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BINAY, HONASAN FILE CERTIFICATES OF CANDIDACY


OCTOBER 12 --VP Jejomar Binay (L), Sen. gringo Honasan (R) VP Jejomar Binay (L), Sen. Gringo Honasan (RIts final.  It’s final. Senator Gringo Honasan is the running mate of Vice President Jejomar Binay in the May 2016 polls.
Binay and Honasan of the United Nationalist Alliance filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) for president and vice-president, respectively, at the Commission on Elections Main office in Intramuros, Manila past 8 a.m. The Vice President was accompanied by his family — Senator Nancy Binay, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, and Makati Mayor JunJun Binay. However, Binay did not grant an interview despite continued prodding from the media. But in a statement, the vice president promised to focus on the poor should he become president. “For the longest time, under the leadership of different administrations, one always remain neglected: to address the concerns of the poor. Progress is useless if it will include everyone. This is what the government should focus on. This is what I’m going to focus on if zi become president,” read the statement. “With the help of God, the support of the people, and the unity of all, we will begin the journey towards real change that will uplift the lives of each and every Filipino,” it further read. Honasan, meantime, revealed that he decided to run for vice president because for him its a “matter of duty”. “I cleared with my family. I have their understanding. This is a matter of duty,” he said in an interview. “I was chosen by the party I’m helping organized.I cannot separate my party from my family,” added the Senator. It is still unclear as to when the senatorial slate of the UNA will file their respective COCs. READ MORE...

ALSO: Grace Poe, Chiz Escudero make 2016 bid official


OCTOBER 15 -Sens. Grace Poe and Francis Escudero will run as president and vice president in 2016, respectively. Philstar.com / Jonathan Asuncion  Sen. Grace Poe and Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero on Thursday filed their certificates of candidacy for president and vice president, respectively, before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Poe was accompanied by her mother, actress Susan Roces, while Escudero was with his wife, actress Heart Evangelista. The independent presidential aspirant topped the latest presidential and vice presidential preference surveys of the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia. Meanwhile, Escudero ranked second in the latest vice presidential preference polls conducted by the two survey bodies. After filing, Poe and Escudero reiterated their earlier statement on wanting to lead a government with compassion when elected. "Layunin po natin na magtayo ng isang pamahalaan na may puso't nakakaramdam at may pakiramdam, isang pamahalaan na nasasaktan kapag may Pilipinong tinatamaan ng matinding kalamidad at paghihirap, isang gobyernong kung saan natutuwa at nagbubunyi kapag may Pilipino ay nagtatagumpay, at isang gobyerno na nagagalit kapag may Pilipinong inaapi o namamatay," Escudero said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Miriam picks Bongbong


OCTOBER 16 -Sen. Miriam Santiago will team up with Sen. Bongbong Marcos in the 2016 presidential elections. Senate PRIB/Lex Nueva España/Romy Bugante - Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago yesterday announced Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will be her running mate in the 2016 presidential race.Santiago confirmed her plan to have another shot at the presidency after being inducted into the hall of fame of the Philippine Judges Association at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City yesterday. “I’ll see you tomorrow,” Santiago told reporters who asked when she would file her certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Santiago confirmed Marcos would be her running mate but was not certain if he would accompany her at the Comelec today when she files her COC. He filed his COC for vice president last Tuesday. “I don’t know if he’ll be there but he probably will be,” she said, adding that the decision to run with Marcos was “mutual and coincidental.” Last Tuesday, when Santiago first announced she was pushing through with her plan to run for president in the May 2016 polls, she said she had a running mate in mind but did not disclose his identity. “I think we mutually chose each other, our two camps. They happened to cross each other, the telephone lines happened to cross each other. It’s coincidental. One camp was calling the other camp,” Santiago said. Marcos, who filed his COC last Tuesday, was previously in talks with various camps including Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Both did not materialize as Binay eventually chose his fellow United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) partymate Sen. Gregorio Honasan as his running mate while Duterte has repeatedly stated that he will not run for president. In a statement, Marcos did not confirm that he will run as the vice president of Santiago but said that their camps were still talking. “I can confirm that I had a lunch meeting with Sec. Jun Santiago (Santiago’s husband Narciso Santiago Jr.) yesterday. We discussed a wide range of subjects concerning the upcoming elections and spoke of possible alliances. We agreed to meet again soon,” Marcos said. Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos confirmed Santiago was seriously considering taking her brother as vice presidential candidate. “Senator Miriam indicated that she wanted Bongbong… it was the first time I heard that and I am really glad,” Imee said. “Meetings and discussions are ongoing about the possible tandem,” she added. Imee said her brother has always been “one of the favorite people of Santiago in the Senate.” Santiago first ran for president in the 1992 elections but lost to Fidel Ramos by less than 900,000 votes. She claimed she was a victim of poll fraud and went on to file an electoral protest against Ramos. For the 2016 elections, Santiago would again run under her own political party, the People’s Reform Party. Santiago has been on medical leave from the Senate for over a year because of chronic fatigue syndrome and later on, stage four lung cancer. She said the cancer has been arrested and she is healthy enough to make another bid for the presidency. Santiago is on her last term as senator. More color Sen. Grace Poe, who is also running for president, welcomed the entry of Santiago in the presidential race, which she said would provide the electorate with more choices on who would lead the country. Poe said Santiago is highly qualified and very experienced in public service and so every candidate should be on their toes with her entry into the race. “Even if you are leading in the surveys, you always have to work as if you were the last. We wish them well,” Poe said. READ MORE... RELATED, The vice presidential aspirant himself has hinted of his teamup with Santiago by posting a photo of the two of them on his official Twitter account. Last Monday, Santiago announced that she has gotten over her bout with cancer and is ready to take another shot at the presidency. She is expected to file her certificate of candidacy on Friday. READ: ‘Bongbong may run with Miriam’......

ALSO: 127 party-list groups register for 2016 polls


OCTOBER 16 -A total of 127 party-list organizations have registered for the May 9, 2016 polls, the Comelec said. STAR/File photo  A total of 127 party-list organizations have registered for the May 9, 2016 polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said yesterday. According to Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, this means that 117 party-list groups have not yet submitted their list of nominees to the poll body. Leaders of some party-list groups filed the certificates of candidacy (COCs) at the Comelec office in Intramuros, Manila wearing costumes to dramatize their campaign. Inspired by the movie Heneral Luna,” the nominees and supporters of Bayan Muna party-list came wearing Katipunero costumes. Teddy Casiño, who represented Bayan Muna in the 13th, 14th and 15th Congress, said he was returning to Congress “to do a General Luna.“ Incumbent Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate wore a costume of Gen. Antonio Luna. Zarate was accompanied by Casiño and another former Bayan Muna congressmen Satur Ocampo. Before entering the Comelec building to file the COC, the party-list members were told by security guards to leave their “weapons” – plastic guns and wooden swords – at the entrance. Zarate said that they decided to come to the poll office dressed as revolutionaries to reflect their continuing struggle for the cause that Luna had fought for. “Para sa bayan at di para sa sarili (For country and not for self),” Zarate quoted a line of Luna in the movie, now a box office hit that has aroused the patriotism of moviegoers. Zarate said that this has been the advocacy of Bayan Muna since becoming a party-list in 2010. READ MORE...

ALSO:
Binay is now the indispensable candidate


OCTOBER 13by FRANCISCO S. TATAD FROM a scanty wheatfield of three announced presidential wannabes, we ended with a charlock-infested crop of 22 filing their certificates of candidacy for president on Monday. Vice President Jejomar C. Binay led the filers, but the pack failed to include the two other most frequently mentioned presidential wannabes—Liberal Party’s Mar Roxas, whom President B. S. Aquino 3rd has anointed as his candidate, and the “Independent” Grace Poe Llamanzares, whom the corporate elite and their external partners would like to impose on the electorate despite her known constitutional ineligibility. Their fengshui masters and soothsayers will decide their “luckiest day.” In any case, the Commission on Elections should receive the last COC by Friday; it could then start weeding out the “nuisance candidates.”
Perennial presidency candidates Pascual Racuyal and Lucio de Gala are no more, but they have been replaced by new “celebrities.” If Mrs. Llamanzares files a COC, more than one individual may want her classified as a nuisance candidate for being legally “stateless,” or at the very least not a natural-born Filipino. This question is already pending before the Senate Electoral Tribunal, where former senatorial candidate Rizalito David has filed a quo warranto suit against her. But David has since joined those who would like to become president and may no longer want to file a case against Mrs. Llamanzares at the Comelec. It may now be Mrs. Llamanzares’ turn to try to get David declared as a nuisance candidate.Mrs. Llamanzares’ case has become so clear to discerning minds that even the normally pro-Grace Poe Llamanzares Philippine Daily Inquirer has been compelled to run a most lucid tract by lawyer Frank E. Lobrigo upholding our view. It is a breath of fresh air from this major daily which had hitherto tried to bamboozle its readers with legal mumbo jumbo from former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban and some other ambulance-chasers about “international law.” The Llamanzares camp has tried to bring in all sorts of argumentum ad hominem against her critics, and argumentum ad misericordiam in her favor (for being a foundling). But Lobrigo tries to squash all these by pointing out that “the debate is not about the persona, integrity or competence of Sen. Grace Poe to lead the country. It is about the Constitution, the fundamental law of the land to which all statutes, doctrines and principles of law, rules and regulations, ordinances, and acts of the state or government, including international conventions or treaties, yield in subservience.” From his analysis, Mrs. Llamanzares’ claim of being a natural-born Filipinos is pure legal fiction. But we have all the time in the world to talk of Mrs. Llamanzares later. For now we have to talk of VP Binay. On no other personality has the administration expended so much time, energy and resources to prevent from running for president. But this appears to have failed. Binay is officially a candidate for president, whatever threats or declarations you hear from the LP camp or the Ombudsman. The political master plan —hatched and put into motion as early as last year—-to make sure he would be out of office and the presidential race by this time of year has been defeated. On Monday, the Ombudsman ordered Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. dismissed as Mayor of Makati. The mayor will not take it sitting down. For his part, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, who is running as nobody’s vice-president, continues to announce he would send Binay to jail, as though he had any power to do so, before the elections. But it looks like Binay has weathered the worst part of the storm. I know of many people who never liked Binay before, but just because of the unrelenting political prosecution he has been subjected to, by hypocrites who are guilty of worse crimes, have decided to support him. Whatever his sins and imperfections, they cannot be as big and as unforgivable as those of Aquino, who has turned the country into one big brothel where everything, beginning with the nation’s sovereignty, is now for sale. READ MORE...


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Binay, Honasan file their certificates of candidacy


VP Jejomar Binay (L), Sen. gringo Honasan (R) VP Jejomar Binay (L), Sen. Gringo Honasan (RIts final.

MANILA, OCTOBER 19, 2015 (MANILA BULLETIN)  by Leslie Ann Aquino -  It’s final. Senator Gringo Honasan is the running mate of Vice President Jejomar Binay in the May 2016 polls.

Binay and Honasan of the United Nationalist Alliance filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) for president and vice-president, respectively, at the Commission on Elections Main office in Intramuros, Manila past 8 a.m.

The Vice President was accompanied by his family — Senator Nancy Binay, Makati Rep. Abigail Binay, and Makati Mayor JunJun Binay.

However, Binay did not grant an interview despite continued prodding from the media.

But in a statement, the vice president promised to focus on the poor should he become president.

“For the longest time, under the leadership of different administrations, one always remain neglected: to address the concerns of the poor. Progress is useless if it will include everyone. This is what the government should focus on. This is what I’m going to focus on if zi become president,” read the statement.

“With the help of God, the support of the people, and the unity of all, we will begin the journey towards real change that will uplift the lives of each and every Filipino,” it further read.

Honasan, meantime, revealed that he decided to run for vice president because for him its a “matter of duty”.

“I cleared with my family. I have their understanding. This is a matter of duty,” he said in an interview.

“I was chosen by the party I’m helping organized.I cannot separate my party from my family,” added the Senator.

It is still unclear as to when the senatorial slate of the UNA will file their respective COCs.


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Grace Poe, Chiz Escudero make 2016 bid official By Patricia Lourdes Viray and Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated October 15, 2015 - 3:34pm 3 28 googleplus0 1


Sens. Grace Poe and Francis Escudero will run as president and vice president in 2016, respectively. Philstar.com / Jonathan Asuncion

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED 4:54) — Sen. Grace Poe and Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero on Thursday filed their certificates of candidacy for president and vice president, respectively, before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Poe was accompanied by her mother, actress Susan Roces, while Escudero was with his wife, actress Heart Evangelista.

The independent presidential aspirant topped the latest presidential and vice presidential preference surveys of the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia.

Meanwhile, Escudero ranked second in the latest vice presidential preference polls conducted by the two survey bodies.

After filing, Poe and Escudero reiterated their earlier statement on wanting to lead a government with compassion when elected.


SUSAN ROCES, GRACE LLAMANZARES, CHIZ AND HEART AT COC Photo courtesy fof rappler.com

"Layunin po natin na magtayo ng isang pamahalaan na may puso't nakakaramdam at may pakiramdam, isang pamahalaan na nasasaktan kapag may Pilipinong tinatamaan ng matinding kalamidad at paghihirap, isang gobyernong kung saan natutuwa at nagbubunyi kapag may Pilipino ay nagtatagumpay, at isang gobyerno na nagagalit kapag may Pilipinong inaapi o namamatay," Escudero said.

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Poe noted that the Aquino government was already able to accomplish reforms in fighting corruption. However, she said there are more to do to fully empower the Filipino citizens.

"Sapagkat ang ating gobyerno malaki na ang pinagbago, sa administradyon ni Pangulong Aquino sa pakikipaglaban sa mga tiwali at korupsyon ngunit marami pa dapat na mga programa ang dapat maibigay para sa mga nangangailangan para naman tayo ay sabay-sabay na umangat at lahat tayo ay sabay-sabay na magpapasalamat na tayo ay hindi pinapabayaan ng ating gobyerno, Poe said.

In her speech, Poe asked for the public's support so can continue the dream of her later father, movie Fernando Poe Jr., who also sought presidency in 2004 but lost to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Poe and Escudero are expected to formally declare their complete senatorial slate next week, according to a report from the STAR.

Poe faces a disqualification case before the Senate Electoral Tribunal due to questions on her citizenship.

The Comelec, however, clarified on Monday that Poe may still file her certificate of candidacy despite the disqualification case filed against her until the tribunal resolves the case. — Video by Efigenio Toledo IV


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Miriam picks Bongbong By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 16, 2015 - 12:00am 0 15 googleplus0 0


Sen. Miriam Santiago will team up with Sen. Bongbong Marcos in the 2016 presidential elections. Senate PRIB/Lex Nueva España/Romy Bugante

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago yesterday announced Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will be her running mate in the 2016 presidential race.Santiago confirmed her plan to have another shot at the presidency after being inducted into the hall of fame of the Philippine Judges Association at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City yesterday.

“I’ll see you tomorrow,” Santiago told reporters who asked when she would file her certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Santiago confirmed Marcos would be her running mate but was not certain if he would accompany her at the Comelec today when she files her COC. He filed his COC for vice president last Tuesday.

“I don’t know if he’ll be there but he probably will be,” she said, adding that the decision to run with Marcos was “mutual and coincidental.”

Last Tuesday, when Santiago first announced she was pushing through with her plan to run for president in the May 2016 polls, she said she had a running mate in mind but did not disclose his identity.

“I think we mutually chose each other, our two camps. They happened to cross each other, the telephone lines happened to cross each other. It’s coincidental. One camp was calling the other camp,” Santiago said.

Marcos, who filed his COC last Tuesday, was previously in talks with various camps including Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Both did not materialize as Binay eventually chose his fellow United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) partymate Sen. Gregorio Honasan as his running mate while Duterte has repeatedly stated that he will not run for president.

In a statement, Marcos did not confirm that he will run as the vice president of Santiago but said that their camps were still talking.

“I can confirm that I had a lunch meeting with Sec. Jun Santiago (Santiago’s husband Narciso Santiago Jr.) yesterday. We discussed a wide range of subjects concerning the upcoming elections and spoke of possible alliances. We agreed to meet again soon,” Marcos said.

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos confirmed Santiago was seriously considering taking her brother as vice presidential candidate.

“Senator Miriam indicated that she wanted Bongbong… it was the first time I heard that and I am really glad,” Imee said.

“Meetings and discussions are ongoing about the possible tandem,” she added.

Imee said her brother has always been “one of the favorite people of Santiago in the Senate.”

Santiago first ran for president in the 1992 elections but lost to Fidel Ramos by less than 900,000 votes.

She claimed she was a victim of poll fraud and went on to file an electoral protest against Ramos.

For the 2016 elections, Santiago would again run under her own political party, the People’s Reform Party.

Santiago has been on medical leave from the Senate for over a year because of chronic fatigue syndrome and later on, stage four lung cancer.

She said the cancer has been arrested and she is healthy enough to make another bid for the presidency.

Santiago is on her last term as senator.

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Sen. Grace Poe, who is also running for president, welcomed the entry of Santiago in the presidential race, which she said would provide the electorate with more choices on who would lead the country.

Poe said Santiago is highly qualified and very experienced in public service and so every candidate should be on their toes with her entry into the race.

“Even if you are leading in the surveys, you always have to work as if you were the last. We wish them well,” Poe said.

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Poe’s running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero said both Santiago and Marcos are qualified to run for higher office.

“They will add color to a robust political discourse during the campaign that all our voters are looking forward to in order to guide them in their decision come Election Day. I wish them both well,” Escudero said.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. wished Santiago and Marcos good luck as they announced their tandem for the 2016 elections.

“Good luck to them,” Belmonte said, adding that he hopes that Santiago has fully recovered from her lung cancer.

Caloocan City Rep. Edgardo Erice, a stalwart of the Liberal Party (LP), said the entry of Santiago into the race makes it more colorful.

“The more, the merrier,” he said.

Another LP lawmaker said more presidential candidates will mean better chances for administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II to win as the votes for the opposition will be divided.

‘Everything changes’


Former President Fidel V.Ramos

Former President Fidel Ramos remarked how “everything changes” when asked to comment on Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s support for Marcos’ vice presidential bid.

“What we call this, kanya kanyang hilig dyan (to each his own). The world is changing, people are changing, the environment is changing. I am changing,” the former president said.

Ramos and Enrile were the major players in the EDSA revolution in 1986 that toppled strongman Ferdinand Marcos, the father and namesake of the senator.

Ramos also said that since the world is changing, it’s about time that the country’s Constitution must also be changed.

Asked if he would be declaring his support for a particular presidential bet, Ramos declined to directly answer the question but hinted strongly that he will be supporting Duterte.

Ramos later stressed that he is not endorsing any candidate in next year’s national elections, saying he would still be around for the 2022 elections.

“I am out in 2016. NOTA,” Ramos said, referring to “none of the above.”


"KAY BONGBONG LAGI" (KBL)

On the other hand, the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), the political party founded by the Marcoses, expressed its support to the tandem of Santiago and Marcos.

KBL president Vicente Millora said they initially pushed for the tandem of Duterte and Marcos to link up the votes of the “Solid North” to Visayas and Mindanao block votes.

With Santiago choosing Marcos as her running mate, Millora said the KBL has decided to support the tandem.

“The KBL now stand for Kay Bongbong Lagi, that will be our political battle cry,” he said.

A sizeable number of political leaders in Northern Luzon has thrown full support for Marcos’ vice presidential bid.

Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr., LP chairman of the city, said the northern alliance bloc in the House of Representatives will be supporting Marcos.

The head of the alliance, Ilocos Sur Rep. Eric Singson, also a member of the LP, however has refused to comment on the issue. – Paolo Romero, Perseus Echeminada, Artemio Dumlao, Jaime Laude

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Miriam confirms teamup with Bongbong By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated October 15, 2015 - 11:24am 16 670 googleplus1 2


Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago is expected to file her certificate of candidacy for president before the Commission on Elections on Friday. FEU photo, file

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Thursday confirmed that Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. will be her running mate in the 2016 national elections.

"I think we mutually chose each other," Santiago said.

Marcos submitted his certificate of candidacy for vice president before the Commission on Elections last Tuesday.

The vice presidential aspirant himself has hinted of his teamup with Santiago by posting a photo of the two of them on his official Twitter account.

Last Monday, Santiago announced that she has gotten over her bout with cancer and is ready to take another shot at the presidency.

She is expected to file her certificate of candidacy on Friday.

READ: ‘Bongbong may run with Miriam’

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127 party-list groups register for 2016 polls By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 16, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


A total of 127 party-list organizations have registered for the May 9, 2016 polls, the Comelec said. STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - A total of 127 party-list organizations have registered for the May 9, 2016 polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said yesterday.

According to Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, this means that 117 party-list groups have not yet submitted their list of nominees to the poll body.

Leaders of some party-list groups filed the certificates of candidacy (COCs) at the Comelec office in Intramuros, Manila wearing costumes to dramatize their campaign.

Inspired by the movie Heneral Luna,” the nominees and supporters of Bayan Muna party-list came wearing Katipunero costumes.

Teddy Casiño, who represented Bayan Muna in the 13th, 14th and 15th Congress, said he was returning to Congress “to do a General Luna.“

Incumbent Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate wore a costume of Gen. Antonio Luna.

Zarate was accompanied by Casiño and another former Bayan Muna congressmen Satur Ocampo.

Before entering the Comelec building to file the COC, the party-list members were told by security guards to leave their “weapons” – plastic guns and wooden swords – at the entrance.

Zarate said that they decided to come to the poll office dressed as revolutionaries to reflect their continuing struggle for the cause that Luna had fought for.

“Para sa bayan at di para sa sarili (For country and not for self),” Zarate quoted a line of Luna in the movie, now a box office hit that has aroused the patriotism of moviegoers.

Zarate said that this has been the advocacy of Bayan Muna since becoming a party-list in 2010.

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They believe that the people should choose what is best for the country over foreign interest and corruption.

However, they might have offended some people when they uttered the Spanish expression “punyeta.”

Zarate said they were merely copying a line from the movie when Luna reportedly said it out of anger.

“To those who might have been offended that a lawmaker uttered the word, he believed that just like during the time of Luna, Filipinos today still use the same expression when they are frustrated over the high cost of basic commodities,” he added.

Nominees and supporters of the Sulong Katribu party-list also wore ethnic costumes as they committed to push for the protection of the rights of indigenous people in Congress.

The group’s first nominee, Jumoring Goaynon, who hails from Mindanao, maintained that the “unrelenting spate of harassment and attacks against IP reaffirms the need for a representative who is committed to be their voice inside the walls of Congress.

“We have long been violently silenced or blatantly ignored by those in power. Recognizing our role in nation-building is vital if we really want to advance as a nation,” Goaynon added. – With Evelyn Macairan


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Binay is now the indispensable candidate October 13, 2015 10:57 pm FRANCISCO S. TATAD


by FRANCISCO S. TATAD

FROM a scanty wheatfield of three announced presidential wannabes, we ended with a charlock-infested crop of 22 filing their certificates of candidacy for president on Monday.

Vice President Jejomar C. Binay led the filers, but the pack failed to include the two other most frequently mentioned presidential wannabes—Liberal Party’s Mar Roxas, whom President B. S. Aquino 3rd has anointed as his candidate, and the “Independent” Grace Poe Llamanzares, whom the corporate elite and their external partners would like to impose on the electorate despite her known constitutional ineligibility. Their fengshui masters and soothsayers will decide their “luckiest day.”

In any case, the Commission on Elections should receive the last COC by Friday; it could then start weeding out the “nuisance candidates.”

Perennial presidency candidates Pascual Racuyal and Lucio de Gala are no more, but they have been replaced by new “celebrities.”

If Mrs. Llamanzares files a COC, more than one individual may want her classified as a nuisance candidate for being legally “stateless,” or at the very least not a natural-born Filipino. This question is already pending before the Senate Electoral Tribunal, where former senatorial candidate Rizalito David has filed a quo warranto suit against her. But David has since joined those who would like to become president and may no longer want to file a case against Mrs. Llamanzares at the Comelec. It may now be Mrs. Llamanzares’ turn to try to get David declared as a nuisance candidate.

Mrs. Llamanzares’ case has become so clear to discerning minds that even the normally pro-Grace Poe Llamanzares Philippine Daily Inquirer has been compelled to run a most lucid tract by lawyer Frank E. Lobrigo upholding our view. It is a breath of fresh air from this major daily which had hitherto tried to bamboozle its readers with legal mumbo jumbo from former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban and some other ambulance-chasers about “international law.”


GRACE POE LLAMANZARES

The Llamanzares camp has tried to bring in all sorts of argumentum ad hominem against her critics, and argumentum ad misericordiam in her favor (for being a foundling). But Lobrigo tries to squash all these by pointing out that “the debate is not about the persona, integrity or competence of Sen. Grace Poe to lead the country. It is about the Constitution, the fundamental law of the land to which all statutes, doctrines and principles of law, rules and regulations, ordinances, and acts of the state or government, including international conventions or treaties, yield in subservience.” From his analysis, Mrs. Llamanzares’ claim of being a natural-born Filipinos is pure legal fiction.

But we have all the time in the world to talk of Mrs. Llamanzares later. For now we have to talk of VP Binay. On no other personality has the administration expended so much time, energy and resources to prevent from running for president. But this appears to have failed. Binay is officially a candidate for president, whatever threats or declarations you hear from the LP camp or the Ombudsman. The political master plan —hatched and put into motion as early as last year—-to make sure he would be out of office and the presidential race by this time of year has been defeated.

On Monday, the Ombudsman ordered Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. dismissed as Mayor of Makati. The mayor will not take it sitting down.

For his part, Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, who is running as nobody’s vice-president, continues to announce he would send Binay to jail, as though he had any power to do so, before the elections.

But it looks like Binay has weathered the worst part of the storm. I know of many people who never liked Binay before, but just because of the unrelenting political prosecution he has been subjected to, by hypocrites who are guilty of worse crimes, have decided to support him.

Whatever his sins and imperfections, they cannot be as big and as unforgivable as those of Aquino, who has turned the country into one big brothel where everything, beginning with the nation’s sovereignty, is now for sale.

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If the elections are to push through, regardless of the sordid situation at the Comelec with respect to Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) or Optical Mark Reader (OMR) machines, the voters would need Binay as the only alternative to Mar Roxas, after Mrs. Llamanzares is disqualified for not being a natural-born citizen. He would become not only the indispensable candidate —-indispensable to the crudest simulation, which is all we could afford, of democratic elections. He could also become ‘the stone rejected by the builders, which has become the cornerstone.”

I also hear strong rumors that my next-door neighbor, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, could spring a surprise before the filing of COCs ends on Friday. Miriam is capable of springing such surprise, not necessarily to win the race but simply to make a point. She and I did that in 1998, when we ran without any funds or political organization just to be able to tell the nation that it deserved better than its most popular candidate. That proved to be a lost cause. Despite our fantastic speeches, Erap won by a landslide just because the masa thought his publicly acknowledged vices were virtues.


MIRIAM SANTIAGO

But the real question now is, are we going to have honest to goodness elections? The unflinching effort to ensure Smartmatic’s stranglehold on the electoral process has not only intensified but also assumed far more dangerous proportions.

The latest report from a London-based international auditing firm, filed with the British House of Commons, says that Smartmatic-TIM (Philippines), is wholly-owned by Smartmatic International, which has no legal right to do business in the Philippines. But this has failed to win the Comelec’s attention.

The more disturbing development is that new non-Venezuelan parties have reportedly taken over the firm.

A new international board was appointed in 2013, to include one Sir Nigel Knowles. Not much later, the international political operator Lord Mark Malloch Brown became the international chair, allegedly largely because of his “special Philippine connection.”

He came to Manila in June and had a private meeting with PNoy in Malacañang, while the Comelec was reportedly “studying” Smartmatic’s PCOS/OMR offer.

The firm is said to be controlled now by people believed to have a specific interest in the precise results of the 2016 Philippine presidential elections, exactly as Col. Edward Landsdale had a well-defined interest in the 1953 presidential elections that elected Ramon Magsaysay.

The director and general manager for the Philippine operations is Alastair J. J. Wells, but the project manager of the automation project is said to be Marlon Garcia whose last known public act was to change the script in the transparency server and install an intermediary server at the Pope Pius (PPCRV) Center during the 2013 elections. He was never made to account for that highly questionable act, but he will apparently be performing a much bigger role in 2016.

As in the previous two elections, all the cards are heavily stacked against sanity and common sense. Some of the rules are absolutely insane. The deadline for the filing of COCs is October 16, but the campaign period does not begin until February next year. Why can’t the deadline be extended until the beginning of the campaign period, to allow more qualified individuals, who had not thought earlier of running, to finally come on board? Then we wouldn’t have to put up with a barren desert or a scanty wheatfield.

There are other practical concerns.

The minute you file a certificate of candidacy, you are officially a candidate, and everything you do from that moment on is the act of a candidate. But until the campaign period starts you are free to say you are not yet campaigning, and the money you spend on ads and political meetings cannot be charged against your official campaign expenses.

Even more insane is the fact that before you filed your COC, you had already sunk millions of pesos on TV ads; but the court has ruled that so long as you do not ask the TV viewers to vote for you, you are not yet campaigning. It is one cruel way of decreeing officially and infallibly that we are all morons. All right, if all our brains must yield to this absolutely insane hair-splitting, can the court or the Comelec not say that in the runup to an election you could bombard the public with all the TV and print ads, and billboards you want, without having to report their expenses to the Comelec, but that if you end up running for any public office then all those non-campaigning expenses shall be charged against your authorized campaign expenses? Why should E.R. Ejercito alone be singled out for overspending, when every one else does?

One final insanity for now (the list is endless), why do we say, as we did in 2010, in 2013, and even today, that we elected this president and these senators who are so full of themselves when we could never say we knew for a fact that our votes had been correctly read and counted by the PCOS machine?
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22 Responses to Binay is now the indispensable candidate
pinoychicagoans says:
October 14, 2015 at 3:25 pm
Pinoy is a mess!..and Binay was a part of it in the past 5 yrs. .it does not spare Binay of Pinoy’s failures. Both of them are undeserving as public servants. Go for Defensor-Trillanes tandem!!
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erlee says:
October 14, 2015 at 3:13 pm
Mr. Rizalito David has no chance of winning the presidency. He can best serve the Philippines by continuing to challenge the eligibility of Mrs. Grace Poe Llamnazares to run as a presidential candidate. He already has sufficient data and documentation to make his task easier. This time, apart from her natural born status, the residency claim of Mrs. Llamanzares should be questioned. Of course, even as presidential candidate, Mr. David can still challenge Mrs. Poe Llamazares’ eligibility. In fact, from his perspective, it is even better as he now has standing to mount his challenge.
I hope that other concerned citizens or organizations will step up to the plate and challenge Mrs. Poe Llamanzares before the Comelec as soon as possible. An American family with dual allegiance living at Malacanang Palace should not be countenanced by the Filipino people. Shades of colonial mentality!!!
As for VP Jejomar Binay, he is a crook, and his days are numbered. His choice for his VP candidate G. Honasan is no better. Two thieves of the same feather flocking together.
Finally, to solve the problem of manipulation of the digital or Smartmatic voting, why not appoint a volunteer precinct captain at every precinct to ensure honest counting? It would take time to make a call and appoint volunteers. But if somebody or an organization is willing to pick up and undertake this worthy cause, the people would really be grateful. No more “Garci tapes” and some such shenanigans.
The best, of course, is to sue the Government and permanently stop the use of the Smartmatic machines. Two ordinary citizens did something like this in Germany and won. Germany’s highest Court agreed with the petitioners that the use of digital or e-voting machines is subject to manipulation and is unconstitutional. Electronic voting is now forbidden in Germany – a country of about 80 million people. The same prohibition can be applied in the Philippines with its 100 million people. Electronic voting is unconstitutional!
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Manding Villapando says:
October 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm
As a protest vote I decided to go for VP Binay, the Administration is using even the supposed independent govt agency (Ombudsman) to demolish the opponent.
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Omie says:
October 14, 2015 at 1:41 pm
Why dont you line up Jojo Binay, Bongbong Marcos, Erap Estrada, Imelda Marcos, Gloria Arroyo in one political party and vote them to office so that we will be the laughingstock of the world for all eternity! God damn those stupid Filipino voters!
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Michael Corpuz says:
October 14, 2015 at 1:21 pm
He is now a damaged good.. Yellow, Trillanes, Cayetano and Pimentel did a splendid job on putting him down.
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JRT says:
October 14, 2015 at 12:18 pm
If you have clear cases of corruptions and families in congress, senator, mayor, VP and councilor. What do you think of the person?
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Mike Gonz says:
October 14, 2015 at 11:23 am
Binay is the lesser evil among the candidates!
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Jamest says:
October 14, 2015 at 10:54 am
Omg, question yourself this. If this is the USA, where do you think binay would go? The nerve of some of these people saying all these binay allegations are political in nature is so absurd that is is sickening! How can a mayors salary, a piggery, a flower shop finance a Vp, a senator, a congressman, a mayors campaign, plus money left in the banks amounting in the hundreds of millions? If you do not smell corruption then you are idiots!
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tedi acosta says:
October 14, 2015 at 10:30 am
Without Duterte and no alternative choice, kahit na lang sino maski siguro si Binay wag lang yung candidate ni Pnoy, thats a lesser evil
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nestor says:
October 14, 2015 at 9:43 am
The three wannabees are all Noynoy candidates.
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kutikut says:
October 14, 2015 at 9:23 am
ludicrous! nobody is indispensable, anybody can be replaced even the president even the vice-president, even the binays!
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pinoy Expo says:
October 14, 2015 at 9:04 am
I will go for VP Binay!
I believe that all accussations hurled against him are politically motivated.
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Kins says:
October 14, 2015 at 8:22 am
Yeah, Binay is the only qualified among presidential aspirants who filed for COCs to date to replace Aquino. Although he is now “convicted in the court of public opinion” for alleged wrongdoing – fabricated by the junk-yard-dogs in the senate who love to barks to get public attention (Trillanes and Cayetano) the masters of dirty tactics to get elected. I think VP Binay will survive these attacks.
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Noel Villaroman says:
October 14, 2015 at 4:28 am
The Philippines is now listed as the most Corrupt Democratic form of government in the world, It is so insulting and sickening, because obviously the same people who initiated the decision has been made aware of Binays bank deposits through different sources “Marcos style” in different countries especially Canada made it through the mainstream, Why can’t the Filipinos learn about how not to tolerate such unlawful act by voting these people out of the office ? We even embraced some body who was already kicked out just to give him a chance to empty our National treasury while people are moving out to seek for better opportunity irregardless of how foreign slave drivers treat them, recently some foreigner hired a maid and pushed her to her death, this is what we get for not giving our poor Filipinos a fighting chance before others treat them like dogs that can easily be discarded without facing consequences because our poor Filipino workers are treated like third class citizens in a foreign land. Is this a country that has the highest quality Gold,the biggest supply of Palladium, the biggest source of natural resources such as Coconut, Rice, and among the many things that we can cultivate , thailand learned from the Philippines how to grow our miracle rice,now the biggest supplier in North America while China is selling us cheap fake rice. We have the best mango for the past 30 years and yet I pay $1.65 per mango that was grown elsewhere but labeled as Philippine mango. Our students excel in various fields but failed to serve the Filipino Hospitals and other institutions because of no available funding to pay their deserved salary for their vast knowledge of modern Medicine. Let us keep these corrupt politicians hand off our National treasury that uses them like their bank account.
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Pedro Albea says:
October 14, 2015 at 1:05 am
It is regrettable and a great waste that Mr. Francisco S. Tatad is not in the government even as a Senator or Justice of the Supreme Court. I have been following all his comments and I found myself completely in agreement with everything he says.
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Ronaldo Valdes says:
October 14, 2015 at 12:54 am
Binay is the worst candiate . He should go to jail for corruption.
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bench says:
October 14, 2015 at 10:47 am
all the accusation that had been hurled against binay has never been proven. those attacks against him and other members of his family are all politically motivated perpetuated by a politician who had already languished in jail.
Makabayan says:
October 14, 2015 at 11:15 am
Pignoy is the worst president of the Philippines and who will follow his footstep to continue his tuwid na daan is an idiot candidate for the president this coming election…
anonymous says:
October 14, 2015 at 1:58 pm
Then prove it in court Bozo!. Not just through trial by publicity. Prove his culpability through the legal process.
L A says:
October 14, 2015 at 12:51 am
If those machines will only hoodwinked the Filipino people, why can’t patriotic businessmen just finance a group of mercenaries and physically blow up to high heavens to destroy those hardware? Why can’t a similar ABB just shoot all those known election count operators? Surely, the NPA can easily find out where the homes and location of the families of these operators. Anyway, I know the retired military men will never sit idly while benigno et al will try to rape democracy come May 2016.
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Robert says:
October 13, 2015 at 11:36 pm
Sir, you asked: “Why can’t the deadline be extended until the beginning of the campaign period to allow more qualified individuals?” My analysis is so that they’ll have more time to manipulate the memory cards and test the outcome of their desired results which, by the way, must be somewhat close to the also manipulated survey results!
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Nancy Bulok Cake says:
October 13, 2015 at 11:32 pm
Anybody for President except Binay. Yes you are right, Llamanzares thinks that because she is ahead of the surveys that she can now become the President. What bills did Llamanzares proposed in the Senate and what achievements did she ever have as senator and clerk in the U.S. Masyadong ambisyosa.


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