Jejomar Binay but even for the Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate, Interior chief Manuel “Mar” Roxas.

Acting Senate Minority Leader Vicente Sotto III yesterday said the NPC has yet to reach a consensus and is slated to hold a meeting sometime next week, in the hope of arriving at such a position as to the “political future of the party and who to support in the coming presidential elections.”

“There are those who will support Grace , if she decides to run as president but then again, there are other members of NPC who are inclined to go on with the coalition with some LP members while there are those, especially the provincial leaders, who are for Vice President Binay,” he said in an interview with reporters.

“So we really have to sit down and decide and reach a consensus on what the party will do. Also, we might have to consult our elders like (former Ambassador and NPC chairman emeritus Eduardo) Danding (Cojuangco), if we do not arrive at consensus. It will be easier for us if we (in seeking his support), already know the sentiment of the group,” he said.


DANDING COJUANGCO

“He will help us decide. I’d rather put it that way. The last time we talked, he told me he does not want to get himself involved full time full time (on the affairs of NPC). I honestly don’t know (if he’s inclined to support Poe and Escudero). At the moment I have no idea. We have not discussed it,” Sotto said, referring to Cojuangco, the founder of their party.

Sotto said he will not discount even the possibility of some “splinter” groups emerging from their party, to support a tandem other that what the party had decided to rally behind.

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The senator’s pronouncements was in clear contradiction to those made by NPC acting president and House Deputy Majority Leader Giorgidi Aggabao that the leadership of their party had already cast its lot with the tandem.

While the idea of backing the candidacy of the two senators is a possibility, Sotto said there is also a probability it will be a “free zone” for them, especially in supporting local candidates which has happened in the past, such as during the 2013 mid-term elections, when the party was supposed to be in a coalition with the administration’s LP.

“The NPC is in partnership with the President, not with the (LP) party.

Because during the 2013 elections, there were provinces where we (decided to) bolt the coalition because they fielded their own candidates and our candidates were the incumbents. So what kind of partnership was that?” he asked.

The idea of continuing with the coalition with the administration will not be discounted if there are those who will try to pursue it still, he added.

Currently, the NPC which is the second biggest political party in the country, holds a number of seats in the local level with 48 congressmen, over 20 governors and a number of vice governors, board members and councilors.

As to the mayors, they have no less than 300 members, Sotto said.

“We will have a meeting first next week. We don’t have to come to a decision right away. It can go either way. Right now, unless I am told, my sense is that there’s really no final decision yet,” he said.

Poe, for her part, said there are no formal talks with the NPC regarding its promise of support to her and Escudero, in the event they decide to run for higher office.

The NPC president, Isabela Rep. Giordigi Agabbao is still gung ho over a Poe-Chiz tandem, as he claimed that almost all of the party members are supportive of the tandem, which contradicts what Sotto says.

“Nearly all of the NPC members do favor the candidacy of Senator s Poe and Chiz,” Agabbao told reporters during the weekly Ugnayan sa Batasan Media Forum at the House of Representatives.

“Our position in this, is that we will support them, we will use the entire apparatus, the infrastructure of the party to advance the candidacy of both,” Agabbao said.

Aggabao said that the NPC is just waiting for the duo to announce their candidacies.

“What I can tell you now, is that NPC has made a decision on who to support. Now whether that decision is final or not, would depend on whether our candidate, the candidate that we would be supporting, has made that important operative fact, which is to declare that they are running for president and vice president,” Agabbao explained.

He said that Poe and Escudero are expected to announce their candidacies next month.

“I foresee, and I’ve been told that the proclamations would be made by about September,” he said adding the Poe and Chiz are also expected to meet with members of the NPC to thresh out the details on the political support it will provide.

The NPC president also dismissed reports that Poe is still undecided and could slide to run as Mar Roxas’ vice president.

“From what I gathered, Senator Poe has fixed her mind to run as the president, I also gathered that that is immutable that they’ll (Poe and Escudero) be running as president and vice president,” he said.


Grace: Chiz will not run against me. ---Sen. Grace Poe and Sen. Chiz Escudero have not yet announced their plans for the 2016 national elections. "Alam mo yung maganda kasi na sinabi ni Senator Chiz nung umpisa pa lang, sabi niya kung anuman ang desisyon ko, kung ako man ay tatakbong vice president o anupaman, hindi iyon ang itatakbo niya," Poe said Tuesday in an ambush interview, a transcript of which was released by her office. PHILSTAR FILE

Agabbao also warned that the NPC could have a “falling out” in their coalition with the LP with respect to the candidates they are supporting.

“I’d like to say that we are fully supportive of the administration. But perhaps at a later time when we have our own candidates to support, I’d like to think, that at some point, there probably would be a falling out of our coalition but only with respect to our candidacies,” he explained.

He said that despite the differences in their candidates the NPC is fully supportive of the program of the present administration. He said that the programs would improve and flourish under a Poe-Escudero leadership.

Agabbao said Roxas is a weak bet for the presidency.

“I think he is a weak bet for the president to choose Secretary Mar because judging from polling figures, based on surveys etc. the stronger bet would be Senator Poe, so between two candidates saying that they will continue the programs of the president, personally, I would put my vote on a stronger candidate, that’s rational,” Agabbao told reporters.

He said that while ratings change, under the present circumstance, the NPC would still support a Poe and Escudero tandem.

“He said Roxas is faring very poorly in the polls which is an indication (of his weakness) but I think that would be a good indicia of not only popularity but also desirability of a leader. If your poll numbers are good that suggest people want you to become president,” the deputy speaker, who is representing the 4th District of Isabela, said.

Meanwhile, President Aquino managed to slip into his schedule a Liberal Party (LP) event for Roxas yesterday, using it as a platform to bash anew other prospective candidates for the 2016 polls, namely Binay and Poe.

Aquino’s attendance for the event was not mentioned in the President’s schedule for the day, as his presence was seen to be part of his support for his anointed Roxas.

Aquino took a a swipe at Binay who, in his Tsona contradicted Aquino’s Sona.
He questioned the realities in Binay’s speech for the country, taking a jab at what he claimed was an “abstract” product.

“Others say that if they are sitting, life would be better. Up to now, I am still waiting on how. It’s easy to promise,” Aquino said, noting that when campaign begins, his administration’s achievements will become evident.

Aquino said he is ready to retire and help everyone on his part, noting Roxas anew as the person to continue the administration’s straight path.

“I will add that some think that Mar may lose… all of this is speculation. We are at the right path and we are positioned properly for the country,” he added.

Roxas joined the rumble against Binay, saying that “There will be many who will seek our trust for each other. You’ve seen how they put into play their machinery… This is only the beginning and it is expected to worsen since we are more together.”

On another note, Aquino was also believed to be hitting Poe, when he said that his successor would reach farther because he already has experience and an advantage.

Aquino’s supposed show of support for Roxas is believed to be using public funds, but Malacañang was quick to defend the President over the allegations.

“There are enough control measures and our use of funds currently is open and revealed, and transparent and accountable. All disbursements are subject to audit by the Commission on Audit and we do not have a record of using public funds since our disbursements pass the scrutiny of national government agencies,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said at a Palace briefing.

The Palace defended Aquino’s dipping into politics and governance at the same time, saying there’s nothing new on the situation as it has  been seen before, adding that all actions of the President in relation to his support for Roxas are in accordance with the law.


Aquino: Being President doesn’t stop me to campaign for Roxas INQUIRER FILE

“Governance is included in the political structure of the country. Appointing a successor in the DILG, if we look at the clear picture, the work in DILG is good and there is no disruption. That’s why the president wants a clear transition and he ensured that through directives of the President to Secretary Roxas,” Coloma said.

“Maybe the interpretation of the President’s role is too strict. We are in a democracy. The President is not the first to be seen participating in political activities. Maybe those asking that should contemplate, it’s as if they just woke up now to the realities… what is important here is following the law,” he added.

He also downplayed the threat of misusing public funds to back up a president’s support for his candidate, when asked to categorically answer on whether the event Aquino attended includes the use of public funds.

“Yesterday the President explained that. He said it is included in what he does is being a leader of the Liberal Party, he is its chairman. As long as the activities are within the law and according to the policy of the government that he be provided with enough security, there’s no spending of funds that is against the law,” the Palace official said. By Angie M. Rosales, Gerry Baldo and Joshua L. Labonera


MANILA STANDARD

Foundling Poe files bill to help found kids
By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Aug. 10, 2015 at 12:01am


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SENATOR Grace Poe, whose status as a senator has been challenged on the basis of her citizenship because she was a foundling, has filed a bill to protect abandoned children.

Poe’s bill seeks the inclusion of foundlings in the list of children in need of special protection and mandates their registration within 60 days of their being in custody.

“I am doing this no longer for myself but for the thousands of children who were abandoned, who might grow up never knowing their biological parents and whose dreams and aspirations may be limited because of their status,” said Poe in a statement Sunday.

Poe said she does not want abandoned children to be considered as second-class citizens just because they were left by their parents.

Poe, a first-term senator, was a foundling adopted by movie stars Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces after she was left as a baby in a church in Jaro, Iloilo.

While abandoned children are included in the list of children in need of special protection, Poe said existing rules call for a separate registration process for foundlings.

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She said this often resulted in confusion and discrimination for the child.

“As a vulnerable and disadvantaged group, CNSP are in greater need of the state’s protective arm. The non-registration of their births makes them more invisible to the state’s developmental radar that could otherwise include them in priority programs on health, nutrition, education and protections,” she said.

Poe’s bill provides that persons in custody of a foundling should bring him or her within 48 hours to either barangay or police officials, a child-care foundation, or the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The receiving agency will then determine if the child has, indeed, no caregiver or guardian. If no guardian is found, the DSWD or custodian should register the child within 60 days and obtain a Certificate of Live Birth for the foundling.

The DSWD will submit every month a list of registered foundlings and other CNSP.

According to UNICEF, 1.7 million children in the Philippines do not have birth documents, and are deprived of access to basic health, educational and protection services

“An unregistered child not only will have diminished access to medical, educational and social benefits provided by the state; he or she is likewise susceptible to the abuses on account of minority such as commercial and sexual exploitation, abuse and human trafficking,” Poe said.

In 2010, the DSWD served 4,749 children who were victims of abuse and exploitation. Of these, 1,433 were abandoned.


TRIBUNE

Residency complaint vs Poe filed before SET
Written by By Angie M. Rosales and Alvin Murcia Friday, 07 August 2015 00:00

The complaint seeking to unseat Sen. Grace Poe has reached the Senate after 2013 losing senatorial candidate Rizalito David yesterday returned to the upper chamber’s electoral tribunal with P50,000 filing fee and P10,000 cash deposit required for the quo warranto case against the neophyte lawmaker.

In the quo warranto petition, David claimed that Poe was unqualified to sit as senator because “she is not a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, hence she is not qualified to sit as a member of the Senate.”

David, who ran for senator but lost in 2013, also questioned Poe’s citizenship, stressing there is no proof she was legally adopted.

“If there is none, there is more reason that the respondent cannot ever be a natural-born Filipino citizen,” the petition said.

“Public policy dictates that a high official of government must be a model and example of morality, integrity and honesty. How can we respect someone who wants to be a leader but is doing something wrong?” it added.

Poe is said to be eyeing the presidency in next year’s elections.

David also criticized the reaction of some sectors, saying some of Poe’s statements are similar to the reactions of analysts and even legal luminaries.

He stood by his arguments, saying it was Poe who should explain why she only lost her US citizenship in 2012.

Last Wednesday, David said Poe should not have even become chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board as the senator did not renounce her citizenship.

He added he is considering filing an election case against Poe before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) next week.

The issue of Poe’s alleged lack of residency requirement was first raised by the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay, through United Nationalist Alliance president Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco.

But Binay, for his part, said he does not have anything to do with the disqualification case lodged against Poe.

“My conscience is clean. I just learned about it (the David complaint) yesterday,” he said in a statement.

Poe welcomed the attempt to bring before the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) the issue hounding her Filipino citizenship, saying she could now answer the questions on her citizenship and residency.

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“I am actually relieved that a petition has been filed so that I can answer the questions on my citizenship and residency. It is an opportunity for the truth to come out and for this issue to be resolved once and for all,” she said in a statement.

“I assure the 20-plus million fellow Filipinos who voted for me, as well as the rest of the country, that their confidence in me is not misplaced. I remain truthful to our countrymen. I am a Filipino by birth, abode and choice,” Poe added.

For Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., he said he is willing to lend a hand to Poe, in defending herself from those questioning her credentials as an upper chamber member and in being a potential presidential candidate.

Marcos, the rumored “half brother” of Poe, gamely answered playful queries from reporters yesterday when asked on his take in the questions over the citizenship of the neophyte colleague.

Asked on what advice he could give to Poe, Marcos said he would not think twice in coming to her defense especially if sought by her family, their parents known to be close friends dating back when he was still young.

“How can I say no? Of course I will help her, in any way that she needs. But I don’t think she needs my help. She’s doing very well. She can well handle the issues being alleged of her,” he said.

“She can take care of herself. She does not need my help in any way. If she asks for it, she has it. Not because of any suspected familial connection. But she’s my friend, she is my colleague. If she asks help from me, I will help her. That I can assure her. As I said, she can take of herself. If she needs me to help her in any way, she has that help,” he said.

But asked as to what possible advice he could give to Poe, the senator said the lawmaker should brace herself for more possible damaging issues in the future.
“My advice to her is that, she should get used to it. (That’s my) ‘brotherly’ advice,” he added.


MANILA STANDARD

Mar woos Grace; Grace says maybe By John Paolo Bencito, Macon Ramos Araneta | Aug. 06, 2015 at 12:01am

INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II invited Senator Grace Poe Wednesday on national television to be his running mate when he seeks the presidency in 2016, but the neophyte senator could only ask him to wait some more.

“We are inviting, the party is indeed inviting, and I’m very much open to the possibility of having Senator Grace Poe join us in our tandem, to join our movement, in our fight to continue and expand the ‘straight path’,” Roxas said in a television interview on GMA-7.

Reaction. Senator Grace Poe reacts to Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II’s request that she be his vice presidential running mate in the 2016 elections. Macon Ramos-Araneta
Roxas said he had asked Poe to be his running mate on several occasions, even before President Benigno Aquino III had endorsed him as the Liberal Party standard bearer on Friday.

He said Poe may have thought it was not a formal offer because he had yet been endorsed at the time.

Reacting to the offer, Poe said she was thankful but apologized for taking a long time to decide.

“We still have until October. I don’t want to them in a compromise because I am still deciding. It’s up to them if they still want to wait and I’m thankful for [their] opening the door to me,” Poe said.

Roxas’ invitation came as a defeated senatorial candidate in 2010 and 2013, Rizalito David, filed a petition before the Senate Electoral Tribunal in Quezon City in a bid to unseat Poe.

READ: Losing senatorial bet files petition to oust Grace Poe

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David questioned Poe’s citizenship and said she was not qualified to sit as a senator because she was not a natural-born citizen of the Philippines. He failed to pay the P50,000 docket fee required for his case to go forward, however.

Poe said attempts to belittle her and destroy her only emboldened her to “fight for her cause,” but again refused to say if she would seek the presidency in 2016.

“This is not only for my cause but for others. And now, they want to put me down. But if I give up, who will lose their rights here? Are they not the children who also fail to identify their parents? And who would prevail here? Are they not those [from the old political system]? Are we going to allow them to lead us after the end of this administration? It would not seem right,” she said.

Poe, who has topped the most recent presidential surveys, said her parents, actors Fernando Poe Jr. and Susar Roces, taught her to be brave but not boastful.

In dealing with personal attacks and false accusations being hurled against her, Poe said she exercises self control and gets courage from prayers, her loyal friends and family and her dream for the country in which everyone should be equal.

She said the tirades against her drove her harder to push for her advocacies.

“I am preparing more for all the legal challenges that might come. I pity my (late) father because during his time, he did not have enough preparations. And he didn’t know, there was already a charge filed in court against him,” she said.

She asserted that she has all the documents to counter allegations that she is disqualified to run for president over questions on her citizenship and residency.

Upon the advice of her lawyer, she said, she would release these documents once the cases are filed in court and there is an order to present them.

Poe would not say who she believed were behind the demotion job against her, but said she would not be distracted from her job.

While President did not categorically asked Poe to join the unified ticket, the number 1 senator in the 2013 senatorial race said she feels Aquino wanted her to be their vice presidential bet.

Since Roxas is a friend, Poe said she is always willing to meet with him.

“But I’m telling you this, we are already preparing the platform of government and our promises to the people. Until the time that we’re done with this, I cannot tell you because we are thoroughly studying and scrutinizing how can I comply with these promises,” she said.

Poe also debunked reports that said she was an alcoholic and a drug addict who went into rehab, or tht she had mauled anyone. She said all these were aimed at impugning her credibility.

“If you are on the side of truth, you should not be afraid,” Poe said.

Poe said she drinks beer or white wine at parties, but that does not make her a drunkard.

Also, as the chairman of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, she has been pushing to strengthen drug rehabilitation efforts to help drug addicts—but she is not among them, she said.

On the program Unang Hirit on GMA-7, Roxas said: “Hi Senator Grace, I was asked at Unang Hirit about this and this is what I’ve told them. Just informing you so you’ll hear it from me straight.”

Roxas said the ruling Liberal Party is also considering asking Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos or Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo to be his running mate.

“All of them have their own experience, competency and compassion for our countrymen and for our nation,” Roxas said.

“What we want for a vice-president is someone who is focused ‘to the bones’ and believes in the straight path, which we see in Senator Grace, Governor Vilma and Congresswoman Leni,” he added.

Two opposition lawmakers dismissed as a demolition job the draft complaint filed by David.

Reps. Silvestre Bello III of 1-BAP party-list and Rodolfo Albano III of Isabela, both stalwarts of the House minority bloc, belittled the draft complaint as a preemptive move against the senator’s presidential aspirations.

Opinions are split on whether Poe could help Roxas, who has consistently trailed in most opinion surveys, get the votes in 2016.

Political analyst Ramon Casiple said Poe could not help Roxas win because she has no “comman votes” of her own.

Casiple said Poe’s command votes came from her late father and these were not transferrable to her running mate.

Roxas, he said, would have a hard time beating his arch-rival Vice President Jejomar Binay and whoever would be supported by Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada because the two have “command votes.”

Casiple pegged Binay’s command votes nationwide at a “formidable” 20 percent or more.

“Based on our electoral history, we never had such an experience that the vice presidential bet has made the standard bearer win. Based on our experience, every time there is election, the presidency and the vice presidency are separate,” Casiple said.

“The best that the popular vice presidential bet can do for her standard bearer is when they go together during sorties, people would definitely come because the vice presidential bet is popular. So the presidential bet can also speak to the audience. But if the latter cannot connect to the audience, then nothing is gained,” Casiple said.

Casiple said there was no logic in saying that Poe would make Roxas win because she was popular.

This would leave Roxas relianto on “the yellow crowd” that has remained loyal to President Aquino, but this “magic” has deminished over the last five yeas, he said. – With Christine F. Herrera . Maricel V. Cruz and Rio N. Araja


GMA NEWS NETWORK

Grace Poe blames country's rotten system for mudslinging August 6, 2015 12:47am Tags: gracepoe By AMITA LEGASPI, GMA News

Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday blamed the ‘rotten’ political system in the country for the mudslinging and black propaganda surfacing now months ahead of the campaign period for 2016 polls.

Poe admitted that she expects more thrown against her to come out as the election season nears.

“Siyempre nilalakasan mo ang loob mo, naghahanda ka pero para nga sa akin yung bulok na sistema ng pulitika kailangan natin tignan, suriin mabuti,” he said.

The senator said she was saddened specifically with reports in tabloid newspapers that she is a drunkard, went to rehabilitation, and was an abusive employer.

“Alam mo nalulungkot ako doon, nambubugbog daw, lasenggo, nag-rehab, lahat na po iyan tinatapon nila. May mga lalabas pa daw. Alam ninyo po, kapag nasa panig ninyo ang katotohanan, hindi naman po ako natatakot diyan,” she said.

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Poe denied the allegations.

“Nalulungkot lang ako sapagkat hindi naman po ako nagbubuhat ng kamay sa kanila. Kung umiinom man, sa party,beer or white wine, hindi naman po siguro lasenggo yun at hindi po ako nagpa-rehab,” she said.

“Ngayon, para sa mga nagpapa-rehab naman, ako kasi, public order and dangerous drugs e, iyan po ay pinapalakas natin sa ating bansa, importante po ang rehabilitation para maayos ang sitwasyon ng mga naging adik, pero hindi po ako iyon,” the senator added.

She said that despite the allegations, she will continue with her advocacies. — ELR, GMA News


INQUIRER

Bongbong Marcos gives ‘brotherly advice’ to Grace Poe SHARES: 1 VIEW COMMENTS By: Maila Ager @MAgerINQ INQUIRER.net 02:03 PM August 6th, 2015


Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. INQUIRER.net PHOTO/RYAN LEAGOGO

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has a piece of “brotherly” advice to Senator Grace Poe amid citizenship and residency issues and other personal attacks being thrown at her now: Get used to it.

“Alam niyo, si sis…” Marcos said in jest when asked during a weekly forum in the Senate on Thursday about the disqualification case filed at the Senate Electoral Tribunal against Poe for her being a “foundling” or “stateless.”

“She can take care of herself; she does not need my help in anyway. If she asks for it, she has it not because of any suspected familiar connection but she’s my friend, she’s my colleague; kung humingi siya ng tulong sa akin, tutulungan ko siya, asahan niya yun (if she asks for my help, I’ll help her. She can depend on that).”

“Malapit ako sa pamilya niya; eh kung si Manay Susan lumapit sa akin, sabihin, ‘Tulungan mo naman si Grace,’ paano ko namang hihindian yun, eh bata pa ako magkabigan na sila ng magulang ko,” Marcos said, referring to Poe’s adoptive mother, veteran actress Susan Roces.

(I’m close to her family; if Manay Susan comes to me and asks me to help Grace, how can I say no? She and my parents have been friends since I was a child)
Poe has already denied that Marcos’ father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, was her biological father. The two have since then joked about being brother and sister every time they were asked by the media about each other.

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READ: Ferdinand Marcos is not my biological father, says Grace Poe

Asked in jest if there was something that he could do to “legitimize” Poe’s claim of her being a natural born Filipino, Senator Marcos gamely said: “Kina-career na nga namin, bale ganun na din ang ginawa namin.”

How about adopting Poe? Senator Marcos said: “Who will adopt whom?”

The younger Marcos also defended Poe about reports that she was a drunkard, drug addict, and abusive employer.

“As brotherly advice, ay naku, masanay ka na. Tatlong taon ka palang sa national politics; ganyan talaga, nailagay ka na ngayon sa presidentiable eh mas lalong magiging matindi ang pagbabato sayo ng kung ano-ano.”

“But again, sa pagkakakilala ko sa kanya, the three years that we’ve worked together, that I’ve spoken to her, that I’ve known her, she’s much tougher than she looks. I think kaya niya lahat ito, and I think she will come out at the other end with her dignity intact,” he said.

Despite this, Senator Marcos was not about to give his support yet for Poe should the latter decide to run for president in 2016.

“That will again depend on the party. If my party decides to support her then I will support her. I’m also a party member and not an individual politician operating in a vacuum,” said Sen. Marcos, who belongs to the Nacionalista Party.

He himself is also being floated as a possible presidential or vice presidential bet next year.

And when the reporters ran out of questions to ask him, the senator again said in jest: “Ano pang mga family problems ang tanong niyo?”

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Grace Poe: ‘I am Filipino by birth, abode and choice’ WELCOMES FILING OF PETITION AGAINST HER  @inquirerdotnet 12:04 PM August 6th, 2015


Sen. Grace Poe. JOAN BONDOC/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senator Grace Poe heaved a sigh of relief on Thursday that a petition to unseat her was finally filed at the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) as she could now answer the questions on her citizenship and residency.

“I am actually relieved that a petition has been filed so that I can answer the questions on my citizenship and residency. It is an opportunity for the truth to come out and for this issue to be resolved once and for all,” Poe said in a text message to reporters.

“I assure the 20 million plus fellow Filipinos who voted for me, as well as the rest of the country, that their confidence in me is not misplaced. I remain truthful to our countrymen. I am a Filipino by birth, abode and choice,” she added.

Losing senatorial bet Rizalito David initially planned to file the petition against Poe Wednesday but failed due to lack of filing fee.

READ: Losing senatorial bet files petition to oust Grace Poe

According to David’s quo warranto petition, Poe is ineligible to remain in the Senate because she is foundling, or a “stateless” being.

David said this means Poe is not a “natural-born citizen,” as required for in the Constitution for senators.

Poe was abandoned in a church in Jaro, Iloilo province before she was adopted by the late action star Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) and actress Susan Roces.

“Being a foundling, her parents are not known and cannot be presumed as Filipino citizens, hence she cannot claim or acquire the status of a natural-born citizen,” David said.

David, however, was not the first to raise the issue of being a Filipino citizen or being a foundling against Grace Poe. In June, United Nationalist Alliance stalwarts Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco and lawyer Andy Bautista questioned Poe’s eligibility to run in 2016 using the same grounds.

The lady senator earlier described the move as a desperate act meant to stop her possible run in 2016.

READ: Grace Poe: I’m qualified

Poe has yet to decide whether or not to run for a higher post next year but she already emerged as the voters’ choice for president based on the latest voters’ preference surveys.
With a report from Marc Jayson Cayabyab/IDL


MALAYA

THE PRESIDENT WE NEED, NOT WANT  By ROMEO Y. LIM on August 06, 2015 I


By ROMEO Y. LIM

CHOSE the phenomenon that is Jose Mujica to the Philippine setting because we Filipinos have this dangerous habit of choosing our president based on popularity, popular policies, and doing popular “antics” that candidates feel endear them to the people. Back in the day, my observation was that people elected people they looked up to.

If you look at the people who dominated the Philippine Senate in those days, ilustrados and intellectual luminaries hogged the chamber with the likes of Claro M. Recto, Lorenzo Tañada and Jose P. Laurel.

We had no actors or TV personalities in Philippine politics save for Rogelio de la Rosa whose unprecedented popularity gained him an ambassadorship to The Hague.

Somewhere along this political ride, becoming “just like the ordinary person” became as important as experience, intelligence and qualifications to become an elected official. People who looked like the ordinary common tao and did the same things they did suddenly became the kind of people our citizens wanted to represent them.

I think that is why Mar Roxas became the number one senator in the early 2000s.

His Mr. Palengke resonated well until people realized he wasn’t a Mr. Palengke but the owner of the palengke. Perhaps that is also why his poor person antics don’t really sit well with the masa because people are aware he will never be masa.

Suddenly we crave for leaders who know how to speak our lingo, eat what we eat, do what we do and experience the same fears we have. That is why we go gaga over Pope Francis carrying his own luggage, Grace Poe riding the MRT or even Prince William chasing after Prince George.

And, like Jose Mujica, we are in awe of leaders who live their values, those who talk the talk and walk the walk.


Uruguay's president José Mujica: no palace, no motorcade, no frills. If anyone could claim to be leading by example in an age of austerity, it is José Mujica, Uruguay's president, who has forsworn a state palace in favour of a farmhouse, donates the vast bulk of his salary to social projects, flies economy class and drives an old Volkswagen Beetle. But the former guerrilla fighter is clearly disgruntled by those who tag him "the world's poorest president" and – much as he would like others to adopt a more sober lifestyle – the 78-year-old has been in politics long enough to recognise the folly of claiming to be a model for anyone. FROM THE GUARDIAN.COM

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Unfortunately, too much popularity can also be a bane when coupled with inexperience the same way Mujica was.

We seem to be drawn to candidates whose lack of experience equals a pristine and untainted persona. They are the anti-politician, pure as the driven snow, not soiled by graft and corruption.

Unfortunately, once elected, purity and cleanliness won’t cut it. There are different standards for being a head of state and popularity cannot save the country.

Moreover, as Eve Fairbanks writes, “one of the weightiest responsibilities a president holds is the ability to characterize, by speech and example, his society and the meaning of the lives that are in his charge. We acknowledge this when we feel that it mattered that George W. Bush failed to visit New Orleans for two weeks after Hurricane Katrina.”

We all know the backlash our own president experienced when he did not attend the arrival of the corpses of the Fallen 44.

But perhaps, the best way to describe the president we need is one who inspires, not merely promises.

He does his homework by providing us a direction to the country we ought to have through, among others, a program of government.

Check your candidates. As of this writing, who actually has a program of government?

Experience, empathy, vision and foresight – I think these traits are better than popularity.


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THE INSIDE STORY: PRESIDENT AQUINO QUOTES AN ANONYMOUS BLOGGER Posted by Joe America on July 29, 2015 · 284


2015 SONA [Photo credit: gov.ph]


by Joe America

People have asked for my take on the SONA speech but I’m inclined not to judge it. I take it at face value, a report card packed with information and human interest profiles. I don’t really care for all the critiques done by others who claim greater wisdom, and who would have done it better, differently, or right if they had been President.

Or who would have run the nation better if they had been in charge.

Well, they aren’t . . . nor am I.

I didn’t listen to the pundits and analysts afterward. I listened to the speech, and read it.

The state of the nation is good. Excellent, actually. Moving with purpose in the right direction. A lot of good work is being done. There are a lot of good people in government working diligently for a good president.

The President’s mention of anonymous blogger Joe America, namely me, was a stunner. It put me into a catatonic state for about five minutes as I contemplated what had just happened. It was an out of body experience, that I somehow ended up on the big screen with the President speaking what I had written.

Speculation since has been quite humorous. Some guess that blogger JoeAm is none other than the President’s Communication guy, former blogger, Manuel L. Quezon III (MLQ3). Or JoeAm is a journalist for hire, or he has a direct connection with the Palace.

I mean, this is the Philippines, right? And what we see OBVIOUSLY can not be the truth.

There are games being played somewhere. We are being manipulated by someone. Someone is making money some how. That’s the way it works in the Philippines.

I mean, why else would a blogger write so avidly, so passionately, in support of President Aquino? And get cited in the SONA as a result?

Let me give you the facts, and nothing but the facts. If you find that you are not able to accept them, I’d suggest you make an appointment with a professional absolutely as soon as possible. You have hobgoblins in your mind, so to speak, and they ought to be invited to leave.

Here’s the truth as best as I can tell it:
A lot of Filipinos seem to have a different standard of patriotism than I do. I’m not exactly sure what that Filipino standard is because I can’t relate to it. I can’t relate to the vacuum that exists where patriotic sacrifice should reside.

Missing is the idea that supporting a president makes for a stronger nation. I don’t understand this vacuum.

And I don’t understand why some people take insulting pot-shots at those of us who support the President. I don’t understand the need to be AGAINST loyalty to the President. I also recognize that there are a LOT of people who do actively and passionately support their President and nation. More power to them.

Very definitely, I receive no payment for creating this blog. The reward is satisfaction.

The well-being of the Philippines is what underpins the blog. JoeAm welcomes opposing views, expressed respectfully, because it helps readers – and JoeAm – craft or polish their understandings and decisions.

When a political stand is taken by JoeAm, it is not a conclusion that has to be justified against any argument. It is always open to change. The stand is taken after I have listened to others and judged what I believe to be best for the Philippines. Readers are free to disagree, and many do.

That’s what makes the blog a rich place to visit. There are no parrots or puppets in the Society’s house. There are many excellent listeners.

JoeAm is anonymous to most. But not all. He is not anonymous to some Society of Honor members (Edgar Lores, Cha, and Andrew Lim who worked together on the Rizal/Robredo Voter’s Guide), or to certain colleagues (blogger Raissa Robles; columnist Tomas “Buddy” Gomez III), or to esteemed people in government to whom it would be disrespectful to remain anonymous.

If there is a need to know who JoeAm is, then JoeAm will provide the proper introduction.

President Aquino’s first exposure to JoeAm was courtesy of Kris Aquino who read a blog to the President in 2012 (A first class Philippines: President Benigno S. Aquino III).

Since then, I have shared a few messages with Kris (she is unfailingly kind and down-to-earth). I’ve also engaged in a few e-mails with the President’s Communications staff, for example, with MLQ3, who is perhaps the nation’s foremost custodian of information about Philippine history and government. I knew MLQ3 from years ago when he, too, was prominent in the nation’s young blogging community.

If you want to receive the same information the Aquino Administration gets from JoeAm, read the blogs and the discussion threads. Because that’s all there is.

If you want the same kind of information that JoeAm receives from the Aquino Administration, go to Twitter or Facebook and follow @MLQ3.

You’ll get links to a whole electronic library, absolute treasures, delivered to your computer.

There is no direct working relationship between JoeAm and the Aquino Administration.

No collusion. No agenda. No partnership.

If the President and I think alike on some issues, it is because we both study issues from all angles and are both reflective, perceptive and adequately smart. We’ve both had managerial assignments and understand the complexities of major projects and the discipline of delegation, letting go, and giving other managers consideration (trust), direction and encouragement.

Let’s turn directly to the President’s SONA, looking at the tributes he offered near the end of his speech.

He did a masterful job on the tributes, going name by name and characterizing people on his cabinet in very endearing, personal and occasionally humorous terms. (Digression: He has a superb cabinet, honorable, capable and earnest. I suspect most would stay on under a President Roxas. There could be considerable disruption of leadership under someone else.)



Soon, the President got to what I’ll call the second ring, the people who do not report through his cabinet or do management work in government. These are people who helped in their own peculiar way. Here’s the text of the speech (English) that includes his mention of Joe America:

To my spiritual advisers, Father Catalino Arevalo, Sister Agnes Guillen, and Father Jett Villarin [applause], and to Cardinal Chito Tagle, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, Ka Eduardo Manalo, Bishop Soc Villegas, Bishop Jonel Milan, and Brother Eddie Villanueva; to all those in the religious sector and to those who have prayed for us as we faced major challenges;

To those like Joe America, a blogger who, despite never having met me, wrote: “If the President were in my foxhole, I’d watch his back. That’s because I trust that he is watching mine.” [applause] I thank you and all our other friends from other shores who have express[ed] their unity with our transformation agenda;

To members of the youth like Francesca Santiago, who, at an early age, has displayed love for country;

To Noel Cabangon, and all those in culture and the arts who have used their talents to proclaim our country’s transformation; [applause]

To Ate Ballsy, Pinky, Viel, Kris, and my brothers-in-law and nephews and nieces [applause]: You have stood by me since Mom and Dad were in public service. The day is coming when you will no longer have to make additional sacrifices on my behalf;

Note that Joe America was used as an example of a greater message, a greater expression of appreciation. The President thanked people from around the world who support the well-being of the Philippines and the Aquino transformation agenda. It was not an award to JoeAm or a recommendation to read his blog. It was thanks to people like many who contribute to this blog who live in Australia, America, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and other places around the globe. It was a tribute to foreigners who care, and say so. It was an expression of appreciation for the people around the world who help him, and are for the Philippines.

Next, he recognized and thanked his security team, social secretary, hairstylist, and his office and personal staff.

And, as is his pattern in his SONAs, President Aquino then turned to the third ring, his bosses, the people. This, to me, was the most inspiring part of the speech, a speech in which there were many meaningful moments:

My Bosses, perhaps my having no family of my own is part of the plan. It has allowed me to focus on our people. In this job, I sometimes feel like a punching bag precariously held together by duct tape, but I have never wavered because you are behind me. It is true: I am not alone. [Applause] This has led me to conclude that my parents continue to watch over me, and that God truly loves us.

Thus, to every Filipino who has made this change possible, thank you. It is a great honor being your leader. [Applause]

The third ring, of course, embraces us all.

So if you want to know why I support President Aquino, it is this: I do so because he is the duly elected leader of the Philippines. He has superb character and integrity. He is also genuine; he has great human kindness, he is vulnerable to emotions as we all are, and he is strong. His bosses judged him as insensitive during the Mamasapano episode. Never have so many people been so absolutely wrong about an individual’s character. Insensitive people don’t praise a cabinet in such genuine, appreciative, personal terms.

A good President MUST be strong and emotionless. The rest of us are allowed to go ballistic, to rant and weep and blame. To tear our hair out and kick the dog. The President has no such luxury. He must take a life-or-death decision on hostages (Zamboanga) and say, without flinching, “no negotiations”.

He must face the raging mobs of Hong Kong (bus incident) or a ranting Taiwanese President (shooting of a fisherman) and calmly explain what will happen and why.

He must face down China and say, firmly, “let’s look at the laws”. He must bear up under the pressure of a dozen tabloid media outlets looking for every flaw, conflict or flub, and he must put up with a set of bosses who want every decision made THEIR way, and ONLY their way. He must deal patiently with insults and lies from crooks and the politically desperate rather than go down into the mud with them.

The burdens one man is asked to carry . . .

Hey, if it your style to add to them, well, it is a free country, and he expects that. President Aquino holds no illusions that his job is supposed to be easy. But adding to the burdens is not my style. If that troubles you, I don’t know exactly what to say.

Philippine democracy is young. It is perhaps in its late teens. The nation has gone through a rough childhood of abandonment and abuse. Now the nation must head out into the bigger world and stand tall for herself, as an adult. As an equal to any nation on the planet.

If the nation is mature enough, and wise enough – if emotion is channeled into introspection and confidence and growth rather than criticism and insecurity and tearing down – perhaps we will be able to comprehend something very simple.

Here’s the most important charter we have as citizens (forgive me, yes, I can extend myself that far):

To elect a President with impeccable integrity, and to help him carry the load as best we can.

If we do those two things, the Philippines, in 10 years, will not be rising.
She will be soaring.


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