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VP HOPES FOR CLEAN ELECTION: Binay vows ‘People Power’ if cheated
[‘I will lead an uprising if May, 2016, is marred by fraud’]


SEPTEMBER 30 -INSIDE THE SEMI-CIRCLE OF NEWS – Vice President Jejomar Binay does the ‘pabebe’ wave as he poses with Manila Bulletin editors after a round-table discussion at the MB integrated newsroom yesterday.
United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar C. Binay yesterday said he won’t take a defeat in the May, 2016, elections sitting down if it happens via cheating. Binay vowed in front of Manila Bulletin editors during a round-table interview yesterday that he would lead a “People Power” should such scenario play out next year. “Magra-rally po ako. Wala pong ka-ipokrituhan (I will stage a rally. No hypocrite here),” said the 72-year-old Binay, whose ambition to be Chief Executive has been an open secret for the better part of a decade. “Last card ko na ito (This is my last card),” he said. “Mag-aalsa ako. Batang rally tayo. Magle-lead ako ng People Power. (I will lead an uprising. I’m used to rallies. I will lead a People Power). If I lose because of cheating, you can expect me in the streets,” Binay later said in a one-on-one interview. “I hope they will remember it as a message for those who want to cheat in the coming elections.” Binay heads the opposition, which come election season is usually viewed as being at a disadvantage resource-wise against candidates of the administration – in this case, the Liberal Party (LP). BIGGEST WORRY As such, he admitted that his biggest worry over the presidential elections is fraud. “Knock on wood, sana walang dayaan. Dapat marangal na halalan. Naglipanang magkakadayaan sa PCOS (Hopefully there is no cheating. There should be an honorable election. There are rumors that there will be cheating via Precinct Count Optical Scanning machines),” Binay said. READ MORE...

ALSO: COA claims audit on Binay raps complete


OCTOBER 1 -The special audit report requested by Senate probers to be conducted to attest the veracity of charges on the alleged overpricing of Makati City Hall parking building is nearly complete and is likely to be considered final by end of October. Commission on Audit (CoA) Commissioner Jose Fabia, an apointee of President Aquino, said the report itself, which is expected to be submitted to the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee investigating the issues against Vice President Jejomar Binay, is already finished. “But it’s undergoing due process at the moment, meaning, we have to give them (Binays) as copy and they will comment. After that, it will become final. The requirements of the law with respect to due process (have to be followed) so we have to comply with it,” he told reporters after attending a budget hearing in the Senate. This means that, if in the event that Senate probers resume thier its hearing next week, the report on the CoA special audit which the panel requested the committee to be undertaken in light of the ongoing investigation, would still be not available by then. Aside from the said controversial building, other building projects of the Makati City government are also undergoing auditing process and the respective reports on these will be issued later on, Fabia said. “It will just come out. I’ll not give you a timeline but I think the audit itself is finished but there are requirements in the law with respect to due process that we have to comply with. It needs to have the management’s comments [before we can come up with the final report],” he said. Provisions of the law restrict them to make public the document until or unless it is considered a final audit report or audit findings, the CoA official said. Under the law, the concerned party has 15 days to submit its comment to the CoA findings from the time the party receives it officially. Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, blue ribbon subcommittee chairman, said they have yet to set the schedule for the continuation of the hearings on the issues related to Makati City and Vice President Jejomar Binay. READ MORE...

ALSO: Smear job vs VP Binay resurrected by Senate subpanel
[In its most recent hearing last August 2, Senate probers tried to pin down another supposed business dummy of Binay but Dr. Jack Arroyo Jr., nephew of former Sen. Joker Arroyo, put into question the contempt citation and arrest order he earned recently following a recommendation by Senate probers his supposed continuing refusal to appear and testify on the ongoing investigation on the charges against Vice President Binay.]


SEPTEMBER 30 -Trillanes readying to submit new info VS Binay for more Senate hearing. Over a year of a deliberate smear job against Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay by the three ambitious senators, namely, Koko Pimentel, Alan Cayetano and Antonio Tril-lanes is not enough for them to ensure Binay’s loss in the 2016 polls and the smear job goes on. The VP will be subjected again to another round of public investigation in the Senate over his alleged wrongdoings, with the proceedings taking place a week before the scheduled deadline of certificate of candidacy (CoC) for those joining next year’s national elections. Senator Pimentel, chairman of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee, yesterday said that a hearing is forthcoming but that he cannot ascertain as yet the exact date. Pimentel has a political reason to want the smear job against the Vice President to go on, since he has a clear interest in bringing down the poll numbers of Binay, as he and his party support a presidential run of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who has been see-sawing in his decision to run for the top post in 2016, although this stance seems to be yet another political tickling job to get the media and the public interested in his run.The latest word from his camp is that Duterte, despite his categorical statement that he has decided not to run for the top post, is going to declare his candidacy for the presidential seat in October 2. “Yes there will be (another hearing). I will just have to wait first on word (on the availability) of the evidence (before scheduling the proceedings),” Pimentel said. Trillanes, who is the main proponent of the move to have Binay subjected to an investigation in the Senate confirmed the impending hearing but refused to provide details as to the issues to be tackled, whether it concerns new information or a continuing discussion on matters taken up in previous hearings.“It concerns billions (of pesos),” Trillanes said, referring, supposedly to those allegedly amassed illegally by the Vice President in the past, long before he was elected to his current post. Trillanes said he is readying and finalizing all the needed documents this week and hopefully, request for the scheduling of the hearing sometime next week. Trillanes is gunning for the vice presidency. So is the third member of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee, Alan Cayetano, also gunning for the presidency. READ MORE...

ALSO: VP suffers significant ratings drop


OCTOBER 2 -Binay 
VICE President Jejomar Binay’s trust and approval ratings dropped significantly during the third quarter of 2015, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed yesterday. But despite the sharp drop in the latest Pulse Asia performance and trust ratings, Binay said he remained grateful for the constant support of the Filipino people, especially those from the provinces. I am thankful that despite the Senate inquisition and the intensified campaign of lies and pattern of deceit against me, our [countrymen’s] faith in me remain steadfast and undiminished, Binay said in a statement.The Vice President had earlier said that he was not bothered by the numbers but admitted that they forced him to work harder and personally talk to the gmasses h which comprise more than 60 percent of Filipino voters. “Whatever the results of the survey, my determination to uphold my responsibilities and serve our people will never falter,” he said. Based on the survey conducted from Sept. 8 to 14, 43 percent of Filipinos appreciate the work of the Vice President and 39 percent trust him. Binay scored an approval rating of 44 percent in Mindanao and 47 percent in the rest of Luzon. He also received 44 and 46 ratings from Classes D and E, respectively. The same survey showed that 43 percent of people from Mindanao and 42 percent from Luzon trust the Vice President. Classes D and E, meanwhile, gave him 40 and 44 trust ratings. The Vice President will continue going around the country to roll out his pro-poor programs that will uplift the living conditions of the people, spokesperson and lawyer Rico Quicho said. He is thankful for the big plurality to near majority approval and trust ratings that he got from the different regions and classes, he added. Binay said he wants to know the questions used in the survey. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino keeps top performance, trust ratings as Binay suffers another decline in survey


OCTOBER 2 -President Aquino, VP Binay INQUIRER FILE President Aquino retained his top performance and trust ratings among the five highest officials of the land in the latest survey (September 8-14) conducted nationwide by Pulse Asia. He scored 54 percent in performance (same as in the previous survey in June and 49 percent in trust (down from 50 percent). Vice President Jejomar C. Binay suffered another decline in his ratings – 43 percent in performance (down from 58 percent) and 39 percent in trust (down from 57 percent). Senate President Franklin Drilon had 50 percent performance and 47 percent trust ratings. House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. had 32 percent performance and 29 percent trust ratings. Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno had 29 percent performance and 26 percent trust ratings. Pulse Asia noted that only President Aquino had a majority performance rating (54 percent) in the non-commissined Ulat ng Bayan national survey, with 2,400 respondents in its sample. He scored 71 percent in Visayas, 59 percent in Mindanao, 41 percent in Metro Manila, and 47 percent in the rest of Luzon. His trust ratings were also highest in the Visayas (65 percent) and Mindanao (57 percent). No one of the four other top government officials had a majority trust rating. Vice President Binay had “near majority” performance ratings in Mindanao (44 percent) and rest of Luzon (47 percent), but only 36 percent in the Visayas. His trust ratings were 38 percent in Metro Manila, 42 percent in the rest of Luzon, 43 percent in Mindanao, and 31 percent in the Visayas. During the same survey period, the three key government institutions performance-rated in September all failed to register a majority approval rating. Public assessment of these institutions’ work was basically unchanged between June and September. READ MORE...

ALSO Philstar commentary: The real survey


OCTOBER 2 -By Marichu A. Villanueva
As expected, the Pulse Asia Inc. officially released yesterday its quarterly “Ulat ng Bayan” national survey on the performance ratings of government officials led by President Benigno “Noy” Aquino III. For the third quarter, approval rating of President Aquino remained at 54% while his trust rating was at 49%, just a percentage point off compared to the previous quarter. Vice President Jejomar Binay suffered the biggest declines in both approval and trust ratings after more than a year of being pilloried at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee over alleged corruption while he was mayor of the city of Makati. The survey was taken from Sept. 8 to 14, This was a regular “Ulat ng Bayan” survey that Pulse Asia conducts using face-to-face interviews. The survey coincided with the period after Binay resigned from the Cabinet and started attacking the Aquino administration. Meanwhile, efforts to question Senator Grace Poe’s Filipino citizenship have had little or no effect on her pace-setting numbers in the third quarter survey results of both the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia. In fact, Poe has even maintained her top spot after she first overtook and dislodged Binay from his early front-running spot in voters’ preference in the pre-election opinion polls of the SWS and Pulse Asia during the previous quarters. Validating this observation, Pulse Asia research director Ana Maria Tabunda acknowledged the latest survey results showing three percentage points dip in Poe’s rating were “insignificant” to cause concern or for her camp to panic. In the Pulse Asia survey commissioned by ABS-CBN and conducted from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3, Poe continued to hold sway among the presidential contenders. She got 27%. Vice President Binay came in second, with 21%; and administration bet, ex-Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II coming in third place, with 18%. READ MORE...


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VP HOPES FOR CLEAN ELECTION: Binay vows ‘People Power’ if cheated
[‘I will lead an uprising if May, 2016, is marred by fraud’]


INSIDE THE SEMI-CIRCLE OF NEWS – Vice President Jejomar Binay does the ‘pabebe’ wave as he poses with Manila Bulletin editors after a round-table discussion at the MB integrated newsroom yesterday. (Jun Ryan Aranas)

MANILA, OCTOBER 5, 2015 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Ellson Quismorio September 30, 2015 -  United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar C. Binay yesterday said he won’t take a defeat in the May, 2016, elections sitting down if it happens via cheating.

Binay vowed in front of Manila Bulletin editors during a round-table interview yesterday that he would lead a “People Power” should such scenario play out next year.

“Magra-rally po ako. Wala pong ka-ipokrituhan (I will stage a rally. No hypocrite here),” said the 72-year-old Binay, whose ambition to be Chief Executive has been an open secret for the better part of a decade.

“Last card ko na ito (This is my last card),” he said.

“Mag-aalsa ako. Batang rally tayo. Magle-lead ako ng People Power. (I will lead an uprising. I’m used to rallies. I will lead a People Power). If I lose because of cheating, you can expect me in the streets,” Binay later said in a one-on-one interview.

“I hope they will remember it as a message for those who want to cheat in the coming elections.”

Binay heads the opposition, which come election season is usually viewed as being at a disadvantage resource-wise against candidates of the administration – in this case, the Liberal Party (LP).

BIGGEST WORRY

As such, he admitted that his biggest worry over the presidential elections is fraud.

“Knock on wood, sana walang dayaan. Dapat marangal na halalan. Naglipanang magkakadayaan sa PCOS (Hopefully there is no cheating. There should be an honorable election. There are rumors that there will be cheating via Precinct Count Optical Scanning machines),” Binay said.

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The UNA chairman also expressed apprehension that government funds might be used to bolster the campaign of administration candidates.

He said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) must strictly enforce its spending cap on poll bets during their campaign. “Comelec should be strict on overspending.”

Asked to give a magnitude of the rally that he would be leading in case of a fraudulent defeat, Binay noted that he was the chief mobilizer for demonstrators during the time of former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino.

“I know how to call for rallies. I remember President Cory, kapag may rally noon pagkatapos ng snap election, laging may special order. Tawagan niyo si Jojo. Yan ang nakaka-itindi sa rallies (there were always rallies after the snap election. She ordered for his people to call Jojo. That man understands rallies),” he recalled.

Cory Aquino is the mother of incumbent President Aquino, chairman of LP. She was swept to power in 1986 because of the EDSA People Power Revolution.


TRIBUNE

COA claims Audit on Binay raps complete Written by Angie M. Rosales Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00


VP BINAY AND MAYOR JUNJUN BINAY

The special audit report requested by Senate probers to be conducted to attest the veracity of charges on the alleged overpricing of Makati City Hall parking building is nearly complete and is likely to be considered final by end of October.

Commission on Audit (CoA) Commissioner Jose Fabia, an apointee of President Aquino, said the report itself, which is expected to be submitted to the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee investigating the issues against Vice President Jejomar Binay, is already finished.

“But it’s undergoing due process at the moment, meaning, we have to give them (Binays) as copy and they will comment. After that, it will become final. The requirements of the law with respect to due process (have to be followed) so we have to comply with it,” he told reporters after attending a budget hearing in the Senate.

This means that, if in the event that Senate probers resume thier its hearing next week, the report on the CoA special audit which the panel requested the committee to be undertaken in light of the ongoing investigation, would still be not available by then.

Aside from the said controversial building, other building projects of the Makati City government are also undergoing auditing process and the respective reports on these will be issued later on, Fabia said.

“It will just come out. I’ll not give you a timeline but I think the audit itself is finished but there are requirements in the law with respect to due process that we have to comply with. It needs to have the management’s comments [before we can come up with the final report],” he said.

Provisions of the law restrict them to make public the document until or unless it is considered a final audit report or audit findings, the CoA official said.

Under the law, the concerned party has 15 days to submit its comment to the CoA findings from the time the party receives it officially.

Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, blue ribbon subcommittee chairman, said they have yet to set the schedule for the continuation of the hearings on the issues related to Makati City and Vice President Jejomar Binay.

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Binay has maintained that the hearings are being held “aid of elections” and not in aid of legislation as what is the mandate of the Senate.

“I’m checking my schedule if I am available. If not, of course they (panel members) can always also chair (the subcomittee) since it is allowed under the rules,” he said.

Pimentel said he is also unaware of the said report mentioned by Fabia as what his committee had been provided in the past was a preliminary CoA report which was already mentioned in the partial committee report he had submitted to the plenary.

More inquisitions

Despite claiming to have no knowledge of the CoA report, Pimentel, however, announced the other day that another round of investigation will be held by his subcommittee likely a week before the scheduled filing of the certificate of candidacy (CoC) for next year’s national elections.


PIMENTEL

Pimentel said he cannot ascertain yet the exact date of the inquiry.

“Yes there will be another hearing. I will just have to wait first on the availability of the evidence before scheduling the proceedings,” he said.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV who is the main proponent of the move to have Binay subjected to an investigation in the Senate confirmed the impending hearing but refused to provide details on the issues to be tackled, whether it concerns a new information or a continuing discussion on matters taken up in previous hearings.

Trillanes said he’s readying and finalizing all the needed documents this week and hopefully, request for the scheduling of the hearing sometime next week.

The hearing, if it pushes through, could come in the heels of the filing of CoC of Binay, who is running for president and Trillanes himself, who is gunning to replace the Vice President in 2016.

Pimentel said it is likely that he will come up with another partial committee report, similar to the previous one where the panel called for the filing of plunder charges against the Vice President, his son Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar Binay Jr. and several others.

“I think I will have another partial report. I can’t say when I will come out with it. It’s hard to give a deadline,” he said.


TRIBUNE

Smear job vs VP Binay resurrected by Senate subpanel
Written by Angie M. Rosales Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00



Over a year of a deliberate smear job against Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay by the three ambitious senators, namely, Koko Pimentel, Alan Cayetano and Antonio Tril-lanes is not enough for them to ensure Binay’s loss in the 2016 polls and the smear job goes on.

The VP will be subjected again to another round of public investigation in the Senate over his alleged wrongdoings, with the proceedings taking place a week before the scheduled deadline of certificate of candidacy (CoC) for those joining next year’s national elections. Senator Pimentel, chairman of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee, yesterday said that a hearing is forthcoming but that he cannot ascertain as yet the exact date.

Pimentel has a political reason to want the smear job against the Vice President to go on, since he has a clear interest in bringing down the poll numbers of Binay, as he and his party support a presidential run of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who has been see-sawing in his decision to run for the top post in 2016, although this stance seems to be yet another political tickling job to get the media and the public interested in his run.

The latest word from his camp is that Duterte, despite his categorical statement that he has decided not to run for the top post, is going to declare his candidacy for the presidential seat in October 2.

“Yes there will be (another hearing). I will just have to wait first on word (on the availability) of the evidence (before scheduling the proceedings),” Pimentel said.

Trillanes, who is the main proponent of the move to have Binay subjected to an investigation in the Senate confirmed the impending hearing but refused to provide details as to the issues to be tackled, whether it concerns new information or a continuing discussion on matters taken up in previous hearings.
 



“It concerns billions (of pesos),” Trillanes said, referring, supposedly to those allegedly amassed illegally by the Vice President in the past, long before he was elected to his current post.

Trillanes said he is readying and finalizing all the needed documents this week and hopefully, request for the scheduling of the hearing sometime next week.
Trillanes is gunning for the vice presidency. So is the third member of the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee, Alan Cayetano, also gunning for the presidency.

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It is being bruited about that Cayetano will be Duterte’s running mate and that he had a dinner date with Duterte last night.

This floored Sen. Bongbong Marcos, who said he was also in talks with Duterte for the vice presidential slot.

The hearing, if it pushes through, could come on the heels of the filing of CoC of Binay, who is running for president and Trillanes himself, who is gunning to replace the Vice President in 2016.

Pimentel said it is likely that he will come up with another partial committee report, similar to the previous one where the panel called for the filing of plunder charges against the Vice President, his son Makati City Mayor Erwin Jejomar Binay Jr. and several others.

“I think I will have another partial report. I can’t say when (I will come out with it). It’s hard to give a deadline,” he said.

What went on during last hearing


Lawyer Renato Bondal, who is also a Binay accuser said Dr. Jack Arroyo (photo) was among the incorporators of Philippine Health Educators Inc, which was a joint venture between the University of Makati and STI to manage UMak’s College of Nursing.

In its most recent hearing last August 2, Senate probers tried to pin down another supposed business dummy of Binay but Dr. Jack Arroyo Jr., nephew of former Sen. Joker Arroyo, put into question the contempt citation and arrest order he earned recently following a recommendation by Senate probers his supposed continuing refusal to appear and testify on the ongoing investigation on the charges against Vice President Binay.

In a four-page letter sent to the office of Sen. TG Guingona, blue ribbon chair, Arroyo also called on the committee tor reconsider the contempt charges slapped against him, claiming that the move was arbitrary.

“Only a judge can issue a warrant of arrest and senators are not judges. That constitutional protection to the citizenry may not be contravened, much less withdrawn by the Senate through its Rules of Procedure by granting themselves the forbidden power or arrest,” he said.

Likewise, he said, the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, as provided under the upper chamber’s own rules, cannot serve warrants of arrests, only summons, invitations or subpoena.

“The Sergeant-at-Arms, whose staff is acting like roving policemen looking for arrestees don’t have the power at all because by the terms of the Senate’s own Rules of Procedure, his primary duty is ‘to be responsible for the security and maintenance of order in the session hall, ante-chamber, corridors and offices of the Senate., whether in session or not, in accordance with the order of the Senate President or the Secretary’,” he said.

Arroyo had been alleged by lawyer Renato Bondal as an alleged Binay dummy, supposedly allowing himself stand as an incorporator of Philippine Health Educators Inc. (PHEI) to conceal the purported ownership of shares of the Vice President.

PHEI is a joint venture between the University of Makati (Umak) and Systems Technology Institute (STI) to manage the said university’s College of Nursing.
Echoing the advice of his lawyers, Arroyo defended his position, recognizing the committee’s power to cite a resource person for contempt and cause his detention, but not to effect an arrest.

“The committee can enforce that power only when the same resource person is actually before the committee and defies its order,” he said, citing some landmark Supreme Court cases favoring resource persons who appeared before an investigating Senate committee and refused to reveal some information sought by lawmakers.

“What am I going to testify on? On a subject no witness has ever alleged that I participated in? In fact, I never defied any committee order. I signified early on that I would cooperate with the committee.

“I couldn’t attend the last hearing I was invited to because the subpoena was served at my residence when I was on a medical mission. The committee responded by arbitrarily citing me for contempt and ordering my arrest,” he said.

“No court, including the SC can and will issue such a peremptory order under such circumstances. It will first issue a ‘show cause’ order for the respondent to explain why he or she should not be cited for contempt. In short, the respondent is given the chance to explain, the very essence of due process,” Arroyo said.

The committee, he claimed, has not given him the chance to ask for advance questions, a right of the person summoned as ruled by the SC in the Neri 2008 case and which is covered by Sections 21 and 22 of Article VI of the Constitution.

The contempt and arrest orders are anchored on the alleged overpricing of the Makati City hall parking building and alleged irregular transaction in the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMP) or Pag-Ibig Fund and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) which were thoroughly discussed by the committee.

“Nowhere and at no time was my name ever mentioned by the witnesses who have testified before the committee,” he said.

“In the light of the above and considering the constitutional and jurisdictional questions involved herein, I hereby appeal to the Senate blue ribbon committee to review the circumstances of my case and recall the order to cite me in contempt and have me arrested,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo along with Laureano Gregorio Jr., the alleged owner of the land in the controversial Hacienda Binay in Rosario, Batangas and Marguerite Lichnock, wife of Binay’s alleged bagman, Gerardo “Gerry” Limlingan, were cited in contempt of the committee for failing to respond to the subpoenas issued them.


MANILA STANDARD

VP suffers significant ratings drop By Sandy Araneta, Vito Barcelo | Oct. 02, 2015 at 12:01am


Binay

VICE President Jejomar Binay’s trust and approval ratings dropped significantly during the third quarter of 2015, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed yesterday.

But despite the sharp drop in the latest Pulse Asia performance and trust ratings, Binay said he remained grateful for the constant support of the Filipino people, especially those from the provinces.

I am thankful that despite the Senate inquisition and the intensified campaign of lies and pattern of deceit against me, our [countrymen’s] faith in me remain steadfast and undiminished, Binay said in a statement.
The Vice President had earlier said that he was not bothered by the numbers but admitted that they forced him to work harder and personally talk to the gmasses h which comprise more than 60 percent of Filipino voters.

“Whatever the results of the survey, my determination to uphold my responsibilities and serve our people will never falter,” he said.

Based on the survey conducted from Sept. 8 to 14, 43 percent of Filipinos appreciate the work of the Vice President and 39 percent trust him.

Binay scored an approval rating of 44 percent in Mindanao and 47 percent in the rest of Luzon. He also received 44 and 46 ratings from Classes D and E, respectively.

The same survey showed that 43 percent of people from Mindanao and 42 percent from Luzon trust the Vice President. Classes D and E, meanwhile, gave him 40 and 44 trust ratings.

The Vice President will continue going around the country to roll out his pro-poor programs that will uplift the living conditions of the people, spokesperson and lawyer Rico Quicho said.

He is thankful for the big plurality to near majority approval and trust ratings that he got from the different regions and classes, he added.

Binay said he wants to know the questions used in the survey.

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All I want to know is what was the question asked. If about the performance, that would mean is that what the Vice President did, Binay said.

If that was the question, that would be incorrect, because I don't have a job right now, he said.

Binay resigned from the Cabinet in June this year, vacating his posts as presidential adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ concerns and chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.

The Vice President also let go of his positions as chairman emeritus of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking and head of the Presidential Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment.

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Binay: I’m confused by survey results By Vito Barcelo | Sep. 30, 2015 at 12:01am

VICE President Jejomar Binay said Tuesday he was confused by the recent opinion polls that presented different results on the presidential candidates preferred by the people surveyed.

Binay said he was extremely puzzled by the different survey results, citing the Radio Mindanao Network survey in which he topped the ratings while the Social Weather Stations placed him in third spot but was statistically tied with Senator Grace Poe and Manuel Roxas II in the Pulse Asia survey.

Asked if he cared about the numbers, Binay said he was not really bothered by them but admitted that those were forcing him to work harder.

Meanwhile, Binay said President Benigno Aquino III could use some mercy and compassion to former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

He said Arroyo, who is facing plunder charges, had not been allowed to post bail and was being kept in detention despite her medical condition.

Arroyo has undergone surgery on her spine for cervical spondylosis, a condition where the bones of the neck deteriorate and cause a misalignment in the spine.

Binay said the Aquino administration was very vindictive against its political opponents, but he promised there would be no vindictiveness in his administration in case he won the presidency.

He declined to comment if Senator Ferdinand ‘‘Bongbong’’ Marcos Jr., would be his running mate in the 2016 elections but said he was among those being considered by his search committee.


MANILA BULLETIN

Aquino keeps top performance, trust ratings as Binay suffers another decline in survey October 2, 2015 Share1 Tweet3 Share0 Email0 Share97 By Ellalyn B. De Vera, Genalyn D. Kabiling, and Ellson A. Quismorio


President Aquino, VP Binay INQUIRER FILE

President Aquino retained his top performance and trust ratings among the five highest officials of the land in the latest survey (September 8-14) conducted nationwide by Pulse Asia. He scored 54 percent in performance (same as in the previous survey in June and 49 percent in trust (down from 50 percent).

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay suffered another decline in his ratings – 43 percent in performance (down from 58 percent) and 39 percent in trust (down from 57 percent).

Senate President Franklin Drilon had 50 percent performance and 47 percent trust ratings.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. had 32 percent performance and 29 percent trust ratings.

Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno had 29 percent performance and 26 percent trust ratings.

Pulse Asia noted that only President Aquino had a majority performance rating (54 percent) in the non-commissined Ulat ng Bayan national survey, with 2,400 respondents in its sample. He scored 71 percent in Visayas, 59 percent in Mindanao, 41 percent in Metro Manila, and 47 percent in the rest of Luzon.

His trust ratings were also highest in the Visayas (65 percent) and Mindanao (57 percent).

No one of the four other top government officials had a majority trust rating.

Vice President Binay had “near majority” performance ratings in Mindanao (44 percent) and rest of Luzon (47 percent), but only 36 percent in the Visayas.

His trust ratings were 38 percent in Metro Manila, 42 percent in the rest of Luzon, 43 percent in Mindanao, and 31 percent in the Visayas.

During the same survey period, the three key government institutions performance-rated in September all failed to register a majority approval rating. Public assessment of these institutions’ work was basically unchanged between June and September.

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A near majority of 49 percent approved of the work done by the Supreme Court, while 44 percent had a positive opinion of the Senate’s performance, and 39 percent approved of the record of the House of Representatives.

AQUINO GRATEFUL

In Malacañang, Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said President Aquino is grateful for his steady public approval rating and is determined to continue to work harder for the welfare of Filipinos in the remainder of his term.

He noted that President Aquino kept the 54 percent approval rating he obtained last June while Vice President Binay’s approval rating plunge from 58 percent to 43 percent. The vice president’s numbers fell significantly after he resigned from the Aquino Cabinet last June and became the opposition standard bearer, Coloma added.

“This is the first survey where he is no longer a Cabinet member and is now a opposition leader. It is reasonable to deduce that such change from his being a Cabinet member to a leader of the opposition has changed the public’s view towards his performance or satisfaction rating,” Coloma said.

THE BRIGHT SIDE

Vice President Binay said yesterday he would rather look at the bright side of the survey results released by Pulse Asia Thursday, pointing out that his numbers are not too bad despite the continued demolition job against him by the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee.

“I am thankful that despite the Senate inquisition and the intensified campaign of lies and pattern of deceit against me, our kababayans’ faith in me remains steadfast and undiminished,” Binay said. “Whatever the results of the survey, my determination to uphold my responsibilities and serve our people will never falter.”

The Vice President highlighted that he received an approval rating of 44 percent in Mindanao and 47 percent in the rest of Luzon. He also received 44 and 46 ratings from Classes D and E, respectively. In the trust survey, 43 percent of people in Mindanao and 42 percent in Luzon trust the Vice President. Classes D and E gave him 40 and 44 trust ratings.

“The Vice President will continue going around the country to roll out his pro-poor programs that will uplift the living conditions of the people,” lawyer Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman for political affairs, said. “He is thankful for the big plurality to near-majority approval and trust ratings that he got from the different regions and classes,” Quicho said.

Speaking of the year-long Senate probe, Binay pointed out that the allegations being hurled at him there have nothing to do with his job as Vice President.

Binay said he was curious as to the manner of questioning in the survey. “Kasi kung performance, ang ibig sabihin noon ay ano ba ang nagawa ko sa aking pagiging Vice President? Kung iyon ang tanong, sasabihin ko, mali naman po yata ang pagkakatanong ninyo. Kasi paano ninyo ako hahanapan ng trabaho? Wala na akong trabaho,” (If we’re talking about performance, it means what have I done as Vice President? But how will I perform without a job? I don’t have a working position function anymore),” he said, citing his earlier resignation from the Cabinet. (Ellalyn B. De Vera, Genalyn D. Kabiling, and Ellson A. Quismorio)


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The real survey COMMONSENSE By Marichu A. Villanueva (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 2, 2015 - 12:00am 4 4 googleplus0 0


By Marichu A. Villanueva

As expected, the Pulse Asia Inc. officially released yesterday its quarterly “Ulat ng Bayan” national survey on the performance ratings of government officials led by President Benigno “Noy” Aquino III. For the third quarter, approval rating of President Aquino remained at 54% while his trust rating was at 49%, just a percentage point off compared to the previous quarter.

Vice President Jejomar Binay suffered the biggest declines in both approval and trust ratings after more than a year of being pilloried at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee over alleged corruption while he was mayor of the city of Makati.

The survey was taken from Sept. 8 to 14, This was a regular “Ulat ng Bayan” survey that Pulse Asia conducts using face-to-face interviews. The survey coincided with the period after Binay resigned from the Cabinet and started attacking the Aquino administration.

Meanwhile, efforts to question Senator Grace Poe’s Filipino citizenship have had little or no effect on her pace-setting numbers in the third quarter survey results of both the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia. In fact, Poe has even maintained her top spot after she first overtook and dislodged Binay from his early front-running spot in voters’ preference in the pre-election opinion polls of the SWS and Pulse Asia during the previous quarters.


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Validating this observation, Pulse Asia research director Ana Maria Tabunda acknowledged the latest survey results showing three percentage points dip in Poe’s rating were “insignificant” to cause concern or for her camp to panic.

In the Pulse Asia survey commissioned by ABS-CBN and conducted from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3, Poe continued to hold sway among the presidential contenders. She got 27%. Vice President Binay came in second, with 21%; and administration bet, ex-Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II coming in third place, with 18%.

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In the latest poll results released by SWS, Poe was also ahead with 26%; Binay running second at 24%; and Roxas, third at 20%. The two pollsters noted Roxas’ surge in the surveys can be attributed to President Aquino’s endorsement of Roxas and not primarily because voters preferred his former Cabinet member as a presidential candidate.

Binay, on the other hand, continues to reel from graft and corruption accusations that hound him after repeatedly refusing invitations at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee to clear his name.

The dip in Poe’s numbers may have been brought about by defeated senatorial candidate Rizalino David’s filing of a disqualification case against her before the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET). Despite the high media coverage on this controversial legal tussle, it apparently had little effect on Poe’s presidential bid.

Appearing as guest in our Kapihan sa Manila Bay last week, Tabunda admitted these pre-polls surveys on candidates are largely influenced by media play during the period the survey is conducted. Tabunda pointed to television as the single biggest influential media that could dictate the shape of survey results. This includes not only those aired on TV as news reports but also ads and info-mercials of certain politicians.

This is why many of these obviously moneyed candidates have started airing their respective TV info-mercials way ahead of the campaign period for the May 2016 election. Since they are not yet candidates, they have been getting away with it.

Poe’s camp, however, claims they have yet to launch a substantial advertising campaign. The senator herself has declared she would not tolerate mudslinging nor engage in dirty politics just to gain extra mileage in media.

It is rather un-statesmanlike to hear Vice President Binay to publicly refer to Poe as “the American girl” in obvious digs at her citizenship woes.

If there was anything new that the survey results bared, it was the high level of trust from Filipinos that not only she enjoyed but also that of her vice presidential running mate Sen. Chiz Escudero. If anything, the surveys only showed how prepared Poe came into the presidential race as ably supported by a bankable running mate in Escudero.

While Poe was shown leading in the presidential derby, the same Pulse Asia survey noted she, too, was ahead in the vice presidential race and was leading Escudero by a slim margin.

This shows, more than anything else, that there is true trust and confidence in the Poe-Escudero tandem. Filipinos consider them as reliable public servants who could serve not only in the top position of the government but as vice president as well.

As such, experts noted that the Poe-Escudero tandem was now being considered by a growing number of voters as a “package deal,” hopefully not just for corruption-free governance but more reliable public service.

On the other hand, delays being experienced by Binay and Roxas in finding respective running mates only serve to underscore the public perception that whoever the two presidentiables pick would just result in a “marriage of convenience,” which would more likely than not, create ugly political squabbles in the future.

Filipino voters can see through this. And they don’t want to see another six years where the vice president would just be like a spare tire who – more often than not, ends up feuding with the President.

More teamwork, less politicking. Filipino voters have grown weary of a one-man show in Malacañang and now appear to prefer an administration that runs smoothly with a lot less bickering.

Parallel to the “Ulat ng Bayan,” Pulse Asia disclosed they did their regular survey for the third quarter using the same sampling method but bigger representative population size of 2,400 respondents. This was unlike their previous quarterly surveys in the past that used sample size of 1,200 to 1,500 respondents.

Thus, Pulse Asia cited this particular survey has a lesser margin of error of plus-or-minus two percentage points. And at a 95 percent confidence level of reliability of data gathered. In short, the survey results can be trusted to predict with great degree of certainty the outcome of voters’ final decision.

The true and most genuine survey, however, comes through the official ballots cast on election day in May 2016.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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