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ROXAS SAYS HE WILL CONTINUE 'DAANG MATUWID' BUT WILL NOT BE MERE COPY OF PNoy


OCTOBER 28 -Photo from the Facebook Account of President Aquino “Ngayon, buong katapatan, buong-loob, at buong-paninindigan kong tinatanggap ang tawag ng Daang Matuwid.“ This was the message of Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas as he accepted the endorsement and support of President Aquino FROM MAR ROXAS BLOG.  Presidential candidate Mar Roxas said he would not be a mere copy of President Benigno Aquino III, who chose him to continue the Daang Matuwid or the good governance platform of the present administration. In a radio interview on Wednesday, a Facebook user asked Roxas if his administration would just be an imitation of what had already been set up. "Hindi," Roxas said. Earlier in the interview, Roxas indicated the Daang Matuwid was far from perfect and could use some improvements. "So ang point ko lang is that merong mga tulong tulad nito. Hindi ko sinasabi na perfect ah. Hindi ko sinasabi na sapat na ito. Hindi ko sinasabi na ubod ng kaginhawaan na pero tingnan din naman natin na nagsimula na ito," Roxas said. "Lalo pa nating papalakasin. Lalo pa nating papaigtingin 'yung direct access ng mga programa ng ating mga kababayan para masiguro natin itong inclusive growth na ito," he added. One of the criticisms of the Aquino administration is based on its supposed failure to make the econo (PHNO: sorry, missing part of sentence...)  Roxas also said that accepting Aquino's endorsement had been a big challenge. "Mahalaga para sa akin 'yung Daang Matuwid eh, paglalaban ko ito at para sa akin to the bones kailangan naniniwala dito," Roxas said. Mamasapano, DAP When asked what we would do if a cases were filed against Aquino after his term in connection with such controversies as the Mamasapano incident and the questioned Disbursement Acceleration Program, Roxas stood by Aquino's previous statements. "Si PNoy mismo magsasabi na 'wag n'yong pakialaman 'yan dahil malinis ang kanyang konsensya at madedepensahan niya lahat," Roxas said. Will he allow Aquino to be imprisoned in connection with these controversies? "Mangingibabaw parati ang rule of law," Roxas said. —NB, GMA News  THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Opposition bet VP Binay lauds, vows to continue PNoy’s CCT program


OCTOBER 28 -Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday said he would continue the Aquino administration's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or the conditional cash transfers for the country's poorest of the poor.
"Isa ho sa napakagandang proyekto yan ng administrasyon ni President [Benigno] Aquino. itutuloy ko po yan," said Binay, who has filed a certificate of candidacy for president. Binay, however, said that the Aquino administration had been remiss in ensuring that the assistance from the program would only go to the legitimate target beneficiaries. "Yung mga hindi naman dapat tumanggap ng benepisyo e dapat matanggal dyan. If I remember it correctly, in one meeting we had, nabanggit ko ung sabi ng [Asian Development Bank], 30 percent ang leakage niyan" Binay said. The cash doles program was first implemented during the administration of former President and current Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Under the program, poor families who are screened and selected by the government would receive cash in exchange for such conditions as keeping their children in school and ensuring check-ups in government health centers. —NB/JST, GMA News - THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Presidential bets on tax reform, FOI, economic Charter change, gov't spending


OCTOBER 28 -BINAY, POE, ROXAS, SANTIAGO -Four presidential aspirants wooed businessmen with their economic programs and policies if they are elected to the highest post in the country in 2016. The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized Tuesday what it initially set up as a debate, but last minute changes resulted instead to a one-on-one interview with the candidates. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, Vice President Jejomar Binay, and former Interior secretary Mar Roxas came in the morning while Senator Grace Poe, who initially begged off due to a prior commitment, arrived around noon. The forum's moderator threw questions at each of the aspirants about their stands on proposals to lower income tax, the proposed amendments to the economic provisions in the Constitution, and programs to address lack of infrastructure. Here are what the four presidentiables said: READ MORE...

ALSO: VACC CHAIR MARTIN DIÑO WITHDRAWS PRESIDENTIAL RACE: OPENS DOOR FOR DUTERTE


OCTOBER 30 -VOLUNTEERS Against Crime and Corruption chairman Martin Diño yesterday officially withdrew his presidential candidacy and named tough-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as his substitute.
In a one-page statement, Diño notified the poll body of his decision despite Duterte’s earlier statement that he is not interested in running for president in next year’s polls. Diño made the decision to withdraw from the presidential race two days after PDP-Laban, of which he is secretary general, adopted a resolution compelling Duterte to run in his place if he withdraw his name or is disqualified by the Comelec. Duterte is also a member of PDP-Laban and under Comelec rules, a substitute is allowed until December 10 as long as he or she belongs to the same political party. Diño said he decided to call it quits after he learned that the poll body is likely to declare him a nuisance candidate despite his having a political party. “May ipinadala sa akin ang legal department ng Comelec na motu propio na dini-declare na ako’y nuisance candidate,” he said in a television interview. He said the PDP-Laban will also be fielding candidates for local positions, including governors and congressmen, even as he insisted he is qualified to run for president. But he did not answer the issue on whether a substitution could be allowed because the position indicated in his certificate of candidacy was not for “president” but “mayor of Pasay City.” He earlier said it was a clerical error and expressed hope that Comelec would understand. READ MORE...

ALSO: PDP-Laban gives Duterte ultimatum on 2016 plan


OCTOBER 31 -PDP-Laban president Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) supposedly gave its reluctant presidential timber Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte an ultimatum to make a final decision on a 2016 run after its declared presidential bet Martin Diño withdrew in disgust over Commission on Elections (Comelec) insinuations that he is a nuisance candidate. PDP-Laban wanted to know Duterte’s decision even long before Comelec’s final deadline for substitution of candidates in December. PDP-Laban president Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III will attempt to seek the final word from Davao City mayor himself, this was gathered yesterday. “It’s time for Mayor Duterte to decide,” the senator said.Pimentel hastened to emphasize that their party is not out to pressure Duterte to fill in the presidential candidacy withdrawn by Diño, after the latter was given three days to explain why he should not be disqualified for being a nuisance candidate. “It can’t be said that he can’t exercise his free will on this since he can decide whether to run for president or not,” he said. Pimentel stressed the party is merely giving Duterte the opportunity to address the decision reached by their national council which issued a resolution naming the Davao City mayor as subsitute candidate in the event that Dino withdraws his candidacy. “His commitment is that he will listen to the party sentiment. We will be talking,” the senator said, adding that he intends to talk to Duterte, even fly to Davao to personally discuss the matter with him, just so they could settle the issue. “This issue can’t drag on because of time lag, Diño has withdrawn, the party may face technical problems with the Comelec. If he wants to run, we will support him,” he said. Asked if there’s a chance still for Duterte to heed to their call, Pimentel answered in the affirmative.“But I can’t answer a categorical yes,” he said.
Section 77 of the Omnibus Election Code stated that “if after the last day for the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COC), an official candidate of a registered or accredited political party dies, withdraws, or is disqualified for any cause, only a person belonging to the same political party may file a certificate of candidacy to replace the candidate”. A substitute candidate for a politician who withdraws from the race must file a COC not later than December 10, 2015, or five months before the May 2016 elections, according to Comelec Resolution 9984. A substitute for a candidate who died or is disqualified by final judgment, may file a COC up to mid-day of Election Day. READ MORE...

ALSO ‘THEY ONLY WANT TO WIN’: Shared Senate bets show absence of real political parties in PHL, analysts say


OCTOBER 30-Six senatorial aspirants belong to more than one slate in the 2016 elections and political experts believe this only shows the absence of a true political party system in the Philippines.
Professor Roland Simbulan of the University of the Philippines told GMA News Online that political parties share candidates "because there are no real parties nor real party platforms to speak of." "The candidates only want to win," Simbulan said. Asked if parties sharing candidates is good for the country, Simbulan said, "Again, it shows that the party system is non-existent." "[Parties are] merely money machines that come alive only during elections," Simbulan said.Professor Eric Batalla, the chairman of the De La Salle University Department of Political Science, said that the Philippines' political marketplace is often about personalities and not political parties. "A political party sharing a senatorial bet suggests a lack of control and disciplining authority over the candidate," Batalla said. The Article IX of the Omnibus Election Code states that political party may nominate and/or support candidates not belonging to it, which opened doors for guest candidates. In next year's election campaign, the Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid of Mar Roxas will share Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto with Team Galing at Puso of Senator Grace Poe. Former Senator Panfilo Lacson, on the other hand, is a candidate of both Daang Matuwid and the United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay. Until recently, Lacson was also considered to be a part of Poe's senatorial lineup. Senator Vicente Sotto III, former Senator Richard Gordon, former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and migrant workers' advocate Susan "Toots" Ople are in both Team Galing at Puso and UNA. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is yet to reveal her senatorial lineup. READ MORE...


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ROXAS: WILL CONTINUE DAANG MATUWID BUT... Will not be a mere copy of PNoy


Photo from the Facebook Account of President Aquino “Ngayon, buong katapatan, buong-loob, at buong-paninindigan kong tinatanggap ang tawag ng Daang Matuwid.“ This was the message of Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas as he accepted the endorsement and support of President Aquino FROM MAR ROXAS BLOG.

MANILA, NOVEMBER 2, 2015 (GMA NEWS) October 28, 2015 10:01pm - Presidential candidate Mar Roxas said he would not be a mere copy of President Benigno Aquino III, who chose him to continue the Daang Matuwid or the good governance platform of the present administration.

In a radio interview on Wednesday, a Facebook user asked Roxas if his administration would just be an imitation of what had already been set up.

"Hindi," Roxas said.

Earlier in the interview, Roxas indicated the Daang Matuwid was far from perfect and could use some improvements.

"So ang point ko lang is that merong mga tulong tulad nito. Hindi ko sinasabi na perfect ah. Hindi ko sinasabi na sapat na ito. Hindi ko sinasabi na ubod ng kaginhawaan na pero tingnan din naman natin na nagsimula na ito," Roxas said.

"Lalo pa nating papalakasin. Lalo pa nating papaigtingin 'yung direct access ng mga programa ng ating mga kababayan para masiguro natin itong inclusive growth na ito," he added.

One of the criticisms of the Aquino administration is based on its supposed failure to make the econo

Roxas also said that accepting Aquino's endorsement had been a big challenge.

"Mahalaga para sa akin 'yung Daang Matuwid eh, paglalaban ko ito at para sa akin to the bones kailangan naniniwala dito," Roxas said.

Mamasapano, DAP

When asked what we would do if a cases were filed against Aquino after his term in connection with such controversies as the Mamasapano incident and the questioned Disbursement Acceleration Program, Roxas stood by Aquino's previous statements.

"Si PNoy mismo magsasabi na 'wag n'yong pakialaman 'yan dahil malinis ang kanyang konsensya at madedepensahan niya lahat," Roxas said.

Will he allow Aquino to be imprisoned in connection with these controversies?

"Mangingibabaw parati ang rule of law," Roxas said. —NB, GMA News


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Opposition bet VP Binay lauds, vows to continue PNoy’s CCT program October 28, 2015 9:46pm Tags: jejomarbinay, eleksyon2016, pantawidpamilyangpilipinoprogram By TRICIA ZAFRA, GMA News

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Wednesday said he would continue the Aquino administration's Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or the conditional cash transfers for the country's poorest of the poor.

"Isa ho sa napakagandang proyekto yan ng administrasyon ni President [Benigno] Aquino. itutuloy ko po yan," said Binay, who has filed a certificate of candidacy for president.

Binay, however, said that the Aquino administration had been remiss in ensuring that the assistance from the program would only go to the legitimate target beneficiaries.

"Yung mga hindi naman dapat tumanggap ng benepisyo e dapat matanggal dyan. If I remember it correctly, in one meeting we had, nabanggit ko ung sabi ng [Asian Development Bank], 30 percent ang leakage niyan" Binay said.

The cash doles program was first implemented during the administration of former President and current Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Under the program, poor families who are screened and selected by the government would receive cash in exchange for such conditions as keeping their children in school and ensuring check-ups in government health centers. —NB/JST, GMA News -


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Presidential bets on tax reform, FOI, economic Charter change, gov't spending October 28, 2015 6:52pm Tags: marroxas, miriamdefensorsantiago, gracepoe, jejomarbinay, multimedia By AMITA LEGASPI, GMA News


BINAY, POE, ROXAS, SANTIAGO

Four presidential aspirants wooed businessmen with their economic programs and policies if they are elected to the highest post in the country in 2016.

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized Tuesday what it initially set up as a debate, but last minute changes resulted instead to a one-on-one interview with the candidates.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, Vice President Jejomar Binay, and former Interior secretary Mar Roxas came in the morning while Senator Grace Poe, who initially begged off due to a prior commitment, arrived around noon.

The forum's moderator threw questions at each of the aspirants about their stands on proposals to lower income tax, the proposed amendments to the economic provisions in the Constitution, and programs to address lack of infrastructure.

Here are what the four presidentiables said:

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PCCI members satisfied

Donald Dee, PCCI chief operating officer, said the debate allowed their members to evaluate the candidates and most of them were satisfied with the answers of the aspirants.

“Maganda lang dito, all of them agreed that infrastructure has to be moved forward, all of them. In fact, they said that they want to see 5 percent of GDP spent on infrastructure. At least doon we are very happy now." —with Jessica Bartolome/ALG/JST, GMA News


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VACC CHAIR MARTIN DIÑO WITHDRAWS PRESIDENTIAL RACE: OPENS DOOR FOR DUTERTE By ASHZEL HACHERO October 30, 2015

VOLUNTEERS Against Crime and Corruption chairman Martin Diño yesterday officially withdrew his presidential candidacy and named tough-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as his substitute.

In a one-page statement, Diño notified the poll body of his decision despite Duterte’s earlier statement that he is not interested in running for president in next year’s polls.

Diño made the decision to withdraw from the presidential race two days after PDP-Laban, of which he is secretary general, adopted a resolution compelling Duterte to run in his place if he withdraw his name or is disqualified by the Comelec.

Duterte is also a member of PDP-Laban and under Comelec rules, a substitute is allowed until December 10 as long as he or she belongs to the same political party.

Diño said he decided to call it quits after he learned that the poll body is likely to declare him a nuisance candidate despite his having a political party.

“May ipinadala sa akin ang legal department ng Comelec na motu propio na dini-declare na ako’y nuisance candidate,” he said in a television interview.

He said the PDP-Laban will also be fielding candidates for local positions, including governors and congressmen, even as he insisted he is qualified to run for president.

But he did not answer the issue on whether a substitution could be allowed because the position indicated in his certificate of candidacy was not for “president” but “mayor of Pasay City.” He earlier said it was a clerical error and expressed hope that Comelec would understand.

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Diño said he has fulfilled the requirements for a presidential aspirant under the Constitution, namely, a registered voter, a natural-born Filipino citizen, able to read and write, and at least 40 years old.

Aside from its ability to field local candidates, Diño said the party is the only one which has a principled stand on various issues facing the country such as federalism, which Duterte is also espousing.

“Tandaan niyo po ang PDP-Laban ay nakapag-produce na po ng pangulo ng Pilipinas in the person of Cory Aquino. Meron na rin po tayong naging Vice-President galing sa PDP-Laban, in the person of Jejomar Binay. Magaling din po ang ating mga naging senador: ang ama ng Local Government Code na si Nene Pimentel. Siya rin ang ama ng Cooperatives Development Authority. At tandaan din po natin na ang nangunguna ngayon, ang namumuno sa electoral reform sa Senado ay sa pangalang Senador Koko Pimentel. At ang kanyang partido ay PDP-Laban,” he said.

Diño said as VACC chairman and barangay captain for almost 14 years, he is connected to local officials nationwide.


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PDP-Laban gives Duterte ultimatum on 2016 plan Written by Angie M. Rosales Saturday, 31 October 2015 00:00


PDP-Laban president Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III

The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) supposedly gave its reluctant presidential timber Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte an ultimatum to make a final decision on a 2016 run after its declared presidential bet Martin Diño withdrew in disgust over Commission on Elections (Comelec) insinuations that he is a nuisance candidate.

PDP-Laban wanted to know Duterte’s decision even long before Comelec’s final deadline for substitution of candidates in December.

PDP-Laban president Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III will attempt to seek the final word from Davao City mayor himself, this was gathered yesterday.

“It’s time for Mayor Duterte to decide,” the senator said.

Pimentel hastened to emphasize that their party is not out to pressure Duterte to fill in the presidential candidacy withdrawn by Diño, after the latter was given three days to explain why he should not be disqualified for being a nuisance candidate.

“It can’t be said that he can’t exercise his free will on this since he can decide whether to run for president or not,” he said.

Pimentel stressed the party is merely giving Duterte the opportunity to address the decision reached by their national council which issued a resolution naming the Davao City mayor as subsitute candidate in the event that Dino withdraws his candidacy.

“His commitment is that he will listen to the party sentiment. We will be talking,” the senator said, adding that he intends to talk to Duterte, even fly to Davao to personally discuss the matter with him, just so they could settle the issue.

“This issue can’t drag on because of time lag, Diño has withdrawn, the party may face technical problems with the Comelec. If he wants to run, we will support him,” he said.

Asked if there’s a chance still for Duterte to heed to their call, Pimentel answered in the affirmative.

“But I can’t answer a categorical yes,” he said.

Section 77 of the Omnibus Election Code stated that “if after the last day for the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COC), an official candidate of a registered or accredited political party dies, withdraws, or is disqualified for any cause, only a person belonging to the same political party may file a certificate of candidacy to replace the candidate”.

A substitute candidate for a politician who withdraws from the race must file a COC not later than December 10, 2015, or five months before the May 2016 elections, according to Comelec Resolution 9984.

A substitute for a candidate who died or is disqualified by final judgment, may file a COC up to mid-day of Election Day.

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Poe accused of delaying tactic

The camp of petitioner Rizalito David, meanwhile, accused Sen. Grace Poe of delaying tactic in deferring the submission of her supposed DNA results.


POE, DAVID

David had sought the disqualification of Poe as a senator before the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) regarding the issue of her citizenship.

Similar petitions were filed with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) seeking her removal from the list of candidates in the presidential elections next year based on the same allegations.

Speaking in the weekly Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt yesterday, David’s lawyer Manny Luna said if Poe is really sincere in resolving the issue, she should have submitted the supposed DNA results earlier than November 5 to the SET.

Luna even emphasized that whatever the DNA results are, it is “irrelevant to the whole issue of her citizenship”.

“We are surprised with this so-called DNA results that seems to be a holy grail of sorts to save Poe because, in fact, it was never a part of quo warranto. (Mr. David) as petitioner never asked or required her to submit her DNA whatsoever. Anyway, her DNA results were unheard of albeit irrelevant during the preliminary investigation,” Luna said, adding that it seemed to be a “desperate argument for Sen. Poe’s part during the oral arguments”.

Luna said that the apparent delay causes them to doubt whether her camp is still scouting other probable relatives.
“We do not care about her DNA unless it has already been submitted and is deemed to be worth-talking before the SET,” Luna said.

According to Poe, she’s a foundling who was discovered in a church in Jaro, Iloilo in 1968 and was adopted by celebrity parents Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces.

David filed the quo warranto case against Poe last August before the SET which seeks to oust Poe from her senate post due to, mainly, valid doubts on her being a Filipino citizen.

Poe, who is among the top four contenders for the Presidency in next year’s polls, is facing four disqualification cases from three different individuals that mainly points at her not being a natural born Filipino – which, constitutionally speaking, will immediately disqualify having any government post – and her numeral or periodic misrepresentations about her residency in the Philippines, as emphasized by legal experts in previous stories.


Senator Grace Poe could get a favorable decision from the Senate Electoral Tribunal, Senator Serge Osmeña said. The members of SET are Senators Tito Sotto, Loren Legarda, Pia Cayetano, Cynthia Villar, Bam Aquino and Nancy Binay; and Justices Antonio Carpio, Teresita Leonardo-De Castro and Arturo Brion. FROM POLITICS.COM

Meanwhile, as the Poe’s camp usually takes a swipe at the supposed dirty tactics hurled against her by certain opponents, Luna – who is the legal counsel of both David and former Senator Francisco ‘Kit’ Tatad in the cases filed against Poe, while denying any partisan intent is actually a member of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), the Tribune learned.

In an interview with the Tribune, Luna did not deny that he was LP’s political coordinator in Zamboanga both during the 2004 and 2010 national elections.

“I may be LP and have supported the electoral bids of (LP standard bearer Mar Roxas) and President Aquino. But let me clarify that I am a critic of the Aquino administration that is why it seems unfair when I and my client’s sincerity are unintelligibly doubted and is easily associated to Roxas,” Luna said.

Poe is facing raps from David, Tatad, lawyer Estrella Elamparo and De La Salle University Professor Antonio Contreras. David, in fact, told the Tribune that Poe has to worry about one or two more disqualification cases he is planning to file before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Tax issue to weaken Mar

Two members of the House of Representatives seeking senate seats under the ticket of presidential bet Poe yesterday said administration bet, former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas is set to reap the people’s wrath in view of President Aquino’s hardline position against the proposed income tax cut.

But even as Aquino is seen to veto the proposed measure once it is approved, Reps. Neri Colmenares (Bayan Muna) and Roman Romulo (Pasig City) vowed to take the lead in pushing for the approval of the bill seeking to reduce income tax payments of ordinary Filipinos.

Both Colmenares and Romulo bared they they foresee a presidential veto even if the bill gets the support of majority of close allies of Malacañang.

“Let him veto it and guarantee the defeat of Mar Roxas in 2016,” stressed Colmenares.


Running-mates Grace Poe (right) and Chiz Escudero endorse the senate bid of Neri Colmenares. Colmenares is one of the six exclusive senatorial aspirants of Team GP, which also consists of six shared bets. MAILA AGER/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Roxas was reported to have previously adopted the Malacañang line in rejecting the measure.

But sending the bill to the doorsteps of the Palace may be difficult, if not totally farfetched if it fails to get the support of majority of Malacañang allies in Congress or if time runs out for the legislature to pass it.

Colmenares and Romulo are confident Congress has enough time to pass the measure if lawmakers will it. “The Speaker previously said there is no more time for the bill. But recently, he said there is,” Colmenares said.

He added that the bill is too popular among congressmen who believe that it should pass.

“This bill is a perfect complement to the tuwid na daan,” said Romulo who has also been batting for approval of the measure.

The proposed reduction of income tax rate has the support of Speaker Feliciano “Sony” Belmonte and the House Committee on Ways and Means headed by Marikina City Rep. Miro Quimbo.

However, House action on the measure slowed down after Aquino frowned upon the legislative idea that would cost government P29 billion in revenues.
 
“The DOF may be correct but it should take into consideration the fact that larger the take home pay for taxpayers would mean stronger spending power and more consumption tax,” said Romulo.

He explained that higher spending will also trigger larger demand for goods and result to more jobs.

Ironically, Romulo is a member of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

Colmenares said that instead of wasting their time getting Aquino’s support for the measure, Congess should make start acting on the tax bill and send notice that it will override a veto by the president.

“President Aquino does not vote in Congress or the Senate, so there is no reason why we need his approval in order for Congress to pass bills lowering income tax,” Colmenares stated
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‘THEY ONLY WANT TO WIN’: Shared Senate bets show absence of real political parties in PHL, analysts say October 30, 2015 11:02pm Tags: eleksyon2016, politicalparties By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

Six senatorial aspirants belong to more than one slate in the 2016 elections and political experts believe this only shows the absence of a true political party system in the Philippines.

Professor Roland Simbulan of the University of the Philippines told GMA News Online that political parties share candidates "because there are no real parties nor real party platforms to speak of."

"The candidates only want to win," Simbulan said.

Asked if parties sharing candidates is good for the country, Simbulan said, "Again, it shows that the party system is non-existent."

"[Parties are] merely money machines that come alive only during elections," Simbulan said.

Professor Eric Batalla, the chairman of the De La Salle University Department of Political Science, said that the Philippines' political marketplace is often about personalities and not political parties.

"A political party sharing a senatorial bet suggests a lack of control and disciplining authority over the candidate," Batalla said.

The Article IX of the Omnibus Election Code states that political party may nominate and/or support candidates not belonging to it, which opened doors for guest candidates.

In next year's election campaign, the Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid of Mar Roxas will share Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto with Team Galing at Puso of Senator Grace Poe.

Former Senator Panfilo Lacson, on the other hand, is a candidate of both Daang Matuwid and the United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Until recently, Lacson was also considered to be a part of Poe's senatorial lineup.

Senator Vicente Sotto III, former Senator Richard Gordon, former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and migrant workers' advocate Susan "Toots" Ople are in both Team Galing at Puso and UNA.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is yet to reveal her senatorial lineup.

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2010 elections

In the 2010 elections, five senatorial bets were candidates of at least two parties. Three of them won.

The Liberal Party, Nacionalista Party, and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino fielded full senatorial slates in the 2010 elections. However, some of the parties shared some candidates.

Independent candidates Sergio Osmeña III and Danilo Lim were guest candidates of both the PMP and LP slates. Osmeña won as he ranked 10th in the senatorial race; Lim lost.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who ran under her People's Reform Party, sought re-election as a guest candidate of both the PMP and the NP. She placed third in the senatorial race.

Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, a member of the Lakas-CMD, topped the 2010 senatorial elections as a guest candidate of both the NP and the PMP.

Regalado Maambong of Kilusang Bagong Lipunan was also a guest candidate of PMP.

Most of the other parties—including the administration's Lakas-CMD—did not have a complete senatorial slate.

One party, Bagumbayan, only had a presidential and vice-presidential tandem in Richard Gordon and Bayani Fernando.

Independent presidential candidates Jamby Madrigal and Nick Perlas ran without vice presidential and senatorial bets.

Four senatorial candidates did not join any ticket: Emilio Mario Osmeña, Jovito Palparan Jr., Vicente Sotto III, and Henry Caunan. Only Sotto made it.

2013 elections

Only the administration ticket, Team PNOY, carried a full senatorial slate in the 2013 elections.

The United Nationalist Alliance—then the coalition of the PDP-Laban and PMP—initially fielded a 12-person ticket, including three guest candidates that were also in the LP-led Team PNoy.

They were the MTRCB chairperson Grace Poe and re-electionist Senators Chiz Escudero and Loren Legarda.

UNA eventually dropped the three from their slate after they repeatedly failed to attend UNA's campaign sorties.

Of the eight senatorial bets in the Makabayan Coalition's slate, only Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño was nominated by Makabayan at the outset.

The seven others were guest candidates from Team PNoy's slate, namely: Escudero, Legarda, Poe, Senators Koko Pimentel and Alan Peter Cayetano, former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar, and former Senator Jamby Madrigal.

Poe, Escudero, Legarda, Pimentel, Cayetano, and Villar won. Casiño and Madrigal lost.

Brother Eddie Villanueva was the lone senatorial bet of Bangon Pilipinas, while Samson Alcantara was the only senatorial candidate of the Social Justice Society.

They, along with three other independent candidates (Edward Hagedorn, Ramon Montaño, and Ricardo Penson), did not win. —with GMA News Research/NB/JST, GMA News


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