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PALACE NEW IDEA: 'NO GARAGE, NO CAR PURCHASE' POLICY TO HELP EASE TRAFFIC


SEPTEMBER 15 -Traffic is at a standstill as commuters wait for public transport at the intersection of EDSA and Roxas Boulevard following a brief downpour on September 8. Bernardo Batuigas A law prohibiting the purchase of vehicles if the buyer does not own parking space will help ease traffic in Metro Manila, Malacañang said Tuesday. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said such measure will unclog roads that have become parking lots for some vehicle owners. "Ang panukala ay naglalayong pigilin ang pagdami ng sasakyang pinaparada sa kalsada dahil walang garahe. Sa ganitong paraan, mababawasan ang pagsikip ng kalsada upang bumilis ang daloy ng trapik," Coloma said. "Karapat dapat na bigyan ito ng seryosong pag-aaral," he added. The Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (HPG) has made the proposal as the government continues to address the worsening traffic situation in the metro. Two weeks ago, Aquino directed the HPG to serve as the lead traffic law enforcement agency on EDSA. Aquino ordered the HPG and concerned government agencies to clear six major intersections that are considered traffic congestion "choke points" along the major thoroughfare. READ MORE...

ALSO: Metro mayors to be included in weekly 'traffic' meeting -MMDA


SEPTEMBER 20 -Local government units will now be included in meetings of the Technical working Group (TWG) on the traffic situation in Metro Manila, an official of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Sunday.
MMDA assistant general manager for operations Emerson Carlos told radio dzBB that the proposal to include local government units in the TWG meetings came up during last week's Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting. Carlos said that during the meeting, city mayors raised concern about the effects of the new traffic schemes being implemented by the Philippine National Police's Highway Patrol Group (HPG) on EDSA. Carlos said that the mayors have noticed that buildup of traffic on inner roads, particularly the arteries leading to EDSA, during rush hours. He said the most vocal of the mayors during the meeting was Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos, who raised his concern over the worsening traffic problem in Shaw Boulevard and Ortigas Avenue because of the new operational traffic schemes on EDSA. The Quezon City local government also complained of heavier traffic on Commonwealth Avenue since new traffic schemes were implemented by the HPG on EDSA. "Kaya invited na sila sa weekly na TWG meetings para maayos ang traffic sa EDSA at buong Metro Manila," Carlos said. READ MORE...

ALSO: No classes for 4 days due to APEC (Nov. 17 - 20)


SEPTEMBER 18 -Students shout slogans as they march towards the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, for a rally to protest the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Finance Ministers Meeting which culminates in the APEC Economic Leaders Summit in November. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
Classes in Metro Manila schools will be suspended for four days, from Nov. 17 to 20, due to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit where 21 world leaders are expected to attend. Department of Education (DepEd) regional director Luz Almeda issued a memorandum extending the original two-day class suspension to four days. Malacañang earlier proclaimed Nov. 18 and 19, the dates of the APEC Leaders’ Summit, as non-working holidays in Metro Manila. However, Almeda said yesterday that the DepEd decided to extend the class suspensions for security reasons and to ease traffic congestion.In line with the suspension of classes, Almeda gave school divisions the discretion to schedule make-up classes to ensure that they comply with the required 201 school days for the academic year. “Make-up classes should conform with the mechanism agreed by the school administrators and parents,” said Almeda. In an earlier order, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said make-up classes would be held to compensate for the school days spent for activities deemed beneficial to the learning and teaching process. Meanwhile, Almeda also reminded school heads to include the importance and benefits of APEC in the lessons of Araling Panlipunan. The coastline of Parañaque City will be off limits to fishermen during the APEC summit in November, a city official said yesterday. Some delegates would be staying in hotels in the reclamation area. READ MORE...

ALSO 'Balimbing' time: Defection to NPC starts; Support for Grace builds up


SEPTEMBER 19 -Senator Grace Poe. Photo by AJ
More than 150 local officials and lawmakers from the Liberal Party (LP) and other parties have defected to the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), as rumors swirl about the country’s second biggest political party preparing to formally announce its support for the tandem of Sens. Grace Poe and Francis Escudero in the 2016 elections.
New NPC recruits also include former members of the Nacionalista Party (NP), Lakas-Christian and Muslim Democrats and the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). The new NPC members were mayors and other local officials from the provinces of Quezon, Batangas, Laguna, Camarines Sur and parts of Metro Manila. NPC secretary general Batangas Rep. Mark Llandro Mendoza said the “mass defection” to NPC was triggered by the recent formalization of the Poe-Escudero tandem. “We were surprised because right after Sen. Grace and Sen. Chiz (Escudero’s nickname) made their announcement, many wanted to join the NPC,” Mendoza told reporters. NPC has yet to officially announce who the party would endorse in the 2016 elections but its officials, led by its president, Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao, have been saying that a majority of party members wish to support Poe and Escudero. Mendoza said the NPC, founded by businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., is currently in talks with other parties, including the NP and the National Unity Party, for a possible alliance. “We will form a coalition of political parties and decide which candidates we are going to support,” Mendoza said. He added more politicians are expected to join the NPC once the party makes a decision. READ MORE...RELATED, LP twits Poe camp: Mere propaganda...

ALSO: After Grace, LP eyes Leni; Roxas formalizes invitation to Robredo as search for VP continues


SEPTEMBER 19 -SEEKING GUIDANCE – Naga Archbishop Rolando Joven Tirona prays over Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Aquino administration’s presidential bet Mar Roxas who paid him a visit yesterday in Naga City. Robredo has been seeking divine guidance on whether or not to accept Roxas’ invitation to run as his running mate in next year’s elections. (Mar Roxas’ FB Page)
Spurned by Senator Grace Poe, whom it had profusely courted to become the administration vice presidential bet in 2016, the ruling Liberal Party (LP) now trains its sight on Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo. Yesterday, two days after Poe formally declared her run for the presidency, LP standard bearer Mar Roxas officially invited Robredo to become his running mate in next year’s elections during a visit to Naga City. The widow of former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, however, reportedly said she will study the offer to seek higher public office and may decide in two weeks. She had earlier said that a possible vice presidential run was too soon for her, adding she was considering running for re-election or senator in 2016. Roxas initiated the talks with Robredo after Poe decided to run for president, with Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero as running mate. SECOND CHOICE Poe was the President’s original choice for Roxas’ running mate and had openly wooed the lady senator to join the administration coalition, holding a number of meetings with her. But with Poe’s decision to run for the highest post of the land, Aquino may now settle his second choice – Robredo. READ MORE...

ALSO: Renunciation of foreign citizenship now part of COMELEC


SEPTEMBER 19 -Sen. Grace Poe arrives at the Supreme Court for the hearing on her citizenship case yesterday. EDD GUMBAN
Amid questions on the citizenship of presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will require would-be candidates in the 2016 polls to declare if they have renounced their foreign citizenship. In Resolution No. 9989 promulgated on Sept. 17, the poll body said in applicable cases, a would-be candidate shall declare “I executed a sworn renunciation of foreign citizenship.” The Comelec cited Republic Act No. 9225 or the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003 and the Aug. 18, 2015 ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) in the Arnado vs. Comelec case. “Whereas, considering the above SC decision, there is a need to amend the guidelines and include in the forms of the certificates of candidacy (COCs) an item on the compliance by candidates, who are dual citizens, of the requirements of RA 9225, if applicable,” the Comelec said. Under Section 5 of RA 9225, those who retain or re-acquire Philippine citizenship under this law shall enjoy full civil and political rights with those seeking elective public office. They are required, however, to make a personal and sworn renunciation of foreign citizenship at the time of the filing of the COC. In the Arnado vs. Comelec case, the SC ruled that people with dual citizenship may run for public office in the Philippines, provided that they meet the qualifications set by the Constitution and existing laws; and make a personal and sworn renunciation of foreign citizenship when they file their COCs. READ MORE...RELATED, Drilon urges SET to resolve disqualification case vs Poe...


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Palace: 'No garage, no car purchase' policy to help ease traffic


SEPTEMBER 15 -Traffic is at a standstill as commuters wait for public transport at the intersection of EDSA and Roxas Boulevard following a brief downpour on September 8. Bernardo Batuigas

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015, (PHILSTAR) By Louis Bacani - A law prohibiting the purchase of vehicles if the buyer does not own parking space will help ease traffic in Metro Manila, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said such measure will unclog roads that have become parking lots for some vehicle owners.

"Ang panukala ay naglalayong pigilin ang pagdami ng sasakyang pinaparada sa kalsada dahil walang garahe. Sa ganitong paraan, mababawasan ang pagsikip ng kalsada upang bumilis ang daloy ng trapik," Coloma said.

"Karapat dapat na bigyan ito ng seryosong pag-aaral," he added.

The Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (HPG) has made the proposal as the government continues to address the worsening traffic situation in the metro.

Two weeks ago, Aquino directed the HPG to serve as the lead traffic law enforcement agency on EDSA.

Aquino ordered the HPG and concerned government agencies to clear six major intersections that are considered traffic congestion "choke points" along the major thoroughfare.

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In a speech last month, Aquino said traffic in Metro Manila has become worse because of the increasing number of vehicles.

He said that according to the Department of Trade and Industry, over 22,400 new cars are being sold every month.

There were also about 1.2 million new motorcycles in 2014.

"Ang resulta po: Siyempre, lalong siksikan sa kalsada. At natural, dahil sa trapiko, ang sasakyan at motorsiklo na pinag-ipunan mo nang husto, mas mabilis malalaspag dahil nakababad lang sa karbon," he said.

RELATED: Palace on traffic mess: Nobody liable for now


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MMDA: Metro mayors to be included in weekly 'traffic' meeting September 20, 2015 11:14am Tags: metromanilatraffic, edsa, mmda, metromanilacouncil, highwaypatrolgroup

Local government units will now be included in meetings of the Technical working Group (TWG) on the traffic situation in Metro Manila, an official of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Sunday.

MMDA assistant general manager for operations Emerson Carlos told radio dzBB that the proposal to include local government units in the TWG meetings came up during last week's Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting.

Carlos said that during the meeting, city mayors raised concern about the effects of the new traffic schemes being implemented by the Philippine National Police's Highway Patrol Group (HPG) on EDSA.

Carlos said that the mayors have noticed that buildup of traffic on inner roads, particularly the arteries leading to EDSA, during rush hours.

He said the most vocal of the mayors during the meeting was Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos, who raised his concern over the worsening traffic problem in Shaw Boulevard and Ortigas Avenue because of the new operational traffic schemes on EDSA.

The Quezon City local government also complained of heavier traffic on Commonwealth Avenue since new traffic schemes were implemented by the HPG on EDSA.

"Kaya invited na sila sa weekly na TWG meetings para maayos ang traffic sa EDSA at buong Metro Manila," Carlos said.

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He said that the TWG can now consult directly from the mayors or their representatives the traffic schemes that they will implement on EDSA and other areas in Metro Manila.

The members of the TWG are the MMDA, HPG, the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Transportation and Communications and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

On Friday, HPG director Chief Superintendent Arnold Gunnacao said that the MMC has passed a resolution asking President Benigno Aquino III to extend the group's duties to the secondary roads leading to EDSA.

Gunnacao said that under the resolution, the mayors agreed to allow HPG to use local traffic enforcement groups to manage traffic on the secondary roads. —ALG, GMA News


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No classes for 4 days due to APEC By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 18, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


SEPTEMBER 17 -Students shout slogans as they march towards the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, for a rally to protest the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Finance Ministers Meeting which culminates in the APEC Economic Leaders Summit in November. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines - Classes in Metro Manila schools will be suspended for four days, from Nov. 17 to 20, due to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit where 21 world leaders are expected to attend.

Department of Education (DepEd) regional director Luz Almeda issued a memorandum extending the original two-day class suspension to four days.

Malacañang earlier proclaimed Nov. 18 and 19, the dates of the APEC Leaders’ Summit, as non-working holidays in Metro Manila.

However, Almeda said yesterday that the DepEd decided to extend the class suspensions for security reasons and to ease traffic congestion.

In line with the suspension of classes, Almeda gave school divisions the discretion to schedule make-up classes to ensure that they comply with the required 201 school days for the academic year.

“Make-up classes should conform with the mechanism agreed by the school administrators and parents,” said Almeda.

In an earlier order, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said make-up classes would be held to compensate for the school days spent for activities deemed beneficial to the learning and teaching process.

Meanwhile, Almeda also reminded school heads to include the importance and benefits of APEC in the lessons of Araling Panlipunan.

The coastline of Parañaque City will be off limits to fishermen during the APEC summit in November, a city official said yesterday.

Some delegates would be staying in hotels in the reclamation area.

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Mario Jimenez, chief of the city special services division, said that fishermen were informed of the fishing ban during the summit.

The Philippine Coast Guard together with the city’s Bantay Kalikasan Task Force would implement the ban.

“Fishermen, however, will be allowed to fish outside the restricted zone,” he said.

At least 150 fishermen will be affected by the fishing ban in Manila Bay.

Jimenez also said that a special lane will be set up for APEC delegates in selected streets in the city to ensure faster travel.

Security preparations for the APEC summit were enhanced by the Air Force and Navy during the Interoperability Exercise DAGIT 2015, which ends today.

Air Force spokesman Col. Enrico Canaya clarified that the inclusion of APEC in the scenarios was not due to a threat but part of preparations for the event.

“Considering that the visit of the heads of state is near, we incorporated the scenario in the exercise. It involved the transport of personnel, medical evacuation and the testing of capability,” Canaya said.

“There are no threats. It is just part of the normal preparations,” he added.

Armed Forces deputy chief of staff Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina said government forces tasked to secure the APEC are preparing for any eventuality.

Aside from APEC security preparations, DAGIT (Dagat at Langit) 2015 drills dealt with integrated air defense, maritime security, search and rescue and test of Air Force and Navy joint warfare capabilities.

DAGIT 2015 started last Sept. 7 and involved 230 air force soldiers and 150 Navy troopers. The closing rites will be held today at the 15th Strike Wing headquarters in Sangley Point, Cavite.

The Air Force deployed 16 air assets during the exercise, including S-211 jets, S-76 Air Ambulance, Sokol Rescue Helicopter, UH-1H and UH-1D and C-130 while the Navy sent an Islander plane, an AW109E helicopter, frigate BRP Gregorio del Pilar, a communications van and a medical team. – With Alexis Romero, Perseus Echeminada


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Defection to NPC starts: Support for Grace builds up By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 19, 2015 - 12:00am 3 439 googleplus0 3


Senator Grace Poe. Photo by AJ

MANILA, Philippines - More than 150 local officials and lawmakers from the Liberal Party (LP) and other parties have defected to the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), as rumors swirl about the country’s second biggest political party preparing to formally announce its support for the tandem of Sens. Grace Poe and Francis Escudero in the 2016 elections.

New NPC recruits also include former members of the Nacionalista Party (NP), Lakas-Christian and Muslim Democrats and the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

The new NPC members were mayors and other local officials from the provinces of Quezon, Batangas, Laguna, Camarines Sur and parts of Metro Manila.

NPC secretary general Batangas Rep. Mark Llandro Mendoza said the “mass defection” to NPC was triggered by the recent formalization of the Poe-Escudero tandem.

“We were surprised because right after Sen. Grace and Sen. Chiz (Escudero’s nickname) made their announcement, many wanted to join the NPC,” Mendoza told reporters.

NPC has yet to officially announce who the party would endorse in the 2016 elections but its officials, led by its president, Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao, have been saying that a majority of party members wish to support Poe and Escudero.

Mendoza said the NPC, founded by businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., is currently in talks with other parties, including the NP and the National Unity Party, for a possible alliance.

“We will form a coalition of political parties and decide which candidates we are going to support,” Mendoza said.

He added more politicians are expected to join the NPC once the party makes a decision.

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NPC chairman and former Isabela governor Faustino Dy said the party might make an announcement next week on who to support among the presidential candidates.

Aside from Poe, only Vice President Jejomar Binay and former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II have so far announced their bid for the presidency. Binay and Roxas are still looking for running mates.

Among the prominent political leaders who took their oaths as NPC members at the party’s headquarters in Quezon City yesterday were Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr.

Andaya, a former budget secretary and ally of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, noted that the NPC was the first major political party “to step up to the plate and make itself available to the candidacy of Senator Grace.”

“This is a strong message on where the heart of the party really is,” Andaya said. “A lot of people are supporting Sen. Grace. The message is out there. No need to say it out loud.”

He said Poe’s 20-point agenda – which she presented during her proclamation – reflects her sincerity, seriousness and willingness to deliver.

“The fight is still a long way to go. But when you come into a long campaign and you already have a plan of programs you want to push for on Day 1, it shows your willingness to serve,” Andaya said.

“The rest have long declared their candidacies but they are yet to present an agenda. All we have heard are slogans,” he added.

“The agenda is rooted in experience. They have learned from the administrations (that were in power). This tandem knows that government services should be improved, and that the mistakes of the past won’t happen again. This is a fresh start,” he added.

Also seen at the event was Caloocan City Rep. Enrico Echiverri, a stalwart of the LP. Echiverri, however, declined to categorically say whether he was joining the NPC, saying he was just invited to the event.

Echiverri was one of the first Lakas-CMD members who bolted the party to join the LP in 2009 to support the presidential campaign of then Sen. Benigno Aquino III.

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LP twits Poe camp: Mere propaganda By Maricel Cruz | Sep. 20, 2015 at 12:01am



A LIBERAL Party official denied on Saturday that 200 of its members have jumped ship to the Nationalist People’s Coalition and dismissed the story as mere propaganda of the camp of Senator Grace Poe who declared her intent to run for President in 2016.

“That is only propaganda of the camp of Senator Poe and Senator [Francis “Chiz” Escudero]. We all know that Senator Chiz’s camp is good at that even before,” Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice said in Filipino during an interview over radio station dzMM on Saturday.

Erice, the LP political affairs adviser, said the NPC, the second largest political party in the country, has repeatedly tried but failed to recruit LP members.

“It’s true that they have been talking to many members of the Liberal Party, but up to now, they have not succeeded in turning the members of the party. Yesterday [Friday], they said 200, but they didn’t even mention their names,” Erice said.

The LP leader also criticized the supposed attempts of the NPC to pirate and turn members of legitimate political parties.

“That is such a bad practice, to pirate and turn members of legitimate political parties. Does that mean, party membership is only for convenience and not for principles?” Erice asked.

But NPC spokesperson and Quezon Rep. Mark Enverga confirmed that 30 percent of NPC’s 200 new members were from LP while 50 percent are from the National Unity Party and the rest from the United Nationalist Alliance.

Enverga named Rep. Nonoy Andaya of Camarines Sur and Vice Mayor Artemio Simundac of Muntinlupa City as among those who took their membership oaths to the NPC.

“We are bent on fortifying our strength and the forces throughout the country. We will be expecting much more oath takings in the coming weeks,” Enverga said in a separate interview with dzMM.

Enverga said most of the former LP members are local officials from Batangas while the others are from Laguna, Quezon and Muntinlupa. Most of these officials have long expressed their desire to join the NPC in apparent frustration at the LP.

“There is no need for us to brag. Those who were inducted yesterday [Friday] had long signified their plan to join our party,” Enverga said, adding that the party did give out a list of the new inductees.

Enverga said that while the NPC has yet to officially decide who to support in next year’s elections, it is likely that it would support the vice presidential bid of Escudero because he was a former member of the party until 2010.

“Although Senator Chiz has already left our party, he remains close friends with most of our members simply because of the length of his association with many party members,” Enverga said.

The NPC has also earlier heaped praises upon Poe’s accomplishments and stressed that questions about her citizenship is not an issue for their party.


MANILA BULLETIN

After Grace, LP eyes Leni Roxas formalizes invitation to Robredo as search for VP continues by Genalyn Kabiling September 19, 2015 Share0 Tweet22 Share0 Email0 Share133


SEEKING GUIDANCE – Naga Archbishop Rolando Joven Tirona prays over Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Aquino administration’s presidential bet Mar Roxas who paid him a visit yesterday in Naga City. Robredo has been seeking divine guidance on whether or not to accept Roxas’ invitation to run as his running mate in next year’s elections. (Mar Roxas’ FB Page)

Spurned by Senator Grace Poe, whom it had profusely courted to become the administration vice presidential bet in 2016, the ruling Liberal Party (LP) now trains its sight on Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

Yesterday, two days after Poe formally declared her run for the presidency, LP standard bearer Mar Roxas officially invited Robredo to become his running mate in next year’s elections during a visit to Naga City.

The widow of former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, however, reportedly said she will study the offer to seek higher public office and may decide in two weeks.

She had earlier said that a possible vice presidential run was too soon for her, adding she was considering running for re-election or senator in 2016.

Roxas initiated the talks with Robredo after Poe decided to run for president, with Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero as running mate.

SECOND CHOICE

Poe was the President’s original choice for Roxas’ running mate and had openly wooed the lady senator to join the administration coalition, holding a number of meetings with her.

But with Poe’s decision to run for the highest post of the land, Aquino may now settle his second choice – Robredo.

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Undersecretary Abigail Valte, deputy presidential spokesman, also President Aquino is supporting only one presidential candidate in the 2016 and he is Roxas. She said this to dispel speculations that the President was secretly supporting Poe’s presidential bid.

Valte also has nothing but praises for Robredo, saying she would make a good running mate of Roxas due to her integrity and competence.

Valte likewise recognized that Robredo shares the administration’s principles of “Daang Matuwid” or straight path.

“She has a very good head on her shoulders. She is also a lawyer at wala hong bahid ang record,” Valte said in a Palace press briefing, apparently taking a dig at Poe who is facing a citizenship case.

“It shouldn’t be a surprise that Congresswoman Leni fits into what the President wants to be continued,” she added.

Valte also highlighted Robredo’s track record as a first-term congresswoman, saying she has authored many bills promoting transparency and accountability, including the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, a measure which Poe wanted to be passed under her watch to boost the anti-corruption drive.

“So you see from her work also that is what she wants to integrate into the system,” she added.

LENI FITS WELL

Asked if the Roxas-Robredo tandem is a formidable one to match Poe-Escudero ticket, Valte said: “Let’s take them by the possibility and not to compare because I don’t want to get into that. But at least, ‘yung prinsipyo po ni Congresswoman Robredo ay nahahalata naman pong naka-align sa prinsipyo ng Pangulo, sa mga prinsipyo ni Secretary Mar Roxas, at naka-align din po siya doon sa mga gusto pang itulak ‘nung dalawa [Let’s take them by the possibility and not to compare because I don’t want to get into that. But at least, the principles of Cong. Robredo is aligned with the principles of the President, the principles of Secretary Mar Roxas. She also supports the initiatives the two want to further pursue].”

“The President believes in continuity and the President also believes very strongly in finding the right people to push for that continuity,” she added.

Valte admitted that the President is aware of the ongoing talks with Robredo on her possible vice presidential run. But she could not say if the President will hold another separate meeting with Robredo to convince her to throw her hat in the ring.

“I think nag-usap sila a month ago but they were talking about a possible Senate run. I am not aware, I am not privy to a possible conversation that may have happened recently about vice presidential run,” she said.

She also declined to comment on queries why Robredo was not the original choice of Mar’s running mate. “The President will be in a better position to explain how they arrived at the process,” she said.

‘JUMP WITH LENI’

In a move to get Robredo’s attention, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda shared his jump shot photo on Facebook with the hashtag “#jumpwithleni” and urged the public to make a similar pose for Robredo’s potential vice presidential run.

This is the latest online initiative launched by a Palace official to persuade the Camarines Sur congresswoman to run alongside Roxas in the forthcoming elections.

“I’ll jump with you Leni #jumpwithleni,” Lacierda wrote on Facebook, assuring the lawmaker that she and her daughters “are not alone.”

“Pls take a photo of your jump and do the hashtag! Let’s all jump with her,” the Palace official added. “Let’s show our support! Take a photo or video and #jumpwithleni.”

PNOY RATING

Meanwhile, House allies said Roxas will benefit from the rising public satisfactory rating of President Aquino.

LP Reps. Ben Evardone (Eastern Samar), Miro Quimbo (Marikina City), Winston Castelo (Quezon City), and Alfred Vargas (Quezon City) said Aquino’s high satisfaction rating could translate into more votes for Roxas and the administration ticket in next year’s polls.

CIBAC Party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna agreed with the observations of his LP colleagues, saying that Aquino’s “unblemished record” was credited by respondents of the poll survey.

However, Rep. Gus Tambunting (UNA, Parañaque City) said Aquino’s popularity will not automatically favor Roxas because the chief executive’s public reputation is exclusive for him alone.

“For me, the high ratings of the President are reflective of what the people think about him and not necessarily that of Secretary Roxas,” said Tambunting.

Evardone argued that the result of the recent poll surveys is a glaring indication that the “people are beginning to feel the fruits” of the country’s improving economy.

“People believe in the soundness and correctness of the reforms being initiated by PNoy that are geared towards uplifting the lives of the poor,” he said. “And most importantly, people believe that PNoy is a sincere, incorruptible, honest, and highly effective leader.”

Quimbo, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, said people are convinced that Aquino’s policy of “Daang Matuwid” is the only “right path” towards achieving progress and good governance in the country.

Meanwhile, Castelo said Aquino’s popularity gain is “nothing new.”

“The people see the growing success of the anti-corruption agenda. The people appreciate the turnaround of the national economy,” said Castelo, chairman of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development.

Vargas stated that Filipinos recognize “the efforts of the administration in addressing the different problems” of the country.

“PNoy himself chose Mar because he believes Mar is the most suitable leader to continue with Daang Matuwid,” he said. (With reports from Sarah C. Imperial and Ben R. Rosario)


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Renunciation of foreign citizenship now part of COC By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 19, 2015 - 12:00am 2 395 googleplus0 0


Sen. Grace Poe arrives at the Supreme Court for the hearing on her citizenship case yesterday. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, Philippines - Amid questions on the citizenship of presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will require would-be candidates in the 2016 polls to declare if they have renounced their foreign citizenship.

In Resolution No. 9989 promulgated on Sept. 17, the poll body said in applicable cases, a would-be candidate shall declare “I executed a sworn renunciation of foreign citizenship.”

The Comelec cited Republic Act No. 9225 or the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003 and the Aug. 18, 2015 ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) in the Arnado vs. Comelec case.

“Whereas, considering the above SC decision, there is a need to amend the guidelines and include in the forms of the certificates of candidacy (COCs) an item on the compliance by candidates, who are dual citizens, of the requirements of RA 9225, if applicable,” the Comelec said.

Under Section 5 of RA 9225, those who retain or re-acquire Philippine citizenship under this law shall enjoy full civil and political rights with those seeking elective public office. They are required, however, to make a personal and sworn renunciation of foreign citizenship at the time of the filing of the COC.

In the Arnado vs. Comelec case, the SC ruled that people with dual citizenship may run for public office in the Philippines, provided that they meet the qualifications set by the Constitution and existing laws; and make a personal and sworn renunciation of foreign citizenship when they file their COCs.

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The adjustment in the COC forms comes at a time when Poe’s citizenship is being questioned by losing senatorial bet Lito David before the Senate Electoral Tribunal.

Married to a Filipino-American, Poe returned to the Philippines after the death of her father, actor Fernando Poe Jr., in 2004 and was appointed chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

Last Wednesday, Poe declared her presidential bid with Sen. Francis Escudero as her running mate.

Up to Congress Meanwhile, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez yesterday said it is up to Congress to decide if political advertisements should be banned.

Jimenez issued the statement after former senator Richard Gordon proposed that all forms of political advertisements on radio, television and print be prohibited.

Gordon said the candidates should just face each other in debates.

“That depends on Congress because Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Elections Act was the response to the political advertisement ban. But Congress restored the political advertisements so for these to be banned, it would be something for Congress to decide and enact. As far as Comelec is concerned, with or without a political advertisement ban, we are committed to conduct debates,” he said, adding that some candidates are already engaged in premature campaigning.

“That is why we are always reminding the people that there is a moral dimension to this practice and we hope there would be a balance in the playing field. We cannot stop them from doing this practice, but certainly we can make it not profitable for them,” he added.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said that during the hearing of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms, they suggested to the lawmakers to come up with a law that would regulate campaign ads.

“Basically the concept of premature campaign does not exist and Comelec would monitor expenditures after the start of the campaign period on Feb. 9, 2016 for national candidates,” he said. – With Evelyn Macairan, Paolo Romero

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Sen. Grace Poe

A Liberal Party (LP) stalwart urged the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) to immediately resolve the disqualification case filed against independent presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares.

Senate President Franklin Drilon, vice chair of the LP, said he is worried voters may get confused over Poe’s status in the upcoming presidential elections as the petition, which was filed by Atty. Rizalito David, casts doubts on the validity of her candidacy in next year’s polls.

As much as possible, Drilon said he hopes the SET is able to resolve the issue on Poe’s citizenship before the filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) Commission on Elections (Comelec) which is scheduled on Oct. 12 to 16.

The LP vice chair said this would also help keep the Comelec’s preparation for the May 2016 presidential elections on schedule, as the printing of official ballots is already slated for January 2016.

“I strongly urge the Senate Electoral Tribunal to expedite its hearings and immediately come out with a decision on the quo warranto petition against 2016 presidential aspirant Senator Poe,” Drilon said in a statement.

“The petition raises serious doubts over Senator Poe’s being a natural born Filipino and unavoidably, it also casts doubts on the validity of her candidacy in the upcoming presidential elections,” the Senate leader stressed.

Earlier, Drilon vouched for the presidential candidacy of Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as the LP’s standard-bearer.

Poe, who has earlier declared her intention to run for president in 2016, had won the first round of the SET deliberations after the tribunal junked the petition questioning her residency status. She has decided to run in tandem with Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

Poe’s camp has reiterated the senator is a natural-born Filipino citizen even though she is a foundling.

Apart from being a foundling, Drilon noted Poe also admitted that in 2001, she was naturalized as a citizen of the United States of America; and in 2006, she filed with the Bureau of Immigration (BI) a sworn petition to re-acquire her Philippine citizenship.

Poe also stressed in defense that in 2010, she executed before a notary public in Pasig an “Affidavit of Renunciation of Allegiance to the United States of America and Renunciation of American Citizenship” and that at no time after she executed the affidavit in 2010 did she ever use her US passport.

Poe assumed chairmanship of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) in 2010, and executed an oath or affirmation of renunciation of her US nationality before the vice consul at the US Embassy in Manila the following year.

Poe ran for senator on Oct. 2012 under the Liberal Party ticket which adopted her as a guest senatorial candidate.


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