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"WE MAY SURPASS FIRST WORLD NATIONS IF 'DAANG MATUWID' CONTINUES", PNoy SAYS ANEW
["Meron tayong Mar, may Leni pa na siguradong magpapatuloy ng Daang Matuwid, kumpiyansa ako na lalo pa nilang pabibilisin ang ating paghakbang," the president said.]


OCTOBER 7 -HOTO: President Aquino delivers his State of the Nation Address in 2014. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando
- President Benigno Aquino III maintained on Tuesday that the reforms of his administration should be continued after he steps down from office. Speaking at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Scholars' Day in Pasay City, Aquino claimed that the country may even surpass advanced countries if his "Daang Matuwid" plaftorm will be sustained. "Ayon nga po sa mga dalubhasa, kung hindi madidiskaril ang Daang Matuwid, sa loob ng isang henerasyon, first world na raw po tayo," Aquino also said. "Kung magpapatuloy ang mabuting pamamahalang bukal ng paglago ng ekonomiya, di magtatagal, mapapantayan natin, kundi man malalampasan, ang mauunlad na bansa," he added. Aquino reminded Filipinos that the 2016 elections will be a referendum for "Daang Matuwid." He urged the people to support leaders who will make permanent the reforms that he started. READ MORE...

ALSO: Awash in money; Bailiwicks of Aquino, Roxas get big budgets - kabataan solon
[Ahead of the plenary debate on the budget of the DILG, Ridon said there was a reason why Roxas has been going around the country to promote BuB and even inaugurate completed BuB projects in the past months. “The Aquino administration is hyping the so-called grassroots approach to budgeting under the BuB program. However, looking at the regional budget allocation for BuB projects shows that its ulterior purpose is to boost Mar Roxas’ candidacy through patronage politics,” Ridon said.]


OCTOBER 6 -Ridon
THE bulk of the P44 billion in Bottom-up-Budgeting or BuB funds has been allotted to traditional bailiwicks of President Benigno Aquino III and the ruling Liberal Party’s standard bearer Manuel Roxas II, such as Central Luzon, Panay and Cebu, Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon said Tuesday. “A closer look at the regional allocation for the BuB program reveals how it is intrinsically designed to boost the candidacy of former Interior Secretary and now Liberal Party presidential [candidate] Mar Roxas,” Ridon said. Ridon said Central Luzon was given a total of P1.6 billion in BuB projects spread over several agencies in 2015, and P1.9 billion in 2016. This is also the case for Panay (Region VI), which received a total of P1.8 billion worth of BuB projects this year, and P2.1 billion for 2016, he said. Vote-rich Region VII, where Cebu is located, got the largest chunk of the BuB budget. In 2015, Region VII received a total of P1.9 billion in BuB funds, which will only get bigger in 2016, with a total allocation of P2.3 billion, the highest allocation among all regions, Ridon said. “These are only some examples that show how the BuB is designed to cater to vote-rich regions and traditional bailiwicks of the Liberal Party. Mar Roxas is essentially using BuB projects to woo local support. Even if DILG does not admit it, the figures speak for themselves—BuB is a tool designed for political patronage and muscle-building at the local level,” Ridon said. But Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said Region VIII, the poorest region in the country following the onslaught of Yolanda, has been granted the highest budget allocation for BuB projects in the Visayas. READ MORE...

ALSO: Erap endorses Bongbong for VP
[“Why one must die for lack of money to buy medicine and for lack of doctors to treat them? We did not place them in their high posts to see to their personal interests and to destroy their enemies while their allies are enjoying. If you are an ally, you are good. If you are an enemy, you are done,” Marcos said. “We are all Filipinos. No one will love us, except our fellow Filipinos,” Marcos said.]


OCTOBER 11 -Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. is joined on stage by his mother Rep. Imelda Marcos, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile during the announcement of his vice presidential bid at Plaza Real in Intramuros, Manila yesterday. Geremy Pintolo
- In what appeared to be a cue that he may run again for president in 2016, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada endorsed yesterday the vice presidential bid of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Estrada, guest speaker during the proclamation of Marcos as a vice presidential candidate, said he is giving his full support because of the lawmaker’s long experience as a local government chief executive. Marcos served as vice governor and governor of Ilocos Norte before he became a congressman and a senator. “The most handsome, intelligent and young senator. I did not have any second thoughts and I didn’t find it difficult to decide and do this,” Estrada said. Describing Marcos as very qualified, hardworking and intelligent, Estrada asked his constituents in Manila to give Marcos the opportunity to prove his worth and work as a vice president of the country. Estrada also credited the Marcoses for helping him when he was still San Juan mayor and the former first lady Imelda Marcos, the senator’s mother, for the distribution of 157 hectares of land to 27,000 families in Tondo, Manila in 1977. READ MORE...

ALSO: Junjun Binay allowed to file COC despite Ombudsman order – Brillantes, lawyers


OCTOBER 11 -JUNJUN Dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Four legal luminaries said that dismissed Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay can still file his certificate of candidacy (COC) for mayor and participate in the 2016 election even if Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered his “perpetual disqualification” from holding public office. Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes, former University of the East Law (UE-Law) dean Amado Valdez, former University of the Philippines law dean Pacifico Agabin, and veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal all agreed that Ombudsman Morales’ ruling – although immediately executory — is not yet final and can still be subject to judicial review before it could be enforced. Binay could still file a motion for reconsideration with the Office of the Ombudsman, Brillantes said. “And if that, too, fails, the suspended mayor can elevate it to the Court of Appeals (CA) to seek a temporary restraining order (TRO), and ultimately to the Supreme Court (SC) as the final arbiter of all justiciable issues,” he said. “Kaya kapag nag-file siya ng COC this week, okay lang iyon. Tatanggapin iyon ng Comelec. Hindi nila puwede tanggihan iyon” (Thus, if Mayor Binay files his COC this week, it is okay. The Comelec has to accept it. The poll body cannot refuse the filing.), Brillantes said. Asked in an interview with journalist covering the SC why the order of the Ombudsman could not be enforced yet, despite it being executory, Brillantes said: “While immediately executory, the Ombudsman’s dismissal cannot be enforced yet because Binay is still serving a six-month suspension over a separate case involving alleged irregularities in the construction of the Makati City Science High School. “Hindi pa pwede i-implement iyong dismissal. Wala pa namang aalisin kasi suspended pa siya hanggang ngayon. Kapag naubos na ang suspension, doon pa lang siya puwedeng i-dismiss” (The order of dismissal could not be implemented yet. Binay could not be removed yet because he is still under suspension. At the end of the suspension period, it would only be then that he could be removed.)” At any rate, Brillantes said Mayor Binay can apply for a substitute who can run as Makati City mayor, like her sister, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay. For his part, Valdez said the Ombudsman’s order could not prevent Mayor Binay from participating in the 2016 mayoralty election. READ MORE...

ALSO: Palace, Binays trade barbs; Palace defended Morales' decision; Junjun’s camp claims ‘selective justice’


OCTOBER 11 -IN THIS JANUARY 29, 2015 PHOTO, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin 'Junjun' Binay Jr with his children listens to former Senator Rene Saguisag's statement during a press conference at the Senate.. Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin 'Junjun' Binay Jr appeared in the Senate after the chamber ordered him arrested for snubbing its summons to appear before the inquiry into his family's alleged corruption. CREDIT: PACIFIC PRESS Malacañang yesterday maintained that President Aquino had nothing to do with Ombudsman’s decision ordering the dismissal of suspended Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. from the service. “Independent po ang opisina ng Ombudsman mula ho sa tanggapan ng ating Pangulo (The Office of the Ombudsman is independent from the Office of the President)… We do not have a hand in the processes of the Ombudsman,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said. Vice President Jejomar C. Binay has long claimed that the Aquino administration is purposely tapping all government resources and processes to persecute him and members of his family. Proof of this is the “selective justice” being imposed against them by Morales, citing the order to dismiss his son, Mayor Binay. However, the Palace official merely brushed off Binay’s claims and belied the alleged partisanship of the Ombudsman. “Alam niyo ho, luma na hong tugtugin ‘yung sinasabi nilang ‘selective justice,’ eh. Kasi makikita naman po natin na ang Ombudsman malinaw hong walang kinikilingan (Their claim of ‘selective justice’ is passé. We can clearly see that that the Ombudsman isn’t beholden to anyone).” “The Ombudsman has charged both administration and opposition stalwarts. So I think it would be better if they just face the charges and answer them instead of passing the buck to us,” Valte said of the Binay camp. MISLEADING PUBLIC But the Binay camp said that the Palace is once again misleading the public. Lawyer Rico Quicho, Vice President’s spokesman for political concerns, said the so-called allies that the Palace is claiming to have been charged by the Ombudsman were mere sacrificial lambs. “Hardcore allies like [Budget] Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad — media hype notwithstanding – hardly got a slap on the wrist for allegedly masterminding the P72-billion raid on the people’s money that is DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program),” said Quicho. Abad is a former LP president and one of Aquino’s most trusted lieutenants. “In stark contrast, the Ombudsman moved heaven and earth to hastily investigate and remove Mayor Junjun Binay without giving him the benefit of properly answering the charges against him and despite the dearth of evidence presented. Malacañang officials must understand that Mayor Binay has just received the COA findings. He has yet to reply when Ombudsman Morales issued the resolution through a press conference, which is definitely not a valid mode of service for orders and decisions of her office. “Halatang-halata na may kinikilingan at pinoprotektahan.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Majority or 58% in SWS poll satisfied with Binay


OCTOBER 7-BINAY  More than half of respondents, or 58 percent, in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) third quarter survey on the country’s top public officials expressed satisfaction on the performance of Vice President Jejomar Binay despite relinquishing all his Cabinet posts and the unceasing attacks on him from his political opponents. He received a net rating of 33 which is within the “good” category similar to Senate President Franklin Drilon who received a net rating of 42. Under the SWS grading scheme, a net rating of 30 to 49 is considered “good.” Based on the SWS 3rd quarter report on the “Indicators of Governance and the Economy” conducted from September 2 to 5 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide, Binay’s satisfaction rating surpassed Speaker Feliciano Belmone (34 percent) and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (33 percent). Binay is, however, statistically tied on satisfaction rating with Drilon at 61 percent if the sampling error margins of plus and negative three points for national percentages is employed. Binay’s numbers show that he is relatively the most popular Vice President of the republic in the last 15 years compared to former Vice Presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Teofisto Guingona and Noli de Castro.Binay has been the subject of smear campaigns and allegations hurled against him through the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee that has been ongoing for more than a year.The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer, however, remains firm on his resolve to continue the pro-poor programs he initiated during his local government stint as Makati City Mayor, Binay’s spokesman for political affairs Rico Quicho said in a brief statement.“The results of the different surveys strengthened the resolve of the Vice President to continue to fight for his pro-poor programs that he has started in Makati,” Quicho said.Binay served under the Aquino administration’s Cabinet as housing czar and presidential consultant on overseas Filipino workers (OFW) concerns but he resigned all his Cabinet posts last June as he assailed what he called as an insensitive and incompetent regime.“The Vice President will continue with his provincial trips to directly talk with and listen to the people, and offer them a decisive, effective and inclusive governance,” Quicho said.“He will continue to present his platform that is based on uplifting the lives of the people and ensuring that the ineptitude and inequities displayed by the present administration will cease,” Quicho added.Still, observers noted that Binay still enjoys a stable political base compared to his political rivals mainly from Classes D and E. Palace puts spin on poll The increase in the Cabinet’s net satisfaction rating is a testament to the satisfaction with President Aquino’s leadership, Malacañang said in interpreting the latest SWS survey results.READ MORE...


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PNoy: We may surpass first world nations if 'Daang Matuwid' continues


PHOTO: President Aquino delivers his State of the Nation Address in 2014. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando

MANILA, OCTOBER 12, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Louis Bacani - President Benigno Aquino III maintained on Tuesday that the reforms of his administration should be continued after he steps down from office.

Speaking at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Scholars' Day in Pasay City, Aquino claimed that the country may even surpass advanced countries if his "Daang Matuwid" plaftorm will be sustained.

"Ayon nga po sa mga dalubhasa, kung hindi madidiskaril ang Daang Matuwid, sa loob ng isang henerasyon, first world na raw po tayo," Aquino said.

"Kung magpapatuloy ang mabuting pamamahalang bukal ng paglago ng ekonomiya, di magtatagal, mapapantayan natin, kundi man malalampasan, ang mauunlad na bansa," he added.

Aquino reminded Filipinos that the 2016 elections will be a referendum for "Daang Matuwid."

He urged the people to support leaders who will make permanent the reforms that he started.

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"Ang tanong nga po: Lahat ba ng ating pinaghirapan, lahat ba ng ating napagtagumpayan, maglalaho lang dahil sa isang eleksiyon?" Aquino said.

"Ituloy natin ang pamumunong nagawa na at gagawin pa ang nararapat sa Pilipino; ituloy natin ang pagtahak sa Daang Matuwid," he added.

Aquino made the remarks a day after endorsing the tandem of Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

In his speech at the LP event on Monday, Aquino said the country will attain more progress under a Roxas-Robredo leadership.

"Meron tayong Mar, may Leni pa na siguradong magpapatuloy ng Daang Matuwid, kumpiyansa ako na lalo pa nilang pabibilisin ang ating paghakbang," the president said.


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Awash in money; Bailiwicks of Aquino, Roxas get big budgets By Christine F. Herrera | Oct. 07, 2015 at 12:01am


Ridon

THE bulk of the P44 billion in Bottom-up-Budgeting or BuB funds has been allotted to traditional bailiwicks of President Benigno Aquino III and the ruling Liberal Party’s standard bearer Manuel Roxas II, such as Central Luzon, Panay and Cebu, Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon said Tuesday.

“A closer look at the regional allocation for the BuB program reveals how it is intrinsically designed to boost the candidacy of former Interior Secretary and now Liberal Party presidential [candidate] Mar Roxas,” Ridon said.

Ridon said Central Luzon was given a total of P1.6 billion in BuB projects spread over several agencies in 2015, and P1.9 billion in 2016.

This is also the case for Panay (Region VI), which received a total of P1.8 billion worth of BuB projects this year, and P2.1 billion for 2016, he said.

Vote-rich Region VII, where Cebu is located, got the largest chunk of the BuB budget. In 2015, Region VII received a total of P1.9 billion in BuB funds, which will only get bigger in 2016, with a total allocation of P2.3 billion, the highest allocation among all regions, Ridon said.

“These are only some examples that show how the BuB is designed to cater to vote-rich regions and traditional bailiwicks of the Liberal Party. Mar Roxas is essentially using BuB projects to woo local support. Even if DILG does not admit it, the figures speak for themselves—BuB is a tool designed for political patronage and muscle-building at the local level,” Ridon said.

But Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said Region VIII, the poorest region in the country following the onslaught of Yolanda, has been granted the highest budget allocation for BuB projects in the Visayas.

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“The Yolanda-devastated poor in the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Biliran are the intended beneficiaries of the BuB projects in Region VIII. This is why it has the highest funding among the four regions in the Visayas. As a truly grassroots and democratic tool for the people to engage the government to fund their priorities and thereby increase their access to local service delivery, it makes sense that more funds will go to those that need it most,” Abad said as the fourth leg of the BuB Summit opens in Cebu to highlight and track the progress of the government’s participatory planning and budgeting process.

Abad said Region VIII has an allocation of P1.87 billion this year to support the implementation of 1,150 projects, up from P1.83 billion and P622 million in 2014 and 2013, respectively.

The BuB allocation for Regions VI, VII, and Negros Island was at P1.28 billion, P1.52 billion, and P907 million, respectively, Abad said.

The National Economic and Development Authority said the poverty level in Eastern Visayas grew to 54.9 percent in early 2014 from 45.2 percent in 2012, following the onslaught of super Typhoon Yolanda, which hit the region in November 2013.

But according to the Philippine Statistics Authority, Abad said, the economy of Eastern Visayas suffered a reversal as it recorded a 2.3-percent contraction in 2014, from a 4.5-percent growth in 2013. This can be attributed to the lingering effects of the Yolanda devastation, he said.

Ahead of the plenary debate on the budget of the DILG, Ridon said there was a reason why Roxas has been going around the country to promote BuB and even inaugurate completed BuB projects in the past months.

“The Aquino administration is hyping the so-called grassroots approach to budgeting under the BuB program. However, looking at the regional budget allocation for BuB projects shows that its ulterior purpose is to boost Mar Roxas’ candidacy through patronage politics,” Ridon said.

When the mechanism started in 2013, Ridon said, the fund under BuB reached P8.4-billion spread over 595 municipalities.

For 2014, he said, the budget under BuB soared to a total of P20.03 billion spread over 1,226 municipalities, “almost at par with the budget for the now defunct Priority Development Assistance Fund.”

“The BuB mechanism has been given a total P20.9-billion budget in 2015, and is set to receive another P24.7 billion in 2016 that will fund 14,326 projects,” Ridon said.

Ridon also noted the BuB continues to operate in a manner similar to the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program, portions of which were struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

“In the past, we have questioned the manner in which post-enactment cancellation and replacement of identified BuB projects can be done through its implementing rules, a mechanism similar to DAP. In the new implementing rules for BuB under DBM-DILG-DSWD-NAPC Joint Memorandum Circular No 5 s. 2014, such DAP-like mechanism remains intact,” Ridon noted.

Ridon cited Sections 4.2 and 4.3 of the joint memorandum, which allows local government units or LGUs to cancel and replace BuB projects already itemized in the General Appropriations Act, subject to certain limitation.

He said Section 4.2.2 of DBM-DILG-DSWD-NAPC Joint Memorandum Circular No 5 s. 2014 states: “If a project is deemed to be not feasible for implementation upon validation of the concerned participating agency, the project may be replaced with another project that can be implemented by the same participating agency in the same city or municipality, provided that the replacement project has been identified by the concerned Local Poverty Reduction Action Team.”

The cited portion of memorandum is patently unconstitutional as it allows the cancellation and replacement of projects already identified in the national budget, Ridon said.

“The BuB program uses magic words like ‘grassroots’ and ‘civil society participation’ to make it look and sound progressive. Yet, a deeper analysis of this program shows that it is not only a program designed for political leverage, but it also serves as a new way for the Executive Department to usurp the congressional power of the purse,” Ridon said.


ABAD

Abad denied this, and said the program has managed to strengthen community decision making across the country and delivered concrete projects that improved the quality of life of the people.

“Regardless of political affiliation or parties, the BuB projects are implemented and their effects are felt in communities in many parts of the country. This is the result of successful partnerships between LGUs and CSOs. We hope to build on these successful partnerships to further expand the program and drive participation forward. The real and concrete outcome of this program is strong democracy and strong communities,” he added.

The Visayas BuB Summit will present the status of the P19.98 billion worth of BuB projects in the islands, ranging from projects first implemented in 2013 to those proposed for 2016.

The discussions will tackle strategies to drive participation in the BuB planning process, enhance CSO and LGU partnerships, and speed up BuB project implementation.

In the 2015 budget, Abad said, the BuB program had a budget of P20.9 billion covering 1,590 municipalities and cities nationwide.

The Aquino Administration proposed a budget of P24.7 billion in the 2016 National Expenditure Program to support the implementation of more than 14,300 BuB projects across the country, he added. With Sandy Araneta


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Erap endorses Bongbong for VP By Jose Rodel Clapano (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 11, 2015 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. is joined on stage by his mother Rep. Imelda Marcos, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile during the announcement of his vice presidential bid at Plaza Real in Intramuros, Manila yesterday. Geremy Pintolo

MANILA, Philippines - In what appeared to be a cue that he may run again for president in 2016, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada endorsed yesterday the vice presidential bid of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Estrada, guest speaker during the proclamation of Marcos as a vice presidential candidate, said he is giving his full support because of the lawmaker’s long experience as a local government chief executive.

Marcos served as vice governor and governor of Ilocos Norte before he became a congressman and a senator.

“The most handsome, intelligent and young senator. I did not have any second thoughts and I didn’t find it difficult to decide and do this,” Estrada said.

Describing Marcos as very qualified, hardworking and intelligent, Estrada asked his constituents in Manila to give Marcos the opportunity to prove his worth and work as a vice president of the country.

Estrada also credited the Marcoses for helping him when he was still San Juan mayor and the former first lady Imelda Marcos, the senator’s mother, for the distribution of 157 hectares of land to 27,000 families in Tondo, Manila in 1977.

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“In the name of the Manileños, we thanked you (Mrs. Marcos) for your big help to Manila. You also established the Bliss projects, which benefited thousands of homeless in Manila. Manileños, let’s pay our debt of gratitude to Sen. Bongbong Marcos by voting for him for vice president in 2016. Manileños know how to pay their debt of gratitude,” Estrada said.

Marcos, who addressed Estrada as President-Mayor, said he decided to hold his proclamation as a vice presidential candidate in honor of Filipino heroes Gen. Antonio Luna, Andres Bonifacio and his brother Procopio and Jose Rizal.

“I was inspired when I watched the movie of Gen. Luna, that is why I decided to hold my proclamation as vice presidential candidate here in Gen. Luna Street…We are not yet fully freed. The election in May is only the start of the fight against poverty. Let us not be swayed by politicking. Judge the candidates through their programs,” he said.

Marcos cited the presence of criminal syndicates, drug lords, gambling lords and police protectors as among the problems the country faces.

He also lambasted the Aquino administration for having inept and corrupt officials in the agency that is operating the Metro Rail Transport (MRT).

“The parents leave their houses while their children are still asleep and they return to their homes when their children are already asleep. They are suffering daily because of the inefficient MRT. We have an MRT, but it is malfunctioning. The reason is that the officials in MRT are corrupt and they lack knowledge,” Marcos said.

Marcos also said that graft and corruption have been rampant in the Bureau of Customs (BOC) where smuggling thrives.

“Trillions of pesos were lost for four years because of smuggling. We know the smugglers, but why are they playing blind? How much is the reason? Our country has been made a dumping ground of foreign country’s waste. The garbage was dumped in Clark and Pampanga. How much is the reason? There is also rice smuggling. How much again is the reason?

"Smuggling continues. There is also no water for irrigation. 130,000 houses are needed in the areas destroyed by Yolanda, but only 10,000 housing units are so far constructed. Where are the billions of donations from foreign countries? In Zamboanga, the victims of the encounter between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are still in temporary shelters,” Marcos said.

Marcos also recalled the death of 44 commandos of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“Until now, justice has not been served,” Marcos said.

Marcos said for his 30 years in public service, he has seen the suffering of the people, that is why he is accepting the challenge and he is running for vice president in 2016.

“Why one must die for lack of money to buy medicine and for lack of doctors to treat them? We did not place them in their high posts to see to their personal interests and to destroy their enemies while their allies are enjoying. If you are an ally, you are good. If you are an enemy, you are done,” Marcos said.

“We are all Filipinos. No one will love us, except our fellow Filipinos,” Marcos said.

Marcos also vowed to return discipline among the Filipino people once he becomes vice president.

“I will lead the revolution in my heart, mind and work. I will not allow anyone to take any part of our country. I will work to return the respect of other countries to us as Filipinos with dignity, humble, god-fearing and respectful to the elders and our parents,” Marcos said.

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Marcos for VP By Joel E. Zurbano | Oct. 11, 2015 at 12:01am

Launches formal bid, gets endorsed by Estrada

SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. officially launched his candidacy for vice president on Saturday by assailing the failings of the Aquino administration, particularly in poverty alleviation, job creation, criminality and public transportation.

Flanked by former President Joseph Estrada, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and his mother, Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, the 58-year-old senator officially announced his candidacy amid vigorous cheers of “Marcos pa rin [Marcos still]!” from hundreds of supporters.

“I accept the challenge of generations. I accept the challenge with all humility,” Marcos said in Filipino at the Puerta Real of Manila’s historic Intramuros district.

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (left) joins the 2016 vice presidential race during the official launching held at the Puerta Real Gardens in Intramuros, with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada among his endorsers and well-wishers. EY ACASIO
The cheers even grew stronger when Estrada, who is the incumbent mayor of Manila, endorsed Marcos’ candidacy.

“I did not have second thoughts nor did I have any difficulty in reaching this decision: It is my honor to endorse our honorable Senator Bongbong Marcos,” Estrada said, reminding the people of Marcos’ experience as governor of Ilocos Norte and in the Senate.

Apart from Estrada, Enrile and Imelda, Bongbong’s sisters, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos-Manotok and Irene Araneta were also at the event.

Marcos was also supported by his cousin Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez and his wife Cristina Gonzales, Las Piñas City Rep. Mark Villar, former Manila Rep. Harry Angping and his wife, incumbent congresswoman Zenaida.

“Here in the Philippines, we have all kinds of criminal syndicates, drug lord, gambling lord and smugglers. They control the authority, police who gives protection to drug lords and sometimes the police themselves are the drug lords,” Marcos said.

“Our statistics show 93 percent of villages in Metro Manila are beset with the problem of illegal drugs. Crime is everywhere—murder, theft and kidnapping,” he said.

“We have an MRT, but it is almost always in disrepair. MRT officials are incompetent and corrupt. Our countrymen have to suffer long queues to be able to ride the MRT where they are packed like sardines,” Marcos added.

Marcos also denounced the government’s lack of support to the victims of Typhoon ‘‘Yolanda’’ and the families of the 44 police commandos who were slain in anti-terrorist operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January.

Marcos will be running against five other candidates for vice presidents, namely Senators Francis Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, Antonio Trillanes IV and Gregorio Honasan, and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.

Marcos brushed aside speculations he will run for vice president with certain presidential candidates, but admitted consulting with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who he said promised him support.

However, there was still no confirmation on Saturday if Duterte will indeed draft Marcos as his running mate and Duterte’s political adviser, Lito Banayo, said the mayor will likely announce his decision in the next few days.


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Junjun Binay allowed to file COC despite Ombudsman order – Brillantes,lawyers by Rey G. Panaligan October 11, 2015 Share1 Tweet8 Share0 Email3 Share60


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Dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Four legal luminaries said that dismissed Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay can still file his certificate of candidacy (COC) for mayor and participate in the 2016 election even if Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered his “perpetual disqualification” from holding public office.

Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes, former University of the East Law (UE-Law) dean Amado Valdez, former University of the Philippines law dean Pacifico Agabin, and veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal all agreed that Ombudsman Morales’ ruling – although immediately executory — is not yet final and can still be subject to judicial review before it could be enforced.

Binay could still file a motion for reconsideration with the Office of the Ombudsman, Brillantes said.

“And if that, too, fails, the suspended mayor can elevate it to the Court of Appeals (CA) to seek a temporary restraining order (TRO), and ultimately to the Supreme Court (SC) as the final arbiter of all justiciable issues,” he said.

“Kaya kapag nag-file siya ng COC this week, okay lang iyon. Tatanggapin iyon ng Comelec. Hindi nila puwede tanggihan iyon” (Thus, if Mayor Binay files his COC this week, it is okay. The Comelec has to accept it. The poll body cannot refuse the filing.), Brillantes said.

Asked in an interview with journalist covering the SC why the order of the Ombudsman could not be enforced yet, despite it being executory, Brillantes said:

“While immediately executory, the Ombudsman’s dismissal cannot be enforced yet because Binay is still serving a six-month suspension over a separate case involving alleged irregularities in the construction of the Makati City Science High School.

“Hindi pa pwede i-implement iyong dismissal. Wala pa namang aalisin kasi suspended pa siya hanggang ngayon. Kapag naubos na ang suspension, doon pa lang siya puwedeng i-dismiss” (The order of dismissal could not be implemented yet. Binay could not be removed yet because he is still under suspension. At the end of the suspension period, it would only be then that he could be removed.)”

At any rate, Brillantes said Mayor Binay can apply for a substitute who can run as Makati City mayor, like her sister, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay.

For his part, Valdez said the Ombudsman’s order could not prevent Mayor Binay from participating in the 2016 mayoralty election.

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Valdez, president of the Philippine Association of Law Schools, said that “Junjun Binaycan file his COC and argue that the decision (of the Ombudsman) is not yet final.”

He said “the penalty of perpetual disqualification is penal in nature, which only the court of Sandiganbayan can impose” as he urged Binay to elevate the issue before the SC and seek an injunction.

“Definitely, the Ombudsman’s order created legal obstacles that have to be resolved,” he said.

But, Valdez said, if Binay is re-elected in 2016, he can again invoked the “Aguinaldo doctrine” or the condonation doctrine which provides that an elected official can be cleared from past administrative liability once re-elected to the same post.

Unless ordered by the court, Mayor Binay could not be prevented from running in the 2016 mayoralty election in Makati, Agabin said in an interview.

“Yes he can file COC if he appeals the Ombudsman order,” he said.


MANILA BULLETIN

Palace, Binays trade barbs Ombudsman’s decision defended; Junjun’s camp claims ‘selective justice’ by Ellson Quismorio October 11, 2015 Share0 Tweet6 Share0 Email1 Share39


IN THIS JANUARY 29, 2015 PHOTO, Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin 'Junjun' Binay Jr with his children listens to former Senator Rene Saguisag's statement during a press conference at the Senate.. Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin 'Junjun' Binay Jr appeared in the Senate after the chamber ordered him arrested for snubbing its summons to appear before the inquiry into his family's alleged corruption. CREDIT: PACIFIC PRESS

Malacañang yesterday maintained that President Aquino had nothing to do with Ombudsman’s decision ordering the dismissal of suspended Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. from the service.

“Independent po ang opisina ng Ombudsman mula ho sa tanggapan ng ating Pangulo (The Office of the Ombudsman is independent from the Office of the President)… We do not have a hand in the processes of the Ombudsman,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay has long claimed that the Aquino administration is purposely tapping all government resources and processes to persecute him and members of his family. Proof of this is the “selective justice” being imposed against them by Morales, citing the order to dismiss his son, Mayor Binay.

However, the Palace official merely brushed off Binay’s claims and belied the alleged partisanship of the Ombudsman.

“Alam niyo ho, luma na hong tugtugin ‘yung sinasabi nilang ‘selective justice,’ eh. Kasi makikita naman po natin na ang Ombudsman malinaw hong walang kinikilingan (Their claim of ‘selective justice’ is passé. We can clearly see that that the Ombudsman isn’t beholden to anyone).”

“The Ombudsman has charged both administration and opposition stalwarts. So I think it would be better if they just face the charges and answer them instead of passing the buck to us,” Valte said of the Binay camp.

MISLEADING PUBLIC

But the Binay camp said that the Palace is once again misleading the public.

Lawyer Rico Quicho, Vice President’s spokesman for political concerns, said the so-called allies that the Palace is claiming to have been charged by the Ombudsman were mere sacrificial lambs.

“Hardcore allies like [Budget] Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad — media hype notwithstanding – hardly got a slap on the wrist for allegedly masterminding the P72-billion raid on the people’s money that is DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program),” said Quicho.

Abad is a former LP president and one of Aquino’s most trusted lieutenants.

“In stark contrast, the Ombudsman moved heaven and earth to hastily investigate and remove Mayor Junjun Binay without giving him the benefit of properly answering the charges against him and despite the dearth of evidence presented.

Malacañang officials must understand that Mayor Binay has just received the COA findings. He has yet to reply when Ombudsman Morales issued the resolution through a press conference, which is definitely not a valid mode of service for orders and decisions of her office. “Halatang-halata na may kinikilingan at pinoprotektahan.”

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The Binays and the rest of the UNA ticket are expected to file their COCs on Monday.

LET COMELEC DECIDE

But Malacañang is leaving it up to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to decide whether or not Mayor Binay may still vie for the local chief executive’s position in 2016.

“Siguro nasa Comelec na po ‘yan kung paano po nila (It’s all up to Comelec) – how they deal with it. I know that Comelec… It’s a ministerial duty on the part of Comelec, to receive certificates of candidacy (COCs),” Valte said.

The Binay camp insisted Friday following the Ombudsman’s decision that the mayor would still file his COC before the poll body in Manila.

“Let’s see how the Office of the Ombudsman’s ruling affects the filing. What’s important here is the aforementioned disqualification from public office, so that will be a hurdle.”

JUNJUN CAN RUN

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal said the younger Binay can still file his COC since the order of the Ombudsman is not yet final.

“He can file and run because the decision is not yet final. He could file a motion for reconsideration and appeal to the Court of Appeals if MR is denied,” he said in an interview.

The poll lawyer added that there are a lot of cases where a candidate under custody of law or in jail were allowed to file COC and won the elections.

For his part, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said their job during the COC filing is simply ministerial.

“The filing of COC is a ministerial responsibility on the part of Comelec. Even if we accept your COC, it doesn’t mean that you are qualified to run. It’s possible that a disqualification case may be filed against you that’s why you can still be disqualified,” he said.

The younger Binay, who took over his father’s post in 2010, is currently serving a six-month preventive suspension order for his part in another alleged dubious building construction at Makati Science High School. The suspension order also came from Morales. (With a report from Leslie Ann G. Aquino)

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Binay allies desert UNA for LP By: Julliane Love De Jesus
@JLDejesusINQ INQUIRER.net 05:39 PM October 6th, 2015


One of the new administration allies is the mayor of Tanauan, Leyte province Pelagio Tecson. Tanauan is among the provinces hardest hit by Super typhoon Yolanda in 2013. JULLIANE LOVE DE JESUS/INQUIRER.net

SOME local officials have turned their backs on the opposition party United Nationalist Alliance to join the ruling Liberal Party.

The former allies of Vice President Jejomar Binay and officials from other parties were sworn in as new LP members at the LP Headquarters in Quezon City on Tuesday.

All 260 local officials came from the provinces of Pampanga, Laguna, Tarlac, Olongapo, Masbate, Leyte, San Jose Del Monte, Sulu, Camarines Norte, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental, Surigao del Norte, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, Bacolod, Puerto Princesa, Isabela, Caloocan, Quezon City, and Munoz.

Mar Roxas and Binay, his political archrival, are both vying for the presidency in the 2016 elections.

The LP standard-bearer led the oathtaking of the members in simple ceremony that was attended by LP president and Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.

In a short speech, Roxas said that all provinces were treated fairly by the administration regardless of the political affiliations of local chief executives.

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“Alam n’yo po, hindi po kami nahihiya. May mukha po kaming ipinapakita po sa inyo na anyayahan kayo at tanggapin po kayo sa ating laban para sa Daang Matuwid dahil kayo mismo, lalung-lalo na yung mga local chief executives, kayo mismo ang makakapagsabi na nitong nakaraang limang taon, wala po kaming pinili,” said Roxas.

Through Yolanda

One of the new administration allies is Mayor Pelagio Tecson of Tanauan, Leyte province. Tanauan is among the provinces hardest hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.

For Tecson, it was in the wake of Yolanda’s devastation of Leyte when he realized that the administration would set aside politics when it comes to emergency response and humanitarian assistance to disaster-torn provinces.

This claim, however, was contradicted by some Leyte officials, particularly Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez, who accused the Aquino administration of injecting politics in the Yolanda response.

“I personally saw that there is no politics in the administration of P-Noy (Aquino). Being in another party was not a hindrance for them to help us in those trying moments for us in Tanauan after Yolanda,” said Tecson.

“In fact, (the government’s help) was one of the reasons na naging mabilis ang pagbangon ng bayan ng Tanauan,” he added. Julliane Love de Jesus


TRIBUNE

Majority or 58% in SWS poll satisfied with Binay
Written by Tribune Wires Wednesday, 07 October 2015 00:00


BINAY

More than half of respondents, or 58 percent, in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) third quarter survey on the country’s top public officials expressed satisfaction on the performance of Vice President Jejomar Binay despite relinquishing all his Cabinet posts and the unceasing attacks on him from his political opponents.

He received a net rating of 33 which is within the “good” category similar to Senate President Franklin Drilon who received a net rating of 42.

Under the SWS grading scheme, a net rating of 30 to 49 is considered “good.”

Based on the SWS 3rd quarter report on the “Indicators of Governance and the Economy” conducted from September 2 to 5 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide, Binay’s satisfaction rating surpassed Speaker Feliciano Belmone (34 percent) and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (33 percent). Binay is, however, statistically tied on satisfaction rating with Drilon at 61 percent if the sampling error margins of plus and negative three points for national percentages is employed.

Binay’s numbers show that he is relatively the most popular Vice President of the republic in the last 15 years compared to former Vice Presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Teofisto Guingona and Noli de Castro.

Binay has been the subject of smear campaigns and allegations hurled against him through the Senate blue ribbon subcommittee that has been ongoing for more than a year.

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer, however, remains firm on his resolve to continue the pro-poor programs he initiated during his local government stint as Makati City Mayor, Binay’s spokesman for political affairs Rico Quicho said in a brief statement.

“The results of the different surveys strengthened the resolve of the Vice President to continue to fight for his pro-poor programs that he has started in Makati,” Quicho said.

Binay served under the Aquino administration’s Cabinet as housing czar and presidential consultant on overseas Filipino workers (OFW) concerns but he resigned all his Cabinet posts last June as he assailed what he called as an insensitive and incompetent regime.

“The Vice President will continue with his provincial trips to directly talk with and listen to the people, and offer them a decisive, effective and inclusive governance,” Quicho said.

“He will continue to present his platform that is based on uplifting the lives of the people and ensuring that the ineptitude and inequities displayed by the present administration will cease,” Quicho added.

Still, observers noted that Binay still enjoys a stable political base compared to his political rivals mainly from Classes D and E.

Palace puts spin on poll

The increase in the Cabinet’s net satisfaction rating is a testament to the satisfaction with President Aquino’s leadership, Malacañang said in interpreting the latest SWS survey results.

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The survey, however, showed the level of satisfaction was virtually unchanged from a quarter ago.

The Cabinet gathered a net satisfaction rating of net 16 a net 12 in June but the level of satisfaction in the latest was only 40 percent which was a point higher from the June survey.


COLOMA

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr, nonetheless, was quick in interpreting the results as an improvement in public perception on the Cabinet even linking it to Aquino’s rise in survey numbers released only a week ago.

“We thank our bosses—the Filipino people—for affirming their satisfaction with the Cabinet’s performance,” Coloma said in a statement. “This mirrors their continuing high level of satisfaction with the President’s performance going into the final phase of the Aquino administration.”

In the survey, there was a 3-point increase in those undecided on the Cabinet’s performance with 34 percent versus 31 percent from June, while there was a 4-point decrease from those unsatisfied with 23 percent versus 27 percent of the previous quarter.

The survey has sampling error margins of 3 percent for national percentages, and 6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, which reveals that most of the figures are virtually unchanged or statistically the same.

Net satisfaction for the Senate was at an all-time high with a net 44 from a 63 percent satisfaction and 18 percent dissatisfaction ratings.

The House of Representatives had a net 26 rating or a six-point increase from the previous three quarters.

As opposed to other government offices, the Supreme Court had a net 27 rating from a 50 percent satisfied and 23 dissatisfied. The figures showed 25 percent who were undecided.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno had the lowest net satisfaction rating among the four officials subject of the survey with a net 4, a 5-point dip from her numbers last quarter.

Her numbers came down with an increase in those dissatisfied to 29 percent against her satisfaction rating of 33 percent. Those undecided on her were at 24 percent.

Drilon elated

Drilon expressed gratitude to the public for his good showing in the survey with the highest public satisfaction rating among the country’s top officials. He vowed to continue to lead the Senate as a reform-oriented institution whose works directly benefits the nation.


DRILON

“I am humbled and much thankful for the people’s trust, support and confidence in my leadership of the Senate, and it is inspiring to see that our hard work to improve the lives of Filipinos does not go unnoticed,” Drilon said.

The third quarter SWS report, conducted last September 2 to 5, 2015 showed that the Filipino people gave Drilon a “Good” +42 net satisfaction rating (with 61 percent satisfied, 18 percent dissatisfied, and 19 percent undecided), a major 13 leap from his +29 public satisfaction rating recorded by SWS last June (with 52 percent satisfied, 24 percent dissatisfied, and 22 percent undecided).

The poll also revealed that Drilon saw a nine percent rise in public satisfaction with his performance as Senate leader, from 52 percent in June to 61 percent, and trimmed the number of constituencies dissatisfied with his work by six percent, from 18 percent to 24 percent.

Noting that his latest SWS rating is the highest he got since assuming the post of Senate presidency in July of 2013, Drilon said that he is glad to know that through the laws that they have passed, more and more Filipinos are starting to see and feel the relevance of the Senate to their daily lives.

He said that the Senate had passed much-needed and long-sought reforms to the country’s education, health, economic and judicial systems, as it did with the passage of the Iskolar ng Bayan Act, the Graphic Health Warning Act, the Foreign Banks Liberalization Act, and the amendments to the Sandiganbayan Law.

Under Drilon’s watch, the Senate also passed laws on major improvements to the country’s public services, like the UNIFAST Act, the Open High School Act, the act on mandatory Philhealth coverage for all senior citizens, and the act that raised the tax-exemption limits for bonuses and benefits up to P82,000.

It is also under Drilon’s leadership when landmark laws which languished in Congress for decades were enacted into law, such as the Philippine Competition Act and the amendments to the Cabotage law.

Drilon then promised the public that he will “continue to strive to lead the Senate and ensure that it is an institution that fully and urgently responds to the needs, concerns and pleas of the nation – especially that of our underprivileged countrymen.”

“Indeed there is no better way to win the hearts of our fellow Filipinos than by actually doing your mandate and by helping them improve their lives, through effective and much-felt laws and policies,” he then concluded.

While Drilon’s rating surged, the public satisfaction with the performance of Vice President Jejomar Binay went down by nine points, from 42 percent to 33 percent.

On the other hand, public satisfaction with President Benigno S. Aquino III’s performance rose to 41 percent from 30 percent, while House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno got a positive five and four percent grade, respectively.
By Ted Tuvera and Joshua L. Labonera


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