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CAMPAIGN DOLE: MAR, ROXAS USING CCT TO BUY VOTE IN SOUTH - BAYAN SEC GEN
[AQUINO SAID: “We admit that there are still instances of corruption. There are some agencies that have so much rooted corruption in them. But, I guess, the challenge is for us to continue weeding out these people and not just tolerating the situation. Perhaps, if I may just add, whenever anybody talks about corruption, they talk about the person in government; but what about the necessary partner who is the briber? A bribee doesn’t exist without a briber,”]


OCTOBER 24 -
LP TANDEM Manuel Roxas II and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo THE militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan on Friday slammed the ruling Liberal Party’s candidates for President and vice president, Manuel Roxas II and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo for using the government’s dole program as camouflage for early campaigning in Mindanao. “We condemn in the strongest terms the shameless use of public funds and government resources by the ruling Liberal Party for its electoral campaign. We will take action against these continuing violations of the law,” Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes Jr. said in a statement. Reyes accused the administration of using events related to its conditional cash transfer program—also known as the 4Ps—to promote the candidacy of Roxas and Robredo. “Using the 4Ps event to promote the candidacy of the Liberal Party bets is nothing short of early vote-buying using the billion-peso CCT funds. Roxas and Robredo both have nothing to do with the DSWD. Roxas is not even in government anymore,” Reyes said. “What is happening under the Aquino regime is no different from what Gloria Macapagal Arroyo did during her run in 2004. Once again the Daang Matuwid is exposed as a sham,” he added. On Oct. 17, the administration standard bearers were invited as guests of honor at a Department of Social Work and Development event in Mindanao for the CCT. “The entire event was decorated in yellow, with even the DSWD Secretary [Corazon] Dinky Soliman herself wearing the campaign colors. Even the presidential table was yellow. It was obviously a campaign sortie disguised as an official government event,” Reyes said. The militant group also chided the Palace for using public funds to promote events of the Liberal Party on social media and the official government website www.gov.ph President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said he was confident that voters would elect those who would continue the administration’s work. READ MORE...RELATED,
Roxas twits Binay: Who's using government resources now?
I’ve resigned. He’s still in government, so who’s using government resources?)  .....

ALSO Roxas extols: Even blind, deaf could tell ‘Daang Matuwid’ delivered; While Leni invokes dead husband in campaign
[On her part, Robredo thanked the church for being a partner of the government in taking care of the people.
She also highlighted the importance of talking to all stakeholders in the community in crafting government policies, just like how his late husband Jesse Robredo did. “Naniniwala po kaming mag-asawa na sa pakikinig sa lahat, sa pagkonsulta sa lahat ng sektor ng lipunan naming malalaman ang tunay na pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan,” Robredo said.]


OCTOBER 25 -LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo pose with “Laban” sign after filing their candidacies on Thursday. JULLIANE LOVE DE JESUS/INQUIRER.net Liberal Party presidential bet and former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II continues to extol the supposed gains by the administration of President Benigno Aquino III through its “Daang Matuwid” campaign, which he vows to continue should he become the country’s next president. During the thanksgiving celebration of the Tarlac First Baptist Church in Tarlac City on Sunday, Roxas said that he will continue the Aquino government’s crusade of honest and good governance. “Hindi po natin sinasabi na perpekto na ang lahat pero palagay ko naman na kahit ang bulag, kahit ang bingi ay makakapagsabi na malayo na ang narating namin at marami na ang napagtagumpayan natin nitong nakaraang limang taon na ito,” Roxas said. He said Aquino made the Philippines better through adhering to the three pillars of the “Daang Matuwid” form of governance: the government treating Filipinos as its “bosses”; the Filipinos who made Daang Matuwid possible; and the campaign of “walang corrupt, walang mahirap.”
“Gagawin natin ang lahat na magpapatuloy po tayo sa pagtahak sa matuwid, sa matapat, at sa may malasakit na pag-aaruga sa ating mga kababayan at sa ating bansa,” he added. READ MORE: Santiago: Where’s ‘daang matuwid’? Even GPS can’t locate it
Roxas was with his running mate Camarines Sur representative Leni Robredo in the event. On her part, Robredo thanked the church for being a partner of the government in taking care of the people. She also highlighted the importance of talking to all stakeholders in the community in crafting government policies, just like how his late husband Jesse Robredo did. “Naniniwala po kaming mag-asawa na sa pakikinig sa lahat, sa pagkonsulta sa lahat ng sektor ng lipunan naming malalaman ang tunay na pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan,” Robredo said. THE FULL REPORT [PHNO: Huh! what blind, what deaf! Lame?]

ALSO: Binay confirms UNA Senate slate
[In a radio interview during his visit in Isabela on Friday, Binay said those who will be part of their slate will support various advocacies that seek to benefit the Filipino people. “It is already complete,” Binay said. “The last was Susan Ople.”]


OCTOBER 25 -Vice President Jejomar Binay has confirmed the list of candidates who will be included in the senatorial line-up of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
In a radio interview during his visit in Isabela on Friday, Binay said those who will be part of their slate will support various advocacies that seek to benefit the Filipino people. “It is already complete,” Binay said. “The last was Susan Ople.” With the slate already announced by Binay, UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan yesterday said they may not schedule a grand proclamation of their candidates for the Senate. Ople, who filed her candidacy under Nacionalista Party, is the daughter of former Senate president Blas Ople. A known advocate of overseas Filipino workers’ rights, Ople ran but lost for the Senate in 2010 under the ticket of then presidential candidate Manuel Villar. She is one of the six guest candidates in the opposition slate. The others are incumbent Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, re-electionist Sen. Vicente Sotto III and former senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Richard Gordon and Panfilo Lacson. Completing the list are UNA members boxing icon Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, former Special Action Force chief retired police director Getulio Napeñas, actress and Parañaque City councilor Alma Moreno, Princess Jacel Kiram of the Sulu Sultanate, veteran broadcaster Rey Langit and labor lawyer Allan Montaño. “Our candidates are all advocates,” said Binay, noting some of the platforms of those in their Senate line-up. Binay was in Tagum City yesterday to speak at the Alpha Phi Omega Mindanao Alumni Fellowship and lead the opening of the 16th National Scout Jamboree. THE FULL REPORT. RELATED REPORT, UNA HITS GOVT SELECTIVE RELIEF DISTRIBUTIONS; THE United Nationalist Alliance denounced the Aquino administration Friday for not extending relief to towns damaged by Typhoon “Lando” where mayors did not belong to or were not allied with the ruling Liberal Party.

ALSO: Poe, Escudero to announce senatorial ticket on Monday


OCTOBER 23 -Presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe is scheduled to announce their complete senatorial lineup for the 2016 national elections on Monday, Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero said on Friday.
Escudero, Poe's running mate, said the presidential bet herself have chosen the 12 senatorial aspirants to be included in their ticket. Poe and Escudero cancelled the announcement of their senatorial slate this week due to typhoon Lando. "She’s the one who talked with them. I will leave it to her to announce who are the 12 candidates that will be included in the lineup," Escudero said told members of the press. The independent vice presidential met with youth organizations from schools and business groups in Leyte to discuss their platforms. Meanwhile, Escudero stressed that his running mate is qualified to run for president despite the disqualification cases filed against her. Escudero admitted that the disqualification cases against Poe are one of the challenges that she has to face in the upcoming elections. "It is now the obligation of Senator Poe’s critics to prove that she is not qualified to run as president," Escudero said. The disqualification cases cite that Poe is not qualified to run as president as she is not a natural-born Filipino and that she did not meet the 10-year residency requirement for the top government position. THE FULL REPORT. RELATED, Who are on the Poe-Escudero senatorial slate? from rappler.com

ALSO By VICTOR AVECILLA: An update on Duterte and Cayetano


OCTOBER 24 -Several days ago, it seemed certain that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was going to join the presidential race, and that he will run with senator and vice presidential aspirant Alan Peter Cayetano. Supporters of the controversial Duterte were expecting him to show up at the head office of the Commission on Elections in Intramuros. Alas, the certainty was replaced with disappointment when Duterte proved to be a no-show. Pressed for an explanation, Duterte informed the news media that he was leaving to Divine Providence the final decision on whether or not he will throw his hat in the presidential derby. No elaborations were made.
Duterte’s non-appearance at the Comelec head office may have disappointed many, but Cayetano is far from discouraged. Last Oct. 16, a virtually unknown former barangay official filed his certificate of candidacy for president under the the PDP-Laban, the same political party Duterte has identified himself with for the May 2016 national and local elections. Observers believe that since the ex-barangay official does not have the indications of a serious and viable candidate for president, the PDP-Laban expects him to eventually give way to Duterte as the party standard bearer. Under the law, the party has until Dec.10 to substitute their current standard bearer with Duterte. Since Duterte consistently refuses to categorically rule himself out as a presidential contender, the suspected last-minute Duterte candidacy for president is a strong possibility. If Duterte is seriously considering running for president by December, analysts opine that his procrastination may undermine his political campaign. From now until December 2015, Duterte’s potential supporters as of October 2015, disappointed at the news of Duterte’s apparent disinterest in the presidency, may commit themselves to supporting other presidential candidates. Should that happen, Duterte cannot expect these supporters to shift their allegiance anew and return to the Duterte camp. The proscrastination, of course, has its upside. At least, from now until December 2015, Duterte will be spared the same public scrutiny his challengers are already subjected to in the news media, and in on-line sites. Despite his equivocal public statements, Duterte has been repeatedly predicting that Cayetano will be the sure winner in the vice presidential race. In turn, Cayetano has returned the kind words from the mayor with the accolade that Duterte will be the best president the country will ever have, or will never have. This mutual exchange of praises between Duterte and Cayetano also fuels speculations that their belated political alliance will be announced soon. Political analysts will be interested to know that according to the grapevine, Duterte invited Cayetano to visit Davao City this weekend. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bane or boon? Netizens react to Miriam-Bongbong tandem
[The Twitterverse explodes with reactions after the social media savvy senator announces her tandem with fellow Senator Bongbong Marcos]


OCTOBER 16 -The Twitterverse explodes with reactions after the social media savvy senator announces her tandem with fellow Senator Bongbong Marcos
 – After days of speculation, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago finally dropped the bomb – Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr will be her running mate in the 2016 elections. On Tuesday, October 13, Santiago announced her presidential bid during the launch of her book, Stupid is Forevermore, driving the "Twitterverse in frenzy for their newfound hope." Reporters then asked who her running mate would be, but she only dropped a hint – he is someone who has already declared his vice presidential bid – leaving netizens guessing as to who the "chosen one" is. I hope Miriam Santiago picks Bongbong Marcos as her running mate. Please. — Neil Paterno (@neilpaterno_) October 13, 2015 I hope Miriam Santiago picks Bongbong Marcos as her running mate. Please. — Neil Paterno (@neilpaterno_) October 13, 2015 A lot of netizens had already guessed that it was going to be Marcos, and have declared their support for, or opposition to, the tandem. TRENDING. As of 12:30pm, October 15, Bongbong and Sen. Santiago are already trending on twitter. TRENDING. As of 12:30pm, October 15, Bongbong and Sen. Santiago are already trending on twitter. On Thursday, October 15, the Twitterverse exploded with reactions when the social media savvy senator finally confirmed their speculations. By 12:30 pm, Santiago and Marcos were already trending on Twitter. Some were disappointed with Santiago's choice, citing the Marcos family's dark past when its patriarch, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, imposed Martial Law. Some speculated that Santiago chose Marcos to improve her chances of winning. There were those who rejoiced at the news. Santiago said she will run under her own party, the People's Reform Party, the same vehicle she used for her 1992 presidential bid. MORE TWEETS...CONTINUE READING....


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Campaign dole: ‘LP tandem using CCT to buy vote in South’ - BAYAN Sec Gen


LP TANDEM Manuel Roxas II and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo

MANILA
, OCTOBER 26, 2015 (MANILA STANDARD) posted October 24, 2015 at 12:01 am by John Paolo Bencito
By Sandy Araneta - THE militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan on Friday slammed the ruling Liberal Party’s candidates for President and vice president, Manuel Roxas II and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo for using the government’s dole program as camouflage for early campaigning in Mindanao.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the shameless use of public funds and government resources by the ruling Liberal Party for its electoral campaign. We will take action against these continuing violations of the law,” Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes Jr. said in a statement.

Reyes accused the administration of using events related to its conditional cash transfer program—also known as the 4Ps—to promote the candidacy of Roxas and Robredo.

“Using the 4Ps event to promote the candidacy of the Liberal Party bets is nothing short of early vote-buying using the billion-peso CCT funds. Roxas and Robredo both have nothing to do with the DSWD. Roxas is not even in government anymore,” Reyes said.

“What is happening under the Aquino regime is no different from what Gloria Macapagal Arroyo did during her run in 2004. Once again the Daang Matuwid is exposed as a sham,” he added.

On Oct. 17, the administration standard bearers were invited as guests of honor at a Department of Social Work and Development event in Mindanao for the CCT.

“The entire event was decorated in yellow, with even the DSWD Secretary [Corazon] Dinky Soliman herself wearing the campaign colors. Even the presidential table was yellow. It was obviously a campaign sortie disguised as an official government event,” Reyes said.

The militant group also chided the Palace for using public funds to promote events of the Liberal Party on social media and the official government website www.gov.ph.

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said he was confident that voters would elect those who would continue the administration’s work.

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Speaking at the 119th general meeting of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, he expressed hope that the industry would work closely with his successor to move Philippine manufacturing into the global spotlight.

“I will only be in office for the next eight months, and over the course of my term you have been one of the best partners we could have asked for. You took a chance on us; you trusted that we would be true to our word. You devoted your time and your resources to help us generate the necessary skill sets for the labor you need. You were one of the first to take us up on our offer to help different industries, and our willingness to trust in and work with one another has obviously paid off,” he said.

The President then played up the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for producing workers for the semiconductor and electronics industries.

At the same time, he warned that his administration would not tolerate corruption, saying that even its allies are being made to account for alleged wrongdoing.

Aquino spoke to chief executive officers, presidents and other executives of 260 foreign and Filipino semiconductor and electronics companies in the Philippines.

“We have all of the websites that have been put in place to afford even anonymous tipsters the capacity to share with us leads to ferret out all of these corrupt individuals,” Aquino said.

Aquino’s comment was made after Mario Ravancho, of Vishay Philippines, a semiconductor company, told the President at the forum that the electronics companies are still victims of red tape and corruption by government employees and asked what measures are being taken to address this.

But Aquino said the salary standardization program would bring public salaries in line with those in the private sector, and give government workers incentives to perform better.

“We admit that there are still instances of corruption. There are some agencies that have so much rooted corruption in them. But, I guess, the challenge is for us to continue weeding out these people and not just tolerating the situation. Perhaps, if I may just add, whenever anybody talks about corruption, they talk about the person in government; but what about the necessary partner who is the briber? A bribee doesn’t exist without a briber,” Aquino said.

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Roxas twits Binay: Who's using government resources now?

The administration bet also hits camps who now question the SWS’ top-of-mind survey, pointing out that they did not complain when their numbers were higher

Bea Cupin @beacupin Published 8:00 AM, September 23, 2015 Updated 8:00 AM, September 23, 2015


WHAT GOV'T FUNDS? Mar Roxas hits back at the Binay camp for accusing him of using gov't funds for his campaign. File photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – Administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II on Tuesday, September 22, took a jab at one of his rivals for the presidency, amid allegations he is using government funds to further his presidential campaign.

“Sa pagkakaalam ko si Secretary Ikot nag-resign na, ako nag-resign na, s’ya nananatili pa rin sa pamahalaan, eh sino kaya ang gumagamit ng government resources?” said Roxas in a chance interview with reporters in Talavera, Nueva Ecija. (As far as I know, Secretary Jericho Petilla has resigned. I’ve resigned. He’s still in government, so who’s using government resources?)

Roxas, the former interior secretary, was in the province for a general assembly of electric cooperatives. Accompanying him was Petilla, who resigned as energy secretary late April this year.

The administration bet was asked to react to allegations from the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay that the rise in his latest survey numbers was due to “heavy advertising, questionable use of government resources” on the part of Roxas. The charge was made by Binay’s spokesman for political affairs lawyer Rico Quicho.

Unlike Binay, however, the position Roxas once held was an appointed one. Binay was elected Vice President in 2010, edging out Roxas in a come-from-behind win.

In the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) “top of mind” survey, Roxas placed second to front-runner Senator Grace Poe. Binay ranked third although the margin of error in the survey puts him at a statistical tie with Roxas.

Binay had long been the early survey front-runner, up until an ongoing Senate probe into allegations of corruption during his time as Makati mayor made a dent in his numbers.

Roxas, who was endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III on July 31, has long been defending himself from allegations he is using government resources to further his campaign. He stayed on as interior secretary for around a month after his anointment.

Back then, Roxas insisted that no government resources were being used for politics, pointing to his track record as proof.

Resign

Recently, another political camp hit an administration official for supposedly serving both government and Roxas and the ruling Liberal Party (LP). Senator Francis Escudero, who is running for vice president alongside Senator Grace Poe, called on Palace Spokesperson Secretary Edwin Lacierdo to resign.

Lacierda insisted there was no need for him to resign, since he was only fulfilling his job as Aquino’s spokesman.

Roxas also deflected questions on the validity of the SWS “top of mind” survey. Political observers have criticized the methodology of the survey, which asks respondents to name 3 people best to succeed Aquino, who is set to step down in June 2016.

“Siguro sila ang pinakamabuting makapagpaliwanag kung bakit ganun ang kanilang katanungan. Ang paliwanag nila sa 'kin na itong tanong na ito ay siyang parehong tinatanong nila nang nakaraang mga taon pa. Nung namamayagpag yung ibang mga pangalan sa katanungan na ‘yun wala namang reklamo,” said Roxas, an apparent hit at Binay, who had previously led “top of mind” surveys.

(Maybe it’s best you ask the SWS why their question is phrased that way. The explanation to me is that they’ve been asking the same question the past few years. Other camps, when they led that survey, didn’t question the results.)

Roxas has the highest climb among the 3 declared presidential candidates in the latest “top of mind” survey. Historically, Roxas has done well in that particular survey, in contrast to Pulse Asia’s poll, which asks respondents to name only one choice for president. – Rappler.com


INQUIRER

Roxas: Even blind, deaf could tell ‘Daang Matuwid’ delivered By: Aries Joseph Hegina
@inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 06:42 PM October 25th, 2015


LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo pose with “Laban” sign after filing their candidacies on Thursday. JULLIANE LOVE DE JESUS/INQUIRER.net

Liberal Party presidential bet and former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II continues to extol the supposed gains by the administration of President Benigno Aquino III through its “Daang Matuwid” campaign, which he vows to continue should he become the country’s next president.

During the thanksgiving celebration of the Tarlac First Baptist Church in Tarlac City on Sunday, Roxas said that he will continue the Aquino government’s crusade of honest and good governance.

“Hindi po natin sinasabi na perpekto na ang lahat pero palagay ko naman na kahit ang bulag, kahit ang bingi ay makakapagsabi na malayo na ang narating namin at marami na ang napagtagumpayan natin nitong nakaraang limang taon na ito,” Roxas said.

He said Aquino made the Philippines better through adhering to the three pillars of the “Daang Matuwid” form of governance: the government treating Filipinos as its “bosses”; the Filipinos who made Daang Matuwid possible; and the campaign of “walang corrupt, walang mahirap.”

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“Gagawin natin ang lahat na magpapatuloy po tayo sa pagtahak sa matuwid, sa matapat, at sa may malasakit na pag-aaruga sa ating mga kababayan at sa ating bansa,” he added.

READ MORE: Santiago: Where’s ‘daang matuwid’? Even GPS can’t locate it

Roxas was with his running mate Camarines Sur representative Leni Robredo in the event.
On her part, Robredo thanked the church for being a partner of the government in taking care of the people.
She also highlighted the importance of talking to all stakeholders in the community in crafting government policies, just like how his late husband Jesse Robredo did.
“Naniniwala po kaming mag-asawa na sa pakikinig sa lahat, sa pagkonsulta sa lahat ng sektor ng lipunan naming malalaman ang tunay na pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan,” Robredo said.


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Binay confirms UNA Senate slate By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 25, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


OCTOBER 18, 2015 RAPPLER.COM REPORT: Vice President Jejomar Binay will field a complete senatorial slate, but half of those on it are so-called “guest candidates,” aspirants also running with Senator Grace Poe, or those listed as “independent.”  United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) President and Navotas Representative Tobias "Toby" Tiangco confirmed on Sunday, October 18, Rappler's report last Friday that the following are the 11 UNA senatorial bets so far: The official or so-called “original” UNA candidates are: ●Boxing champion and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao ●Former Special Action Force director Getulio Napeñas ●Actress and Parañaque Councilor Alma Moreno ●Princess Jacel Kiram of the Sulu Sultanate, daughter of the late Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III ●Broadcaster Rey Langit ●Labor lawyer Allan Montaño. The guest candidates are: ●Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III ●Former Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson ●Former Senator Richard "Dick" Gordon ●Former Senator Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri ●Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez COURTESY OF RAPPLER.COM OCTOBER 18, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay has confirmed the list of candidates who will be included in the senatorial line-up of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

In a radio interview during his visit in Isabela on Friday, Binay said those who will be part of their slate will support various advocacies that seek to benefit the Filipino people.

“It is already complete,” Binay said. “The last was Susan Ople.”

With the slate already announced by Binay, UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan yesterday said they may not schedule a grand proclamation of their candidates for the Senate.

Ople, who filed her candidacy under Nacionalista Party, is the daughter of former Senate president Blas Ople.

A known advocate of overseas Filipino workers’ rights, Ople ran but lost for the Senate in 2010 under the ticket of then presidential candidate Manuel Villar.

She is one of the six guest candidates in the opposition slate. The others are incumbent Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, re-electionist Sen. Vicente Sotto III and former senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Richard Gordon and Panfilo Lacson.

Completing the list are UNA members boxing icon Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, former Special Action Force chief retired police director Getulio Napeñas, actress and Parañaque City councilor Alma Moreno, Princess Jacel Kiram of the Sulu Sultanate, veteran broadcaster Rey Langit and labor lawyer Allan Montaño.

“Our candidates are all advocates,” said Binay, noting some of the platforms of those in their Senate line-up.

Binay was in Tagum City yesterday to speak at the Alpha Phi Omega Mindanao Alumni Fellowship and lead the opening of the 16th National Scout Jamboree.

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UNA hits selective giving of storm aid posted October 24, 2015 at 12:01 am by Macon Ramos-Araneta By Sandy Araneta


In Photo: Army personnel pack relief goods that will be distributed to the victims of Typhoon Lando in Northern and Central Luzon. The relief goods are being packed at a government warehouse in Pasay City. DISASTER-MITIGATION officials led by Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin flew to Aurora province on Tuesday to assess the devastation wrought by Typhoon Lando (international code name Koppu), which has already ruined billions of pesos in agriculture alone, as reported by local disaster risk-reduction offices in Central and Northern Luzon. Gazmin, chairman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento went to Aurora, the hardest hit among the provinces affected by the typhoon, to oversee the ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts in the province. BUSINESS MIRROR FILE

THE United Nationalist Alliance denounced the Aquino administration Friday for not extending relief to towns damaged by Typhoon “Lando” where mayors did not belong to or were not allied with the ruling Liberal Party.

“The reports we are receiving are lamentable. The mayor of San Miguel, Bulacan himself told us that the [Department of Social Welfare and Development] did not give them any help for those affected by Typhoon Lando,” said UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan.

“Even the citizens of Baler and the towns of Cabiao and Bongabon in Nueva Ecija were also not given any help because their mayors are members of parties not allied with the administration,” he added. “Is this how things should be done? Selective relief? If you are not an ally, you don’t get government aid?”

San Miguel Mayor Roderick Tiongson, who ran under the Liberal Party in 2013, is now vying for the governorship of Bulacan under UNA. Baler Mayor Nelianto Bihasa belongs to PDP-Laban.

“This is Yolanda all over again. Politics has sadly reared its ugly head in times of distress. We are certain that the situation would be different if the mayors are part of the LP,” Ilagan said.

“Is it really necessary that government aid for Lando-affected areas should go through party-mates rather than the local government?”

“Even Attorney Edwin Lacierda, who is the spokesman of Mar Roxas, has said that it is more important that aid must reach the people. We agree with this. In the end, what is really important is that government aid reaches those who need it most.”

“We only wish [Lacierda] made the same remark when the distribution of aid in Casiguran, Aurora was withheld because they had to wait for the arrival of the President,” he added.

Ilagan also scored Aquino administration for tacitly allowing members of its Cabinet to use government resources to advance the presidential bid of Roxas in 2016.

“While aid is being withheld from those who are not party-mates, the allies of the administration are riding on the projects of the DSWD for their campaigns,” he said.

As Typhoon Lando approached super typhoon strength as it approached Luzon last Saturday, the LP standard bearers for President and vice president were spotted in a gathering of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries in Koronadal, South Cotabato. The event was organized by DSWD, was also attended by Secretary Corazon Soliman.

Even Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya made a slip of the tongue when he credited Tourism Ramon Jimenez for providing him a copy of the survey results saying among others the preference of Filipinos to the continuity of Tuwid na Daan.

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“What is the business of the DOT in political matters? Foremost in our mind is this question: Will the results of this political survey aid in explaining the failure of the Department of Tourism to get its 10-million tourist target?” Ilagan asked.

He also questioned if Jimenez had used public funds to commission the political survey that was not part of his office’s mandate.

Opposition candidate for vice president, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., said Friday the government should provide all available assistance to farmers affected by Typhoon Lando to enable them to rebuild their lives as soon as possible.

“Assistance to the victims should not end with just the distribution of relief goods. We should give adequate support to our farmers so they can resume planting and return to normal as soon as possible,” Marcos said.

For starters Marcos said the government should provide cheap credit facilities to the affected farmers.

Another vice presidential candidate, Senator Francis Escudero asked Friday why no releases have been made since June 30 from the P1-billion People’s Survival Fund that was aimed at boosting long-term mitigation and adaptation programs for local government units in light of climate change.


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“Why is that money still there? What is the point of having this special fund if nobody uses it?” he said.

“It’s been three years since we passed the law—has the PSF even been useful to anybody? What is stopping the government from releasing the money?” he added.

As local government units continued to grapple with the unmitigated impact of extreme weather, Escudero called on the government to immediately release the special fund.

“You cannot just go from storm to storm, flood to flood. Climate change is behind these frequent and extreme weather events; LGUs should be more proactive in addressing the problems at the root, instead of being merely reactionary,” he said.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, meanwhile, said allotments continue to keep ahead of last year’s rates, with 96.4 percent of funds already released to departments and agencies as of Sept. 30.

The DBM said allotment releases to agencies over the first nine months of 2015 outpaced last year’s figures, with P1.29 trillion already released compared to last year’s P1.1 trillion, he said.

“While most of this year’s national budget has already been released to agencies, we still have around 60 percent of Special Purpose Funds available. For example, only 26.6 percent of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund has been released to date,” Abad said.

“While it may seem like we’re lagging in this regard, the availability of these funds for release means we’re prepared to address the aftermath of calamities hitting the country like Typhoon Lando,” he said.

Fund releases in 2015 as a proportion of the total P2.606-trillion General Appropriations Act reached 90.2 percent or P2.350 trillion, Abad said.


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Poe, Escudero to announce senatorial ticket on Monday By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated October 23, 2015 - 1:08pm 1 59 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe is scheduled to announce their complete senatorial lineup for the 2016 national elections on Monday, Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero said on Friday.

Escudero, Poe's running mate, said the presidential bet herself have chosen the 12 senatorial aspirants to be included in their ticket.

Poe and Escudero cancelled the announcement of their senatorial slate this week due to typhoon Lando.

"She’s the one who talked with them. I will leave it to her to announce who are the 12 candidates that will be included in the lineup," Escudero said told members of the press.

The independent vice presidential met with youth organizations from schools and business groups in Leyte to discuss their platforms.

Meanwhile, Escudero stressed that his running mate is qualified to run for president despite the disqualification cases filed against her.

Escudero admitted that the disqualification cases against Poe are one of the challenges that she has to face in the upcoming elections.

"It is now the obligation of Senator Poe’s critics to prove that she is not qualified to run as president," Escudero said.

The disqualification cases cite that Poe is not qualified to run as president as she is not a natural-born Filipino and that she did not meet the 10-year residency requirement for the top government position.

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Who are on the Poe-Escudero senatorial slate? Camille Elemia @CamilleElemia Published 9:00 AM, October 19, 2015 Updated 1:52 PM, October 20, 2015 17 30 69 Reddit Email 99


So far, only 11 names are sure. At least 5 of the tandem's bets are shared candidates with the administration, UNA slates

MANILA, Philippines – SENATE SLATE. The 11 sure names of the senatorial slate of the Poe-Escudero tandem. The last name remains unconfirmed to date.

Running as independents, senators Grace Poe and Escudero are eyeing a senatorial slate that is composed of politicians from different parties.

Poe, after filing her certificate of candidacy on Thursday, October 15, said their senatorial slate is already "complete," but refused to reveal the names that are on it. She said they would be officially announced this week.

Eleven of the 12 slots are filled. The last name remains unsure. According to a Rappler source, issues are still being threshed out over which politician will occupy the last slot.

Those who are being considered for the last spot are Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez, retired police general and ACT-CIS Representative Samuel Pagdialo, and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao.

TESDA Secretary Joel Villanueva was initially considered, but an insider doubts that he would be included in the line-up, given the candidate's unusual arrangement under the ruling Liberal Party.

Villanueva was present during one of the meetings between Poe, Escudero, and the Nationalist People’s Coalition. At the time, he said he would not run under the LP because he could not share the same stage with former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, who filed a graft complaint against him before the Ombudsman. He, however, still ended up with the ruling party and was declared part of its slate.

Shared candidates

At least 5 of the tandem's bets are shared candidates with the slates of administration and the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

Here are the 11 definite candidates of the Poe-Escudero line-up, based on the candidates' own pronouncements and Rappler sources:

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1. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, a Liberal Party member who is part of the administration Senate slate. Poe earlier said Recto would be a good addition to their senatorial slate because of his expertise in budget and finance. While Recto denied knowing it, he said he would “thank” them if he would be included in the slate. He said he has worked with Poe for 3 years and with Escudero for 17 years.

"We know each other and share many advocacies together. We are friends. I wish them both well," Recto told Rappler in a text message.

2. Former Senator Panfilo Lacson, who is part of the LP slate, admitted to Rappler that Poe met with him twice to “offer to adopt [him] in her senatorial slate.” Lacson said that he considers it "a huge privilege, if not an honor to be adopted by the current leading aspirant for the presidency."

"No conditions were imposed by Senator Poe, nor did I ask for anything except for a request to support an anti-corruption bill I intend to file in case I get elected again in the Senate," Lacson said.

3. Although a member of the ruling LP, Pasig Representative Roman Romulo is not part of the administration slate and is fully supporting the candidacy of Poe. He was also present in Poe’s last meeting with the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) and in Poe’s visits to Nueva Ecija, Dumaguete, and Roxas City.

4. Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, a member of the NPC, the party widely believed to be supporting the Poe-Escudero tandem. While Sotto said he is an "official candidate" of the Poe coalition, he is also a guest candidate on UNA’s slate.

Sotto has ties with the camps of both Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay. He is endorsing Poe for president, being the campaign manager of her father, the late Fernando Poe Jr, in his 2004 presidential bid. Yet he is supporting his best friend, Binay's running mate Senator Gregorio Honasan II, for vice president.

5. Valenzuela Representative Sherwin Gatchalian, who was present in Poe’s last meeting with the NPC. His brother, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, is the campaign spokesman of Poe.

"As far as NPC is concerned, majority of the members are inclined to support the Grace-Chiz tandem. Therefore, NPC senatorial candidates will be included in their slate," Gatchalian said in a text message to Rappler on Tuesday, October 20.

6. Former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, who resigned from the Senate in 2011 following allegations of electoral fraud. He said he is running as a guest candidate of the Poe-Escudero tandem and the UNA slate. In 2013, Zubiri ran with UNA but lost.

7. Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares, who was endorsed by Poe and Escudero during his declaration on September 30. (READ: Neri Colmenares to run for senator under Poe-Escudero)

8. Lawyer Lorna Kapunan, who filed her COC on October 15 and said she is running under the Poe-Escudero senatorial slate.

9. Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, who filed his COC October 16. Poe and Escudero both attended his announcement same day and endorsed him for senator.

10. Edu Manzano, who according to a Rappler source, is already a sure part of the slate. The same source added Manzano would not speak about it now, as he reportedly promised Poe he would not preempt her formal announcement.

11. Former Senator Richard "Dick" Gordon, who admitted the tandem called him up days before COC filing week. While he agreed to be on their slate, he said he would also be a guest candidate of UNA. In 2013, Gordon ran for the Senate under UNA.

"Nakausap ako ni Grace Poe mismo, nagpasalamat at di ako nagdemanda sa kanila. They want me to be in their slate and I said baka pwedeng adopt na lang because I am running under my own party, Bagumbayan," he said.

(Grace Poe talked to me and thanked me for not filing a case against them. They want me to be on their slate and I said maybe I could just be adopted because I am running under my own party, Bagumbayan.)

Gordon won the 13th spot in the 2013 senatorial race and would be eligible to replace Poe if she gets disqualified due to pending citizenship issues. He earlier told Rappler he would not file a disqualification case against the neophyte senator. (READ: Gordon: Groups asking me to file case vs Grace Poe) – Rappler.com

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Why Kapunan refused to join LP's Senate slate ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 10/23/2015 3:05 PM | Updated as of 10/23/2015 9:22 PM

MANILA - Lawyer Lorna Kapunan on Friday revealed that she had been included in the shortlist of Liberal Party's (LP) senatorial lineup, but turned down the offer because she does not support the administration's stand on certain issues.

"I think to run with the administration is to be an apologist for the administration. I don't know if I should say this but I was shortlisted. On the day they made the announcement, I said, I cannot run with the party in conscience if I disagree with certain principles," Kapunan said in an interview with ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda."

Kapunan said she opposes the administration's view on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), selective justice and the "Playgirls" controversy involving former Manila International Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chief Francis Tolentino.

Kapunan also blasted the track record of President Benigno Aquino III's allies.

"Although we should credit the President, kapag nag-score card tayo sa mga kasama niya, those around him e lagpak ang score," she said.

Kapunan said she will run for senator under the slate of independent presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe and running mate Senator Francis Escudero.

Poe and Escudero will endorse Kapunan's senatorial bid in a program at the Bahay Kalinaw University of the Philippines Diliman, Friday 4 p.m.

Despite being a newcomer to politics, Kapunan is confident that she can land a spot in the Senate, trusting in the issue-oriented mindset of voters.

"Ang belief ko kasi, although dumadami tayong traditional politicians, hindi na traditional ang voters. So doon na lang tayo umaasa na based on social media, we now have a thinking electorate na hindi nagpapadala sa commercials, hindi nagpapadala sa appearances kundi nakikinig talaga sa issue," she said.

The lawyer promised to push programs for inclusive economic growth and wage structure reform if she gets elected.

Kapunan, 63, has become known for her high-profile clients, including celebrities Coco Martin, Marjorie and Julia Barretto, James Yap, and Hayden Kho.

She also used to be the legal counsel of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles in the serious illegal detention case filed by whistleblower Benhur Luy.


MANILA STANDARD By Victor Avecilla

An update on Duterte and Cayetano posted October 24, 2015 at 12:01 am by Victor Avecilla

Several days ago, it seemed certain that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was going to join the presidential race, and that he will run with senator and vice presidential aspirant Alan Peter Cayetano. Supporters of the controversial Duterte were expecting him to show up at the head office of the Commission on Elections in Intramuros.

Alas, the certainty was replaced with disappointment when Duterte proved to be a no-show. Pressed for an explanation, Duterte informed the news media that he was leaving to Divine Providence the final decision on whether or not he will throw his hat in the presidential derby. No elaborations were made.

Duterte’s non-appearance at the Comelec head office may have disappointed many, but Cayetano is far from discouraged. Last Oct. 16, a virtually unknown former barangay official filed his certificate of candidacy for president under the the PDP-Laban, the same political party Duterte has identified himself with for the May 2016 national and local elections.

Observers believe that since the ex-barangay official does not have the indications of a serious and viable candidate for president, the PDP-Laban expects him to eventually give way to Duterte as the party standard bearer. Under the law, the party has until Dec.10 to substitute their current standard bearer with Duterte. Since Duterte consistently refuses to categorically rule himself out as a presidential contender, the suspected last-minute Duterte candidacy for president is a strong possibility.

If Duterte is seriously considering running for president by December, analysts opine that his procrastination may undermine his political campaign. From now until December 2015, Duterte’s potential supporters as of October 2015, disappointed at the news of Duterte’s apparent disinterest in the presidency, may commit themselves to supporting other presidential candidates. Should that happen, Duterte cannot expect these supporters to shift their allegiance anew and return to the Duterte camp.

The proscrastination, of course, has its upside. At least, from now until December 2015, Duterte will be spared the same public scrutiny his challengers are already subjected to in the news media, and in on-line sites.

Despite his equivocal public statements, Duterte has been repeatedly predicting that Cayetano will be the sure winner in the vice presidential race. In turn, Cayetano has returned the kind words from the mayor with the accolade that Duterte will be the best president the country will ever have, or will never have. This mutual exchange of praises between Duterte and Cayetano also fuels speculations that their belated political alliance will be announced soon. Political analysts will be interested to know that according to the grapevine, Duterte invited Cayetano to visit Davao City this weekend.

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FORMIDABLE TEAM?

As discussed in an earlier essay, a Duterte-Cayetano tandem may be a force to reckon with, considering the reputation of Duterte for instant justice, and Cayetano’s anti-corruption record in the Senate. The entry of this anticipated tandem in the campaign trail will also trigger interesting, if not fiery presidential and vice presidential debates.

Undoubtedly, Duterte’s participation in the presidential polls as Cayetano’s running mate will be welcome news for the Cayetano camp. Duterte’s votes are expected to include Cayetano, and since Duterte promises to be quite a political showcase, Cayetano will not find it too difficult to attract a following in their provincial sorties. It’s also too lonely for Cayetano to campaign without a presidential running mate.

While Cayetano has much to gain in the event that Duterte does run as his presidential contender, Cayetano’s supporters assert that the senator is a feasible candidate in his own right. They underscore Cayetano’s unrelenting campaign against corruption, as seen in the investigations Cayetano has continuously pursued against powerful officials and influential establishments long before the election season started. Indeed, nobody can argue against the observation that Cayetano is a hard-working senator, considering that many of his non-performing colleagues seem oblivious to their duties as lawmakers in the first place.

Also, Cayetano got elected to the Senate on the basis of his record as an uncompromising political opposition leader in the House of Representatives. This can hardly be said of some of Cayetano’s fellow senators, particularly the film and television personalities who simply exploited their mass appeal to catapult them to high public office, and the president’s relative who obviously used family ties (and even tried to look like his famous uncle) for the same self-serving purpose. Unlike Cayetano, these opportunists in the Senate have nothing to be proud of in terms of accomplishments as legislators.

The Cayetano camp is particularly emphatic about how their bet for the vice presidency won his way to the Senate through his past work in the House. Again, this cannot be said of some of Cayetano’s colleagues who never had any prior experience as a legislator.

Cayetano’s supporters also stress that their candidate is not involved in any corruption, scandal or irregularity since he became a member of Congress. For them, one who cannot be corrupted after so many years in high public office cannot be corrupted when he holds even higher public office. A record of public service unblemished by any graft case is, by itself, and correctly emphasized by Cayetano’s camp, is an achievement worthy of emulation.

Cayetano’s camp argues that the senator, a relatively young man in a field often associated with senior or near-senior citizens, is one of a few veteran legislators who can understand and identify with the Filipino youth.

Cayetano does not appear to be beholden to vested interested groups. This cannot be said of another candidate for vice president whose list of wedding sponsors includes the names of owners of big business interests which are subject to strict Philippine government regulation.

Likewise, it appears that Cayetano never abused the perks and privileges of his office. The absence of any news to the contrary ought to attest to that. It is also nice to know that Cayetano never exceeded the number of consultants he is allowed to hire to assist him in his legislative work.


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Bane or boon? Netizens react to Miriam-Bongbong tandem Rappler Social Media Team Published 1:15 PM, October 15, 2015 Updated 1:20 PM, October 15, 2015 13 4K 92 Reddit Email 4K


The Twitterverse explodes with reactions after the social media savvy senator announces her tandem with fellow Senator Bongbong Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – After days of speculation, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago finally dropped the bomb – Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr will be her running mate in the 2016 elections.

On Tuesday, October 13, Santiago announced her presidential bid during the launch of her book, Stupid is Forevermore, driving the "Twitterverse in frenzy for their newfound hope." (READ: '#Miriam2016: Social media rockstar gives netizens hope' )

Reporters then asked who her running mate would be, but she only dropped a hint – he is someone who has already declared his vice presidential bid – leaving netizens guessing as to who the "chosen one" is.

I hope Miriam Santiago picks Bongbong Marcos as her running mate. Please.

— Neil Paterno (@neilpaterno_) October 13, 2015 I hope Miriam Santiago picks Bongbong Marcos as her running mate. Please.

— Neil Paterno (@neilpaterno_) October 13, 2015 A lot of netizens had already guessed that it was going to be Marcos, and have declared their support for, or opposition to, the tandem. TRENDING. As of 12:30pm, October 15, Bongbong and Sen. Santiago are already trending on twitter. TRENDING. As of 12:30pm, October 15, Bongbong and Sen. Santiago are already trending on twitter.

On Thursday, October 15, the Twitterverse exploded with reactions when the social media savvy senator finally confirmed their speculations. By 12:30 pm, Santiago and Marcos were already trending on Twitter.

Some were disappointed with Santiago's choice, citing the Marcos family's dark past when its patriarch, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, imposed Martial Law.

Some speculated that Santiago chose Marcos to improve her chances of winning.

There were those who rejoiced at the news.

Santiago said she will run under her own party, the People's Reform Party, the same vehicle she used for her 1992 presidential bid.

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“If I become president sometime in the very near future, this country will be much better than it was before. Today this country suffers from the malaise of plunder,” she said when she declared her bid.


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