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#WALANG PASOK: MANILA UNIVERSITIES SUSPEND CLASSES DUE TO WATER SUPPLY DISRUPTION
[The rotating water interruption will last until August 18.]


AUGUST 10 ---
Due to Maynilad's rotating water interruption, at least three universitiesin Manila have suspended classes this week. In a Facebook post, Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) announced that all classes in LPU Manila were suspended at 1 p.m. on Monday. Offices, however, would remain open until 5 p.m. All classes and office work in LPU Manila are suspended the entire day on Tuesday. The normal schedule will resume on Wednesday 'FOLLOW' THE TWEETS......

ALSO: High Court asked to stop plan to hike water rates


AUGUST 11 ---WATER MARKED A zookeeper gives captive elephant ‘Mali’ a bath at the Manila Zoo while residents of Pandacan await their turn to have their buckets filled on Day 2 of the water service interruption in the city. PHOTOS BY RUSSEL PALMA AND RENE H. DILAN
MILITANT lawmakers on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop water service concessionaires Maynilad Water Service and Manila Water Co. from demanding compensation for their losses from the government. Bayan Muna party-list representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate filed a petition for certiorari with prayer for a temporary restraining order and/or a preliminary injunction against implementation of additional water rates. Aside from the water service concessionaires, also named as respondents are President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS). Colmenares said they filed the petition on behalf of 12 million consumers who stand to be adversely affected by the scheme being pushed by Maynilad and Manila Water despite the poor service they render to the public. He added that Maynilad and Manila Water wanted to pass on corporate income taxes to consumers by increasing their rates but are being barred from doing so by the MWSS. Colmenares and Zarate argued that corporate income taxes cannot be considered as expenditures and cannot be passed on directly or indirectly to consumers. The scheme would affect 12 million consumers, they said.“Ultimately, it is as if there is no regulation at all since any rate increase, even if found unjust, will be imposed anyway. Even if the water-consuming public opposes a proposed increase before the MWSS or files a case before the Supreme Court and wins, the sovereign guarantee thwarts this victory by simply imposing it indirectly. READ MORE...

ALSO: CHIZ SEEKS TITLING OF ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL SITES
[Escudero, who recently assumed the chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources after giving up the finance panel, has put forward Senate Bill No. 1730, or the act providing summary titling of real properties used as public school sites, to ensure that the government have legal ownership over these lands to avoid potential property disputes.]


AUGUST 13 ---FROM HIS WEBSITE --
Senator Chiz Escudero is pushing for the summary titling of all lands where public schools are situated after latest statistics from the Department of Education (DepEd) showed that there are still a number of untitled and unregistered school sites throughout the country. Escudero, who recently assumed the chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources after giving up the finance panel, has put forward Senate Bill No. 1730, or the act providing summary titling of real properties used as public school sites, to ensure that the government have legal ownership over these lands to avoid potential property disputes. He noted that “public school sites have always been subjected to property disputes, frequent transfer of location, revocations of donations of lands where they are situated, and urban planning and development programs of the local government units (LGUs).” “These legal disputes hinder the adequate education of our youth. It has negative impacts on the overall development of the nation in tapping and harnessing the talents of the Filipino youth, if schools, considered as their second abode, is constantly threatened with legal disputes and uncertainties,” he said. DepEd data shows that as of 2015, it owns a total of 48, 740 school sites all over the country, but only 36, 258 of these have ownership or occupation documents under the DepEd’s name. In most cases, Escudero said, public schools sites are owned by LGUs or are subject to long-term lease agreements with private individuals. In some cases, parcels of lands were donated but lacked the proper legal documentation and support on the transfer of ownership. READ MORE...

ALSO: Sandiganbayan allows Gloria Arroyo to visit ailing brother


AUGUST 10 --The Sandiganbayan on Monday granted the request of former President and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to leave her detention for five hours on Tuesday to visit her terminally ill older brother.
"The Court hereby allows the accused to visit her brother at the Makati Medical Center on August 11, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm," the Sandiganbayan First Division said in a two-page ruling. In a motion submitted to the First Division on Friday, Arroyo requested a five-hour furlough, exclusive of travel time, to be with her brother, Arturo Macapagal, who is suffering from stage four prostate cancer. "President Arroyo once again comes before the Honorable Court as a supplicant. She is constrained by terrible circumstances to ask the Honarable Court for permission to visit her brother as soon as possible, while he is still alive and can still recognize her," Arroyo's motion read. Arroyo informed the court that her brother has been confined at MMC since July 2 and remains bed-ridden at its intensive care unit (ICU). She said her brother's doctors are of the opinion that his condition may worsen in the coming days due to the advance stage of his ailment "Mr. Macapagal, who is already 72 years old, may not have long to live. His cancer has spread to his brain, bones and lungs. While the family continues to pray for a miracle, the doctors are of the opinion that Mr. Macapagal's condition may further decline in the coming days," Arroyo's motion read. READ MORE...

ALSO: Arroyo’s cancer-stricken brother dies


AUGUST 11 --Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was supposed to visit brother Arturo Macapagal Tuesday afternoon. He died Tuesday morning after a bout with prostate cancer. TONETTE T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON FILE PHOTO
Two-time Olympian Arturo “Art” Macapagal, brother of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, died on Tuesday after a long bout with prostate cancer.
Macapagal, 72, passed away at 6:40 a.m. at the Makati Medical Center, according to the Philippine Sports Commission.Macapagal has been confined in the hospital since July 2 because of Stage 4 prostate cancer.
Son of former President Diosdado Macapagal, Art competed in shooting (men’s free pistol event) during the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Olympics.


Art Macapagal. Businessman-sportsman Arturo “Art” Macapagal, brother of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, succumbed to prostate cancer on Tuesday. He was 72. The son of former president Diosdado Macapagal made a name for himself in the field of sports, especially after representing the Philippines in the Olympics. INQUIRER File Photo READ: Who is Arturo Macapagal? “I’ve known Art for many years. He had many accomplishments during his time as an athlete and officer in shooting,” said PSC chair Richie Garcia. Macapagal served the Philippine National Shooting Association for eight years and ran for the presidency of the Philippine Olympic Committee in 2008 but lost, 19-21, against incumbent POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. READ MORE...

ALSO: Binay condoles with nemesis, GMA
[Malacañang immediately sent its condolences to the Macapagal family on Arturo’s passing. “The nation lost an outstanding Olympian and a respected business leader with the passing of Arturo D. Macapagal this morning… We extend our condolences to the bereaved family of Mr. Macapagal,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said in a statement.]


AUGUST 11 --FRIENDS A photograph posted on the Twitter account of ABSCBN reporter Zen Hernandez shows fa smiling former president Gloria Arroyo and Vice President Jejomar Binay at the Heritage memorial chapels in Taguig City. There are no permanent enemies in politics. Vice President Jejomar Binay–who was among the most vocal leaders of the opposition during the regime of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo–showed up at the Heritage chapels in Taguig City (Metro Manila) on Tuesday to condole with the detained former president on the death of her brother. Arroyo, who is under hospital arrest, was granted a three-day pass by the Sandiganbayan to allow her to attend her brother’s wake. Arturo “Art” Macapagal, 72, was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer and had been confined at the Makati Medical Center since July 2. The former president was already given clearance by the Sandiganbayan to visit her brother at the hospital on Tuesday afternoon but he died around 6 a.m.
Arroyo arrived at the mortuary at past 3 p.m. and was immediately ushered into the chapel where the wake for her brother was being held. A photograph posted on the Twitter account of ABS-CBN reporter Zen Hernandez shows a beaming Arroyo passing the barong-clad Binay as she arrived at the posh mortuary where the remains of her brother, Arturo, were taken after he succumbed to prostate cancer. Radio station dzBB also reported that former Tarlac congressman Jose “Peping” Cojuangco–uncle of President Benigno Aquino 3rd–was also at the mortuary to condole with the Macapagal family. READ MORE...


ALSO: Arroyo allowed to attend brother’s burial



AUGUST 12 --AT THE WAKE: Sa tweets ni dzBB's Rod Vega, nakunan ng larawan sina Binay na kasama sina Arroyo at dating First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo. GMA NEWS 'ULAT PILIPINO' --The Sandiganbayan has allowed former President and now Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to attend the burial of her late brother Arturo Macapagal but denied her request to attend the ninth day novena. In a resolution released by the antigraft court First Division Thursday, Arroyo was allowed to attend the wake on Thursday, August 13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., as well as the Mass and burial at the Heritage Park in Taguig on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. But the court did not grant Arroyo’s request to attend the “Pasiyam” or the ninth-day Novena on Aug. 19, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at her brother’s residence in Pasig city. The court said Arroyo should leave her place of detention at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center two hours earlier and return to the hospital immediately after the wake and the burial. BACKSTORY: Arroyo asks court’s nod to attend brother’s burial In a supplement to her urgent motion, Arroyo through her counsels had asked the court to allow her to attend the wake and burial of her half-brother, who succumbed to prostate cancer on Tuesday. She said she hoped she would be given more time after the court had only allowed her to attend the wake on Aug. 11, 12, and 14 only. READ MORE...

ALSO: Corona to go on trial


AUGUST 14 ---Corona
Sandigan to try disgraced Chief Justice for misdeclaring SALN The Sandiganbayan has found probable cause to try former Chief Justice Renato Corona for the crime of perjury and violation of the code of ethical standards over the alleged misdeclaration of his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) from 2003 to 2010. Corona was impeached by Congress in 2011 for false declarations of wealth in his SALN. He is also facing a P130-million forfeiture case before the Sandiganbayan. A well-placed source told The Manila Times that the anti-graft court has already voted 4-1 for the denial of his motion for judicial determination of probable cause. The source said Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang penned the ruling, which was concurred in by Associate Justices Jose Hernandez, Alex Quiroz and Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta.Only Associate Justice Samuel Martires dissented from the majority ruling, the source added.
The source said the court found the amendments to the charge sought by the prosecution as merely formal. With the court’s finding of probable cause, the case will proceed to trial.Corona, who posted bail last year, will be arraigned in October. The Office of the Ombudsman indicted Corona for allegedly misdeclaring his true net worth by not including pieces of property and several bank accounts as well as undervaluing a number of real-estate assets in his SALN. READ MORE....


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#WALANG PASOK: Some Manila universities suspend classes due to water supply disruption

MANILA, AUGUST 17, 2015  (GMA NEWS NETWORK) Due to Maynilad's rotating water interruption, at least three universitiesin Manila have suspended classes this week.

In a Facebook post, Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) announced that all classes in LPU Manila were suspended at 1 p.m. on Monday. Offices, however, would remain open until 5 p.m.

All classes and office work in LPU Manila are suspended the entire day on Tuesday. The normal schedule will resume on Wednesday

 

In a tweet, the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) announced that classes are suspended from August 10 to 12.

The De La Salle University also suspended classes on August 10 and 11 due to the water service disruption and announced the postponement of its Lasallian Personal Effectiveness Program—a two-day orientation program for new students—to August 14 and 15.

The Mapua Institute also suspended classes on Tuesday due to the service disruption.

The water interruption started at 11 a.m. in portions of barangays Alabang, Buli, Cupang, and Sucat in Muntinlupa City. The interruption in these areas will last until 4 a.m. Wednesday.

From 1 p.m. on Monday until 2 a.m. Wednesday, water service will be interrupted in at least 200 barangays in Manila.

Service interruptions are also scheduled in some areas in other parts of Manila and the cities of Caloocan, Makati, Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Pasay.

Several towns in Cavite, including Rosario, Imus, Noveleta, Cavite City, Kawit, and Bacoor, will also be affected by the water interruption.

The rotating water interruption will last until August 18. —Trisha Macas/NB, GMA News


MANILA TIMES

High Court asked to stop plan to hike water rates
August 11, 2015 10:44 pm by JOMAR CANLAS, SENIOR REPORTER


WATER MARKED A zookeeper gives captive elephant ‘Mali’ a bath at the Manila Zoo while residents of Pandacan await their turn to have their buckets filled on Day 2 of the water service interruption in the city. PHOTOS BY RUSSEL PALMA AND RENE H. DILAN

MILITANT lawmakers on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop water service concessionaires Maynilad Water Service and Manila Water Co. from demanding compensation for their losses from the government.

Bayan Muna party-list representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate filed a petition for certiorari with prayer for a temporary restraining order and/or a preliminary injunction against implementation of additional water rates.

Aside from the water service concessionaires, also named as respondents are President Benigno Aquino 3rd, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).

Colmenares said they filed the petition on behalf of 12 million consumers who stand to be adversely affected by the scheme being pushed by Maynilad and Manila Water despite the poor service they render to the public.

He added that Maynilad and Manila Water wanted to pass on corporate income taxes to consumers by increasing their rates but are being barred from doing so by the MWSS.

Colmenares and Zarate argued that corporate income taxes cannot be considered as expenditures and cannot be passed on directly or indirectly to consumers.
The scheme would affect 12 million consumers, they said.

“Ultimately, it is as if there is no regulation at all since any rate increase, even if found unjust, will be imposed anyway. Even if the water-consuming public opposes a proposed increase before the MWSS or files a case before the Supreme Court and wins, the sovereign guarantee thwarts this victory by simply imposing it indirectly.

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In the end, the hapless public still pays,” the petition read.

“Such grave and irreparable illegal impositions consist of the implementation and enforcement of Arbitral Awards which we argue is contrary to the dictates of public policy and the consequent implementation of two contradictory regulatory regimes in MWSS’s lone franchise area, as well as the impending illegal multi-billion claims of Maynilad and Manila Water against the sovereign guarantee under the Republic’s Letters of Undertaking,” it said.

In the petition, Colmenares and Zarate explained that even if the arbitration panel affirms the MWSS decision and denies the rate increase application, the utility concessionaires could still go to the government and ask “that [they] be compensated through ‘sovereign guarantee’ under their Letter of Undertaking.”

If approved, “the people still pay even if they won their case against rate increases at all levels,” the petition said.

Maynilad is supposedly asking for P5 billion.

Manila Water, on the other hand, reportedly wants P79 billion for potential revenue losses from 2015 until the end of its 25-year contract or until 2037.

Colmenares said this is illegal as water concessionaires are public utilities.
He explained that corporate income tax is not a recoverable expenditure that may be passed on to the public.


WWW.CHIZESCUDERO.COM

CHIZ SEEKS TITLING OF ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL SITES 13 Aug 2015 Published in Press Release

Senator Chiz Escudero is pushing for the summary titling of all lands where public schools are situated after latest statistics from the Department of Education (DepEd) showed that there are still a number of untitled and unregistered school sites throughout the country.

Escudero, who recently assumed the chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources after giving up the finance panel, has put forward Senate Bill No. 1730, or the act providing summary titling of real properties used as public school sites, to ensure that the government have legal ownership over these lands to avoid potential property disputes.

He noted that “public school sites have always been subjected to property disputes, frequent transfer of location, revocations of donations of lands where they are situated, and urban planning and development programs of the local government units (LGUs).”

“These legal disputes hinder the adequate education of our youth. It has negative impacts on the overall development of the nation in tapping and harnessing the talents of the Filipino youth, if schools, considered as their second abode, is constantly threatened with legal disputes and uncertainties,” he said.

DepEd data shows that as of 2015, it owns a total of 48, 740 school sites all over the country, but only 36, 258 of these have ownership or occupation documents under the DepEd’s name.

In most cases, Escudero said, public schools sites are owned by LGUs or are subject to long-term lease agreements with private individuals. In some cases, parcels of lands were donated but lacked the proper legal documentation and support on the transfer of ownership.

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“We have seen and heard cases that upon the death of the donors, heirs claim ownership of the land through revocation of the original donation. These result to endless court litigations,” Escudero said. “The passage of this bill will pave the way for simplifying the process of land titling registration of almost 90 percent of school sites in favor of the DepEd.”

One passed, the measure will cover all sites of public schools utilized for five years under the DepEd, such as public domain lands and those which are owned, whether registered or otherwise by persons or entities other than the education department. This will also enable school authorities to have direct control and supervision over these lands.

In the same hearing of the environment committee on Wednesday, Escudero asked the DepEd to consider geohazard zones and multihazard mapping when acquiring school sites in order to ensure the safety of students.

He also told the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that his committee will also look into its request to include state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the proposal pending submission of pertinent data information.

According to Escudero, this measure is one of 38 pending bills being heard by the environment committee, which is now being consolidated by a technical working group.


GMA NEWS NETWORK

Sandiganbayan allows Gloria Arroyo to visit ailing brother August 10, 2015 11:52am Tags: gloriaarroyo By ELIZABETH MARCELO, GMA News (Updated 12:25 p.m.)

The Sandiganbayan on Monday granted the request of former President and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to leave her detention for five hours on Tuesday to visit her terminally ill older brother.

"The Court hereby allows the accused to visit her brother at the Makati Medical Center on August 11, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm," the Sandiganbayan First Division said in a two-page ruling.

In a motion submitted to the First Division on Friday, Arroyo requested a five-hour furlough, exclusive of travel time, to be with her brother, Arturo Macapagal, who is suffering from stage four prostate cancer.

"President Arroyo once again comes before the Honorable Court as a supplicant. She is constrained by terrible circumstances to ask the Honarable Court for permission to visit her brother as soon as possible, while he is still alive and can still recognize her," Arroyo's motion read.

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Arroyo informed the court that her brother has been confined at MMC since July 2 and remains bed-ridden at its intensive care unit (ICU). She said her brother's doctors are of the opinion that his condition may worsen in the coming days due to the advance stage of his ailment

"Mr. Macapagal, who is already 72 years old, may not have long to live. His cancer has spread to his brain, bones and lungs. While the family continues to pray for a miracle, the doctors are of the opinion that Mr. Macapagal's condition may further decline in the coming days," Arroyo's motion read.

Arroyo is facing plunder case before the First Division in connection with the alleged misuse of P366 million intelligence fund of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) during her term as President.

She is under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City since October 2012.

In granting her motion, the court said Arroyo must leave the VMMC not earlier than one hour before 3 p.m., which is the official start of the appointed time of her visit to her brother .

The court reminded Arroyo's camp that the lawmaker must stay at the MMC only until 8 p.m. and "must be brought back immediately" to the VMMC afterward.

The Philippine National Police was directed to coordinate with the Sandiganbayan Sheriff’s Office, regarding "the adequate personal escorts and security measures" to be provided to Arroyo during her transportation to and from the MMC.

The court said all the expenses to be incurred by the PNP and the Sandiganbayan Sheriff in securing Arroyo must be paid by the accused.

It also said that the use of communication and electronic gadgets by Arroyo and those who will accompany her “shall be under the control and supervision of the detailed PNP security”.

Finally, the court also reminded Arroyo that she is not allowed to grant any interview with the media. —ALG/KBK, GMA News


INQUIRER

Arroyo’s cancer-stricken brother dies @inquirerdotnet
09:59 AM August 11th, 2015


Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was supposed to visit brother Arturo Macapagal Tuesday afternoon. He died Tuesday morning after a bout with prostate cancer. TONETTE T. OREJAS/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON FILE PHOTO

Two-time Olympian Arturo “Art” Macapagal, brother of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, died on Tuesday after a long bout with prostate cancer.
Macapagal, 72, passed away at 6:40 a.m. at the Makati Medical Center, according to the Philippine Sports Commission.
Macapagal has been confined in the hospital since July 2 because of Stage 4 prostate cancer.

Son of former President Diosdado Macapagal, Art competed in shooting (men’s free pistol event) during the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal
Olympics.


Art Macapagal. Businessman-sportsman Arturo “Art” Macapagal, brother of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, succumbed to prostate cancer on Tuesday. He was 72. The son of former president Diosdado Macapagal made a name for himself in the field of sports, especially after representing the Philippines in the Olympics. INQUIRER File Photo

READ: Who is Arturo Macapagal?

“I’ve known Art for many years. He had many accomplishments during his time as an athlete and officer in shooting,” said PSC chair Richie Garcia.

Macapagal served the Philippine National Shooting Association for eight years and ran for the presidency of the Philippine Olympic Committee in 2008 but lost, 19-21, against incumbent POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr.

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“He loved sports. He used to call and give advice. Those are deeply appreciated,’’ said Garcia. “I just extend my condolences to the family.”

Macapagal is the eldest son with Diosdado’s first wife Purita dela Rosa.

He’s the half-brother of former President Macapagal-Arroyo, daughter of former First Lady Evangelina Macaraeg, Macapagal’s second wife.

Arroyo, who is in hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, was granted by Sandiganbayan a five-hour furlough to visit Macapagal on Tuesday afternoon.

READ: Arroyo gets 5-hour furlough to visit cancer-stricken brother

Her camp is expected to file another motion following the death of Macapagal.

Honored as the Most Outstanding Shooter for the Decade by the POC in the 80s, Macapagal became the president of the Philippine Olympians Association and part-owner and president of Toyota Pasong Tamo.

Macapagal held the national record in the Olympic free pistol for 21 years and a top awardee of the Philippine Sportswriters Association in 1973 and 1974.
With a report from Erwin Aguilon



MANILA BULLETIN


Binay condoles with nemesis, GMA August 11, 2015 10:43 pm
by ARES GUTIERREZ AND CATHERINE S. VALENTE WITH DEBY MANGABAT TMTC INTERN


FRIENDS A photograph posted on the Twitter account of ABSCBN reporter Zen Hernandez shows fa smiling former president Gloria Arroyo and Vice President Jejomar Binay at the Heritage memorial chapels in Taguig City.


There are no permanent enemies in politics.

Vice President Jejomar Binay–who was among the most vocal leaders of the opposition during the regime of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo–showed up at the Heritage chapels in Taguig City (Metro Manila) on Tuesday to condole with the detained former president on the death of her brother.

Arroyo, who is under hospital arrest, was granted a three-day pass by the Sandiganbayan to allow her to attend her brother’s wake.

Arturo “Art” Macapagal, 72, was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer and had been confined at the Makati Medical Center since July 2.

The former president was already given clearance by the Sandiganbayan to visit her brother at the hospital on Tuesday afternoon but he died around 6 a.m.

Arroyo arrived at the mortuary at past 3 p.m. and was immediately ushered into the chapel where the wake for her brother was being held.

A photograph posted on the Twitter account of ABS-CBN reporter Zen Hernandez shows a beaming Arroyo passing the barong-clad Binay as she arrived at the posh mortuary where the remains of her brother, Arturo, were taken after he succumbed to prostate cancer.

Radio station dzBB also reported that former Tarlac congressman Jose “Peping” Cojuangco–uncle of President Benigno Aquino 3rd–was also at the mortuary to condole with the Macapagal family.

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Arroyo was undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry and executive director of the Garments and Textiles Export Board under the first Aquino administration.

Olympic shooter

Arturo “Art” Macapagal has made a name for himself way before his sister became the second Macapagal to occupy Malacañang.

Macapagal, a marksman, competed in the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Olympics and held the Philippine record for Olympic free pistol for 21 years.

He was named All-Around Filipino Sports Awardee by the Philippine Sportswriters Association in 1973 and 1974 and was named Most Outstanding Shooter by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

Macapagal was president of the Philippine Olympians Association and the Philippine National Shooting Association and challenged Peping Cojuangco for the POC presidency in 2008.


Condolences

Malacañang immediately sent its condolences to the Macapagal family on Arturo’s passing.

“The nation lost an outstanding Olympian and a respected business leader with the passing of Arturo D. Macapagal this morning… We extend our condolences to the bereaved family of Mr. Macapagal,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said in a statement.

Coloma noted that Macapagal was “a recognized leader in the automotive industry and is a staunch supporter of various socio-civic organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Scholarship Foundation for the Filipino Youth, where he served as chairman.”

Sympathy messages were also posted on the Facebook group “Band of Bedan Brothers” with some San Beda alumni remembering Macapagal, who studied in the Benedictine-run school from grade school to college.

“RIP Art. I knew him in San Beda and he was a real gentleman. I was a freshman when he was active in the student council. I met with him a couple of times in San Beda,” wrote Bing Froilan, a former San Beda high school teacher who is now based in the US.

Businessman Bong Magpayo said, “The Bedan community has lost a noble distinguished alumnus.”


FAMILY PICTURE WITH FORMER PRESIDENT DIOSDADO MACAPAGAL
 


Former President Diosdado and Evangelina (Macaraeg) Macapagal's children: (from left to right) Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Diosdado Macapagal Jr., Cielo Macapagal-Salgado and Arturo Macapagal. Art Macapagal is the second child of the former president Diosdado Macapagal with his first wife, Purita dela Rosa. Gloria Arroyo is the daughter of Diosdado with his second wife, Evangelina Macaraeg. FROM PHILSTAR -Malacañan Palace/Released

 


‘Apung Dadong’ house now a museum, library POSTED ON OCTOBER 1, 2012 AT 12:01 AM 0 COMMENT  FORMER PRESIDENT. Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda, Second District Representative and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Lubao Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, former vice-governor Cielo Macapagal-Salgado and other personalities stand to honor the late President Diosdado Macapagal whose ancestral house was converted into a museum and library under the care of the National Historical Commission. –Photos by Jerry Malit
 

President Diosdado Macapagal, sharing a light moment with daughter Gloria --FROM DIARY BLOG
 

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FLASHBACK FROM PHILSTAR SEPTEMBER 2008

 

Macapagal, Aventajado join forces By Abac Cordero | Updated September 28, 2008 - 12:00am



Art Macapagal of shooting and Robert Aventajado of taekwondo have formalized their strong alliance for the Nov. 26 Philippine Olympic Committee elections.

Art Macapagal of shooting and Robert Aventajado of taekwondo have formalized their strong alliance for the Nov. 26 Philippine Olympic Committee elections.

Macapagal, a two-time Olympian and half brother of President Arroyo, is targetting the presidency while Aventajado is eyeing a third term as chairman of the Olympic body.

While they have yet to form their ticket, their partnership should give incumbent POC chief Jose Cojuangco of equestrian a serious challenge in the elections.

Macapagal recently turned 66 and was feted by President Arroyo, Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez and a big group of NSA (national sports association) officials.

Someone who was present during the birthday bash said President Arroyo was happy that her half brother is seeking the POC presidency that carries a four-year term.

“There is a need to unite all sports leaders if we have to turn around the fortune of Philippine sports,” Macapagal told mediamen Friday evening.

Shortly after the Macapagal-Aventajado tandem was firmed up, support from their NSA officials has started pouring.

Macapagal, only the second Olympian to seek the POC’s top post after the late Sen. Ambrosio Padilla who served as basketball and PAAF head decades ago, explained that the POC has a two-fold role: an instrument for human development and vehicle for achieving excellence in competitive sports.

“It’s on this premise that I’m adopting a six-point agenda to guide the activities of the POC for the next four years,” Macapagal said.

The agenda was crafted by Macapagal with inputs from other NSA heads like Dayrit.

Cojuancgo is eyeing a second term and is hoping that his own alliance with Go Teng Kok of athletics could give him the numbers needed to win the coveted position.

There are 40 voting members in the POC, and a simple majority of 21 votes is needed to win.

Cojuangco has yet to name his chairman although reports said Manny Lopez of boxing is on line. Monico Puentevella of weightlifting is also being considered.

Aventajado and Puentevella had wanted to run as president, too, but had to step aside. Dayrit, of fencing, has also backed out of the race to support Macapagal.

Top priority in the Macapagal agenda is a long-term “Olympic Gold” program aimed at the 2012 London Olympic Games and beyond through talent identification and formation of an “elite athlete’s pool”, implementation of a comprehensive program to enhance the competitiveness of athletes and the effectiveness of coaches.

He added that the program should encompass the physical fitness, mental toughness and technical ability of the athletes.

The soft-spoken shooting chief said he will use his experience as an Olympian, an NSA head and a management man to serve as catalyst for change in his bid to improve the country’s sports fortunes.

Macapagal’s second priority is to coordinate with government agencies leading to an “Integrated National Sports Development Program.”

He also wants to establish the “Philippine Business Sports Foundation” with the help of businessmen who are willing to support local sports and our athletes.


INQUIRER

Arroyo allowed to attend brother’s burial @inquirerdotnet 12:22 PM August 13th, 2015


AT THE WAKE: Sa tweets ni dzBB's Rod Vega, nakunan ng larawan sina Binay na kasama sina Arroyo at dating First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo. GMA NEWS 'ULAT PILIPINO' --

The Sandiganbayan has allowed former President and now Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to attend the burial of her late brother Arturo Macapagal but denied her request to attend the ninth day novena.

In a resolution released by the antigraft court First Division Thursday, Arroyo was allowed to attend the wake on Thursday, August 13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., as well as the Mass and burial at the Heritage Park in Taguig on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

But the court did not grant Arroyo’s request to attend the “Pasiyam” or the ninth-day Novena on Aug. 19, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at her brother’s residence in Pasig city.

The court said Arroyo should leave her place of detention at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center two hours earlier and return to the hospital immediately after the wake and the burial.

BACKSTORY: Arroyo asks court’s nod to attend brother’s burial

In a supplement to her urgent motion, Arroyo through her counsels had asked the court to allow her to attend the wake and burial of her half-brother, who succumbed to prostate cancer on Tuesday.

She said she hoped she would be given more time after the court had only allowed her to attend the wake on Aug. 11, 12, and 14 only.

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“It if is not too much to ask the Honorable Court, she is hoping to attend the wake on Aug. 13 (from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) as well,” Arroyo’s counsel said.

The incumbent Pampanga representative also asked the court’s nod to attend the funeral Mass and interment rites and post-interment prayers at the Heritage Park in Taguig, as well as the ninth-day Novena at her brother’s residence in Pasig city.

The former president appealed to the court’s compassion, saying she no longer saw her brother alive when the court granted her a five-hour furlough to visit her brother on Aug. 11. Arrroyo was granted furlough in the afternoon. Her brother passed away Tuesday morning.

“She lost the opportunity to see him alive one last time when he passed away… She was a few hours too late. She could not be there for him in the last few days of his life. She is hoping to be there for him for four additional hours in his death,”

Arroyo’s motion read.

“An extra day in the company of family in this moment of bereavement will help assuage the terrible pain of losing a brother to a terrible illness. On the other hand, the extra four hours will not do anyone any harm,” it added.

For its part, the prosecution opposed Arroyo’s motion, saying the Pampanga lawmaker is taking advantage of the court’s compassion.

“With all due respect, the accused has at this time taken advantage the magnanimity of the Honorable Court… Accused takes advantage of such generous spirit of the Court which is not accorded to any detention prisoner to the point that it is appalling to even ask attendance in the interment rites, burial and 9th day Novena. She requested and was given the opportunity to be out of her detention in successions of three days, but she wants more than that,” the prosecutors said in its comment opposition.

The court ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to secure Arroyo. The court also said communication devices would be under the control of the PNP.
The court also prohibited media interviews. The court added that Arroyo would shoulder all the expenses incurred by the PNP.

Arroyo has been under hospital detention for plunder over the alleged misuse of at least P366 million in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) intelligence funds for personal gain from 2008 to 2010.
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GMA NEWS NETWORK

VIDEO NEWS: Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will again ask the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court to allow her to attend her the ninth day of mourning for her late brother.

 
URL: https://youtu.be/dUGEYMt7Z1o

According to a report on GMA's “24 Oras Weekend” on Saturday, the Sandiganbayan on Thursday allowed Arroyo to attend her elder brother Arturo Macapagal's wake on August 13 and the Mass and inurnmenton August 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The court did not grant her initial request to attend the ninth day of mourning, or pa-siyam, for Macapagal scheduled on August 19.

The pa-siyam is a Filipino tradition where prayers like the rosary are said for nine evenings in memory of the deceased. The ninth evening is usually marked with a service and a formal meal.


MANILA TIMES

Corona to go on trial August 14, 2015 12:01 am by REINA TOLENTINO REPORTER


Corona

Sandigan to try disgraced Chief Justice for misdeclaring SALN

The Sandiganbayan has found probable cause to try former Chief Justice Renato Corona for the crime of perjury and violation of the code of ethical standards over the alleged misdeclaration of his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) from 2003 to 2010.

Corona was impeached by Congress in 2011 for false declarations of wealth in his SALN.

He is also facing a P130-million forfeiture case before the Sandiganbayan.

A well-placed source told The Manila Times that the anti-graft court has already voted 4-1 for the denial of his motion for judicial determination of probable cause.

The source said Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang penned the ruling, which was concurred in by Associate Justices Jose Hernandez, Alex Quiroz and Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta.

Only Associate Justice Samuel Martires dissented from the majority ruling, the source added.

The source said the court found the amendments to the charge sought by the prosecution as merely formal.

With the court’s finding of probable cause, the case will proceed to trial.
Corona, who posted bail last year, will be arraigned in October.

The Office of the Ombudsman indicted Corona for allegedly misdeclaring his true net worth by not including pieces of property and several bank accounts as well as undervaluing a number of real-estate assets in his SALN.

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The Ombudsman’s investigators said from 2001 to 2011, the Chief Justice and his wife, Cristina, earned P30.4 million, of which P27.1 million was earned by Corona as an official at the Office of the President, a Supreme Court justice, member of the Senate Electoral Tribunal and the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal.

His wife, Cristina, meanwhile, earned P3.2 million from 2007 to 2010, based on records submitted to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) by the John Hay Development Corp. (JHDC) where she worked.

Case records also showed that from 2002 to 2010, Corona’s cash deposits increased from P1.34 million to P137.9 million.

By 2010, the cumulative discrepancy between Corona’s SALN declaration and his actual cash deposits amounted to P134.4 million.

The resolution also cited records of the Land Registration Authority (LRA) showing that the Coronas owned several pieces of property in Quezon City, Makati City and Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, which were undervalued by P17.3 million.

9 Responses to Corona to go on trial
edgar says:
August 14, 2015 at 3:23 pm
are you people not happy that the present Admin. is prosecuting corrupt gov’t officials.
with this kind of Filipino mentality they will never be satisfied and happy… hahahahah lol
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janelle says:
August 14, 2015 at 1:14 pm
This man is the most persecuted in this administration. Corona naively thought that the impeachment court has nothing on him, not knowing that after shredding his reputation to piecesby the powerful and biased yellow media, had to battle against a corrupt congress &senate and the full force of Malacanang’s armory that is bir, amlc, ombudsman. It was a losing battle from the start.
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sea eagle says:
August 14, 2015 at 11:07 am
Corona in,next crook VP Binay.
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airam besang says:
August 14, 2015 at 1:54 pm
really?
how about Abad and compnay?
fyi says:
August 14, 2015 at 4:05 am
30.4 million
That’s a lot less than the billions of DAP funds that disappeared and are unaccounted for by Sec budget management Abad.
That’s a lot less than billions that disappeared when the 15 liberal party senators each gave their P200 Pork barrel gifts to Napoles and other fake non government organizations.
That’s a lot less than the P50 million extra Pork barrel gifts President Aquino gave to the senators that voted to impeach Corona.
That’s a lot less than the Yolanda funds that were provided to the Philippines by foreign governments that disappeared.
That’s a lot less than the lives of the SAF 44 after they were abandoned by President Aquino, with Secretaries Roxas, Gazmin, Soliman having a tour and lunch while the SAF 44 were massacred were worth.
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armando flores says:
August 14, 2015 at 4:04 am
Chief Justice Corona’s impeachment, trial and later conviction by the aquino appointed sandiganbayan justices is aquino’s vengeance against the man who decided in favor of the poor farmers at hacienda luisita against the powerful and greedy family of aquino. This is proof that justice here in the philippines is for SALE. The impeachment of CJ Corona was procured by the MILLIONS of people’s money given by aquino to the senators who convicted CJ Corona at the senate impeachment. IF THESE YELLOW BAND OF THIEVES being led by aquino and to be continued by ROXAS did this to a Chief Justice, they could easily pressure and cow down other justices and judges of the lower courts.
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P.Akialamiro says:
August 14, 2015 at 1:54 pm
It was bared that many of the voting senators in favor of impeaching the former CJ were bribed. This is equivalent to ‘discovery’ of new evidence after the trail in criminal cases. Can this not be considered for purposes of nulliying the ‘guilty’ verdict. This is a bad precedent in the history of the Philippine government. Further prosecution of the former CJ on the basis of other evidences acquired ‘illegally’, but were considered for purposes of political expediency, not necessarily in accordance with the rules on evidence, is not in consonance with justice and fair play. It is not in accordance with ‘tuwid na daa’, but selective justice and vengeance, plain and simple.
With such a precedent, it is a possiblity that the same ‘lynching’ will be duplicated in the future. The former CJ might have been ‘downed’ because of politics and personal vendetta, but there is still that Someone who will finally judge not only him, but also those who ‘judged’ him. Some my not believe in “Karma”, but I do.
Felimon A. Soria says:
August 14, 2015 at 1:25 am
Justice Corona has been impeached and stripped of everything that is important to him. Furthering his agony is akin to beating a dead horse. I think Mr. President you should intervene in the name of human decency.
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Saturn kayda valdez says:
August 14, 2015 at 12:31 am
Crime does not pay. Dapat lamang na usigin itong si Mr & Mrs Corona at kapag napatunayang nagkasala sa batas, ipataw sa kanila ang karampatang parusa.
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