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LIBERAL PARTY EXEC NAMES POSSIBLE SENATORIAL BETS


AUGUST 12 ---Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima might be among the senatorial candidates of the Liberal Party for the 2016 election. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, file
Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo are among the possible senatorial bets of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) for the 2016 national elections, an LP official said. In an interview with ANC's Headstart on Wednesday, LP political and electoral affairs chairman and Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice listed the possible senatorial slate of the party for the 2016 polls. "Ang safe na answer is Sen. (Franklin) Drilon, Sen. (Ralph) Recto, Sen. (TG) Guingona and (Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Secretary) Secretary Kiko (Pangilinan)," Erice said. The LP official also listed the following as possible senatorial bets: READ MORE...

ALSO Leni Robredo on ‘Mar-Leni’ tandem: We can never plan ahead; open to be Mar's VP


AUGUST 16 --P-NOY's presidential bet in search of LP -winning mate
Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo is not closing doors on the possibility of running for the second highest post in the country. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando MANILA, Philippines – Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo said she is not closing doors on the idea of running with Liberal Party’s standard bearer Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas. Although Robredo previously pronounced that she is not running for vice president, she has now changed her tone and hinted on being open for a possibility of a vice presidential bid. Asked if she is completely closing doors to a ‘Mar-Leni’ tandem for the 2016 elections, Robredo said it is not an option but she can never tell and plan ahead. The widow of former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo admitted that there are more politicians qualified for the vice presidential post based on their experience than her. “’Pag iniisip ko ngayon, hindi talaga opsyon pero parang napakahirap sabihin na, parang mahirap na masabi nang patapos. Parang 'yun 'yung lesson na nakuha ko 'nung nawala 'yung asawa ko. Parang we can never really plan too far ahead,” Robredo said in an interview with DZMM. READ MORE...

ALSO: Poe-Escudero starts crafting platform of gov’t; Grace told to decide before LP shuts door


AUGUST 13 ---Escudero, Poe 
They have yet to decide if they will finally run for the highest posts of the land, but Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero are already in the process of crafting their platform of government for 2016. In a meeting with members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) during the party’s fellowship Tuesday night in Quezon City, Poe and Escudero started consulting with them about concerns needed to be addressed in their respective provinces. These concerns, Poe and Escudero said, will be included in the platform of government they are crafting, a strong indication they will likely run for president and vice president, respectively, in the 2016 national elections. Despite the consultations, Batangas Rep. Mark Llandro Mendoza, who heads the NPC bloc at the Lower Chamber, said the two senators continued to keep their cards closed to their chests and did not categorically state their intention to run as tandem for the next year’s national elections. Mendoza, however, was silent on the list of concerns presented by the NPC members to the Poe-Francis tandem. At least 30 party members attended the meeting, Mendoza said. The second largest political party in the country, NPC has two senator-members, 47 congressmen, 14 governors, and 22 city mayors. NPC president and Deputy Speaker Isabela Rep. Giorgidi “Gigi” Aggabao, who attended the event, confirmed last night’s meeting. He described it as “purely socials, a gathering for the party members to meet in person Sen. Grace and Chiz.” He also said the two senators met with NPC “governors.” “There was no talk of politics although Sen. Grace did discuss some problems with governors besetting their provinces,” Aggabao said. READ MORE...

ALSO NPC: All options for 2016 still open


AUGUST 13 ---Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, NPC spokesman
  The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) has not committed to support any presidential candidate despite its members’ separate meetings last Tuesday with Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Sen. Grace Poe.
“We are just in the process of consultations. All options for 2016 are still open,” Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, NPC spokesman, told ABS-CBN News Channel. Gatchalian said aside from Roxas, the administration presidential candidate, and Poe, who is still coy about her presidential plans, their field of choice includes another declared candidate, Vice President Jejomar Binay. He said Binay’s principal NPC supporter is former Pangasinan congressman Mark Cojuangco, a cousin of President Aquino and son of business tycoon Eduardo Cojuangco Jr., the party’s founder and chairman emeritus. “Mark Cojuangco would like to speak to the party and present his case on why NPC should support his candidate. But several members have expressed reservations because of the corruption allegations against the Vice President,” he said. The Cojuangco son is running for governor of Pangasinan in 2016. Another son, Charlie, a former Negros Occidental congressman, is reportedly eyeing a congressional comeback, either in the Visayas or in Tarlac. READ MORE...RELATED...

ALSO Trillanes: ‘Decent, honest’ Roxas is not ‘daang matuwid’
[Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said he had asked Malacañang to remove his name from any shortlist of possible running mates of Liberal Party presidential candidate Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.]


AUGUST 16 --Not ‘daang matuwid.’ Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II speaks during an event. Noy Morcoso / INQUIRER.net
An administration senator said that Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II could not ride on the popularity of the administration’s “daang matuwid” (straight path) as he eyed the 2016 election. Administration ally Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said “daang matuwid” defined the term of President Benigno Aquino III while Roxas only represented the Liberal Party. In an interview on Radyo Inquirer 990 AM on Sunday, Trillanes bared his gap with the party of Roxas saying he personally asked LP officials not to consider him as his possible running mate.
Despite heaping praises for Roxas for being a decent, honest government official, Trillanes said that he did not see himself being part of the LP ticket. “To be fair to Secretary Mar Roxas, he’s a decent man. I believe hindi siya corrupt. But what he represents is the Liberal Party. Basically, ang kanilang programa or plataporma ay pagpapatuloy ng nangyayari ngayon. Yung ‘tuwid na daan’ kasi, si Presidente Aquino lang ‘yun. Pero yung Liberal Party per se, I don’t see myself being part of that,” Trillanes said.READ MORE...RELATED....

ALSO: Palace leaves Senate 'troika' to answer on lengthy Binay probe
[The Palace official clarified that the senators supposed to be eyeing to discredit Binay are not from the administration party, the Liberal Party (LP), as it was claimed that the hype on controversies against the Vice President is set to fire up anew as Aquino has already endorsed Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II as his prospect successor.]


AUGUST 13 --The Senate 'troika': Pimentel, Trillanes, Cayetano.
Malacañang left Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes IV and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel to explain why the probe on Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family’s alleged misdeeds has been going on for so long, as the Palace ditched allegations that the administration is involved in the alleged demolition job against the opposition stalwart.Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado said the Senate hearings on accusations against the Binay family is a record breaking hearing already spanning almost a year on a single subject without any purpose of the hearings being in aid for legislation.Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda was quick to distance Malacañang from the current debacle, saying, “Ask the Senate. That’s a separate branch of government and that question cannot be poised on us. Of course they can accuse us of cases being behind these,” he said at a Palace briefing.The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee’s hearings on the issues pertinent to Binay started about a year ago, where relentless controversies against the Vice President have surfaced from time to time, courtesy of what was described as the anti-Binay troika of the three senators. READ MORE....RELATED ...

ALSO: Binay camp tells Trillanes to face damage suit


AUGUST 10 --Vice President Jejomar Binay (Sun.Star file photo (croppedphoto)
THE camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday challenged Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to face the damage suit filed against him. Lawyer Rico Quicho, Binay's spokesman for political affairs, said the senator again showed his "aversion to fairness and impartiality" after he asked the Office of the Court Administrator to transfer the hearing of the civil suit filed by the Vice President to another venue. "Senator Trillanes' request to move the venue of the hearing showcases his lack of respect for the independence and integrity of the courts," Quicho said. Binay filed the suit before the Makati City Regional Trial Court. The spokesman reminded the senator that he called out the Vice President for refusing to appear before "an admittedly biased and antagonistic" Senate blue ribbon subcommittee."Again, ours is a country of laws and not of Senator Trillanes. Allegations, just like sincerity, are subject to proof. Anything less, which Senator Trillanes implies, is tyranny and opportunism at its highest order," Quicho said."The people and institutions maligned by Senator Trillanes must have their day in court with a fair and impartial proceeding," he added.In a two-page letter addressed to Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, Trillanes asked the Supreme Court on Monday to move the venue of the hearing from the sala of Makati RTC branch 133 Judge Elpidio Calis "to any of the courts in Metro Manila." The senator believed that hearing the trial in Makati City, where Binay was mayor for two decades and where his son, Jejomar Erwin Binay, is the current chief executive, "can endanger the lives of the defendants in the case." Quicho said the former navy lieutenant seems to be afraid of the fact that Makati residents stayed at the quadrangle in front of the Makati City Hall building while waiting for the Court of Appeals decision on the suspension of the younger Binay. READ MORE...RELATED...

ALSO: VP Binay blasts biased MBC survey


AUGUST 15 --The camp of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” BInay yesterday blasted the results of the Makati Business Club (MBC) survey which was merely participated in by 67 of its most powerful members showing the Office of the Vice President (OVP) as the worst performing among 64 government agencies they were asked to rate. The Vice President’s Office said that if the businessmen did not feel in any way the service being extended by the OVP, it was because the OVP was meant to serve the poor and not the rich businessmen.In a statement, Joey Salgado, head of the media bureau of the OVP, also questioned the results of the MBC survey showing problematic agencies like the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Transportation and Communications, faring better than the OVP.“The focus of the OVP is to serve our poor countrymen and not the affluent members of the MBC,” Salgado said.“If they cannot feel the service being extended by the OVP, it is because they have the capacity to avail themselves of expensive medical services in posh hospitals here and abroad while our poor countrymen do not,” Salgado added. When they are confronted with legal problems, the members of the MBC can easily afford to hire the services of expensive lawyers while our OFWs and their family cannot,” he added Salgado stressed that that the “67 wealthy businessmen in Makati who participated in the MBC survey, cannot represent the sentiment of our people nationwide.“They cannot be expected to give a true and objective assessment of the performance of all government agencies, most especially the OVP,” said Salgado. Salgado said the biases of some MBC members against the Binays have long been out in public. READ MORE...


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Liberal Party exec names possible senatorial bets


Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Justice Secretary Leila De Lima might be among the senatorial candidates of the Liberal Party for the 2016 election. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, file

MANILA, AUGUST 17, 2015  (PHILSTAR) By Patricia Lourdes Viray August 12, 2015 - Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo are among the possible senatorial bets of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) for the 2016 national elections, an LP official said.

In an interview with ANC's Headstart on Wednesday, LP political and electoral affairs chairman and Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice listed the possible senatorial slate of the party for the 2016 polls.

"Ang safe na answer is Sen. (Franklin) Drilon, Sen. (Ralph) Recto, Sen. (TG) Guingona and (Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Secretary) Secretary Kiko (Pangilinan)," Erice said.

The LP official also listed the following as possible senatorial bets:

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Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar Erice clarified that the LP is still in talks with its coalition partners and the senatorial line-up is not yet final.

"A lot of candidates will be deciding after the ghost month," Erice said.

A few weeks ago, President Benigno Aquino III endorsed Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas as the presidential candidate of the LP for the 206 national elections.


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Leni Robredo on ‘Mar-Leni’ tandem: We can never plan ahead By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated August 16, 2015 - 6:00pm 7 125 googleplus0 0


LP Presidential bet in search of VP-winning mate

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo is not closing doors on the possibility of running for the second highest post in the country. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando MANILA, Philippines – Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo said she is not closing doors on the idea of running with Liberal Party’s standard bearer Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

Although Robredo previously pronounced that she is not running for vice president, she has now changed her tone and hinted on being open for a possibility of a vice presidential bid.

Asked if she is completely closing doors to a ‘Mar-Leni’ tandem for the 2016 elections, Robredo said it is not an option but she can never tell and plan ahead.

The widow of former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo admitted that there are more politicians qualified for the vice presidential post based on their experience than her.

“’Pag iniisip ko ngayon, hindi talaga opsyon pero parang napakahirap sabihin na, parang mahirap na masabi nang patapos. Parang 'yun 'yung lesson na nakuha ko 'nung nawala 'yung asawa ko. Parang we can never really plan too far ahead,” Robredo said in an interview with DZMM.

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Robredo however clarified that Roxas did not invite her to run as his vice president.

Instead, over a month ago, Robredo said she was asked if she has plans to run for a Senate seat.

“Dinicuss ko nga sa kaniya that it was really an option pero marami kasi akong consideration. Una ang distrito ko, tapos ang mga bata,'' Robredo, who has 3 children, said. "Nag-usap kami na patuloy na magdi-discern kung ano talaga.”

Robredo said that she has a long way to go with the survey numbers and disclosed that, as of now, she is only eyeing on retaining her post as Camarines Sur Rep.

On Wednesday, civil society groups and various government official and personalities launched the “Leni Robredo for Vice President Movement” urging Robredo to run for the second highest post in the country. It was initiated by the Kaya Natin Movement.


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Poe-Escudero starts crafting platform of gov’t; Grace told to decide before LP shuts door by Ben R. Rosario and Charissa M. Luci August 13, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share15


Escudero, Poe

They have yet to decide if they will finally run for the highest posts of the land, but Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero are already in the process of crafting their platform of government for 2016.

In a meeting with members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) during the party’s fellowship Tuesday night in Quezon City, Poe and Escudero started consulting with them about concerns needed to be addressed in their respective provinces.

These concerns, Poe and Escudero said, will be included in the platform of government they are crafting, a strong indication they will likely run for president and vice president, respectively, in the 2016 national elections.

Despite the consultations, Batangas Rep. Mark Llandro Mendoza, who heads the NPC bloc at the Lower Chamber, said the two senators continued to keep their cards closed to their chests and did not categorically state their intention to run as tandem for the next year’s national elections.

Mendoza, however, was silent on the list of concerns presented by the NPC members to the Poe-Francis tandem.

At least 30 party members attended the meeting, Mendoza said.

The second largest political party in the country, NPC has two senator-members, 47 congressmen, 14 governors, and 22 city mayors.

NPC president and Deputy Speaker Isabela Rep. Giorgidi “Gigi” Aggabao, who attended the event, confirmed last night’s meeting. He described it as “purely socials, a gathering for the party members to meet in person Sen. Grace and Chiz.”

He also said the two senators met with NPC “governors.”

“There was no talk of politics although Sen. Grace did discuss some problems with governors besetting their provinces,” Aggabao said.

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Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, a stalwart of NPC who has already declared his intention to run for senator in next year’s elections, said the party event last night was “a good time” for the NPC members to get to know Poe and Escudero and vice versa.


COURTESY OF MANILA STANDARD: Poe, Chiz make no promises to NPC By Maricel Cruz | Aug. 13, 2015 at 12:01am 8 SENATORS Grace Poe and Francis Escudero met with key members of the country’s second biggest political party Tuesday night, but made no commitments to run for president and vice president, respectively, in 2016. “The two senators were asking the members about their respective concerns in their districts and how to address these,” said Batangas Rep. Mark Llandro Mendoza, who was among some 30 politicians from the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) who met with Poe and Escudero during their “fellowship night” at the NPC clubhouse in New Manila. Poe and Escudero, who lead the latest opinion polls for president and vice president, respectively, also talked to the NPC members about their platform of government, Mendoza said.

Apart from Mendoza and Aggabao, others who attended the fellowship were: Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga, Isabela Rep. Napoleon Dy, Sorsogon Rep. Evelina Escudero, former Rizal Rep. Jack Duavit, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, Alliance of Volunteer Educators (AVE) party-list Rep. Amang Magsaysay, and Abang Lingkod party-list Rep. Stephen Paduano.

Before meeting with Poe and Escudero, key NPC members met with administration standard bearer Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

LP PRESSURE ON POE?

While the NPC is sizing up candidates to determine whom they will support in the 2016 elections, the administration party seems to have a different tack in wooing possible candidates.

Yesterday, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the administration is still hoping Poe will agree to become Roxas’ “co-pilot” in the 2016 polls, but the Liberal Party (LP) cannot wait forever.

“Totoo naman, wala namang forever [It’s true. There is no forever],” Lacierda quipped when asked on how long the administration was willing to wait for Poe.

Lacierda, however, declined to give a deadline on when Poe should make up her mind.

In last presidential survey, Poe overtook erstwhile leader Vice President Jejomar C. Binay to become the new frontrunner but remains undecided whether to run for president next year.

Before Poe and Escudero met with NPC, House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales warned the lady senator Poe that history is not on the side of independent candidates and those who belong to small-scale political parties when it comes to a presidential run.

“We will decide separately, but it (NPC support) would be a factor. Wala siyang (Grace) pera, makinarya, so malaking bagay iyon sa pagpapasya,” Escudero said. (She does not have money, machinery, so the NPC support will be a factor in her decision making.)

Meanwhile, Binay will be the last but not the least to be given a chance to present his platform and convince NPC men to adopt him as presidential bet, a party leader assured yesterday.

Binay is counting on the support of former Pangasinan Rep. Mark Cojuangco to convince NPC to adopt him as its presidential candidate. Cojuangco is the son of NPC founder former Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr.

Mendoza said Binay will also be given a chance to seek party support but a meeting has yet to be scheduled.


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NPC: All options for 2016 still open By Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 13, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, NPC spokesman

MANILA, Philippines - The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) has not committed to support any presidential candidate despite its members’ separate meetings last Tuesday with Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Sen. Grace Poe.

“We are just in the process of consultations. All options for 2016 are still open,” Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, NPC spokesman, told ABS-CBN News Channel.

Gatchalian said aside from Roxas, the administration presidential candidate, and Poe, who is still coy about her presidential plans, their field of choice includes another declared candidate, Vice President Jejomar Binay.

He said Binay’s principal NPC supporter is former Pangasinan congressman Mark Cojuangco, a cousin of President Aquino and son of business tycoon Eduardo Cojuangco Jr., the party’s founder and chairman emeritus.

“Mark Cojuangco would like to speak to the party and present his case on why NPC should support his candidate. But several members have expressed reservations because of the corruption allegations against the Vice President,” he said.

The Cojuangco son is running for governor of Pangasinan in 2016. Another son, Charlie, a former Negros Occidental congressman, is reportedly eyeing a congressional comeback, either in the Visayas or in Tarlac.

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The elder Cojuangco founded NPC in 1992 as a vehicle for his unsuccessful presidential run.

Gatchalian made the statement about his party still searching for a presidential candidate a day after Roxas and Poe separately met with NPC members.

On Tuesday, Roxas discussed his plans and platform of government with 11 NPC congressmen led by the party’s secretary general, Batangas Rep. Mark Mendoza.

In the evening, Poe and Sen. Francis Escudero attended what Gatchalian described as the party’s “social event” at a Cojuangco mansion in New Manila, Quezon City.

The Cojuangco party supported then Sen. Benigno Aquino III in the 2010 presidential elections.

Gatchalian said their party invited Poe, who is not a party member, to “get to know her better.”

“In the case of Sen. Escudero, he is a former member and he frequently attends our socials,” he said.

He said Poe hopped from one table to another to meet and chat with NPC members.

“Everyone was asking if she is running for president, but she said she’s still pondering on it,” he added.

Gatchalian did not say if NPC would invite Roxas, Binay or any other declared presidential candidate to their future social events.

He said the candidate they would support should pursue the governance and economic reforms initiated by the Aquino administration.

He shared the statement earlier made by Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao that many NPC members would opt to support Poe.

“You have to remember that in 2004, her father campaigned for a lot of NPC members,” he said, referring to the late Fernando Poe Jr., who lost the presidency that year to then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Former Rizal congressman Jack Duavit, NPC executive vice president, said he and his partymates enjoy freedom of choice on whoever presidential candidate they want to support.

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Why many NPC members back Grace Poe ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 08/12/2015 2:19 PM | Updated as of 08/12/2015 2:21 PM 916


Spokesman Rex Gatchalian said many of NPC members owe the late Fernando Poe Jr..

Nationalist People's Coalition has many members expressing support for Senator Grace Poe out of gratitude for her father, the late actor Fernando Poe, Jr., a spokesman said.

Spokesman Rex Gatchalian said many of NPC members owe the late actor.

But Gatchalian clarified that the party is still in the consultation stage and has not made a decision yet on who to support for 2016.

He added that the party members may have their own bets but the party will support only one candidate in the end.

"Our party president, si Cong. Agabao came out and said that 80 percent of NPC members are rooting for the Poe-[Francis] Escudero lineup...You have to remember in 2004, Sen. Grace's father campaigned for a lot for NPC candidates," said Gatchalian.

Around 30 members of the NPC met with Poe and Escudero Tuesday.

The meeting, according to Gatchalian, was a planned event and described it as just a "regular" social gathering.


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Trillanes: ‘Decent, honest’ Roxas is not ‘daang matuwid’ @inquirerdotnet 12:02 PM August 16th, 2015


Not ‘daang matuwid.’ Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II speaks during an event. Noy Morcoso/INQUIRER.net

An administration senator said that Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II could not ride on the popularity of the administration’s “daang matuwid” (straight path) as he eyed the 2016 election.

Administration ally Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said “daang matuwid” defined the term of President Benigno Aquino III while Roxas only represented the Liberal Party.

In an interview on Radyo Inquirer 990 AM on Sunday, Trillanes bared his gap with the party of Roxas saying he personally asked LP officials not to consider him as his possible running mate.

Despite heaping praises for Roxas for being a decent, honest government official, Trillanes said that he did not see himself being part of the LP ticket.

“To be fair to Secretary Mar Roxas, he’s a decent man. I believe hindi siya corrupt. But what he represents is the Liberal Party. Basically, ang kanilang programa or plataporma ay pagpapatuloy ng nangyayari ngayon. Yung ‘tuwid na daan’ kasi, si Presidente Aquino lang ‘yun. Pero yung Liberal Party per se, I don’t see myself being part of that,” Trillanes said.

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(To be fair to Secretary Mar Roxas, he’s a decent man. I believe that he is not a corrupt official. But what he represents is the Liberal Party. Basically, they aim to continue the status quo. President Aquino is the only ‘tuwid na daan.’ I don’t see myself being part of the Liberal Party.)

Last July 31, Aquino endorsed Roxas as the administration coalition’s presidential candidate at Club Filipino in San Juan City before party allies. Roxas said he accepted the challenge of the Filipino people to continue the “daang matuwid.”

Days before endorsing Roxas, Aquino said in his sixth and last State of the Nation Address that the 2016 elections would be a referendum of his “daang matuwid” policy, asking Filipinos to make the reforms he initiated permanent.

“The next election will be a referendum for the straight and righteous path. You will decide whether the transformation we are experiencing today will be permanent, or simply a brief and lucky deviation from a long history of failure,” Aquino said.

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Trillanes on being Mar’s VP: Count me out @inquirerdotnet 10:59 AM August 16th, 2015


No thank you. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV says he has begged off as a choice for the runningmate of LP bet Mars Roxas. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A Roxas-Trillanes ticket for the 2016 elections is off the table.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said he had asked Malacañang to remove his name from any shortlist of possible running mates of Liberal Party presidential candidate Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

“Nagpaalam na po ako sa Malacañang na alisin na po ako sa konsiderasyon nila as vice presidential candidate,” (I already told Malacañang to take me off its consideration as runningmate) Trillanes said in an interview over Radyo Inquirer 990 AM on Sunday.

The senator explained that he did not share the Aquino administration’s views on some issues.

“Magkaiba ang aming pananaw tulad ng sa K-12 program. Yung sa RH law, hindi rin ako sang-ayon dahil sa sex education na iimpose nila sa grade six students. It will create more problems,” (We have opposing views like with the K-12 program. In regard to the RH law, I oppose mandatory sex education for grade six students) he said.

Despite this, Trillanes promised President Benigno Aquino III that he would remain an ally of his administration.

The senator said he was 100 percent sure of running for vice president even if he would not be endorsed by the Nacionalista Party.

In the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey in June, only 1.1 percent of respondents chose Trillanes for vice president.

Senator Grace Poe, who is being wooed by the Liberal Party as Roxas’ running mate, led that SWS survey.
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Palace leaves Senate 'troika' to answer on lengthy Binay probe
Written by Joshua L. Labonera Thursday, 13 August 2015 00:00


THE SENATE 'TROIKA': PIMENTEL, TRILLANES, CAYETANO

Malacañang left Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes IV and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel to explain why the probe on Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family’s alleged misdeeds has been going on for so long, as the Palace ditched allegations that the administration is involved in the alleged demolition job against the opposition stalwart.

Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado said the Senate hearings on accusations against the Binay family is a record breaking hearing already spanning almost a year on a single subject without any purpose of the hearings being in aid for legislation.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda was quick to distance Malacañang from the current debacle, saying, “Ask the Senate. That’s a separate branch of government and that question cannot be poised on us. Of course they can accuse us of cases being behind these,” he said at a Palace briefing.

The Senate blue ribbon subcommittee’s hearings on the issues pertinent to Binay started about a year ago, where relentless controversies against the Vice President have surfaced from time to time, courtesy of what was described as the anti-Binay troika of the three senators.

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The Palace official clarified that the senators supposed to be eyeing to discredit Binay are not from the administration party, the Liberal Party (LP), as it was claimed that the hype on controversies against the Vice President is set to fire up anew as Aquino has already endorsed Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II as his prospect successor.

“By the way, they are not LP, Senators Cayetano and Trillanes, and Senator Pimentel is not also with the LP. Just ask the Senate why, they are the best people to answer that question,” Lacierda said.

“If the allegations will mount, that’s not because President Aquino endorsed Secretary Mar, there’s not one correspondence on that. If there are charges of corruption leveled against the Vice President, it’s because, again, ask the Senate,” he added.

When asked about using the senators as the administration’s attack dogs, considering that Binay remains a formidable opposition figure against the Aquino government, Lacierda said “Ask the Senate, this is the wrong branch for the question.”

United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) President Rep. Toby Tiangco, denounced the demolition job against VP Binay, saying they were not surprised that the efforts to attack Binay have not ceased.

He dared senators alleging Binay of misdeeds to file charges in court against the Vice President, questioning the weight of evidence presented, particularly of Sen. Trillanes, noting anew the one-sided court-like transformation of the Senate subcommittee.

He noted that the senators are trying to weaken the chances of the Vice President to win the 2016 elections, as it was expressed in the Senate that the hearings would not halt until Gerry Limlingan, whom they claim is one of the alleged dummies of Binay, will resurface to confront the probe.

Binay is unfazed by his survey numbers, as in all trust, satisfaction and approval ratings throughout the span of the supposed demolition job against him remains high. He is still a top contender for 2016.

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Trillanes doing a Binay? Senator refuses to face raps in court August 13, 2015 Blog


TRILLANES

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has asked the Department of Justice to dismisse the libel suit filed against him by suspended Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay so the case will not progress to be heard in courts.

In his 44-page counter-affidavit with motion to dismiss, Trillanes said he accused Binay of bribing two Court of Appeals justices to prevent the implementation of his first suspension order as part of his duties as a senator.

Trillanes is among the senators who are leading the investigation into the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II. The findings related to the probe was used as basis to suspend Mayor Binay.

“There can be no doubt that whatsoever that he did so in the performance of his official duties and functions as a member of the legislature,” Trillanes said.

Furthermore, the senator said he is protected from the libel suit by Article VI, Section 11 of the 1987 Constitution, which states that: “a Senator or Member of the House of Representative shall, in all offenses punishable by not more than six years imprisonment, be privileged from arrest while the Congress is in session.

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No member shall be questioned nor be held liable in any other place for any speech or debate in the Congress or in any committee thereof.”

“Since the statements of respondent Trillanes were clearly made in pursuance of his public duty as a Senator of the Republic, there can be no doubt whatsoever that the same are covered by the parliamentary immunity…accordingly, the immediate dismissal of the instant case is clearly in order,” the counter-affidavit stated.

Trillanes earlier scored Mayor Binay’s father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, for refusing to attend the Senate hearings into the Makati building controversy and related anomalies.

But as it turns out, he’s also wary of defending himself before the courts of law after making such a grave accusation about members of the judiciary.

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Trillanes cites ‘immunity’ in move to drop libel case
August 13, 2015 11:37 pm

Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th on Thursday personally went to the Department of Justice (DOJ), asking to junk a libel complaint filed against him by stating that he cannot be sued as a senator because of his “parliamentary immunity” and that only the Senate can discipline him.

The case stemmed from Trillanes’ interview with the media accusing Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. of bribing Court of Appeals Justices Jose Reyes and Francisco Acosta with P25 million each in exchange for favorable resolutions on Binay’s case pending before the CA.

In a 44-page counter-affidavit, the senator invoked “parliamentary immunity” as enshrined under the 1987 Constitution arguing that his statements were made “while in lawful performance of his duties.”

He said Binay’s complaint is “premature” since there are still ongoing investigations before the CA and Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights involving the same bribery case.

According to him, only the Senate, not the executive department or the courts, has the “exclusive power, authority and jurisdiction” over him.

Trillanes said while he was sued for libel, media entities were not despite having published or aired the same statements.

He added that Binay is guilty of “forum shopping” since the case was filed not only with the DOJ, but also with the CA in a contempt case in order to gain a favorable ruling.

3 Responses to Trillanes cites ‘immunity’ in move to drop libel case
fyi says:
August 14, 2015 at 4:49 am
Trillanes doesn’t want to answer the accusations ?
Guess that makes him guilty the same way he said Binay should answer the accusations of Trillanes.
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Ikabod Bubwit says:
August 14, 2015 at 3:40 am
Trillanes cannot invoke immunity since his libelous pronouncements were made outside the Senate Floor and Session. His pronouncements were made in public and as a private citizen. He should answer the charges against him in a court of law.
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Atozet says:
August 14, 2015 at 2:26 am
Man enough mistah trillanes. don’t hide under parliamentary immunity. Face the music if you are brave enough to accuse someone of something. Unless you have no proof and just making papogi in the senate.


TRIBUNE

VP Binay blasts biased MBC survey Written by Joshua L. Labonera Saturday, 15 August 2015 00:00



The camp of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” BInay yesterday blasted the results of the Makati Business Club (MBC) survey which was merely participated in by 67 of its most powerful members showing the Office of the Vice President (OVP) as the worst performing among 64 government agencies they were asked to rate.

The Vice President’s Office said that if the businessmen did not feel in any way the service being extended by the OVP, it was because the OVP was meant to serve the poor and not the rich businessmen.

In a statement, Joey Salgado, head of the media bureau of the OVP, also questioned the results of the MBC survey showing problematic agencies like the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Transportation and Communications, faring better than the OVP.

“The focus of the OVP is to serve our poor countrymen and not the affluent members of the MBC,” Salgado said.

“If they cannot feel the service being extended by the OVP, it is because they have the capacity to avail themselves of expensive medical services in posh hospitals here and abroad while our poor countrymen do not,” Salgado added.

When they are confronted with legal problems, the members of the MBC can easily afford to hire the services of expensive lawyers while our OFWs and their family cannot,” he added

Salgado stressed that that the “67 wealthy businessmen in Makati who participated in the MBC survey, cannot represent the sentiment of our people nationwide.

“They cannot be expected to give a true and objective assessment of the performance of all government agencies, most especially the OVP,” said Salgado.
Salgado said the biases of some MBC members against the Binays have long been out in public.

“There are MBC officials, like its executive director, who were present at the anointment of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas as President Aquino’s chosen one.

“The MBC is composed of businessmen who have profited from this administration’s economic policy that embraces the rich and excludes the poor. They want to continue the inequality under an administration that is pro-business,” Salgado stressed.

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He noted that the MBC gave high marks to agencies that deal directly with the business sector such as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority.

“On this, they are in a position to give a review,” said Salgado. “But what would be their basis for reviewing the performance of other agencies? Only through perception. And it is here where the MBC has shown it can also be selective.”

Salgado said the MBC gave the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) a better rating that the OVP when businessmen and economists have openly complained about the anemic spending that has a put a drag on the economy.

“They even placed the DoTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) a notch higher than the OVP, when the universal verdict is that the DoTC, first held by Roxas and now under his partymate Emilio Abaya, is the showcase of ineptitude, incompetence and a threat to public safety, not to mention a cash cow for Liberal Party allies,” said Salgado.

“Apparently the MBC members are predisposed to believe every lie and gossip against the Vice President. Yet they would ignore the fact that the DoTC would award a P535.5 million contract to a two-month old company owned by an LP man, despite a measly capital of P625,000,” he added.

While they were not expecting any recognition from the MBC as it had been clear from the start that the focus of OVP’s service is for the poor, Salgado said rich businessmen were in no position to judge the OVP as they have been shown to show preference for a particular candidate who would ensure whatever they have reaped the past five years of the “daang matuwid” (straight path) administration would be extended beyond 2016.

Salgado said that if the MBC had only been objective in its survey, it would have taken notice of the fact that the OVP has the lowest budget allocation among government agencies.

“Despite this limitation, the OVP has provided assistance to thousands of indigents who cannot afford the cost of medical care that is readily accessible to MBC members,” said Salgado.

Among others, Salgado said the OVP helped 6,044 indigent clients in paying for their dialysis, hospital bills, chemotherapy sessions, medicines, surgery and other procedures, and hearing aids.

The OVP also provided educational support to 9,700 elementary school pupils nationwide, mostly children from indigenous communities.

The Office also assisted 1,588 OFWs in 2014. Their requests range from repatriation, assistance on salary and benefits claims, legal assistance for detained OFWs, and grievances against recruiters and agents.

“And while we do welcome an honest appraisal of our work, for the OVP, we are satisfied more by the simple gestures of thanks from those whom we have served: a letter of thanks from an OFW awaiting repatriation, a warm embrace and the words ‘maraming salamat’ (Thank you) from a grateful mother,” said Salgado.

“Doon lang, bawi na ang pagpupuyat at pagod,” (Just there, that would be enough for us a reward for our staying up late nights and hardship in doing our work),” he said.

Palace spins MBC results

Malcañang quickly took a shot at VP Binay, following the results of a poll conducted by the MBC, where only 67 MBC members out of a claimed 400 plus memebrs, participated in the non-scientific survey that placed the OVP at the bottom of the list becoming the worst performing government agency as the Palace leverage to junk Binay’s claims against the administration.

In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said the results of the survey among only 67 businessmen were enough to conclude that Binay’s accusations and criticisms against the Aquino administration are weightless.


COLOMA

There was nothing in the MBC survey that had any question regarding the accusations of the VP against Aquino and his administration.

But the spin of Coloma went on, as he said that “It may be reasonable to infer that this represents the negative feedback of the business community on the Vice President’s criticisms against the administration in the aftermath of his resignation from the Cabinet,” Coloma said.

He stressed that the recent attacks of the Vice President, which happened during the time the survey was conducted, was debunked by the poll, as the Palace official noted a sharp decline in approval from the business executives for the performance of the OVP from 33rd last year to 67th. VP Binay however, has a higher trust and performance rating compared to President Aquino in nationwide surveys.

In several events, Vice President Binay has consistently targeted the failure of the Aquino administration, calling the government insensitive to the poor, aside being a failure as the VP has also called the Aquino administration incompetent.

Binay stands as the opposition’s presidential standard bearer in 2016, under the banner of the United Nationalist Alliance.

The Palace official, meanwhile, lauded how the MBC’s findings were favorable to most of the 64 government agencies that were subjected to the scrutiny of business executives.

He said that the results reflected the economic success driven by the President.
“The survey results mirror and affirm the vote of confidence extended by the international community to the country as reflected in successive upgrades in investment rating, as well as significant improvement in global competitiveness rankings,” Coloma said. With Charlie V. Manalo


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Binay camp tells Trillanes to face damage suit Monday, August 10, 2015


Vice President Jejomar Binay (Sun.Star file photo (croppedphoto)

THE camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday challenged Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to face the damage suit filed against him.

Lawyer Rico Quicho, Binay's spokesman for political affairs, said the senator again showed his "aversion to fairness and impartiality" after he asked the Office of the Court Administrator to transfer the hearing of the civil suit filed by the Vice President to another venue.

"Senator Trillanes' request to move the venue of the hearing showcases his lack of respect for the independence and integrity of the courts," Quicho said.

Binay filed the suit before the Makati City Regional Trial Court.

The spokesman reminded the senator that he called out the Vice President for refusing to appear before "an admittedly biased and antagonistic" Senate blue ribbon subcommittee.

"Again, ours is a country of laws and not of Senator Trillanes. Allegations, just like sincerity, are subject to proof. Anything less, which Senator Trillanes implies, is tyranny and opportunism at its highest order," Quicho said.

"The people and institutions maligned by Senator Trillanes must have their day in court with a fair and impartial proceeding," he added.

In a two-page letter addressed to Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, Trillanes asked the Supreme Court on Monday to move the venue of the hearing from the sala of Makati RTC branch 133 Judge Elpidio Calis "to any of the courts in Metro Manila."

The senator believed that hearing the trial in Makati City, where Binay was mayor for two decades and where his son, Jejomar Erwin Binay, is the current chief executive, "can endanger the lives of the defendants in the case."

Quicho said the former navy lieutenant seems to be afraid of the fact that Makati residents stayed at the quadrangle in front of the Makati City Hall building while waiting for the Court of Appeals decision on the suspension of the younger Binay.

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"Trillanes appears to believe that the support of the Makati constituents can be a possible source of danger for him, the 13 other respondents, and even witnesses that may be called to testify. If that is not paranoia, I don't know what is," Quicho said.

In his request to Marquez, Trillanes alleged that the entire regional trial court of Makati City could be biased in favor of the Binays because of the benefits received by the judges from the Makati City government.

Quicho noted that this is the second time that Trillanes questioned the integrity of the courts yet the senator has not provided any evidence to prove his allegations.

More than a month ago, Trillanes said in a television interview that two CA justices were bribed to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the enforcement of the Ombudsman's suspension order against Mayor Binay.

As to alleged benefits the RTC received, Quicho said the grant of financial support by the local government unit to judges is specifically provided for by Section 458 (a) (1) (xi) of the Local Government Code.


VP BINAY, TRILLANES, MORALES, CAYETANO

Binay filed a P200-million civil suit for damages against Trillanes, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Caloocan City Representative Edgar Erice, Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) officials Amando Tetangco, Jr., Emmanuel Dooc, Teresita Herbosa, Julia Abad, former Makati officials Ernesto Mercado, Mario Hechanova, Renato Bondal and Nicolas Enciso VI, and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

In a 41-page civil suit, the Vice President said the 13 respondents violated Articles 19, 20 and 21 (human relations), 32 (constitutional rights), and 2176 of the Civil Code "when they repeatedly spread allegations of plunder graft and corruption and other illegal activities against him based on unverified and even fabricated sources, and despite the fact these have not been proven in court."

The Vice President also said the respondents were guilty of libel, violating Article 33 of the Civil Code in relation to Articles 353, 355 and 358 of the Revised Penal Code.

"By mouthing in public and/or publishing/or causing the publication of the concocted and fabricated claims, which maliciously impute the crimes of graft and corruption as well as other illegal activities against the Plaintiff, thereby attacking and attempting to ruin his name and reputation, the defendants caused damage to the Plaintiff through fault and/or negligence," the affidavit said.

The attacks, the Vice President said, were malicious in nature and it maligned his character and reputation to destroy his chances of being elected president next year.

"The venue for such baseless accusations was a public forum--- interviews in media outlets and publication of the defamatory statements in the PDI," Quicho said.

In the affidavit, Binay noted how obvious that the allegations and acts against him "were not made in response to duty but with the obvious intention to injure the reputation of an innocent person in order to attain their objectives."

The Vice President also noted that Trillanes and Cayetano have admitted they plan to run for a higher position, Erice is an ally of Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, and Mercado's group is composed of all losing candidates in the Makati elections in May 2013.

Roxas will run against Binay in the 2016 presidential election.
(CVB/Sunnex)

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New justice in Binay contempt case vs Trillanes named By: Tetch Torres-Tupas @T2TupasINQ INQUIRER.net 02:14 PM August 14th, 2015


TRILLANES

The Court of Appeals (CA) on Friday appointed a new justice to fill the slot vacated by Associate Justice Maria Luisa Quijano-Padilla who inhibited from the contempt case filed by suspended Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Associate Justice Ramon Garcia has been tasked to replace Associate Justice Quijano-Padilla.

On the other hand, the hearing on the contempt case has been rescheduled to Nov. 12.

Justice Quijano-Padilla on Thursday inhibited from the case because she is a member of the appeals court’s ethics committee tasked to investigate allegations made by Trillanes that two associate justices received up to P50 million in bribes in exchange for a stop order on the first preventive suspension of Binay.

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READ: CA cancels hearing of contempt case filed by Junjun vs Trillanes

Trillanes earlier implicated in what he called “justice for sale” scam two of the three members of the Court of Appeals Sixth Division: Justices Jose Reyes Jr. and Francisco Acosta, chair and senior member of the division.

READ: Trillanes names 2 CA justices in Binay TRO ‘sale’

Reyes, Acosta and the division’s junior member, Justice Eduardo Peralta, issued the temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction stopping the Office of the Ombudsman from preventively suspending Binay, who is being investigated in the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Parking Building II.


TRIBUNE

VP Binay blasts biased MBC survey Written by Joshua L. Labonera Saturday, 15 August 2015 00:00



The camp of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” BInay yesterday blasted the results of the Makati Business Club (MBC) survey which was merely participated in by 67 of its most powerful members showing the Office of the Vice President (OVP) as the worst performing among 64 government agencies they were asked to rate.

The Vice President’s Office said that if the businessmen did not feel in any way the service being extended by the OVP, it was because the OVP was meant to serve the poor and not the rich businessmen.

In a statement, Joey Salgado, head of the media bureau of the OVP, also questioned the results of the MBC survey showing problematic agencies like the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Transportation and Communications, faring better than the OVP.

“The focus of the OVP is to serve our poor countrymen and not the affluent members of the MBC,” Salgado said.

“If they cannot feel the service being extended by the OVP, it is because they have the capacity to avail themselves of expensive medical services in posh hospitals here and abroad while our poor countrymen do not,” Salgado added.

When they are confronted with legal problems, the members of the MBC can easily afford to hire the services of expensive lawyers while our OFWs and their family cannot,” he added


THE WEALTHY MAKATI BUSINESS CLUB

Salgado stressed that that the “67 wealthy businessmen in Makati who participated in the MBC survey, cannot represent the sentiment of our people nationwide.

“They cannot be expected to give a true and objective assessment of the performance of all government agencies, most especially the OVP,” said Salgado.

Salgado said the biases of some MBC members against the Binays have long been out in public.

READ MORE...

“There are MBC officials, like its executive director, who were present at the anointment of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas as President Aquino’s chosen one.

“The MBC is composed of businessmen who have profited from this administration’s economic policy that embraces the rich and excludes the poor.

They want to continue the inequality under an administration that is pro-business,” Salgado stressed.

He noted that the MBC gave high marks to agencies that deal directly with the business sector such as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority.

“On this, they are in a position to give a review,” said Salgado. “But what would be their basis for reviewing the performance of other agencies? Only through perception. And it is here where the MBC has shown it can also be selective.”

Salgado said the MBC gave the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) a better rating that the OVP when businessmen and economists have openly complained about the anemic spending that has a put a drag on the economy.

“They even placed the DoTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) a notch higher than the OVP, when the universal verdict is that the DoTC, first held by Roxas and now under his partymate Emilio Abaya, is the showcase of ineptitude, incompetence and a threat to public safety, not to mention a cash cow for Liberal Party allies,” said Salgado.

“Apparently the MBC members are predisposed to believe every lie and gossip against the Vice President. Yet they would ignore the fact that the DoTC would award a P535.5 million contract to a two-month old company owned by an LP man, despite a measly capital of P625,000,” he added.

While they were not expecting any recognition from the MBC as it had been clear from the start that the focus of OVP’s service is for the poor, Salgado said rich businessmen were in no position to judge the OVP as they have been shown to show preference for a particular candidate who would ensure whatever they have reaped the past five years of the “daang matuwid” (straight path) administration would be extended beyond 2016.

Salgado said that if the MBC had only been objective in its survey, it would have taken notice of the fact that the OVP has the lowest budget allocation among government agencies.

“Despite this limitation, the OVP has provided assistance to thousands of indigents who cannot afford the cost of medical care that is readily accessible to MBC members,” said Salgado.

Among others, Salgado said the OVP helped 6,044 indigent clients in paying for their dialysis, hospital bills, chemotherapy sessions, medicines, surgery and other procedures, and hearing aids.

The OVP also provided educational support to 9,700 elementary school pupils nationwide, mostly children from indigenous communities.

The Office also assisted 1,588 OFWs in 2014. Their requests range from repatriation, assistance on salary and benefits claims, legal assistance for detained OFWs, and grievances against recruiters and agents.

“And while we do welcome an honest appraisal of our work, for the OVP, we are satisfied more by the simple gestures of thanks from those whom we have served: a letter of thanks from an OFW awaiting repatriation, a warm embrace and the words ‘maraming salamat’ (Thank you) from a grateful mother,” said Salgado.

“Doon lang, bawi na ang pagpupuyat at pagod,” (Just there, that would be enough for us a reward for our staying up late nights and hardship in doing our work),” he said.

Palace spins MBC results

Malcañang quickly took a shot at VP Binay, following the results of a poll conducted by the MBC, where only 67 MBC members out of a claimed 400 plus memebrs, participated in the non-scientific survey that placed the OVP at the bottom of the list becoming the worst performing government agency as the Palace leverage to junk Binay’s claims against the administration.


COLOMA

In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said the results of the survey among only 67 businessmen were enough to conclude that Binay’s accusations and criticisms against the Aquino administration are weightless.

There was nothing in the MBC survey that had any question regarding the accusations of the VP against Aquino and his administration.

But the spin of Coloma went on, as he said that “It may be reasonable to infer that this represents the negative feedback of the business community on the Vice President’s criticisms against the administration in the aftermath of his resignation from the Cabinet,” Coloma said.

He stressed that the recent attacks of the Vice President, which happened during the time the survey was conducted, was debunked by the poll, as the Palace official noted a sharp decline in approval from the business executives for the performance of the OVP from 33rd last year to 67th. VP Binay however, has a higher trust and performance rating compared to President Aquino in nationwide surveys.

In several events, Vice President Binay has consistently targeted the failure of the Aquino administration, calling the government insensitive to the poor, aside being a failure as the VP has also called the Aquino administration incompetent.
Binay stands as the opposition’s presidential standard bearer in 2016, under the banner of the United Nationalist Alliance.

The Palace official, meanwhile, lauded how the MBC’s findings were favorable to most of the 64 government agencies that were subjected to the scrutiny of business executives.

He said that the results reflected the economic success driven by the President.

“The survey results mirror and affirm the vote of confidence extended by the international community to the country as reflected in successive upgrades in investment rating, as well as significant improvement in global competitiveness rankings,” Coloma said.
With Charlie V. Manalo


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