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GOVT PROSECUTORS ADMITS: NO 'PORK' EVIDENCE ON ENRILE


SEPTEMBER 15 -JPE - At the oral summation for Napoles’ bail plea before the anti-graft court’s Third Division, the prosecution, represented by Edwin Gomez, told Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang that they lacked evidence that the 91-year-old senator was able to receive kickbacks from Napoles. GOVERNMENT prosecutors on Monday admitted they had no evidence that Senator Juan Ponce Enrile received P172.8 million in commissions from the release of his pork barrel to the foundations linked to Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion pork-barrel scam At the oral summation for Napoles’ bail plea before the anti-graft court’s Third Division, the prosecution, represented by Edwin Gomez, told Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang that they lacked evidence that the 91-year-old senator was able to receive kickbacks from Napoles. Associate Justice Samuel Martires questioned Gomez over the prosecution’s failure to show proof that Enrile received commissions from the pork barrel fund scam in over a year of hearing Napoles’ bail petition. Enrile “Were you able to present proof that Senator Enrile received a single centavo from the P172.8 million that Napoles allegedly gave him as commissions?” Martires asked. “None as of this moment for the purposes of this bail hearing,” Gomez replied. READ MORE...

ALSO Introspective by T. Katigbak: The seesaw life of Juan Ponce Enrile


SEPTEMBER 9 -Senator Juan Ponce Enrile has most definitely had a colorful past and political career. Many still remember him from 1970 when he was appointed Secretary of the Department of National Defense as a protégé of former President Ferdinand Marcos. He was appointed Defense Chief in 1972 and the alleged attack on his car was one of the justifications (under terrorism) that Marcos declared Martial Law. During this time, Enrile became the Defense Minister and presided over the Executive Committee and the National Security Council making him a clear architect of Marcos’ martial rule that killed democracy and plunged the country back into the dark ages of fear and murder.
However, by the 1980s Marcos began to bypass Enrile’s authority and soon started removing those with close ties to him that were in power. So, after opposition leader Senator Ninoy Aquino was assassinated in 1983, Enrile began to cut ties as well with Marcos’ dictatorship and aligned himself with Gen. Fidel V. Ramos and those who would launch a coup d’état against the former dictator and incite the people to march against him during the People Power Revolution. During this time he revealed the details of the public deception he had perpetuated while serving the Marcos government including faking the alleged attack on his vehicle that provided Marcos with the justification for martial law. One would think that with the revelation of all of his past deeds, it would be the end of Enrile in politics. However, such was not the case. Because he flip flopped on Marcos early enough to be known as one of those who helped depose the dictator, Enrile served under former president Cory Aquino as Secretary of National Defense. However, their thoughts on dealing with security issues differed so greatly that this was not to last and he was forced to resign. At this point you would definitely think that his political ambitions would be over. But again, such was not the case. I have to admit, I am impressed by his ability to keep coming back despite adversity as well as his ability to revive his political career and continuously dodge bullets. READ MORE...

ALSO: Obama under fire in United States Senate over sea row


SEPTEMBER 19 -President Barack Obama
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration came under fire in the US Senate for not asserting its right to operate within 12 miles of artificial islands created by China in the South China Sea. “This is a dangerous mistake that grants de facto recognition of China’s man-made sovereignty claims,” Republican chairman Sen. John McCain said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday. “And these restrictions have continued even after China sent its own naval vessels within 12 nautical miles of the Aleutian islands as President Obama concluded his recent visit to Alaska,” McCain said. Pentagon officials said Chinese navy ships entered within 12 miles of the Alaska coastline under the maritime rule of innocent passage while President Barack Obama was there on Sept. 2. China has come under increasing criticism in the weeks leading to President Xi Jinping’s state visit here for its unrestrained reclamation work in disputed areas of the sea, including the West Philippine Sea, and the militarization of these areas. The White House said Xi’s visit on Sept. 25 will give both leaders an opportunity to expand US-China cooperation on a range of global, regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest while also enabling them to address areas of disagreement constructively. READ MORE...

ALSO FIERY AUDIENCE AT UPLB: Binay enjoyed ‘grilling’, prefers this forum than facing Senate 'bullies'
[“Ang mahalaga ay malaya ang pagpapahayag at bukas ang isip sa paliwanag [What is important is that there is freedom of speech and there is openness for exchanges],” Binay said..]


SEPTEMBER 16 -BINAY--
ONE BIG FIGHT -Vice President Jejomar Binay said the fiery discourse he had with students at the UP Los Baños is nothing new in the state university. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN A day after getting “roasted” by students in a forum at the Los Baños (Laguna) campus of the University of the Philippines, Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday said he enjoyed the engagement and admired the conviction of the participants. “Nag-enjoy ako doon. Basta’t ako’y natutuwa dahil nagkaroon ng pagkakataong makabalik sa UPLB. UP na UP talaga ang environment. ‘Di naman hostile. Talagang normal yan sa UP [I enjoyed the event. I’m happy for having the opportunity to set foot again at UPLB. It really was a UP environment. The students were not hostile, that’s normal in UP],” the Vice President added. Binay graduated from UP Diliman campus with Political Science and Law degrees.He said he admires the conviction of the students and will remain open to hearing the sentiments of the public, his spokesman, Joey Salgado, said in a statement.According to Salgado, the Vice President was able to answer all the questions thrown at him by the forum participants. “[The Vice President] has always been open to questions from his audience. He has never shied away from direct questions. In fact, he answered all their questions,” he said. Salgado added that the Vice President “respects” and “admires” the conviction of the students. “Ang mahalaga ay malaya ang pagpapahayag at bukas ang isip sa paliwanag [What is important is that there is freedom of speech and there is openness for exchanges],” he said. On Tuesday, Binay was grilled by students of UPLB during a no-holds barred forum called “Forum on Governance, Transparency and Social Transformation” where they pressed him about the informal settlers in Makati City, corruption and his criticism of the Aquino administration. READ MORE...RELATED, ABS-CBN apologizes to UPLB students over erroneous Binay stories .....

ALSO: Poe to DOTC: Don’t bungle MRT rehabilitation


SEPTEMBER 20 -Senator Grace Poe. FILE PHOTO BY MARIANNE BERMUDEZ Senator Grace Poe on Sunday urged the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to ensure that the rehabilitation of the facilities of the overburdened Metro Rail Transit (MRT) system will be finished on schedule. The senator, who recently announced her intention to run for president in the 2016 polls, said that the DOTC cannot fail to deliver its promise of rehabilitating the MRT on time as thousands of Filipinos depend on it daily. “The DOTC cannot bungle this. It should ensure that the new train cars will be delivered on time, that the elevators and escalators will work, and even the comfort rooms will be functional. Our workforce, majority of whom take mass transport, should not have to endure the current conditions longer than they should,” Poe said in a statement.
Heading the Senate Sub-committee on Transportation, Poe reminded the DOTC to adhere to the timeline it presented during the hearings on the MRT conducted last February: CONTINUE READING...

ALSO editorial to Presidential bets: It’s still the economy, stupid


SEPTEMBER 18 -The three presidential candidates should take a lesson from the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton, who unseated George H.W. Bush with an effective message: It’s the economy, stupid. Advancing the economy by reducing the poverty level, generating millions of jobs and increasing the purchasing power of consumers should be the focus of presidential aspirants in their campaign to woo voters in the May elections. The three candidates so far have not made a firm effort to expound on what economic program or reforms they intend to pursue when they win the election. The war against corruption, the pursuit of the right path and similar campaign promises are devoid of substance if candidates offer no concrete and practical solutions to address the problems besetting the economy. The current traffic mess in Metro Manila, for instance, is a reflection of the government’s failure to build an infrastructure network. The administration of President Benigno Aquino III, despite spending five years in office so far, bungled the infrastructure job after sitting on proposed projects and spending more time to deliberate on their merits. Presidential aspirants should tell the voters how they would address the infrastructure bottleneck and pursue the construction of toll roads, bridges and railways without further delays. READ MORE...


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No ‘pork’ evidence on Enrile


JPE - At the oral summation for Napoles’ bail plea before the anti-graft court’s Third Division, the prosecution, represented by Edwin Gomez, told Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang that they lacked evidence that the 91-year-old senator was able to receive kickbacks from Napoles.

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015, (MANNILA STANDARD)  By Rio N. Araja | Sep. 15, 2015 at 12:01am - GOVERNMENT prosecutors on Monday admitted they had no evidence that Senator Juan Ponce Enrile received P172.8 million in commissions from the release of his pork barrel to the foundations linked to Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion pork-barrel scam

At the oral summation for Napoles’ bail plea before the anti-graft court’s Third Division, the prosecution, represented by Edwin Gomez, told Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang that they lacked evidence that the 91-year-old senator was able to receive kickbacks from Napoles.

Associate Justice Samuel Martires questioned Gomez over the prosecution’s failure to show proof that Enrile received commissions from the pork barrel fund scam in over a year of hearing Napoles’ bail petition.

Enrile “Were you able to present proof that Senator Enrile received a single centavo from the P172.8 million that Napoles allegedly gave him as commissions?” Martires asked.

“None as of this moment for the purposes of this bail hearing,” Gomez replied.

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When asked by Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, chairwoman of the Third Division, if it would be proper to dismiss the plunder and graft charges filed against Enrile and the other accused for lack of evidence, Gomez answered “yes.”

Still, Gomez said Enrile was still culpable for plunder for allocating his pork barrel funds to Napoles’ fake non-governmental organizations.

“Granting even if Attorney [Jessica Lucile “Gigi”] Reyes did not give the money to Enrile, there is still plunder. He must still be held liable because, as a senator, why did he allow his PDAF [Priority Development Assistance Fund] to be used by Napoles?” Gomez said.

He said Enrile was still part of the scam.

The oral summation was the last chance for the prosecution and the defense to argue on Napoles’ bail petition.

Enrile is facing plunder and 11 counts of graft charges for allegedly receiving commissions from the release of his pork barrel to Napoles’ foundations.

Napoles has also been charged with plunder and graft raps over the diversion of Enrile’s pork barrel fund to her NGOs.

Meanwhile, the Third Division on Monday submitted for resolution Napoles’ bail petition after the conduct of the oral summation.

“That ends our bail hearing of accused Napoles. The petition is submitted for resolution,” Cabotaje-Tang said.


PHILSTAR

The seesaw life of Juan Ponce Enrile INTROSPECTIVE By Tony Katigbak (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 9, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus1 0


By Tony Katigbak

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile has most definitely had a colorful past and political career. Many still remember him from 1970 when he was appointed Secretary of the Department of National Defense as a protégé of former President Ferdinand Marcos. He was appointed Defense Chief in 1972 and the alleged attack on his car was one of the justifications (under terrorism) that Marcos declared Martial Law. During this time, Enrile became the Defense Minister and presided over the Executive Committee and the National Security Council making him a clear architect of Marcos’ martial rule that killed democracy and plunged the country back into the dark ages of fear and murder.

However, by the 1980s Marcos began to bypass Enrile’s authority and soon started removing those with close ties to him that were in power. So, after opposition leader Senator Ninoy Aquino was assassinated in 1983, Enrile began to cut ties as well with Marcos’ dictatorship and aligned himself with Gen. Fidel V. Ramos and those who would launch a coup d’état against the former dictator and incite the people to march against him during the People Power Revolution. During this time he revealed the details of the public deception he had perpetuated while serving the Marcos government including faking the alleged attack on his vehicle that provided Marcos with the justification for martial law.

One would think that with the revelation of all of his past deeds, it would be the end of Enrile in politics. However, such was not the case. Because he flip flopped on Marcos early enough to be known as one of those who helped depose the dictator, Enrile served under former president Cory Aquino as Secretary of National Defense. However, their thoughts on dealing with security issues differed so greatly that this was not to last and he was forced to resign.

At this point you would definitely think that his political ambitions would be over. But again, such was not the case. I have to admit, I am impressed by his ability to keep coming back despite adversity as well as his ability to revive his political career and continuously dodge bullets.

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While his position in the Senate and Congress was rocky at best during the years that followed Cory’s term, he somehow managed to stay on the political stage, first as a Senator, then as a Congressman, and then back as a Senator again.

It really is quite remarkable considering everything that the public already knew about his past. But as Filipinos have proven time and time again, the memory of the masses is short and we tend to gloss over the bad and remember the good. After Enrile’s exposé of the Purchased Power Adjustment (PPA) and the Supreme Court ruling granting refunds on electric bills, the people responded positively to him and elected him to Senate for three non consecutive terms where he even served as Senate President.

After all that he had been through, to finally get back in the public’s good graces and trust, you would think that he would finally toe the line, but it was not to be. While he was more careful, Enrile still had many questionable actions while in power. He deftly maneuvered the prosecution and removal of former Chief Justice Renato Corona and found himself feuding with several Senators, such as Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago and Senator Antonio Trillanes just to name a few, due to differing opinions and proposed bills.

But, despite getting back in the political saddle, just as before, Enrile could not outrun his deeds forever. His woes began in 2013 when he was accused of giving cash Christmas gifts amounting to almost P1.6 million to Senators who sided with him. The money came from the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) funds and the people were outraged to hear about these funds being given out like they were presents for the taking while the government’s constituents starved. While Enrile once again managed to dodge this bullet, he would be hit with another misappropriation of funds scandal later in the same year when the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam would break. This time, Enrile, along with colleagues Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla would be incarcerated for plunder, with Enrile having allegedly received over P170 million in kickback funds.

It seemed as if Enrile’s past had finally caught up with him, but just when you thought it was over, he’s out on bail due to “humanitarian reasons” based on his age and his health. There are many appalled by this, but there are also many who are not surprised. Former Senator JPE is like a chameleon, an animal that changes colors to distract his enemies whenever the need arises. Despite his ups and his downs, he always somehow manages to make an escape.

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With elections fast approaching, it’s high time that Comelec and Smartmatic Total Information Management Corp. (Smartmatic-TIM) finally signed the contract for the lease of 23,000 optical mark reader (OMR) machines for the 2016 polls. This is the first step in getting the voting machines ready and running in time for the elections next year and is to be followed by another contract for the second batch of 70,977 OMR machines. Comelec has said this contract will mirror the first so negotiations should not be that difficult or lengthy.

I think it’s important that we get all the election facilities running and ready as early as possible. This gives Comelec enough time to prepare and educate the people on proper voting procedures, as well as get everything into place ahead of time. After all, if we wait until the last minute (as we are prone to do), Comelec won’t have time to address any problems that may arise, which can cause problems and elections issues.

We already know that any delays can be used as a means of complaining by non-winning parties during elections and it’s best to head those off at the pass. We have to be ready with time to spare if we want a transparent and smooth election in 2016.


PHILSTAR

Obama under fire in United States Senate over sea row By Jose Katigbak (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 19, 2015 - 12:00am 1 3 googleplus0 0


President Barack Obama

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration came under fire in the US Senate for not asserting its right to operate within 12 miles of artificial islands created by China in the South China Sea.

“This is a dangerous mistake that grants de facto recognition of China’s man-made sovereignty claims,” Republican chairman Sen. John McCain said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday.

“And these restrictions have continued even after China sent its own naval vessels within 12 nautical miles of the Aleutian islands as President Obama concluded his recent visit to Alaska,” McCain said.

Pentagon officials said Chinese navy ships entered within 12 miles of the Alaska coastline under the maritime rule of innocent passage while President Barack Obama was there on Sept. 2.

China has come under increasing criticism in the weeks leading to President Xi Jinping’s state visit here for its unrestrained reclamation work in disputed areas of the sea, including the West Philippine Sea, and the militarization of these areas.

The White House said Xi’s visit on Sept. 25 will give both leaders an opportunity to expand US-China cooperation on a range of global, regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest while also enabling them to address areas of disagreement constructively.

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At Thursday’s Senate hearing, Republican senators in particular complained Washington’s South China Sea policy is confusing because administration officials do not follow up on their resolve.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said “turning underwater rock into an airfield simply does not afford the rights of sovereignty or permit restrictions on international air or maritime transit,” yet the US military has not operated within 12 miles of these features.

Asked why the US has not breached the 12-mile limit to send China a message, Adm. Harry Harris Jr., head of the US Pacific Command and David Shear, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, could offer no satisfactory answer at the hearing.

However, Harris said this was an option he was ready to execute whenever ordered.

McCain in his opening statement said China has reclaimed nearly 3,000 acres of land in the South China Sea, more than all other claimants combined and at an unprecedented pace.

“What’s more, China is rapidly militarizing this reclaimed land, building garrisons, harbors, intelligence and surveillance infrastructure and at least three airstrips that could support military aircraft,” he said.

“There is a gap between our words and our actions,” McCain said. “The US must be more assertive.”

He said the United States must uphold the principle of freedom of the seas for commercial and military purposes, on, under and below the water and the best sign of that commitment would be to conduct freedom of navigation operations within 12 nautical miles of China’s reclaimed islands in the South China Sea.

Harris reaffirmed the United States does not take sides on issues of sovereignty with respect to territorial disputes, “but we do insist that all maritime claims be derived from naturally-formed land features in accordance with customary international law, as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention.”

China has overlapping claims with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei in the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

All the speakers at the hearing lauded the Philippines for bringing its case against China before the UN arbitral tribunal in The Hague.

Analysts here believe even though China has refused to participate in the case, a ruling against it by the tribunal would give Beijing the equivalent of a ‘black eye’ in the court of international opinion.

Shear in his statement said China’s large-scale land reclamation on disputed features in the South China Sea over the past two years has brought concerns about regional stability into sharper focus.


MANILA TIMES

Binay enjoyed ‘grilling’ September 16, 2015 10:44 pm
by BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON AND JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA, REPORTERS


ONE BIG FIGHT -Vice President Jejomar Binay said the fiery discourse he had with students at the UP Los Baños is nothing new in the state university. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

A day after getting “roasted” by students in a forum at the Los Baños (Laguna) campus of the University of the Philippines, Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday said he enjoyed the engagement and admired the conviction of the participants.

“Nag-enjoy ako doon. Basta’t ako’y natutuwa dahil nagkaroon ng pagkakataong makabalik sa UPLB. UP na UP talaga ang environment. ‘Di naman hostile.

Talagang normal yan sa UP [I enjoyed the event. I’m happy for having the opportunity to set foot again at UPLB. It really was a UP environment. The students were not hostile, that’s normal in UP],” the Vice President added.

Binay graduated from UP Diliman campus with Political Science and Law degrees.
He said he admires the conviction of the students and will remain open to hearing the sentiments of the public, his spokesman, Joey Salgado, said in a statement.
According to Salgado, the Vice President was able to answer all the questions thrown at him by the forum participants.

“[The Vice President] has always been open to questions from his audience. He has never shied away from direct questions. In fact, he answered all their questions,” he said.

Salgado added that the Vice President “respects” and “admires” the conviction of the students.

“Ang mahalaga ay malaya ang pagpapahayag at bukas ang isip sa paliwanag [What is important is that there is freedom of speech and there is openness for exchanges],” he said.

On Tuesday, Binay was grilled by students of UPLB during a no-holds barred forum called “Forum on Governance, Transparency and Social Transformation” where they pressed him about the informal settlers in Makati City, corruption and his criticism of the Aquino administration.

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One student, agriculture major Lucky Patrick Lopez asked the former mayor of Makati City why there are still many informal settlers there.

Binay has always prided himself about the success of Makati City as a local government unit, often boasting of its progress as proof of his leadership and competence.

When the Vice President denied that there are informal settlers in the city, Lopez said he is from Mandaluyong City and is “neighbors” with the informal settlers from Makati.

Binay then admitted there are three to five percent informal settlers in Makati City, to which Lopez said, in Filipino “So you do have informal settlers. You said there was none.”

Binay’s credibility and high ratings have taken a beating from the year-long Senate blue ribbon sub-committee inquiry into allegations of corruption against him.

The Vice President was said to have received billions of kickbacks from overpriced buildings, rigged bidding process and ghost beneficiaries of the city’s senior citizen program.

During the forum, Binay sought to clear his name from the allegations by enumerating his projects as chief executive of Makati City for 21 years.

No faux pas

Political analyst Ramon Casiple said Binay was able to maintain his composure and has not committed a social blunder in the UPLB forum but that he failed to provide students good answers.

“There was no faux pas, but his answers also have no weight,” Casiple noted, describing Binay’s responses to the question of students.

He particularly cited the Vice President’s answer to the question regarding the political dynasty issue wherein Binay claimed that dynasties do not cause poverty.

The political analyst said while dynasties are not the main cause of poverty, it has been a contributory factor why the poor remains poor.

Casiple explained dynasties are entrenched and they will not allow others outside their family to enter their area and territory.

To be able to stay in power, incumbent dynasties need to strengthen support by providing its constituents access to basic services.

Like in Makati, Casiple said, residents are provided education, health and other services but these are just small things given by the local government to make residents indebted to the current administration or dynasty.

But despite the access to services, there are still many poor families in Makati City because they still lack access to the source of wealth.

Casiple also noted that one of the ways to combat poverty is to provide people access to the source of wealth like jobs, land and even capital, and this is not being provided by political dynasties.

Escudero criticized

The Binay camp on Wednesday also traded barbs with Sen. Francis Escudero, saying the senator’s tolerance of the abuses of his colleagues is “unforgivable and opportunistic.”

“What is unforgivable is for a lawyer-turned-politician to skirt the abuses of an institution to discredit and disrespect the rights of individuals for political convenience and opportunism,” the Vice President’s political affairs spokesman Rico Quicho said as he reacted to Escudero’s statement that the former’s criticisms of the Senate were “appalling and unbecoming a lawyer.

Quicho earlier called Escudero’s attention for “turning a blind eye on the actions of his colleagues” conducting the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee hearings on the corruption allegations against the Binay family.

He said rather than chide Binay for pointing out the faults of the sub-committee, Escudero should instead lecture his colleagues about respect and civility.

“Perhaps, Senator Escudero must lecture his colleagues about respect and civility because shouting at resource persons and intimidating them is certainly unbecoming a senator and a public official,” Quicho added.

7 Responses to Binay enjoyed ‘grilling’
Pusong Mamon says:
September 17, 2015 at 4:43 pm
SINUNGALING si Binay, kaya huwag basta basta maniwala. Pustahan tayo, hindi na uulit si Binay sa open forum sa ibang universities, kahit na sinasabi niyang “enjoy” siya.
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jane says:
September 17, 2015 at 11:31 am
It was good for Binay to let himself be vulnerable to questions from the youth . He can learn from listening and be candid about it.. It is important for the people to see that he is approachable and bound to have faults and be humbled about it.
We have a current President ,BS Aquino and others like Roxas ,Abad,Drilon who are so arrogant and think they are faultless ,would probably walk out easily! ((((Pikon)
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sea eagle says:
September 17, 2015 at 8:59 am
Corruption addict Mr.13%VP Binay enjoyed grilling dahil makapal na nag mukha niya wala na siyang hiya.That is the king of magnanakaw.
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Inocent says:
September 17, 2015 at 8:32 am
UP or other Universities, it is very difficult to deal with students if a politician or government official will allow a no-holds-barred, open forum with them. Boy Scout’s courage is extraordinary, although clearly he was on the receiving end of questions basing on current issues. Just wondering how mischievous PNoy will react under a barrage of unscripted questions from the students. It is possible to he will storm out of the event and have the students be arrested. By the way, did PNoy attempt to stage a no-holds barred meeting with students?
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Resty says:
September 17, 2015 at 5:14 am
Enjoy?? Talaga? Mahina tagal a yan si Binay Kung katotohanan ang pag-uusapan, laging sa lay, dahil sinungalin na Tao. Akala niya kaya niyang bolahin ang mga bata. Zero daw or walang informal settlers sa Makati but later on I namin din na meron, Pero gusto pa din magpalusot, as in 3% is almost zero! paano naging zero o wala ang 3%?
Ganun din ang nangyari sa debate niya Kay Bayani Fernando, Hindi daw niya alam yung pinag-usapan ng MM mayors, Pero ng ipakita na nakapirma siya sa kasunduan ay Hindi nakakibo.
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jim says:
September 18, 2015 at 7:26 am
Walang taong perpekto dre, kaw namn parang di ka ngkamali ni minsan,
At least c binay may pinatunayang maayos na pamamahala. Kaya tumagal cya sa Makati. Magnanakaw? may napatunayan ba? Nga nga mga senador sa blue ribbon.
Nancy Bulok Cake says:
September 16, 2015 at 11:03 pm
This is a news item that’s sanitized. Watch the exact thing on video on how Binay was boooed, grilled by the UPLB students when Binay answered questions with “… ha…ha…ha…etcetera, etcetera, etcetera”. And the bobotantes wanted him to be the president of the Philippines? How can Binay deal with international leaders when he can barely expressed himself (naturingan pa mandin na graduate ng UP). Graduate ako ng University of Timbukto pero I can express myself to any audience. What we need is a strong leader with leadership quality, HONEST, good PERSONALITY, EXCELLENT communication skills, balls to appear before any hearing and debates, and GOD fearing to steal government’s money. (All these are absent with Binay’s qualification. Binay’s greatest personal achievement was his amassed billion of pesos illegally deposited in Canada through his Chinese dummies. Binay is now a damaged politician nearing his end. Anybody but Binay for president. Let us all pray to God to save the Philippines from the Binays.

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ABS-CBN apologizes to UPLB students over erroneous Binay stories By: Kristine Angeli Sabillo @KSabilloINQ INQUIRER.net 04:46 PM September 19th, 2015


The University of the Philippines Los Baños campus in Laguna. Photo from uplb.edu.ph

Media network ABS-CBN News on Saturday afternoon apologized to students of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) after its student council demanded it to make up for an erroneous report on Vice President Jejomar Binay’s appearance in the Laguna campus and made the hashtag #ABSCBNSaySorryTOUPLB trend on social networking site Twitter.

“ABS-CBN News expresses its sincerest apologies to the students of UP Los Baños for the errors committed by ABS-CBNnews.com in 2 articles about the forum of UP Los Baños students with Vice President Jejomar Binay last September 15,” the network said in a statement. ABS-CBN clarified that one of its writers misheard the word “sample” as “trapo” or traditional politicians, a negative term describing people in government or running for government.

READ: Binay faces tough, quizzical students in UPLB forum

READ: Binay prefers college forum to facing Senate

“We immediately corrected this right after we were alerted about the mistake on September 16, 2015,” the network said. “We will be taking disciplinary steps against those responsible for this oversight.” “Please note that there were other articles uploaded on our website about the event, including these below, in the hope of providing other perspectives about the forum,” it added.

On Saturday morning, the UPLB student council issued an open letter to ABS-CBN via Twitter.

It denied that students heckled Binay even before he started his speech during a forum held in the campus last September 15.

Binay was reportedly caught offguard by some of the questions asked by the students. Excerpts from the question and answer segment have since been circulating online.

In one exchange, Binay said there were no more informal settlers in Makati. The student asked him again, saying he himself has seen shanties in Makati, to which the Vice President responded, “Ituro mo sa akin nasaan.”

He then said that informal settlers are just around three to five percent in Makati.

In the student council’s letter, they enumerated the alleged mistakes made by ABS-CBN.

Besides the misheard word, it pointed out that one of the articles posted on ABS-CBN News’ website was titled “VP Binay felt disrespected at UPLB forum.”

However, it was later changed to “VP Binay: I enjoyed UPLB forum.”

“The students were not chanting ‘trapo’ as what ABS-CBN purportedly heard, but ‘Sample!’ before VP Binay started his speech,” the student council said.

“There was an intermission number by some faculty members of DSS (Department of Social Sciences) before VP Binay’s speech, thus the chanting.”

The student council accused ABS-CBN of “unethical journalism,” which has “inflicted a negative perception on UPLB students, with misinformed netizens and readers treating and tagging UPLB students as ‘unmannered,’ and of ‘low breeding.’”

“It is insulting and is unacceptable for the part of the Iskolar ng Bayan to be wrongly portrayed by ABS-CBN’s recently published articles,” it said.

In addition to the council’s demand for ABS-CBN to issue a public apology, it added the hashtag #ABSCBNSaySorrytoUPLB, which has recorded 20,700 tweets as of 4 p.m. on Saturday. Kristine Angeli Sabillo/IDL


INQUIRER

Poe to DOTC: Don’t bungle MRT rehabilitation By: Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 02:59 PM September 20th, 2015


Senator Grace Poe. FILE PHOTO BY MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Senator Grace Poe on Sunday urged the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to ensure that the rehabilitation of the facilities of the overburdened Metro Rail Transit (MRT) system will be finished on schedule.
The senator, who recently announced her intention to run for president in the 2016 polls, said that the DOTC cannot fail to deliver its promise of rehabilitating the MRT on time as thousands of Filipinos depend on it daily.
“The DOTC cannot bungle this. It should ensure that the new train cars will be delivered on time, that the elevators and escalators will work, and even the comfort rooms will be functional. Our workforce, majority of whom take mass transport, should not have to endure the current conditions longer than they should,” Poe said in a statement.
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Heading the Senate Sub-committee on Transportation, Poe reminded the DOTC to adhere to the timeline it presented during the hearings on the MRT conducted last February:

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• Rail replacement: September 2015
• Signaling system upgrade: September 2015
• Supply of traction motors: October 2015
• Radio communications upgrade: November 2015
• Supply of OCS Road-Rail Vehicle: May 2016
• Supply of Grinding Machine Rail Vehicle: May 2016
• Total Replacement of Signaling System: October 2016
• Conveyance Facilities: January 2016
• General train overhaul: June 2017
Poe said that of the P4.2 billion needed for the three-year maintenance of the MRT, P1.2 billion has already been earmarked for rehabilitation of various facilities in the MRT such as elevators in its stations and its signaling system.
“That is P1.2 billion in taxpayer’s money that the DOTC is spending. Commuters are well within their rights to demand that what needs to be fixed will be fixed, and the repairs and upgrades will be done on time,” Poe said.
She urged Filipinos to continue reporting the glitches in the MRT as well as their experience while riding its trains.
The MRT serves 650,000 people daily, almost twice its capacity of 350,000.
JE


MANILA STANDARD

It’s still the economy, stupid Sep. 18, 2015 at 12:01am

The three presidential candidates should take a lesson from the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton, who unseated George H.W. Bush with an effective message: It’s the economy, stupid.

Advancing the economy by reducing the poverty level, generating millions of jobs and increasing the purchasing power of consumers should be the focus of presidential aspirants in their campaign to woo voters in the May elections. The three candidates so far have not made a firm effort to expound on what economic program or reforms they intend to pursue when they win the election.

The war against corruption, the pursuit of the right path and similar campaign promises are devoid of substance if candidates offer no concrete and practical solutions to address the problems besetting the economy.

The current traffic mess in Metro Manila, for instance, is a reflection of the government’s failure to build an infrastructure network. The administration of President Benigno Aquino III, despite spending five years in office so far, bungled the infrastructure job after sitting on proposed projects and spending more time to deliberate on their merits.

Presidential aspirants should tell the voters how they would address the infrastructure bottleneck and pursue the construction of toll roads, bridges and railways without further delays.

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The matter of high electricity rates, one of the most prohibitive in Asia, is another economic issue that presidential candidates must tackle. High electricity rates eat on the monthly budget of ordinary consumers. They also raise the cost of production and serve as a disincentive to foreign investors.

Making economic growth inclusive, meanwhile, is a challenge to the next president. The gross domestic product could rise 7 percent to 8 percent annually, but it will not be something to crow about if the gap between the rich and the poor remains wide.

The farmers, fisherfolk and the rest of the population living in the countryside will remain poor if they continue to have no access for their produce through farm-to-market roads, bridges and a reliable railway system. Raising the incomes of the less privileged is one economic agenda that presidential candidates should seriously pursue.


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